Summer BIRD & Mini-Supply Swap

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Polymer Clay Birds & Mini Supply Swap with KatersAcres

It’s about time … that I host another polymer clay swap. If you’ve never been a part of an art swap before, they are a way to create, trade, give, and receive art from fellow polymer clay enthusiasts and makers. This summer we are going to be creating BIRDS to make and swap with other artists along with a mini-supply swap (value $10). This swap is not an either/or it is both. So every artist will be making some kind of bird item and sending approximately $10 worth of supplies to their assigned artist. The deadline to sign up is June 30th.

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My Studio Storage Pieces

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Kater's Acres Library Card Catalogue
Parker & Lolly daily mug rug made by Mom

So much of me revolves around my family, its heritage, and pieces of timeless treasures that it’s hard for me to let go of that part of who I am. I am a neat freak. Therefore, studio storage is important to me. My Mom is quite the artisan. Her stained glass, her sewing, and her quilts fill my home. Even my morning cup of coffee sits on a little Parker & Lolly mug rug that Mom made me. It’s big enough that I have taken it to clay classes and shared it with a claymate so both our coffee cups can sit on it. So when designing and building my studio, from my original studio at the old house to my new studio here in Ohio, my studio storage always came first and was a priority in designing and filling my space.

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When Creativity Wanes

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A Dialogue of Creativity for Polymer Clayers

One of the questions that I receive a lot is ‘what do I do when I feel uninspired?’ Or ‘what do I do when I’m just not feeling creative anymore?’ It’s a fresh new reality for many of us. Many polymer clay enthusiasts have left polymer clay (even briefly) to pursue other art interests for a variety of reasons during the pandemic. Let me be the first one to tell you (in case no one else has) – it’s okay, you’re allowed to do that and NO you’re not ‘cheating’ on polymer! Today we’re going to tackle this issue for just a moment.

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Product Demo Team of 2022

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Kater's Acres Product Demo Team 2022

There are all kinds of new things going on here at the Acres for 2022. One of those things is the new Product Demo Team. The Product Demo Team is a group of 4 artists that have been specially selected to receive, try, demo, and show you some of our products from the shop. This Team is comprised of some extremely prolific sculptors who represent a wide range of talent and abilities. So without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to this year’s team.

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2022 Polymer Clay Challenge

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2022 is bring a lot of new, fun, exciting, and wonderful things to Kater’s Acres. It also means that there are a lot of changes too. One of those changes is the Polymer Clay Challenge that I have headed up for the Polymer Clay Community for over 6 years now. As of this year, I am no longer heading up the challenge. I have handed off the Challenge to the talented, friendly, and inspired clay artist Michele Hinchey.

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Live Videos for 2022

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LIVE Event Notices TEA Card

All throughout the 2021 year, I have been doing Live Videos on Facebook in my sculpting group on the 2nd Monday of the month. Every month they are different. Sometimes I will introduce you to new products, talk about new clays, tell you what I’m up to in the studio, or do a make-along with you. These Lives have been a lot of fun for me and for my viewers too. You earn prizes, learn something, and get to drink tea along with me. [Did you know that when you place an order in my shop I send you tea so you will have it to drink with me during our time together?]

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Monica’s Picks – Favorite Tutorials & Supplies

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Katie & Monica

As many of you know, Monica Rice is a regular to Kater’s Acres. She’s not only our helper when we need her, but she’s our friend, craft & clay pal, gemstone buddy, beachcombing guru, and all-around friend-for-all-seasons. She’s been around the clay and craft world long enough to have sampled every craft around, dabbled in the good (and the bad), and has experience in many mediums (including a large supply of knitting goods still waiting to be used). Because of her wealth of experience in so many mediums and her burst of creative energy and juices, which helps to inspire each of us, it’s only right that she uses that knowledge to help you find something new.

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CF Rainbow Tree 2021 Ornament Donations

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The CF Rainbow Tree is back for the 2021 Christmas season! Although the pandemic has changed hospital life and policy, we are still able to go forward with this project, we just have to change and tweak a few things. As usual … I’m in need of your help and your polymer clay Christmas ornament donations.

Can you make polymer clay Christmas Ornaments? Are you willing to help? If you can, I’m calling on you to help! I’m calling on all polymer clay artists worldwide! I need your help decorating a Christmas tree for Cystic Fibrosis patients & staff once again this year. Please see the information below for details on making your clay Christmas ornament donation.

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Mica Powder Highlight in Sculpting with Polymer Clay

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Using Mica Powder to Add Highlights to Your Facial Sculptures from Kater's Acres

Mica powder has always been great for polymer clay artists as a surface treatment. Traditionally in the polymer clay world, mica powder has been used for jewelry artists and as an “all over” treatment for sculptors. But did you know that mica can also be used in wonderful and surprising ways for sculpting too? Even on facial and realistic sculptures? Mica powder highlight is a wonderful trick that if you don’t know, you should get to know and use in your sculpting.

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Product Review: Craft Paints Overview

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Craft Paint Shelf in KatersAcres Studio

If you’ve followed me for a while you know that I regularly recommend using acrylic craft paints over high-end artist acrylic paints. But like any art product, there are both good and bad craft paints. This product review is a bit of a guide to help aid you in what kind of craft paints are better for you to invest in.

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