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Exploring the Enlightened Rainbow…

I am delighted to be returning to Maureen Carlson’s  Center for the Arts in Jordan Minnesota for a five day intensive workshop June 15th- 19th, 2011.

Exploring the Enlightened Rainbow: Embracing meditation, intuition and intention to design your color stories

Walking our artistic paths with wisdom and awareness is a sacred gift. While making a personal mediation walking stick you will explore the expressive and transformative gifts of color.

The seven colors of the chakra based energy system each reflect a different aspect of your being and life. For example, the root chakra is associated with the color red, and processes energies associated with grounding, your tribe and familial relationships.

Using guided meditations, intuitive collage exercises and intentional word association statements you will be exploring each of the seven major chakras, along with their specific gifts, as you build your power stick from the ground up. Continue reading “Exploring the Enlightened Rainbow…”

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Cabin Fever 2011 – Supply List Update…

Polyform Products will be supplying all of the colored clay for my Damascus Ladder Magic Friday pre-conference workshop at the Cabin Fever Clay Fest this February. So, please disregard the instructions for picking your colors, bring four ounces of scrap clay and your two magical hands. There are still a few spaces left in this workshop- for registration information visit the event’s blog here.

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Wishing You a Colorful and Happy New Years…

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.  Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.  “~Ellen Goodman

Have a happy New Year’s Eve..and take a moment to look around your studio looking for the potential joy in the colors that surround you.

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Colorful Scrap…

As polymer clay artists any of us generate “scrap” – some  more than others. After teaching kid’s summer art camp for eight years, teaching dozens of workshops, doing demos and trimming canes, I generate lots of scrap.

There are several interesting posts on the web on how to use your scrap clay, including this one on polymer clay web and this pictures from Creative Spirit Originals Flickr site...

Today I received a lovely present in the mail from Ron Lehocky from Kentucky made in part from some of my recycled and reinvigorated “scrap”. Ron has made and sold over 14,000 heart pins to benefit  The Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies. You may read more about Ron’s Heart  Project on Polymer Clay Daily here = an ongoing need for scrap  clay for laminates, guts and backs of the hearts.

If you have scrap clay that is looking for a new home, I encourage you to send yours to Ron. email  me using the contact form on this site and I will send you his mailing address.

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Cabin Fever 2011…

Damascus Ladder Magic

One Day Workshop Friday February 18th, 2011 at Cabin Fever 2011

I  will walk you through making three different skinner blend canes – with color coordinated lights and darks – that will be combined to make a dynamic version of a Damascus Ladder. Strategies for constructing drum beads (which you could choose to make into a sampler bracelet) and flat laminated pieces will be demonstrated along with some valuable finishing techniques…..and of course, I will be talking about color and will have hundreds of samples on display  for you to see.

What is Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011?

Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 is the 4th year of a hands-on polymer clay/mixed media event which consists of 3 days of pre-conference workshops (18 Feb. – 20 Feb. 2011) combined with a 3 1/2 day polymer clay hands-on event (20 Feb.– 23 Feb. 2011) to be held in Laurel, Maryland. Keep up with the latest updates here. Continue reading “Cabin Fever 2011…”

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Colorful Inspiration…

As artists most of us have “go to” books and artists where we look to for color inspiration. Kaffe Fassett is one of my favorites for color and pattern. I have six of his books, my favorite is Glorious color.

Several of his fabrics play important rolls in my patchwork living room curtains and over the years I have made several color inspiration collages based on clippings from an old Kaffe  Fassett calendar and photo copies of fabric swatches.

After reading his mosaic book- I made a colorful side table. So, I am thrilled that he has a new book out – “Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts”. There is an interesting video interview here where he starts by saying “What interests me more than anything in the world is pattern”.

I wonder just what he would do if he experimented with polymer? For more inspiration visit his student’s Flickr pool.

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Update on Cobalt Blue and Zinc Yellow…

Thank you to everyone who took the time to write to the company, post on their Facebook page and spread the news…

Here’s the latest statement we have just posted on Facebook today, 11/22/10.

“Polyform has reviewed all of your heartfelt comments in reference to Premo Cobalt Blue and Premo Zinc Yellow. In response to your needs we are going to find a way to keep these colors available for you. We will work with distributors and will post the information as soon as we finalize it.

To answer some of your other concerns:

  • Frost has been renamed White Translucent in order to clarify it’s color to new users. The color has not changed.
  • Copper has changed, there will be a color recipe to create the older version of this color. The new Copper color is closer to the color of a new copper penny.
  • The fluorescent colors have been discontinued. Two new colors, Wasabi and Candy Pink are quite bright and sure to make a “color pop” in your creations.
  • The recipes for discontinued colors, with the exception of the fluorescent colors, will be available. Many of the recipes use new colors so releasing the formulas now will not help you. We’ll release the formulas on January 3rd when the new colors are going to be available to ship.

We are really excited about our new line of Premo Accents, Premo and Sculpey III, as we’re sure you will be. Designers who have already used these colors are singing their praises. They’re on trend, as well as colors designers have requested.

Your comments were heard, your loyalty appreciated.

If there is anything else I can help you with, please contact me again. ”

Continue reading “Update on Cobalt Blue and Zinc Yellow…”

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Not so Colorful Changes…

Life is always full of surprises and challenges…Earlier this fall I received the news that Polyform Products was planning on making changes to their Premo! polymer clay color line. While I imagined that it might be possible that a few of the colors that I currently use might be discontinued- perhaps the fluorescent yellow wasn’t a huge seller?- I wasn’t prepared for the extremely upsetting news  that they are  planning to stop making two very essential primary colors = Cobalt Blue and Zinc Yellow!

“The following colors are discontinued: Red Pearl, Green Pearl, Cobalt Blue, Sea Green, Copper, Zinc Yellow, Frost, Fluorescent Green, Fluorescent Yellow, Fluorescent Red and Glow-In-The-Dark – We’ll have recipes for most on our website.”

It will be interesting to see their recipes for mixing zinc yellow and cobalt blue.

  • You can follow the discussion about this announcement on Polyform’s Facebook page here.
  • Carol Simmons has posted “before and after” pictures here
  • Cindy Leitz has started a virtual online petition here
  • Crafty Goat has posted some of her reactions on her blog
  • Amy Crawley has posted here on Moon Room Musings
  • Crafts by Chris has joined into the discussion
  • more here at Tonja’s Treasures
  • there is an ongoing discussion on Polymer Clay Central here
  • here is the contact email for Polyform Products- info@polyformproducts.com

I’m off to take a long warm bubble bath in honor of my personal promise to myself NOT to write blog posts, respond to email and/or answer the phone when…

In the meantime, please enjoy this picture of  Carol Simmon’s pendants- you might have guessed it! =  colors mixed with Zinc Yellow and Cobalt blue .

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