Saturday, March 22, 2014

Polymeri Online 22.3.14 | Lorina's tiny flower balls, Tonia's themed fairies, Mary Anne's catch of the day, Adopt a polymer clay husky, Wire end caps tricks, Thought of an artist inspiration video

Larisa (her close friends calls her Lorina) from the Republic of Moldova discovered handmade jewelry 5 years ago, and since then she always try to improve her knowledge and creations. 
Lorina's tiny tiny flowers
She loves to experiment with shades & colors, techniques, assembly methods and materials. Besides jewelry, she likes embroidery.

Look at these little flowers! imagine the time and patience it takes! Her Instagram is full of goodies.

Tonia's fairies
Italian artist Tonia (Angenia Creations), loves art in all its forms; loves fashion and at the moment she is taking professional graphics courses in Naples and hopes one day to work in an advertising agency and to create illustrations for storybooks.
Her miniature fairies are full of details, tenderness and sweetness. Browse her facebook page to see her process and building her multi-layered fairies.
Thank you Kimberly Idalski for this link!

Mary Anne's catch of the day
Mary Anne’s catch of the day are colorful fish made of endless colours, millefiori canes, dots and patterns. Her flickr is “flooded” with wonderful flat fish decorating tin boxes and 3D scary fish – celebration of color!
Take a look at her studio – everything is within an arm reach.

Adopt a husky!
Want to adopt a dog? Consider adopting a new husky earring set! 
This sweet video by ArtzieRush!
ArtzieRush is Lizhu and her YouTube channel focuses mainly on polymer clay creation along with other forms of art that she likes to try out. Don’t forget to name your new puppy dogs! ;)

Wire End caps tips
TIPEnd caps! Looking for a creative way to end your beads? This tip will sparkle new ideas to use your tools as assistants to curl wire on and create beautiful end caps!

Last link is something for all you artists in your souls out there.
Neil Gaiman gives an amazing, inspiring speech to art graduates.
He is talking in such sincerity about the ups and downs of being an artist, how to deal with our successes, our failures and even gives his no. 1 tip for freelancers (which was great if we were pre-internet era...).
Amazingly powerful.
I was personally touched. I plan to keep this video as a reminder to the fact that we are…human and thankfully we have our art which keeps us happy.  Thank you Melanie Muir for posting this J
Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Polymeri Online 14.3.14 | Twenty Heads monsters, Wendy's 2014 Year of the (polymer clay canes) tree, Carie's mini-birdies, Thumb book holder, Spanish retro-punk and The Polymer Arts Magazine tools and article feature

Can't believe 2 weeks passed since my previous post.

I am all buried into building a new website (details soon) and setting aside any other assignments I have...
So what's new in the polymer world? 
Here are few links I found interesting -

David Pound is one of the artists I follow on Instagram. His business and website name is called "Twenty Heads"". 
Since he was a little kid, he started creating his monsters out of his mom's clay flower arrangements. (I can imagine her face when she saw a petal missing! oh my).
Raised on a steady diet of comic books, science fiction movies, and generally anything strange he fed his need to create. His characters are fun and scary at the same time. Follow is monsters on Instagram it will make you smile (or stare fearfully) at them.

Polymer clay canes by Wendy
Wendy Jorre de St Jorre is creating landscape/trees millefiori canes in all kind of shapes, colours and designs. You can relax under her palm trees cane or see the moon shining in the night canes. 
She declared 2014 to be her year of the tree. She promise to make an attempt to make a cane every week that features a tree. Hopefully this self challenge will expand her knowledge of cane making and also give her some interesting canes to play with. Challenging ourselves is a good thing! 
Thank you atelierlilaroz for sending me her link!

Carie's birdies
Kelbycarie, Carie Schoen published these cute mini polymer clay birds for sale on her Ebay store. 
Carie is a sculpturing artist and her figures always seems to me are taken from a certain scene. They are either smiling, talking, serious, looking aside, up. So beautiful. 
In her repertoire of creations you can find animals, fairies, small figurines, imaginary creatures and more.
Although she has many links online (Etsy, DevianArt, Twitter, Photobucket) I couldn't dig more information about her artist bio. Enjoy her Flickr gallery.

Polymer Clay Book holder by Laura
If you're a book reader and like to hold your book in one hand (me!) than you may find this prop very useful. 
Laura (Zoeowyn) created this thumb book holder and bookmark from polymer clay. It can be a fancy one or made of colourful leftovers and will do the job either case. 
Zoeowyn is Laura's magic word for giggles and bubbles, fairies of all sizes, pink dresses and muddy frogs and it was made by combining her childrens' names.

Polymer Clay Beads on felt backing
Spanish polymer clay artist Noemí Lozano (1984Jewelry) is from Girona, Catalonia, Spain (been there! Such a beautiful place) is playing with polymer clay to create a geometric jewelry collection as well as cute figurines keychains. 
Her beads seem to have some kind of backing (either rubber strap, felt or fabric) and no stringing is necessary. This retro-punk bracelet sits beautifully wrapped around her wrist.

The Polymer Arts Magazine
Article about copyrights and accreditation
Thank you Sage Bray for featuring me in another great issue of The Polymer Arts Magazine!
The "Wrap it Up" issue is packed with goodies! 
Fun tips, insightful articles, important copyright issues regarding tutorials and classes and many more!
I was invited to participate in the tools tips article and share my opinion regarding tutorials copyrights and how that effects my work, attitude and future steps. Very important issue.

My Favorite tools article
Don't miss my ball tools tips! There are so many things you can do with these fondant tools!

The ball tools are a very powerful tool to use with polymer clay and serve for many benefits. They can - frill, stretch, round, thin out, create indents, it can curve or concave depending on your needs, it can created special patterns on the clay due to the 8 ball sizes, it can enhance veins of a flower/leaf and create special effect and many more!

My new favourite tool - Ball tools
You can see a demonstration on how we use the ball tools in our flower academy free mistletoe video:

The ball tools are back in stock in my Etsy shop; if you are looking for new tools to add to your studio (I personally love them!) press on my Etsy link above. 

Polymer Clay "Wireless Roses"
Polymer Clay "Wireless Roses"
Here are 2 roses I made (with these tools taken from the "Flower Academy" tutorial). 
Think about the endless possibilities of flower earrings, brooches, pins and so much more. Fun!

Have a great weekend!