Piling on the polymer color

Laurie Mika has taken color to opulence and beyond! She’s piled on the layers of polymer, stamps, paints, metallics, inks and jewels to achieve a whole new level of splendor.┬áThis mosaic was inspired by the Indian sari trims Laurie found on her recent trip to Sydney.

When you examine the large version of this snippet from a piece for her Petaluma, CA, Wild About Tile class, it’s hard to know where to look first. Explosions of color detonate in medallions and fire across borders.

Laurie snapped this picture with her phone on the way to the airport and posted it to Facebook where it was met with an immediate uproar of applause. (Randee Ketzel first alerted me to the ruckus.)

Don’t you wish you were in her class? Have a splendid weekend.

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  • reply Eva ,

    oh Wow!
    so rich!
    About “medaillons”…what about Exalted Beauty’s?
    Great last set!
    Thank you Cynthia!
    Take care…;-)

    • reply Janie ,

      Wow! Trying to pick my jaw back up here… That is just incredible! This is a fine example of; it’s not the material you use, it’s what you do with it.

      • reply Michele Norine ,

        Stunning!! One doesn’t know where to look first….and I couldn’t stop looking.

        • reply Kat ,

          I can’t even think of words to describe this piece. The more you see, the more you see, if you know what I mean. Exquisite!

          • reply carissa ,

            I am one of those people who find complex images like this very soothing. the levels and layers of color and texture just seem to draw you in deeper and deeper. Makes me want to cut work and head home to my nice blank ceramic tiles! Such a Friday treat.

            • reply Beverly Jane ,

              Totally amazing. Yes, I would definitely love this type of instruction and inspiration. WOW

              • reply Norma ,

                Wow! The colors are so rich. It definitely says indian all over. And the texture is awesome too.

                • reply averilpam ,

                  Amazing! I have her book and love her work. It would be fabulous to do a class with her.

                  • reply Sera ,

                    Just amazing. I don’t even know how to express my thoughts!

                    • reply Kit Pallesen ,

                      Incredible!! I adore these sorts of colours, they make me think of oriental gypsies, rish desert sunsets, and the textures just look like they are alive!! Fantastic work, I look forward to seeing more!

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