Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Notebook for a Quilter




Once in awhile, I take a class that really resonates!  Anke Humpert's  class on notebooks in Polymer Clay Adventures was one of those classes. Mosaic Notebook Covers with Anke Humpert at PCA 2017.  

I have a very good friend who is a quilter.  She was having a birthday and I wanted to make something special.  It seemed like a polymer cover on a spiral journal would be perfect.    

Finding the right kind of notebook with the right kind of spiral turned out to be more difficult than anticipated.  I found one at The Dollar Store but it was not as thick as I wanted.   I purchased it and by the time I made the book  cover, several pages had to be removed so the cover could turn.  Next time I'll look for a thicker one!

The color scheme I chose reflects colors that my friend likes - turquoise and shades of peach.

Selecting a color scheme
I chose several textures since I wanted the cover to look like it was quilted fabric.  Each pattern piece is a different texture.  It was fun to use some of the rolling wheels and sticks that I don't often get to use.  This is also a great way to use some of the scrap clay to merge colors for interest.

Selecting textures
The pattern is curved like fabric might be and the pattern is pieced like a quilt might be.

Placing the shapes of polymer 'fabric'
The piece is baked after cutting the holes for the spiral and decorating the 'quilt'.

Waiting to be 'stitched' and placed in binder
After baking (or curing) I used alcohol ink to draw 'stitches' on each pattern piece and then placed the cover on the spiral to finish the book.

 Happy Birthday Luana!

'Quilted' stitched and finished 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Walk on the Beach

San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
We just returned from San Carlos, Sonora Mexico - a quick trip to visit a very good friend!  The first thing we did was to take a walk on the beautiful beach.  My friend kept telling me that the hurricane (this year) had torn up the beach and it was rocky.  It was rocky in portions but we had our beach shoes with us for those places and walked in warm sand the rest of the time.  I wanted to share that walk with the ocean textures and animals with you.  You know I'm looking at birds, lapping ocean and shells while enjoying the sea breeze and ocean smells!  I saw dolphins but did not get a good picture of them breaking the surface.

An Eared Grebe had a long swim going mostly in circles.  Look at that red eye!

This was the greenest shell I've ever seen!

I brought this one home.  Such an interesting interior structure for the shell
 
A Life Bird for me!  The Reddish Heron
  
Enjoying the texture of a shell.   

Talk about texture!  There were stacks of shells at the estuary 

Beach debri....texture!

And just in front of the condo where we stayed a pair of Gila Woodpeckers were feeding young.  The male is in the nest in the palm tree.  The female on the side of the tree took turns gathering food and feeding.

Hope you enjoyed my walk on the beach!  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Shameless Advertising! Happy Mother's Day Sale

30% DISCOUNT UNTIL MAY 24      MOTHER'S DAY SALE

https://www.etsyonsale.com/shop/LindaBrittDesign

This is the first time I've had a 30% Discount Sale and the first Mother's Day Sale.  If you are shopping, now's the time to take a look into the one of a kind handmade jewelry at Linda Britt Design.  Each piece is made by me and is unique.  The pieces are made to be as individual as each of you.  I hope you find something that is just perfect for you, for a friend or for Mom.

These are just a few of the 100 items on sale.  To see them all go to www.etsy.com/shop/lindabrittdesign    Sale ends May 24

The sale is also going on at The Art Market in Prescott Gateway Mall.

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Summer Flowers


'Summer Flowers'

Doing a Happy Dance now that my summer color scheme is finished!  This was fun to create with many possibilities.  I chose to show some of the ways I use polymer canes to create 3-dimensional forms that tell a story.  

I live in the mountains of Arizona and am always looking for wildflowers to photograph.  Their colors and shapes amaze me as they grow along the road, in field or on a hillside of rocks.  They look delicate but obviously they are hardy and withstand wind, trash, off road vehicles, rain and all kinds of other natural and man-made hazards.  I wanted to capture their strength and beauty in polymer. 

Thank you for following the journey in the last 2 posts.  Take a minute and look again at the progress from start to finish! Please leave me comments below with your reaction to my summer flowers.  The 20 x 20 inch canvas will be hanging in The Prescott Art Market all summer.  Stop in a take a look!  Yes! It's for sale!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Notebook for a Quilter




Once in awhile, I take a class that really resonates!  Anke Humpert's  class on notebooks in Polymer Clay Adventures was one of those classes. Mosaic Notebook Covers with Anke Humpert at PCA 2017.  

