Posted by Lora Hart
As one of the jurors for Metal Clay Artist Magazine's 2012 challenge, I'm really excited to see what wonderful work everyone has produced using "Metal Clay Plus". The theme of the contest was to use our favorite clay and any other inclusion, material, or add-on. That's it. Such a wealth of material to choose from. Did any of you enter? If not, what material(s) might you have used if you had?
|Me playing with watercolor enamel.|
|Almost done. A little more color I think.|
If you'd like to try your hand(s) at hosting a friendly fun day, here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Get together with one or two friends, leave the metal clay in your tool box, and share some hobbies that might be new to the others.
2. Take a trip to the craft store and fill your baskets with anything that looks interesting, then take it all home and "Make it Work".
3. Visit a couple of jewelry galleries to find artist's you may not be familiar with. Have a discussion about what you do or don't like about their work, style, materials, or theme.
|I'd never tried making a book before.|
5. Sit around the dining room table with pads of paper; watercolors; brushes; paper; crayons; pencils; pastels; or any other art supply you have in the house - and just draw 'till your heart's content. Doodle. Make marks. Grafitti. Zentangle. Don't have a preconceived idea of the outcome. Nothing has to be symmetrical, professional looking, or even recognizable.
|No idea what that birdie figure is.|
All photos courtesy Vickie Hallmark