Lumina Clay Mixed Media Angel by Barbara Rankin

   Celluclay and Lumina clay angel      CelluClay Angel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Altered Pages team are working with some really cool products from ACTÍVA® this month.

I get to play with Lumina Air Dry Polymer Clay

 Supplies:
Lumina Clay
Paper Mache Cones
White Gesso
Gel Medium
Assorted Flowers
Music Sheets
Waterbrushes
Mica Paint Palette
Splash Inks
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Snowflakes 6 pieces
Stickles (Stardust)
Glass Glitter (Ocean Blue)

Gold crackle paste

White crackle paster

Heavy gauge wire

Instructions:

Tear strips of paper from the 6x6 Glitz Happy Travels Paper Pad and adhere to cone with Gel Medium.

Leave areas open to adhere strips of Music Sheets, but do not cover cone completely.

  paper mache clay cone shape              clay angel
Use a spatula to spread an uneven coat of crackle paste in those blank areas left between the sheets of paper.
 
Use waterbrush to color cone with the Mica Paint Palette colors.
  paints for polymer air dry clay
I added color after color until I liked the result.

After my layers of colors dried, I decided to go for a lighter effect, so I used a baby wipe to remove

some of the paint layers. As you can see, the watercolors remove easily, so I was able to go back

to revealing my music sheet prints. However, lots of the watercolors were left in the nooks and crannies.

 painting paper mache clay     paper mache clay cone

I wanted to add more translucent color, so I brought out my Splash Inks and began adding

Blue with a baby wipe. I could control the amount and transparency of the color easily.

  angel project

Next, I began adding the Magenta ink in the same manner. Set cone aside to dry.

 painting air dry clay

mixing paints for polymer clay project

I have quite a few molds in my stash, and these products from ACTÍVA® are the perfect

complement. Check out the molds available from Altered Pages.

 Lumina Polymer Clay which air dries

I used the Lumina Air Dry Polymer Clay in an old wings and face mold I have had for years.

It is a hard mold, so I used brushed a light coat of baby powder over it before adding the clay.

The really cool thing about this clay is that it is polymer clay, but it air dries.

It is super easy to use, and very soft and malleable.

molding with Lumina clay

When the clay air-dried, I removed it from the mold and began painting the face with various

acrylic paints and the wings with ivory paint.

 lumina clay angel face

Altered Pages has a nice selection of paints and brushes, too. I even used my Waterbrush with

the acrylic paint. They are not just for water colors, and quite handy, too! If you don't squeeze it,

the water stays put inside the reservoir, but if you need to thin the paint a bit, just squeeze for a

watered-down paint, or for cleaning the brush when finished using the paint.

If you don't have a face or wings mold, then check out these great Altered Pages collage images

in the Angels/Fairies section. Any of these would look awesome for your angel or fairy projects.

I next painted the front and back of the wings with gold from the Mica Paint Palette.

 Painting Lumina clay angel wings

I rubbed some of the gold off to bring back the ivory color for a shabby chic look.

gold lumina clay wings

I found a metal embellishment to put behind my angel face. Here are the parts so far.
  accessories for craft project
I glued the clay angel face to the metal embellishment, then to the top of the cone,

as shown. I used Aleene's Tacky Glue for this.
  decorating air dry clay angel

While that was drying, I painted one of the chipboard Snowflakes on both sides with White Gesso

and allowed it to dry. Then I coated both sides with Stickles Stardust glitter glue for extra sparkle.

sparkle decoration for polymer clay angel tutorial

I cut a 5" piece of twisted wire (any heavier gauge wire will work) and bent it into the shape of arms

 wire and sparkle for angel arms

I made holes in the cone and inserted the wire through the holes. Use pliers to straighten and

flatten the ends for the next step.

 mixed media tutorial angel arms

Glue the snowflake to the wire ends to appear as though your little angel is offering you a

snowflake for a white Christmas. How sweet is she?

lumina clay angel directions for arms    

And finally, our little angel needs her wings. So I used the Aleene's Tacky Glue again to glue

them to each side of the cone, as shown.

 craft tutorial polymer clay

For an added bit of sparkly glitz, I added the Ocean Blue Glass Glitter, making random

"patches" of glue and sprinkling the glitter over it.

 back of angel amde with paper mache clay

close-up of glitter patches. And here she is, one more time, looking up to the Heavens

like the sweet angel she is.

glitter on paper mache clay   finished lumina clay project

 

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Comments

Activa Products

Barbara always creates gorgeous work. Her fabulous pieces are always so meticulous and lovely. She outdid herself with this Activa project.

Activa Products

She’s beautiful. I love all the texture and color on her dress. Great project.

Activa Products

Lovely Angel…love the depth of color and amazing techniques that has been shared.

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