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Mistakes happen. We’ve all been there. Today I’m going to share with you 15 common polymer clay mistakes that you need to understand when working with this versatile medium.
Posted on April 27, 2017 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin
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 14, 2017 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 12, 2016 in 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.
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
I used to take 4 trips from my office to the dining room table, just to tote all my stuff: planner, computer, iPad, iPhone… Inevitably I would sit down to work and realize I didn’t have my favorite fountain pen … so back to my desk I’d go. Okay, I have my pen … two minutes later, I recognized I didn’t have my notebook. So back to my desk I’d go and this would repeat itself several times throughout the morning. Does this sound familiar? Well … thanks to my friend Ginger Davis Allman of The Blue Bottle Tree, she helped me solve my problem with this mobile office solution. Read More
Posted on June 14, 2016 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin