Quote of the Day:

“Trust that little voice in your head that says ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if…’; And then do it.”

– Duane Michals (February 18, 1932 – current)

Last session we played with homemade cold porcelain, a creamy white air-dry clay made from starch (any like corn, potato, arrowroot, or whatever), PVA glue, glycerin, oil, and vinegar. Traditionally this clay is cooked in a microwave or in a non-stick pan on the stove. Heating the ingredients supposedly strengthens the bonds that create a sort of polymer amalgam. But I also found a way to do it without any heating that resulted in a clay that worked essentially the same. I’m all about simplicity so this appealed to me.

Everyone got to play with cooked clay and non-cooked to compare. Below are the examples I brought from home made with the uncooked version.

Butterfly and flower
Sunshiny face
Succulent of some kind…
Pendant with 4 matching beads

Lori has a fairy garden in her yard and she made a sweet little mushroom house (with a flowerdy top)  for the fairies.

Lori’s fairy house.

Still waiting for pictures from the rest of the gang of their finished pieces. (My toe is tapping with anticipation!)

Next time (Saturday May 7th) we will be exploring monoprinting in all its many and wondrous aspects. We will be printing on gel plates, but also dabbling in making our own stencils, creating stamps, and maybe a quick block print with Styrofoam sheets. Will be a very busy session. Come join us!

Artful Blessings,