Applying the Cheeks for a Baby Angel Fairy Sculpture with April Jensen

“So now I’m going to go ahead and add in those cheeks because that’s going to help me see the rest of the shapes much better. So I’m just going to make some little balls of clay and I’m going to keep them about the same size. So I’m adding the same amount to either side, or if you notice that one size side is off, like maybe you made it too big or one side is too flat or something.

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Scoring Techniques for Basic Glass Fusing with Jodi Mcraney-Rusho

“With larger pieces of glass, sometimes it is easier to isolate the thing you want to cut out, before you start cutting the details, because if you have an errant run, like for example, if I were trying to run this little square right here around the edge of the head and it went wrong, it could actually take out that whole side of the glass too. So this way, if I do go right down that centerpiece, I minimize the possibility of ruining the whole piece of glass. And this is true of art glass as well. Just gives you a greater ability to maneuver around it.”

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Sculpting Leaves for Dimensional Paper Clay Art with Rogene Manas

“So when I do leaves smooth this over here, I often will do them separately and place them. So a one trick you can do to, to start off your leaf making is kind of to cut some, what is that like a diamond shape, because that is kind of a leaf shaped to begin with. So I don’t need to trace off those leaves as long as I can make them put this here can make them about the the size that they’re supposed to be. I don’t really need to trace those.”

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Importance of Drawing in Painting Watercolour Portraits with Colleen Reynolds

“This is your first date with your painting? Basically I considered, if you think of the painting and you as a marriage between artist and, product, if you skip the first date, which is the drawing and the second date, which is the value study and go straight to the painting, chances are you’re, we’re going to get into a marriage where you get kind of lost and you have to figure things out when that water split much harder to do. You can make a whole bunch of decisions and understand your subject much better if you actually draw instead of trace. So there’s me off my bully pulpit plus. Okay. You just have more legitimacy as artists. If you see the drawing stage, you’re going to, be able to translate that to the brush just as well as you can to the pencil. So don’t skip this state. That’s my advice. Draw every day, get good at it and observe. This is, the first date of any piece of art.”

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Finding Stress Relief in Beginning Basket Weaving with Cheryl Dixon

“And I’ve often said basket making is like any other craft or art that you do when you do something in repetition, knitting, crocheting painting. And I once had a student who came fairly regularly and she came one evening after work. And she said, you know, I almost didn’t come. I have a splitting headache. And I said, well, you can reschedule if you’d like, Oh no, I’ll go ahead and try it. About 20 minutes into the class, I went and I asked her how her headache
was and she said, what headache? So there’s the answer to the headaches craft glasses.”

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Drawing the Chin While Painting Watercolour Portraits with Colleen Reynolds

“So here’s the tip of the chin. Now, one of the things I need to see is the angle that it goes back. And I want to see what is the relationship between the tip of the nose and the chin. What is that implied line there? So the tip of the nose to the edge of the chin is almost vertical. I’m going to draw that angle so I can find this mapping point and his head is slightly tipped back. That’s why it’s looking like he’s jutting out his chin. Then we called this the Lennon pose when we took the picture. So his chin is jetting out.”

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Acid Etching Techniques For Basic Glass Bottle Fusing with Jodi McRaney-Rusho

“So what I’m doing here is just putting acid etching cream on the high parts of the pattern. Now don’t worry too much if you color outside the lines with this, because when we fire it again, the parts that are acid etched, that don’t have mica, we’ll just fire polish. So they will not even be visible. So don’t really, don’t get so wrapped up in the perfection of this, that you paralyze yourself with inactivity. So, there’s the shell and we’re going to do the lighthouse and the turtle very quickly.”

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Learn to Paint Watercolour Portraits with Colleen Reynolds

Join Colleen Reynolds and learn the basics planes of the human head and evaluate pigment choices
for a variety of skin tones. Make your next masterpiece by taking this
watercolor portrait online course.

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Safety Advice for Freeform Shapes Glass & Stone by Jack Hoque

“When you’re working in rock mainly silica, make sure you have a good mask. I have a better one at home, but it’s gonna, it would be hard to talk through it. So I’m hoping this one’s better because at some point in this carving course, I’m going to be using this Silicon carbide wheel, which is not good to breathe in. It’ll silicate, your lungs you’ll get silicosis or whatever. It’s just really, really bad to breathe in. Pretty much any dust from lapidary is bad debris then. So if at any point you’re hafting to work at dry, which you shouldn’t really, unless it’s part of my policy. For pre polish, but mainly you work in water. So if you’re working in water and you keeping it wet,
or you’re working with, with a, extended fluid, which is a Silicon based fluid that keeps the diamond on your bits. You’re not going to have to worry
about a mask as much.”

