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.
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.
I was a teenager in the 80’s. I rocked BIG HAIR big parachute pants and NEON colors !
Prince was one of my favorites! I showed up at my prom in a beat up Van NOT a LIMO
The van had a kick-ass sound system installed by my prom date Carl!
( yeah I know Carl +Carole gag me with a spoon as they would say! )
Shawn was our chauffer/chaperone to make sure we did not get too crazy although we were blasting Prince’s LET’S GET CRAZY as well pulled up the hotel entrance where the prom was being held. I can still see Shawn in his cut off denim shorts and t-shirt with a tuxedo painted on the front gallantly open the side door to the van!
I’m still close friends with Carl and most of my close knit high school group!
Prince will forever have a piece of my heart !
You can see every single step how I made this sculpture on the Makin’s Clay site.
I have had soo much fun this last year working with Makin’s Clay as a design team member! This is a project I have been trying to perfect for some time now. It really shows off how flexible Makin’s clay REALLY is after it is cured. This piece has no SUBSTRUCTURE it is only Makin’s Clay and my beloved Swellegant for the finish!
Here are some pics of the ball as well as the plain white prototype ball from white clay. I think the plain white ball will be great for a 3 D Zentangle piece to doodle on!!!!
This is currently my new OBSESSION!!
I’m sure exploring the possibilities of this design will keep me busy for quite some time!
You can find all my other past creations and obsessions of these pages!
That is my only resolution for this year! I would like to fill people’s heart’s with hope and love. These little Bottles of Hope are the tool to achieve this.
This simple but elegant bottle in a Faux Wedgewood look only takes about 10mins to make but the impact it will have on a cancer patient that might be having a particularly rough day of chemo is HUGE!
Lets flood the polymer clay websites with EVERYONE’s Bottles of Hope. See Diane’s inspiring story of how she started Bottles of Hope in 1999.
Really all it took was blending the peach from the earth tones collection and the Blue( F and F) on the Makin’s Clay mixing ruler and then roll out the sheet to cover the bottle and then I press some white clay into the Florals mold, and then adhere to the bottle.
Yes I’m like many others out there and I love The Wizard of Oz……….
This was my December project for Makin’s Clay you can see the details on the Makin’s Clay blog . I really enjoyed creating this project and took advantage of the Makin’s Clay double sided spinning frame!
On the reverse side I have the famous quote from the Wizard Himself ! But what I don’t show is the Tin Man’s reply. “I know but I STILL want one! ”
Remember follow YOUR own PATH by Following your heart!