Coloring Outside the Lines with Polymer Clay
In this virtual workshop students will learn to make Picasso-inspired polymer clay pieces that pop with any outfit and can either be worn as a pin or a pendant! The bright color-blends capture the light and moves your eyes around each, but the layers developed using shape, line work and detailed accents provide a depth of interest. Polymer is the perfect medium in which to play with color and shapes in this whimsical take on a 20th Century master artist!
A layered approach using a few simple design elements brings these pieces together – color, shape, lines, and detailed accents. Color mixing and color blends are the key to this project and provide the base in which to build. A cut and paste technique is then used while overlaying line work, and accents are the final touch. The project is built in steps and baked along the way, allowing students to achieve a professional finish. The instructor will also show students how to add a handmade bail or commercial pin back to finish your piece.
This is not an intro to polymer course, some familiarity with polymer clay is recommended but not absolutely necessary.
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Lynn Yuhr’s art is inspired by 2 things: a love of nature and the vivid colors that surround her living in Miami. She uses them as a focal point in her contemporary jewelry, art journals and mixed media endeavors.
She loves being creative and is passionate about polymer clay. Exploring possibilities and overcoming obstacles in the construction of a project are her favorite parts of the creative process. Her diverse experiences directly influence her artistic life where she developed a playful yet distinctive style and a strong curiosity that propels her to follow the ‘what ifs’ and try new things.
She holds a firm belief that the act of creating something softens one’s heart and opens one’s mind. With this philosophy, she readily shares her creative techniques and teaches both locally and nationally. Lynn shares her inspiration, polymer experience, travel and other artistics on her studio blog, Flying Squirrel Studio, as well as Instagram (@lynnyuhr).
The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name (in red) to be redirected to a page where you can view the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome.
Polymer clay (Students will want to have a selection of polymer colors available in order to make 2 or 3 skinner blends. Think colors next to each other on the color wheel rather than across from each other. Instructor will be using Sculpey Premo clay for this project. To order all or some of these colors go to www.Sculpey.com):
- 2 x 2oz bar of black
- 2 x 2oz bar of white
- 2 x 2oz bar of fuchsia
- 1 x 2oz bar of pomegranate or cadmium red
- 1 x 2oz bar of cadmium yellow or zinc or lemon
- 1 x 2oz bar of cobalt blue or ultramarine blue
- 1 x 2oz bar of purple
- 1 x 2oz bar of wasabi
- 1 x 2oz bar of Turquoise
- 1 x 2oz bar peacock pearl
- 1 x bottle of black liquid clay
- 1 x bottle of Bake and Bond or translucent liquid clay
Polymer tools (please ask if substitution will work):
- 1 x toaster oven/convection oven - nothing fancy needed
- 1 x oven thermometer probe with digital readout– Hotloop (Amazon)
- 1 x pasta machine with crank and table clamp (Munro Crafts or Amazon)
- 1 x acrylic roller (Munro Crafts or Polymer Clay Superstore)
- 1 x tissue blades (Munro Crafts or Fire Mountain Gems)
- 1 x precision knife with #11 blades (Amazon)
- 1 x 12" - 14" smooth ceramic tile or glass crafting surface (Amazon)
- 1 x 4"x4" smooth ceramic tile
- 1 x set of nested graduated circle cutters - apprx. 1" - 4" (Munro Crafts)
- 1 x Sculpey Etch-n-Pearl (Sculpey or Amazon)
- 1 x set of small circle kemper cutters - graduate sizes 3/16" - 1/2" (Munro Crafts or Clayfactory) other shape/brand small cutters can be substituted
- commercial pin back (1.5") or 6" x 18g wire - your choice of metal
- set of jewelry pliers and cutter
- super glue - any kind, only need small amount
- waxed paper or "deli sheets"
- cleaner for board and blades (rubbing alcohol, windex, etc.)
- notebook and writing implements
- paper towels or soft cloth
- plain kitchen sponge – no scrubby side or 4”x4” piece of packing foam
If you have any questions regarding supplies, please feel free to contact Lynn directly at [email protected]!!