I’m blogging at Sculpey.com/blog this month. Here’s a reprint of this week’s offering:
Like many artists, I like to try other media occassionally. I came to polymer clay from textiles, so I took lots of fiber classes in college. Later, I have taken watercolor painting classes, and on my own, I’ve explored other painting and mixed media. One of my current outside polymer interests is making mixed media paintings including close-ups of women’s faces.
As a treat for myself, I bought the whole 132 color set of PrismaColor pencils. Yummy color!! In the faces I draw, I begin with an underpainting in oil, then add the colored pencil for the details.
My outside polymer explorations usually feed in some way back to polymer.
Today, I did a small experiment of drawing a face directly onto baked clay. I found that a mixture of 1/2 UltraLight clay and 1/2 Original white Sculpey makes a wonderful, toothy surface that takes the colored pencil beautifully! Here’s a little experiment, an all pencil drawing on the baked clay. I’m sure I’ll want to explore this in more depth when the bead show is over and I have some quiet time this summer….
Let me share a few other cross-over media inspirations… Years ago, when I did watercolor, I experimented with painting with alcohol ink on polymer in the same manner as one would watercolor, ie, layers of washes, etc. Here’s an old set of paintings on brooches:
More recently, I did a series of pendant beads using transfers of some of the paintings of faces:
These beads are the subject of one of my classes at the upcoming Bead & Button Show. See how good it is to step away into something else once in a while? Just remember to bring what you learn back into your clay work and it’ll always be refreshed.