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One of polymer clay strengths is its ability for two colours to get really close and personal and not mush together. This is why techniques like millefiori caning and mokume gane are possible. Therefore I want to achieve subtle painterly blends and tie-dye water colour effects. Doh!

This month’s Virtual Paintout location is Latvia, and I decided to do my painting using polymer clay. As I’ve only just submitted my image I need to wait and see if polymer clay is considered a “drawing and painting medium” as specified in the challenge requirements. It was fun to do regardless and I’m getting closer towards achieving my idea.

Polymer clay painting of trees

“Last Light, Latvia” by Cate van Alphen
Polymer clay, 10cm x 10cm

The painting is pretty tiny (10cm x 10cm) so it’s smaller than it appears on my computer. Here is the reference location.

Other attempts at this technique include my earlier Art Bead Scene entry, and this swirl bead.

Blue green swirl bead

So far it’s super slow and my eyes go squiffy. So why don’t I just paint using PAINT instead of trying to make polymer clay do something it doesn’t want to? I don’t know, does anyone else?