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Colorful Pinched Petals…

Several years ago- while Maggie Maggio and I were working on our book- a well intentioned friend mentioned to me (while laughing)… once they find out they need to pinch,fold and pierce over 120 petals to make that necklace!?!

Apparently the labor intensive aspect of that project has not dissuaded dozens of artists around the world from making a pinched petal lei , and in many instances adding their own twist. I am always delighted when I run across examples on Facebook, blogs and Flickr.

The joyful looks on the faces of the women Nepal via A Colourful Journey wearing their versions of my necklace was especially poignant to me –  a shared aesthetic and a wonderful example of out “shrinking” world. Here are some other inspirational examples I found…Nora Pero, Bettina Mertz, Oak Georgia, Kralenia and Allessia Stre.

 

 

 

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Updated Color Chart…

After our book was published in 2009 there have been several significant changes to the colors that are available to the polymer artist- Polyform products discontinued their  Sculpey Studio line and two essential primaries – Zinc Yellow and Cobalt blue in their Premo line are only available on a limited basis (see my last post). Several pre-mixed “designer” colors are now available: including Pomegranate Red, Denim Blue and Wasabi Green. The recipes for mixing Zinc Yellow and Cobalt blue, as promised, have yet to appear on their web site.

In the meantime many artists, myself included, have been experimenting with the new Polyform colors and exploring the currently available primaries offered by FIMO, Pardo, Kato Clay and Cernit- will keep you posted.

Maggie Maggio has updated her color triangle chart to reflect the changes in Polyform’s product line.

“I’ve started testing the new Premo clays and added the possible primary colors to the chart above. I’ve also added a new category – package colors that have white – because I choose to use colors that are at full saturation and add white if I need it.”

This spring I was designing a project where I normally would have used fluorescent pink to pump up the red in the Skinner blend and since I usually would have added white to the mixture Candy pink was an acceptable substitute.

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Exploring the Rainbow…

If you’ve read our book – Polymer Clay Color Inspirations and were intrigued by the color collage process as a way to determine a set of custom mixed primaries to use in your work, then you might be interested in this two day workshop November 5th and 6th, 2011 = “Exploring the Rainbow” at Woman Creative in Buford, Georgia (near Atlanta). A more complete workshop description may be found here along with the supply list. Registration details are here.

I will be having a trunk show at the gallery Friday evening November 4th. There is a fabulous retrospective exhibit of polymer spanning twenty five years with work from ninety six artists.

Hope to see you there! or here...

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Rainbow Roll…

Registration opens soon- The 2011 Polymer Clay and Creative Arts Fest will be held in Wausau, WI at the Fairfield Inn from 22-25 Oct. Event includes a trip to the Racine Art Museum (RAM) on the opening weekend of the Polymer Collection Exhibit.

Rainbow Roll Necklace

Lindly will walk you through making a rainbow Skinner blend, with an emphasis on your favorite colors, which will be combined with a black and white stripe cane to make your personalized version of a Rainbow Roll Necklace.

Learn how to add impact to your work with increased color confidence while learning several valuable skills for working with polymer clay. You will learn strategies for designing and mixing cohesive color schemes, including how to choose a level of saturation within your comfort zone.

Strategies for intensifying, softening or muting your blend will be demonstrated, along with several options for forming your beads. Continue reading “Rainbow Roll…”

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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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Color Inspirations…

Jack Brenfoerder is a Design Director at Landor Associates who specializes in color strategy, trends and forecasting. In a recent blog post he discussed creating your own color inspiration book.

“Think of using colors like spices and the final color combination as the delicious dish. Using this principle, I have created a simple way that anyone can generate color combinations and palettes that are more natural, intuitive, and emotionally based. Rather than just starting with individual colors that you like and using your own color sense to create a final color combination, how about collecting color recipes in advance to create your own color cook book?”

What I found most interesting was his description of taking three color inspirations (in the illustration he used three photographs) – two that “contrast” and one that “harmonizes” and identifying the most important bridge colors between the images and the accent (spice) colors.

Forty of his favorite color inspirations (along with a swatch notation to the color combination) are available for you to download.

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Colorful Gradation…

Usually when I arrange a heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad I  alternate the slices… after being inspired by Design Sponge Online, I will be re-evaluating just how I arrange my slices and plan future Skinner blends in polymer.

There are several inspirational examples of late summer color gradations in addition to instructions for making a colorful flower garland included in their latest posts.

I’m off to Albuquerque in the morning to teach a color workshop and to drink in the wonderful colors of the southwest!

Thanks to Cynthia Tinapple for sending me this link.

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