Thursday, August 11, 2016

August 2016 Challenge winners "Seaside"

Top entries selected by the public


1. Sophisticated Seahorse Aquatic Writing Journal by Theresa of TheClayMonet




2. Life Is A Beach by Arlene of HarrisonHollow




3. 2-way tie 

Surf, Sea and Sand by Marcia of marcympc  



Sea Tossed Shell Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns




Top entries selected by members


1. Sophisticated Seahorse Aquatic Writing Journal by Theresa of TheClayMonet



  

2. Bathing Beauty by Betsy of StrebeDesigns




3. 2-way tie

Tropical Tassel Necklace No. 186 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet  



Sea Tossed Shell Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns



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

Comments from the voters:


  • Such beautiful work from everyone!
  • Very imaginative once again.
  • All the work is incredible, hard to pick one let alone three.
  • Great creativity with theme in mind!
  • All so beautiful! Chose those to which I felt a stronger connection.
  • Great summer theme!
  • Beautiful pieces - what a great theme. 
  • Great work ladies. Wish I were by the sea.
  • Once again, so difficult to choose only three!
  • Tide pool was so original.
  • Always so difficult to choose, they are all beautiful!
  • What a fun category. Some great interpretations here. 
  • I love all of these works of art! Very hard to reach a decision!!
  • I am a complete sucker for anything that smacks of abalone or Mother of Pearl. Gorgeous!
  • Love the variety in the entries!
  • Beautiful pieces! Very, very hard to choose just three.

And many thanks to this voter for sharing these detailed thoughts!

There were some hard choices to make this time.
I finally just decided to make my first choice be for something I wish I owned (#3), my second choice for something in which I admired a
technique (the skin tones in #4), and my third for something that spoke to my heart (#2). It helped that I liked the titles "mercat"--reminiscent
of meerkats, an animal that fascinates me--and "catfish," a clever play on an existing, quite different creature. (And of course, real cats have
been my passion my whole life.)
The following comments were made in no particular order as I shuttled back and forth between this box, the explanations, and the
enlargements of the pictures:
If choosing for sheer elegance, I would have picked #1 (in fact, before I realized what it was--"perhaps a weird candle?"--I thought I might
like it as a pendant) / for an interesting concept, beautifully carried out, #8 / the gorgeous colors in #7 / the interesting and pleasant concepts
behind #6 and #9 / and #10, for its exposed shell, which I like the idea of, but ima

Sunday, July 31, 2016

August 2016 Challenge "Seaside"

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For August; we are featuring  the theme Seaside. 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.




1. Beach Light Switch Cover by Freda of FredaK
Light switch cover with beach scene

2. Mercat-Catfish Mermaid Ornament by Marie of MarieYoungCreative
Translucent and opaque polymer clay transforms into a sweet, magical "Mercat-Catfish."   See the process on my blog: www.MarieYoungCreative.com 

3. Sophisticated Seahorse Aquatic Writing Journal by Theresa of TheClayMonet
Two ornamental seahorses share the cover of this 5" x 7" blank journal, diary, recipe keeper or notebook made from a blend of teal and turquoise polymer clays. Finely appointed with glass beads and charms and finished in shimmering iridescent powders


4. Bathing Beauty by Betsy of StrebeDesigns
I love sculptures, and was so happy to learn to make this one from Lisa Renner (www.lisarenner.com/lrmma/)! Bathing Beauty is 5" tall and 3" wide. She is such a cute addition to our guest bath.

5. Tropical Tassel Necklace No. 186 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
For the Beach Challenge, I started with a polymer bead whose colors were inspired by a trip to the Keys. The faux coral was from a mold I made from a friend's beach-scavenging collection. Color comes from a blend of white, translucent and pearl, with some pearly taupe rubbed in to bring out the texture. Continuing my current obsession with ball chain, I used copper to create tassels. 

