I wasn’t planning on blogging today, but I thought you might like to hear about what I found in my mailbox this afternoon… The nice folks at Kalmbach Books were kind enough to slip me an advance copy of Julie Picarello’s highly-anticipated Patterns in Polymer! May I say, this book – along with my totally-unrelated half-price Frappuccino – does not disappoint?
You may remember that I took a class with Julie in Philadelphia a few years ago (you can see what I made here and here). I loved that class – it rekindled my waning polymer clay thrill and converted me once-and-for-all to the “sanding and buffing is good” camp. This book? A great substitute for actually being there. It’s like the notes I never took.
If you’ve seen and admired Julie’s work, you will be thrilled to know that she held nothing back in the instructions. Pick a piece at random from her Flickr photostream, and chances are this book will help you figure out how to make your own version.
These are a few of my favorite projects, but really, they’re all nice.
If you’ve never taken a Julie Picarello class (or if you have and could use a refresher/reference) I encourage you to pick up a copy of this one. You won’t want to miss Julie’s perspectives on color and texture.
You can pre-order from me at Polka Dot Creations, if you haven’t already – the book is due to be published at the beginning of June.
Or, if you just cannot wait until then, leave a comment on this post and tell me (or show me!) the most recent thing you made in polymer clay. One lucky winner will get my copy (sorry, Frappuccino not included).
Want extra chances to win? Mention this post on Facebook or Twitter, and let me know in your comment that you’ve done so.
I’ll choose a winner on Friday. Good luck!
[edited: Comments are closed, we have a winner! Congratulations, Missy! Please check your email and let me know where to mail your prize.]
In the meantime, here are some links to keep you busy:
- Preorder a copy at Polka Dot Creations (don’t worry – if you win this one, I’ll cancel your preorder for you)
- See what I have made using Julie’s techniques as a springboard
- Read all of my posts about Julie
- Visit Julie’s website