Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Turning over a new leaf - Polymer clay book cover

Here's a sneak preview of something I'm working on. 
It's a mosaic style polymer clay book cover.   I measured out a block the size of my book, then divided it into smaller squares.  Over the last few weeks I've been mulling over the polymer clay techniques that I use most often, and have identified no fewer than seventeen that I love creating with.  Every tile represents one or more techniques.  Not only is it a sampler of my work, but a fantastic way of teaching a lot of techniques in one project.  Hence, a new workshop in the making!  Here are close-ups of the first few tiles.
Mokume Gane, tool impressions and rubbing with acrylic paint.
Lace impression rubbed with acrylic paint.
Caning, framing, tool impressions and rubbing with acrylic paint.
Skinner blend, tool impressions and rubbing with acrylic paint.  I'm no good at drawing, but I love the way this tile turned out.
And this is my other favourite tile so far.  Framing using cutters, including mixed media elements, making letters and clay impressions, a bit of caning, and rubbing with acrylic paint.  This tile was amazingly easy to make.

I'm looking forward to showing you the finished book cover.


  1. Fascinating. We did the same thing with a book cover at our gallery. Gallery One.

    1. Had a lovely browse on your blog, Kay. Every time I visit I discover more! You are involved with so many things, and you are a good story teller.

  2. Such talent - it looks good so far. Waiting to see the end result

    1. Slow going, yesterday life got in the way a little, but today I'm going to tackle some of the more advanced ones!