Sunday, November 25, 2012

Working On A New Tutorial

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.  


m.e. said...

I am in LOVE with the look of your "controlled marbling "
Your tutorials are always awesome.
I'm really looking forward to this one !
m.e. :)

Bonnie Kreger at B-LEE KREATIONS said...

These are gorgeous. Wish I was there to watch you.

I'll bet this is something I have to have right away. LOL

Diva Designs Jewelry said...

M.E., it's so good to hear from you!!!

Bonnie, I thought about you last week. Someone with whom I had shared the velveeta fudge recipe brought me some she made and I am in Heaven. Nothing beats that fudge! :)

Thank you so much, my friends.

John(SC) said...

Hi Lynda,
Reserve one of these tutorials for me.Can't wait to get it and try this technique. You are awesome with the things you come up with. Burnt orange with browns is one of my favorite colors. I hope it's in the tut.

Diva Designs Jewelry said...

Thank you so much, John.

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Sherri Stokey said...

I love those colors together - beautiful!

Diane said...

Hi Lynda, Can't wait for the new tutorial. If you need help proofreading let me know. I was just helping Helen Breil with her new E-book and I quite enjoyed it!


Diva Designs Jewelry said...

Thank you, Sherri!

Thank you, too, Diane. You know you are my Ace proofreader. I will let you know when it is ready. :)

JuLee said...

I can hardly wait for this tut, Lynda. I have often wondered how you got such perfect striping, and pretty soon I will know .... muuuhaaa!!! (rubbing hands with glee)

Diva Designs Jewelry said...

Thank you, JuLee! I can't wait for you to see it!