The 2018 Polymer Clay Challenge is here! Once again, last year’s 2017 Polymer Clay Challenge was a great success. Even more people were able to successfully able to complete all 52 weeks of the challenge! Unfortunately this year, I was not one of them. I was able to successfully complete 40 of the 52 weeks. This is the most weeks I have left unfinished of any year. But … as I encourage EACH of you that participate, do not beat yourself up over this, just keep pushing on and creating. As usual, I will attempt again in 2018 to complete the challenge.
What Is the 2018 Polymer Clay Challenge?
I have been hosting the Polymer Clay Challenge for going on 5 years now. The Polymer Clay Challenge is first and foremost a commitment. It is a commitment by YOU the clayer that you will work with polymer clay and complete no less than one item per week. Why would we do such a thing? Why not more and why not less? More is great but can strain our creativity and cause burnout in many people. One item a week turns out to be just 52 items a year and not too hard for most of us to handle and for most does not cause burnout.
One of the things I love most about polymer clay is the way it feels in my hands. As a sculptor I feel something in clay that many others do not get to feel with polymer. I get to literally push, pull, and manipulate clay in a way that many only dream of doing. If you’ve followed this site for any length of time now, you know that I love making fantasy characters and imagining things in a new way (but most especially in my own way).
How many of you have half finished things sitting around your studio? Or maybe I’m the only one. I know for a fact I’m not after our live FaceBook get together in the 2018 Polymer Clay Challenge Group earlier in the month, in fact many of us laughed about it together. Why? Because we all have half finished, somewhat started, ‘almost right’, or ‘not quite there yet’ pieces sitting around our studios. That has got to stop, for each of us. And this is the year to finish the sculpture! Continue reading Finish the Sculpture…
Today it’s my pleasure to introduce an artist who is not new to the polymer clay community, Amy Hucks. Amy is a self taught polymer clay artist who emerged on the scene several years ago with her caricature-like faces. She has a vivacious personality and is a joy. It’s my pleasure to introduce her to you today.
I am so blown away by all the contributions to the Christmas Tree (#CFRainbowTree) that is now on displayed at University Hospitals, adult CF department, at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. I am blown away by the outpouring of ornaments for the tree. You all sent so many, we had enough to fill TWO trees! Watch the video to see the trees and maybe even find your ornament(s).
It is my truest belief that art in and of itself is healing. I also know that not everyone can afford to pay for art classes. Because I believe so strongly in art’s ability to heal our mind and our heart, I am offering a 2018 Scholarship to the Whimsical Sculpting Tutorials Club. The details on how you enter to be chosen are below.
If you are new to sculpting, you know that there’s a wide variety of things you still have to learn. Understanding the difference between an under-sculpt and an armature may be at the top of your list, or it may be at the bottom. Regardless, at some point in your sculpting world, you may find that the two of these ideas collide and you find yourself either needing to know the difference or needing to know how to execute to two. Under-sculpts and armatures are often easily confused. Today I hope to clear up some of the confusion and help you better understand the difference between an under-sculpt and an armature.
Sunflower Sparkle color recipe for polymer clay. Earlier in the fall I introduced you to the Fall 2017 color recipes. With the busy-ness of the fall season, I almost forget to post this luscious yellow color recipe for you. This would have been a sincere tragedy. But don’t worry, I wouldn’t leave a gorgeous yellow out of the fall palette. Enjoy!
This months Sculpting Club Membership is a bonus month with 3 full PDF tutorials! If you have been on the fence about joining the Sculpting Club, this is your opportunity. You get THREE PDF tutorials (plus extras) for just $9.95, that’s less than $3.50 each; it’s a really good deal and a great way to learn how to sculpt.
Making these adorable, fun, faux leather sculpted flowers is easy with polymer clay. You can make these for home decor projects, mixed media, jewelry, brooches, and so much more! Learn to make your own with this fun and free tutorial.
Red Wine color recipe for polymer clay. Earlier in the month I introduced you to the Fall 2017 color recipes. What would fall be without a glass of crisp red wine? It would be like having a deep luscious red missing from our fall color palette. Don’t worry, I wouldn’t leave it out. Enjoy!
Premo color recipe in Orange Spice for polymer clay. A few weeks ago I introduced you to the Fall 2017 color recipes. I hope that you’ve taken some time to look through them and enjoy them as well. What would fall be without a gorgeous, rich, orange spice color to liven up the bunch?
Premo color recipe in Muted Berry for polymer clay. A few weeks ago I introduced you to the Fall 2017 color recipes. I hope that you’ve taken some time to look through them and enjoy them as well. I wear a ton of burgundy, plum, and berry colors in general. In fact, my closet is jammed packed with them. It’s funny how the colors we prefer to wear, we don’t use as much in our studio. Here’s today’s gorgeous muted berry color recipe.
Premo color recipe in Midnight Twinkle for polymer clay. A few weeks ago I introduced you to the Fall 2017 color recipes. I hope that you’ve taken some time to look through them and enjoy them as well. Today’s color is rich, dark, deep, with a hint of pizazz that yearns for a warm accompaniment.
One of the things I love most about polymer clay is the way it feels in my hands. As a sculptor I feel something in clay that many others do not get to feel with polymer. I get to literally push, pull, and manipulate clay in a way that many only dream of doing. If you’ve followed this site for any length of time now, you know that I am fascinated with faces and even more so I am in love with making them.