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This week we are colouring polymer clay for a moon.
You will need:
- makeup and/or chalk pastels
- brushes for your colours
- your moon uncured and ready to colour (post link below)
- some thin wire or a stick to hold your moon
- neutral clay
- your sense of humour
Our aim this week is to learn and laugh as we finish the moon.
Next week we will be making a hat for your FOXIE (or another character you have made) to demonstrate adding personality and charm to your project.
Last week I posted a video of making the moon in polymer clay. You can see it below (also if you are just joining us follow it to catch up) :
This week’s video shows colouring the polymer clay for the MOON :
Here is the second video showing how to use a small hand drill to alter FOXIE’s hands to hold the MOON:
More ideas and thoughts for your projects:
Last week I spoke about images and artists for inspiration. I left you with a favorite artist of mine Anne-Sophie Gilloen.
Let’s return to this idea now.
In my thoughts for this week I wanted to talk about the WHY of being inspired; for each of us it will be different. We are all moved by our personal frame and experiences of life. For myself Anne-Sophie’s work is expressive and I love it when it evolkes sense of time stopping.
The tenderness she emotes through her sculpture is the main reason I was drawn to look into her work. I found her images several years ago on pinterest and at that time was not familiar with this amazing search engine. I found both new artists and some of my favorites there and quickly became excited to have access to this wealth of imagery and ideas.
As I looked at more of Anne-Sophie’s work I answered these questions for myself and thought I would share them with you :
- Why am I drawn to this artist?
- What is it I love best about her work?
- How can I use this lovely creative juice for my own progress?
- Why would I need to find inspiration outside of myself and my own choices for imagery?
- What does this tell me about myself as an artist or maker?
These are great questions to ask yourself when settling out to do some practice and beginning to evolve your own style and voice using other artists as inspiration.
Above are the heads I created using this questioning of images and asking myself why I am attracted to them. You can see that they answer the question :
what draws me to these artists and images?
I love figures with things on their heads, something I have always played with in my work… I refer to it as “on the minds of my characters” a play on the imagination and a sense of humour that is endlessly open.
Here are some images from my older work of figures with heads and headresses…
Now let me show you some examples of this idea from my archives of artists and images: I chose these as they felt most in line with the questions and my answers; “In their Minds” or “on their Minds!”
and three more examples:
And now some more from Anne-Sophie Gilloen :
Next week I will take this further with another set of favorite images and show you something else that can happen.
Come along with me on these excercises. It can open doors of insight and direction for understanding what excites you and motivates you and your special time in your studio or tucked away creative corner for “making”.