Colorful Updates…

Cabin Fever Polymer Clay Fest, a five day event in Laurel, Maryland  is in full swing today. If you were unable to come this year- you can get a sneak peek at what is going on by visiting Allison Torres’s blog and viewing the video updates that she is posting.

Wishing you a colorful day!

A special thanks to Polyform for donating the clay for my students at last Friday’s workshop.


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”


Masters Polymer Clay Book…

I am thrilled- I have just received my advance copy of the Masters of Polymer Clay– Major Works by Leading Artists by Rachel Carren. I am delighted that  one of the images on the cover is my Rainbow Shrine.

“This beautiful and inspiring survey presents innovative polymer clay works from forty of the leading artists working today, with each artist introduced curator Rachel Carren.”


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…”


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.


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…”


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…”


Colorful Airport Shopping…

My flight back from Albuquerque was delayed so I found myself in the airport with spare time for shopping… I poked around in several stores and had to laugh as several of the items that attracted my eye…I already had hanging form my ceiling!

I wandered into Earth Spirit and was amazed by the selection of jewelry, ceramics, glass and wall hangings = not the usual things that one finds in an airport. In between the displays of art where hundreds of books on altered art, journaling, collage,creative inspiration and color…and to my amazement! and surprise  our book Polymer Clay Color inspirations.

I ended up buying some lovely New Mexico Pinon Coffee (chocolate cinnamon swirl) and yet, another book about color- as souvenirs of my wonderful trip to Albuquerque.


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.