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This is a hand formed clay rectangle ornament with a single sunflower painted in oils. The ornament is about 4 inches by 2.5 inches with a half inch thickness making this solid and of a good weight. It has a stressed/aged feel and is accented with a light blue sky and green grass.

The ornaments are easier to make than they are to photograph.



I ran across some small ornaments that I thought might be fun to paint. The original ornament is made of glass but with an adobe clay overlay, acrylic paints and water proof seal I was able to come up with a whole new look. The clay overlay strengthens the ornament making it harder to break which I like because I'm a bit clumsy sometimes.

How to:

Basically what I did was paint on the clay then I let it dry. I  painted on a base color, let that dry then added various layers of partially transparent acrylics. This let the base color come through but in different shades. The final color added was to the very top which was allowed to drip down the sides . What I didn't do was spin the ornaments because that's a less controlled technique. I wanted the colors to blend in places but not to have a spun appearance. I think dipping helps control the paint and lets it drip down nicely. Of course when you dip you've got build up at the bottom so just take a small cloth (not a napkin) and dab the bottom so that you don't have that little drop of paint drying under the sphere. Once it's dry spray it with a seal and dab the bottom the same as you did with excess paint. Viola, there's your redesigned, up-cycled ornament.

...continue reading "Recycled Ornaments"

Now I think I'm done and not just because I used the last of the polymer clay either. I think I may have gotten all this out of me. The inspiration to press clay and paint it, it's all gone now. Here is Harvest No3 shown beside a blue and green vase as well as beside the log candle holder which started the whole creative process in the first place.

This particular piece has one single ready for harvest wheat stalk which springs from the setting sun.

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I never know where inspiration will come from or where it's going to take me but I always enjoy the journey.


This and one other ornament can be seen in my Etsy shop. Please see my sidebar for the Etsy link. Thanks.



Question: If a neighbor cuts down his tree, will the artist in you hear it?
Answer: Yes, and she will make candle holders.

Not only will the artist make log candle holders she'll grab polymer clay, hand shape a leaf and create a harvest themed ornament to lean against the holder.

I placed the holder on top of a square marble sheet which sits on my fish aquarium. Even though there are three holes drilled in the log I only added one golden-brown votive holder to it. I think I like the single candle best. I then added two tall candles with pond stones then placed Philodendron vines around it all. It's not only pretty,  its relaxing.

...continue reading "A Little Bit Crafty, A Little Bit Zen"

I've been at it again. Yesterday the need to create something 3D came over me so I grabbed my clay and paints and went to town. This is what I came up with, two Giving Trees. ...continue reading "Giving Tree Ornaments"

Spring of Youth was created on watercolor paper with ink, crayola crayons and crayola markers. In addition to the stated media there are small details completed in pigmented glue.

The painting shows a little girl with big blue river like eyes walking through a field/forest while carrying and infant. There are two huge full sunflowers, small vines and small daisy flowers around her. She has a tree growing from her black hair and her arms are made of wood, her clothes made of sack cloth.

Spring of Youth is available in my Etsy shop. Please see my sidebar for the link.

Thank you visiting Sundrip - Art for Life


Rainbows and Daydreams is a painting from my sketchbook that shows a little black girl dreaming amongst the flowers.

Media: Crayola crayons, Crayola markers on 6x9 sketchbook paper. Minor digital corrections.
Art by: F. Magdalene Austin



A little birdie came to tell but I already knew.

"She sings my tune, she knows all the words" is black folk art depicting a young black girl with a white bird on her shoulder sharing secrets. This original mixed media painting was created on 6x9 paper in oils, watercolor and ink. What I like about this painting is the small treble clefs in pink on the sheet music fence and the rainbow colors that wind behind it. She's got the sun beaming in yellow and orange behind her and a white flower beside her. This folk art piece is simple and pleasing with bright colors and traditional symbolism.

Please see my Etsy shop for purchase details. The link is on the sidebar.

Thanks for visiting SUNDRIP,


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