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Posted on March 4, 2016 in Product Reviews by Katie Oskin
If you are new to KatersAcres, welcome to the clay FUN ZONE! If you are not new to KatersAcres, welcome back. My goal with everything that I do here on the website is to make polymer clay engaging, fun, and accessible to everyone. You don’t need to be a professional artist to use this versatile medium. One of the new things I’m doing in 2016 is choosing one polymer clay book of the month to share with you. These books may be brand new, like January’s “Dogs” Book by Christi Friesen, or older and well loved, like this month’s Images on Clay series by Barbara McGuire.
Barbara’s work is fun, colorful, and showcases a wide variety of techniques. Every month here on the site we are choosing one polymer clay tutorial of the month and one polymer clay book of the month. This month’s polymer clay book of the month is none other Barbara McGuire’s Images on Clay and Images on Clay II. Barbara McGuire is no stranger to the polymer clay world. She has been creating and teaching for many many years. She is passionate about polymer clay and teaching her techniques and styles to others and new generations of clayers as well. In fact, Barbara McGuire is once again teaching at the very popular Polymer Clay Adventure. I loved her class last year and I know this year’s will be just as awesome with her Ultralight Radial Pendants class. Be sure to come join us.
As I have stated before, polymer clay is one of the most versatile mediums on the planet, at least in my opinion. There is so much that you can do with it that people of many different artistic backgrounds fall in love with it’s simplicity and possibilities. Our first polymer clay book of the month is “Images on Clay” by Nan Roche, Gwen Gibson, Dayle Doroshow, & Barbara McGuire. If you have never worked with images transfers or placing images onto clay this is a must have book. This book was published in 2000 but is still a breakthrough book showing how to make, use, and design items with images of many different kinds.
This book, Images on Clay II, was published in 2002 as a continuation in idea & theme from the first book. Both books are unique and inspirational. This book includes images that you can photocopy and use yourself, something that the first book does not do. This book also has a wider variety of projects that the first. One of my absolute favorites in the book is: Map Panel, Ancient Images, & Transfer Portrait Painting. While the first book focused more so on the jewelry aspect of polymer clay, this book ties the idea of images on clay into multiple projects from wall decor, beads, focal beads, wall hangings, and two doll projects two.
Thanks for joining me today,