Working with my hands is so very therapeutic. I just love it, that, and just letting my imagination go. Polymer clay gives me that outlet. My main artistic pursuit has always been realistic painting, mostly people and portraits, so this creative work is a far cry opposite to that. However, maybe not so far as I think really. Painting these tiny little hand formed creatures, such as my recent Siamese Cat Mom and Kittens pieces, which can be found in my Etsy shop called asimpleknead, requires some though when blending the colours and the style of brush work.
Wanting to keep my animal and bird figurines in a more primitive style, is easy in the forming stage, not so easy in the painting and finishing stage. I love roughed up little chisel brushes for texture and blending and fine little pointy brushes for tiny little detail. Dry brushing over under painting, either in dark over light or light over dark, achieves a lot of depth. My little pieces, though primitive, I do not want to end up looking tacky or cheap, I want them to have a unique and skilled artisan look to them once I am finished painting them. It's fun, but yes, it still requires making decisions, making mistakes, and finally being satisfied and knowing when to call them done :-)