Halloween Wall Hanger by Linda Hess


Creative PaperClay (www.creativepaperclay.com)
Gina’s Designs (http://www.ginasdesigns.net/Store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=18_23_25): Spiderweb Shape Set, Spooky Shape Set
Acrylic paints in colors of choice
Recollections Sparkling Embossing Powder (clear silver)
The Ultimate! glue (www.crafterspick.com)

knitting needle
scrapbook paper

1) Paint large “Spooky” with black and green metallic acrylic. Paint craft ring with Key Lime. Paint bats with metallic black.IMG_3782
2) Paint spiderwebs with silver or grey paint IMG_3779then sprinkle with embossing powder. Heat with heat gun until embossing powder is set.IMG_3781
3) Roll 2 large balls of Creative PaperClay. One at a time press them onto “OO” in “SPOOKY”. Use the tip of paintbrush to hollow out the inside of “Os”. IMG_3788

4) Glue bats, “Spooky” and spiderwebs into place.  Cut a circle out of scrapbbok paper a bit larger than the inside of craft ring.  Glue onto back of ring.IMG_3791

5) Roll a small ball of Creative PaperClay.  Hollow it out and place on knitting needle as shown to create spider head.IMG_3784

6) Roll 2 tiny balls for eyes.  To attach, dip finger in water and rub on top of spider head.  Place eyes in place.  Roll a teeny tiny ball for the nose and press into place.  Press the tip of a paintbrush into “head” for mouth as shown.  Let dry…or place into oven and bake at 275* to quick dry.   IMG_3785Once dry, paint as desired.

7) Cut 5 wires the same length.  Bundle 4 and twist together using the 5th wire as shown.IMG_3792String spider head onto twisted wire.  Flare out “legs”.  Curl top wires around knitting needle to create a loop.  IMG_3795

8) Cut 2 more wires.  Add 1 to the top to create a hanging loop.  Add the 2nd to the spider and hang from lowest spiderweb.  IMG_3796


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A Look Into The Designer Mind: part 2

banner sketchWith the body of my banner “completed” I moved onto the wording.  I wanted something that worked with the light, airy feel of a butterfly in the sky.  I thought of pulling from my immense rubber stamp stash, but quickly discovered after experimenting with various sizes and fonts that it was looking much too heavy for my vision.  I went to look at my original sketch for inspiration and it hit me (WHAM!)  Why not use my own handwriting for the wording.  There obviously are no hard edges to my letters (I have often been teased about my handwriting), instead they flow from print to cursive and back again.  PERFECT!  Using thin snakes of clay I tried at first to form the letters directly on the paper.  That was quickly discounted as the letters kept moving around as I tried to form them.  I grabbed my trusty sheet of glass and placed it over the sketch.  This made the letters much easier to form as I was able to stick the pieces to the glass as I curved and looped and cut each component.   IMG_2834  Once complete, the glass was able to be popped into the oven for baking without disturbing the letters.  After baking and cooling, I was able to remove the components easily and place them on the canvas.  IMG_2835  I found a beaded flower trim in my stash that filled in a blank spot along the bottom.  Adding a second piece to the top creates a frame of sorts.  Something that wasn’t in the original version, but I think I like it.

Okay, time to attach all of the components.  As I step back to make a final evaluation of the design I am struck by the thought that it looks a bit “kindergarten” art-ish.  Not the look that I want to send out to have displayed.  Hmmmmmm, what could be wrong.  What could I change.  I decide to go to bed and let the thoughts mull over night.  Hopefully a fresh look at the piece will bring clarity.

Never let it be said that a good night’s sleep is a waste of time.  I woke in the morning after seeing a vision of the completed piece complete with a dreamlike face rather than the button eyes and kissy lips!  To my studio I flew….

Pull out the face molds, create a few versions, bake them, test them and (once again) VIOLA!!  Exactly what I wanted for a light, easy, breezy butterfly with big dreams.  IMG_2837  IMG_2836  I scattered a couple of tiny clay butterflies and FINALLY the banner was finished.  All clay components were attached using liquid clay applied to the back of each component and pressed into place on the banner.  After baking and cooling the canvas banner, I glued her body and the flower trim in place.

