Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Faux Terracotta

Since coming back from vacation, I have not been able to work in my studio as much as I would like. My pinched nerve is still pinched and killing me. I couldn't get in to see my physical therapist until next week. I know it is long to wait but she is really good and helped me so much the last time I needed PT. So I am in pain most of the time and it is getting old.

Also, last Tuesday I had 6 crowns put on my teeth. I was in the dentists chair for over 4 hours. It was grueling and I was on Tylenol for most of the week. He did a great job and I know my teeth will look and feel much better but it has not been a great week. Plus it is freezing here and I miss the warmth of the Arizona sun.

The last couple of days, I have been playing around with a faux terracotta color. At first I tried all manner of combinations of clay colors. I tried raw umber, cadmium red, and yellow. Then there was the addition of black to that mixture. I must have made 25 color samples but nothing was saying terracotta to me.

Then I remembered that one of my Lynda Moseley tutorials had a recipe for faux red jade in it. I mixed up a batch and voila. I think it works well as a faux terracotta. All of her mixes are made using alcohol inks. I really like the way the inks and the translucent clay work together.

10 comments:

Saturday Sequins said...

Lovely bead! You got the color just right, and I love the gold dragonfly accent.

I know how it feels to be in pain all the time, so you have my sympathy! Sometimes massage therapy can work to speed up the recovery process -- of course, your physical therapist will be able to tell you better than I can.

MÂȘ Reyes said...

Te ha quedado perfecto, me encanta. Besos

Robbie said...

Hope you get feeling better soon!!! So much going on with you!!

Roberta said...

Thanks so much!

Roberta said...

I know, right? Soon I hope!

Roberta said...

Thanks so much. I am counting down the days until I go.

Reshma at colorcanopy.blogspot.com said...

Ooo...I didn't see this before I wrote to you earlier! I hope you feel better sooner!

That bead is beautiful! I likey likey too much!

Roberta said...

Thanks Reshma! I will survive!

Barb Fernald said...

6 crowns??!! Yeesh! I'm a wimp when I just get one. No wonder you still have a pinched nerve.
I love the color of this bead!!

Wendy Moore said...

This really captures the warmth of terra cotta Roberta. I hope you can get back to doing all the creating you can very soon!