Saturday, October 17, 2009

Time flies when you're having fun...



Happy Pink Saturday! Wow! I can't believe its been almost 2 months since my last post! I guess that birthday hit me harder than I thought! LOL! Just kidding, folks. I've just been attending to life. Getting kids back in school, finishing a mosaic table that I did with my kids' whole elementary school back in April which I had not finished doing the background on (until this month), beginning work on a 12 foot long mural mosaic for the same school with my friend Juanita, and...taking a weekend long polymer clay class from the awesome Laurie Mika. If you aren't familiar with her work, go check our her site. The things you can do with polymer clay are amazing. Her art is awesome, the class was awesome, and she was a darn nice lady, too! Her studio was just featured in the most recent issue of "Where Women Create". Her book, "Mixed Media Mosaics" was an awesome find, tying together my love for stamping, mosaics, and iconery. When I found out she was coming to Ft Collins, CO (yes, of "Balloon Boy" fame) to do a workshop at sweet Christine's Artists' Nook, I just jumped at the chance to take it. It was 2 days of bliss. I've never done any type of workshop like that before, although several of the more well known artists meccas like Silver Bella, Art Fest, and Art and Soul are definitely on my "Bucket List". So anyway, my finished project is my offering for PS. My photography wasn't up to par as I was doing a couple of down and dirty pictures to do show and tell with friends and family, but you get the idea. It was a cool metal box made to look like a book which we embellished with our completely handmade tiles and collage on the back and the inside. The tiles are polymer clay which has been stamped with rubber stamps (no ink), painted, embellished with mica powders, and occasionally embedded with doo-dads. We also learned how to handpaint simple white tiles and do transfers onto the tiles. My inspiration was the Paris Opera House. I had a cool postcard of the Opera House that my father had brought back from Paris in WWII when he was stationed there. I made a laser copy of it and brought it up with me to the workshop along with some bits and bobs I had stashed. Laurie had all of the stamps and mica powders and seed beads that she let us play with. I can't wait to play with polymer clay and stamps again. Who knew it could be so fun??? When you're done oohing and aaahing (come on, indulge me here), pop on over to our Pink Saturday host Bev's place, How Sweet the Sound to check out all of the offerings for Pink Saturday.

Until next time,








Me and the Goddess of Polymer Clay, Laurie Mika.
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16 comments:

  1. Lovely! Have a great Saturday!

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  2. oh boy look at the end result.. stunning! thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

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  3. Welcome back! Your work is lovely. Have a great Pink Saturday.

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  4. Wow that is an amazing work of art - the detail is just mesmerizing! Love the inside too, and the way you used the "opera" music in the background. Beautiful!

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  5. Welcome back - I am returning too after three or so weeks. Gorgeous I say just gorgeous (and I am sure fun too)!

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  6. You definitely get an "OOOO" and "Ahhhh!" from me. Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!

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  7. Glad you are back. Definitely oohs and ahhh's from me. Happy pink Saturday.
    Sam

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  8. Your work is beautiful! This is my first Pink Saturday. I'm happy to find your blog.

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  9. What a fabulous job you've done - I love polymer clay, so touchy-feely and so dimensional. I love your artwork.

    Happy Pink Saturday!

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  10. Beautiful work, Judy!
    Happy Pink Saturday!!! xo Tami

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  11. Your artwork is wonderful! Hope you PINK Saturday is great! Warm hugs, Esther

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  12. Sorry I'm a little late. Seems like when the sun is out I feel a desperate need to go outside and run errands or just life my face to the heavens and soak in the last rays before winter hits my neck of the woods.

    It's always so much fun to share in the pink goodness of the blogs gathered together for Pink Saturday. A collection of some of the nicest women and prettiest blogs in cyberspace!

    Wishing you a weekend filled with l♥ve and sunshine!

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  13. Judy, that work is gorgeous, great job and glad to see you are back, Happy Pink Saturday, Char

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  14. Happy Pink Saturday a day late! Please stop by my blog-I'm doing a giveaway until Friday, 10/23. Hugs, Leslie

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  15. Hi Judy,

    What wonderful work and must have been a lot of fun. You got an ooh and ahhh from me! Love it.
    Oh and I agree the Opera house in Paris is amazing.
    Glad to see you back.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  16. Thank goodness you are back! We have missed you and your creativity and inspiration. Sounds like your time off was wonderful and I just love the book you made. Hope to see more of these wonderful creations :)

    Jermaine

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