There’s something magical about a raw lump of clay. A few ounces of sculpey which can be turned into any creature from your imagination. Fairies, gnomes, goblins, trolls and more.
I’ve been sculpting on and off with polymer clay since I discovered sculpey back in high school. I’ve tried my hand at everything from fairies and babies to animals and sock monkeys. And while I feel I’ve gotten a decent handle on sculpting itself, I feel that I am still an ameteur at best.
Life and work have forced me to push sculpting to the sidelines over the past few years, but the clay keeps calling to me and so I’m coming back strong.
To perfect my sculpting skills, especially where the (magical) human figure is concerned, I am taking upon myself the journey to sculpt through Maureen Carlson’s magical book ‘Fairies gnomes & trolls’
I chose this book for a number of reasons. The projects in the book have a slow and steady progression from simple creatures to complex human forms. I feel that with every successive project I will be working on the improvement of yet another skill. And while I don’t expect to be an expert when I am done, I do expect to see my sculpting skills improve with the journey.
This book also has a certain magical draw for me. I love the idea of bringing fantasy creatures to life in clay, thus my site is MAGICbyleah. And this book caters directly to that childish and magical part of my imagination.
I will use the book’s tutorials as a learning tool, and the individual projects as my inspiration. I may choose to skip some projects and work on others more than once. My goal is to learn and grow my skill. And hey, you can never have too many magical creatures lying around.
But there is another reason I chose Maureen’s book. I discovered her other book ‘How To Make Clay Characters‘ back in high school. By working through that book I was able to relax and escape the stressful reality of my wacky childhood. In addition to sculpting some of the characters, I must have read that book cover to cover half a dozen times. It was my magical escape from reality. Through her books, Maureen has helped me more than she will ever know.
Since these fantasy creatures are my creative outlet, I will be photographing and blogging about my journey along the way. And so I invite you to grab your own copy of Fairies Gnomes & Trolls on amazon (affiliate link) and join me on this magical sculpting journey.
Now let’s make some magic happen
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