Patterns are everywhere. Have you ever wondered how they’re created? Of course, there are plenty of graphic, fashion and other types of designers who make patterns for a living.
You can create patterns yourself too.
Using polymer clay, you can easily learn a few basic ways to create pattern. It is an essential first step to creating. Why? Because you can build your confidence by starting with simple designs.
It is like anything we want to learn…start with baby steps and then progress to walking. You don’t need to have prior knowledge to start. As adults, sometimes we want to know how things will turn out, especially when learning a craft. We want to know the end result.
The creative process allows us to ‘make something’, however it also gives us the flexibility to change. And that is where you will see a difference in your thinking while working with polymer clay.
So starting with a pattern means you can experiment. You might want to stick with a simple swirl design in one colour and place the swirls together forming a uniform look. Or you may want to create several swirls in different colours and then put them together.
I usually have samples of creations I’ve made – bracelets, earrings, pendants, candle holders, or pens – at my workshops – so everyone can have an idea of what can be made. But remember that it’s only idea. You can use that idea to give you inspiration. Sometimes that is all what you need. A bit of inspiration. And watch what happens when your mind opens up to the possibilities. Whether it is choosing colours that coordinate or clash, it is your interpretation.
Patterns – a great place to start your polymer clay journey.