Be sure – before starting any project that you have washed your hands. Especially with clay.
Especially with white clay:
So wash your hands.
A good way to get off the extra oils is to use some hand sanitizer, it works well between colors if you’ve gotten them into your skin.
A good way to avoid getting color into you skin is to use hand lotion after you’ve washed your hands.
From the very start of learning to draw, my art teachers insisted, no, demanded that I use reference. “Your mind has a set image of something and that is not how it really looks”
They are right. So I’m going to hop on that illustrious bandwagon and say…
Reference Reference Reference
You can’t have enough of it. When I was sculpting my baroque doll I went on google and searched baroque dresses. I had about a dozen images that I printed out and pasted into my reference book, then I worked looking at all of them to create the finished doll.
When you are sculpting or drawing or doing anything that you want to have a realistic look. The best thing to do is going and find as much reference as you can and then pay attention to it.
See how point A fits to point B.
Not how you THINK point A fits to point B
There are many mediums you can use on polymer clay, the most common being soft pastels.
I’m not very fond of them because for me they seem to be to hard.
I prefer to use make up. And before you say eye shadow is all glittery, I’ll say you can get matt make up.
I got this pallet from Dischem the other day, its bright beautiful colors in a matt finish that is gorgeous. Way better than pastels. The pallet only cost about R80 I got it for nothing because I used my rewards points.
Score all the way.
So keep an eye out for things that you can use with your clay and other crafts. You never know when you might find something in the most unusual of places.
I’ve heard many crafters complain that their studio is a mess. That they can’t find anything or they are embarrassed by the chaos.
There is a simple solution to this, one I use every time I craft. It boils down to one saying
“Everything has a home”
or like my dad used to teach me “Elke ding het sy plek.” Its an Afrikaans saying that boils down to the same thing.
When you are done using something, put it back where it belongs. Throw little bits of paper and junk in the bin as you work. Don’t leave it on your work space.
As you finish one part of your project, put away the tools you used for that part.
You’ll find when you are finished you have very little to clean up and your work space and craft room will stay organized.
Finding tiny brushes for sculpting can start working out expensive. For painting your clay creations and for working the clay.
I discovered that I could go buy a whole set of “Nail art” brushes and my local Planet Nails for the price of two or three artist brushes. Not only are they tiny for detail work but they are pretty good quality too.