Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mokume Gane Sea Tutorial

Love at Sea

I love how the waves crash over the lovers in this art piece that I created based on an antique illustration of  "Manon Lescaut." This is my entry for the Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy monthly challenge. Public voting opens Aug. 1 so I'll keep you posted on that.

I started with a photo copy of the original and colored it using markers, paints, and alcohol inks embedded in liquid polymer  to create a "canvas" that I sculpted into a polymer clay Mokume Gane sea, adding more coats of liquid polymer as well as regular polymer accents to build dimension. A post that I wrote a while ago, Freedom in Mokume Gane,  has some background on this technique used to create the waves.

The technique was so much fun, I decided to create a tutorial to share it. Both the tutorial and the original artwork are available in my shop. If you are interested in either, visit the links in the photo captions.

Mokume Gane Sea

Love at Sea mixed media


  1. I agree with Jenn - it's beautiful! nancy

  2. Beautiful piece! Perfect rendering of the figures and the colors and texture/dimension for the waves work so well! Look forward to having a chance to vote.


Ooh,a comment! How delightful.


share icons