Genevieve, I just found your blog and I spent most of the night reading through it (went back to your old blog as well). I love your work! Once upon a time I worked with polymer clay (just as a hobby) but was turned off because I could not find my style- or at least books, instructions on what I was looking for. And my experiments did not work out. But seeing your work, inspires me to give it a try one more time. And your story about the earrings is awesome. Never tried Premo before, I guess it is time!
Wow Dora! Thanks so much for reading! I encourage you to try again! And while gaining knowledge about polymer through tutorials is great (and I have certainly done it) the way to develop your style is to experiment. I encourage you to just play and what you like will "show up" eventually. (I'm considering doing some design exercises on my blog in the future that would sort of help "direct" your play while teaching design concepts so be sure to follow the blog if your interested.)Premo is my overall preferred clay. It comes in great colors (although I usually mix my own custom colors) and it has a perfect balance of strength and flexibility. It costs slightly more than the other Sculpeys but is totally worth it.
I added you to my reader, so I will not miss anything. I would love to see some design exercises here. I found your post on how to make the clay rondelles with the cross-hatch design. I am definitely going to try it. By the way, I home school as well. Thanks for the reply!
I'm hoping to do another small tutorial over the sometime over the summer. Right now I'm mostly concentrating on end of year portfolio requirements though. Its always great to "meet" other homeschoolers!
You are so talented… every time I need a fix, you always get my creative side going! Premo is the best!
Thank you Marcia! Premo is by far my choice although I know from talking to other people that its good to have different clays available for different applications. I just got some of the new Souffle based on the post by The Blue Bottle Tree. Maybe I'll post of my experiments next week.