Posts Tagged 'polymer clay color'

Upcoming Workshop in New York City…

 Confident Color/ Tropical Flower Inspirations
Two day workshop with Lindly Haunani
Saturday June 5th and Sunday June 6th, 2010

For registration details please visit the New York City Polymer Clay Guild’s web site here

 Make a sumptuous tropical floral arrangement using simple polymer clay canes that can be used as a focal point for a necklace or be worn as a brooch. Several of the most amazing, inspiring joys of nature including torch ginger, birds of paradise, orchids, ferns and palm fronds will provide inspiration.

Lindly will walk you through designing and mixing a cohesive color scheme that includes lights, darks, petals, leaves and appropriate background colors for your cane collages.

Then learn how to construct the blended canes and practice some useful sculpting strategies. Pulling the assemblage together, as a series of wearable color sample brooches will be part of the fun learning experience

Join Lindly Haunani, a nationally recognized colorist for a fun and illuminating weekend workshop. While you may know just what colors you like, exactly how to mix them, using them in harmonious combinations can be challenging. Learn how to add impact to your polymer clay work with increased color confidence. Ask questions, be ready to laugh and increase your color confidence.

This workshop is appropriate for a beginner or as a refresher/expansion course for the more experienced polymer clay artist. 

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It is Snowing (again) …

Just as the Washington DC area is digging out from two major snow storms within  a week (and the accompanying cabin fever) … it is snowing again! I am looking forward to the Cabin Fever Clay Fest  in Laurel this weekend and Synergy2 in Baltimore the next week!

I am still recovering from my surgery and getting stronger each day. I am grateful for all of the support I have received throughout the past couple of months and have enjoyed the calls, emails, cards and flowers!

Colorful Links…

analyzingcollagecolors2Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to teach a workshop for the Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild- Dancing with the Rainbow- . Two of the artists in the group have posted about their experiences on their blogs

The European polymer clay community has a new web site- Voila!  This week their design focus is “Colour” 

It has been delightful to read Jeanette Kandray’s new blog- as she works through the exercises and projects in Polymer Clay Color Inspirations- which includes her experiments with Kato clay primaries.

Our  book is featured in the November 09 issue of Crafternews– a newly launched crafts newsletter – the “Read Full Article” link brings readers to a summary of the book, sample pages, and links to reviews.

Colorful IPhone…

iphoneI can still remember when specifying a specific color  to a printer one would browse through a Panatone Fan deck to find the swatch that most closely matched the color of an object or part of a design. Then…if one had a powerful enough computer, access to a scanner and Panatone’s (then pricey) color matching software- things were  a lot easier.

And – now- for less than ten dollars- $9.99 – you can have MyPanatone availble on your Iphone or IPod Touch!

“Who says you can’t take it with you? Not Pantone. Now with the myPANTONE for iPhone and iPod Touch app you have access to a variety of PANTONE® color libraries and the ability to build color palettes and share them with colleagues and clients. myPANTONE offers graphic, web, fashion and apparel designers a way to take PANTONE colors with you wherever you go. Can’t remember what a color looks like, now you can have Portable Color Memory™.”

There is an app walk through available  on Youtube here. 

Cabin Fever 2010 update…

BaltI’ll be teaching a pre-conference workshop at Clay Fest before heading to Synergy2 in Baltimore.  Please join us!

The CFCF early bird deadline has been extended until 30 October.  The CFCF workshops are being taught by Tony Aquino, Maureen Carlson, Louise Fischer Cozzi, Grant Diffendaffer, Dayle Doroshow, Laurie Mika, Kathryn Jo Ottman, Lisa Pavelka, Sarah Shriver, and Ronna Sarvas Weltman have spaces available for you but they are filling fast, so get your registrations in soon.  An updated workshop schedule is available on the Cabin Fever site.

Pre-conference workshops instructors include a 2-day Master class with Jeffrey Lloyd Dever (FULL), and one day workshops from Lindly Haunani (FULL), Nan Roche, Maggie Maggio, Cindy Silas, and newly added Jana Roberts Benzon.

Nowhere else can you get hands-on workshops from so many talented and experienced instructors in one place in the middle of winter!  And a portion of every registration will be donated to the Polymer Clay Project!  The Holiday Inn hotel is just 20 minutes from the BWI airport and downtown Baltimore off of Interstate 95!  Take hands-on workshops in Laurel and head to Baltimore for the Synergy sessions

Colorful Interview…

craftcastRecently Maggie Maggio and myself were delighted to be interviewed by Allison Lee at Craftcast about our new book- Polymer Clay Color Inspirations and our shared passion for color. Although Alison indicated that she was “new” at interviewing  two  people at once,  she did a wonderful job, while asking  insightful questions.

