Size: 5″ x 7″ (excluding frame dimensions)
River & Fields was created used polymer clay, beads, and acrylic paint on a canvas board.
River & Fields was born out of my personal Pinterest account. I have a board devoted to polymer clay. I see a lot of polymer clay pieces in my feed. I started seeing more and more pieces that went ‘edge to edge.’ All of my former pieces feature some polymer clay but there’s always a considerable amount of background visible. I really liked the way a lot of the “full” pieces looked so I thought I’d try my hand at it.
I decided to stay relatively small for my first piece. The canvas board I chose was 5″ x 7″. Knowing that I would frame the piece, I marked off the frame dimensions on a piece of aluminum. I don’t build my polymer pieces directly on canvas board as baking directly on the boards causes issues. After I marked my edges, I began sculpting.
If I remember correctly, I started with the river. I always enjoy working with blues. I can say that doing a full ‘edge to edge’ piece was a lot more difficult than I imagined. Trying to come up with a design but also knowing I had to worry about frame edges was maddening at times. Deciding what to do for the grassy areas was not as easy as you might think. I actually thought about making spikes of grass but quickly killed that idea. Not only did it look weird pretty quickly and it would have taken eons. I decided on long, wind-blown grass instead.
As you can see in the image, I worked in beads and glass pieces throughout the piece to give it more visual interest. I’m honestly not sure I’m capable of creating a polymer clay piece that doesn’t incorporate other things LOL.
The title, River & Fields, just kind of seemed natural. Not all my titles are odd or creative.