Hello and Welcome to my Blog ~ I love art of all kinds. Two of my favorites are polymer clay and paper art. I have shops on Etsy that feature both of my passions. I also love writing my blog and finding artists that have a passion for their craft and feature them. I hope your day is filled with sunshine, laughter and loads of creativity.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

More Altered Paint Brushes

Creating this bow was half the fun ~ adding it to
the paint brush was the other half.  I painted then sanded the handle  making it look weathered, then gave the bristles a bit of paint to add to the charm. I really love the grey and pink colors together.

Altered Paint Brush ~ Guardian Angel

I created this art doll out of Polymer clay over a fabulous little paint brush that I bought at The Home Depot ~ that is where I buy all my paintbrushes.  The plain wooden handles are perfect for the project and the bristles do not burn in the oven.  The first time I put one in the oven, I cringed, thinking that I would have burned bristles or no bristles at all  when it came out.  But lo and behold, these wonderful brushes do very well in the oven. I have to say, they even do well after the bristles are painted.  I wanted to add wings to this art doll after I had it finished, so back in the oven it went.  I did have to use some fiberfill to prop the wings on each side as they were heavy and wanted to pull away from the body.  Fiberfill is awesome for polymer clay baking.  It will keep round beads round and prevent that little flat spot from appearing on your beads.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Time Keeper ~ Altered Paint Brush Art Doll

I have been having such a great time creating these characters out of paint brushes and polymer clay.  The bristles make really great hair which I have streaked with paint. 

Bebe Blaylock is Brisco's sister. She has been dubbed 'The Time Keeper' because she is always carrying around her big pocket watch. Time stands still for Bebe while it continues to tick on for everyone else.

I created Bebe out of polymer clay around a paint brush core. Her hair is the bristles of the brush streaked with green, gold and black paint. She stands 7" tall by 2.25" wide.

Brisco and Bebe are both for sale in my Etsy Shop.   

Click here to read Brisco's post

Friday, November 9, 2012

Einstein ~ A One of a Kind Polymer Clay Art Doll

Jim is from Komotini Greece and opened his Etsy Shop
 Deep Sheep Dolls in October of 2012.  

With an original background in illustration and animation, about 15 years ago, he discovered the art of model making which gave him a perfect chance to combine all his skills and interests in a single artistic medium.

The lack of any specialized training courses in Greece forced him to become entirely self-taught through endless hours of experimentation, trial & error. 

ALL of his work is entirely One Of A Kind!   He NEVER uses molds or sculpting aids of any sort.

Einstein is a VERY important chap. Arguably.. THE most important person of the past century! And for anyone who knows Jim well... they will tell you that he holds a very special place in his heart! 

It is such a pleasure being around this old fella. He rarely has time for small talk, he will NEVER interrupt your thought process and (most importantly) does NOT tap his foot while he is in the middle of an earth-shaking, ground-breaking, mind-blowing idea (..which is almost always as you can imagine... so Thank God!). 

Lastly, he knows how to work that blackboard juuuuust RIGHT... so that you won't find yourself going mad over any repeated, squeaky sounds in the middle of the night! 

All he needs is a couple of refills a day of his favorite green tea (which is oh! so good for intensive brain-work) and he will gladly share some of his genius with you and your loved ones ;-) 

Einstein was sculpted out of polymer clay over a strong wire armature.

His attire is entirely handmade using a plethora of high quality fabrics, adornments and accessories CUSTOM made by Jim. His hair is mohair and he is blushed with high-end acrylic paints. 

Albert will bring to his new home his entire work-space as well (Oh yes!), which is handmade by Jim! That includes a Plexiglass Display Case with Everything and Anything a world renown genius will EVER need!      (Please visit Jim's shop to see this marvelous display case.)

You can visit Jim's shop at:     

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Polymer Clay Critters ~ by Miranda Farrand

I would like to introduce you to Miranda Farrand ~ a polymer clay artist 
who has a delightful shop on Etsy called Mirandascritters.

Miranda Farrand ~ Welcome to my clay world. I am an avid crafter and stay-at-home mommy. I guess now is a good time to tell you that my home is not pet or children free so people with allergies beware..hehe. I love to share my clay creations with everyone. I also work in quilting, primitive stitchery and photography. I'm not sure if I would be quite so sane without my artwork. It soothes away troubles like a snake sheds it's skin. Certainly not a pretty picture, but apt none-the-less :)

Up for adoption is one adorably cute, long-necked spotted giraffe that I've named Clarence. It's so hard to list him for adoption when he won't stop gazing at me with his soulful, hand-painted brown eyes!

Clarence is hand sculpted from polymer clay over a foil and wire armature. He has been accented with acrylic paints and has gloss on key features such as eyes, spots, nose & inner ears. Clarence is not suitable for children due to breakage if mishandled.

Yurtle is a delightfully orange little dude. He thinks he's pretty cool, so do I! He is hand crafted from polymer clay over a foil and wire armature. He has been accented with acrylic paints and features a gloss coat.

Who you lookin at? You lookin' at me??? Heehe...Big Bad Ramikins is looking trouble in the eye...He is handcrafted from polymer clay over a foil and wire armature. His face & legs have been accented with acrylic paints & feature a gloss coat.

You can visit Miranda's shop at: