Category Archives: Polymer Clay
Posted on April 27, 2017 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin
Finding Your Routing is Essential
Finding your routine is an essential part of being an artist. It is not something that many of us even think about. A routine can help us settle in. Routine can help us to automatically perceive things about our environment. Today, over on the Sculpey blog I am discussing finding your routine. Why? Because find your routine is one way that will help you in your creative process.
Posted on April 21, 2017 in Tutorials by Katie Oskin
Polymer Clay Scrappy Tutorial by Martin Pottjewijd
This polymer clay Scrappy Tutorial is by Martin Pottjewijd and is used here with his full permission. Martin is a polymer clay artist from the Netherlands. He makes a wide variety of work including his elaborate and breathtaking castles built on large rocks and his adorable Polly & Mur. You can read Martin’s interview with Polyform here. Martin has graciously agreed to shared this tutorial here with each of you!
Posted on April 20, 2017 in Creative Prompts by Katie Oskin
Bold, Bright, & Vivid Colors of Spring
Colors of Spring are those colors that make me feel happy, bouncy, and rejuvenated. Are there certain colors of Spring that you automatically gravitate to? Maybe it’s because of the way that they make you feel? Perhaps it’s because of the clothes you wear? Or maybe it’s because it’s some preconceived notion you already have. Today let’s look at some vibrant colors to liven up your old spring pastel palettes.
Posted on April 14, 2017 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin
How to Spring Clean Your Studio
Spring clean your studio easily, quickly, and efficiently. These tried and true tips that will take you from danger zone to comfort zone in less than 30 minutes. The arrival of spring not only makes me want to clay my days away, but it also makes me want to clean! It’s not secret that I can’t clean in a mess. I’ve written many times about how I LOVE a very clean studio. Unlike many other artists, I crave a clean and tidy workspace. [It’s okay, you can laugh.] I do know that I’m not the only artist that is like this. I have written articles on this blog before about how you can clean up your studio, but today I’m talking about the BIG clean up (almost like a purge) that you really should do every spring.
Posted on April 11, 2017 in Tutorials by Katie Oskin
13 Spring Tutorials for Polymer Clay
(And Easter too)
Spring tutorials for polymer clay are fun, colorful, and will lighten any rainy day! Many of these tutorials can be done in a few short hours, to just a few minutes! I’ve gathered some of the most popular spring tutorials from polymer clay (and Easter too) from here on the site and put them all in one place just for you. I know, I know … you’re welcome. So feel free to click on all the links below and go straight to the tutorials of your choice.
Posted on April 7, 2017 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin
Selecting a new project can often be a daunting task. Today I’m going to help you to conquer it! As many of you know I’m a freelance designer and part of the Design Squad for Polyform. I’ve been part of their Design Squad since 2015. It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long! This is my month to write for the blog and I’m inviting YOU to come over and join us!
Posted on April 6, 2017 in Polymer Clay by Katie Oskin
Helping the ladies of Samunnat Nepal is an honor. Finding ways to give back to the polymer clay community that I love so much is a joy. In last month’s Polymer Notebook email, I encouraged all of your to look beyond yourselves and see how you could reach out and help others within the polymer clay community. This includes things like purchasing tutorials from other clay artists & teachers, buying products from other artists, adopting designs from other polymer people, and even purchasing for a good cause. For those of you who have chosen to support KatersAcres in any facet, I thank you!
I myself support other artists, by purchasing tutorials, supplies, & art too. Why? Because I believe in helping others, sharing with others, and supporting each other. We need to lift each other up and help in other out! The world is full of things that are not good. Our art should be full of encouragement, support, and love. In that vein, let us therefore also reach out and help others. Most especially when it is for a good and worthy cause.
Posted on March 28, 2017 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin
Acrylic Paints for Polymer Clay
Acrylics paints for polymer clay? Absolutely! Acrylic paints have been used safely for years with polymer clay. I have written about the use of acrylics with polymer several times here on the site. (See the linked articles at the end of this post.) Today I will share with you my four most used acrylic paints. You may enjoy these acrylic paints for polymer clay sculpting, jewelry making, or many other polymer clay disciplines too.
Posted on March 21, 2017 in In My Studio, Polymer Clay by Katie Oskin
Come & Join Us:
B’Sue Boutiques Workshop in Columbiana, Ohio – May 19-21
You will not want to miss this fabulous workshop put on by Brenda Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques in Columbiana, Ohio on May 19-21. The B’Sue Boutiques workshop is a mixed media discipline workshop that combines polymer clay and jewelry techniques. This year participants will be learning fantasy faces, faux jade, mini assemblage, and chain making.
Posted on March 14, 2017 in Tutorials by Katie Oskin
Miniature Caned Polymer Clay Lady Bug Tutorial
Here’s a simple easy polymer clay ladybug tutorial to make your own tiny little miniatures for yourself. If you joined me yesterday to read about my Into the Forest submission, then you saw these tiny little caned Lady Bugs parading. Now you can make your own. Enjoy!
Posted on March 13, 2017 in In My Studio, Polymer Clay by Katie Oskin
My Into the Forest Submission
Into the Forest is an international collaboration of polymer artists and enthusiasts. It is inspired by the high altitude aspen groves in the Rocky Mountains. This project, Into the Forest is an evolving mixed media international installation from Laura Tabakman, Emily Squires Levine and Julie Eakes. The idea was to bring together as many polymer artisans as possible in a wide variety of ways. We were to imagine ourselves in a forest. See it in your mind: On the ground beneath a canopy of branches and leaves, unexpected life exists. We were asked to create pieces which will form its life elements. We will combine them into living colonies of varying shapes, colors and sizes. Here’s a look at what I created for Into the Forest.
Posted on March 7, 2017 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin
When it comes to polymer clay, one of the most frequently asked questions when I teach at workshops, give classes, and receive emails is: “can you give me some polymer clay tips?” It’s no secret that everyone wants tips when starting out on a new hobby. Here’s a few overlooked polymer clay tips to help you in your polymer clay journey.