Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Guide to Making Polymer Clay Beaded Jewellery

I will start this guide with a disclaimer - I am no means an expert on making polymer clay jewellery!  It was only "the other day" that I decided to try this material out for the very first time.  The pictures I am posting are from my very first attempt at making polymer clay necklaces.

I loved the experience and am now completely addicted to making polymer clay beads {with glitter - LOTS of glitter!}.

First of all, watch this awesome video by Ashley Picanco here!  Ashley makes this somewhat confusing medium very very easy to use.  See her make a polymer clay bracelet from scratch.

Next, assemble your polymer clay. Cut into chunks of different sizes depending on how big you want your beads.  Roll into balls.  Combine two or more colours to make multicoloured clay.

Next, with the end of a small paintbrush, poke holes in each of the balls.  I chose to do this the same was Ashley does in her video but if you want smaller holes, use a needle {as seen in the top left hand corner of the image above - obtained from craft stores}. Alternatively, you can use a toothpick.

Now it's time to bake! Bake your beads according to the manufacturer's instructions on your polymer clay packet. 

Finally, assemble your baked and cooled beads ready for stringing!  Use whatever chain or cord you like. If you have chosen to use the paintbrush to make your bead hole, most necklaces will fit through the holes.

Wear or sell your beautiful bead bracelet or necklace.

PS. Ashley recommends sanding the beads which I did not do because it changed the colour of the beads. Your choice!
PPS. Watch Ashley's video on how to create glitter beads!

x Sarah

You can buy my polymer clay jewellery in my ETSY store here.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Solo Exhibition 2017

Yesterday I stitched up a booking for a solo exhibition in 2017! I'm brimming with ideas! I thought I would share here some photos of past exhibitions, mainly for my own inspiration and for your viewing pleasure! Above are some images of my first solo exhibition back in 2010. The exhibition was called Universe and had a psychdelic theme.  My ethereal, pink haired fairy was my mascot!

Above is an image of my first ever exhibition (bless) way back in 2006. This was actually a group exhibition held during SALA that year.  It is so interesting to look back at older work and see where art has taken me.

Another photo of a more recent group exhibition I was involved in back in 2012.  This was during my doll/big eye  era...this was actually the first girl in my Dress Series paintings (I'll leave that for another post).  I also created some chunky necklaces made from colouful yarn and pom poms for this show.  Still love them and know the dear lady who purchased them and still wears them!

So so much to do and so incredibly excited about putting a new exhibition together!  I guarantee it will be fun fun fun with lots of neon and rainbows!

Love Peace and Rainbow Sparkles
x Sarah

UPDATE - Show cancelled due to financial reasons.  Group exhibition planned instead for Aug 2017.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Obsessed with Imperfection

As the title of this blog post states, I am becoming increasingly obsessed with imperfection. In a world where the media encourages us to be 'perfect' on so many levels, I feel so liberated to be able to create wonky things. To have people respond to those wonky things and love them is all the more sweet.

The above two images are from figure experiments undertaken today with charcoal, oil pastel, aerosol and acrylics. I am trying to simplify the body as much as possible, almost making it a caricature.  Not that the body isn't important - just that perfection with it isn't.

x Sarah

Abstract Figure Series

After days of creating abstract faces, I was looking for something new. How about a whole figure created in continious line? Or maybe 3 or 5? lol

This series kinda came out of nowhere! I love it when a series magically sneeks up on you. It reveals the true power of art.

Keeping the figures loose and naive, I outlined in oil pastel, used ink to define the eyes and faces and then used acrylic to create the backgrounds and clothing.

I love how these have evolved. The originals are now available in my ETSY store. Prints to come!

Love to hear your thoughts on these.

x Sarah

Wonky Faces

Recently I have been madly working on a series of abstract faces inspired by continious line drawing.

I have fallen in love with the imperfect and 'wonky' appearance of these faces.  The more wonky they are the more I love them. I love the beauty and randomness that continious line can provide.

I feel as though these faces reveal true emotion. I love that these portraits are as imperfect as we are in the reality.

On instagram I recently wrote about the freedom I feel in creating these faces with continious line. It has really expanded my art practice and I no longer feel the pressure to create things that are cute and perfect looking {a big relief}.

I am hoping to possibly exhibit these in 2017.

x Sarah

Welcome Back ME!

Dear all!
It is lovely to be back and blogging after such a long time away.
I hope that you will follow me to keep updated with art related stories!

Peace xx