March Challenge

March Challenge

Spring!:

Ah…Spring!
A time for growth, renewal, robins, flowers, green grass…

The Challenge is to:

  • Create something that represents Spring.
  • You may use any color palette.
  • Can be polymer clay or mixed media.

Note:

This is completely optional and you are under no obligation to enter. There are no prizes or winners for this challenge. However, entries will be displayed along with a link (to your shop, website, FaceBook page, etc.) here on my Crafts by Chris blog and Facebook page.

To Enter:

Send an email to: chris@craftsbychrisonline.com with the following information by no later than March 31, 2015.:

  • your name as you would like it displayed (can be your name and/or your business name)
  • URL you would like to link to (this can be an online shop, FaceBook page, etc.)
  • a photo of your entry
  • any other info you might like to share about your entry, such as inspiration, techniques used, etc.)

Evolution of a Design

evolution of a design

The Evolution of a Design

Or a look into the crazy inter-workings of a creative mind. I thought I would combine #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) with some thoughts on the evolution of a design. Often a design pops into your head fully formed and you take it from there. Other times, an idea evolves and changes over time as it did with the polymer clay beads in the above photo.

Inspiration

Let’s journey back to February 2011. You can read the original inspiration post, but short version is that it began with carved wood designs, which somehow made me think of carved jade, which led to the green beads in the upper left-hand corner of the photo. As you can see, I wasn’t totally happy with it, so I antiqued the one on the left.

Set Aside

The beads were then set aside and basically forgotten about until….

…almost a year and a half later, June 2012. I went on a shopping spree and purchased Christi Friesen’s line of Swellegant metal paints and colorants. Of course, I wanted to play with them immediately and didn’t want to take the time to make something. So, I started digging through my cured beads and and came across the green beads. The bead in the upper right-hand corner of the photo, shows the bead with silver metal paint.

The Final Design

While I liked the silver look, it still wasn’t quite right. So, I added a darkening patina, which was better as it added more definition to the flowers. Then, I decided to highlight the flowers with some color (bottom photo). I’m not sure whether that decision was because I thought it needed some color, or because it was my first experiment with Swellegant and I hadn’t tried the dyes yet. ;)

February Challenge

February Challenge - Vessels

Vessel:

as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary

~ a hollow container for holding liquids
~ a container (as a cask, bottle, kettle, cup or bowl) for holding something

The Challenge is to:

  • Create a vessel using polymer clay.
  • You may use either the January or February color palette* or a color palette of your choice.
  • Can be any size.
  • Vessel can be created free-form or by covering an existing container.

Note:

This is completely optional and you are under no obligation to enter. There are no prizes or winners for this challenge. However, entries will be displayed along with a link (to your shop, website, FaceBook page, etc.) here on my Crafts by Chris blog and Facebook page.

To Enter:

Send an email to: chris@craftsbychrisonline.com with the following information by no later than February 28, 2015.:

  • your name as you would like it displayed (can be your name and/or your business name)
  • URL you would like to link to (this can be an online shop, FaceBook page, etc.)
  • a photo of your entry
  • any other info you might like to share about your entry, such as inspiration, techniques used, etc.)

*The January and February color palettes can be found in the 12 Months of Inspiration e-book, which you can get for free along with the first month’s corresponding polymer clay color recipes when you sign-up for the newsletter here.

want to know the secret to busting through creative blocks?

The secret to busting through creative blocks

The trick to getting un-stuck is…

…you have to make yourself sit down and play with the materials, mix colors, revisit past work, etc. Anything to get yourself started. It’s that simple and that hard.

Help for getting started:

Mix Colors

Mix some pretty Spring colors with my polymer clay color recipe ebooks, available for Premo, FIMO Professional and Kato brands of polymer clay. You can find them in my Etsy shop.
Kato Spring 2015 Color Recipe Ebook

Make It A Game

Deal yourself a dose of inspiration with my Deal-A-Muse cards. Pick a card or two without looking and challenge yourself to create something using the card or cards chosen. A brand new set of 60 Deal-A-Muse cards (set #2) was just added to my Etsy shop.
Deal-A-Muse set #2

A Year of Inspiration

The Color.Creativity.Design membership site has been revamped with more levels to better suit your needs. Right now you can save $10 on any level….you can get a year of inspiration for as little as $19. Introductory sale ends February 18, 20115.
12 months of inspiration

Wishing you a colorful and creative year!

Holiday Sale on Color.Creativity.Design

2014 Holiday Sale!

This week’s Holiday Sale special runs through the end of December.

A one year membership to Color.Creativity.Design is only $59.25 through December 31, 2014.

What is Color.Creativity.Design?
In a nutshell, your Color.Creativity.Design membership includes every new product published during that year (something new published monthly) plus every product that I have ever published. Polymer clay color recipe ebooks for Premo, FIMO Pro and Kato, inspirational photo color palettes with color recipes, tutorials and so much more. Click here for all the details.
Color.Creativity.Design membership Holiday Sale

Color Palette #1 with Kato Polymer Clay Color Recipes

Color Palette #1 with Premo Polymer Clay Color RecipesNew Creative Inspiration!

    Includes:

  • high-resolution inspirational image
  • color palette from image
  • corresponding Kato polymer clay color recipes

Copyright Crafts by Chris 2013-14

Price: $4.00

Important Notice:

Due to the EU VAT law effective January 1, 2015, I am temporarily suspending purchases from my website. You can however still purchase through my Etsy shop.

For EU Customers – In an effort to try to exclude my ebook sales from the new EU VAT laws, (at least until such time that Etsy comes up with a way to comply) I will be physically emailing the pdf file(s) to EU customers.

Color Palette #1 with Premo Polymer Clay Color Recipes

Color Palette #1 with Premo Polymer Clay Color RecipesNew Creative Inspiration!

    Includes:

  • high-resolution inspirational image
  • color palette from image
  • corresponding Premo polymer clay color recipes

PLEASE NOTE: These recipes include cobalt blue and zinc yellow, which are available through limited retailers. For a list of retailers and possible substitutions, please refer to the FAQs page.

Copyright Crafts by Chris 2013-14

Price: $4.00

Important Notice:

Due to the EU VAT law effective January 1, 2015, I am temporarily suspending purchases from my website. You can however still purchase through my Etsy shop.

For EU Customers – In an effort to try to exclude my ebook sales from the new EU VAT laws, (at least until such time that Etsy comes up with a way to comply) I will be physically emailing the pdf file(s) to EU customers.