Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Helen Breil Tutorial

One of the problems where I live is the lack of any classes in polymer clay. I am not speaking of basic classes but of master classes with some of the experts in the field.
I am not sure why no one wants to teach here in Boston but it is what it is. We have a fantastic jewelry school here called Metalwerx but they do not offer any classes in polymer clay. I am not sure why. I am also not able to travel much to take classes. I have obligations here at home and can't really go too far.

So I have come to rely heavily on tutorials. One of the most exciting ones I have purchased recently is one by the wonderful Canadian polymer artist, Helen Breil. It is called Radiating Textures and I cannot recommend it enough. It is one of those tutorials where you really learn a skill and can take it to the next level on your own once you understand the basics. There is much to be learned from this tutorial and it was certainly well worth the money.

For example, I had never thought of using extrusions for texture making. But they work really well. In the circular texture in the photo at the top right you can see how it was done. It doesn't look like much here but it makes the most beautiful texture. Simple and elegant.

I haven't tried the others yet. I am not sure about the one on the bottom right. I made the lines too thick. I think I will make another using thinner strips and texturing the strips rather than the base. Also, some of them need to be made into inverses in order to get a nice texture. I haven't done that yet either.

I am hoping to use these soon in some new pieces. Stay tuned!


Anonymous said...

These look great, Roberta! I'm looking forward to getting back to some polymer work after summer. (After fall? Next winter?) THese look like fun textures for metal clay too. I'm impressed and inspired!
xo Barb

Rosaria Williams said...

Thanks for stopping by, Roberta. Every touch soothes the soul.

Sandy's Creations in Clay said...

Hi Roberta,
Stopped by to see your wonderful blog. I am from the PCETeam.