We see some wonderful handmade item and think ‘I can do that!’ And with the blackhole of inspiration and ideas called “Pinterest’ available, it probably happens more and more.
I have to admit, I spend WAY too much time on Pinterest. I get so caught up in the inspiration side of things. After an hour or so, regret sets in and I often sheepishly think that I should have spent that time creating!! Does this sound familiar?
Okay, leaving regret behind, I have been playing with some of those fabulous ideas and inspiration. And yes, many of the ideas have come from seeing some else’s work and thinking ‘I can do that in polymer’!
I have recently been playing with liquid clays. Specifically I love the idea of mimicking enameling. I have done enameling, long before I fell in love with polymer clay. It was the color and the various ways you could manipulate it that drew me in to enameling. But it requires a lot of patience . . . . and skill . . . . and time. When introduced to polymer clay, there was a lot more instant gratification in the short term. In the long term though the same rules apply . . . . it takes a lot of patience and skill and time. Funny how that works!!
I started mimicking a scraffito technique. It is a technique used in painting, enameling, ceramics, etc. where layers of colors are cut, scraped, pulled and manipulated.
Then I went in another direction with the liquid clay. Dots. Lots of dots. These are my aboriginal-inspired leaves. I have done a ton of these and love them. But that’s my next blog post!
I tried a bunch of other things that didn’t work. Or I should say, didn’t work for me. They didn’t ignite a spark or I thought I could achieve the same look another way. But everything was informative. And experimenting with mark making is always at least interesting.
I then started to play with a series that is a little more . . . grungy (is that the right word?) than I normally work. But I like this as well. And the focus is more on playing with composition rather than the liquid clay, but it is still being used here. I like these . . . . . different from my normal . . . . but another tangent worth exploring.
Okay, it is clear that this little squirrel is all over the place. But it is certainly more fun when ideas are popping and I am jumping from one thing to another! A few of these ideas (or tangents) deserve more attention and time for more concentrated playing.
So where do you find inspiration? How do you balance between finding inspiration and getting to work?!? Do you play with an idea long enough to transition from mimicking someone else’s work to making it your own? It’s hard, so off you go . . . . get in your studio or creative corner of the world . . . . and make something!