Covers in Clay
with Laurie Mika

Saturday, October 1, 2011 • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Books or journals make the perfect base for creating richly embellished mixed media mosaic covers that have a jewel like feel. In this class we will alter the covers of books using a variety of mixed media techniques that include rubber stamping, painting, collage, transfers, embedding, beading and metal leaf. With the use of stamped text in clay, we are able to create book covers that are functional as well beautiful to behold.

Please bring the following:

  • A book or journal for a substrate-not larger than about 6 x 8 inches. Small vintage books are great. Needs to have a firm, flat cover, if it is flimsy, the tiles can pop off.
  • Five small packages of either Premo or Sculpey III polymer clay. Laurie prefers the dark colors. Make sure the clay is somewhat soft by pressing your thumb into it, if it feels rock hard, don't buy it! Please condition clay prior to class by kneading it until soft and then rolling into a ball and store in a baggie.
  • One small package of white clay
  • Rolling pin (or even a PVC pipe will work)
  • Weldbond glue
  • Metal leaf-either gold, silver or copper
  • Black Staz-on ink pad
  • Small bag of small glass mosaic tiles
  • Doo-dads to embed in clay like charms, buttons, beads, found objects, Milagros, jewelry parts, watch parts, collage images.

About Laurie Mika
Laurie Mika employs her own unique handmade tiles along with mosaics, beads, and jewelry to create "contemporary icons." These wall pieces reflect her interest in Byzantine art, Illuminated Manuscripts and Mexican folk art.

Aside from privately commissioned works, Laurie has sold work at Trios Gallery in Solana Beach, Carlsbad Village Faire Gallery in Carlsbad and the Next Door Gallery in San Diego, and has participated in many group shows including Designer's Workshop, Designer's Showcase, Carmel Valley Artists, Artwear, Artisans Del Mar, Talmadge Art Show, Art in the Burbs, Artwalk, and The Society of American Mosaic Artists show, Earth Elements, in Miami, Florida.

Laurie was published in the premier issue of Expressions magazine. Her work has also been published in 400 Polymer Clay Designs and New Techniques for Wearable Art. Her newest book, Mixed Media Mosaics, became available in July 2007.

Learn more about Laurie and see her works on her MikaArts website.


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