If you took a class and made a fish with this much personality, wouldn’t you be hooked on sculpting? That’s pretty much what happened to Zan Caperton. She credits Ellen Kelsey, an instructor at the 2013 All Dolls Are Art Conference (ADAA) held in Austin, Texas.
The fish (alas, it has no name) started as a glass ornament core covered with a 1:1 blend of Sculpey UltraLight and Premo white polymer clay . Scales were made with texture tools which Ellen created. Zan says working with heavily textured white clay and applying alcohol inks with Aqua-flo brushes made the process of painting and blending color very forgiving.
Not surprisingly she got hooked on Royal Langnickel Aqua-flo brushes, which she bought at Hobby Lobby. They are designed for use with water colors but work beautifully with alcohol inks. The cartridge is filled with 91% isopropyl alcohol and the brush is dipped in alcohol ink.
Zan went back to ADAA for Ellen’s dragon sculpting class in 2014–more on that in a future post.