Monday, January 7, 2013

An Experiment

Life is full of adventures -- some come upon us not by our choosing, others we bring upon ourselves.  Recently our InspiredArts Guild had a challenge.  The challenge was to use something (anything) that you have had laying around for awhile.  Many of us have a bit of this and a bit of that snugged onto shelves, spilling out of boxes.  Some things were acquired because we liked them but didn't know what to do with them once we got them home. Others acquired because we've 'always wanted to try that'.

My challenge fell into that category.  Paper clay!  I've admired the work done with it for some time and one day I bought a block of it with the idea that I would at least try it out - someday!!  So this past month the 'someday' came in response to the IA challenge.

Thank heavens for Google - for tutorials that walk us through each step - for the opportunity to sit alone trying something, without the onus of 'what other people are doing or thinking about our sad attempts'. 

These days my nails are apt to be sporting bits of dried paper clay as I work through this new-to-me process.  And from the looks of this guy - my learning curve is going to be pretty steep!

"Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected and stepping outside your own experience." - Masura Ibuka


  1. Bravo for going for it!! The sad guy looks pretty good to me but yes sad with the downturned eyebrows, or maybe just curious. I never even heard of paper clay~ must go look it up now!

  2. oh! I love ...maybe should say loveD... trying out new-to-me supplies. part of my ADD nature I think. paperclay rocks. I know you're going to love playing with it!

  3. All the different types of clay have their own behaviours, and you need to play with them to get a sense of how they behave, and how to get the finish you want. It's great that you have given yourself the opportunity!

  4. Is paper clay the same as paper mâché if one starts from scratch?' My daughter uses junk mail to make this media to be transformed into beautiful hand painted beads? Very cool face Penny. I like his sad look, or maybe he's just worried about the next step of his creation! ;)

  5. Yes, I've had a package of paper clay laying around for years...bet it's dried out by now! Love your results.
    Happy New Year.

  6. I think the paperclay was a really good choice for something to experiment with. Now you've got me thinking about all those things I have tucked away that I bought for exactly the same reason...!

  7. Have fun darling!!

    ... but be prepared to become addicted to yet another delightful play-product! :-)

    I can hear the moans now....

    "I JUST don't know where all my time has gone....."

    ...and then you turn and look at the 43 heads regarding you from the back of the worktable.....

    x C

  8. I've seen some really cool things done with paperclay. I almost bought some once, but didn't because I thought it would be one of those things I wanted to try but never got around to it. Your first try looks pretty darned good. I'm interested to see how you proceed.
    xx, Carol



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