Meet Red. She went for a walk on a moonlit night. That probably wasn’t the best idea, but I’ll let you, the viewer, write your own ending. Did she escape? Was she eaten? Did she fall madly in love with the wolf. All things are possible in the realm of fantasy.
Red on Display in Bedford, Pa.
Red’s Walk is a 15 x 15 inch shadow box polymer clay fantasy art scene that I created for my first solo show, Curiosities at Grin Gallery which opens TODAY!
Red Riding Hood is just one of the themes I display here. You can cast your eyes upon all kinds of fanciful creatures and puckish oddities during this month-long exhibit of Halloween and fantasy-themed sculptures and wall art at Grin Gallery.
Artist’s Reception: On Oct. 29 I’ll be there to host a meet and greet from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy light refreshments (wine, hors d’oeuvres and such) and have a chance to win one of my creations.
October just happens to also be the launch of the Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy’s first-ever Facebook Showcase. And guess what the theme is— Wonderfully Weird and Creepy! So for the month of October, the members will be posting pieces that they created in that theme and showing you behind the scenes of their creative process. Some of the works are for sale just in time for Halloween!
You’ll get a chance to know Red better this month as she makes some appearances in the showcase.
No beach house is complete without a whimsical one-of-a-kind cat mermaid ornament!
Maybe she’s a “mer-cat” or maybe she’s a “cat-fish,” but this little glamour puss has big mermaid aspirations. She’d make a great gift for a water-loving cat parent or even a little luxury for yourself.
Making of a Cat Mermaid Ornament
I sculpted this sweet little orange kitty using a custom blend of translucent clay tinted with inks. She has a warm, waxy sheen that begs to be touched. She was created from my imagination so no mold exists. That makes her pretty special. I could make something similar, but never identical to her.
Fun cat fact: only about 20% of orange cats are females. My orange baby is a male with a sensitive soul named Henry.
Here are a few “behind-the-scenes” photos of a Wonderland-themed shadow box project that is occupying me at the moment. I’ll admit that right now Alice looks like something a serial killer left wedged in an oil drum, but hopefully some hair, clothes, and um–legs–will make her less creepy.
Look at the playful hand gestures of the raccoons on my Pinterest “Critters” board. Aren’t they adorable! I can’t help but see “Jazz Hands,” and you know me, when one of those stray thoughts pops into my head, there is a good chance that a sculpture will result.
Jazz Hands: The Project
I had a small shadow box that I thought would make the perfect frame for a little raccoon so I sculpted the little guy to fit inside. For the background I stamped a sheet music design on a clay sheet highlighted with gold mica powders.
The frame has a sculpted swirl in purple verdigris. I repeated the sheet music stamp in gold along the black sides.
This is also the first project where I made my own glass eyes.
Life with Cats
My cats are always hanging around when I’m working which normally results in one of them stealing something from my project table. Such is life with cats. This morning, I thought that their knack for stealing things might actually be helpful.
The June 3 deadline for the Songbird Bird House Ornament Giveaway for my newsletter subscribers has passed so it was time to pick a winner.
“How cute would it be to have one of my cats pick the winner,” I thought to myself as I wrote everyone’s name on a folded sheet of paper. They LOVE to steal little bits of paper scrap.
This was going to be the most precious drawing ever. I stirred the tiny paper bits around in a bowl and then dumped the whole lot on the floor. The game had begun. The participants gathered.
Lucy, Henry, and Benjamin formed a circle around the entries. Then CRICKETS. No one seemed all that interested in my little idea. Eventually Henry sniffed the papers. In a promising move, Benjamin reached out and touched them before rolling over to lick himself. The game ended with everyone walking away, no winner selected.
So I did this the old-fashioned way. I put the papers back in the bowl, closed my eyes, and grabbed one.
And the winner is…
I’ll announce that in my newsletter first. To find out about future contents and promotions, make sure you are signed up here: http://marieyoungcreative.com/newsletter/
Songbird Bird House
Welcome to my first newsletter give-away of 2016! This handmade polymer clay bird house ornament featuring a sweet blue songbird could be yours.
The rules are simple:
- Sign up for my newsletter before June 3 (click here)
- Live in the U.S. (My pieces are only available within the United States at this time.)
- Bonus Point: share on social and tag #ChirpJune16
I’ll announce the winner in my July Newsletter.
Did you know that everyone who votes in the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy monthly challenge is entered into a drawing to win something from the sponsor shop of their choice? This sweet bird house ornament is one of the things a lucky winner could pick from my shop.
Bird House Ornament
Enter to Win
Head over to the voting post for the May Challenge: Negative Spaces between now and May 7 and vote for your top 3 favorite entries
Buy your Own
I made a couple of these, so if you just have to have one now, visit my MarieYoungCreative Etsy Shop to purchase it.
Making a fairy is a rewarding, yet time-consuming task. Orange Blossom is the first fairy that I have attempted, and despite her birthing pains, I can see more fairies in my future.
Right now she is visiting the Grin Gallery studio in Bedford, Pennsylvania. Bedford is a quaint, historic town that is very arts-friendly. I love how the owner of the studio, Marlaina Pacifico, placed her in this antique lantern. What a great photo backdrop for Orange Blossom!
Making a Fairy
I sculpted her from Premo! Sculpey polymer clay. I used a lot of translucent clay for her body so that she has a soft waxy feel. Wings are gold filigree jewelry findings that I backed with translucent clay. For her house I used a hollow duck egg that my friend and coworker, Mary, was kind enough to share with me. It made a good, sturdy base to hold the wire and foil armature for the mushroom roof. The roof is capped off with a beautiful purple glass bead. Most of the color comes from the polymer itself, but oil paints and alcohol inks give the piece a final hit of color without loosing the waxy glow. Check of the flecks of glitter in her dress and wings!
I originally created Orange Blossom as part of the monthly challenge in my guild, the Polymer Clay Artists Guild Of Etsy. The theme that month was “Fairy Houses.” The challenges are a great way for the member artists to try new things that may be outside of their comfort zone and I can certainly say that participating has done that for me.
Valentines Day is just around the corner so I’ve been busy creating this Romantic Gothic Hearts Brooch Collection for my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarieYoungCreative
Even the backs are design 🙂
I wasn’t going to make a New Year’s resolution this year, but as I searched through my stash today looking for some earring hooks, inspiration hit. I have TOO many craft supplies. While I’m not to the hoarding level of my mother, my collection of “things that may be useful someday” is piling up. So for my resolution in 2016, I am going to use more of my existing stash. Make no mistake, I’ll still buy new supplies. I’m just going to try to use a few of them 🙂