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FOCUS ISSUES: Alcohol Inks
Alcohol inks fascinate me. They always have. Whether the liquid form, or the alcohol ink markers, their vibrant color and translucency are like magic. The first artist who comes to my mind when I think of alcohol inks and polymer clay is Debbie Crothers. Her amazing designs with this medium, and many others of course, on polymer clay are just incredible. I am thrilled to have Debbie as our cover artist in this issue. Debbie shares a personal story about her polymer journey, along with several gorgeous photos of her work. Like the vibrant alcohol ink flower on the cover? It's a free tutorial Debbie shares on her YouTube channel! It's on my MUST TRY list for sure.
The Polymer Chef shares fun project with an unexpected ingredient. I brought a project I literally dreamed about one night to life and am sharing it with you this month. Our artists are exploring the use of alcohol inks in a variety of ways in our tutorials this month. We have lots of beautiful jewelry for you, as well as a gorgeous, luminous votive holder too. In The Color Corner with Jessica Hager, Jessica shares how to create a gorgeous color palette using alcohol inks. Check it out and learn how you could possibly be published in an upcoming issue.
Our Giving Back column continues this month as we share the astonishingly beautiful luminaries created by Carissa Nichols, which she sells to benefit a local agency helping others.
Our Gallery inspires you with a great variety of alcohol ink projects. Thank you to all who participate in our monthly challenges! We would love to have you share your versions of the techniques and projects each month in our Create Along Polymer Clay Tribe Facebook group - an amazing, creative, interactive community with over 18,000 members from around the world. Join the group at PolymerClayTribe.com. As always, we encourage all artists to submit their work for consideration for upcoming issues. Passion for Polymer is YOUR magazine. We want to continue to highlight the work of a variety of creative artists from around the world, with vastly different styles, and the best way to do that is by inviting all of you to share your work! You can find our submission information, themes, and deadlines at PassionforPolymer.com.
- Cindi McGee (Editor in Chief)