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  1. NCT (Thursday) When Gold Isn't Enough

    I was goofing around yesterday (you know, instead of ACTUALLY doing the thing I was SUPPOSED to do) and I found that I needed to match a bronze Lumiere paint in a scrap piece I was playing with.  (Hey, the commissioned piece was actually drying before baking). Regular premo! Accents Gold was just too bright, so I decided to  mix...

  2. Finding Your Routine is Essential to the Creative Process

    Finding Your Routine Finding Your Routine to Enhance Your Creativity by KatersAcres for Polyform Finding your routine for a creative person is essential. A routine can help us settle in. Routine can help us to automatically perceive things about our environment. Today we are going to discuss finding your routine to help you in your creative process. Continue reading →

  3. Colors of Spring are Bold, Vivid, & Bright!

    Bold, Vivid, & Bright, Colors of Spring Colors of Spring for Polymer Clay & Acrylic Paints Colors of spring are those colors that make me feel happy, bouncy, and rejuvenated. Are there certain colors that you automatically gravitate to because of the way that they make you feel? Let's look at some tried and true spring colors to liven up your spring palettes. Continue reading →

  4. New Color Tuesday! Color the Rocks Pt 3

    Now you KNOW that mixing Souffle Latte into pretty much any color is going to be interesting (hmmm, so interesting that I think I just found my mix color for next month!). And mixing it with premo! Accents Gray Granite is going to make a pretty killer granite, very similar to what we see in our local mountains/desert regions. (Fun...

  5. How to Spring Clean Your Studio Easily and Efficiently

    How to Spring Clean Your Studio How to Spring Clean Your Studio by KatersAcres Spring clean your studio easily, quickly, and efficiently. These tried and true tips that will take you from danger zone to comfort zone in less than 30 minutes. The arrival of spring not only makes me want to clay my days away, but it also makes me want to clean! It's no secret that I can't clean in a mess. I've written many times about how I LOVE a very clean studio. Unlike many other artists, I crave a clean and tidy workspace. [It's okay, you can laugh.] I do know that I'm not the only artist that is like this. I have written articles on this blog before about how you can clean up your studio, but today I'm talking about the BIG clean up (almost like a purge) that you really should do every spring. Continue reading →

  6. New Color Tuesday! Color the Rocks Pt 2

    YAY! I'm back online. I made some rocks for the Into the Forest project and I thought it would be fun to show you all some mixes using the premo! Accents Grey Granite.  While the color is lovely on its own, it is SO FUN to add other clays, inks, tints to it!  Today I'm mixing in Souffle Bluestone (because...

  7. New Color Tuesday! It's All About the Turnip

    I've discovered that many of you don't realize that you can actually mix Souffle and premo! together - often with some spectacular results! Want a velvet texture to your clay? Mix Souffle and premo!  Want a color palette that is entirely different? Mix Souffle and premo! Now I already have my favorite premo! Accents Bronze and Souffle Cinnamon mix that...

  8. New Color Tuesday! Fade to Black Pt 4

    I AM SO PROUD OF MYSELF!!! I managed to keep these mixes until the end - usually I would blather them right at the front of the month because I am so excited about them! This week I've mixed premo! Black into the premo! Accents Glitter Golds.  And they are gorgeous!  I've already got another favorite mix for the year...

  9. New Color Tuesday - Fade to Black Pt 3

    I am not big on cool colors, but I DO see the need for them, so this week I'm presenting you with two cool color mixes: First up, premo! Cobalt Blue and premo! Black.  Okay, I can't pick a favorite - I find all four of these mixes to be much more interesting than just the out of the package Cobalt...

  10. New Color Tuesday - Fade to Black Pt 2

    Wow!  Premo! Black and premo! Orange make some really nice er, warm greys? Browns?  Whatever you want to call them, I like them and can envision them as a really nice, rich background for a gold silkscreen, possibly in a home decor situation with lots of reclaimed wood around it.  I also really like the two more Orange mixes as...

  11. Valentine's Day with Clay

    Valentines Day is one of my favorite holidays for creating fun projects.  Here are THREE easy peasy ones that you can do with Bake Shop clay and use for decor or card giving.  I think that hand made items are always meaningful but even more so for this season of love.  Bake Shop clay is so easy to work with...

  12. New Color Tuesday-Fade to Black

    I got so carried away mixing for this month that I added 3 extra weeks to February.  Relax! I couldn't afford 3 extra weeks in the month either so I decided to double up some of the palettes. I'm starting with one of my favorite black mixes: premo! Black and premo!  Cadmium Yellow Hue (commonly called Cad Yellow).  My boys mixed...

  13. New Color Tuesday- It's All About the Greens Pt 5

    Well, here we are at the END OF JANUARY 2017!  Wasn't it just January 2016?  I'm trying desperately to find time to get out to my clay table sometime this week - and I'm "retired".  Let me tell you right now, retirement is NOT all about lounging and reading magazines - it's about cleaning, de-cluttering, parenting, and lots of stuff...

  14. New Color Tuesday- It's All About the Green Pt 4

    I'm the first to admit that I'm all about the bright, bold colors, but I occasionally go for a softer color.  So this week, I decided to team the premo! Green with premo! Ecru for a series of soft, warm greens.  I love the 1:1 mix and the 2E/1G mix a lot.  Both are colors that I've aimed for with...

