Happy Friday everyone!!! Hope you are staying warm in this deep freeze.. BRRRRR!
One of my favorite ways to spend a cold, snowy evening is to paint ceramics! My favorite place is "U B The Artist" located in McKenzie Towne... If you are located in the north part of the city the best is "Fire Escape" in Bowness... Amazing staff!!! The staff are AMAZING and SO helpful. I do tons of projects around Christmas time and there is nothing more special than a personalized Christmas gift. You first choose a bisque which can be anything from a sushi platter to a tea cup to a flower vase to a dinosaur!:
Once your bisque is chosen you can really let your creative side go wild. Scared you don't have an artistic bone in your body?! Not a problem! Ceramic shops specialize in customized "TLC" as they call it to help you create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. They have inspiration books, stencils, examples hanging around the studio and tons of different techniques to teach you such as sponging or different textural effects. Most ceramics need three good solid coats for a solid color and you can do one or two coats for a more transparent color. Here are some fun examples from some of my past projects!
|This was a super easy project.. One of my first!!!|
|This was a class I did a few years back as well... Mine is actually purple and pink and I gave it away as a gift but it looks identical thanks to their techniques ;)|
|Hilo from baby Fraggle!!! hehe.... This vase was a really unique class using Q Tips and alcohol to get this drop effect. It's James' favorite piece strangely enough...|
|This was another really easy class... I know you probably don't believe me!!! But it took about two sessions and we had a lot of help with technique and shading.|
|Hehehe... This is a CD holder I made for James for Christmas one year.. On the other side is a bunch of his favorite hobbies etc and this part is an ocean scene because we love to snorkel.|
Here are some more experienced glass fusion pieces!:
|Love this funky bowl that was made layering different colors of glass of top of each other to create the different colors inside each square.|
|Cute! Same size as I worked with last night.|
Check out U B The Artist for a fun night out... Girl's night, birthday party, bridal shower, etc!!!