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!


Monday, June 1, 2015

June Challenge Retro





For our June challenge we are featuring Retro - anything from the 50's to the 80's. Vote for your favorites. Three lucky voters will be chosen in a drawing to win a gift certificate from one of our sponsor shops.



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1. Mid Century Mod Necklace by Lisa of HiGirls
Inspired by home decor trends of the 1950s, this polymer necklace is a deep turquoise piece with carved design highlighted with black acrylic paint. Hand rolled mod bi cones are strung on black wire. All sanded and buffed to a soft sheen.

2. Glory Days Monkey Astronaut by Marie of MarieYoungCreative
I was trying to think of what I wanted to enter in the PCAGOE challenge "Retro" when the latest issue of Smithsonian magazine arrived. The cover featured a cute retro spaceman toy and somehow that translated to monkey astronaut in my head. Read more about its creation: http://marieyoungcreative.com/monkey-astronaut/

3. Flower Power Votive Holder by Arlene of Ashpaints
What is more fun - and more retro - than these simple layered flowers done in bright fun colors to remind us of the hippy days of the 70s. The flowers are textured to add just a big more interest then an acrylic glaze is used to bring out the designs. The flowers are mounted on a 3 inch glass votive holder.

4Hippie Boho Bracelet by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Macrame bracelet with polymer focal, accent beads and button closure, a throwback to the 1960s. To read more about this project (including a little polymer jewelry tip), please view my blog post: http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2015/05/relaxed-simple-boho-hippie-style-little.html

5. Pearl by Line of PlaySculptLive
Read more: http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2015/05/pearl.html

6. Heirloom Cuff by Jill of JKollmann
This was inspired by the wide range of cuffs and bracelets in the jewelry collections of our grandmothers and great aunts. The challenge theme "Retro" brought this interpretation to mind. All polymer clay.

7. Retro Jukebox Music Box by Betsy of StrebeDesigns
Made for the PCAGOE June challenge "retro".  This vintage looking jukebox is a music box that plays "Yesterday" by the Beatles.  jukeboxes were a big part of my high school years and I wanted to capture those memories in this piece.  For more views and background visit my blog at http://strebedesigns.blogspot.com/2015/05/retro-jukebox-music-box.html




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Sunday, May 10, 2015

May Challenge Winners

The winners in the PCAGOE May Challenge: "Fish" are:

Top entries selected by the public


1. Farrah the Fantasy Fish  by Lisa of HiGirls



2. Flossy the Flying Fish by Betsy of StrebeDesigns




3. Punny Phish Rainbow Trout by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns



Top entries selected by members


1. Punny Phish Rainbow Trout by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns



2. Farrah the Fantasy Fish  by Lisa of HiGirls



3. Feeling Tropical by Marie of MarieYoungCreative




View all of the entries:
http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2015/05/may-challenge-fish.html




Congratulation to the drawing winners:

Doreen Haskell
Maite Mora Ferrer
Dulcie Harris

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


Comments from the voters:


So hard to choose this month great work everyone!!!!

Beautiful work.

Wow, it was really hard to pick this month, the submissions were all great! Beautiful work everybody!

Thank you for allowing us to see all the entries and vote. I'm a new to polymer clay.

They are all beautiful as usual!!

This is a wonderful challenge, well done!

I liked the beauty of #10 and #12, and #3 made me smile, so I voted for them, though I could see a lot of effort went into others, too, especially the ones involving a lot of cane work, as well as the coral and beautiful little fish in #9. I liked the humor of the idea of a literal "rainbow" of bones for the trout in #11, too, and vacillated between voting for it or for #3, but finally settled on #3 because besides the humor, I actually felt affection for the fish!

Again they are all beautiful.

Great work!!

As always, entries are amazing!

So hard to choose sometimes, everyone does such a great job.

This challenge has really brought out the creativity. I loved all of them!

I think each of the fish submissions is outstanding. Have just sweated over a pair of blue octopus earrings, including microsurgery (a pin) to one tentacle! Great work everyone!

A link to additional photos or a blog can influence my vote. The 3-D views cannot be underestimated. Even something as simple as listing an item for sale with multiple views really helps.

Love to see the beautiful results of their imaginations.

I always enjoy looking at these wonderful works of art!

I am blown away by these entries. My mouth just dropped open. Wow, ladies.

There is no end to the talents! Hard choices to make.

Wow! Super creative submissions this month!

These fish are beautiful.

Cool theme--they're all so good!

Fabulous work by all...hard to pick just three!

Do more fish!

This month was one of the toughest challenges to vote for... outstanding work by all!!

Such a creative group. I can't wait until I have listed PC pieces in my polymer store so I can join the group. Thanks for creating such a wonderful group.

Beautiful designs and creativity.

Love love love all the fish!! Almost had to get out my rod and reel!