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Monday, February 1, 2010

Doodling Butterfly by Adrienne Goodenough

I had the privelege to see this butterfly in person at the recent CHA trade show in Anaheim California.  It was LOVELY and the picture just doesnt do it justice!  Adrienne shares her story below:

I made a friendly plastic butterfly for the AMACO butterfly competition - all the entries will go to the holocaust museum, each to represent a child who died. I had decided not to enter the competition, as I was very busy at the time, plus international postage is expensive. But somebody from AMACO emailed me and asked if I would submit an entry, which was flattering...

I made this in a bit of a hurry, and it's not as good as I would have liked, but I didn't have time to re-do it, so off it went! It was on display on the Amaco stand at CHA 2010!

The butterfly is about 4 inches across, and I used a colouring technique I learnt from Liz Welch - doodled alcohol ink. I didn't have time to take step by step pics when I was making the butterfly, but have included some from an earlier project (below) so that you can see how easy it is to do. To make the butterfly, I used 2 wing shapes cut from doodled sticks and a body made from a piece cut from a fuschia stick. I joined them all together by dipping the edges into hot water for a few moments then pressing them together and holding in position for a few moments. The antennae were made from copper wire.

To make doodled alcohol ink Friendly Plastic, take a stick of gold Friendly Plastic and drip some alcohol ink on it. The newer bright colours are good for this technique. You can blow the ink around using a straw if you like.
Keep adding aclohol ink. If you're blowing it with a straw, you will find that the ink you're blowing comes to a sudden stop when it touches dry ink. So, eventually you will have to drip or dab the ink into the gaps.This is what the finished piece looks like, along with the inks I used.Now take a white Sakura souffle pen, and draw around the blobs using wriggly lines, then infill with doodles, until the piece is doodled all over.
Easy to do, and looks very effective. Liz uses it to make beautiful pendants, by cutting it to shape and size and laying it into bezels, then covering with layers of resin and trapping doodles or tiny embellishments between the layers.

Linda Peterson is compensated and endorsed by AMACO. The guests features may or may not have any affiliation with AMACO.


Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

What a gorgeous butterfly! I love how this technique turns out. Linda, you've worked a lot with polymer clay as well as the Friendly Plastic. Do you know if the Sakura pen works on polymer clay too? If it does can it go on unbaked and/or baked clay? I would love to know.

Linda Peterson Designs said...

Thanks Cindy! It is a gorgeous technique! Im sure it would work equally well on polymer clay. The sakura pens seem to emboss somewhat on the clay if I remember correctly. It's been a long time. Im thinking this would best be done on baked clay...but your experiments would be welcomed!

Thanks for taking the time to comment

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Thanks Linda! I'll look out for those pens and let you know about any experiments I do with them.


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