Origins

What we take with us in life are our life stories. The ones that had the biggest impact on our psyches are the ones that created our characters and gave us all the graces and complexes we carry around. What were your origins? When this bug of creation did first overcame you? Who was the instigator or the benefactor of your addiction to making? How this creative disorder did began for each and every one of us? And wouldn’t you like to know the origins’ story of one of our favorite artist, instructor and inspiration? Today I give you Christi Friesen!

Here,  the amazing Christi Friesen is sharing her story on an inspiring monologue video by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads called Behind the Clay published on Nov 2, 2015. The editor prologues the video with the following statement: “Christi Friesen is driven by an enjoyment of creativity. She considers herself lucky to make a living amusing herself and others with polymer creations. This is her, speaking about how she managed to focus her artistic excitement”.

cfaboutphotoChristi Friesen is a world known artist in mixed media. Polymer clay has given her a way of speaking her own language and creating her own magical worlds! Her work has been showcased in exhibitions and publications. She is an author on her own right too! With a fluent and humoristic way, she helps you move through the pages of her books wide-eyed. She is positive and fun and hilarious! And also remember, she adorrrrrres chocolate!

I haven’t had the chance to attend one of her workshops yet! But I have met her at the first Euro Synergy in Malta back in 2014. She gave me a one to one demo of her tools and also she walked me through the use of her product called Swellegant©. Anyone can meet her on her workshops, as she travels the world spreading her joy of life and amuses us through her work.

But you see she is not just an incredible artist and a fun, chocolate loving creature she is also a giver and sharer. She saw her own need of great tools that did not exist for all the polymer clayers that like to sculpt and she created them! She made all the effort and research and she found the right people to work with and made the tools. Her “Bestest Sculpting Tools Ever” are made of stainless steel, are hand finished and well balanced. Everything that we all needed and we all want, I assure you!

What’s more her fascination with nature, which we can see in all of her work, stirred her mind into materials like silver and iron and copper. She studied their natural properties and she imagined them combined with clay and other materials that don’t possess such properties. And that’s what Swellegant© is, a line of metal coatings, patinas and Dye Oxides(colorings) that will transform your creations into old, rusted, metal ones!

On her side you can also find an eclectic selection of products and tools, either her own brand or by other artists and affiliated companies that are not always easy to find. Also check out the “On Sale” because you can always find brilliant deals!

Last but not least I have to make a reference to the Neighborhood! Christi’s Creative Neighborhood is a place that each month all the members explore a new idea, enjoy her creative nudgings and meet another artist that collaborates with her. Also all the members benefit from special bargains on the Neighborhood shop.

For more inspiration by Christi take a stroll on her Archive Pinterest board with a selection from her body of work.

What a character she is! I promise you her videos are addictive, just because she is so funny and giving and extravagant!

So ’till the next time, be good to one another!

M.

 

Liquid Clay – Just before the year ends…

Before this year ends I would like to bring to mind this brilliant product called Liquid Clay! It comes by all the known clay brands Sculpey, Fimo, Kato…

For starters, I personally find Fimo very sticky and rubbery like to use in jewelry. It has it’s applications in other techniques though and it is also rather clear when cured although one has to be very careful with bubbles, and to avoid them always apply in layers.

On the other hand we have Translucent Liquid Sculpey, even though I mostly use the Primo clay by Sculpey I find myself not so keen on the liquid clay of the brand. I find it a little too thick for application and it is not as clear as the others when cured. Although I really like to use the Sculpey Clay Softener and add it to my Kato Liquid Polyclay.***

And we come to my favorite one Kato Liquid Polyclay. I find Kato to be the clearest of the liquid clays, if you cure it the correct way! And what that means is NOT in your oven. To be cured in perfect lucidity and clearness Kato liquid Clay is best cured by heat gun. Or if you don’t have one and have some patience to spare, an embossing gun!

I searched the internet for a long time for some inspiration on this information that I just shared with you. And then about a year ago I saw Debbie Crothers’ work.  Debbie creates the most luscious, luxurious, looking like glass beads I have ever seen! Then I read her blog and had my mind blown by some of her suggestions on using liquid clay! It was that easy after all… So I started my own trials to achieve her results, but I don’t believe I am there just yet…

Debbie though has been very generous to share her techniques with the world and explain them step by step, and give  little tip after little clever tip! Her tutorials come in video form and she is fantastic! She has humor and is very informative and one just has to love her Aussi dialect!! She is a sweet-sweet person and she graciously agreed to let me share her links for all of you to follow and go get her tutorial. It will really change your view and “clarity” on what liquid clay can do for your work.

Here are some photos of the brilliant results you can achieve by applying this technique.

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All the photos were taken from Debbie’s website and can be found in her gallery and blog pages.

Curing Kato Liquid Clay and So Much More with Debbie Crothers really just watch this tutorial and I promise you, your view on liquid clay will change dramatically! I would really love to see your trials and any other new ideas you might have on the use of liquid clay so don’t forget to leave me your comments and links below.

As always be kind to one another

M.

