If you find "Ancient Images" intriguing,
then an artist and how-to-do video will allow you to
achieve such designs. In fact, there's a whole series
of videos available to help increase your creativity...
but we'll get to that in a moment.
International artist and instructor Gwen Gibson is
one the Master Artisans in the MindStorm Production
Polymer Clay Series. In her easy-to-follow video, she
guides you through making unique jewelry pieces and
treasured gifts. With polymer clays and the use of photocopy
transfer and etching techniques, she shows how to simulate
the time worn surfaces of ancient artifacts.
Gwen said that she wants to make these are forms "more
accessible and share the images she loves." learn
a faux enameling technique and simulate etching on ancient
stone using acrylic paints. Alternatively, you can try
the clay collage technique to petroglyph images or learn
an oil-based etching technique to imitate Japanese woodcut
The video has been well received. Gwen told me that
people are thrilled because they can actually do the
projects — they are able to follow through on
them and are pleased with the results. People have commented
that her approach is wonderfully relaxed and almost
If it seems intimidating - relax - people with no background
can do it. Gwen refers to it as a "kitchen table
art form" - involving kneading and working with
So who's the mastermind behind the Master Artisan series?
Burt Johnson. Burt and his wife, Evelyn, produce the
videos and actually run the cameras. They've become
specialists in "table top crafts."
Burt explained that his passion for computers evolved
into videos. He became fascinated by the equipment and
learned quickly from experience. Burt's Mom was a miniature
enthusiast and became the focus of his first instructional
After that first series, as word spread, more videos
followed. People have "oohed and aaahed" about
the good close-up camera work. Burt, although not a
fine artist, has a deep respect for those that work
with him and calls polymer clay "a fascinating
He brings some of the best artists to you, including
Gwen and Donna Kato. he hopes the videos will give people
a "I could do that" kind of inspiration. They
are certainly important resources for those who don't
have easy access to classes and other information.