Sunday, May 3, 2009

Dragon the Line

I know that's a silly pun, but Draggin' the Line by Tommy James and the Shondells used to be one of my favorite songs, and today's project reminded me of it. The first verse goes like this...

Making a living the old, hard way,
Taking and giving my day by day.
I dig the snow and the rain and the bright sunshine.
I'm draggin' the line (draggin' the line)

Recently I asked my sister what I could make for her best friend's birthday in July. She reminded me that she collects dragons and although I'm not into dragons myself, I put on my thinking cap and jumped in with both feet. I am going to make several and send them all to her. I have a large one in the works, using an armature covered with paper clay, but just as a lark, I took a piece of Glow-in-the Dark Fimo and fashioned a small dragon.

It is done a style similar to Christi Friesen, that marvelous polymer clay artist and author. I actually used a picture of one of her dragons from an old Polymer Cafe Magazine. Christi has a fabulous website, so be sure and check it out.

I used a clear green glass nugget in the design and painted and antiqued and highlighted (as I am prone to doing) with acrylic paints. I was concerned that I had painted it too much for it to still glow, but it does...

So that's my project for this weekend. I did get my new air dry clay and have been practicing making flowers. This clay is completely different than polymer clay and it takes a bit of getting used to, but the flowers are so realistic you will be stunned. After I get a few more flowers completed, I'll post them. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your weekend and enjoy the snow, the rain and the bright sunshine.


Crafty Gal Linda said...

I'm not partial to dragons either but yours is cool! How clever. Thanks for entering my drawing Susan! Anyone else interested please click my link and find the post for the giveaway. Thanks!

Artgalcrafts said...

Hi Susan looking at others blogs is so moreish you see such wonderful things.
Susan you are a lady after my own heart.I love Christie F. too I have 3 of her books, and love your take on her dragons.
Think I found you thru Cindy Leitz from my site I am a member of her site too.
Your work is beautiful and your attitude to life is so like mine.
You are out of this world gal. Keep it up, I will come here often
loads of love XXX Elizabeth.

Kristen Hermanny said...

I like gargoyles better than dragons, but I like dragons as well. This one is great. Thanks for bringing me to it. I am glad you are using the clay, I am glad I gave it to you, since you are using it up.
I used to play D & D when I was in High School and College, I was a Barbarian. My dad always said it was Satan's game, but it wasn't. It was just a creative outlet in the land of make believe. I still have all my dice, and my pewter characters. Dragons are great. Fairies too.

Tina said...

This is super cool, dearie! I like it.

Kims Art said...

I have been off line and I missed your Bithday! Happy Happy Birthday! It looks like you had a great time at target. I am not into dragons, but it looks great! I love the eye bracelets you did. What kind of wire do you use in the center to make a bangle? You have been busy!

Angela Recada said...

Very cool, Susan! And thanks for the info about Christie F. - I'll be checking out her website next.
I hope you have a great week!

Take care,

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Very cool!
You're such a creative lady!

Suzie said...

I love glow in the dark stuff