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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Getting the Creativity Flowing

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Watercolor or for that most 2D media isn't my usual but this weekend I went to the Create! Mixed Media workshop in Somerset, NJ and decided to try something different. It's not that I don't like watercolor - I actually love it but since it doesn't play well with polymer clay, I haven't really used it since my kids were little.

I took a class 10 things, 10 ways although actually most of us used less than 10 things- I used 3 or 4 but it really was fun and very freeing. When I was done I thought it look cool even if it wasn't a "work of art". It still needs some finishing but the important part was the fun I had making it. I wasn't so focused on the results but the process and that can get get your creative juices going like nothing else.

Enjoy the making and the rest will follow

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mini Japanese Kokeshi Dolls

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I've been having a blast making these dolls. I was searching through some back issues of Polymer Clay Cafe. I found a tutorial for these dolls and tried making a few. They are fun in their simplicity but as you can see from there kimonos, there is lots of room to experiment. I used gold leaf in a few. The blue one is made using a cane for a pattern. It has been a great way to stretch my creative muscles. Each doll is about 2 and 1/2 inches tall so it is easy to create a small piece of polymer fabric to use.

I did a little research into Japanese dolls, I discovered this little dolls are based on a traditional Japanese style doll. Kokeshi dolls are dolls with a larger head but no limbs. Traditionally they were made of wood, but of course mine are polymer clay.

I started listing the first of them in my Etsy shop FantasyClayStore.