Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Fairy House Challenge




For our August challenge we are featuring Fairy Houses. Vote for your favorites. One lucky voter will be chosen in a drawing to win a gift certificate from one of our sponsor shops.



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1. Trixie's Fairy cottage teapot by Lisa of HiGirls 
 PCAGOE's Fairy House challenge 
This little teapot is covered with textured clay and woodgrains, rocks, flowers and topped with a little June bug. See other views here:
www.flickr.com/photos/39493796@N08/
Trixie has a window in the back of course!

2. Mushroom Fairy House  by Marie of MarieYoungCreative

This orange blossom fairy sits on the stoop of her mushroom hut. I imagine her dusting herself with pixie dust to squeeze inside. The hut is polymer over a duck egg and the fairy is all polymer except for gold filigree wings.

3. Fairy House Earrings by Jill of JKollmann
1 inch tall including the loop.

4. Sand Fairy House by Line of PlaySculptLive

Read more: http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2015/07/watch-out-for-fairies.html

5. Fairy House by Freda of  FredaK

This Fairy House is constructed over a drinking glass.

6. At Home in the Enchanted Forest  by Arlene of Ashpaints
This fairy house started its life as a glass vase from the local general store. Then a layer of "stone" was added using a shadow cane technique. The windows and door were added, then all the foresty elements to make the fairy feel really at home. For more information on how this fairy house was made, check out my blog at http://harrisonhollowdesigns.blogspot.com/2015/07/at-home-in-enchanted-forest.html

7. Fairy in a Bottle House by Betsy of StrebeDesigns

As a child I always colored outside the lines. Some things never change! Fairy in a Bottle House is made of polymer clay over a sake bottle. It is about 10" tall and is purely for fun. It has no function but to make you smile.. Making a fairy house for the PCAGOE challenge was way outside my comfort zone, so I am kinda happy with the results. For more views and a peek into the process see my blog post http://strebedesigns.blogspot.com/2015/07/fairy-in-bottle-house.html

8. Fairy House by Linda of Claymation3d

Fairy House. Polymer clay over wood birdhouse. It's a flower top birdhouse. Flower petals are each cut from copper mesh wire covered with shades of purples and applied one by one to make the flower on top. The "cobble stone" walls are textured with alcohol ink applied. There is a cute little fairy checking out the opening of the house. I think she's going to move in.

9. She sells Seashells by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns

Hand sculpted beach themed fairy house, all of these items were made from polymer. To read the story behind this piece, learn about the creative process and see more photos, please go to my blog:  http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2015/07/she-sells-seashells.html



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Thursday, July 9, 2015

July Challenge winners "Texture Plates"

The winners in the PCAGOE July Challenge: "Texture Plates" are:

Top entries selected by the public


1. "Ms. Cat in the Hat" by Betsy of StrebeDesigns



2. 2-way tie

"Patches Texture Card Holder" by Marie of MarieYoungCreative


"Colorful Mosaic Business Card Case" by Angela of polymerclaycreations  



 3. "Bronze Copper Stamped Set No. 113" by Susan of 11BOLDstreet




Top entries selected by members


1.  3-way tie

"Bronze Copper Stamped Set No. 113" by Susan of 11BOLDstreet


"Polymer Art Prints" by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns


"Ms. Cat in the Hat" by Betsy of StrebeDesigns


2. "Colorful Mosaic Business Card Case" by Angela of polymerclaycreations  


3. "Patches Texture Card Holder" by Marie of MarieYoungCreative




View all of the entries:
http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2015/06/july-texture-plate-challenge.html







Congratulation to the drawing winner: Sharon Walsh

You get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating sponsor shop owners.


Comments from the voters:



·         Such great ideas!
·         Wow, what an inspirational challenge this month! I've never made plates before and I was very impressed with all of things that could be created with them. It seems like a great way to get something beautiful out of your scrap clay!
·         Always love to see the variety of work every month.
·         Beautiful, amazing and inspiring work by all!!! You guys rock!!
·         I choose the cat because I like people who think out of the box and the other two because they are just very pretty even though I think the bronze would maybe even be prettier in black with a contrast in colour.
·         1 Loved the colors here. (#5) - 2 Liked the way the texture plates worked for this. (#7) - 3 Liked the change using texture on a necklace. (#9).
·         Fun to get ideas of possibilities of creating my own stamps some day.
·         Fabulous entries!
·         These textures really show off what you can do with polymer. They are all winners!
·         This was a tough one and you all really brought it this month!!
·         Amazing amount of work - again! I was really intrigued with how everyone came up with their textures! So well done by all!
·         Beautiful entries. Enjoyed going to individual sites to see process.
·         I need to make more picks because they are all fabulous.
·         Too many good choices! Some really innovative hand created textures--inspiring!
·         Congratulations to everyone who entered this month’s challenge. It was very interesting to see the variety of handmade texture plates and the beautiful finished pieces that were made using them. Awesome works!
·         Love your monthly challenges!
·         A fun theme. Love seeing the different directions taken. Wonderful work by all.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July Texture Plate Challenge

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For our July challenge we are featuring Texture Plates. Each entry has two photos, the plates themselves and something the artist created with the plate. Vote for your favorites. One lucky voter will be chosen in a drawing to win a gift certificate from one of our sponsor shops.



