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Shirley Batten-Smith

IN THE PINK

50cm x 50cm box canvas

Polymer clay with acrylic paint

TURKISH DELIGHT

50cm x 50cm box canvas

Polymer clay with acrylic paint

DEEP BLUE TUNA

50cm x 50cm box canvas

Polymer clay with acrylic paint and set with Swarovski crystals

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POLYMER CLAY

I started using polymer clay over 20 years ago and rediscovered it when I was trying to achieve a textured effect that could be painted. My original efforts were with salt-dough finished with cellulose paint but polymer clay is amazing stuff.  I prefer the Sculpey Premo which retains definition and can be sculpted easily and even carved after setting with fine detail.  It is also incredibly strong and some of my pieces have survived having the paint scrubbed off with wire wool four or five times before I have been happy with the result.

Modern acrylic paint also has some incredible colours especially the metallic hues - the lustre effect is amazing and often people think my pictures are made out of metal.

Sourcing business card boxes is always a challenge - especially  a suitablly durable box for storing business cards in.  Here is a sample using plastic.

I am always looking for different ways that I can use my sculpture techniques. This is a ‘Heart’s Desire’ box that I lined using decoupage.

MINI WORKS OF ART

NOT ALL MY PICTURES ARE OF FISH - THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE LATEST PIECES.  I HAVE A PARTICULAR INTEREST IN THE EFFECT OF THE LIGHT ON FISH SCALES, PROBABLY AS A RESULT OF YEARS SPENT SAT NEXT TO MY FATHER WHEN HE WAS FLY FISHING.  IT FASINATES ME WHEN YOU SEE THAT SUDDEN FLASH OF THE SCALES WHEN THE FISH ARE MOVING ABOUT.  I INTRODUCED SETTING A FEW SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS INTO SOME OF MY PICTURES TO ADD THAT EVER-CHANGING DIMENSION AND HAVE FOUND IT TO ALSO BE AN UNUSUAL WAY TO INCLUDE SOME PERSONALISED FEATURES FOR CLIENTS

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