Day 20. Whooo R U?

The caterpillar (with elements from a couple versions of Alice in Wonderland) is one of the pieces that made me say previously unfinished work is fair game. This sculpture took much more than a single day. I worked on this and the white rabbit (tomorrow) off and on over a couple months, refining and tweaking tiny details until I was finally happy with it.

But it’s been baked and unpainted for a few months now.

I’ve been afraid.

Seems rather silly to be afraid of a piece of clay, doesn’t it? But I was so happy with how it came out that I was afraid I’d ruin it in the painting stage.

I am planning on molding it and turning it into a pin/pendant, so there will be other opportunities to paint it, even if I did ruin the first one.

But it didn’t seem to matter. There was that block – the sure knowledge that as long as I left it alone, it would stay forever perfect in my own head.

But it’s kind of hard to wear a virtual pin πŸ˜‰ So that’s one of the best things about this 30 day challenge. It’s helping me get over my perfection procrastination and fear of failure. I just have to finish it.

It doesn’t have to be perfect; it doesn’t even have to be good.

It just has to be done.

I can always make another. Or something else.

So… After all that, I didn’t ruin it. I love it and it came out really well. I can’t wait to mold it and try a few more versions. πŸ™‚

There was too much tiny detail for pastels on this one. I used Genesis heat set oils (not really oil paints – they’re closer to polymer clay in formulation). The great thing about them is that I could paint in layers, and set one area before continuing on.

The brass effects were from metallic acrylic paint.

Posted by Skygrazer

Polymer clay addict and artist. Also fascinated by kaleidoscopes.

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