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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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Rainbow Ikat Workshop…

If you are interested in taking a new  color inspired  polymer clay workshop in Damascus, Maryland at The Artway/Polymer Clay Express…it is not too late to register .

March 5 & 6, 2011
Damascus, MD at the Artway
Rainbow Ikat Inspirations
To register call 800-844-0138

$150/two day workshop

Ikat, is the method of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the warp or weft fibers. Ikat is also a fabulous pattern that can be made as a cane using polymer clay stripe blends. Learn how to make Lindly’s version of an Ikat blend cane that uses extruded elements to intensify value contrasts that will make your cane really “pop”.

Once you have your blends made you will be slicing, dicing, twisting and recombining them to come up with several different color coordinated patterns.

Strategies for constructing three-dimensional beads, pillow beads and flat laminated pieces will be demonstrated along with some valuable finishing techniques. Continue reading “Rainbow Ikat Workshop…”

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Colorful Journal…

It is always delightful to receive emails  and photo links from artists around the world that have been inspired my Confident Color DVD and workshops. This polymer clay journal with a polymer cover from Sabine Spiesser in Australia is quite lovely. Thank you for sharing.

“The Journey is the Reward”

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“The Full Spectrum”

“Color is like cooking. The cook puts in more or less salt, that’s the difference! (Josef Albers)”

Dwell Magazine has a new series of videos on Vimeo –“The Full Spectrum” -Part one directed by Gary Nadeau features a visit to the Albers Foundation in Connecticut. ‘He was constantly trying new things,compared himself to a chef in the kitchen trying new recipes to see what works. He tried to record the recipes very precisely”- (often on the back of his paintings).

My first semester of college in addition to Design 101 we were all required to take Color 101 (which was based on Albers book The Interaction of Color. I still remember the field trip our class took  to the university library to view a folio of Alber’s silkscreens. We  all had to don white cotton gloves and were allowed to handle the pages and look at the prints close up in the sunlight.