inspiration avenue etsy team is a group of very talented and diverse artists from all around the globe. i am so honored to be part of this bevy of, not only beauties (that goes without saying :P), but extremely creative, talented, positive, sharing, caring and inspirational ladies who i proudly call my friends :). the girls at IA have decided to hold a weekly inspiration challenge.actually it began this week but i was so caught up with my 100th post giveaway i couldn't write about it and invite all of you to come play with us. but it's a weekly challenge, so next week! i promise! :D.
this week's topic is SUMMER :) and here's the great reveal!
ok ok ... i admit ... i cheated. i didn't do this alone. i had help.
first let me tell you what comes to mind when i think of summer.
heat! malaysia is summer all year round and for those of you who loves the sun :) come and live in malaysia :)
sun! obviously :) and when i think of sun, i think of sunshine and when i think of sunshine ... i think of my precious little llara kaye :) she is the sunshine of my life ... she is my summer :) and so i wanted to make something that would include my noty little angel. a pendant (for those of you who still dunno why pendant ... let's just say i'm a little obsessed now and my mind in stuck in a pendant!) of a sun with her face in the middle :) that would be so cute and perfect!
initially i wanted to paint a sun on clay and transfer her image to the center of the sun. then ... suddenly, out of no where, i thought of locket! those that have "doors" which you can put a photo inside. it's been a long time since i saw one of those! and i thought ... i would try to combine both (locket and sun). even if it didn't turn out right, it doesn't matter. that's what challenges are anyway ... for you to be free and just experiment! so ...
clay and hinges. this was the tiniest hinge i could find. it's a 2cm hinge (i'm sure there are smaller ones like those they install on a trinket box) but heck... this would do for the time being. and... becos this was a circle, the hinge really was too large, so...
i clipped off the flap, top and bottom, both sides. and i then could embed it into the clay.
sculpt the petals in and the center of the sunflower. yes... my sun became a sunflower cos i had to have a "door" to the locket ... so i decided on sunflower which works just as well :)
it's uncanny where the creative process takes you sometimes :) isn't it?
i actually started painting this when llara came to look. she asked if she could help squeeze the paint out for me and i thought, why not involve her? this challenge is about her :) BRILLIANT!! so i asked.
one hour later and after covering all of my previous yellow petals in multiple hues (she loves turquoise too! oh my!!) ... here's the final result...
so now i know for sure that i can certainly insert a hinge in clay :) AHA!! lockets in my etsy shop next??!!
she even wrote her name behind!
at the end of the day, this turned out into a great project. not in the sense of how the project physically turned out , but how it felt inside... definitely for me ... and i'm glad mommy and baby could do this together :)
*contented sigh* my little miss sunshine :)