If you have looked at my flickr photostream the past few days, you have probably guessed I'm working on a new tutorial because of all the similarly colored pieces. I normally work in color batches that yield 2 or 3 pieces at most, but my studio is an explosion of aqua and burnt orange at the moment.
When I'm working on a tutorial, I work in much larger batches of the same colors so I have enough in case I screw up (often) and have to recreate steps. I am terrible about forgetting to photograph a step until I've gone on to the next one. I probably shouldn't admit that, but it means I have to go back and recreate the step again.
I usually write my tutorials first, then follow the instructions to create pieces, but this time, the creation comes first, then the writing.
For this new tutorial, which is about how to use my controlled marbling technique, recreating steps isn't possible, because each piece is unique. If I forget to photograph, I have to scrap the photos of it and make another. So, you can see why a lot of the same colored clay would be needed.
Right now, I'm working primarily with aqua, burnt orange and snowy white. I have some other color combinations planned, so next you'll either see a bunch of red, black, silver and white pieces; or a bunch of plum, indigo blue and gold pieces.
I have promised to have this new tutorial ready to publish before Christmas, so I'm working every day to be sure I can meet that deadline, but since I have all day, every day to work on it, I don't think that is really going to be a problem.
Working non-stop like I am, though, means new posts on the blog might be sparse for a couple of weeks. One of my lovely customers (hey, Donetta!) emailed me about the sewn paper bag tutorial she purchased recently, and her sweet email prompted me to drag myself on over here and write a little something new.
Here is a sneak peak at some of the new pieces made using my controlled marbling technique (all of these won't make it into the how-to, or else the tutorial would be 50MB large) but I'm trying to get as many in as I can and maintain some variety.