You may listen to the interview at the Craftcast site  here or download it from iTunes here.

allisonlee2.jog“Alison Lee, host of the popular online radio show, CRAFTCAST™, has been a ‘maker’ since learning how to knit at her grandmother’s side, nurturing a life-long love affair with handcrafts that would make her Nannie proud. CRAFTCAST™ began four years ago when Lee, armed with a passion for all things handmade, the gift of gab, a keen ability to put people at ease and a warm sense of humor, began interviewing artists, crafters and individuals engaged in the business of art, posting the radio interviews on her blog. Ms. Lee, who left a successful career as a creative director to pursue her dream of inspiring other ‘makers’, is a pioneer in the world of online talk shows. People around the world are listening, downloading more than 400,000 CRAFTCAST™ episodes since the radio show’s inception! Lee’s interviews keep crafters inspired and connected to their creative cycles, complete with her weekly sign-off that affectionately reminds listeners to “get your butt in the chair and keep crafting!””

Alison is one of the presenters at the upcoming International Polymer Clay Guild Conference in Baltimore this February 24th-27th, 2010 at Synergy2

Carnival Asparagus…

Haunani1If you have ever watched me work, either at a polymer clay retreat or in my studio- you would know that I am not shy about making more than one… and recently I was challenged to expand my series of Asparagus Crown bracelets to include five more pieces. (One can only wonder at over 500 individually  placed cane slices- 15 x 2 x 22 spears?)


asparagus12The color of the base clay used to make the spears varies slightly- from a yellower green designed to match a set of double-hole  resin beads that I had purchased at a bead show several years ago and wanted to experiment with, to a slightly bluer green that was mixed to co-ordinate with the turquoise tip cane I had on hand.


asparagustips3The first bracelet I made included in the tip segue way a purple cane. A color combination that I have used before- not as an exact copy from nature, but rather to capture the notion of the beautiful slates in actual asparagus tips.

asparagustips2The second bracelet was made using a warmer green for the spears  and a red-orange mix of fuchsia for the extreme tips, overlapped with  high contrast yellow green cane slices.

The third bracelet was designed for “air” in that there are half as many spears, separated with the half round resin beads.

asparagustips1And the fourth bracelet? …currently my favorite. Most certainly I am viewing this particular color combination in the context of the series, but most importantly- what I would like to relay to you is…neon pink, turquoise green and yellow green, while not being the natural colors of asparagus, are NOT supposed to work together. The entire time I was adding the cane slices to  the spears to make this piece, I felt “uncomfortable” about the color choice. And at the same time propelled to finish making it, beyond looking at the individual pieces, instead string the bracelet up and then putting it aside to look at another day.

“If you always do what you always did…you would always get what you always got!”

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Artful Afternoons in Annandale, Virginia

5swatchIf you live in the Washington DC area- or plan to be visiting- I have posted the Fall 2009- Spring 2010 schedule here. Or you can continue reading here 

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Colorful Workshops…

magnetquiltGreat news.. (at least for me) my upcoming workshop next weekend in Atlanta is totally “‘sold out” and wait list only.

Great news… for YOU if you would like to take a color workshop with me on October 2nd- and/or the  3rd & 4th in Jordan, Minnesota (at Maureen Carlson’s Center for the Arts– there are still spaces left.

Note: If you have never been to Maureen’s – it is a truly magically creative place to take part in a workshop – this will be my seventh year of teaching there …

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Colourful Paint…

paintchipsI adore collecting and playing with paint chips…not only are the “free” , they offer the opportunity to play with different color combinations and to make small chip  collages of  possible color combinations.  And nowdays one can play with color chips online…

Many paint manufacturers have launched increasingly sophisticated interactive web sites designed to make consumers feel more confident about making color decisions while buying paint. “Helping Find the Colours You Love” is a comprehensive take on this by Dulux Paint.

 The Dulux Paint UK site has several fascinating features  to help organize their  12,000 colours   

  • There are four color palettes = Rich, Fresh,Warm and Calm
  • Color Inspirations via short video clips, photos and trend reports
  • There is a place to save your favorite chips for future browsing
  • How to match a red chair… and other tips Continue reading ‘Colourful Paint…’


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