Monday, November 4, 2013

Book Spotlight: Polymer Clay Color Inspirations

No matter how informative, inspiring, or beautiful an instruction book is, there is no substitute for experience. Though a book can teach us how to do a technique, we must practice and repeat in order to master it. What makes Polymer Clay Color Inspirationsa unique title is a focus on practicing concepts, rather than learning techniques.

Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio have created a primer for working with polymer clay - the type of book that you should read through twice before buying your first brick of clay. Not only is it an incredibly valuable resource for the basics of color theory, but each chapter includes homework assignments designed to help readers absorb and understand the concepts. By making these polymer clay inspiration tools and practice projects, beginners can become familiar with color mixing, conditioning, and baking before starting on their first official design.

The entire book is filled with gorgeous full color photographs of finished jewelry and sculpture that provide examples of the color ideas being discussed. The projects include helpful step photographs and tips to get the best results. Topics include: Polymer Clay Basics, Understanding the Properties of Color, Choosing Colors for a Project, Mixing Colors That Flow, Orchestrating Color Combinations, and Exploring Color Composition, just to name a few.

Although many of the assignments include mixing and baking clay samples, the entire book is a useful color course for all artists and designers. The first project - making an inspiration collage - is an incredibly enlightening exercise in finding one’s go-to palette, and making it work in designs. At the back of the book, artists can find charts and scales to use when making color choices, and a handy resource guide.

If you’re ever feeling like you’re in a color rut, or want to try out a totally new medium with bold color possibilities, Polymer Clay Color Inspirationswill provide a lot of insight into the realm of mixing and combining color.

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Potter Craft/Crown Publishing, Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio
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