Polymer fonts

Zim and Zou on PCDaily

Two lovely alphabets surfaced this week. The one at the left is an Easter font from Zim and Zou (Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann), a French duo that usually stick to paper sculpture for their very famous illustrations.

This polymer work (they say plasticine but I refuse to believe it) is overgrown, lush and inviting. Their illustrations look like they should be tried in polymer and I wonder if we’ll see more of their work in this vein.

Raku on PCDaily

The second alphabet is from Raku Inoue who developed a charming monster alphabet. This Canadian artist was born in Japan and he uses polymer as a way to bridge the gap between painting and photography.

You simply have to scroll down through his bio that explains how he went clazy, as he calls it. His videos give you an even more intense look at his process.

I saved these sites until Friday so that the extended browsing they require wouldn’t interfere with your work or home life. I was entranced by these masterful storytellers and you may be too. Enjoy your weekend.

Polymer selfie

Bolger on PCDaily

There’s more than one way to create a selfie! Ireland’s Joanne Bolger formed her own 3DeePortrait in polymer. She cut those realistic lenses for her glasses out of a plastic bottle.

Bolger on PCDaily

Joanne has developed a knack for capturing likenesses that become gifts for all occasions.

Her polymer subjects usually sit in the foreground near the edge of the frame and on top of the mat. An illustration in the mat opening sets the scene. Here she is on Facebook.

Joanne sent me her link. I would have had a hard time finding her otherwise (hint, hint). Sometimes sending a selfie can lead to good things.

Polymer warren

Bates on PCDaily

Silvana Bates has been mixing her patterns too. She’s using up her bits of polymer to make ornaments. One cookie cutter gives her a warren of gleeful leaping bunnies that show off their spring finery.

But that’s not all! She just uploaded a mixed bunch of spring beads made into a Flower Power necklace on her Flickr site

Mix and match polymer

Bushari on PCDaily

Cute, cute, cute. The pattern mix-and-match on Hila Bushari’s recent beads makes me want to pull out all the small remnants of my canes and make some big round beads.

Look at the ginghams and polka dots, stripes and little flowers! She combines the patterns and colors together in a trendy, carefree way that makes it look easy.

The translation of her post indicates that Hila leaned on her Israeli cane-whiz friends Marcia Tzigelnik and Ronit Golan to supplement her supply of canes.

Great idea! Recruit friends to bring their canes and have a bead making gathering. You make beads and do a little studio spring cleaning at the same time. It’s a win-win!

Win-winning reminder

While you’re playing (and win-winning), remember to extrude a few patterns and send snapshots of your creations my way. I’m collecting entries for a Spring Push competition and prizes. Attach your photo to an email and send it in. The deadline is April 16 with winners announced April 18.

Three winners will be featured on PCDaily and pictured in our next ad in The Polymer Arts magazine. Strut your stuff! Email your entry.

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