My self-directed studies of surface design on polymer clay has opened up an array of options. I’ve always wanted to apply oil/acrylic on canvas, but realize I lack an innate talent for drawing. With polymer clay as a canvas, investigating the use of different mixed-media techniques satisfies my desire to paint.
Blog post, On The Grid, dated July 7, discusses applying texture and paint to the surface of a Mokume Gane enhanced sheet of black clay.
I looked at the piece for a week trying to decide what to do with it.
Summer is definitely here on the West Coast. A time when I don’t conform to a schedule or a list of “have-to’s.” It’s a time for staying up late, sleeping in, reading, and doing whatever. I continue to knit, but my choice of fiber changes from animal fiber to plant fiber.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about exploring polymer clay again. In the 1990s, I sold my designs at various trade shows, local yarn stores and had a “pinch me” moment during a trunk show at Nordstrom. How did I get the opportunity at Nordstrom? In retrospect, I’m still amazed every time I think about it. I walked in and basically told the jewelry rep, “I have unique objects of adornment, which you need to see.”
Time passed and my direction changed. I found my way back. Have I come full circle or just visiting for a moment? Is this a Deja vu moment?
Using various tools imprinting designs in polymer clay replicating the Mokume Gane technique. A technique that does not require perfection, keeping in mind the importance of negative space.
Imprint designs are sliced with a blade, and applied to a polymer clay stack.
Each time I work with this medium, a surprise element appears.