By CaroleClay

Carole Monahan is a polymer clay mixed media artist and a member of the several guilds. She loves sharing her joy of creating with others through classes as well as her articles in several polymer publications. She is a design Squad member for as Makin’s clay and Sculpey.

A Screwed and Twisted Puzzle

This is my newest Infinity Orb made with Makin’s Clay and accented with Swellegant patinas to give it that faux rusty aged metal that I love so much!

I used copper for the main piece and the screws are brass.

I can really relate to this form since it is a twisted puzzle and there is more to it then meets the eye. Plus this one looks like it is screwed up!

It is very satisfying making this form it is based upon an origami paper technique.

As the strips are woven together and then folded into place you are either thrilled: if it comes out right OR your are spewing curse words and you have to start again!

A lesson in being Zen or at least trying to be Zen…….

 

Love Potion No. 9

Valentines day is right around the corner!!

For me it is January the 21st !!

Because MY love is sooo special it needs it’s very own day!! aawweee

(well actually it is because 13 yrs ago we moved it to this day)

My Hubby was training for 6 weeks very far away he would be gone all of February and most of March.

It is perfect for us since we don’t exchange gifts we go out to a REALLY nice dinner.

One year we had Brunch at Tavern on the Green in NYC!

My love needs no magic bottle but it was fun to make and it was fun to EMPTY

this pretty bottle of booze!

You can see how I made this Vintage looking bottle on

 the Makin’s Clay Blog

Happy Valentines Day whenever and how ever you celebrate it!

Bottles of Hope workshop Feb 4th

Since our last Bottles of Hope workshop was sooo popular at Ferguson library we are moving it to a Saturday so more folks can attend it!

This is a free workshop we use polymer clay to cover glass bottles to give to Chemo therapy

patients. you get one bottles to keep and you can make more bottles to donate.

Here is all the information for this event as well as a link to the Guild’s Bottles of Hope page.

I hope to see you there!

 

Art is You 2016

Doreen Kessel and ME !
Doreen Kessel and ME !

If you have never been to an Art is You retreat I highly recommend you RUN to closest one!

They are a mixed media retreat BUT…… they are soooo much more!

The moment you walk in the door you know you are in a magical place surrounded by wonderful excepting artist from all over the world!

You can really get a full creative workout and expand your mind and go outside your comfort zone with caring supportive teachers!

I took my 2nd class with the wonderful Doreen Kessel  here we have both posed with the VERY popular Rabbit !

Here is what I made in Doreen’s Class! A colorful Scorpion!

doreen-k-vintage-class-scorI took my second (and definitely not my last) class with Marjie Kemper!

We made a fun matching desk set using tons of different mixed media techniques!

Here is my set marjie-kemper-class-2016-de

 

I went WAY outside my comfort zone and I took a soldering class with Robin Dudley- Howes

Who was  super hero and filled in for the Cat Kerr who’s journey was thwarted by hurricane Matthew.

robin-solder-class-2016Here is my attempt (with much help from Robin)

soldered-piecesYou can see my other projects on my Facebook page. I made some custom handbags with Carolyn Dube and a sleeping Fairy with the always lovely  Collen Colquhoun!

I highly recommend going to one of these classes is Art is you comes near your area !

 

Carole gets some class —- finally !!!

You were ALL hoping that I have matured in some grand way! NOPE

I just checked off a goal I have been too scared too timid (yeah me timid) too reluctant to do UNTIL now !

I taught my 1st polymer clay class! I have taught for 1 on 1 or small groups but this was a class hosted by my local library the Ferguson Library in Stamford Ct.

Thanks to the support of my guild and friends  at the library and at Makin’s Clay I got enough confidence to reach out to the library and ask if I could teach my Journey Totem class.

I was like a girl that wanted to play Double Dutch

I read about Double Dutch

I watched Videos on Double Dutch

I talked about wanting to try Double Dutch ……. But I

NEVER JUMPED IN !!!!!!!!!!

I guess I was afraid of getting hit on the face with the rope  or falling or NOT being good at it !

Every year I have a goal or a theme for that year.

This year 2016 is the year of giving back!

I want to share my joy of creating with others. I want others to find solace and peace in their creations. I feel so blessed that I get to do things that I love and enjoy. Thanks to Makin’s Clay I get to play and explore —-and fail (3rd time’s a charm)

Makin’s donated all the clay to my class  since it is air dry clay I do not have to schlepp a small oven to class.

I hope to share the joy of creating with others and learn from them at the same time.

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