I have a very good friend who is a quilter.  She was having a birthday and I wanted to make something special.  It seemed like a polymer cover on a spiral journal would be perfect.    

Finding the right kind of notebook with the right kind of spiral turned out to be more difficult than anticipated.  I found one at The Dollar Store but it was not as thick as I wanted.   I purchased it and by the time I made the book  cover, several pages had to be removed so the cover could turn.  Next time I'll look for a thicker one!

The color scheme I chose reflects colors that my friend likes - turquoise and shades of peach.

Selecting a color scheme
I chose several textures since I wanted the cover to look like it was quilted fabric.  Each pattern piece is a different texture.  It was fun to use some of the rolling wheels and sticks that I don't often get to use.  This is also a great way to use some of the scrap clay to merge colors for interest.

Selecting textures
The pattern is curved like fabric might be and the pattern is pieced like a quilt might be.

Placing the shapes of polymer 'fabric'
The piece is baked after cutting the holes for the spiral and decorating the 'quilt'.

Waiting to be 'stitched' and placed in binder
After baking (or curing) I used alcohol ink to draw 'stitches' on each pattern piece and then placed the cover on the spiral to finish the book.

 Happy Birthday Luana!

'Quilted' stitched and finished 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Walk on the Beach

San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
We just returned from San Carlos, Sonora Mexico - a quick trip to visit a very good friend!  The first thing we did was to take a walk on the beautiful beach.  My friend kept telling me that the hurricane (this year) had torn up the beach and it was rocky.  It was rocky in portions but we had our beach shoes with us for those places and walked in warm sand the rest of the time.  I wanted to share that walk with the ocean textures and animals with you.  You know I'm looking at birds, lapping ocean and shells while enjoying the sea breeze and ocean smells!  I saw dolphins but did not get a good picture of them breaking the surface.

An Eared Grebe had a long swim going mostly in circles.  Look at that red eye!

This was the greenest shell I've ever seen!

I brought this one home.  Such an interesting interior structure for the shell
 
A Life Bird for me!  The Reddish Heron
  
Enjoying the texture of a shell.   

Talk about texture!  There were stacks of shells at the estuary 

Beach debri....texture!

And just in front of the condo where we stayed a pair of Gila Woodpeckers were feeding young.  The male is in the nest in the palm tree.  The female on the side of the tree took turns gathering food and feeding.

Hope you enjoyed my walk on the beach!  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Shameless Advertising! Happy Mother's Day Sale

30% DISCOUNT UNTIL MAY 24      MOTHER'S DAY SALE

https://www.etsyonsale.com/shop/LindaBrittDesign

This is the first time I've had a 30% Discount Sale and the first Mother's Day Sale.  If you are shopping, now's the time to take a look into the one of a kind handmade jewelry at Linda Britt Design.  Each piece is made by me and is unique.  The pieces are made to be as individual as each of you.  I hope you find something that is just perfect for you, for a friend or for Mom.

These are just a few of the 100 items on sale.  To see them all go to www.etsy.com/shop/lindabrittdesign    Sale ends May 24

The sale is also going on at The Art Market in Prescott Gateway Mall.

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Summer Flowers


'Summer Flowers'

Doing a Happy Dance now that my summer color scheme is finished!  This was fun to create with many possibilities.  I chose to show some of the ways I use polymer canes to create 3-dimensional forms that tell a story.  

I live in the mountains of Arizona and am always looking for wildflowers to photograph.  Their colors and shapes amaze me as they grow along the road, in field or on a hillside of rocks.  They look delicate but obviously they are hardy and withstand wind, trash, off road vehicles, rain and all kinds of other natural and man-made hazards.  I wanted to capture their strength and beauty in polymer. 

Thank you for following the journey in the last 2 posts.  Take a minute and look again at the progress from start to finish! Please leave me comments below with your reaction to my summer flowers.  The 20 x 20 inch canvas will be hanging in The Prescott Art Market all summer.  Stop in a take a look!  Yes! It's for sale!