Here is the latest in my foray into Polymer Clay Color Inspirations. We are on the second half on Chapter Nine, “Exploring Texture and Pattern in Your Colors.”
Texture has an influence on color because it affects the way light interacts with surfaces. And even the light from different times of day can can affect color (as anyone who’s been disappointed with a paint color that looked great in the store knows.) The goal of making the Texture Sampler Pendant was to get a hands on view of how texture and pattern affect color. In this exercise, you are directed to make a tapered pyramid shape and cover each side with a different texture. I had plenty of left over bits from my color scale mixing, so I had lots of colors to choose from. I had fun making lots of different texture samples, but I could only use four on the pendant.
Since my collage some texture in it, most notably the bumps on the flower pot and the sea horses, I applied little balls of clay in different collage colors to one side of the pendant. I tried to pick up the oranges and the greens on the second side with the “Dimensional Oval Cutout” technique from the book. I attempted to mimic the leaves in the collage with overlapping cane slices on the third side, and I used slices of another cane topped with indented dots on the fourth side.
I decided not to use the option antiquing the textures with paint. I deviated from the exercises with the “hat” of disk beads at the tip and I used slices from a striped cane to separate the segments rather then twisting two colors together.
With the exception of faux techniques, I have rarely used textures in my polymer clay work before. I think that’s about to change. Here are some pictures.