Want a new way to play with polymer clay? Use Sharpies!


Now you can take your zen-doodle to the next level! By using markers with permanent ink, such as a Sharpie, you can transform any piece of polymer clay!

I may be the last one to get a seat on the doodle boat, but boy am I grateful that I recently found the art of zen-doodling. If I’m not the last to know; however, here’s the basics:

Zen-doodle takes its premise from that same thing we all often do when we’re bored… doodling and turns it into an artform by using simple patterns with repetitive motions. The zen part comes in because it is very calming (to many, not all) to sit and continuously draw these simple patterns. It has even been ¬†known to lower blood pressure, and that was a benefit I could use, so I checked it out. If you have never heard of it before visit tanglepatterns.com They have a vast list of patterns and tutorials to get you started putting pen to paper.

After you feel comfortable with that you can then take your zen-doodles to the next level by putting them on polymer clay to make a wide variety of jewelry or art tiles for mixed media projects. The items in the photo above were made from Premo white clay, baked, sanded (I sand from 320 grit up to 2000, but you don’t have to go that far) and then it was time to play with markers! I got out my black Sharpie and began to doodle simple patterns and it elevated the piece 10 fold.

When you zen-doodle you may be following a prescribed set of patterns, but that does not me that you won’t put your own personal spin on them, I think everyone does, and this means that each piece of jewelry or art tile you create is going to be original art that can only be attributed to you, and as long as you are not using the same patterns over and over again in the same way on each piece you can also call them one-of-a-kind as well! So just by adding a simple Sharpie to your clay you’ve elevated that piece 10 fold in a variety of ways.

You can also play with acrylic paints, alcohol inks, and metallic rubs. on a couple of the above shown pieces I used a metallic rub first and then doodled and the Sharpie worked great! On a couple of other pieces I used the metallic rub after I used the Sharpie just to mute the print a tad. With this simple technique the world is your oyster, so go out and get a Sharpie today!

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