I wish I were going to be at CHA to see the banners hung, but a trip in January is not in the cards this year.  Hopefully friends will post a few pictures for me (hint, hint).  I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone else has done with the project!

I hope you enjoyed your journey into my scattered mind.  See you next time.  Happy Crafting to you 😀


A Look Into the Designer Mind

I have been a Design member of CHA (Craft & Hobbies Association) for many years.  Each year opportunities present themselves to help showcase the work of members in unique ways.  For the upcoming Winter show we worked in conjunction with the Charity Wings Art Center (http://charitywingsnews.blogspot.com/  https://www.facebook.com/) to create Banners Of Hope.  The banners will be displayed in Anaheim, CA during the CHA show and then will be donated to the Art Center to be displayed. 

I immediately jumped into this challenge.  It was just the thing to stretch my designer’s brain: Fitting a lot of design and meaning into a small piece (8″x10″ stitched banner).  I decided to document the progression of this piece and you (as my followers) get a unique peek into the workings of a designer’s mind as a result.  I must warn you in advance it is a scattered/jump around place, but in the end it all comes together to create something of beauty.

And now, let’s go on a little journey:


In the beginning there is the Sketch.  Sometimes this will pop into my head as a whole, while other times it comes in bits and pieces.


IMG_2825 I have many materials to choose from in my studio.  On of my old favorites are the Clearsnap ink pads: chalks, pigments, etc.  The colors are bold and easy to use.  I pulled multiple colors to “sponge paint” the canvas from a plain white sheet into a blend of overlapping colors.  SADLY, this first thought did not work (this time) as I have not used my inks in a while and they were not moist enough to sponge the canvas the way I wanted.  Never fear, they will be rejunvenated for use on another day.

Not known for my patience when designing, I moved onto my second choice: Acrylic paints!

IMG_2826  Sponge painting can be fun on any surface.  This one was no different.  The canvas material easily accepted the paint and I was able to overlap colors, quickly covering the canvas.  As I stepped back and looked at the surface I knew something was missing….Hmmmmm.  Of course…how silly of me.  I forgot the bling (after all, everything is better with bling).  I used the damp sponge to add ultrafine glitter to the surface.  Not enough bling for me, so I moved onto the next step: Amp up the glitter and seal the paint all in one step 😀

IMG_2827  One of my favorite companies is Earth Safe Finishes (http://www.earthsafefinishes.com/).  It is the brain child of Nancy Burkhart.  All of their products are no VOC, Non Toxic, BPA Free, & Lead Free.  I poured a bit their Fabric Magic into a cup, added about a TBLS of glitter, stirred, and then used a sponge brush to coat the painted canvas.  PERFECT!  The canvas sky now sparkled.  I could imagine it capturing light where ever it ended up hanging.

Onto the next step: Create the focal point, a beautiful butterfly.  I wanted her to be dimensional.  I immediately pulled clay (I know…big surprise) for the wings.  IMG_2829  I used Premo!Sculpey wasabi since it is a color that tends to draw notice.  With the clay textured and cut to shape I took a step back and looked…hmmmmm (do you feel the wheels turning??)…something missing.  I KNOW!  The texture needs something…Pearl Ex powder brushed over the wings brought out the texture. IMG_2831  The wings are calling for a body, so off to my fabric stash I go.  I found a great violet purple felt.  Cut, stitch, stuff, and finish stitching.   I added a filigree piece as a crown, button eyes, and polymer clay kissy lips.  With her beautiful crown, the body looked too plain.  My gold leaf pen was just the thing to add small details.  Hmmmmm (yes, those darn wheels are turning again)…needs something.  IMG_2832  The wings seem a bit flat.  A pinch here, a squeeze there and VOILA!  A butterfly with movement!  IMG_2833

Next step:  The wording