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Posted on June 14, 2013 in 2013 Friesen Project by Katie Oskin
The much awaiting and highly anticipated “Birds of a Feather” book by Christi Friesen has begun. (*Three Cheers for Christi’s awesome book*). I think I mentioned in my last post, thought it always bears repeating, that this is my favorite Christi Friesen book. Perhaps it’s because I really enjoy making birds, or maybe it’s because I enjoy feeding birds, or maybe it’s because my favorite food is chicken?!?! Whatever the reason, I am so excited to kick off this month with Christi’s awesome “Lil’ Blob Birds” from her book. These are so addicting … I made 6 the first sitting and about a dozen in the next. They are fun! So get your clay out, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s get started!
Before we begin, I want to tell you that I will be doing many free (and some paid) tutorials on birds through June & July. These tutorials will not be done in Christi’s style, but will be done my style! So, if you like bright, colorful, and fun … that is what you’ll get. Make sure you sign up for the email list so you get first dibs as these cute new tutorials the week they are released.
Look familiar? Several of you wrote to me and asked for mid-week “inspiration” or challenges. So this week I posted a challenge to you on my FaceBook Page. I posted a picture of pearl polymer clay and challenged you to create something using that color. I didn’t have to be pure pearl clay, but it at least had to incorporate pearl clay.
Christi shows beautiful ivory and pearl colored birds in her book. But me, I like color and usually lots of it. So … I’ve transformed Christi’s ‘Lil’ Blob Birds’ into ‘Lil’ Colorful Blob Birds.’ You can choose to make your own color combinations, or make them in white-ish color blends just like Christi’s book. The choice is yours.
I have also made all my birds 2 sided and not just one sided. Why? Because I like to be able to “do something” with what I create and since I rarely know what I will “do” with something, it’s best to be prepared and have two sides to everything … don’t you think? That being said, feel free to make your birds however you’d like.
Please note that I make my birds backward from the way Christi suggests … maybe I’m a backward person, I don’t know. But honestly, it’s way too hard for me to start with a head and them make a tail … like I said, I must be backward.
Your Lil’ Blob Bird can have any number of details, but the ones that are the most important are of course the eyes & metallic bead accents.
Congratulations to the winner of Book 6: “Birds of a Feather!” Don’t forget that a few of the tutorials that are being done for the Friesen Project are being done from the book. Support Christi (so she can write more awesome books for us) and go and purchase the PDF book here if you don’t have it already.
The Friesen Project is done in conjunction with Christi Friesen. All tutorials are retaught here with her expressed permission. Please make sure to read about the project here, and get answers to the most common FAQS here.