1. From Black and White to Color by Lisa of HiGirls 
Two 5 x 5 canvases are covered with the impressions from the texture plate created using scrap clay over a base. I like the ability to create multiples and it reminds me of lino cuts or woodblock prints. Black and white version is highlighted with white paint. Color version has been painted with tinted liquid polymer clay.

2. Bronze Copper Stamped Set No. 113 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
A 1/4" thick sheet of polymer was textured using these ball-tipped tools, leaving some blank areas. After curing, I used the Speedball Lino tool to carve the ridges. 4"x5. This set from my texture plate was stamped into a custom metallic polymer blend and cured. Following antiquing with acrylics, I rubbed Gilder's Paste across the high spots and sealed. Read about the process on my blog: www.11boldstreet.com/2015/06/texture-plate-challenge.html

3. Ms. Cat in the Hat by Betsy of StrebeDesigns
After taking Lisa Renner's workshop in the Polymer Clay Adventure retreat I knew I wanted to do a sculpture. I love cats so the vision was born. Ms. Cat is 9" tall. To see the development of "Ms. Cat in the Hat" along with other views and links to the resources I used visit my blog post ... strebedesigns.blogspot.com/2015/06/cat-in-hat.html


4. Clay in Motion Pendant by Arlene of Ashpaints

This is the texture sheet that I made for the challenge using Sculpey Bake and Bend. It will actually wrap to a degree around an object to create a texture. The pendant was created using the handmade texture sheet. The texture sheet was made from Sculpey Bake and Bend, which gives it some flexibility when cured. Some of the clay was run through an extruder to get long thin strings of clay that were used to create the design on the texture sheet. These strings of clay (referred to as snakes) were used to create the design shown here. Silver acrylic paint was painted on, then wiped off so that the silver stayed down in the valleys while the beautiful blue blend of clay shows through.

5. Patches Texture Card Holder by Marie of MarieYoungCreative
I love the design on my texture plate, but I hated the impression of it. It lost the style when innies became outies. To get back to the original vision, I took a mold of the second version which allowed me to duplicate the original design. You can read about what I used to make the impressions here: http://marieyoungcreative.com/creating-with-texture-plates

6. Flower Note Card by Line of PlaySculptLive
Read more: http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2015/06/a-challenge-by-any-other-name.html

7. Colorful Mosaic Business Card Case by Angela of polymerclaycreations  
I first started by drawing my design onto a raw sheet of Sculpey Elasticlay. After I baked the sheet I use my linoleum cutter to carve all the lines out. I made a second sheet from the first to have an "outie" image. The card case was made with a colorful Monet cane sheet then stamped with the texture sheet I had carved. I highlighted the raised areas with gold Rub-Buff wax finish.

8. Polymer Art Prints by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Hand made polymer texture plate was created to impress into clay and create these pieces of printed polymer art. To read more about this project please visit my blog: http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2015/06/polymer-art-printing.html

9. Barley Texture Beads by Jill of JKollmann
Texture sheet using barley to create voids.



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Monday, June 8, 2015

June Retro Challenge Winners

The winners in the PCAGOE June Challenge: "Retro" are:

Top entries selected by the public


1. Retro Jukebox Music Box by Betsy of StrebeDesigns




2. Hippie Boho Bracelet by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns




3. Heirloom Cuff by Jill of JKollmann



Top entries selected by members


1. Retro Jukebox Music Box by Betsy of StrebeDesigns



2. Glory Days Monkey Astronaut by Marie of MarieYoungCreative



3. Pearl by Line of PlaySculptLive




View all of the entries:
http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2015/06/june-challenge-retro.html







Congratulation to the drawing winners:
Pam Fox 
Michel Ouimet  
Anne M Rowe 

They get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating sponsor shop owners.


Comments from the voters:


Greetings from Slovakia! Great stuff!

Difficult subject, nice creations!

Extremely talented as always!!

Wow, do these take to the way back machine. Love the colors and styles. Great job, all of you .

Jukebox rocks around the clock for me. And the friendship (hippie boho) bracelet - I wore many though the years and love it. And lastly flower power votive with holder (colorful flowers Laugh-In style). Love all the works this month and thanks for the entertaining tour which was a blast from my past.

Great work everyone! Love this monthly challenge!!

Beautiful work! I enjoy looking at all of your work!

I love the variety!

I absolutely LOVE the juke box!!!!

Excellent work, everyone!

Seeing everyone's take on the category was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed the range of pieces. Artists, thank you for sharing your work!

Really wonderful entries.

They are all great.

Voting was influenced heavily by my retro emotions - my memories. The excitement of the first space flights, the jukebox at school and my father with his macramé projects after his heart attack.

Interesting interpretations! I love that about these contests.

Some truly lovely entries this month!

Very interesting work.

Love the talents!

Wonderful work by all! ...but the 3 sculptural pieces really stood out for me with this theme, simply grand!