What happens to the sand during a storm

Feb 2015-4-2smSI just thought I would share with you what wind and rain does to the sand at our beach… we have a mixture of very fine black and white sand that can create some amazing images even just with the tide..

Feb 2015-17-3smSBut add a little wind and the sand creates amazing images over the beachside mosiacs.

 

 

 

The rain etches through the layers of the windblown sand creating modern art at every footstep:

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Even leaving the beach, the old concrete serves as another canvas for the blowing sand… I’m never bored as long as I can look down!Feb 2015-27-7smSa

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New Color Tuesday: Put on Our Wine Sweaters

NOTE:  I’m going to start releasing the color mixes on my blog a week or so after they appear on the Sculpey blog, so that if you miss the Sculpey post, you can pick it up here!

Pantone has announced that the Color of the Year for 2015 is Marsala, which is a gorgeous color that goes so well with so many different color palettes.  Plus, it can be metallic or non-metallic.  If you don’t like to mix colors, Premo! Accents Bronze, right out of the package is a pretty darn close match.  And as I discovered, there is more than one way to mix this color.  I have 8 different ways to mix it!  Some I’m going to post four of them here and then four more on Thursday, so we can get on to the Moroccans. So let’s put on our Wine Sweaters and get to sampling!

Jan 1 MPThis is my favorite metallic mix.  As you can see, the Bronze color is already pretty darn close, but the Alizarin Crimson adds just a touch of blush to it.  (I will have a project posted later on the Sculpey website using this color mix).  I printed out the photo from Pantone for Marsala and I’m placing my baked chips directly on the photo for you to compare. You can see the the AC/B mix is matching some of the midtone/shadow areas quite well.

This next one was the most surprising of the mixes: Bronze and Magenta Pearl makes a really frosty Marsala that makes me thirsty.

Jan 1 Bronze 1Since I had tried a couple of the red family colors with success, I decided to try the Cadmium Red as well.  It yields a lovely, brighter color than the Alizarin Crimson, so more of the highlight color of the Marsala.
Jan 1 Bronze 1And here is a peek at one of our first Moroccan mixes, using Raw Sienna and Cad Red: The 1R/2RS is a great match if you don’t want a metallic effect for your clay.  We will see these colors next week again in their more natural habitat.

Here is a sneak peek of what my clay table has looked like in the past couple of weeks as I mix the Moroccans:

Jan prev150ImTeachingatPCAThe Polymer Clay Adventure has begun!  22 different teachers throughout the year with videos and PDFs that you view at your leisure for only $99. I’m the first video up in the Adventure.

 

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Creative Map #2

Creative Map #2

Just thought I would pop in and share some of the stuff I’ve been trying to work on when I have a few moments during the holidays.  As you know, I’ve been OBSESSED with mixing the Moroccan colors for the NCT in January.  I started by mixing the Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala.  Well, it turns out that there is more than one way to create that color and I just kept going, “But wait!  What about..”  All this discovery yielded some very interesting scraps of color that I started messing with.  I guess I’m still not done with some of the shapes and patterns from the last Creative Map because I started with a finished piece from the last map and started moving from there.  I also jumped from Sculpey Souffle to Premo! because that was what had given me my color scraps for this week.

The new map - Creative Map #4

The new map – Creative Map #4

The necklace (which is my new fav piece to wear) in the upper left corner is where I started and I added in some of the mix color scraps.  I had to experiment with adding paint to the textures, but that didn’t work out.  Then I took the scraps I had left and created the pendant on the upper right.  I really like that simple design and I’ve worn it also several times.  That design can be downsized to create earrings as well.  I bent the wire around a piece of large wooden dowel and the beads were created kind of like the polka dots on the earlier map, just a little larger and with thicker layers.

Then I remembered the rickrack effect I had put on a previous piece (rickrack is making a comeback in fashion, especially metallic rickrack), so I wanted to experiment with cutting the rickrack patterns and putting them together.  (I’m using the Sculpey ripple blade to cut the rickrack btw).  I like the patterns I’m creating, but I haven’t got the right shape for the overall design yet.  But wait!  While having my afternoon healthy fruit snack (lying, it was chips!) I got an idea.  So stay tuned for the next creative map to somewhere….

150ImTeachingatPCAThe Polymer Clay Adventure starts in just DAYS!  Don’t miss out on a year long retreat with almost 800 other artists from around the world.  There are 22 different teachers with videos and PDFs that you can download and keep!  Clay whenever you feel like it, it’s available 7/24.  I’m the first teacher up on January 1, so join us at http://bit.ly/PCAsyndeeholt2015

 

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New Color Tuesday – Premo! Green Gets the Blues

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Dec 4 3xFor my final Green mix I decided to try some blues.  I expected to produce some really pretty teals and greens, but not so much with the Ultramarine Blue.  Since I’ve been on such a Turquoise kick, I added a little Turquoise into the mix.  Now THERE are some pretty colors! That last mix with a little Premo White thrown in is sooooo pretty!  I think that is a fabulous background color for just about any color I can think of – purple, brown, orange, white, black, even red!

Dec 4 CBxI even busted out a little Cobalt Blue to try a mix.  I hadn’t used Cobalt in so long, I wrote everything down as Cadmium Blue!  I really like that 1GR/2CB mix – another great color to team with a bright hue.

Dec mixIn case you think the life of a color mixer is glamorous, here is a shot of one of my worksheets as I’m trying to record the math involved in the mixes.  I do end up with some pretty abstract sheets of art through!

