December 29, 2013

The "Black Codex" book

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I'd like to share this time some pics of a comissioned piece that now resides in Las Vegas :).
The client told me what kind of book she wanted and sent me some pics to be included in it, mostly about moths, some skeletons here and there and a bit of Da Vinci's codex. The rest was up to me, and I have to say that I loved working in this project!
It took 1 month to be completed.

"Black Codex" is the name of this book. Some pics for you to see how this book looks like!

My hand as reference of this book's size. Angel wings on the cover made of fimo and a yellow quartz crystal from Brazil, the covers and everything were handame as well



I bet you all want to see how it looks on the inside, so here you have 3 pages:

Left page: about Strigoi (vampires) and Right page: the moon, it says "We're ruled by the moon"
My tribute to Edgar Allan Poe; a page dedicated to one of my fav writers. Here you see "The Raven" and below it says "I wish I could write as misterious as a cat". One of my fav pages I have to admit

2 pages with colorful moths, notes, letters ....





December 10, 2013

15% off discount at my Etsy shop!!!

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Is there soemthing from my shop that you like very much for yourself or to gift to someone you love? this is your chance! get the 15% discount on purchases which are minimum 20 USD !!!
Just use the coupon WHITECHRISTMAS and get your discount automatically when you pay!!

This promotion ends on Dec 25th. so hurry up and visit My Etsy shop

See you!

1/12th Making brownies scene

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It's been a while since I posted something ... emm yea =P

So today I want to show this cute and simple scene I've completed yesterday; all the pieces were done separetedly and later I thought they might work together and they did :)

This is what came out following color combinations, the plates have light blue patterns but the tablecloth is gingham red so ... the chair had to have a blue cushion. 

I had this brownies I've made some yrs ago and they weren't looking interesting at all in a simple ceramic plate so what I did was creating a pattern on them so as to give them more color and make the food look interesting.
As for the table, I had it around my desk not knowing what to do with it ... so time to repaint it a bit, add a piece of fabric leftover and voila! it looks so much better! The chair was into my kitchen project (showing it soon since I have to finish some small details, the important ones ;)) and all i did was making a cushion and painting a piece of white cotton fabric. With just a little you can achieve a very good result and I'm quite happy with how these pieces look together as a whole =).

Some pics of this project:










This scene is available at my Etsy shop here: Making brownies

November 12, 2013

The basics about polymer clay

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This article here is based on my own experience, hope you find it helpful! If you have questions, feel free to contact me.
Happy reading ;) 
 
Basic considerations
**Before you start working with clay, wash your hands and after drying them put a bit of hand cream or grab a cleansing wipe so as to avoid cotton fibers to be transferred to the clay. **


**Keep your working area clean, same as above: avoiding dust or other small things mixed with the clay.**

The tools

This list here is what I use to make my clay miniature work; it works for me but you may find out your own tools the more you practice. As long as you achieve the result you’re looking for, then that’s a good tool.


      1 or 2 needles or pins (a small one and a bigger one, big in small terms that is ;))
Razor blade
Spatula (if you work with oil painting you may have one in your stash you can use here. Spatulas are great when your clay creation gets stuck on your working surface)
Cornstarch/baby powder/chalk: any of these works the same way (I prefer the 1st and 3rd)
Old tweezers
RULER!! (you’re going to use this one all the time, and after a while you’re going to train your eye so as to measure everything when you go to the supermarket ;))
Soft pastels: you don’t need a big box, at the beginning you’re going to need just these tones:
Old brushes: to apply the soft pastels
Aluminium paper, the one you use to cook. I put all the clay creations on it to separate it from the surface of the baking sheet.
Pasta machine/plastic rolling pin or whatever you can use for the same purpose.

What you need for texturing:

Sandpaper
A ball of old aluminium paper
Old or new toothbrush/oil painting brush but a small one
Pieces of cork, rocks etc; whatever

What you need for making molds:

Epoxy putty/ silicon mold (of 2 parts)
Plastic caps, shapes of all kinds, beads … anything can be useful here
A “master” miniature piece; when you need to make a series of a certain piece what you do is; make 1 with all the possible detail and later the mold. All the copies will be exactly as your master. It saves time too.

Others:

Resin/scenic water: this is to make transparent effects like water, drinks, sauces, etc.
Plastic containers, stirring spoons or pine string leftovers, plastic spoons, anything that can be used to stir resin.

What you need for coloring:

Just a few soft pastels is what you need to give the right look to your miniature food;  and these are:




As you can see all of these are shades of brown, the 3 lighter shades are used to give the feel of “baked”, golden brown and the darker ones for those spots here and there were the dough got a bit burned.
You can buy a small box where some of this colors come, and later as you become more exquisite (‘cause it happens!) you can buy loose colors to complete your palette.

Acrylic colors can be useful too, just a touch of paint in certain areas. But we’re going to see more in detail where and when according to the project we’re into. I believe it’s going to be easier than writing about it.


The polymer clay palette

Only a few colors you’re going to need when making miniature food:
Shades of yellow
White
LOTS of translucent (and see that LOTS is in capital letters!)

Why am I insisting so much about translucent? Food doesn’t have heavy dark colors, a cake is not deep yellow, if you make a cake you’re going to use butter which when baked gives that moist soft shade. If you go for plain yellow, the result is a heavy cake and it’s not realistic.

**Images, recipe books, all of these are great sources for inspiration! Always keep a pic of what’d like to reproduce in smaller scale in front of you, look at it for a while and picture the colors and how to obtain them, take your time to think about it. **


Now let’s get ready for some projects!

Angelina

Don't copy this tutorial to other sites or link it! 

Reccomendations are welcome :)


October 30, 2013

Bakery Delights Series -Lets make some sweets!- listed at my Etsy shop

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Last evening I listed "Lets make some sweets!" miniature table and 2nd on this series I've started working on recently. All you see is included! and most of this cute darling items were handmade by me. 

Add a splash of color to your mini kitchen project, or bakery or shadowbox :) ..!

Lemon slices for your cup of tea and bundt cake slice

All this pieces included (except rug and roombox ;))


Let me know what you think!

Thanks for looking!
*Regards*

October 28, 2013

Tutorials coming soon :)

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Hello again :) 
This post is to let you know that soon I'm going to be uploading tutorials that might help or inspire you.
Simple things like effects, decorative or accesories ... a bit of this and that! you never know when the creative side is going to wake up and say "I want to try that!" ;)

Stay tunned!

My miniatures at a fair!

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 I'm participating at this dollhouse miniature fair ending today at midnight, it's the 1st time I am attending an event like this, lets see how it goes!
Books (my main craft ;)), potion tables for your Halloween scene, the 2 tables I've made for my "Bakery Delights Series" and other cute little minis for your dollshouse. Most of these unique :).

Take a glimpse to what you're going to find:

 Above: a peak to "Bakery Delights Series: Lets make some sweets" preparation board 

A sample of my books, more listed at the fair!

Hope to see you there! 
Thanks for viewing!

http://minisdecris.weebly.com/-the-mini-book-maker.html

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The fair has finished, and it was a very nice experience!



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My 1st entry to this blog :)

Be welcome! here I'm going to share a glimpse of my creative (and messy LOL) mind with you. 
Lets see how this goes.