Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Inks, landscapes and silver frames

These pieces, like many new things I make, are created by me but are influenced tremendously by other teachers and artists I admire. Donna Kato has a fabulous tutorial in her surface designs book on how to use gold leaf and inks. Susan Turney explored Donnas technique and took it to new levels with her beautiful work. We chatted in depth about how to get a specific look and her advice helped me tremendously. Unfortunately for her polymer clay fans, she has been lured into fabric art recently and we don't get to see much polymer clay from her anymore. The pmc silver frames idea came from Janice Abarbanel who wrote an absolutely fabulous tutorial on using sterling silver frames (which she also supplies) with polymer clay, available in her etsy shop for those who don't want to make their own from pmc like I did here.
Anyway, I thank all these talented and generous artists...and give you my own take on this technique. I am teaching this technique (top ones, not with silver frames) in Sydney in Novemeber, still one place left. Check my website for details (scroll to bottom of page)


Greer said...

Inky goodness goes wonderfully with the silver! Sumtuous with texture - love it

Artgalcrafts said...

Hi Mel catching up on your blog.
I have just taken an interest in inks and surfaces so your blog entry comes at the right time for me, and thanks for showing us your lovely work.
I have even orderd the Donna Kato Book, not that I dont have enough books, but one more never goes t is worth getting them at the moment. Yeah!!
From Mackay.

Susan Turney said...

Hi Mel!
It's so good to see a post from you again! Thanks so much for mentioning me. Your work looks beautiful and I'm sure your students will enjoy the class!
BTW, last year when I went to the Bead & Button show in Milwaukee I bought so many silver bezels to use with my pendants!! I never got around to using them but they'll be waiting for me when I get through my "fabric cycle" and back to PC!
I hope all is well!!!

Janice said...

Mel - I love what you're doing with the inks. The landscapes are fabulous!!!

Wilma said...

These are wonderful, Mel. I was hoping to have a weekend free, but unfortunately the November date is one for a family reunion. Best wishes.

pv said...

Wow these are cool and inspirational. I have a Kato book and she makes incredible things as you say.

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