Gradient blended polymer clay (also known as “Skinner Blending”) is one of the most frequently used techniques in polymer clay. The use of gradients increases the visual interest of clay work. It can also create a sense of greater depth and dimension in clay work, whether on textured or smooth surfaces.
The technique has nearly limitless applications for polymer clay including: millefiori caning, backgrounds and Lisa’s own “Sutton Slice and Faux Fabric Techniques, to name a few.
While the basic technique is pretty straightforward, there are numerous variations that can be employed when creating gradients. This workshop would be a deep-dive into the world of creating gradients. This offering is super value added in that it will offer so much more than the rudimentary concept.
Lisa will guide the viewer into the basics of blending and will offer invaluable tips for even experienced blenders such as: adjusting for heavily saturated contrasts, multi-color blending, striated blending and ways to overcome the frequent problems gradient blenders encounter (i.e. blending contamination, sizing issues, controlling blending smoothness, and more).
Lessons will include how to use blends to make gradient backgrounds, two different types of gradient striping, millefiori canes (including: the basic bulls eye, nautilus jelly roll, a flower and leaf cane), gradient Sutton Slicing and double reverse method for her faux fabric technique.
The class will conclude with a step-by-step project for making Lisa’s “Wave” stretch bracelet, which becomes a miniature, standing sculpture when not being worn and a guided inspirational gallery of artwork that showcases the use of gradient effect in clay.
Sample photos: 1. Multiple color gradient sheeting, 2. Flower and Leaf cane, 3. Double reverse Faux Fabric effect, 4. Gradient background and spiral cap as seen on a “Bottle of Hope,” 5. Series of gradient hearts including: a rose cane background, Sutton Slice gradient and a pastel nautilus jelly roll gradient, 6. Lisa’s “Wave” bracelet.