 

***If you buy the big bottle of the Kato Liquid Polyclay and live in a country like Cyprus where the weather is really really hot and tend to be as forgetful as I am to leave it open then the liquid tends to get a little thicker and more difficult to apply!! I am not very technical on all this but I believe that the softener just adds some plasticizers into the liquid and helps bring it back to its previous form. Even if it is a different brand they both have a similar science behind them so I prefer to use this softener instead of baby oils, olive oils and any other of the suggestions one might find online. It is not that expensive after all and only a few drops will do the job brilliantly and their result will last for a long time.

 

 

 

Happy Holidays!

Shabby Chic by “Il mondo dell’ arte by Popi Paschali”

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Hey people

I just wanted to share this event with you!

I find recycling – reusing old objects, furniture and more, very interesting! It is good for the environment and mother Earth will thank you! But it is also challenging in terms of how to change an already existing idea, how to morph an already existing form, how to bring it to date …

Till the next time, be good to one another!

M.

Δημιουργώντας

Εισαγωγικές σκέψεις για τη σελίδα και τις διαταραχές που κατατρέχουν το δημιουργικό μας κόσμο!

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Πάντα πίστευα πως το να δημιουργείς είναι ανθρώπινη ανάγκη. Μια ανάγκη που την ικανοποιούμε με χίλιους διαφορετικούς τρόπους καθημερινά και ας μην το αναγνωρίζουμε.

Δημιουργούμε σύνολα από ρούχα το πρωί που ετοιμαζόμαστε για δουλειά, δημιουργούμε μενού το βράδυ που μαγειρεύουμε για μας και για την οικογένεια μας, δημιουργούμε ανθοσυνθέσεις όταν τοποθετούμε λουλούδια στο βάζο, δημιουργούμε φωτογραφικά πορτρέτα όταν βγάζουμε μια selfie με την κολλητή μας, δημιουργούμε λογοτεχνικό λόγο όταν λέμε ένα παραμύθι σε ένα παιδί…

Όσο ερασιτεχνικά και καθημερινά και να ακούγονται όλα αυτά αν τα καλοσκεφτούμε είναι οι δημιουργίες της καθημερινότητας μας. Όλοι είμαστε δημιουργοί σε κάποιο βαθμό. Αναπτυσσόμαστε και μαθαίνουμε τον κόσμο από παιδιά με αυτό τον τρόπο… Δημιουργούμε κάστρα με τουβλάκια και πρίγκιπες με τη φαντασία, ουράνια τόξα με νερομπογιές και μαγικά φίλτρα στην κουζίνα παιχνίδι…

Μεγαλώνοντας όμως αυτή τη μαγεία της δημιουργίας κάπου την χάνουμε… Μας την στερεύουν στα σχολεία με την ατέλειωτη ύλη μαθημάτων; Μας την εξαντλούν στη δουλειά με τα τρελά ωράρια; Μας απομένουν μόνο αυτές οι μικρές καθημερινές δημιουργικές στιγμές που όμως περνούν απαρατήρητες αφού χάνονται μέσα στη ρουτίνα μας…

Για όλους τους πιο πάνω λόγους αποφάσισα να αφιερώνω λίγο από το χρόνο μου και να γράφω σε αυτή τη σελίδα… Αποφάσισα να διαταράξω λίγο αυτή τη ρουτίνα και να μοιραστώ με όποιον ενδιαφέρεται εκεί έξω τις δικές μου δημιουργικές ανησυχίες, αλλά και τις δημιουργίες άλλων ανθρώπων στον πλανήτη που νιώθουν έντονη την ανάγκη της δημιουργίας.

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Μιλώντας με κάποιες φίλες τους ανέφερα το όνομα που αποφάσισα να δώσω στη σελίδα αυτή “Δημιουργικές Διαταραχές” … Νοσηλεύτριες και οι δύο στο επάγγελμα αμέσως με συνέδεσαν με τη δική τους δημιουργική εγκεφαλική διεργασία και μου είπαν με δυο λόγια πως είμαι για δέσιμο… αλλά χωρίς λίγη τρέλα πώς να σπάσεις τα κουτιά και να δημιουργήσεις… και από την άλλη το «δείξε μου τον φίλο σου…» το έχετε ακουστά; Εσείς τι πιστεύετε; Θα ήθελα να ακούσω τις απόψεις σας πιο κάτω στα σχόλια!

Προειδοποιώ τους αναγνώστες πως θα αναφέρομαι συχνά σε δημιουργίες από πολυμερή πηλό, σε κοσμήματα και κατασκευές για το σπίτι, κάποτε – κάποτε σε αγαπημένες συνταγές, σε διάφορες εκδηλώσεις αλλά και εθελοντικές δραστηριότητες, σε ταξίδια όποτε μου δίνεται η ευκαιρία… Eπίσης θα αφιερώνω και χρόνο για να συναντούμε άλλους δημιουργούς είτε εκ του σύνεγγυς είτε από μακριά. Θα εξερευνούμε υλικά και τεχνικές και μαγαζάκια…

Εύχομαι να κάνουμε καλή παρέα!

Μέχρι νεωτέρας λοιπόν, να ‘στε καλοί με τον κόσμο!

Μ.