Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams

altered art, epoxy clay, apoxie sculpt, new book, mixed media, victorian gothic, curious

If you haven’t yet ordered this book, I’m offering a special offer in my etsy shop with an online workshop here.

It’s so great to have finished this and I’m hearing such great feedback.  What a relief!!!  The reviews below are from amazon and so far every review is 5 stars!!!

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired Projects, Curious Mediums!, January 12, 2011
This review is from: Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams: Mixed Media Projects in Epoxy Clay (Paperback)

Everything you ever wanted to know about epoxy clays and silicone putties. With these two mediums, it is amazing what you can make!

I’ve taken a class with Kerin and was really excited when I found out she was writing a book. The nurturing spirit she embodies really comes through in this book. Her conversational tone and lighthearted humor make you feel like she’s right there with you. And her amazingly clever projects will excite your creativity and spark your imagination. Before you can say, why didn’t I think of that?…. you’ve come up with 3 more projects using the techniques in this book. You just can’t help yourself!

The book begins with an elaborate look at how to mix and use multiple types of epoxy clays and mold-making putties. There are no complicated formulas or fancy terms, and with so many tips and tricks… you really can’t make a mistake! You’ll learn to adhere, sculpt, mold, duplicate, assemble, faux finish and much more. Kerin really covers everything! I learned so much from this book.

Each of the over 20 projects includes color step-by-step photos and detailed instructions for all kinds of items from assemblage to jewelry to home décor items and more! Sprinkled throughout the book are additional gallery projects from all your favorite mixed media artists. There is definitely something for everyone. You won’t be disappointed.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Art Is…Kerin Gale and her Curious Dreams, February 9, 2011
This review is from: Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams: Mixed Media Projects in Epoxy Clay (Paperback)

Through poetry and stories, Kerin captures your heart and inspiration in her new book Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams.

This is a project book for all – Beginners to Advance. From someone who is new to working in epoxy clay right through to someone who has worked with the materials and wants a little more inspiration, a little more encouragement and some new challenges.

I do not profess to be an artist in the true form. As an event manager my “art” is in creating and arranging opportunities for artists such as Kerin Gale, to teach, to share, to enliven, and to encourage other artists to step outside their comfort zone. She wants you to know that outside our “box” there is a world to discover and with simple steps and very very very clear instructions, she will take you through this world of Epoxy Clay and enable you to see that you too are capable of producing special, memorable and artistically clever designs and creations.

What I loved most:
Amazing summary of the various materials and how to prepare them, work with them and create with them
Concise instructions
Step by Step photos
Full, accurate and detailed materials lists
The range of projects, from jewelry to lamps, from big to small
Several galleries of work by artists and friends of Kerin
Resource List!! No hiding the details of what she uses or where she gets it

Mostly I loved the stories, the poetry and the quotations.

Whether the masterpiece is a work of art or of your life, it matters not as long as you see it for what it is. It’s all the same in the end. (Kerin Gale)

I am ready to step out of my comfort zone Kerin.

Sallianne

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Art Book I’ve Bought In A Long Time!, February 8, 2011
This review is from: Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams: Mixed Media Projects in Epoxy Clay (Paperback)

I haven’t been buying many art books lately. If you are like me you have shelves and shelves full of books! And I have to say that anymore I don’t see anything that really sparks my interest or anything that I think I will learn anything new from. BUT when I saw this book Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams mixed-media projects in epoxy clay I was excited! I use Aves Apoxie Sculpt in my mixed media but I had never found anyone else who used it! I will say I was still wondering if I should spend my hard earned money on the book, but the photo on the cover really really drew me in. I loved it! I ordered the book and when it arrived I anxiously sat down and started skimming through and I have to say I LOVE the book :o) It has tons of eye candy, lots of good projects that gets your inspiration going, gallery photos from artists I admire (I was thrilled to see Liz McGrath in there! LOVE her!), the step by step photos are clear, Kerin is a natural teacher and a fabulous artist. If you’ve been looking for a new art book and if you’ve never tried epoxy clay or even if you have, I highly recommend this book!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book, February 4, 2011
This review is from: Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams: Mixed Media Projects in Epoxy Clay (Paperback)

Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams is a book about how to use epoxy clays in mixed media and altered art.
If you haven’t used epoxy clays, they are two part clays that you mix together then form in a mold or by hand. Then it cures into a hard plastic that can be sanded, drilled, polished and painted.
The introduction of the book covers in a lot more detail what epoxy clay is,how to use it and how to create molds using silicone to cast the clay.
Then it gets into the projects and versatility of the fun medium. Using this clay to create mosaics and other decorating pieces, but also using it to create jewelry.
The jewelry projects are just absolutely inspiring and gorgeous. With a vintage effect out of a fairly new material, they incorporate words, images, wire and other things and are finished in ways that create a very artistic and dramatic look to the pieces.
The effects in this book remind me a lot of the feeling and look of steampunk. However you could use the same techniques to create brighter and more modern pieces very easily. It’s a gorgeous and inspiring book. Some of the bigger projects are very involved using a wide variety of media. The smaller ones can be completed in a weekend, including curing time and time for paints and finishes to dry, only a few hours actual working time. Recommended for people who want to try something new and easy to make custom focal pieces for their jewelry, people who love steampunk jewelry and for art doll makers. Actually, for any crafty artist who wants to learn more epoxy clay.

