Summer Creativity Challenge – Week Two

#SummerCreativityChallenge

Week Two

How are things going? Are you getting your 15 minutes in each day? If something comes up that you happen to miss a day, don’t sweat it, just get back on track the next day.

#SummerCreativityChallenge

I’ve been spending my #SummerCreativityChallenge time alternating between experimenting with different additives to translucent Pardo polymer clay and another project that I’m not ready to share yet. For the pastel colored petals, I added PRO-TEC powder paints. For the other piece (maybe a pendant), I tinted the translucent clay with Swellegant dye. I then chopped it into tiny pieces and combined it with chopped up pieces of opaque black, brown and gold.

This Week

  1. Spend 15 minutes each day on a creative activity (this can be anything…coloring, doodling, playing with clay, painting, etc.). Keep track by marking off one of the squares on your chart for each 15 minutes you spend on a creative activity. If you spend 30 minutes one day, mark off two squares. If you fill in your chart before the 30 days is up, print another chart and keep going.
  2. Share your results each Wednesday by using #SummerCreativityChallenge. Accountability is a great motivator. Invite a friend to join you and hold each other accountable.

Tips and Tricks to make the most of your creative time:

*Always carry a notepad or have a note-taking or drawing app on your phone. Time spent waiting for appointments can be used to write down or sketch ideas.

*With only 15 minutes, you more than likely won’t finish a project in one sitting, this is a good thing. It’s so much easier to get into the flow if you’re sitting down to a work in progress than it is sitting down to a clean workspace. A totally clean work space is the equivalent of the dreaded blank page for writers.

*Keep adding to your list of ideas and always know what you want to work on next.

*Print out some free coloring pages to have on hand for those days when you just don’t feel like doing anything else. Click here for a website that has links to some free printable coloring pages.

Remember, it takes 21 days to successfully build a new habit. By completing the 30 day challenge you are well on your way to making creativity a habit.

You can still join in by signing up here.

July Challenge Theme Entry #1

July Challenge Entry Beth Sullivan

Artist: Beth Sullivan, D.O.

URL: Beth is currently working on rebuilding her stock of jewelry and home decor items after her first ever craft fair so that she can open an Etsy shop. When she does, I’ll post the link.

About the Artist/Entry: Beth shared these beautiful Steampunk polymer clay magnets and pins for the July Challenge Theme. She describes herself as a hobbyist/polymer enthusiast, as she works full-time as a Family Physician in Georgia. She has been working with polymer clay for a little over a year.

You can see all the monthly challenge themes and entries here.

July Challenge Theme

July Challenge Theme Steampunk/Mixed Media

The Challenge is to:

  • Create anything that represents the theme using polymer clay along with any mixed media materials.
  • You may use any color palette.
  • Can be any size.

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.) 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 July 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.)

June Challenge Theme

June Challenge Theme Up Up and Away

The Challenge is to:

  • Create anything that represents the theme using polymer clay.
  • You may use any color palette.
  • Can be any size.

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.) 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 June 30, 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.)

Premo Fall 2015 Polymer Clay Color Recipe Ebook

Premo Fall 2015 Color Recipe Ebook

Premo Fall 2015 Polymer Clay Color Recipe Ebook

Get a head start on your fall polymer clay designs with the Premo Fall 2015 Polymer Clay Color Recipe Ebook. Take the guesswork out of color mixing and save yourself some time. This ebook contains easy to follow recipes for the season’s hottest colors. Now available in my Etsy shop.

Don’t work with Premo? The FIMO Professional Fall 2015 Color Recipe Ebook will be out June 8th, and Kato Fall 2015 Color Recipe Ebook will be available July 8th.

I also have several past season’s worth of polymer clay color recipe ebooks for Premo, FIMO Professional and Kato in my Etsy shop.

May Challenge Theme

May Challenge Theme - Mosaics

Mosaic:

The Challenge is to:

  • Create a mosaic using polymer clay.
  • You may use any color palette.
  • Can be any size.

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.) on this blog and my Facebook page.

To Enter:

Send an email to: chris@craftsbychrisonline.com with the following information by no later than May 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.)