Changing perspective in polymer

Susie Baim lets loose with an alcohol inks and mosaics tile on PolymerClayDaily.com

Enjoy the spirit of this 6×6-inch polymer clay mosaic mounted on MDF board by Illinois’ Susie Baim.

“I’m still having fun with Debbie Crothers‘ alcohol ink technique! I used it on the tiles and the heart,” says Susie.

Having fun with a technique and adding her own spin on it comes through delightfully.

This series of non-jewelry expressions shifts our thinking to polymer art.

Mosaic eggs

Klio Tsaliki ends the holiday with a basket of color on PolymerClayDaily.com

This basket of Easter eggs can’t wait until next year. Let’s keep the holiday going one more day to show off the bright lovelies from Greece’s Klio Tsaliki.

She’s wrapped the egg shapes in strips of clay covered with mosaic-like bits of sunny colors. File this idea away for next year’s decorations.

Improve your writing

MaryAnne Loveless mosaics pens with cane slices to improve writing on PolymerClayDaily.com

Can you imagine the stash of small canes that Utah’s Mary Anne Loveless has at her fingertips when she starts to assemble her covered pens? And the coordinated tops are slightly flattened beads.

Little delights like this around the house bring smiles for years to come every time someone jots a note. See the rest of them on her Flickr page.

All this begins with an inexpensive Bic pen and some small canes.

Polymer pointillism

Leah Radlett rolls polymer into a pointillist sunflower on PolymerClayDaily

South Australia’s Leah Radlett tales a different approach to mosaics. Her 4″ tiles are composed of round polymer elements.

Nice of Leah to share her in-progress shots. She starts with the background and works inward. which isn’t what you might have expected.

See more of her landscapes on Etsy and Instagram. She calls this one Joyful and says, “I’ve been blessed by so many nice comments about my work and it makes my heart happy to know that people enjoy my art.”

Sewn polymer neckpiece

Elena Fernandez bold mosaic exudes an ancient/modern vibe on PolymerClayDaily.com

Madrid’s Elena Fernandez (NaniPollito) combines many talents in this mosaic polymer neckpiece. The polymer elements are sewn on and surrounded by intricate beadwork,

The focal piece is strung on a long cord of polymer and antique trade beads.

Wherever her muse leads, Elena bravely follows. Her work is free form and dramatic. It requires bold wearer.

You can sense that Elena has been a painter all her life. Look at her wide-ranging art on Flickr.

Step-by-step mosaic marvel

Step-by-step mosaic from Bridget Derc on PolymerClayDaily.com

Starting the week with step-by-step photos from the UK’s Bridget Derc makes us feel like we’re already working in the studio.

Bridget’s Katie in the Garden is a 9″x12″ homage to her cat. It took her over a year to finish this polymer mosaic to her satisfaction.

The colors are alluring and her ingenious skinner-blended border will give you a Monday morning headful of ideas. See more of her on Facebook.

Groundhog Day

Illinois’ 

Linda Webb's groundhog predicts six more weeks in the studio on PolymerClayDaily.com

Linda Webb (CreeksideStudio) reminds us that February 2 is Groundhog Day here in the US. Here’s her polymer mosaic pendant of Punxsutawney Phil who predicts how long our winter will last.

Linda makes her chunky geometric mosaics look easy on Instagram.  She has an eye for animal portraits. For the rest of us, a pendant like this might require six more weeks of winter. Happy Groundhog Day.

If you’d like to catch up on what’s happening in the wider world of polymer, come on over to StudioMojo on Saturday mornings. We share lots of tidbits and treats and make sure that your mojo is happy and ready to dive in. 

When interests shift

Kathy Cannella changes her groove on PolymerClayDaily.com

Kathy Cannella has a distinctive sense of color and a fondness for geometrics, mosaics, and veneers. But I don’t really know much else about this Santa Fe artist. It’s nice to bump into folks who hide out on Flickr or lurk quietly on other social media.

Look through Kathy’s Flickr pages. She’s been creating quietly and competently for several years and last fall she turned more active. She changed her groove. This is all conjecture on my part, of course, but I like to theorize and whatever happened looks positive.

When you examine your work, can you point to when something shifted in your life, an event happened or a direction changed? What would you like to shift in your art this year?

Repeat for effect

Victoria Mkhitarian repeats her birds for effect on PolymerClayDaily.com

Victoria Mkhitarian (vimhandmade) is smitten with birds and she finds a lovely way to capture her obsession in polymer. She gathers her small tiles into a couple of framed bird mosaics.

The birds are fancifully rendered in mokume gane polymer on textured backgrounds in various shades of yellow.

Do you have a mark or an image that you repeat again and again, sometimes without thinking? What could you make of them if you gathered them into a composition?

Victoria Mkhitarian repeats her birds for effect on PolymerClayDaily.com

Victoria is from Russia and now lives in New Zealand. It’s hard to keep track of you artists! You can be sure to see the latest from Victoria on Flickr and Facebook.

On a polymer bender

Mosaic artist Susan Crocenzi is on a polymer bender on PolymerClayDaily

Well-known California mosaic artist Susan Crocenzi says, “I am currently going through a major polymer clay bender. You wouldn’t believe how many tiles and doo-dads I’ve created over the past month!”

She sees polymer as an amazing material, especially for mosaic artists. “You can make tiles in the size, shape, and thickness you need! You can create super-flashy textured embellished colorific tiles, or quiet, flat, subtle ones. Seriously, this stuff’s flexibility will amaze you,” she gushes.

Here’s the info on her September 9 class in Portland, OR. Flip through her Instagram to see how she combines handmade polymer clay tiles with mosaic materials, most notably tempered glass.

If mixing media makes your heart sing, the flash and sparkle of mosaic might be just what your polymer muse yearns for.

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