There is so much going on in this month’s inspiration that I truly didn’t know where to start. I adore the deep teal color contrasted with the blush pink roses and the ochre drapes. I looked really deep into the painting and noticed the cherub, the clock, the book, lace, the bows and the feather in the inkwell. So my ideas were all over the map.
I wanted to keep it simple this month, as I have quite a lot going on, but I also have a pledge to teach myself something new. So…what to do?
I decided to zone in on the color as most important, and the flowers. My initial thought was to do some sort of a cameo style setting, and I have plenty of those. I remembered that there was a technique called polymer clay embroidery that I find fascinating. There are so many people around the world doing their own version of polymer clay embroidery (just do a little Google). But there are two really awesome polymer clay artists that I admire for their commitment to incredible detail: Jennifer Morris,and Eva Thisson from Germany. So I thought that perhaps I could teach myself how to do my own version of the embroidery style.
I had these ornate brass bases with an edge of roses and leaves. I thought they would look even better with a little bit of color, so I brought out my Vintaj metal patinas, especially since I had just added a few more colors to my library. Deep turquoise, topaz, agate, coral and citrine were perfect.
To make the embroidery, I started with a domed base of peacock pearl clay, which happens to be the exact shade of teal from the picture. Making the flowers was pretty easy, using the tiniest bits of colored clay and various needle tools. I haven’t decided if these would look better with a little bit of antiquing. I will have to do a few more experiments before these will ready for release to the Club members.
I think that the cameo setting style of these little blooms are exactly the sort of thing that a woman like Madame De Pompadour would certainly approve.
I look forward to seeing what you are doing with the inspiration.
What is most inspiring to you in this month’s inspiration?
Sarajo WentlingOctober 9, 2017 at 8:50 am
Wow! You continue to amaze me, Erin! These are just stunning and I eagerly await mine. 🙂
Erin Prais-HintzOctober 9, 2017 at 11:20 am
Well, I will be sure to bring an assortment for you to select from this weekend, Miss Sarajo! You will get the first pick! 😉
DivyaOctober 9, 2017 at 11:01 am
You have given me a great idea for my piece Erin, Thank you
Mary Lynne BrabandOctober 9, 2017 at 1:01 pm
Love them. Spot on!!!
Mary Lynne BrabandOctober 9, 2017 at 1:02 pm
Love the embroidery . Your colors are great. I think the cameo would be something worn at that time as well as today.
Lesley LaneOctober 9, 2017 at 4:21 pm
These are such a perfect match with the painting, and totally adorable!
katherine tOctober 9, 2017 at 5:46 pm
Absolutely perfect for this challenge, I love them!
Kathy LindemerOctober 11, 2017 at 7:15 am
Love it! Your frame is perfect for the inspiration piece. You have inspired me.
Sally SutherlandOctober 12, 2017 at 4:04 am
Really love these Erin!
gloria allenOctober 21, 2017 at 9:55 pm
These are beautiful. I learned this technique a few years ago from Christi Friesen, thanks for the reminder and the inspiration.
AnnMSchroederOctober 19, 2019 at 4:17 pm
These are fabulous! I don’t remember seeing this post. I’m glad it popped up for me so I didn’t miss these.
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