Thursday, June 9, 2016

June 2016 Challenge Winners "Quilling"

Top entries selected by the public


1. Sugar skull sketch book by  Lisa


2. Two-way tie
Chaos Wall Hanging by  Beth 


Metallic Gauze Fiber Brooch No. 135 by Susan


3. Nightlight for Kim by  Betsy



Top entries selected by members


1. Two-way tie
Marc & I by Line 

Chaos Wall Hanging Beth


2. Sugar skull sketch book by Lisa 


3. Three-way tie
Bloom where you are planted Mixed Media Art by Arlene




PCAGOE Quilling Challenge piece by Jackie


Nightlight for Kim by Betsy



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Congratulations to the drawing winner:  Angela Thompson
You get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating sponsor shop owners.

Comments from the voters:


  • A difficult technique to do in polymer clay!! But results are wonderful and funny.
  • Beth- Do not destroy this piece! It is beautiful. Sometimes the best things happen when you just go with it, and it turns out to be something completely unplanned. You should have a new name though. I see a lot of solar energy, not chaos! Good job.
  • Play sculpt live invited me...these are all wonderful.. I love the textures.
  • This was a toughie -- quilling isn't easy! Congrats to all for trying it!
  • Thanks for the wonderful and inspiring images.
  • Great work as always.
  • Tough challenge but well accomplished by all!
  • Wonderful work ladies ! Hard to pick 3 they were all great looking pieces.
  • Love these challenges. So much talent! I saw this post in the HOP group I belong to.
  • Your post appeared in my news feed, I think!
  • Saw you on Polymer Clay Tribe!
  • I love the beautiful colors and textures in this month’s quilling challenge.
  • Great work, everyone!
  • Kudos to all the artists - beautiful work!!
  • Awesome challenge, really great ideas for quilling in polymer clay in this lineup.
  • Great submissions this month!!
  • So many fun pieces! I had to use a coin toss to help me choose, they are all wonderful!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June 2016 Challenge - "Quilling"



For June we are featuring "quilling". Vote for your top 3 favorites. One lucky voter will be chosen in a drawing to win a gift certificate from one of our sponsor shops.



To see larger images visit:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/1089891@N25/

1. Sugar skull sketch book by Lisa of HiGirls 
PCAGOE June Challenge- Quilling
Lots of color and texture on this sketchbook cover.
More views here: HiGirls on Etsy

2. Bloom where you are planted Mixed Media Art by Arlene of HarrisonHollow.
The first step in creating this mixed media art piece was to create a gradient blend going from blue to green. This blend was applied to a 6x6 artist panel and a texture sheet was used to add interest. Then I mixed three shades of pink, mixed a little pink with yellow for the center and a nice green for the leaves. Then I cut strips from each color and began building my flower. The strips are about 1/4 inch wide This quilling technique was adapted from paper crafts.

3. Marc & I by Line of PlaySculptLive
http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2016/05/caricature-in-polymer.html

4. Metallic Gauze Fiber Brooch No. 135  by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
The traditional forms of quilling are beautiful, but a bit too intricate and delicate for my personal style. So, I did it (quilling) in a BOLD manner, by using thick strips of polymer, and keeping the winding pattern very simple. A bit of my liquid polymer/gauze technique was included as a light-weight and visually interesting focal area. This piece is also a nod to Eva Haskova, whose distinctive method of winding strips of Skinner-blend polymer served as inspiration.
4"x3"

5. Chaos Wall Hanging by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Quilled and layered polymer image of a sun. To read more about this project, please visit my blog post: http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2016/05/chaos-how-good-intentions-can-go-awry.html

6. PCAGOE Quilling Challenge piece by Jackie of ThePleasantPheasant
For the June PCAGOE Quilling challenge, I let my mind wander! On a thin backing of clay, I created a wandering design, and added blue and white freshwater pearls, a vintage sapphire rhinestone, then placed it all on an 8" x 8" canvas, painted black. I added some microfine glitter and polka-dot ribbon on the edge of the canvas.

7. Nightlight for Kim by Betsy of StrebeDesigns
I wanted to make a nightlight for my daughter who recently redid one of her bathrooms in blue and white.  Integrating this month's PCAGOE's challenge theme "Quilling" was the perfect way to build a light and delicate design. For more about this piece please visit my blog post http://strebedesigns.blogspot.com/2016/05/a-nightlight-for-kim.html


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Monday, May 9, 2016

May 2016 Challenge winners "Negative Spaces"

Top entries selected by the public


1. Bubble teapot by Lisa of HiGirls 


2. Faux Copper Butterfly Journal  by Arlene of HarrisonHollow. 

3. Made in Helen Breil's Class by Freda of FredaK  

Top entries selected by members

1. Two-way tie

Masquerade Journal(?) Cover by Brandee of BrandeeBlank

Spring Sprung Vessel by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns

2. Black Tan Yin Yang Earrings No. 188  by Susan of 11BOLDstreet

3. Made in Helen Breil's Class by Freda of FredaK  

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

Comments from the voters:



  • Hard to make a choice when you like them all!
  • Beautiful work !
  • They were all wonderful. I thought everybody did a great job of coming up with inspiring items with the prompt given.
  • Another great challenge!!
  • Love all of them this month. Nice work!
  • Love the design of spirals and the whimsy of the fox.
  • Beautiful work all around!
  • I love all your artwork! Very talented artists for sure!
  • Well, you guys just get better and better. It was hard to pick again.
  • Interesting challenge--good idea!
  • Love that fox, and the journal is awesome!
  • Lovely work by all.
  • Loved this challenge theme and all the variations it produced! Bravo to all the entrants!
  • As always it was hard to choose favorites - everyone is a winner.
  • Learned about this contest in the group Hooked On Polymer.
  • Heard through the Hooked on Polymer Facebook group.
  • A really tough theme, but you ladies took it home! Beautiful work!
  • Hard to make a decision this month!
  • Again, difficult to choose. Very skilled craftsmanship and creative solutions to the challenge.
  • All amazing works of art...
  • Some really great stuff here!
  • Not an easy theme, not for the faint of heart, but geez these artists nailed it!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 2016 Challenge - Negative Spaces



For May we are featuring Negative Spaces. Vote for your top 3 favorites. One lucky voter will be chosen in a drawing to win a gift certificate from one of our sponsor shops.



To see larger images visit:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/1089891@N25/

1. Bubble teapot by Lisa of HiGirls 
PCAGOE's May Challenge "Negative space"
Simple black textured clay over white ceramic with bubble cutouts.
More views here: HiGirls on Etsy.

2. Fox Hollow  by Marie of MarieYoungCreative
This sassy fox emerges from her pumpkin hollow to offer a warm welcome to potential visitors. The vibrant oranges are translucent clay combined with opaque black, white, and orange mokume gane swirls and stripes. 8 inches tall.

3. Black Tan Yin Yang Earrings No. 188  by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
For the "Negative Space" Challenge, I began by layering olive, khaki tan, magenta and black polymer. Using a teardrop cutter, I cut a shape, cut a chunk out of it, then flipped the layer stack upside down and cut the complementary shapes. After fitting those together, I formed a top element from the ends. All edges were sanded and buffed. Drilled holes reveal the layers, and were filled with UV resin. Gunmetal black wire and findings were chosen for the metal components.

4. Masquerade Journal(?) Cover by Brandee of BrandeeBlank
BrandeeBlank.com: Made in mind as the entry for this month's PCAGOE challenge 'negative space', and named after a wonderful book I used to read as a little girl when I visited my aunties house which was an art book where you had to find the hidden bunny on every page. This piece was intended as a journal cover, but I haven't actually glued it down yet. I think it will also look great as just an art piece for the wall in a shadow box.

5. Faux Copper Butterfly Journal  by Arlene of HarrisonHollow.
This journal cover started with a skinner blend of yellow to red for the butterfly's wings. Next came a custom copper blend using brown, red and gold polymer clay. The cutouts were made to show the pretty color for the butterfly wings and teardrops and circles finished the look of the butterfly wings. Leaves and swirls and curls were added, then textured to finish the design. A patina was added to give it the looked of aged copper. The cover was glued to a brown faux leather journal.

6. Sparkling Tool Holder by Betsy of StrebeDesigns
Made from a translucent and opal polymer clay layer over metallic painted polymer clay. Approximately 3" high and 3 1/2" in diameter.  I love making tool holders and if you work with polymer clay I have a free tutorial for you http://strebedesigns.blogspot.com/2016/01/polymer-clay-three-part-tool-holder.html



7. Made in Helen Breil's Class by Freda of FredaK

8. World in Her Hands by Line of PlaySculptLive
http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2016/04/the-world-in-her-hands.htm

9. Spring Sprung Vessel by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Polymer Clay and epoxy clay were the materials used to create this piece as a study of negative space as a design element. To read more about the creative process and challenges of this piece, please visit my blog post: http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2016/04/spring-has-sprung.html


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Saturday, April 9, 2016

April 2016 Challenge winners "Flowers"

Top entries selected by the public


1. White floral covered candy dish by Lisa of HiGirls 




2. 3-way tie

Flowers Ring Bowl by Arlene of HarrisonHollow


A rose by any other name... by Brandee of Brandee Blank Art


Printemps Bowl by Berit of ClayImages



3. 2-way tie 

Tulip Flower Challenge pcagoe by Line of PlaySculptLive


Poppy Love Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns



Top entries selected by members


1. Tulip Flower Challenge pcagoe by Line of PlaySculptLive 




2. Poppy Love Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns



3. A rose by any other name... by Brandee of Brandee Blank Art





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Congratulations to the drawing winner:  Amber Bowman
You get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating sponsor shop owners.