Next week to wrap up the year, I’m going to try to pick my 10 favorite color mixes.  And we start next year off with a bang! I got a request for Moroccan colors that have just about sent me over the edge of color mixing.  I pulled some cards filled with mixes out of the oven yesterday and I had to fight the urge not not to roll on them, they were so gorgeous!  I”m going to present them as the reds, the yellows/oranges, blues/purples and greens. Reds will be first, including about 19 ways to mix the Pantone Color of the Year – Marsala (hint: Premo! Accents Bronze is pretty much the color!)

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Blessed Yule to you all!  I hope my kids enjoy color chips instead of cookies this year, because I’m right back after those mixes after some errands today!

We’ve made it easier for you to keep up with the New Color Tuesday blogs (without all my yammering text) by creating their own page: http://www.sculpey.com/project/mixing-colors/

150year22teachersAnd as you probably know by now, the Polymer Clay Adventure kicks off in just a couple of days now (January 1st) and I’m the first teacher up!  (Gulp)  If you haven’t signed up yet for this amazing yearlong event featuring 22 different teachers, check out this PCA link!

 

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New Color Tuesday – Holiday Mints

Dec 3UPDATE!  oops!  I forgot to post this from the drafts last week!

Well, hey!  This old Premo! Green is proving to be a very interesting color.  I thought I would do a mix with Premo! White to see how “minty” it would become, since there are so many mint colored textiles appearing on the Spring fashion runways. I thin that each of these versions is a very nice color on it’s own.  I really like the 8W/1G mix.

 

Pantone Lucite Green 14-5714 Color Report Spring 2015So since I’m never one to leave well enough alone, let’s add some Turquoise into the mix and Wow!  Some gorgeous colors! The one with the little square looks to be an exact match to Pantone’s Spring 2015 Lucite Green. The final mix is also one of my favorites.  So what color would you use with these?  I’m thinking that Premo! Blush would be cool. Of course, Ecru would be a classy combo.  Oh! How about Rhino Grey with a splash of Orange in the design somewhere?

We’ve made it easier for you to keep up with the New Color Tuesday blogs (without all my yammering text) by creating their own page: http://www.sculpey.com/project/mixing-colors/

 

150year22teachersIT’S ALMOST HERE!  Join over 600 artists from around the world in this year-long polymer clay virtual retreat with videos, PDFs and even a chat room so that you can hang out and chat with the other retreatees (is that a word?) Did you know that you get to KEEP the videos and PDFs for your own use too? Don’t wait to join until the event starts next year, we are already active in the chats and bulletin boards!

Why not cut out this little logo and post it on your fridge as part of your holiday Wish List?  My sons are hopeless at figuring out what to get me and this is a quick and easy gift for them.  They don’t even have to go to the mall (which is a double bonus for them!)

Don’t forget that I’m one of the 22 teachers in the Polymer Clay Adventure and I’m the first class!

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New Color Tuesday – Green Goes Metallic

Dec 5xI wanted to see what the effect of mixing Premo! Green with the various metallics would be.  Not too many surprises, except that I really like the Gr/C mixes the best.

Dec 5 3xThen I decided to do some three-way mixes and Wow!  I think I just mixed my favorite metallic!  The 1Gr/1B/2G mix is GORGEOUS!  and when you add texture, it is so rich looking that it doesn’t even need a paint wash!

And one more photo from last week’s NCT Holiday Mints post  – can’t let those purty scraps go to waste! They are very aquatic looking aren’t they? Texturing the donut shapes from the Sculpey mold yields a whole different look, especially for a stone effect!

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We’ve made it easier for you to keep up with the New Color Tuesday blogs (without all my yammering text) by creating their own page: http://www.sculpey.com/project/mixing-colors/

150year22teachersAnd as you probably know by now, the Polymer Clay Adventure kicks off in just a couple of days now (January 1st) and I’m the first teacher up!  (Gulp)  If you haven’t signed up yet for this amazing yearlong event featuring 22 different teachers, check out this PCA link!

 

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The Creative Map to the Teal Rabbit Hole

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Enlarge this so you can follow it!

This is what happens when I have a nice little pile of pretty colored scraps left over from the New Color Tuesday mix (http://www.sculpey.com/new-color-tuesday-down-the-rabbit-hole-again/).  I HAD to see how far I could go with these scraps (scraps to scraps, so to speak).   It was always, “but wait, what if…”

CM3-1aAs the map shows, I innocently started with just marbleizing a few small pieces and pushing them into the Sculpey molds. Those were

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pretty but what about mokume gane with all the bits, adding small sheets of the original colors?  Then it began in earnest.  I couldn’t work fast enough, I was onto the next design before I had even baked anything.

 

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Next was “what about texture?  What about stains?”” Does the background color showing through the holes of the mokume make a difference?”

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CM3-5Finally, I was down to the very last of the scraps.  I ran them through the clay conditioning machine, thinking I could use it as background.  ”Hmm, that is an interesting marble on that rough edge. How about a texture?  Strung on wire for a pendant?”  With the very last little bit of scrap, I chopped it up, with a little more Premo! Accents Bronze and pressed it into the molds.  I really like these!

One more piece that was in the oven and too big for the map anyway-a pendant with my organic bezels. I even recreated the original pile of scraps to do this piece:

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And if you want to see the original New Color Tuesday post that launched this whole series, just click on the blue link!

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