I just got a copy of my friend Laurie Mika's new book: Mixed Media Mosaics. It is a fantastic tutorial and handsome display of all the magic you can make with polymer clay. She gives you all the tricks to make interesting tiles which can be used for all kinds of clever projects. Even if you've never considered working in clay you will smack yourself in the forehead and wonder why not when you see what can be done with this versatile medium. I'm NOT kidding, you'll love it!
I met Laurie online about 4 or 5 years ago when I came across her website showcasing her unique Icons. (Later we were able to meet in real life.) You get reeled in by her work as you investigate every little detail and marvel at her compositions and style. I adored the architectural-ness of her pieces but what remains as my primary impression of seeing her work was the way she used color. Uninhibited riot of color. It was so refreshing, and still is. Just as I was about to open an email to write my appreciation of her work I recognized that she was using some of the stamps I had designed in her work. Say it with me: How cool it that? A friendship was born. I am thrilled to be able to stand up on my chair (what? you don't believe I'm standing?) and tell the world my friend has a wonderful book you just gotta get. HERE.