Sunday, March 31, 2013

April Challenge

For this month's challenge our artists had fun interpreting the theme "Four Seasons--Any or All." Entries had to follow the theme and contain 50% polymer clay. Take a look at the unique creations!



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And the entries are:

1. Shaped Focal by Jill of Jkollmann
Spring is the season on everyone's mind about now! I used Helen Breil's "Shapes" approach to forming the piece, and finished it with some techniques I learned from Kathleen Dustin. Sprinkle in a bit of image transfer know-how from Lynda Moseley, and this is how it all came together. Including the bail, it's 3.5 inches tall.

2. Summer Flowers and Baby Bug on Grass  by Linda of Claymation3d
Inspired by my love of summer flower gardens, I created a baby lady bug theme vignette. Baby lady bug is removable from the base. Her "spots" are made of vintage glass rhinestones and glass cabochons. She has beautiful blue glass eyes and I applied doll eyelashes carefully on top and bottom lids. Polymer clay fantasy flowers have seed and/or tube beads pressed into the centers. The polymer base is extruded clay placed piece by piece to make it look like grass. I sculpted the human baby bug face by hand from Prosculpt "baby" clay.

3. Faux Ivory with Copper Bird Transfer Necklace No. 155 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
For the April PCAGOE Challenge, I'm hoping that this "tear-away" transfer from an original photo will help to urge our spring along a bit faster. Faux ivory polymer (TH recipe) and snakeskin. Torch-fired ArtCopper clay wrapped around copper tubing, copper wire coils and custom forged closure..

4. Sunshine Pendant by Lorraine of WiredOrchid
This is my entry in the Polymer Clay Artists Group of Etsy's April Challenge: The Four Seasons. This pendant says ''Summer'' to me! Mottled coral and soft yellow polymer clay; abstract sun stamp; whitewashed with acrylic paint.

5. Four Seasons Light Switch Cover by Lisa of HiGirls
Many techniques are represented in this small clay "painting" for the home. Much of the clay is inlayed, some textures, some cane work, and mokume gane and Skinner blend.

6. Black Cat Witch and Ghost Kitten by Marie of YoungCreative
Fall is my favorite time of the year! I love working on Halloween creations. This cute little vignette is comprised of two polymer clay sculptures, both build on armatures. I use a combination of regular and translucent clay colored with alcohol inks.  

7. Meet Mr. and Mrs. Peeps by Line of PlaySculptLive
For the PCAGOE Season's Challenge, I say it's the season for Peeps! Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Peeps. They are everywhere at Easter and now I can keep mine all year long.

8. Welcome to Spring Pen Cup by Arlene of Ashpaints 
I love Spring and I'm inspired by the new growth and beautiful bright colors of spring flowers. This pencil cup sports fresh new greenery and bright yellow and hot pink flowers. What better way to add a touch of spring to your desk!

9. Summer Garden Covered Eggs by Angela of PolymerClayCreations
I have been told by people that my work reminds them of a summer garden. That is what I try to convey in my artwork. I love bright, bold, beautiful flowers of every kind.
I have covered here real eggs. The small one is a quail egg and the larger one a chicken egg.

10. New Spring Leaves by Kelly of KellyPlaysClay
I love spring when the buds on the trees begin to show. This was my mother's favorite sight and it has now become mine. It is a new beginning. These leaves were made using Lynda Moseley's Controlled Marbling Tutorial.

11. Everlasting Bouquet of Flowers: Salt and Pepper Shakers by Jill of Nature's Presents
Each shaker is a unique piece of "counter-top art". This is a set of glass shakers covered with polymer clay using the millifiori (thousand flowers) technique. This is not painted at all, the flowers are meticulously hand crafted and designed by me through blending solid blocks of polymer clay into these beautiful mixes of color.

12. Mother Nature Bottle Art Doll by Beth of CreatemyWorld
Mother nature depicts all 4 seasons. In her right elevated hand she holds a seed which has sprouted and winds up her arm. Her body is covered with summer vines and foliage and her left arm has vines which have turned to fall colors, with 2 fallen leaves dangling from her left lowered hand. Her base is a tree trunk with winter's bare branches. She is a bottle, and her head is the lid which unscrews completely off her body.

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