27 December 2013

We love Design-Seeds.com!!

Photo Credit: Design-Seeds.com

Each day the color wizards at Design Seeds send us two palettes drawn from real life. One of today's palettes, Cacti Color, struck me with its mixture of bold yet mellow tones of the desert. If you enjoy art of the Southwest, drink in the beauty of this color array.

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24 December 2013

Aniko and Jeannie (and Milo) wish you a Merry Christmas!
Remember to leave milk and cookies for Santa and some carrots for the reindeer.

Photo Credits: Twisted Papers Vintage Christmas Collection.

21 December 2013

Christmas Elf Balloon Art by Rob Driscoll

Rob Driscoll, a clever magician also known as Robbie the Wizard, has been busy the past year making a unique balloon model each day. The Portsmouth, Hampshire visual artist also makes popular cartoon figures such as SpongeBob and Sonic the Hedgehog which he gives to children at his shows. Click the Christmas Elf link to view more of his balloon creations. 

A quick search on Etsy and Pinterest reveals a sizable community of polymer clay balloon art. Most popular is a dog. A red dog. A red dog used as a charm for phones, etc. I was able to find a rainbow group of dogs, a single purple dog, along with an imaginative balloon dragon. All made of polymer clay and most available on Etsy. Or, maybe you will be inspired to create your own fantastical balloon creatures.

Polymer Clay Balloon Art by Various Artists on Etsy and Pinterest

Photo Credits: Christmas Elf, Rob Driscoll (CATERS); Balloon Animals, (1) laughingsquid.com (2) katkraftukon on Etsy (3) PaperPastels on YouTube (4) minniekitchen.com (5) upcyclepatch on Etsy

11 December 2013

A Reason to Celebrate

A huge thank you to Professor Diane Levesque at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, who will teach ART 200E Polymer Clay in the Spring 2014 semester. According to the college website, this is one of the first college-level, full-credit courses available in polymer clay.

Congratulations to Maggie Maggio and Lindly Haunani, whose book, Polymer Clay Color Inspirations: Techniques and Jewelry Projects for Creating Successful Palettes, will be used as text for the course. Way to go, ladies!!

05 December 2013

Spring 2014 Pantone Color Forecast

Get ready to brighten up your clay color palette with the new Spring 2014 colors from Pantone. Radiant Orchid is the Color of the Year. We'll be seeing it in fashion, jewelry and home decor.