Monday, February 28, 2011

Collaborative opportunity

This year I have decided it would be good to take part in the New Zealand Art Guild's annual collaborative artwork. I have submitted my 'expression of interest' and hope I will be selected to be one of the 49 artists taking part in this years project.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Just for a bit of fun...and using Du-Kit polymer clay

Framed
Un-framed

To humour my husband, Colin, I agreed to his suggestion to make some 'Round Tuits' from polymer clay. Some are stuck into a frame and some are just stuck on a card with the following explanation on the back:
round tuit (plural round tuits)
1. (humorous) A circular object giving its owner the ability to get done everything that would have otherwise been put off to a later date
Source: Wiktionary

Guard this Tuit with your life as they are very hard to come by, especially the round ones. This is an indispensible item as it will help you to become a more efficient worker. For years we have heard people say: “I’ll do it as soon as I get a round tuit.” Now that you have one, you can accomplish all those things you put aside until you got a ROUND TUIT.
I decided to use my left over scraps of polymer clay for making these novelty items but I wanted to make some in white. To conserve my treasured Premo polymer clay, I bought a packet of Du-Kit, the New Zealand made brand. I was not impressed - it kept sticking to the rollers of the pasta machine (which took me ages clean before I could use it again) and I did not like the fact that after baking, it had a glossy finish. Although this might be useful in some instances, I could see me having to sand it off most of the time, as I really like the matt finish that Premo gives. It would have been nice to use NZ polymer clay but it really does not measure up to Premo  Sculpey.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Sand patterns


Just thought I would include this photo of some beautiful patterns in the sand on our local beach - it could be the inspiration for some artwork at a later date.

The Christchurch Earthquake


The last few days have just been full of the tragic news about the devastating earthquake in Christchurch. I have no idea how this will have affected ZigZag Polymer Clay Supplies - the company I buy my Premo Sculpey polymer clay from, as it is located in Christchurch.

Everything is so raw at the moment and saving lives it the top most priority, I need to let thing settle down a bit before I enquire. In the meantime, I will have to conserve my supplies, as after my recent trials with FIMO Soft, Kato and Du-Kit (New Zealand brand), I definitely prefer Premo sculpey and ZigZag seems to be the only place I can get it from in New Zealand.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Experimenting with Kato Polyclay

After some unsuccessful experiments with Kato Polyclay, I ended
up turning it all into mosaic tiles

This weekend I finally got to try using the little sample packs of Kato Polyclay I ordered a while ago. I knew that it was the old, hard to condition formula - and it certainly was! After everything I have read about Kato being the best polymer clay for professionals to use, I was seriously thinking about switching to it. I am so glad I got these trials packs first, because even if the latest formula is easier to condition, I just could not work with it due to the smell. I have a very acute sense of smell and just did not like the very 'plasticy' smell it had, which got even stronger when it was baking. I really found it unpleasant and could not wait to stop working with it. It looks like I am sticking with Premo Sculpey.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Changes to my working week

I have not posted for a while as I have been busy trying to secure a part-time job, as the 'temping' arrangement was not really working out - it was either all or nothing. Without the security of some regular income, I was finding it hard to be creative as my focus on the need to earn money was detracting from my ultimate goals.

After a lengthy interview process, I have been so lucky to get a really interesting part-time job (three days a week), not far from where I live. I start on 21 February and the best thing is that it will give me two whole days (excluding the weekend) that will be my 'creative days'. I can now spend some time working on a few prime pieces of artwork and also produce examples and visuals for future teaching workshops.