Friday, February 1, 2019

Sea Shells As Inspiration for Polymer Clay

My Inspiration - Collection of Sea Shells
Every year my collection of seashells increases.  If I find a really interesting shell at an estate sale I buy it.  If I'm walking on the beach I'm looking for unusual shells.  Apparently the love of seashells runs in the family as I now have incorporated some of my father's shells.  I love the variety of color and shape and love learning about the animals that left them.

When I saw Donna Greenberg's latest installations of underwater polymer, I knew I had to use my seashells as inspiration to create my own polymer beach segment.  It was such fun to develop the shells.  The following pictures show the development of the mushroom coral.

Basic shell shape

I cut each oval in half and used a paper punch for the holes.
I stacked each half and put a wire through them to create a circle.
Find the finished mushroom coral below in another photo.
 I experimented with many shapes and as I finished one I like, it went into the storage container.

The beginning batch of polymer shells

Deciding how many were enough and how many were too much.


The most fun shell I made was the water bear's egg.  In reality it is minute but it was such fun I made it bigger!

Preview of placement
Should I leave everything white and shades of white or should I create a sandy illusion of a beach?  My choice - create the illusion of a beach.  First I added lots of water to my acrylic paint pallet of beige, blue and green.  Then I added sand to the paint and brushed it over the canvas.  Since water flows in one direction, I made the strokes go in one direction.   After the paint dried I was delighted when the sand really stuck to the canvas. And then I added the polymer shells with superglue.


This project was such fun.  I enjoyed exploring the shapes in polymer and the subtle use of color.  It will hang on the wall in the next 'Changing of the Colors' at Prescott Art Market.

20" x 20" Seashell Inspiration

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Collaboration - sharing knowledge

Collaboration - Wood and Polymer

 Collaborating is a wonderful way of achieving success in producing unusual products and in developing friendships.  Throughout my interior design career I collaborated with my clients as we set out their goals for the projects.  I collaborated with many craftsmen and artists to develop those goals into finished products.

After my retirement I realized I could use those same skills to work with other artists and craftsmen in creating art.  

   
before finishing and insetting polymer 
     

Complete


As my older brother increased his skills in woodworking I wanted to see how we could work together. Cynthia Tinapple's  work with insetting polymer clay into wood gave me the idea to combine my brother's wood turning with my polymer art. 


Stroppel cane inset
The success of collaborative work seems to be based on recognition, trust, authenticity and passion.  I knew I would have to learn more about woodworking terms and  my brother Dave would have to learn more polymer language to enable us to really understand each other's requirements.  We both enjoy being recognized for our expertise.   We both are passionate about using our talents and are excited about sharing with each other.  We began the collaboration!




Dave sent me a wood turned vase with grooves cut per our discussions and I created polymer strips made in the stroppel cane  technique.  I cured the polymer after insetting it and mailed it back.My brother lives in Kansas and as much fun as this collaboration was, the shipping was expensive.  We reviewed the process by phone and email.   We decided that I would make more polymer designs, ship those with instructions for him to inset them and cure them.  This process took time, some experimentation and instructions.  


It worked, we were both pleased about creating a new product together.   The reward is an increased respect for each other's passion and our work is showcased in a gallery in Kansas! 


Dave's finished piece

Collaboration is about working together in partnership to create an end result.  It is about listening and sharing.  I had to be willing to explain and share my knowledge while trusting that I was receiving the same from my brother.  It's that way with all collaboration.  One has to be willing to share their knowledge and skills with another.  It's not about giving away secrets but about increasing both parties knowledge and skills while sharing and creating a better product.   The end result is always a better product and a better understanding of your partner. 

Monday, December 31, 2018

Words and Actions for 2019



Courage              like a muscle it must be used and respected.

Strength             like a muscle it must be exercised.

Patience             like a muscle it takes time to develop.

Persistence        like a muscle it must not be forgotten.

I think I'm going to post these thoughts where I can see them several times a day! 
There are so many aspects of my life where their reminder will be useful.

