Monday, 29 April 2013

In the Beginning...

...there was a tile.  And it was a good tile.  It brought a smile to the creator as she looked down and saw that it was good. 

Today begins the first day of my Tile-a-Day challenge.  A while back I decided I wanted to make something.  Something Big!  Problem is, when I work in Polymer Clay, it's usually... well... not big.  In fact very often it's smaller than small.  Buuut... put a bunch of small things together and what do you have?  That is correct my friends.  You have a Big Thing. 

I had seen many other artists take on a (insert fabulous, creative concept here) - a - Day challenge where they would create one item a day for a set period of time.  It seemed like a great way to motivate you to get off your duff and not just do something while in the studio but finish something while in the studio.  It would also likely push you to really focus on creativity - coming up with new and different ways of interpreting your particular "thing".  It wouldn't always have to be extravagant but each would be different.

So I decided I would create a tile a day using polymer clay in various ways.  I decided upon a size of 2" by 3".  Here is the result of Day 1
I've been motivated by the onset of spring (FINALLY!!!) and all the "newness" and freshness that comes along with it.  On my way to my studio, I took some spring photos for inspiration
A pink hyacinth
My Garden Piggie that the squirrels like to climb on
The simple beauty of a dandelion
As you can see, none of these things ended up in my final product but it got the juices flowing and just made me happy.

So begins my Tile-a-Day challenge.  I'd love to do it for a full year, but I'm going to start off with 6 months.  that will be over 180 tiles, which will make my wall-hanging thingee...hmmm lemme see....carry the two...add the six....BIG.  Let's just say that.  It's gonna be BIG.  Yay.

By the way, you can follow more of my photo posting on Instagram:  smitch1975
My husband also takes some fabulous, interesting pictures (often with humorous remarks) and I would encourage you to check out his site as well:   seandavidrocks

So that's it for today.  Happy Spring to everyone.  I hope it encourages you to take on some new challenges and get creating!

Stay tuned...


  1. Wow! I love the idea. I have to do a "thing" - a - day. I know it will get me going deep. I love your tile. Soon you'll have to build a humongous wall to hold your humongous collection of tiles! I'm very motivated by birds right now, watching the oystercatchers running just out of reach of the waves. I'll have to think about what my "thing" will be. Thanks for the motivation.

  2. Thanks! I'm sure you'll think of something! I've been keeping it up so far and I'm excited to see how they look at the end all together.