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 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 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 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.
Posted on February 14, 2017 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin
Tips for Sculpting with White Polymer Clay
There can be nothing more frustrating than sculpting with white polymer clay. Before you know it dust, lint, fibers, rouge cat hair, glitter (than you haven’t used in a month), and specks of other colors of clay find there way embedded into your pristine white polymer clay. There’s no need to hyperventilate, panic, throw out the clay, scream, cry, or even give up completely. Here’s a few tips that might help you along your journey to whiter, sparklier, and all around crisper white sculpted designs.
Posted on January 27, 2017 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin
Fingerprints in Polymer Clay
There’s only two things you need to know when dealing with fingerprints in polymer clay when you are learning how to sculpt. These two simple solutions are the two things each of my students who venture to my studio for lessons learn first. If you can remember #1 and master #2, fingerprints in polymer clay will be a thing of the past for you.
Posted on November 29, 2016 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin
Today I’m going to bring you my LC Machine Tips that has been highly requested by many of you. The LC Machine is still new to the market and polymer clay world. Here’s a little advice to use your LC Machine.
Posted on September 22, 2016 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin
My Polymer Clay Work Surface: Marble Tile
There are lots of options for a polymer clay work surface. Which one should you use and why should you use it? Here’s the polymer clay work surface that I use and the reasons why a marble tile is my choice.
Posted on September 9, 2016 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks, Offers by Katie Oskin
Christi Friesen Polymer Clay Tool Giveaway
“Pretty Darn Nifty” (PDN) Tool
OPENS 12:30PM EST on September 9
ENDS 11:59PM EST on September 15
Introducing the splendid Christi Friesen “Pretty Darn Nifty” polymer clay tool giveaway!
Posted on August 22, 2016 in Creative Prompts, Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin
Explorations in Voice a collaborative project with Ginger Davis Allman from The Blue Bottle Tree. Explorations in Voice is a joint collaboration in projects, materials, and supplies for polymer clay.
Posted on August 18, 2016 in Creative Prompts, Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin
Your Voice in Polymer Clay, The Necessity
All this week at The Blue Bottle Tree and KatersAcres Facebook pages, we have been discussing your voice in polymer clay. We’ve garnished your feelings, thoughts, opinions, and even been surprised by how others define our individual voice. While I can’t fill you in on all the details of Ginger and my time together (details on Monday); I can talk a little more about your voice in polymer clay and developing it. Read More