  15. New Year's Memory Jar

    The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to make new plans and create a bigger and more amazing vision for life.  This New Year's Memory Jar is a perfect way to document the memories throughout the year that you most want to remember.  It is fun to create and has such a magical purpose for creating a...

  16. New Color Tuesday - It's All About the Green Pt 3

    I know, I know, I'm late.  But it's a big day in our house - my youngest son just started in a new career today.  That's exciting, but the most exciting thing for me is that I got all day to clay again after 2-1/2 months.  YAY!!  So forgive me for not being able to tear myself away from the...

  17. New Color Tuesday! It's All About Green Pt 2

    Okay, it's one of those days.  I've sat down at least 4 times to write this, only to have another mini-crisis do deal with.  The garbage disposal got jammed, the contractor has 18 thousand questions for me, people emailing, texting, messaging me all need an answer quickly. Sigh... It's okay though, because I'm writing about green all month! Greens are...

  18. New Color Tuesday- It's All About Green

    Happy New Year to you all- A new year means new subfolders in most of my files which always feel like a fresh start, a blank canvas.  I file my NCT color palettes by year and month as well as my notorious photographs around my home and beach (the 3x3 collection as well as the sunsets).  I don't know, it...

  19. New Color Tuesday- A Look Back Pt 4

    The final NCT of 2016!  And I'm typing on a new keyboard that my kids got me that is backlit, so I can see it (I suspect that I could have seen my old keys had I actually cleaned the keyboard). I'm going to finish with what was my most surprising mix of the year - Souffle Concrete and premo...

  20. New Color Tuesday - A Look Back Pt 3

    Well, we have had two days of Winter here in SoCal, but it's back to sunny and 60s at least.  I asked my son how he could wear shorts when it was so chilly the other day, he looked down and said, "But these are my Winter shorts mom!" I'm personally happy that I spent my bonus points on myself...

  21. New Color Tuesday- A Look Back Pt 2

    Okay, this was one of the most surprising color mixes I've ever done.  The first three mixes are quite predictable and lovely, but that last mix - who would even THINK that Periwinkle and Ecru would mix to make a grey?  And a lovely grey at that! But that's one of the best parts of doing these mixes - the...

  22. New Color Tuesday! A Look Back

    I always love December because I can take a look back through the  NCT color mix page (https://www.sculpey.com/project/mixing-colors/) and find tons of favorite mixes that I've forgotten about. I'm starting this month off with two of my most favorite mixes.  I've used these mixes multiple times in the last couple of months - in fact I recently posted some work...

  23. I'd Melt For You Snowman Ornament

    Wintertime is such a fun time for creating things that can be used seasonally and for the holidays.  This ornament is great for both.  I know that I love snowmen and the whole idea of them.  I love that they are practically magically and that the water that creates the snow cycles through and can be reused over and over...

  24. New Color Tuesday - A Little Sunshine in My Life Pt 5

    Yeah, I know, it's the nighttime version of NCT.  Literally every time I sat down to write this blog today, I got pulled away.  I thought it would be interesting this week to show you some of the colors that I've mixed this month together in a single palette. Lets start with the 1:1 mixes together with their "parent" premo...

  25. New Color Tuesday - A Little Sunshine In My Life Pt 4

    I knew I would get some amazing colors out of this mix!  I can't even pick one as a favorite.  Again, I'm amazed at how well Sunshine holds up mixed with a denser looking color. I'm thinking that a necklace of beads made from these mixes and maybe a 3T/1S and a 5T/1S would be gorgeous.  Or how about a...

  26. New Color Tuesday - A Little Sunshine in My Life Pt 3

    Ahh, the greens of my youth!  I'm quite sure that we had a refrigerator, a curtain, a table or something out of each of these colors.  And you know what?  I still love these colors. In fact, I think a couple of my bedroom walls are that 2SO/1S color right now! I love greens and I always will. These three...

  27. Taking Our Cues From Nature

    Inspiration can be found all around us if we take a moment to really look.  I’ve always had a fascination with the tiny little details found in nature.  Well before I got into polymer clay I enjoyed taking close-up photos of all manner of plant life. As I’ve worked with clay I’ve gone back to some of those photos to...

  28. New Color Tuesday- A Little Sunshine in My Life Pt 2

    Oh, I love a good peachy red!  And premo! Sunshine and Fuchsia mixes came through for me!  As a matter of fact, I'm looking at the walls in my office and they appear to be VERY close to the 2S/1F mix!  If I had to really get solid with it, I'd guess 3S/1F would be just about right on.  I...

  29. An Intimate Gathering

    Well, another annual Chicago Area Polymer Clay Guild retreat has come and gone and like most things I look forward to it seems to take forever to get here and is over way too soon.  This year we had a few less folks than in the past which made for a more intimate gathering of polymer artists.  I’ve been attending...

  30. New Color Tuesday - A Little Sunshine in My Life

    OK, yeah, I live in Southern California, so I have a LOT of sunshine in my life, but THIS is about premo! Sunshine.. I mixed Sunshine with premo! Accents Purple Pearl last month and was a little surprised at the colors that developed (man, I still love that 4S/1PP mix).  So I decided to continue to explore what a Sunshine in...

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