a new perspective on polymer clay

A new perspective on polymer clay.

Perspective: a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.

Polymer clay often gets a bad rap for being a plastic material, but it’s all about perspective.

While flipping through a recent issue of Fast Company Magazine I came across a quote that hit close to my polymer clay heart. Ok, I may not have even read it, if not for the clear sofa photo that caught my eye.

image from Fast Company Magazine

Image from Fast Company Magazine. Designed by French designer Philippe Starck and made by Kartell.

Here’s the quote…

“I have always loved to work with plastic, as it is a reflection of human intelligence. Men have not created stone or wood, but plastic is the result of human creativity.” – Philippe Starck

“plastic is the result of human creativity”

So, polymer clay artists are not only being creative, but they are being creative with a material that is the result of human creativity. How is that for a new perspective?

creative block buster #11

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 #11 – Explore Other Mediums

This creative challenge is all about finding inspiration from other mediums. Do a Google image search for pottery, quilting, knitting, painting, etc. and really look at some of the images. Pay attention to textures, techniques, shapes, patterns, and the colors used. Try to translate at least one of those items into your current medium.

dragonfly polymer clay pendant

This polymer clay dragonfly pendant was inspired by gourd art.

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!

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?

are you up for a challenge?

Creative Habit Inspiration Challenge

What is Creative Habit Inspiration Challenge?

A Facebook group open to any artistic medium. A new inspiration challenge prompt will be posted each Monday. Upload your photo to the corresponding week’s challenge album.
*Photos must be new work inspired by the challenge.

The purpose of this challenge is to inspire you to make creative time a habit. Try to block out time in your schedule, ideally at the same time every day, even if it’s only 15 to 30 minutes. Creativity, like everything, get’s easier with practice.

My hope is that you will also use these challenge prompts to push yourself outside your comfort zone, because that is where real growth happens.

Click here to join the Creative Habit Inspiration Challenge group…it’s all fun…no pressure.

modern living

My mom has her house for sale and has started the process of cleaning out. I’m now the proud owner of an antique steamer trunk, which is a story for another day. However, the trunk was filled with scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photos, etc. Today I want to share a gem that surfaced…Modern Living, a little magazine that was published by a local bank in 1962.

modern living 1962

While the carousel theme is a little much, I do like the red and white with touches of green. It creates a nice high contrast color scheme.