is a very important consideration when making things with any clay-like material, whether it's ceramic clay, polymer clay or our favorite . . . METAL CLAY!
Here's a list of ways that I've found textures to use in my work:
Natural objects found on walks -
rocks, wood, rusted metal, leaves, flowers:
I really like this crumbled leaf!
like wood, linoleum, textured paint swatches from the hardware store, walls!
with textured vinyl pages:
Japanese textured papers:
rubber stamps -
using partial patterns for collaged designs.
Here are a few things I made with rubber stamp patterns
tearaway texture -
toner photocopies or printouts from a laser printer made popular in the polymer clay community and extensively by Celie Fago
. She had more to say about it recently because for a while the polymer clays didn't work for this technique but she has done some more experimenting and you can read about it here
mold material -
silicone 2 part mold material, this one is my favorite kind . . . and I have tried quite a few.
A few pieces of the material in it's molded state:
photopolymer plates -
processed with UV light - Wanaree Tanner
uses them with her own artwork.
Here's a link
to a photopolymer platemaking tutorial from Maggie Bergman's website
might have patterns for tearaway or photopolymer applications:
I found this pattern on a computer mouse at Target:
laser cut paper - Rolling Mill Resource
is a great shop on Etsy that provides these. They can also make your custom artwork into a laser cut design.
I want to take a moment to address the issue of copyright
and using patterns from rubber stamps and patterns found online:
If you're only using a small portion of these patterns in any design, there is no danger of infringing on a copyright of the manufacturer. If you use a small portion of some artist's cut out artwork, as in making your own texture from their art, the same rule applies, especially if there's only a small portion used in your design. The problem that arises with the issue of copyright is when any person uses the entirety of the previous artwork in their own work and sells it as their own. Selling in large quantities, using another artist's work is the heart of this persistent argument.
However, the sore point for many artists, is the copying of technique and style without the artist's permission, so that the artwork looks the same and could be mistaken for their work.
favorite way to make jewelry pieces is to collage together little bits of patterns that complement each other. Here I used two molds, one from a little picture frame I found while on vacation and the other was from a metal tool I found on ebay. I also used a rubber stamp for part of the background. The earrings are the finished product.
Currently I'm having an obsession with "LACE". So I found some of the real stuff:
I got a few books with patterns in them:
and I found this great sheet of rubber stamps full of lace!
I've found graffiti all over the place where I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I take snapshots:
Then I convert them to black and white images in my photo editing program:
I use Photoshop Elements. I can even invert the pattern:
depending on what I want my design to look like, an "innie" or an "outie".
I've also made flat sided polymer shapes, baked them for half the time stated on their packages, drawn my pattern to the surface and carved it out with a sharp tool like a tungsten scribe. Perfect for rolling metal clay onto. I made a brooch, a couple of pendants, and a small bowl with this design.
There are so many sources of texture to be found out there,
you just have to look and I know you'll find something.
A little collaged bowl I made:
Here are a few links to members of our team who use many of these textures in their work. Please take a look and see if you can tell what they used.
uses leaves and natural forms.
uses vintage buttons.
uses gingko leaves and molds
makes amazing and delicate patterned pieces.
makes jewelry with pictures of animals and birds.
makes many of her own beautiful textures
has very fun ideas!
collages like I do and her work is beautiful.
uses textures from the sea
Catherine-wonderful article! So fun to see more of your artistic process.
WOW, Catherine, what a rich and inspiring article. Love your beautiful, unique work. Many thanks for sharing : )
Really love this post Catherine because I love textures. I'm going to have fun checking out all the resources you shared, thank you!
Yay! I've done my job!
Great blog post Catherine, very inspiring!
Thank you sooo much for sharing. I'm signing up for a beginning class in metal clay......can't wait to begin this new adventure!
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