Tomorrow is Easter, and I will be super busy hosting my family, so I thought I’d wish you a “Happy Easter” a little early.
I popped outside today, while we had a little sun, to take some pics of the eggs that I made for my family. I chose a “chick” theme for my two nieces and my nephew. Here’s a sneak peek.
My Great-Grandma used to tell my sister and me this old German fable about a couple of sly foxes that broke into a chicken coop on dark, rainy evening.
It was a cautionary tale of gluttony, but we wanted her to tell it over and over again.
In the tale, the foxes squeezed into a tiny hole in the chicken coop floor. Since we lived on my grandfather’s farm, Great-Gram always made the farmer in the story our PaPa. The one fox feasted all night on chickens. The other, realizing the escape hole was quite tiny, ate only a small amount.
When the farmer arrived in the morning, the smart fox escaped, and the other, well let’s just say my Great Grandma described in detail, complete with hand gestures, what happened to the “piggy” fox. Sometimes she would tell it in German, but we new from the hand gestures exactly what was happening.
Now that is a great lesson on not overeating!
These are some polymer clay covered Easter eggs that I made for my family last year. Today, I’m busy placing the finishing touches on my gifts for this year.
So what projects have you been procrastinating on?
With a little creativity, an artist signature mark can become a clever part of the overall design, instead of an afterthought–something stuck on at the end.
For me this process also takes some of the stress out of “signing” my work. When I was a pre-teen, my sister and I took ceramic lessons. It is one of my favorite childhood memories. My teacher, also named Marie, was really patient and seemed to love working teaching.
The only thing I didn’t like was the fact that she made us sign our work. Those of us with horrible handwriting don’t look forward to signing our work! I was so afraid that my signature would ruin the piece. Paint seemed so permanent, but carving the signature into unfired greenware was even worse for me.
To this day, I feel weird “signing” my work, but recently I purchased a signature stamp from Jet Stamps to use with my larger pieces. I read about these amazingly detailed, yet tiny stamps in an issue of The Polymer Arts magazine. Sage Bray gave them a great review for use with polymer clay. They also work for ceramic artists.
Working with Jet Stamps was a great. I sent my sample text to them and they helped me fashion it into a 1-inch stamp. I’ve already incorporated my new stamped “logo” into the graphics for my YoungCreative Etsy shop.
The big difference with this stamp is that it is super deep and highly detailed. It is meant to be pressed into the clay not stamped on with ink. After my piece is baked, I highlight the words by adding paint to the baked design and wiping any excess.
At first, I was stamping straight into the back or bottom of my pieces, but it can be difficult to get a clean impression, so I started to rethink the how I could make the stamp part of the design. These examples show how I’ve created “patches” that I can to a finished piece. It works great on curved surfaces.
Everyone is busy creating Easter-themed eggs right now, but while you have the blown-out egg shells handy, why not create a few that you can enjoy all year?
I covered these ones with polymer clay in colors that matched my living room. The bowl is one of my only experiments with a pottery wheel–25 years ago in my high school art class!
It is actually a “mistake.” We were making round bowls and I held my hands in one place too long and it created a pedestal foot on the base. The teacher wasn’t impressed, but I’ve displayed it proudly in three apartments and three houses.
Victorian Gothic Easter Trends: Easter decor doesn’t have to be pink and pastel to be sweet. After a long, white, white, winter (that is still hanging on here in Central Pa.), I’ve been in the mood for some bold, rich color.
These are a few of the polymer sculpts that I’ve been working on while I was trapped inside for the past couple of months. The eggs are real chicken eggs that I hollowed out and covered with polymer.
Today is the first day that I’ve been able to photograph anything outside. The scene looks deceptively spring-like because of the green moss, but if I had zoomed out, you would see dead, brown grass. I also had to try to steady my shaking hands in the 28-degree temperature. If I had shot this on the first day of spring earlier this week, you would have seen a good coating of thick fluffy snow.
Early spring my butt, Phil! I don’t know why Pennsylvanians are so keen on looking to a groundhog for weather advice, especially since my alma mater, Penn State, has a “kick ass meteorology program” as they put it in the Onward State student blog.
Hope you are enjoying better weather from wherever you are reading along me. Happy first week of spring!
Hello everyone! This isn’t really a new business launch for me — I’ve had a shop on Etsy for a couple of year’s now and I’ve been publishing an artists blog on blogger as well– but I feel that it is time to establish a branded home base. So welcome to MarieYoungCreative.com.
My online shop will remain at www.youngcreative.etsy.com, although you can always easily get to the store from this site.
The one sad note for me is leaving behind my blogger blog: Creative Sprinkle. It has been a great place for me to share and connect. All the content will still be there and I may even refer to it from time to time and I will certainly mine it for articles that are worth refreshing.
So if you’re are new to my work, please explore! I look forward to meeting all of the people this venue will introduce to me. If you are old friends, thank you for traveling along with me to a new destination!