But as designers, we just love numerals because of their unique graphic appeal. They are like ancient runes, significant because of what they represent but pictorial in their aspect. They are modern hieroglyphics, language and design all together.
I love browsing typeface sites like Dafont.com-- so many cool fonts that drive my imagination wild. I used to work in a graphics department and I've never lost my love for letters. But recently I was invited by the folks at Create Mixed Media, publisher Northlight Books' blog, to create a set of numerals for this week, December 11-17, for the blog which they call "The Week as Art". Seven days' worth of numerals are depicted by a different mixed media artist every week. I decided to make mine in polymer clay and embellish them with lots of texture and color. Here they are in full size.
Black polymer clay, hand-applied impressed designs, heat-set oil paint
Bronze polymer clay, hand-applied textures from silicone molds, German Silver gilders wax
Ivory polymer clay, heat-set oil paint to antique and color
Polymer clay, hand-applied texture, heat-set oil paints, African Bronze gilders wax
Polymer clay, faux bark handmade texture sheet, heat-set oil paint
White polymer clay, commercial texture sheet, heat-set oil paint, Silver gilders wax
Mokume gane veneer polymer clay - metallic and opaque clays
If you haven't discovered the Create Mixed Media blog, head over there to check it out. There are lots of informative and interesting posts by both editors and guest editors on wide-ranging topics of interest to anyone interested in jewelry-making and every kind of mixed media, covering everything from art retreats to setting up a home studio or marketing your work. This week on Thursday, December 15, there is a webinar by my friend, Barbara Lewis, author of Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry. Registration is free but be sure to reserve yourself a place.