Study in Watercolor

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Hello, everyone! I know that its been a long time, but I’m finally back. Today, I wanted to share the updo of how helpful studies really are in the realm of art.

So, a while back, I decided to enroll in a watercolor class in order to improve my skills in watercolor – and boy did it help! I would definitely recommend taking a watercolor class – or a class in any media for that matter – from a skilled, trusted instructor to narrow down skills, for anyone wanting to grow in their art skills. And to those who may be thinking that “studies in realism won’t help my style of art”, the fact of the matter is that anytime you make art, it’s always somehow inspired by real life. Essentially, narrowing down skills in realism, as I also learned in watercolor, can be applied to almost anything in art – so it really is important. That being said, I learned from watercolor that realism isn’t always essential. Sometimes when I paint in watercolor, I choose to paint in a looser manner – meaning more abstract lines, less shading, and simple shapes. All in all, I highly recommend taking a class in a specific media of art to hone in your skills, if you wish to grow.

To talk about some of my watercolors above, they start as simple studies of objects, focusing on light and color. I was actually pretty pleased by how some of them turned out, but, as there should be, there are many beginner’s flaws. By the end, I traveled onto more complex subjects, such as people, complicated objects, or landscapes. I hope you all enjoy the pieces!

I really hope that anyone wishing to rejuvenate or grow their skills consider engaging in a serious study of a specific media. As I’ve said, it really helps!

Thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

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TARDIS Necklace

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Hey, it’s Rhea here, and it’s time for a new updo! I have been watching a lot of Doctor Who recently. For those who don’t know what this show is about: Doctor Who is a British television series that has been running for about 50 years. It’s basically about an alien who is a time lord named the Doctor. He travels around space and time with a time machine called the T.A.R.D.I.S. that looks like a police box. The Doctor and his companions fight monsters and save space and time usually every episode. It’s probably a lot to take in, but I do recommend this series to everyone. What we have here is a Doctor Who inspired necklace (If you’re staring at the picture and panicking: No, I was not attacked by the Silence). It might look hard, but we’ll explain everything.

Supplies:
– blue polymer clay
– white polymer clay
– clay tools (knives, rollers, stamps, etc.)
– white acrylic paint
– black acrylic paint
– yellow acrylic paint
– black pen
– oven
– headpins
– jumprings
– chain
– clasp
– wire cutter/bender
– clock charms (optional)
To get started, I created the TARDIS charm. Start out by taking a slab of the blue clay and molding it into a rectangular cube. The ratio of the rectangular cube should be about 2:4.
Take out a tool to create the squares of the police box. You will have to get a bit creative with this because I assume we all have different tools. Don’t press the squares to close together because you want some space between the squares. Try to keep them even on all sides of the rectangular cube. The squares should be 2 by 4. This may take a while.
After this is finished, take out another slab of blue clay. Roll the clay out with a rolling pin until the clay is about 2-3 millimeters thick. Place the police box on top of the slab for measuring purposes. Using a knife, cut a couple millimeters away from the bottom of the police box. This should form a slightly bigger square. Push this square to the bottom of the police box until it sticks all the way.
Now, take some blue clay that is about a centimeter thick and square it. Place this on top of the box. This is where we will write “Police Box”.
Next, we work on the bottom of the box. Roll out a slab of blue clay that is about 2-3 millimeters thick. Place the police box upside down on the slab and cut directly around it. Take out this square and make the square a millimeter smaller. Place this square on top of the box.
Repeat the previous step, except cut another millimeter into this square, forming an even smaller square. Place this on top of the box.
By now, you can probably see the TARDIS forming. Take out the white clay to form the light on top of the box. I used a white glow-in-the-dark clay to let the light glow at night (;D). Roll it into a tiny ball and shape it to form a cylinder. Stick this to the top of the box.
Now, take out a headpin. Trim the headpin to fit the box and stick it into the light of the box. Put the charm into the oven for however long the brand you are using instructs to do so. I used Sculpey, so I usually put it in the oven for 15 minutes at 275 F.
Once this is baked and dried, take out your paints. Using a thin brush, use white paint to fill the top row of squares on all sides. These are your windows. Now, mix a bit of yellow with the white. On the front of  your police box, paint the square directly below the left window. Now, take the black paint and paint a stripe of black above the windows on all sides. Let everything dry. With the whit paint, paint the black stripes. Make two big white stripes on the ends and one smaller on in the middle. With the black pen, make crosshatches on the windows and the light, and make lines on the light yellow square.
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Let everything dry and your charm is ready! Let’s get started on putting it together. Cut some chain with wire cutters to your desired necklace length. Use your wire cutters to bend a jump ring and pull the charm and the chain through. Close the jump ring.
You can add some clock charms, too. I just added these because I felt that it finished the time lord effect. I just picked up these charms from a local craft store. Attach these charms with jump rings the same way as you did with the TARDIS charm.
Don’t worry, we’re almost done! Attach a jump ring to one end of the chain. Attach a clasp to the other end of the chain. Guess what? You’re done!
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I know it took a lot of steps, but this necklace turns out great in the end. This TARDIS necklace is a perfect gift for the Whovian in your life, or if you are that Whovian! Do keep in mind that this is a necklace. Necklaces are cool. Hope you enjoyed that Who pun; thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

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