I joke to the parents of the kids I teach that drawing is the gateway drug for art. I’m probably at least partly right though. I make dimensional objects but I almost always start out with sketches or doodles of what I have in mind and then progress through prototypes in clay or branching off from previous, successful designs.
This week I also lucked out and have extra help to blend a whole pile of my on hand clay into great colour mixes. My clay mixer prefers doing this part rather than doing the more complicated construction tasks so I’ll end the week with a lot of good starting materials ready to continue those design ideas with.
I was building dangles for the next batch of jewellery making and some of those were leaf charms. When you’re making flowers, sometimes you need a little greenery to go with your blooms.
You can also use leaf canes to make your own little beads or charms. Raw clay is much easier to modify and make perfect for your own designs.