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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!, January 30, 2011
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This review is from: Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams: Mixed Media Projects in Epoxy Clay (Paperback)

I LOVED this book. The steps were easy to follow and the photographs were great!!! There is a deverse group of projects, many I want to try. The book has “From the Gallery” photos of other Artists work; on page 49, there is a beautiful Victorian Journal by Brenda Gebhart that is AMAZING. I would reccomend this book to anyone wanting to about epoxy clay in mixed media projects!!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Insanely creative, with enough inspiration to last a year!, January 27, 2011
This review is from: Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams: Mixed Media Projects in Epoxy Clay (Paperback)

This book kicks butt! It’s not every day a craft book includes directions for making an aquarium, a light fixture and an evening bag–all of the same material. The author has taken a little known material and found ways to make it work in all kinds of creative projects. Instructions are clear, with excellent step-by-step photos and concise instructions. There are a lot of “alternative” or “altered” this and that books out there, and honestly, they are all starting to look the same. Until I saw this book, I didn’t think anyone was doing anything fresh or innovative out there. The projects really get you thinking in new directions and inspire experimentation and exploration. It’s worth getting for the pictures alone!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams – The perfect title!, January 14, 2011
This review is from: Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams: Mixed Media Projects in Epoxy Clay (Paperback)

A thorough guide for epoxy clay with well thought out instructions and inspiring tips for using this medium. Kerin Gale combines a variety of creative projects with entertaining anecdotes. There is also a bonus of over-the-top gallery items from Kerin and other artists.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Curious and Amazing!, January 11, 2011
This review is from: Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams: Mixed Media Projects in Epoxy Clay (Paperback)

I have anxiously anticipated the arrival of this book, and I can tell you it’s been well worth the wait! I have admired Kerin’s jewelry and art for some time now, and this book is a wonderful reflection of her talent! Inspired Remnants, and Curious Dreams is full to the brim with an amazing variety of unusual projects. Everything is beautifully photographed, with step by step instructions that are clearly written and easy to follow. A truly inspiring book for anyone wanting to learn how to create with epoxy clay. I know it will be one of my favorites!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mixed-media Dreams., January 8, 2011
This review is from: Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams: Mixed Media Projects in Epoxy Clay (Paperback)

This book is a must for anyone wanting to learn the techniques needed to create beautiful pieces in epoxy clay. Kerin’s photo step-by-step instructions are concise and easy to follow. You can also learn the secrets of how to give your work an aged and distressed appearance.
Kerin’s imagination leads her to create works of art that are truly original and make the reader realise that, creatively, anything is possible. Along with Kerin’s work are pieces by other talented artists.
The overall look of the book is sumptuous, a veritable visual feast. It will inspire you to reach for your clay and get creating right away!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Excited and Inspired!, January 8, 2011
This review is from: Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams: Mixed Media Projects in Epoxy Clay (Paperback)

I am truly excited by this book because I have been a long time admirer of Kerin’s work, both her mixed-media art and jewelry. Her inspiring creations have tempted me on many occasions to learn how to work with epoxy clay. This book is an incredible resource, abound with practical and technical information about the medium as well as filled with a variety of appealing projects with easy-to-follow directions, including necklaces, pedestal art, an altered mirror, an exquisite light fixture and so much more. The book also contains a gorgeous gallery of further examples created by Kerin as well as inspiring works from artists like Michael DeMeng, Liz McGrath and Marguarite Oiseau. There is something for everyone in this book and I can clearly see how it is appropriate for both beginners and more seasoned artists looking for fresh ideas. You will be delighted with this book. I am proud to own a copy and can’t wait to get started creating with epoxy clay!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Trail-blazing art book about using epoxy clay!, January 2, 2011
This review is from: Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams: Mixed Media Projects in Epoxy Clay (Paperback)

If you’ve ever wanted to try an exciting new art medium such as epoxy clay AND you love beautiful books, then Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams is just right for you! Kerin Gale does a wonderful job explaining the process of working with this versatile art medium. Her photos and layout are superb – attractive, clear and concise. The book itself is inspiring – you’ll want to get some of this medium in your hands as soon as possible to start creating your own masterpieces!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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