Tips and Tricks

Zap, slap, bang

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A zap of color from Maryanne Loveless and her Colorplay series for Tuesday.

A few tiny textures topped with small cane slices with holes that reveal the crazy cutup colors underneath. You can tell that Maryanne is playing and moving fast. Makes you want to join in, doesn’t it? She calls her business ArtMakesMeHappy and it’s easy to see why.

You can track more of her work and her inspirations on Pinterest and Etsy.

 

Mimicking stone

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Italy’s Ilenia Moreni  fools us with her imitative labradorite. Labradorite’s gleaming layered colors are bisected with tricky lines. I’m glad I fell for her faux and bought the tutorial. She makes me want to explore stone imitations again.

Ilenia plays tricks with clothing as well and is able to replicate any era and follow any fancy. Follow her on Flickr and Facebook.

Be an April fool and enjoy all the secrets and tricks in her Etsy shop.

Spring twists in polymer

Guertel on PCDaily

The spring colors of Angela Guertel’s latest brooch bloom with hints and colors of spring. Her Flickr page shows works that you may recognize as thoughtful twists on well-known processes to which Angela has added her own ideas.

Guertel at PCDaily

For instance, these black and white beads were made with Kor tools along with some handmade patterns. Angela backfilled the graphic patterns for effect and strung them with textured polymer spacers. Her spring brooch and other reinvented works are on Facebook.

Polymer molecules

Phamova on PCDaily

The young Czech colorist, Dana Phamova, wants to try her Molecule earrings in every color combination. A look at her Instagram and Flickr pages shows you how she plays with color and replicates shifts of light.

It’s no secret that I like to ease into the week, starting with something simple that teaches me how colors work as I look for combinations that sing. These delightful color studies would be a perfect (and very wearable) way to begin. Dana shows more of her studies on her site as well.

Quirky loops

Bodini on PCDaily

Just when you think you know where Milan’s Alessia Bodini is headed with her extrusions, she swoops in a different direction. On this blue necklace, she flattens an extrusion into a ribbon, loops it over and over, adds her own marks and threads it onto a choker.

Bodini on PCDaily

She extrudes graduated purple polymer and joins lengths of the resulting triangles into a square pendant that teases the eye. It’s as if Alessia simply has to put her own quirky stamp on each design.

She’s gathered lots more examples on Flickr and Facebook.

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