Palette knife polymer

Stroppel on PCDaily

Florida’s Alice Stroppel smeared bits of polymer onto a glass pane placed over her sketch of a woman. She bakes right on the glass then removes it.

I wish I’d paid attention to the finer points of Alice’s palette knife process. The next time the small painting appeared it was dramatically matted and framed and artists were excitedly bidding on it.

Only go to Alice’s blog and Flickr and Etsy sites if you’re willing to be distracted and have time to jump into her world. She uses polymer in unusual and uncomplicated ways that beg to be tried.

Knots and ribbons

Veesuel’s Knots and Ribbons series are created using Sculpey’s Souffle clays which have a distinctive suede-like texture. Because Souffle is not sticky, patterns made with it can be manipulated in unusual ways to make ribbon-covered bracelets, rings and pendants.

“The idea was to simulate the feel and flexibility of fabric,” says Veesuel. She made the black and white curved base of regular Premo that she sanded and polished. Watch out, she’s got lots more ideas that you can find on Facebook and Pinterest.

The red, white and blue (well, purple) looks so festive that we’ll keep it around for the US Labor Day coming up! Thanks to Libby Mills for alerting us.

Floating polymer

Haskova on PCDaily

Simple layered polymer flower cutouts float on ovals of rippling colors in the same pallete. You may find yourself pondering how Eva Haskova created the graceful spirals on top of the graduated colors.

You can learn her methods if you can get to Eva’s class in Prague in September. The pendants are samples for the class project. Maybe she’ll start writing up her methods for those of us who are far from the Czech Republic.

See more of Eva’s creations on Flickr, Facebook, and in this quick video of her designs.

Mountain collaboration

Kruglak-Roche on PCDaily

Thank you for your patience as I unhooked myself from the blogisphere last week. This wall art collaborative collage by Ann Kruglak and Nan Roche reflects the calming colors and dramatic textures that surrounded us in the mountains.

The piece combines branches and a rock from nature. The deeply weathered wood and other elements were molded and replicated in polymer.

The duo’s love of nature speaks strongly. Ann works tirelessly, selling her work to benefit the rainforests with 100% of her proceeds going to a land conservancy charity.

Nan, widely heralded as a seminal figure in the polymer community and author of The New Clay (first published in 1991), is now dipping her toe into the social media pool and heading toward her studio after a long hiatus. You’ll find her on Facebook and Pinterest for now.

If you’d like to learn more about Nan, join StudioMojo, the weekend newsletter, where she chats candidly in a video interview in Saturday’s edition.

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