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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Gail Wilson – Whimsical Polymer Clay Fairy Sculptor & Artist

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Gail Wilson - Polymer Clay Featured Artist

Today I would like to introduce you to Gail Corder Wilson. I bumped into Gail (as one does) in a Facebook group and became instantly enamoured with her fairy sculptures. I am pleased to share her work with you today and share her story and let you get to know her better. Thank you Gail for joining us today.

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Glitz Series Mica Powder for Polymer Clay

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Glitz Series Mica Powders from Kater's Acres

With so many options for mica powder and similar materials on the market these days, how do you know which ones are the best, which ones are worth the money, which ones you need, and which ones you just can’t live without? The new Glitz Series Mica Powder in the shop is something brand new, different, and unlike anything else we carry. It is a stunning combination of mica & glitter all smashed together into an extraordinary combination of wonderfulness for a gorgeous combination.

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Sculpting Tools for Polymer Clay

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Sculpting Tools from KatersAcres

With so many options for sculpting tools on the market these days, how do you know which ones are the best, which ones are worth the money, which ones you need, and which ones you just can’t live without. This video guide (with online links where appropriate) will help you to solve that problem if you’ve never sculpted before. Even if you have sculpted for years, perhaps you’re in the market for a new tool option or looking to see what others use or what else may be available to you. Hopefully this guide will be helpful.

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Winter Snow Storm – Premo Color Recipe

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Winter Snow Storm Polymer Clay Color Recipe

I’ve written color recipes for polymer clay for a long time here on the blog. I use mostly Premo polymer clay in my studio, so I specifically write recipes for Premo polymer clay. All polymer clay artists have favorite color recipes or colors that they turn to and mix up often. I’ve whipped this color up many times in my studio as it’s a nice, deep, could quasi-purple-blue that will make heads turn. I hope you enjoy it and use it often.

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Monica Rice from Coloratura Creations

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Monica Rice, Vintage Button Artist

Today I would like to introduce you to my friend Monica Rice. You’re probably already familiar with her if you’ve been around the Acres for any amount of time. Monica is my helper, assistant, and friend. Monica is absolutely head over heels in love with buttons and that love of buttons spills over into all kinds of work for her, from jewelry to canvases, polymer clay to housewarming gifts. I can’t wait for you to meet her…

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Jayne Dwyer from Paper Moon Jewelry – Polymer Clay Millefiori Picture Caner

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Jayne has been around the polymer clay world for quite some time. Her work is fun, has a touch of whimsy, is intricate in her detailed expressions of animals and critters inside her canes … and let’s be honest, it’s just plain gorgeous. I’m blessed to own several pairs of Jayne’s earrings and a brooch and wear each with pride. Jayne is a lovely person inside and out and it’s my joy to have her here with us today.

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2021 Polymer Clay Challenge

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2020 was quite a year for many people. When the year kicked off, never did anyone think we would be thrust into a global Pandemic, let alone that it would rage on for the entirety of the year. For many, completing a challenge, or working toward a goal on a hobby was the last thing on their mind. This year, I hope that art would encourage, inspire, uplift, and bring peace and joy into your life. I’ve always said that your art (whether polymer clay or something else) should make you happy. If it doesn’t … then why are you doing it?

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Polymer Clay Symposium 2021

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How you would like the opportunity to take lessons from 25+ of some of the world’s best polymer clay instructors for free? Sounds like it’s too good to be true, right? Well, it isn’t! I’m one of the instructors at next year’s fabulous Polymer Clay Symposium, hosted by Curious Mondo February 5th-13th, 2021. If you want to learn more and sign up for free, all you have to do is click the link below.

CLICK HERE NOW TO JOIN THE 2021 SYMPOSIUM

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