6. Tidal pool vessel by Lisa of HiGirls 
This funky vessel began as a mold from half of a coconut shell. Inside are pearlescent colors, and the entire thing is encrusted in all sorts of fantastical sea life- of course the huge starfish draped over the edge, sea weed, barnacles, coral, sea anemones and a few shells. 100% polymer clay with a light wash of gray acrylic paint. This little dish measures 4 1/2 inches long by 3 1/2 inches wide and 2 inches high. Please see other views here: www.flickr.com/photos/39493796@N08/

7. Life Is A Beach by Arlene of HarrisonHollow
This is the newest addition to my mini-mosaics line. The tiles are a mix of my finger-painted tiles plus tiles in beachy colors of coral, red, orange, blue, turquoise and sandy tan. The sand dollar is molded with a blend of soft coral to a deeper coral lying on a sandy beach tile and the words "Life Is A Beach" says it all.

8. Surf, Sea and Sand by Marcia of marcympc
A swirling vision of receding waves at the shore - water, foam, sand, ripples, seaweed, reflections. All on a 4" x 4" ceramic tile.

9. Pink Beach Brooch by Line of PlaySculptLive

10. Sea Tossed Shell Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Polymer clay seashell pendant necklace. Shell is hand sculpted, blue beads are also made with polymer, all strung on a silk sari necklace. To read more about this project and my creative process, please visit my blog post: http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2016/07/sea-tossed-shell-necklace.html



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Sunday, July 10, 2016

July 2016 Challenge winners "Music"

Top entries selected by the public


1. Sound Wave Flute by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns  



2. Music is my Second Language Mixed Media by Arlene of HarrisonHollow.




3. Song Birds - Nature's Music by Betsy of StrebeDesigns




Top entries selected by members


1. Sound Wave Flute by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns



2. Music is my Second Language Mixed Media by Arlene of HarrisonHollow



3. Song Birds - Nature's Music by Betsy of StrebeDesigns 






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

Comments from the voters:


  • Please continue the good works, it's always fun, nice and inspiring. I love it!
  • Very talented artists. Love to see what they come up with.
  • Enamored of the flute, as well!
  • I also love little shrines, so this was a very appealing item; I like the use of mixed media also. For sheer creativity, the flute is also wonderful. Great idea. I just got a Penny whistle and am figuring out how to decorate it with clay, beads or leather....
  • What an interesting choice of theme.
  • A very difficult challenge but well done by all!
  • I was invited by Betsy — but I loved her piece the most before I had any idea it was hers. Beautiful!
  • AWESOME!!
  • The flute is exquisite; Jazz Hands is fun; Imagine peace evokes memories.

Friday, July 1, 2016

July 2016 Challenge - "Music"




For July we are featuring "Music". 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:
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1. Imagine peace polymer on canvas by Lisa of HiGirls 
July PCAGOE challenge: Music
Polymer clay, seed beads, crystals and paper on canvas
More views here: HiGirls on Etsy

2. Music is my Second Language Mixed Media by Arlene of HarrisonHollow.
This fun piece started with a piece of 1/4 inch thick plywood covered in tan clay. The addition of several different textures added interest to the background, then the guitar was added featuring a faux wood twisted blend of clay. The small notes above the scroll are from a mold I made of some scrapbooking pieces and the scroll and message was added last.

3. Jazz Hands by Marie of MarieYoungCreative
This piece was inspired by a photo of a raccoon with a playful hand gesture that made me think of "Jazz Hands." You can read about the project and see more photos here: marieyoungcreative.com/jazz-hands/

4. Song Birds - Nature's Music by Betsy of StrebeDesigns
Inspired by Laurie Mika's Tiny Tin Shrines class in the 2016 Polymer Clay Retreat.  For a view of the top and more background visit my blog post strebedesigns.blogspot.com/2016/06/song-birds-tiny-tin-shrine.html

5.  PCAGOE- Song birds by Line of PlaySculptLive
playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2016/06/music-is-language-of-love.html

6. Sound Wave Flute by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Polymer covered flute. For more information about this piece and the creation process, please visit my blog post: createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2016/06/sound-wave-flute.html



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Please select your 2nd choice: (2nd choice must be different from your 1st and 3rd.)
Please select your 3rd choice: (3rd choice must be different from your 1st and 2nd.)
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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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Please select your 2nd choice: (2nd choice must be different from your 1st and 3rd.)
Please select your 3rd choice: (3rd choice must be different from your 1st and 2nd.)
How did you hear about the PCAGOE challenge?
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