Sample picture of a scratch foam texture sheet & copper clay bail made at a Wanaree Tanner workshop.
SEPT MEETING IS ALL ABOUT TEXTURE.
First Joanne Mann will demo making your own texture sheets with a material called Scratch Foam. With the foam material you can draw your texture into the foam with a exacto blade, pen, or ball stylus. This is a quick and easy tecnique yet has unlimited possibilites.
Afterwards members will have a texture sharing & making session utilizing scratch foam, clay, or two part molding material to make a texture sheet & share ideas on creative items you found that make interesting textures for use with polymer clay. For deeper more flexible molds you can utilize two part silicone mold mix.
Foam: Scratch Foam can be ordered online, or purchased at Dick Blick. You can also use as a inexpensive handy substitute some types of styrofoam such as ones used in most take out boxes, or plates. These alternatives may not produce quite as crisp edges as the Scratch Foam brand but still work well. It helps if you have a design in mind that is drawn or copied on a piece of paper to trace from or use as a guideline, since once marks are put in the foam there is no erasing them out.
Pen, Ball stylus tool, or various knitting needle sizes, Exacto knife or sharp blade, any leather or metal stamping tools, or other items you may have that will make an interesting impression into the foam. A water spritzer or little container of water to use as a release agent when applying clay to finished texture sheet.
Also for general texture swap/making bring conditioned clay, clay blade, pasta machine and tools & any items to take an impression from to make a texture sheet for this session. Examples: Buttons, carvings, cardboard, textured papers, fabrics, lace, etc.
As always bring and share some of your recent work, or work made utilizing the technique shown at the last guild meeting demo. We love to see what fellow members are doing!