Challenges are often a good way to motivate yourself and get out of your comfort zone. As you're planning your creative goals for this year, you might consider entering some of these polymer clay challenges.
The Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE) has recently opened up its monthly challenge to everyone — you no longer have to be a guild member to participate. While it's too late to enter this month's challenge (vote here for a chance to win prizes!), they've posted upcoming themes so you can start thinking ahead. Entries are due by the 28th of each month. And it's easy to enter — just post a photo of your item in their Flickr pool. See complete challenge rules here. The upcoming month's themes are:
- February - ACEOs
- March - cane work
And don't forget about the monthly challenges over at Polymer Clay Central. Here's their challenge schedule for 2009:
- January: Winter Fantasy
- February: Steampunk
- March: Liquid Clay
- April: That's Not Real Wood?
- May: Over the Rainbow
- June: Picture This (Transfers)
- July: Mosaic Madness
- August: Skinner Blends
- September: Glitter & Glitz
- October: That Really "Bugs" Me
- November: Carve it Up
- December/January: Ring in the New Year
I hope this year brings lots of creative growth your way. And should you decide to enter one of these challenges, best of luck to you! Who knows...? You may end up winning one of the sponsors' prizes. Or (perhaps even better), you may find that stepping out of your comfort zone helps you discover something you love!
Are there other creative challenges you enjoy entering? If so, leave a link in the comments.