Hello and welcome to my website, Crafting for Rookies.
Up until about four years ago, had you asked me if I thought I were a creative person, I would have flat out told you “No way! I don’t have a creative bone in my body”.
Something changed, as if I were struck by lightening, I developed an eye for creativity. I came across videos on YouTube about pottery. I was watching how they would throw a bowl on the wheel and I was mezmerized. The more I watched the more I felt as though I needed to try this. I live in a small rural community. But as luck would have it, there happened to be pottery classes within just a few miles from my home. I was able to attend these classes for a while. But soon it no longer fit into my schedule, and I was unable to continue with the classes.
But now I had a taste of creating. I soon discovered alcohol ink and from there I found paint pouring videos and I was hooked! I set out to purchase everything I would need to get started in this craft. It wasn’t long after my first pours that I realized I would need to finish them off with something. Somehow I would need to varnish them. But how? Once again, enter YouTube. After exploring the various varnish options I concluded resin to be the best choice. Soon I was covering anything possible with this amazing 2 part formula. I continued to watch video after video on paint pouring and resin application. I poured myself into this craft/art. I would wake up thinking about it and I would go to sleep dreaming about it. What would my currently wet paintings look like in the morning? How dry would they be? Will they dry without cracking? Was the surface in which my painting sat level? The questions were endless. Sometimes it was hard to fall asleep because I just wanted to keep thinking about my art.
According to Wikipedia artist is a descriptive term applied to a person who engages in an activity deemed to be an art. Was that what I was now? Could I call myself an “Artist”? Hello, I’m Teresa, I’m an Artist!
One thing led to another. I explored using glitters, mica powders, alcohol ink, and the list goes on. Finally I had run across some videos where they were using paint skins to make jewelry. I thought “I will not make jewelry, it’s just too tedious for me.” All those small pieces, who wants to do that. Well, apparently I do. Because while I did soon thereafter begin creating jewelry with paint skins, I quickly turned my attention to polymer clay to create my masterpieces. I continue creating. While I do still make time for painting I have really been enjoying the flexibility the clay creation offers. I do a lot of travel and it’s much easier to bring along some clay as opposed to all I need for painting.
What brings me here?
There are so many websites and Facebook pages related to so many different kind of crafts. One of the most common questions I see is from someone new to a particular craft. “I’m new here, what do I need to get started?” That is the question I see so often. I want to help answer that question and others. I am here to go on a journey and continue learning about polymer clay and the other crafts/arts I have had the pleasure of exploring. I would love for you to go on this journey with me.
I don’t claim to be an expert but I do claim to be addicted to creating. It’s so exciting and fun!
I hope you will all agree.
Founder of Polymer Clay Basics