Shaggy dog story

Joseph Barbaccia paints with extruded strings on PolymerClayDaily.com

Zoom in on this polymer dog portrait to see how Delaware illustrator, Joseph Barbaccia paints with extruded strings of polymer.

His polymer brushstrokes are layered over each other. It looks like he works from corner to corner. Joseph’s subjects are usually people. This fuzzy, furry pet provided a welcome departure from humans.

Joseph Barbaccia paints with extruded strings on PolymerClayDaily.com

His in-progress shots are from Instagram while his finished work appears on Facebook.

Katie does Klimt

Lizzie Campbell brings Klimt to polymer on PolymerClayDaily.com

UK’s Lizzie Campbell (Clay Disarray) created what most of us have thought about, a clay version of a Gustav Klimpt painting.

His glittering patterns and his geometrics are perfect for our medium. Lizzie brings off her complex painting in style. 

Lizzie Campbell brings Klimt to polymer on PolymerClayDaily.com

Enjoy a closer look on Instagram (lots of in-process shots) and see her other polymer illustrations on her site. She’ll put this one on her Etsy site soon.

Join us on StudioMojo this weekend where we’ll find out where else polymer has crept into the culture. It’s everywhere!

Zentangle to polymer

Anita Long brings her zentangles to polymer on PolymerClayDaily.com

It was a logical progression for illustrator and Zentangle enthusiast Anita Long (neeneeree) from Indiana to translate her drawings into polymer canes. The detail and dimension in this cane have given her enough material to last through the end of her 100 Day project. You can follow along on her Facebook and Instagram.

Anita Long brings her zentangles to polymer on PolymerClayDaily.com

In the last few days of the project, she’s had a burst of energy and playing with layering translucent clay, alcohol inks, silver leaf, embossing powder, and acrylic paint. Her stunning progress may make you want to consider joining in the next 100 Day creative marathon.

Smile-worthy polymer

Smile-worthy polymer from France’s Caroline Cornic Isola (Klick-art) feels awfully good.

Stripes, dots, a big mug and swinging legs. And what about those orange ears and mean teeth on her Happy Wolf?Caroline knows just how to tickle our fancy and start the week with a smile. Follow her on Facebook and shop on Etsy.

Caroline is an illustrator and comic artist who translates her art perfectly to polymer. What do you draw that could be translated?

Believable polymer

Helena Bogosian makes us float in clay on PolymerClayDaily.com

What is it that makes this detail from Helena Bogosian’s clay illustration so calming?

The shapes and shades of the water are quite believable and soothing. The goldfish glide unperturbed through the water. The cat floats through the scene unaware. It all looks effortless.

Helen is terrific at reducing the scene down to its essential elements for us and you can watch the steps on her Instagram. What most of us want to ask is, “How do you come up with these remarkable scenes?” Illustrators are an entirely different breed of polymer artist, don’t you agree?

Polymer party decorations

Lizzie Campbell's party decorations on PolymerClayDaily.com

The UK’s Lizzie Campbell (Clay Disarray) shows us how little polymer it takes to throw a party. This polymer illustrator knows that a 3D sign always looks festive and brings in the new year right!

Lizzie’s campaigning to get FIMO listed as a vegan product again. Check out her change.org petition. And of course, her profile picture is a polymer one. Here’s her work at a glance on Instagram.

Let’s share a virtual toast to 2018!

Tribute to illustration

Veru Stevens makes a fashion statement in polymer

Hang onto summer with these Tribute Earrings from a new collection by Philadelphia’s Vee Stevens (Veru Designs).

Each of the designs in her series is inspired by illustrators. In this case, the designs at Deny Designs provided the push to pinks and peaches which Vee reinterpreted in layers of graphic cutouts.

“Don’t let the earrings’ simplicity deceive you! They were more time consuming to make than I thought,” Vee admits. And yes, they’re big. These are 2.75 inches long and 1.7 inches wide.

See more of what Vee is up to and what inspires her on Facebook and Pinterest.

Strutting forward

Webb on PCDaily

This proud, colorful rooster from illustrator/artist Linda Webb (CreeksideStudio) brings our first week of the year to an energetic end.

With ruffled orange feathers and touches of gold, her wild polymer creature struts forward. Linda’s given him the can-do attitude that we’ll need as we barrel into 2017.

Linda brought a big plastic bag filled with failed projects to a fall show and her rejects became a hit. To her surprise, everyone was fascinated by her mistakes.

“I brought this ragtag bag of duds with a goal of showing the young people at my creation station that the mistakes I made while learning are not complete failures,” she says. “The things that went wrong for me while I perfected my art and the hard work are part of the process.” Good thing to remember.

Here’s her failure blog post. Linda’s been building an Instagram gallery of her mosaics along with her website and Flickr.

Bringing polymer alive

Barbaccio on PCDaily

Pre-holiday jitters? Nope, that’s Gene Wilder during his famous “It’s alive!” moment rendered by Washington, DC illustrator Joseph Barbaccia and made entirely of extruded strings of polymer.

You’ll have to look closely to see how the intricately interwoven colors blend into a dimensional mosaic.

A powerful portrait of a soldier (pictured here) was selected to appear in Lurzer’s International 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 2016/2017.

Read more about Joseph on Facebook, SaatchiArt, and his site.

Mixed media curls

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Sweet gum tree pods litter the sidewalks at this time of year. Polymer illustrator Helena Bogosian found a creative use for her stash of dried seed pods. They make amazingly fetching curls and more.

Prowl through Helena’s Facebook and Instagram sites to see how she’s turned polymer and the bounty from her sweet gum tree into moody, haunting portraits.

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