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  Personal Note From Tonya
Where do you get your inspiration from?

New Creative Tools Arrive at Whole Lotta Whimsy

  Raving Fan

Pam East
"Kudo's to Tonya Davidson for her terrific video tutorial on Photo-Polymer Plates!"

  Feature Article

The Muse Personality: Kenji Von Achen

Personal Note From Tonya

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Calder mobile sculpture from Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I'm excited to share with you this week's Muse Personality interview with Kenji Von Achen. Did you know I shared the first Muse Personality in May of 2008. Kenji is our 19th artist to be featured!

The first artist featured was Kelly Russell. The Muses recommend a short list of Muses they'd like to be interviewed. Then one is selected from that list.

I've even been honored to have been on some of their lists. Maybe someday, someone will feature me on their blog *wink*. Although I'm honored to have been interviewed on Craftcast!

I love them because they pull back the curtain and let you in to see and hear their story. Why they create, what has meaning, what they avoid to stay creative and more.

You can read the past Muses here:

Here's the list of artists previously featured:

Kelly Russell
Gordon Uyehara
Jen Kahn
Linda Kaye-Moses
Angela Baduel Crispin
Robert Dancik
Donna Penoyer
Wendy Wallin Malinow
Barbara Becker Simon

Lisa Cain
Patrik Kusek
Lora Hart
Candice Wakumoto
Candice Kiesow
Helga van Leipsig
Maggie Bergman
Catherine Davies Paetz
Elizabeth Agte

How often during the week do you seek out inspiration? Or do the muses visit you? Or does your inspiration come from a little of both?

I actively seek out inspiration through magazines, museums, travel, nature, movies, etc. However it does create a little frustration for me because I spend more time working on my businesses than I do creating.

I have more ideas than I have time execute. However, I know that someday, I'll have lots of time to create because it's part of my planned goals for the future. I do take active roles in preserving my ideas with journals, sketches, collages, and more.

How do you preserve your ideas?

I'd love for you to leave a comment on the blog, after you read the interview, and let us know where you get your inspiration. Plus you'll be entered to win a free give-away!

Creative Blessings,

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New Creative Tools Arrive at Whole Lotta Whimsy

Bead Buddy Crimper 8MM Raw Brass Jump Rings .40"/18g (2dozen)
Hadar's Pearl Grey Steel XT 25gms Hadar's Pearl Grey Steel XT 50gms
Hadar's Pearl Grey Steel 50gms Hadar's Quick Fire White Bronze 50gms
Hadar's Quick Fire Bronze 50gms Hadar's Quick Fire Copper 50gms
Hadar's Quick Fire Rose Bronze 50gms Hadar's Quick Fire Rose Bronze 100gms
Patina Basics DVD 24g Copper 3/4 Solid Gear (6)
24g Copper 3/4 Open Gear (6) 24g Copper 1 3/8" x 1 1/4" butterfly w/ ring (6)
24g Copper 1"x1/2" horiz oval w/ 2 rings (6) 24g Copper 27x18mm Leaf w/ Ring (6)
24g Copper 22x18mm Framed Circle w/ Ring (6) Nylon Jaw Deep Bending Plier
Nylon Jaw Ring Bending Plier Ferido 50g Epoxy Clay Jet
Ferido 50g Epoxy Clay Crystal 7" 4.0mm Blk Leather Magnetic Caprice Bracelet

Raving Fan

Pam East

Kudo's to Tonya Davidson for her terrific video tutorial on Photo-Polymer Plates!

The instructions are clear, concise and easy to follow. Her methods result in clear, crisp plates that are perfect for impressing metal clay. The addition of using Thermal Negative Film (TNF) has vastly improved my own results, and I now use PPP almost exclusively for creating my Champlevé enamel pieces, a process which requires sharply defined edges.

- Pam East

Feature Article

The Muse Personality: Kenji Von Achen

Date started working in metal clay:

I originally heard about metal clay by accident in 2006 while I was surfing on some American art websites. Having a background with traditional silversmithing techniques, this new material really intrigued me. I ordered my first packets from a website in the States to try it out. Metal clay wasn't yet available here in France, and there were no publications either on the material. All I had to go by were the instructions that came with the packet, which wasn't much. I tried to master it on my own, but the results were less than impressive. I finally decided to take a class in 2008. Once I learned the do's and don'ts, I was on my own.

Certified: (what clay, year and with whom)

Certified Art Clay Senior Instructor in 2010 with Catherine Taut.

Accomplished at what media in addition to metal clay:

In 2002, I decided to take advantage of the many art classes that were available here in Paris and I started working with enamels on metal. I had always been attracted by the enamel works of arts that I had seen in the Parisian museums and artist studios. I continued with the classes for 9 years, enameling mostly on copper sheet. I had a desire to work more with enamels on silver, and metal clay gave me this possibility. I now incorporate my enameling skills with silver and copper metal clays.

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