Sunday, January 10, 2010

Art Bead Scene JANABS Challenge - On Black

Here is the finished necklace with the carved pendant which is the culmination of my tutorial on carving on cured polymer clay. I shared some background information about that tutorial in my last blog post, and you can see the steps on Flickr if you click on the photo here and open the set to which it belongs. The titles of my photos tell the process used in each step of this technique.
As I walked around my snowy backyard last Thursday I pondered the painting by Claude Monet titled "La Pie." I was struck by the similarities of the parallel lines of the stems of our remaining chive plants to the parallel lines of the fence in the painting. Here is a link to my favorite photo of these chives you look at its title, you will see my attempt at a haiku poem. I wanted to capture this feeling in verse and in my artwork. That is what I enjoy most about challenges, they make me more observant and also encourage me to stretch as an artist by exploring new techniques and ideas.
If you would like to learn more about this month's challenge and Monet's artwork, please visit so much for visiting my blog too :)


  1. Hi Jill! Great to meet you! Love your work! I'm new to polymer clay, well, relatively, and have been experimenting with new things. I can't wait to check out your tutorials. Just lovely!! Jen

  2. Hi Jenny, and thanks so much for leaving your comment. Please let me know if you have any trouble understanding the steps. I make tutorials as I experiment. It feels like there is no end to new techniques to try with clay. Please share some of your experiments with me too, okay? I'm so happy to meet you too.