Who is Angie Scarr?I've been a polymer clay miniaturist and teacher for 30 years with a good handful of books. My first book which I started writing 20 years ago and which was first published in 2001 is one of Guild of Master Craftsman Publications best sellers and is STILL selling and has recently been re-designed and re-published for a new generation. Plus a lot of videos (now published and publishing on YouTube) I've travelled the world, visiting Japan Australia and America as well as most European countries including Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany Switzerland Germany, Netherlands, Belgium France and Italy, And of course The UK and Spain where I now live. Teaching a couple of generations of artists, many of whom are now well known in their own right. And I'm so proud of having inspired them in their early explorations of their art. What I really am is a passionate inventor-creator who comes up with daft ideas and tries them out. I make all the mistakes so you don’t have to and try to inspire people to live better, happier, more creative lives by proving to people that acquiring creative talent is just step-by step fun, and not a painful learning process.
Why are you using Patreon?Well I'm now pretty old to be playing in such a young seeming playground it might seem , but I've always been up for a challenge!
These new subscription services are an easy way to connect teachers with their students and followers, and as a way for them to receive (sometimes personalised) perks such as PDF files for my videos and little samples of work to help you visualise stages of work and qualities of colour. As well as advance knowledge of really new ideas before they ever get to publication.
Updates to old designs. As I refine designs and methods which may have previously been published in a simpler form, I want to be able to keep you updated with the new methods to make your work, if realistic, more realistic, if quirky even quirkier! I’ll mention you on the newer videos, answer your questions and send some personalised notes and collectable beads that have a dual purpose. To show you how something is made (colours and stages of work) and just to be a pretty wearable collectable.
Because of your support through Patreon, I will be able to continue working full-time helping and inspiring people like you. I'm going to be giving you bite -sized masterclasses in the things that make your work stand out from the rest. In the case of miniature colour work make your pieces not just real. But super-real. Help you avoid the mistakes (all of which I've made) that can cost time material and frustration. People will start not just telling you your polymer clay work is nice but that it's amazing! I'll also give you loads of other hints and tips about buying your materials, selling your work and other life hacks for the creative person who wants to reach another level whether you just want to sell a few pieces or you want to travel the world selling and teaching like I have and many of my students have after me.
How much do I pledge?You get to choose the level of support you would like to give, based on how much you can afford, or how much you feel I’m helping you. Or in some cases how much you value how I may have inspired you in the past or am inspiring another generation. And of course (as an extra incentive), the perks you would like to receive. You will get charged on the first day of each month after you pledge.
What happens after I become a Patron?
You will receive a message with directions on how to join a Secret Facebook group and links/directions to any other rewards or bonuses you've signed up for. In the first months of my Patreon page there will be fewer available tutorials but the incentive beads and samples will be even more exclusive, so I'm happy if you start small. On the other hand you may want to get in on the early samples too! I send out each months rewards just after your monthly subscription is taken on the first few days of the following month.
But can I stop my subscription?Yes, you can cancel your pledge at any time. If money is tight, Or you decide it’s not for you or you want to help another member out for a while instead, please feel more than free to opt out. It should never feel like a financial burden. And if you want to come back later. I’ll be very happy to see you again. It will not make any difference to our friendship either way!
And can I still watch your youtube videos for free?Of course. Please do not feel obliged to be a patron. This is only for people who want to support and/or receive exclusive rewards. Of course if you do decide to become a patron at whatever level you are able, I’ll be extra happy!
What else should I know?I want to hear about you. What you’re doing. What you want to be doing. What problems you need help solving. What are your anxieties, what holds you back? How I can help you as an individual. What you want to see me show in my videos etc? Where you would like me to come to teach?Whether you prefer to be taught in a group or one to one. Side by side or at a distance (remotely).
The Paypal payment page at first seemed a little strange as it seems to be asking you to pay by card. Buried deep in the next page in the legalese it says :- "I understand this lets me check out faster by not having to log in to PayPal to complete my purchase. I understand that if I have a PayPal balance, that balance will be used first and that if my preferred payment method is expired or declined, PayPal will charge my backup payment method." I don't like this so much and found it a bit off-putting myself and will tell Patreon so. Meanwhile, please don't let it put you off. It's just the Paypal method Patreon has to use I think in order for it to be considered a monthly payment.