SO, this Fiftieth celebration of FIMO and polymer clay was intriguing. An invitation to submit a 10x10 cm (about 4 inches) polymer clay tile. These tiles will form an exhibit and will ultimately be sold to benefit two charitable efforts: One to aid children with heart disease, and one to aid indigenous women who produce art/craft items.
I almost "successfully" avoided it. But on the very last day, lo and behold, a three day extension was declared. It was the second extension and I thought...A SIGN. So I decided to do it. No excuses.
What to do? As a painter I paint a LOT of cats, often blue since my interest is generally in "catness" as opposed to portraiture. Other favorites include poppies and pears. With polymer clay which I adore, partly because for some reason it permits me to take a much more abstract approach, I lean strongly toward mosaics, a long time love, but which, with clay, I find easier in terms of the technical stuff. And lately I've been experimenting with metal leaf and alcohol inks.
So, I took all that and made this, and while I see all manner of things I might tweak, I love him--his spirit. As of this writing, he is on his way to Canada.
Before making the above, I made the one below, but even though I like it very much, decided the mosaic wads much more expressive of everything I wanted to include.
Materials were polymer clay, gold leaf, alcohol inks, a few metallic acrylic glazes (which is not as nice on big "cracks" as it can cloud the clay), and at the end 3 coats of PYM II.