Tapestry-Polymer Clay Tile Making with Laurie Mika
Session 8A: Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Session 8B: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Price: $325 (Includes $30 Materials Fee)
Tapestry is a class where students will be guided through the process of using polymer clay as a background material on which to embed and attach glass tesserae, jewelry pieces, beads, and millefiori. The goal of this workshop is to familiarize students with the medium of polymer clay and how it can be utilized to create tiles that can be combined with traditional mosaic materials to create beautiful works of art. In this hands-on workshop, students will learn how to condition clay, roll out slabs, rubber stamp, paint, gold leaf and embed the clay with tesserae. A variety of mixed media techniques for altering the substrate will also be emphasized including rubber stamping with ink and using stencils. The way the class is structured is that I demo each step and then have students follow along after the demo. I have found that this approach allows for a clear understanding of each step. All of the techniques that will be covered have cross-over possibilities that students can use in their own mosaic work. This class focuses on creating a Bohemian style tapestry on a wood substrate comprised of individual handmade polymer clay tiles. Participants will leave class with a completed art piece that is adhered to a beautifully painted substrate ready to hang on the wall. This session should be particularly beneficial to those who wish to gain a greater understanding of how to work with polymer clay and how it can open up a whole new world of creative possibilities when combined with traditional mosaic materials.
Students are to Bring:
- Doo-Dads- millefiori, small glass tesserae, jewelry parts, small fiber scraps and trim pieces, rhinestones, rhinestone chain, ball chain, metal findings, bead caps, buttons, beads, charms, small glass pearls, tiny mirrors (see pics for ideas). Stay away from plastic/ adhesive rhinestones.
Laurie Mika is an artist, author, and instructor. Over the last two and a half decades, Laurie‘s mixed media mosaic and assemblage work using polymer clay has evolved into an original and easily recognizable style.
Laurie’s work has been published in countless magazines and books. She is the author of the highly regarded book, Mixed Media Mosaics, that was published by North Light Books in 2007. Laurie has appeared on both HGTV’s, That’s Clever and on DIY’s, Craft Lab. Recently, Laurie was featured on a new PBS series, Make It Artsy.
Laurie has been teaching for the past 13 years across the country and internationally at mixed media art retreats, guilds and conferences including many SAMA conferences. She has also exhibited many times in the prestigious Mosaic Arts International juried exhibition, winning Best in Show at Mesa Contemporary Arts in Arizona. Laurie’s work hangs in private collections here and abroad. Mikaarts.com
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