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.

Color.Creativity.Design 2nd Anniversary

Color.Creativity.Design 2nd Anniversary

Color.Creativity.Design 2nd Anniversary Sale-a-bration!

It’s the second anniversary of the Color.Creativity.Design membership site!

Explore Color.Creativity.Design in polymer clay

Get inspired…stay inspired, with polymer clay color recipes, tutorials and much more.

Now with 3 levels to better suit your needs.

SALE!

Fantastic sale prices on all membership levels now through May 9, 2015. Click image below for details

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Giveaway!

As part of the anniversary celebration, I’ll be giving away two Color.Creativity.Design memberships through a random draw to two lucky newsletter subscribers. The first winner will be announced in the newsletter on Friday, April 24th and the second winner will be announced on Friday, May 8th, 2015. So, if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, now is the perfect time. Already a subscriber? Great! You’re all set.

Just for signing up for the newsletter, you’ll get the FREE 12 Months of Inspiration E-book, which contains 12 monthly photo color palettes along with suggestions for more ways to challenge yourself along with the corresponding polymer clay color recipes for Premo, FIMO Professional and Kato Polyclay brands of polymer clay for the January 2015 color palette from the 12 Months of Inspiration E-book.

If you are currently a Color.Creativity.Design member and your name is drawn, I’ll refund your payment or extend your membership for another year.

April Challenge

April Challenge

Doors:

Doors lead us to interesting places…

The Challenge is to:

  • Create a door 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 April 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.)

Creative Block Buster #12

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 #12 – Color & Size

Creative Block Buster #12 - Color and Size
Today’s creative challenge is a two-fer.

  1. Mixing colors is a great way to get started. And let’s face it…getting started is the hardest part. Need some help mixing colors? Be sure to check out my polymer clay color recipe ebooks.
  2. Focus on size. If you usually make very small things, make something in a larger scale. Or, if you create works that are large in size, make something small.

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. 😉

Epic Fail

Epic Fail

Epic Fail Weekend

Saturday

So…last weekend I decided to work on my February Challenge vessel. The plan was to get started right after I threw in a load of laundry, which is when everything went to hell…

I go down to the basement to start a load of laundry and notice the floor is wet in the next room. I peek around the doorway and there is water spraying out of a tiny pinhole….AND…..it’s hot water. Now, our house was built in 1900 and the basement is only a partial basement, the rest is crawl space. It’s kinda icky down there, so unless I have a reason to go down, such as laundry, I don’t. Needless to say I hadn’t been in the basement for several days and have no idea how long the water has been spraying out. I can hardly wait to see my next water and gas bill. *sigh*

After we had a water pipe break in the upstairs bathroom several years ago and the resulting waterfall around the living room ceiling fan, I now know where the main water shut off valve is. I’d seriously like to know why these things always happen when my husband is at work. Anyway, I shut off the water and notice that it’s still spraying out of the pipe. Well duh, it’s coming from the hot water heater, which is still full.

I call my husband and tell him to come home. Then, I remembered that my granddaughter called me that morning (ok, she’s three and her mom did the calling) wanting grandma to cut her bangs. So, I call my daughter and tell her now is not a good time. I do a google search to see if we can temporarily fix it to get by until Monday. We tried a couple of things, which were also epic failures. Time to call a plumber. We live in a relatively small town and trying to get a hold of a plumber on the weekend is almost impossible. Finally, we heard back from a plumber and he came and replaced that section of pipe.

Sunday

So…I decide to get started on my vessel, at least the base, before my daughter and grandkids show up. I have the whole thing worked out in my head and it’s going to be fabulous. The round container I wanted to cover was plastic and I know I should have tested it to see if it would hold up to curing temperature, but the plastic was pretty hard and I thought it should hold up. So I get it covered with polymer clay, smooth the seams and add texture, which all took some time to do. It goes into the oven just as my daughter and grandkids show up.

Well, you can see from the photo at the top what happened….

….even though I’ve been playing with polymer clay for well over 20 years, I still make stupid mistakes that result in an Epic Fail.