creative block buster #10

What is a creative block buster? It is a simple exercise that can be done in just a few minutes or more that will hopefully jump start your creativity.

Creative Block Buster #10 – Taking risks!

Today’s creative block buster is a little different. It’s more of a thinking exercise.

creative block buster #10 - taking risks!

There may or may not have been some trespassing signs that may or may not have been ignored in taking this photo. I’m not suggesting that you do something illegal, but I do want you to take risks with your art.

Without risk, there is no growth.

Today’s challenge is to take a critical look at what you’ve been creating or what you are currently working on. Then ask yourself, “What can I do to that will take this from okay to outstanding?”. The more the idea is outside your comfort zone the better.

Maybe you’ve thought about something that goes beyond your current skill set. Learn the new skill.

Perhaps your idea doesn’t conform with the rules of design. Do it anyway.

Without risk, there is no growth.

Do something today that is outside your comfort zone. Take a risk!

2nd annual back to school sale

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  • Sale prices are good through Monday, September 1st, 2014!

creative block buster #9

What is a creative block buster? It is a simple exercise that can be done in just a few minutes or more that will hopefully jump start your creativity.

Creative Block Buster #9 – How many ways?

Today’s creative block buster is to challenge yourself to see how many different ways you can make the same design.

polymer clay hearts

creative time

I managed a little creative time in the new studio recently.

I’ve been playing around with the idea of something to go on one of the tan walls in our bedroom. That goes with the afghan bedspread.
painting       bedroom

So, this is what I came up with, but I’m not sure I’m happy with it. I can’t quite figure out if it’s because I know I want something bigger. If so, I could just make more polymer clay tiles as I was thinking of mounting them on a canvas. Or maybe I’m not happy with it because it still needs something…perhaps flowers to soften it up.
polymer clay tiles wall art

The rough texture is my favorite part.
tile texture

What do you think? Do the tiles need something else added?

almost done

I’m almost done moving the studio…

I still have a few things that need to find a home and some other things that will be donated, but I’m just about done!!! AND the best part is that this room is almost twice the size of my old studio.
new studio view one

I even have space to set up my sewing machine. Those ugly uhmm lovely green and floral cushions are from my cute little vintage camper and are going to be recovered.
new studio view two

Now that the studio is mostly back together, I hope to do more experimenting with the FIMO Professional with regards to finishing ~ how easy it sands and buffs up. The fall 2014 color recipe ebook for FIMO Professional will be available starting tomorrow.
fimo pro

We had a fun 4th with the family…
Our adorable grandchildren. :)
patriotic grandbabies

FIMO Professional review part two

This is part two of my review of the new FIMO Professional polymer clay. You can read the first part here. I’m squeezing this in between moving my studio and working on FIMO Professional color mix recipes, so it’s not as thorough as I would like.

Strength

For the strength test, I cured strips of FIMO Professional at 240 degrees for 30 minutes. The numbers on the clay represent the corresponding settings on my Makin’s pasta machine.
FIMO Professional strength test

FIMO Pro strength test #1 FIMO Pro strength test #2

FIMO Pro strength test #3 FIMO Pro strength test #4

FIMO Pro strength test #5

Basically, it seems to be fairly strong and flexible. They will all break when completely folded over, it’s just that it’s harder to get the thicker strips to fold completely in half. It may also be stronger depending on the temperature it’s cured at. For this example, the strips were cured at 240 degrees for 30 minutes. The package says to cure at 230 degrees, but not over 265 degrees.

Caning

I made a very simple cane and reduced it immediately. With the clay being so soft it is not going to reduce as crisply as the FIMO Classic did. It also squishes when cutting slices off of the cane, even with a thin sharp blade.
FIMO Pro simple cane FIMO Pro reduced cane

Personal Thoughts

My first impression…that FIMO Classic users are not going to be happy with the new FIMO Professional still stands. It is very soft…softer than Premo and somewhat sticky.

I do want to say that I’m not affiliated with any particular brand of polymer clay and that while I work primarily with Premo, I have spent quite a bit of time working with FIMO, Kato Polyclay and Pardo Art Clay. So, I personally think that those of you who like a firm clay, would probably like the Pardo Art Clay the best, followed by Kato Polyclay. Again, this is just my opinion…an educated opinion…but still just an opinion.