After a l-o-n-g separation from my art due to 90-100 hours of work each week for the entire first semester of school, I finally found some free time to create. It isn't so easy to turn one's creativity on and off at a moment's notice, so I decided to get going by taking part in a challenge on the French-speaking forum, Polym'air de rien, which is associated with the well-known blog, Parole de pâte. The challenge was "texture" and we were encouraged to make our own textures or to use stamps or texture sheets.
I can't think of many things I like better than playing with textures. I have several drawers full of texture-making toys. Can one ever have too many tools for making textures? I think not!
So, I felt it was necessary to make a new texture sheet in honor of this challenge.
I was inspired by several macro photos I collected on Pinterest.
To make the piece I submitted for the challenge I combined a modified mica-shift technique (gold clay textured and lightly shaved) with a fossilized mineral technique taught by Sophy Dumoulin on CraftArtEdu.
This white pendent features the fossilized-mineral technique by Sophy.
After making the challenge pieces I kept on claying. This is another piece I put together:
I was trying to go for a "Jan Geisen" sort of vibe. I tried to keep things balanced but interesting like Jan does with such a unique flair. I never quite get the same effect in my work. Jan is an amazing artist, and I love how she puts things together. I was so lucky to be able to clay with her in July this last year. That was actually my last chance to make any new polymer pieces.
I did find time to put together three mosaic tables* and a few new jewelry pieces with not-so-recent components: