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So nice, so sweet: Pantone trend colours of the year 2016

You're sure to have noticed whilst flicking through catalogues, strolling past shop windows or surfing the internet: Subtle shades are all the rage. Whether fashion, beauty or home deco, they are to be found all over. Pastel blends are simply irresistible and look good enough to melt in your mouth! What's more, we can look forward to a continuation of this trend.

The Pantone Colour Institute has selected its trend colour of the year 2016:
In first place is pink. Or, to be precise, PANTONE 13-1520 rose quartz, a delicate, very light version. And that's not all: This year, for the first time ever, there's a second trend colour: Serenity is the name of this airy light blue.

Make a statement

They turn any outfit into a real eye-catcher and look especially impressive when worn together with plain, unicoloured blouses and tops.

Statement necklaces. These pieces of jewellery cause quite a stir with their striking colours and patterns – like the necklace made by artist and polymer clay art pioneer Sarah Shriver which was created using the kaleidoscope technique.


You're more than welcome to come and join us on our #MyFIMO pin board on Pinterest. 

To share your works of art with the #MyFIMO community, all you need to do is to sign up for Pinterest, follow us and send us an email to online-marketing(at)staedtler.com together with your Pinterest user name. 

We will then activate your account, leaving you free to starting pinning right away.

True Colours

STAEDTLER FIMO professional True Colours

Whether for modelling techniques like mokume gane and Skinner blend or for filigree canes with a kaleidoscope or millefiori pattern: FIMO professional is the ideal material for detailed works of art and sophisticated patterns. FIMO professional's core range comprises 24 colours, but that's not all: The newly developed FIMO professional ‘True Colours’ ensure perfect blending results.

Available in pure yellow, pure red, pure magenta, pure green and pure blue, the True Colours possess pure colour pigments for the creation of truly brilliant blends. Developed in line with high scientific standards, the FIMO professional colour wheel not only shows at a glance the 175 different shades that can be created using FIMO professional True Colours but the respective mixing ratios too.

The FIMO professional colour mixing system is based on seven colours: The five True Colours and black and white. These make it possible to create a rainbow spectrum of a total of 168 harmonising shades. All of which are blended using the five True Colours and then gradated using either black or white. Each and every colour is defined by an exact mixing formula.

To achieve the desired shade, the two True Colours to be blended need to be rolled out to two uniformly thick sheets in the clay machine. Next, a shaped cutter is used to cut pieces out of the individual sheets in line with the mixing formula. These are then kneaded together until a uniform colour is achieved.

STAEDTLER FIMO professional True Colours

The FIMO professional colour mixing system is based on the LAB colour wheel. The basis for this colour model is provided by Ewald Hering's opponent colour theory which embraces all colours visible to the human eye.

FIMO professional is available in two versions: 85 grammes and 350 grammes. The new block size is of particular advantage to artists who work with FIMO a lot.

The FIMO professional blocks are resealable which means that modelling clay that has already been opened can be stored in its original packaging, clean and safe from dirt and dust until next use.

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Lisa Pavelka

Arts & Design

Tutorial by Roger Watt

1: Introduction

It’s natural for every artist’s way of working to evolve in its own unique way, so this tutorial is not about how you should draw but simply about how I draw. There is no right way or wrong way but every artist can benefit from continually keeping him or herself open to new ideas.

Continue reading the tutorial here ...

Business Tips

Use the social networks

Social networks

You should show your loveliest creations and prettiest pieces of jewellery to as many people as possible. What is the point of an artwork that everybody has perhaps been waiting for for years if it can’t be displayed in the largest shop window in the world? Let the world see what you can do. 

For sales to be successful it is important that you and your products are talked about. This is where social networks like Facebook and Twitter offer a range of possibilities. For if you present your products appropriately and in an interesting way you will achieve enormous coverage.  

Make sure you don’t just describe your products as an advertiser would. It’s best to write as if you were presenting your newest creation to a good friend. Quite often it’s also helpful to awaken the interest of fans and Facebook friends or Twitter followers with small activities such as questionnaires, pointers about events or even little competitions.

It is not hard to imagine that the role of facebook, twitter, Pinterest & Co. will only increase - these sites can be great ways to spread the word about your artworks!


Your own shop on Etsy

Your own shop on Etsy

Very few artists have their own online shop. Many artists and FIMO creatives use special portals that offer a shop as a service. 

Etsy is by far the best portal globally for handmade art. As an artist you can set up your own individual shop in just a few steps. 

You can introduce yourself briefly, define your own terms of business, present your creations entirely as you wish and set out your desired terms of payment. You will also benefit from a high level of security for payments as Etsy offers you seller protection.   

Your shop will receive its own internet address with the name you have chosen. You can then pass on this address very simply as a link to your fans, friends and followers on your social networks. 

Take a closer look at Etsy here: www.etsy.com

Artists in the spotlight

  • Sarah Shriver

    1983 Sarah Nelson Shriver graduated from the University of California at Davis  with a bachelor’s degree in art.
    1986 she was employed in a fabric and art supply store in San Francisco where she first began working with polymer clay (FIMO). 
    Since 1989 she has been working full time out of her home/studio in San Rafael using the Millefiori or Caning technique to make intricately patterned beads, buttons, and jewelry. Her background in textiles is evident in her designs, which were described in an Ornament Magazine review as "meticulous, delicate, and elegant".

    For just over 20 years, Sarah Shriver has been making jewelry and teaching techniques in polymer clay. She has been recognized as a pioneer and master of her craft and has participated in a number of juried and invitational exhibits and shows. Her work can be found on line at www.sarahshriver.com and in a lot of books and periodicals. At Play: Polymer Clay Jewelry Art show, at the Facere Gallery in Seattle WA, 2006. She is juror for the 2008 National Polymer Clay Guild’s “Progress and Possibilities” competition.

    • Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival “Award of Excellence” Mill Valley, CA - 2008
    • Marin county Fair, Second Place in “Fine Arts and Crafts” San Rafael, CA -200 
    • First place in “Gleaming Treasures” Polymer Clay, Sacramento, CA -1998
    • First Runner Up “Gleaming Treasures” overall, Sacramento, CA -1998

    Sarah says: “The Millefiori process done in polymer clay (FIMO) gives me a tool to work with amazing pattern complexity. I love the intricate patterns I’m able to achieve using these incredible 3-D colors. I find infinite possibilities in my work with polymer clay (FIMO)

    I like traveling and teaching and connecting with people all over the globe, but maybe most of all I feel really happy about finding a medium that I understand well enough to express myself sincerely.” 




Pasta, Pizza, and modelling clay: this year, the 6th FIMO Symposium brought the polymer clay community to Monza, Italy. Between 13th and 17th September amid the beauty of Italy, participants attended inspiring creative workshops and had the chance to meet internationally renowned FIMO artists Donna Greenberg, Loretta Lam, Cecilia Leonini and Monica Resta in person.

The FIMO Symposium took place this year in the Italian town of Monza with the resounding motto of “Bella Italia and musical highlights”, and brought together professional FIMO users from all over the world. Italy has a long musical tradition – so it was only logical for the workshops to draw inspiration from Italian music through the ages.

Artistic inspiration for every individual

Artists and modelling clay fans from 15 different countries met in a creative atmosphere at this year’s FIMO Symposium. Participants were offered a varied main programme and numerous workshops where international polymer clay artists Donna Greenberg, Loretta Lam, Cecilia Leonini and Monica Resta presented new techniques and design options for FIMO professional.

A further highlight was the “Notte Italiania” Italian night with dinner and entertainment, which gave participants further opportunities to compare notes on current trends.

However, “Clay-time fun all day long” was the motto for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Of melting colours and mystical foliage

The primary focus of Donna Greenberg’s innovative full-day course was free form sculpting techniques. She also demonstrated the “Melting Colours” glazing techniques she has created, which use liquid clay and paints to give each artwork depth and richness of colour. “Participants in my workshop were able to take visual and musical inspiration from the Opera La Traviata,” says Donna Greenberg. “The aim of the course was to let the inspiration flow into their work, so that by the end, everyone was holding their own, totally unique work of art in their hands.”

Distinguished artist and teacher Loretta Lam gave participants the opportunity to use “Sculpted Foliage”, a special type of surface design, to create one-of-a-kind leaf broaches or pendants. Inspired by nature, this technique focuses on the principles of proportion and movement.
Cecilia Leonini’s half-day course on the other hand used “Pablito’s technique” to combine FIMO with mixed media. The result: colourful pins and pendants with new effects and unusual shaded surfaces.
With Monica Resta, participants were able to try out the Canvas technique and thus immerse themselves in the wonderful world of colour shades. This technique is characterised by delicate nuances, skilfully applied texturing and unique designs, and allows professional FIMO users to let their imagination run free.


“With its Italian flair, Monza was the perfect choice for this year’s FIMO Symposium, which allows us to make contact with our important target group of artists and professionals,” summarises Nils Henssen, Head of Modelling Clay Product Management at STAEDTLER. “It was great to see how the artists worked with our FIMO modelling clay, developed new ideas – and simply gave their creativity free rein. We ourselves are continually surprised by what it’s possible to achieve with FIMO!”