I was so excited when I got the mail yesterday. There was a big box jammed into my mailbox, which is always fun, but I wasn’t expecting any packages. Ooh, a mystery! On the back was a label that it came from The Netherlands. Hmm…what could it be? As it turns out, the wonderful Marjon Donker and Saskia Veltenaar, publishers of the magazine “From Polymer to Art” sent me a care package of goodies. I danced around and squealed like a little girl. Let me tell you why.
****NOTE**** Unfortunately, From Polymer to Art has ceased publication. You can purchase back-issues of the magazine at Happy Things in the Netherlands.
A few months ago, Marjon and Saskia asked me to write an article to be translated for a special Dutch-only version of their magazine that would be aimed specifically at polymer clay beginners. (From Polymer to Art is normally published in English.) Happy to help them with the project, I sent the article and some photos. (That same article is available on my website here, btw.) So the package contained my contributor’s copy of the magazine. Yay! It’s gorgeous, and it’s even covered with polka-dots!
Inside it’s even better. There is page after page of top quality tutorials and demonstrations by world-renowned polymer clay artists such as Lillian de Vries, Bettina Welker, and Fabiola Perez Ajates. From Polymer to Art is always a top-notch magazine, but this issue is really something special. Even if you don’t read Dutch, you will still learn tons from these fabulous artists. I got all proud inside seeing my little article in with all that talent! You can order print or digital copies of all issues here.
But that’s not all! Also included in the package was some wonderful loot (that’s a fancy name for promotional stuff). I was awfully glad to get Staedtler‘s catalog and a few brochures. I am often in the dark when trying to understand the product lines of companies, so getting this info was invaluable. But the coolest part was FIMO tools and a sample package of the new FIMO Professional True Colors!! I had seen the Fimo tools in person when visiting Clayaround in the UK earlier this year, and I wanted some for my own. So this was really cool. But ever since I saw how Marie Segal and Ponsawan Sila were making beautiful things with the new Fimo Professional, I wanted to get my hands on some of this clay. So yes, the squealing and happy dancing went on for several minutes until I got hold of myself. 🙂
I’m very eager to play with the Fimo Professional clay and will be happy to do a review with it so that I can report to you and share how it differs from the other clays we’re used to using. There will certainly be an article posted here. Stay tuned, as they say! But I can’t do that just quite yet, I have a few other things in the works first. Right now I’m playing with PVClay. (Intrigued? No worries. More info soon!)
Thank you so much to Marjon and Saskia for their generosity in publishing my article and sharing the great FIMO loot! I’m forever grateful!