Write your own lesson with this one day private texture making class with Julia Rai. Contact Julia to discuss suitable dates before booking. In this one day beginner level class, you will explore two processes for making your own texture tiles and plates.
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Write your own lesson with this one day private texture making class with Julia Rai. Contact Julia to discuss suitable dates before booking.
In this one day beginner level class, you will explore two key processes for making your own texture tiles and plates. The textures you’ll make are mostly used with metal clay, polymer clay or rolling mills. When you first work with metal and polymer clay you probably used commercial texture tiles. Or maybe you used wallpaper, lace or other found textures. As you progress, being able to make your own textures really add a new dimension to your designs and additionally opens up a whole new way of working.
What does this Class Cover?
In this class you’ll learn two key techniques for making textures, allowing you to make a wide range of unique designs. First we’ll look at Photo Polymer Plates, also known as PPP. These allow you to take black and white line designs and create unique deep texture plates for your metal or polymer clay. Imagine having your own designs in reusable rubber stamps.
We’ll also cover the ‘tear away’ technique. This technique allows you to make low relief texture sheets which are ideal for use with Keum-Boo.
You won’t make any metal clay pieces on this class. We will focus on texture making for the whole day.
This class will cover:
- Choosing and preparing your artwork
- Copyright and sourcing suitable images or creating your own
- Tools, materials and equipment required
- The Photo Polymer Plate making process
- The “Tear Away” technique
- Safety aspects of these processes
- How to use the finished textures with metal clay
- Storage and life expectancy of finished textures
- If time permits, we will also cover carving a variety of media to create unique textures
At the end of the class, you will be fully equipped to go home and make your own textures. Acquiring this skill will extend your design options and really set your work apart from others.
Optional Student Preparation
We will supply black and white images in all formats for you to practice these processes but if you’d like to bring your own images, please do. Dense black images printed onto transparent acetates are required for Photo Polymer Plates. For the tear away technique, your images printed onto A4 sheets will be copied using a special photocopier. To get copies of your own designs, we will charge £1 per A4 sheet so make sure you fill the sheet with designs