Comments from the voters:

  • Hard to choose because they are all wonderfully done! Well done Ladies!!
  • Such awesome entries, really great work all the way.
  • There are so many great designs I wish I could vote for more. I changed my mind a few time along the way. I have found that if I take the time to visit the web sites and get a personal account of the design that helps a lot.
  • Beautiful artwork! I had a hard time deciding on just three :)
  • Hard to pick ...they are all wonderful!
  • It was a difficult choice as they were all great quality.
  • You guys never stop amazing me. It is very difficult to choose one over another. They are all beautiful. I appreciate all you hard work.
  • It was hard to choose a favorite among these beautiful pieces!
  • Why is there not an option where everyone comes first?!! This is the first time I've never been able to easily decide who to choose for the first three and even then I wanted them all to be first.
  • Absolutely gorgeous work by everyone!!
  • This was a really, really, REALLY difficult choice...
  • All are beautiful.
  • I like the organic feel of my choices.
  • I think this one is the hardest to choose from ever! All the entries blew me away.
  • Beautiful work!
  • Beautiful work!
  • So hard to choose. Everyone did so well!
  • Loved the entries this month. Such variety in wearable, vessels, stained glass. I'm sorry only three choices ladies. I appreciated very much all of the thought and hard work that went into each creation. Beautiful entries this month!
  • Loved the simplicity of #7
  • There were so many beautiful items here this time, it was really hard to pick just three.
  • Wish I could have picked all of them, they're all so lovely! Superb showing, ladies!
  • Great April theme and so many beautiful entries--I like them all!
  • This is the best challenge in a long time, so many fabulous entries and everyone keeps getting better and better. Tough choices to be made, again.





Thursday, March 24, 2016

April 2016 Challenge - Flowers




For April we are featuring Flowers. Vote for your top 3 favorites. One lucky voter will be chosen in a drawing to win a gift certificate from one of our sponsor shops.



To see larger images visit:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/1089891@N25/

1. White floral covered candy dish by Lisa of HiGirls 
PCAGOE April Challenge: Flowers
Small glass bowl covered with lots of floral texture and hand sculpted flowers in white with a touch of buttery yellow. HiGirls on Etsy

2. Printemps Bowl by Berit of ClayImages
This little bowl (4 inches in diameter) is a combination of three of my favorite things: bright colors, millefiori caning and vessels. The flower petal cane slices are in keeping with this months theme for the PCAGOE challenge.

3. Flowers Ring Bowl by Arlene of HarrisonHollow.
This ring bowl started as a stack of canes and a small glass bowl. The bowl is only used as a form to build the ring bowl on. The canes are sliced thin then pressed onto the glass bowl to create the pattern. The design is actually worked in reverse.

Three different canes were used in different sizes. The dramatic central flower starts with a spiral cane which is circled with thin slices from a petal cane. The next round is leaves and more of the spiral cane filling in between the leaves. The last row is the same petal cane, just reduced to fit filling in between the leaf canes. Once all the canes are in place, an acrylic rod is used to smooth to a level surface.

After curing, a layer of textured clay is added to the "outside" of the bowl and three "bun" feet were created out of the same clay as was used for the outside. A log of color coordinated clay is wrapped around the top edge of the bowl and texture is added. After curing, an acrylic antiquing glaze is used to bring out the texture in the rim and the outside surface. And wa-lah! Your ring bowl is ready to use.

4. Faux Stained Glass Votive Holder by Angela of PolymerClayCreations 
This was made by "drawing" the solder lines with silver clay and then filling in with tinted liquid clay. It took forever to make because each panel had to be made and baked before I could do the next one.

5. Polymer Pansy by Marie of MarieYoungCreative
I created this flower by shaping the petals by hand from purple and white clay with a dot of yellow. Black paint was used to shade the edges. It is about 3 inches long.

6. Whimsical Flowers and Vase by Betsy of StrebeDesigns
In the past year I have come to know and be inspired by the work of several polymer clay mixed media artists. So when the time came to create an entry for the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE) April challenge "Flowers", I knew right away I would sculpt and paint flowers, leaves and a vase.  The arrangement is about 12" tall. For the mixed media artists who inspire me and more views visit my blog  http://strebedesigns.blogspot.com/2016/03/whimsical-flowers-and-vase.html

7. Carly's Rose  by Freda of FredaK
My granddaughter admired this so it's hers now.

8. Flower Bottle in Orange with Pink Stopper  by Jackie of ThePleasantPheasant
Created for the April PCAGOE Flowers challenge, this bright orange and pink bottle with bright flower really pops!

9. A rose by any other name... by Brandee of Brandee Blank Art
BrandeeBlank.com:: Rose necklace submitted for the PCAGOE monthly challenge

10.  Tulip Flower Challenge pcagoe by Line of PlaySculptLive
http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2016/03/its-flower-power.html

11. Pink Silver Abstract Petal earrings No. 187  by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
The Flowers Challenge is a personal challenge, as I love flowers but seldom interpret them in polymer. From two Skinner blends, I created petal shapes, reinforcing the top element with impressions and antiquing. The petals, plus Swarovski crystals, sterling and hematite beads dangle from a hefty sterling cap. 4" overall drop.

12. Pressed Flowers in Polymer by Jill of JKollmann
Cane slices applied in layers applied to the focal and smoothed, then left dimensional on the bail and accent beads.

13. Poppy Love Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Polymer clay & wire, wrap style necklace. To read the history and process behind this piece, please visit my blog post: createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2016/03/poppy-love.html





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