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ElsieSmith Pebeo spearsAnother article I have been wanting to get done for the magazine for a while is one on the special-effects Pebeo paints that we’ve seen around on polymer art jewelry. I actually met the Pebeo folks at the National American Materials Trade Association show in Denver earlier this year, and they pointed me to Kira Slye as their polymer related designer. Kira graciously agreed to do an article showing several of their special effects paints and how to use them. The only problem was … there wasn’t enough room to show a wide variety of the effects or even all the paints Kira wanted to showcase.

So, here is a bit more on the possibilities that some Pebeo paints can accomplish. These are beads created by Elsie Smith using, I believe, just the Pebeo Prisme paints, which create a cellular look as it dries. Some of these might also employ the Pebeo Moon paint, which has an iridescent and swirly finished look. Kira also showed us the Vitrail which was created to emulate stained glass on clear surfaces like glass itself, but you can see people using it on polymer, especially with foil and metallic powders. This line just really has a lot of possibilities.

Read the article to get an idea of the potential including things like paint skins that can be applied to polymer. And jump on over to Elsie’s Flickr photostream, which is just chock full of examples of how Pebeo Prisme can be applied and mixed.

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Okay … the Fall 2015 – Elements issue of The Polymer Arts had a successful release this weekend (well, with a couple tiny bumps along the way). Thank you for all the great comments already coming in. It is a pretty awesome issue … so many great contributors and ideas!

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CelineCharuau GrnSucculentNow onto the pretty stuff …

As always, we had more material than we could fit into the issue. And then there are simply the articles I wish we could have expanded on more. One such was Laurie MacIsaac’s interview of Celine Charuau titled “Strange Beauty”. I am personally so enamored by Celine’s work and, I do admit, the article was a request of mine that I hope you all will agree, is an enthralling look into an artist’s process and view of the world. Celine’s work is just so wholly unusual, and although it’s obvious that she pulls from nature, I didn’t realize how connected she was to plants, but after reading the article, you can really see just how much her passion for them comes out in her work. You’ll see what I mean if you read the interview. I wish we could have had room for a few more of her direct garden interpretations such as this succulent inspired necklace.

Like so much of her work, there is quiet and harmony in the sparseness of this piece. She creates a lot of these bunching kind of compositions which echo the way plants often grow. She also chooses just very particular parts of the plant, so that you aren’t sure what you might be looking at to start with. I also very much admire that she does not restrict her use of space, and has her creations come out quite dramatically from the surface of the pieces, sometimes dangerously so. But that dimensionality gives her work a boldness that might otherwise be nearly impossible with the unassuming minimalism she tends towards.

Celine is definitely one of those artists whose work is best seen in a collection in order to really appreciate the genius of her design choices. I would suggest reading the article if you have the issue in hand already, then go over to her Flickr photostream or her DaWanda shop and spend a little time looking over her varied pieces. Having a little background on an artist can really open up how you see their work and can bring such a rich understanding and enjoyment of it.


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DebbieThenNow138Speaking of inspiring containers this week … I found this little box to be utterly enthralling. This beauty was created by Australia’s Debbie Sheezel.  According to the description I found with this on Pinterest,  this piece was made using cloisonné wiring and enamel, of course, embedded with pearls on the lid of a sterling silver box.

It is the forms and the coloring here that make this so pleasing to look at. The red and orange feel like fire, but the flames come from a cool, organic green. The loose form of the red lines feel alive and with them all coalescing at the center with its gathering of pearls, you have the rich and glorious feeling that this is a visual metaphor for beauty being created. That is even before you know the piece has been entitled Seed. It’s one of those pieces you enviously realize that the artist made all the right decisions, from color to form to line to accents. Even the fact that it is a box with all its possibilities inside seems right.

Debbie is an uncommonly talented enamel artist. Her work is not only beautiful, but you can feel a liveliness in her pieces that is more than the depth this glass ‘painting’ technique affords the artist. We can get such depth with polymer when we are layering translucents, so it’s possible to get this with our medium. It’s just finding the muse that leads you to such colors and lines that would be the challenge.

See more of Debbie’s beautiful pieces on her website and on this enamel artist’s gathering site, Grains of Glass. What a great name. And what a site. Be careful you don’t get lost in there.


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So many people found that Emily’s little triangular dishes we posted on Monday really got their creative juices flowing, so how about a few more container ideas this week? This one is a lovely little box by Kate Tracton, an avid beader and polymer clay container specialist. We featured her own little burnished bowls early […]

Some time back, I saw these little bowls by the wonderful Emily Squires Levine, but suddenly they were the one thing that really stood out to me in my collection of images I want to share soon. The energy of the patterns, the simplicity of the form, the variety of the composition … not sure […]

Finally got the Fall issue wrapped up as far as the printer is concerned, but I am already knee deep in plans for the Winter issue whose theme is “Hidden”, which is coincidentally related to what we’ve been chatting about this week. What a great theme idea–it came from a few reader’s last year, and […]

Since we started off the week looking at a piece that hinted at what might lie beneath the surface, I thought I’d see what else we could dig up along those lines. This certainly fills the bill! Its a vessel by London’s Olga Perova and has a fascinating surface of what I think must be randomly bunched […]

Monochrome pieces can be difficult to create energy in, simply because one of our easiest and most common elements of visual energy is color and contrast or change in color that creates truly, lively energy. The next most effective element is line. But, here is a piece by Jan Geisen that has a quiet but […]

Apparently this is exploration week. A lot of people are out trying other artist’s techniques or pushing their own forms. And there has been a lot of sharing! I was particularly excited to see this new work by Melanie West. Although it’s not a series of disks as we have been seeing this past week or so, we […]

I just had to share this because these creations by Debbie Crothers were a direct result of the pieces posted on this past Friday’s blog. Do you recall those gorgeous glass beads by Debbie Sanders? And my mental meanderings about how cool something like this would be in polymer? Well … ta-da!, Debbie took on […]

We might spend a day or two more on disks since it’s garnered such interest but also because I’ve been sent such beautiful pieces as this necklace by Karen Lewis (aka Klew). Ronna’s piece on the cover of the Fall 2015 issue of The Polymer Arts pushed Klew to reach out to share this. She […]

Keeping with the disk theme this week, I went out in search of organic versions that weren’t polymer, and as soon as I saw these, I knew I just had to share. The luminosity of glass touched with even just a little bit of metallic feels so rich and ‘special occasion’ that even in organic forms and colors, it […]

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Reader’s Wish List Survey. We had 389 people respond, so it’s been taking me some time to get through all your ideas and questions and then compile them, but we’re working on it! I will directly answer some questions and note some of the comments in […]

As promised … here is the new cover for the Fall 2015 issue due out later this month. Our cover is graced by the soulful work of Ronna Sarvas Weltman who wrote a beautifully honest and heartfelt piece on the whys and hows of teaching art that you won’t want to miss. Among other things! […]

I was going to share the new Fall Cover here but have a couple of bits of information we would like to confirm before we do. Creating a magazine is all details, details, details and they are never-ending! We’ll have it on here by Monday but if you’re just too curious, we’ll send it out in our […]

My absolute favorite part of the west coast of the United States is the tide pools. They are an amazing microcosm of marine life; not to mention the texture of the rocks and lava flows you find them in is uncommonly beautiful. Although this necklace is not the re-creation of a tide pool –the artist […]