Polymer Clay Journal
No, it’s not WIP Wednesday … Yes, this could have waited … but I’m just so excited to share it with you all!
Not What I Expected, But …
Have you ever made something that turned out really well despite the fact that as you were making it you kept thinking, “something is clearly wrong here?” Well … rarely does that happen to me. Let me clarify, if while I’m making something I keep thinking, “this doesn’t look right” then by the time it’s done it still doesn’t look right and it ends up waiting for more inspiration …
Well this time, something unusual happened in my studio. I usually begin something with a plan or at least an idea, sometimes even a sketch or picture of inspiration. This time, that did not happen. For those of you who work like this, bless you, because I can’t. But here was my situation … I have lots of things on my ‘gotta get it made list’ but this one was crammed at the top. Why? Because I really wanted a festive & fun journal to take to my weekend with Christi Friesen. Yep, you heard that right … I’m spending an entire weekend taking classes with Christi Friesen about 2 hours from my house. YIPPY!
Here’s the problem, I had no idea what to make. Since my polymer clay work consists of more than just Parker, I wanted to capture some of it. My love of plants (especially flowers), my new-found love of caning, and yet a bit of me in it too. So what to make?! I had no ideas. In fact this journal has been sitting waiting on me for 2 months … why … zero inspiration on what to put on it. So yesterday I sat down at my marble work table and just played with my clay.
What Do You See?
When you look at my polymer clay journal there’s a bunch of things that you should recognize immediately if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time:
- Jumbo leaf canes
- Brush-stroke flower petal cane ends from my Flower Necklaces
- Stroppel cane made a fantastic “colored brick” bottom
- Scrap Clay for the background with mica powders for accents
- Even a “snowflake” cane that turned out so bad I turned it into cloudy-like-things … (don’t you hate it when that happens?)
- That nasty leaf cane that ended up looking more like fire flames, made great long leafy things too!
What’s Left To Do
I photographed my polymer clay journal as it was when it was done baking. However, I think I’m still going to add some brown & white acrylic paint to give it some definition. I will also varnish it with a satin glaze I think. Yep … I think this will do good for my weekend with Christi Friesen. What do you think?
How do you work in your studio? Do you just sit and let inspiration guide you? Do you go into working with a plan? Do you sketch your designs first? You tell me … how do YOU work best in your polymer clay studio?
Thanks for joining me today,