Friday, September 12, 2014

Tribal or….

Ethnic or Native, I don't know.  It's a first try.  I'm working on the second.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

neverKnead

As many of you know, several years ago I lost my left wrist bones to a rare disease called Kienbock's.   My surgeon moved 3 upper bones down to become my new wrist.   Conditioning polymer was good therapy to strengthen my hand after the surgeries.  But, there are still times when I need to wear a brace or just rest my hand.  When I saw this kneading machine invented by a polymer clay artist, I thought it was worth a try for me.  I ordered it, used it and love it.  It has been worth every penny for me.  I don't get anything for endorsing it, I just thought I would pass it along.  It is basically a press that gives a ton of pressure; extremely well made.  You can learn more about it on their website:  neverKnead.com

Friday, September 5, 2014

Old Friends

I attended an art demonstration by Aileen Garvey.  As she demonstrated her skill in using florescent acrylic paints, she talked about her paintbrushes.  There were so many that should be thrown away, but, she said, she just couldn't part with them.  She smiled and said they were like old friends she wanted to hang on to.
 Her paintings are vibrant, full of life, expressive pieces that keep the eye moving throughout the compositions.
 It was a wonderful time spent with friends observing and learning from this gifted artist.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Translucent Flower Necklace

 I made these flowers using Pardo Translucent clay colored with pastel chalks.  After baking and cooling, I painted the centers with blended alcohol inks.  I used headpins to thread through the center bead and form a loop for the jump ring.  I left a long length on the headpin for the tiny flowers so they would peek out between the flowers.  They are strung on a simple cable.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

LAST DAY FOR EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!

POLYMER CLAY ADVENTURE - YEAR LONG VIRTUAL RETREAT.  Lots of extras, Classes 2X a MONTH, weekly inspiration, classes you keep!
Classes:
Karen Lewis aka KLEW - bead shapes and designs 
Syndee Holt - multiple bracelet technique
Christi Friesen - walking pod sculptural vase
Barbara McGuire - faux stone and face pendant
Laurie Mika - mixed media mosaic house
Sarajane Helm - ball jointed doll
Ilysa Ginsburg - decorated display stand
Kira Slye - polymer vase and flowers
Chris Kapono - suncatcher tiles
Katie Oskin - woodland critter sculpture
Layl McDill - cat cane
Anke Humpert - translucent jewelry
Lisa Renner - bathing beauty figural sculpture
Tammy Durham - illustrated greeting cards
Tristina Elmes - sculptural fine art with clay and paint
Teresa Salgado aka PANDORA - caning
Marlene Brady - sculptural beads
Linda Hess - votives and vases
Wendy Orlowski - cabezel jewelry
Suzanne Ivester - painting with polymer
Jennifer Morris - embroidery technique
Cat Therien aka CAT - flower cane

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hot Pink Interlocking Circles

I love the workshops taught at Clay Carnival and the fun of discovering new products.  While at Clay Carnival, I had the opportunity to purchase some of the brand NEW Kato Flourescent Pink to use to make my Interlocking Circle Cane taught by Sarah Shriver.  Thank goodness for my table mate, Becky Acosta of Bliss Point Creations.  She helped me literally turn things around.  I have taken several of Sarah Shriver's workshops and want to take another.  I am in awe of her talent and art.
Above left is the cane I made in Sarah's workshop.  After I reduced it, I cut some cane slices to cover my drawer pull burnisher, made two interchangeable tops for the "Snap" ring and a couple pair of earrings.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

POLYMER CLAY ADVENTURE RETREAT

Announcing the first ever all inclusive virtual polymer clay and mixed media retreat!
Right Now -  $80 - the lowest price it will ever be.
Sept.  1 - 10   - $__
Sept. 11 - 20  - $__
Sept. 21         - $99
Polymer Clay Adventure Virtual Retreat is a Celebration of Art for polymer clay and mixed media enthusiasts at all skill levels.  It’s about connection, community, and honoring the creativity in all of us.  It’s designed for people who love to create and meet kindred spirits, and want to immerse themselves in unlimited learning  without breaking the bank.  [Partial excerpt from Polymer Clay Adventure]
The Virtual Retreat is open for registration NOW and officially kicks off January 1, 2015.
Interested?  Wanting to know how to sign up?
Read more on  POLYMER CLAY ADVENTURE
Hosts:  Ilysa Ginsburg and Kira Slye

Classes:
Syndee Holt - multiple bracelet technique
Christi Friesen - walking pod sculptural vase
Barbara McGuire - faux stone and face pendant
Laurie Mika - mixed media mosaic house
Sarajane Helm - ball jointed doll
Ilysa Ginsburg - decorated display stand
Kira Slye - polymer vase and flowers
Chris Kapono - suncatcher tiles
Katie Oskin - woodland critter sculpture
Layl McDill - cat cane
Anke Humpert - translucent jewelry
Lisa Renner - bathing beauty figural sculpture
Tammy Durham - illustrated greeting cards
Karen Lewis aka KLEW - bead shapes and designs
Tristina Elmes - sculptural fine art with clay and paint
Teresa Salgado aka PANDORA - caning
Marlene Brady - sculptural beads
Linda Hess - votives and vases
Wendy Orlowski - cabezel jewelry
Suzanne Ivester - painting with polymer
Jennifer Morris - embroidery technique
Cat Therien aka CAT - flower cane
PLUS two BONUS lessons designed to kick off the event and close it with a bang....

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Haunani Gane'

I finished the framed cross (in the middle) in Lindly Haunani's Clay Carnival workshop.  I loved the vibrant colors and wanted a bigger piece.  When I got home, I used the scraps from class to finish covering the 6"X6" wrapped 2" deep canvas.  It can be wall hung, easel set or stand on its own.

Most of all, I love how the light shines through the translucent clay.   When time allows, I will be trying the Haunani Gane' again.  Lindly is a wonderful teacher with a unique sense of humor.  You can find Lindly's work and class information on her website LindlyHaunani.com and her Facebook Page.  Lindly also has a Pinterest board and a great blog.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Kato Style

I had a great time in Donna Kato's Clay Carnival workshop in Vegas.  I finished the workshop pin in the background and then came home and made a pendant with carving (in the foreground).   I'm barely home and I can't wait to go back next August.
You can sign up to receive Donna's Prairie Craft Newsletter where you will receive the latest info on new products and receive CraftArtEdu coupons.  You can see more of Donna's work and learn more about KatoPolyClay on her website and to keep up with the latest, check out her Facebook page.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pollen Inspired Beads

"Under the Microscope" was the name of Natalia Garcia de Leaniz Clay Carnival Workshop in Las Vegas.  It was extremely satisfying to experiment while building my beads (above).  Natalia is inspired by pollen photographed while under the microscope.   Just so interesting to me how artists get inspired and then translate/interpret it into a piece of art.  Pollen.
You can see more of Natalia's work on her website (click HERE).