Dot it

Minnesota’s Chris Baird (BairdPlayWorks) doubles down on dots. Patterns heaped on patterns framed by patterns. Then add more dots and just follow the dots. Because the dots will always make you happy. Do it. Dot it.

Dots are a good thing for Monday. Her little brooches are sunny even if it’s not.

Pan pastel relics

Marina Rios makes modern relics with pan pastels on PolymerClayDaily

What look like ancient relic beads were cooked up by Marina Rios (fancifuldevices) using a combination of pan pastels and paste wax on polymer. Looks like some heat was applied too. Rough and ancient yet colorful.

We’ve got additional pan pastel tricks for you on StudioMojo this week. I may not have cooked much this Thanksgiving but I stumbled on some tasty studio recipes for you. No leftovers, just fresh ideas and inspiration for your weekend. 

Be grateful

Ron Lehocky and Jayne Dwyer bring us Thanksgiving turkeys on

Jayne Dwyer and Ron Lehocky teamed up for today’s batch of hearts. Jayne’s canes, Ron’s hearts. A marvelous collaboration.

You may not be where you intended to be this Thanksgiving. It doesn’t matter.

You can be friends with anybody, you can be family with anybody.

Reach out to someone today. Be thankful.

Red fox ornaments

Laurel Swetnam hangs scrap foxes on the tree on

Portland’s Laurel Swetnam loves her deep reds and oranges. By this time of year, she’s left with lots of cane ends and leftover veneers.

Not a problem! The patterns and colors play nicely with each other as she pieces them into these charmingly angular fox ornaments. Simple shapes become stunning ornaments.

Unexpected holiday element

Jenny Sorensen mixes her media on

You may not be ready for the holidays but Jenny Sorensen (WishingWellWorkshop) won’t let you forget.

What really got me about this cardinal in the snow ornament was the unexpected element — a cinnamon stick perch! She often adds a rock or wood or some other natural element to ground her work.

The polymer is smooth and whimsical. The cinnamon adds a natural and fragrant touch. I love the holiday combo.

How I spent 2020

Julie Eakes goes rogue in 2020 with bright, funky earrings on

It’s 2020 so why be predictable? Bet you didn’t guess the maker of these funky dangles.

North Carolina’s Julie Eakes creates photo mosaics and silk road patchwork and 3D dolls. She even dipped her brush into gelli prints. So it’s not surprising that she’s wandered off the reservation again with these layered cane slice earrings.

“Kinda crazy, like this year,” she says. Why not?

A PCD reader took me to task for my casual comment about “going off the reservation” in this post and she is right. My apologies for using an insensitive and racist phrase. As I told her, it stings to be taken to task…but in a good way and I thanked her for making me more aware. 

Orderly excitement online

Nina Zabal and Genevieve Williamson show us their orderly art on PolymerClayDaily

Today we’ll go big with two polymer artists in the Richmond, VA Visual Arts Center online show.

Cinthya Cuba de Zabal’s (NinaZabal) right-angle arrangement of her earrings (technically it’s called Knolling) makes them both cheery and calming in this orderly presentation. Creating a weekly collection is an integral part of her overall process. Her colors are hot with subtle texturing on geometric shapes with itty bitty dangles.

Nina Zabal and Genevieve Williamson show us their orderly art on PolymerClayDaily

Pennsylvania’s Genevieve Williamson, also in the Richmond show, shares a similar preference for light textures and geometrics using an entirely different palette that takes its cues from nature and stone.

There’s energy in both but no chaos here. Isn’t that refreshing?

That’s what we’ll be looking at in StudioMojo this week. Who’s making what and why? Orderliness with an edge appearing online. Hmmm, what’s that about? Join us as we investigate.

What am I supposed to do?

Jess (TassandPom) experiments with amber translucent and finds tortoishell on PolymerClayDaily

“What are you supposed to use this for,” Jess of Australia’s Tass and Pom asked herself. Amber translucent?

But combined with burnt umber, she created a tortoiseshell effect that may rock your socks. Chop and combine and see what happens.

“I’ve never really been a big fan of burnt umber but I love it with this effect,” Jess admits.

ASMR polymer

This video from Bonnie Bishoff introduces you to ASMR meditation and Bonnie’s version of polymer marquetry.

Totally chill, no words, watch Bonnie work and you breathe deeply, your brain goes all ahhhh with relaxation and then there’s a sudden buzz of “Oh, I get it.” Inwardly you squeal and clap.

This is Bonnie’s way of luring you into her store (click on Bonnie’s name) and her own shop where you can continue the bliss. You will leave feeling refreshed. (Here’s the link if it doesn’t show up in your browser.)