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Teaching Techniques For Beginning Basket Weaving with Cheryl Dixon

“So you’ve got your length. So what you do is you find the good side of your read. Of course, you need to take it under, you can start anywhere. You take it under so that this is sticking out on the outside of the basket. Then my piece of round red, I’ve put the ants together and I’ve put it together like a hair, a pen, you know how a hairpin has that, that looped look that I’m going to hook it over this. This is the hardest part of this technique is getting it started. So I hooked it over there. I’m not going to push this down just yet, so you can really see the technique. So we’re going to have X’s on the outside of every other one. So I’m just going to take this. It doesn’t matter which one you take first, as long as you’re consistent with it. So this I take down this one up, so I make this X.”

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Applying Clay to the Armature of a Baby Angel Fairy Sculpture with Apryl Jensen

“I think first we’re going to put some of the clay on, on this armature, cause I’m just itching to get this clay on there. So what we’re going to do is that
just to kind of take these pieces that I’ve needed and conditioned, and I
make them into little pancake shapes, and these are probably about
a quarter of an inch thick and I’m just going to wrap it on, I’ll wrap it around. And when you put this on, you just want to make sure that you’re
pressing the clay up snug against the armature. So you’re not leaving air
pockets and speaking of air pocket, that was great timing.”

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Plaster of Paris Molds & Basic Glass Bottle Fusing with Jodi Mcraney Rusho

For plaster of paris, we use two parts plaster to one part water. We’ll just do it that way. Let’s just regular plastic. Regular plaster paris. You can get at a home Depo or a hardware store or a craft store. Two parts class, or one day. Part water, two parts plaster, one part water. By volume. Get it in the mold before it sets up too much.

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Applying the Fur for a Fantasy Fox Posable Art Doll with Jenny Roemmich

I’m going to put a little bit glue down, trying to get it as flush to the face as you can. So what I mean by that is it’s not bubbling up off your face. You just want a really thin layer. This is where that nozzle comes in useful, and you take your nippers. Let’s see if I can get this up here to take your nippers, find your edge, and then just cut off some of that for. So with fur, so you don’t have to cut a ton. I cut a little bit more than I normally do. I usually cut about this much, just so I have a little bit to work with. If you have a straight edge, great. If you don’t cut a straight edge and you can feather it too, if any of you have done Cedar makeup or anything like that, what I mean by feathering is you’re going to put your thumb. You’re going to slide it back a little bit. So what it’s doing to the fur is it’s taking this top layer and it’s scooting it back, but the bottom layer is still on this finger. And so it’s staying forward. So now I have a little bit of variation in where my foot is going to end up. So it’s not a straight blunt line. It’s more feathered.

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Starting the Armature for a Baby Angel Fairy Sculpture with Apryl Jensen

Anytime you put into your armature, it’s always going to pay you back in dividends by just making it so much easier. Taking the test scope. I know when I first started, sometimes it was recommended to just use skinny little wire with no padding or anything underneath it. And I think a lot of people had trouble with that method because the clay needs to have something to press against. Otherwise, if you’re just pushing into it, there’s nothing to stop that pushing. And it’s just going to keep going. So if it has something underneath it to press against, then it’s much easier to get the shapes that you want without having to push so hard in. And it just makes the doll a lot more customizable. So it’s not because it’s a small that it shouldn’t have an armature because it has a, another purpose. It does exactly control more.

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Rolling Clay For Dimensional Paper Clay Art with Rogene Manas

To get started here, we’re going to just make a simple flour. And when you roll the clay out, it’s really important to always lift it first, before you start doing anything, because it’s so sticky that it’s going to want to stick to this plastic piece. And if you start cutting things out and you haven’t lifted the clay, they’re going to be stuck. So you want to always pull the clay away from the plastic. I’m just going to use a little, a little box top here to cut a circle, and I’m going to make a little flower shape out of this circle, going to actually do two. I’m going to take the top of, of a glue stick, which just happens to be about the right size for a smaller circle. It’s going to go inside. So there we have these two little pieces.

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