My sculpting medium of choice is FIMO clay. Well, really it’s dirt but I’ve just recently written about our garden as sculpture in a recent post. FIMO clay comes in small blocks that are a couple bucks each. It is a small amount but I find that making small sculptures are more “useful” in terms of display possibilities. I just really don’t have the room to display a sculpture like this:
Well maybe I do…
Working with FIMO clay is pretty straightforward. The heat from your hands starts to soften it up and then you form it into whatever you want. Then you bake it for 5-10 minutes in a 325 degree oven. If you overbake it, it will brown a little, so watch it closely. FIMO comes in many colors. But I like working with the white. Because then you have the option to paint it. And if it browns, it doesn’t really ruin the color.
Roll, pinch, squeeze and rub the clay into shapes.
If you need inspiration you can start with some drawings (see How to Draw):
Wait…aren’t these sort of figures far too distinctly two-dimensional to be translated into sculpture?
The back of your sculpture can be flat. Then you can affix it to a heavy paper or matte board and frame it!
Or just display the sculpture as is around your house.
Of course you can go full on with the three dimensional and make more solid and fluid forms. Comme ca:
We haven’t painted these yet. Maybe we will, maybe we won’t.
Cats make me sneeze, but I can tolerate a clay cat. It is very small. A perfect cat for a dollhouse. When I was a kid I made tons of tiny dollhouse food (and other things) from FIMO clay. Bunches of bananas, tiny roast chickens, little toys…plates, cups. FIMO is absolutely perfect for making dollhouse accessories (Dana you should try this for your refurbished doll house!)
If you don’t want to work with clay but still want to sculpt, have no fear.
I can’t really express how excited I am that we have a totem pole in the works.
Sculpt with dirt. Or chicken wire and dirt. Snow. Sand.
Really in any medium:
Or you can just take an object, set it on a shelf and call it found object sculpture or a “readymade” and channel your inner Duchamp:
You can sculpt with your hands. You can sculpt with a chainsaw.
If you really don’t care to sculpt, how about just appreciating the sculptural qualities of things?
Or visit a public sculpture. Climb on it if possible.