Thursday, January 22, 2009

PlayDoh - It's not just for kids anymore!

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!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Here Comes Cupid!

Here he is folks, the original ambassador of LOVE! This newest creation of mine debuts on Spookytime Jingles, tonight at midnight. 

I don't usually make Valentine's themed art, but the creative "bug" bit me and I just had to make this chubby cherub.

In addition to cupid, I also made a funky flying heart...I know, sounds weird. You'll have to visit the site to take a look!


Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year from Chicken Lips

Out with the with the new! It's time to get my workshop in order after a very busy Fall season. Seriously, all over the floor there was fabric and clay and wire and wood and sawdust..and heaven knows what else! I took a couple photos of my newly cleaned workshop and studio and am posting them here so there is public record that it is possible for me to have a clean workspace! Now, if I could just keep it that way!

I've started making a couple Valentine's creations for the upcoming Holiday Hootenanny on SpookyTime Jingles - Jan. 13th. Crazy thing is, now that everything is clean, I'm having a tough time working. Seems I've made everything TOO neat and tidy and now I'm afraid to make a mess!

I wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

May all your workshops stay clean and tidy!