Saturday, July 9, 2011

Polymer Clay Class Today!

Today I am giving a free demonstration of working with polymer clay in the afternoon at Utrecht Art Supply in Fort Lauderdale, FL! Have clay, tools, oven, lotions & potions all over my kitchen table in preperation. Will let you know how class turns out... :) Tristina

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Color Inspiration Collage

Wow! I was exhausted the morning after hosting a fun 4th of July bar-b-que at my house. So, while eating breakfast I began perusing the book 'Polymer Clay Color Inspirations' by Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio as a way to wind down from the clean up that carried over from the previous day and reward myself for a job well done!

The pictures in this book are at once absolutely captivating and overwhelming! The thought crossed my mind, "How in the heck can I ever reproduce the fabulous projects in this book?" So, how do you eat an elephant? Of course, one bite at a time! I dived in determined to stretch myself to BEGIN the process of exploring color.

I was intrigued by the author's exercise 'Making Your Color Inspiration Collage'. The project called for working with magazine clippings to create a color collage that spoke to me and included the colors blue, red and yellow (primary mixing colors). I don't know about you, but I have piles of magazines and already torn pages containing colors, textures, words and interesting subjects as inspirational touchstones for creativity in my stash. About the color collage the authors say, "Having a starting point...helps you make the decisions necessary for developing your personal palette via an informed selectoin of your mixing colors." This seemed like the perfect place for me to start IMMEDIATELY!

Here is the collage I made on 14"x17" bristol paper using magazine clippings and a Uhu glue stick. (This project is really easy & fun!)

Now that I have made my first collage, I am addicted!

Reading on in the chapter, Lindly and Maggie suggest creating a reference library of inspirational color combination collages that please me. They say that as I create new collages I can increase my ability to discern subtle differences between colors. Execellent sample collage groupings appear in the book.

I can already tell making more collages will help me get more in touch with my favorite color pallets so I can bring these to my color mixing and painting... I've already begun a new bag of clippings with an exciting color grouping to start making another collage tomorrow!!!

Hope you will join me in this exercise. Post your picture in the comments area when you make a collage!

Tristina :)