August 1, 2011

  • It's TIME!!

    August 2011 Challenge: Under the Sea


    Under the Sea

    Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think. ~Robert Henri

    This month's theme "Under the Sea" gave the PCAGOE artists a chance to explore their love of all things blue and watery. Members could create whatever they wanted within the theme's context as long as the piece consisted of at least 50% polymer clay.

    And the entries are:

    1 - Love at Sea by Marie of YoungCreative
    "Waves crash over the lovers in this art piece based on an antique illustration of  "Manon Lescaut."  I started by hand-coloring the illustration that I embedded in liquid polymer  to create a "canvas." I sculpted a Mokume Gane sea, adding more coats of liquid polymer as well as regular polymer accents to build dimension. Alcohol inks and paints enhanced the colors." 

    2 - Fish out of Water by Line of playsculptlive
    "Inspired by Cristi Friesen, my  hero!"

    3 - Under the Sea Trinket Box by Jill of JKay Jewelry
    "Viva Decor gave my guild some of their new artists' clay to work with during our recent demonstrations days at the local fair, so that's what this little box is made of. It features some miniscule real shells, while the rest of the little embellishments are molded from the same clay. I made the molds for the ship's wheel, the star fish, and the sea horse."

    4 - Mermaid's Necklace by Randee of RMK Design
    "faux limestone pebbles" 

    5 - Shades of the Sea Cuff Bracelet by Susan of 11BoldStreet
    "My entry for the PCAGOE Monthly Challenge is another of my signature liquid polymer gauze bracelets. The base was tinted in sea shades of aquas, blues and greens, with silver accents reminiscent of sparkly waves. The polymer focal has patterns of "scales" and impressions from sea shells."

    6 - Under the Sea Pendant by Maggie of Maggie Day Studio
    "Polymer clay, paint, and resin pendant"

    7 - Under the Sea Journal by Becky of  BeckySueCreations
    "It is made from polymer clay and put onto a spiral journal."

    8 - Memories of Maine necklace by Lisa of HiGirls
    "Polymer clay lobster claws are accented with black paint and pearlized clay beads.
    Seashell is polymer clay molded from an actual Maine seashell in pale pink and translucent clay with mica powders."

    9 - Clown Fish Desk Set by Angela of Polymer Clay Creations
    "Cute orange clown fish swimming in a beautiful aqua and blue sea to brighten up your desk."

    10 - Octopus's Garden by Kathy of ElPasoClayNation
    "This little tile is made for the July Under the sea challenge. I got to try out my new jar of Polypaste, too."

    11 - Blue Coral Brooch by Amanda of Polyclarific
    "This entry for the August PCAGOE Challenge is a pretty little brooch. Its rough edges remind me of coral and its colour of the ocean. The brooch is 2.5cm in diameter and 2cm deep."

    12 - Ocean Wave Lentils necklace by Janice of BlessedBeadJewelry
    "Ocean Waves mokume gane focal beads paired with pearls and mother of pearl."

    13 - Ripples by Berit of ClayCenter
    "A business card holder decorated with polymer clay. My entry in the August challenge "Under the Sea". The technique is mokume gane/mica shift with several layers of pearl clay. It is completely flat even though it looks three dimensional."

    14 - Go Swimming with Me by Arlene of Ashpaints
    "This small tin canister has been re-purposed to simulate an underwater abode. Colorful fish swim in and out between blades of seaweed and coral branches up from the sea floor. Swirls in multiple colors of blue trim the edges and the lid to finish the look."

    15 - Fishy Fish by Jackie of The Pleasant Pheasant
    "This is my PCAGOE "Under the Sea" Monthly Challenge Entry, a new fish cane that I made and really like! Being back to caning is awesome. :) This fish is from a tutorial by Desiree McCrorey."

    16 - Polymer Clay Seal by Deb of Renaissance Gal of San Antonio
    "He's a fun little critter from a class I taught."

    17 - Lampshade Under the Deep Blue by Cindy of Arrowdale Art Studio
    "It is a lampshade for a custom lamp (which my husband has yet to finish - the parts have been more difficult to find than anticipated, but we will persevere!) The lamp shade measures 6" wide by 5.5" tall and 3" deep. The "sea" is made entirely of translucent polymer clay tinted with various shades of alcohol inks and then blended and pieces to achieve the mottled colors. Each of the pieces are made from canes (the fish and sea plants) ore other shades of clay colored or blended as I went along. I used embossing powders for the crusty look on the stuff on the bottom, and used pigment inks to even out colors where needed. There are a couple of candles burning inside the shade, which accounts for the white-ish streaks and the subtle glow. A 40W light bulb will be used in the lamp, which is for our grandsons' bedroom nightlight."

    18 - Sealife by Els of Beadelz
    "Inspired by Helen Breil, with a shell (abalone/ zee-oor in Dutch) from the (southern) French coast."

    19 - Pink Mermaid Figurine by Phoebe of Happy Creations
    "Mermaid figurine is hand sculpted out of polymer clay. She has long flowing brown hair. Her body is a pearly fuscia pink color with green scales. She is holding a real sea shell. She is wearing a necklace of a gold sea star and in the center is a pink Swarovski crystal gem. Her body is coated with a light dusting of glitter dust. I hand painted her face and scales with acrylic paints. She is coated with a glossy finish."

    Several of the entries are available for sale in our members' store. Please visit the individual shops to see these and other wonderful listings.

    Vote here.

    Note - I'm number 17. 




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