Happy New Year to you all!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Sea Shells As Inspiration for Polymer Clay

My Inspiration - Collection of Sea Shells
Every year my collection of seashells increases.  If I find a really interesting shell at an estate sale I buy it.  If I'm walking on the beach I'm looking for unusual shells.  Apparently the love of seashells runs in the family as I now have incorporated some of my father's shells.  I love the variety of color and shape and love learning about the animals that left them.

When I saw Donna Greenberg's latest installations of underwater polymer, I knew I had to use my seashells as inspiration to create my own polymer beach segment.  It was such fun to develop the shells.  The following pictures show the development of the mushroom coral.

Basic shell shape

I cut each oval in half and used a paper punch for the holes.
I stacked each half and put a wire through them to create a circle.
Find the finished mushroom coral below in another photo.
 I experimented with many shapes and as I finished one I like, it went into the storage container.

The beginning batch of polymer shells

Deciding how many were enough and how many were too much.


The most fun shell I made was the water bear's egg.  In reality it is minute but it was such fun I made it bigger!

Preview of placement
Should I leave everything white and shades of white or should I create a sandy illusion of a beach?  My choice - create the illusion of a beach.  First I added lots of water to my acrylic paint pallet of beige, blue and green.  Then I added sand to the paint and brushed it over the canvas.  Since water flows in one direction, I made the strokes go in one direction.   After the paint dried I was delighted when the sand really stuck to the canvas. And then I added the polymer shells with superglue.


This project was such fun.  I enjoyed exploring the shapes in polymer and the subtle use of color.  It will hang on the wall in the next 'Changing of the Colors' at Prescott Art Market.

20" x 20" Seashell Inspiration

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Collaboration - sharing knowledge

Collaboration - Wood and Polymer

 Collaborating is a wonderful way of achieving success in producing unusual products and in developing friendships.  Throughout my interior design career I collaborated with my clients as we set out their goals for the projects.  I collaborated with many craftsmen and artists to develop those goals into finished products.

After my retirement I realized I could use those same skills to work with other artists and craftsmen in creating art.  

   
before finishing and insetting polymer 
     

Complete


As my older brother increased his skills in woodworking I wanted to see how we could work together. Cynthia Tinapple's  work with insetting polymer clay into wood gave me the idea to combine my brother's wood turning with my polymer art. 


Stroppel cane inset
The success of collaborative work seems to be based on recognition, trust, authenticity and passion.  I knew I would have to learn more about woodworking terms and  my brother Dave would have to learn more polymer language to enable us to really understand each other's requirements.  We both enjoy being recognized for our expertise.   We both are passionate about using our talents and are excited about sharing with each other.  We began the collaboration!




Dave sent me a wood turned vase with grooves cut per our discussions and I created polymer strips made in the stroppel cane  technique.  I cured the polymer after insetting it and mailed it back.My brother lives in Kansas and as much fun as this collaboration was, the shipping was expensive.  We reviewed the process by phone and email.   We decided that I would make more polymer designs, ship those with instructions for him to inset them and cure them.  This process took time, some experimentation and instructions.  


It worked, we were both pleased about creating a new product together.   The reward is an increased respect for each other's passion and our work is showcased in a gallery in Kansas! 


Dave's finished piece

Collaboration is about working together in partnership to create an end result.  It is about listening and sharing.  I had to be willing to explain and share my knowledge while trusting that I was receiving the same from my brother.  It's that way with all collaboration.  One has to be willing to share their knowledge and skills with another.  It's not about giving away secrets but about increasing both parties knowledge and skills while sharing and creating a better product.   The end result is always a better product and a better understanding of your partner. 

Monday, December 31, 2018

Words and Actions for 2019



Courage              like a muscle it must be used and respected.

Strength             like a muscle it must be exercised.

Patience             like a muscle it takes time to develop.

Persistence        like a muscle it must not be forgotten.

I think I'm going to post these thoughts where I can see them several times a day! 
There are so many aspects of my life where their reminder will be useful.

Happy New Year to you all!