Seems that as far back as I can remember, I've had a can of Play-Doh sitting on my desk. Not only is it a great stress reliever and a wonderful way to distract your mind from the drudgeries of work, but the smell instantly takes you back to childhood! Recently, I've started using it as a sort of "sculpturer's doodle pad." If I "doodle" something that could possibly be expanded upon, I take a digital photo. Then, it's off to my studio to bring the idea to life. The Play-Doh creation is always very rough and nothing more than a jumping-off point for a more detailed design. But, it's a wonderful way of playing with design ideas without wasting PaperClay.
The two photos here illustrate the process. I knew I wanted to make a dog, but wasn't exactly sure how I was going to accomplish the head. Tinkering with the Play-Doh, I was able to get an idea of how to work it out; then, I set out to make the actual sculpture in PaperClay (the WIP is shown here.)
Get yourself some Play-Doh and start playing again. If nothing else, get it for that irresistable, memorable, childhood smell! It's "fountain of youth" in a can!