Or so my daughter says so. Actually, what she said was that I suffer from Imposter’s Syndrome. Either way I hesitate to call myself an ‘artist’. I hear the word and I imagine the likes of Monet, Van Gogh, da Vinci. I have always called myself “A kid with a crayon”. Primarily because when I sit down to create something I don’t always have a clear image in my brain of what it will look like. And even if I “nail it”, it never looks as good as I pictured in my head. (perfectionist talking) Doesn’t matter that it looks pretty good. I will always find flaws in my work. I am learning to let that go and just let my fingers create. Often my husband asks “Whatcha gonna make today?” Often, my answer is “Whatever, comes off the fingers.”This barrette falls in that category. I love the look of burlap/jute and just about anything that sparkles, glitters, shines, or shimmers. Put all those together and it just makes me smile. I was playing with some polymer clay and knew that I wanted to mix all these colors and textures together. I used a brown polymer clay as the base and decided to dust it with pearl green pigment powder. Added the burlap, shells and coated the whole thing in liquid polymer clay. After the required bake time and cooling I coated the shells with a gloss top coat and applied a gold leafing wax to the burlap.
All of these products were new to me and I learned so much from the process. Ultimately I love the way it looks. The burlap reminds me of the bags of oysters I had seen growing up along the coast of Florida and Alabama. Shells always take me home to my beloved beach.
You can find the barrette for sale HERE in my Etsy store.
Thanks for letting me share a little of me with you! Have a blessed rest of the day.