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The Peculiar Palette
Fresno, CA
Musings of a mixed media and ceramic artist, who is usually covered in pet fur.
Interests: ceramics, dogs, cats, animals, mixed media, painting, sewing, home decor, furniture refinishing, polymer clay, pottery, jewelry making, arts and crafts
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What's happening at The Peculiar Palette Welcome to my first ever newsletter! Can you believe we are half way through 2015 already? Although the year has been flying by, it certainly has been an exciting one. I am so thankful for all the amazing opportunities that have come my way and am so grateful to everyone who has taken a class with me, watched my webinars and/or has given my art a new home. Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I can't believe how lucky I am to be able to make a living doing what I love. It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at The Peculiar Palette
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I am so honored to have been asked back to StencilGirl for the THIRD time to share some of the projects I've made using their amazing stencils. Click on the link below to see what I had to say.... Laura Fraedrich is BACK Playing with Stencils and Ceramics . Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at The Peculiar Palette
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Hi Everyone! I hope you'll join me for my next live webinar with iFiredArts on June 10th at 8pm EST. Here's the description of what I'll be doing: Feeling stressed? Join Laura Fraedrich for another Zen project, The Gentle Giant, and paint your worries away. She'll show you how to use Stroke and Coats along with a variety of decorating tools including stamps, stencils, sponges and a paper mask to make an elephant platter that even Buddha himself would love to have. She'll also talk about the different types and brands of fun decorating tools and where you can find... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at The Peculiar Palette
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This is going to be big! If you find yourself in the Fresno area on June 13, come by and support your local artists (including me!). There will be arts, crafts, food and entertainment. It will be a blast! Related articles Mayco Ceramic Camp In Phoenix! May 1-2 Ceramics Love on StencilGirl Talk - Part 2 New Ceramics Webinar - Feb. 25th 2015...The Art of Zen Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at The Peculiar Palette
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Ceramics Peeps! There are still a few spaces left in the Ceramic Camp that will be held at Marjon Ceramics in Phoenix on May 1-2 (Friday and Saturday). The class is perfect for anyone who wants to learn new techniques to use to decorate their ceramic pieces and to learn more about Mayco glazes and tools. Ceramicists, potters, students, traditional painters, mid-range firers, PYOP studio employees, art educators, handbuilders, and anyone else who enjoys working with clay will benefit from this class. Here's more info...hope to see you there! http://maycocolors.com/index.php/ceramic-camp Related articles Ceramics Love on StencilGirl Talk - Part 2... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at The Peculiar Palette
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As you probably already know, I love making mixed media art and am always trying to incorporate the techniques I use for making it into my ceramic pieces. One of my favorite tools to use are stencils, and StencilGirl has an amazing selection of different designs. The gals over at StencilGirl caught wind of my using their products in designing my ceramic art and asked me if I wanted to be a guest designer for them. Of course I said yes! I was honored to have been asked and had a blast designing projects and writing about them for their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at The Peculiar Palette
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I am beyond excited to have been asked by Stencil Girl to come back for a second guest blog post which is featured on StencilGirl Talk today! It's rare that ceramics gets any love in the world of mixed media so the fact that I was able to share the projects I made using their amazing stencils is extra special. Hop on over and take a look at my newest post! I wrote out step by step instructions on how to make the project below complete with photos of each step. I hope it inspires you to try painting your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at The Peculiar Palette
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Get your Zen on with me for a very relaxing evening where I demonstrate how to turn a simple watercolor-like background into a unique work of art using Designer Liners. The project is loosely based on the Zentangle, but takes it several steps further to create a ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art). Learn tips and tricks on using Designer Liners, and hear fun facts about the Zentangle that may surprise you. Hope to see you there! Sign up here! And in case you've missed my past webinars, they are now available to purchase from the iFiredArts Digital store. You can check... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at The Peculiar Palette
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I had such a blast painting up custom orders for the holidays...There's nothing I love more than animals, so the fact that people hire me to paint pictures of their pets on ceramic plates makes me downright giddy! Here's a look at some of the ones I did recently... British Cat Buddy Peanut Earl Grace Bailey Raven You can order your own pet plate by visiting my Etsy shop! Related articles Lucky Buddha Buddhamobile... A Happy Buddha is a Lucky Buddha... Handpainted and Customized Gifts for Pet Lovers Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at The Peculiar Palette
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I am pleased to announce my newest customizable piece...a bride and groom (or bride and bride or groom and groom) wedding plate! Honor your favorite couple with this made-to-order handpainted ceramic heart shaped plate, personalized with their names, wedding date, and colors! The plate will be decorated with vivid, clay based underglazes, sealed with non-toxic clear glaze and kiln fired to cone 06. It will be food safe and is functional, although putting it in the microwave or dishwasher is not recommended. It can also be used as a decorative piece of art by placing it in a plate stand... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at The Peculiar Palette
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Free project for January! Make this 'Be Bold Heart Canvas' that I designed using Mayco Stroke and Coats, rubber stamps and a stencil from Stencil Girl...click the link below for a complete supply list and instructions from Mayco's website... Be Bold Heart Canvas Related articles Lucky Buddha Buddhamobile... A Happy Buddha is a Lucky Buddha... Handpainted and Customized Gifts for Pet Lovers Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at The Peculiar Palette
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I am excited to announce that I'll be teaching 2 ceramics classes at Art Unraveled this year! I'm so happy that this amazing art form is finding a place in today's mixed media art retreats. It certainly deserves to! If you're in the Phoenix area, or are planning on being there the first week of August, come take a class with me! 9:00 - 12:00 Tuesday August 4th Mugshot! Don’t worry, you won’t need to be bailed out of jail if you take this class…Instead, you’ll be painting a mug that’s a snapshot of you! You’ll take images of symbols... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at The Peculiar Palette
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2015 is going to be a busy year! I am excited to announce that I will be teaching classes on behalf of Mayco at various locations on the West Coast. Want to learn some awesome techniques and make beautiful projects? Come take a class with me! This list will be updated as new dates are added. March 20-21 Product Discovery 2 (click link for more information) Location: Marjon Ceramics, Phoenix AZ April 19-20 Pottery Camp (click link for more information) Location: Chesapeake Ceramics, Roseville CA May 1-2 Ceramic Camp (click link for more information) Location: Marjon Ceramics, Phoenix AZ I'll... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at The Peculiar Palette
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My friend Stuart, who graciously provided accommodations and acted as my tour guide when I visited the UK last year, is raising money for Douglas Macmillan Hospice (Dougie Mac) by staying dry - meaning not drinking any alcohol - for the whole month of January. This is no small feat! Anyone who knows Stuart knows that he can usually be found at the local pub running up his tab or in his living room with a case of wine. To support him on this seemingly impossible quest, I have created a one-of-a-kind commemorative ceramic painting titled 'It's A Beautiful Day... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at The Peculiar Palette
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I had a couple more Lucky Buddha Beer bottles left, so I took the opportunity to not only enter another project into their #beercrafts contest, but to learn how to drill holes into glass! And trust me, I got lots of practice. This project needed 42 holes! I definitely gave my Dremmel and the new diamond bit I bought a good workout! May I present to you.....The Buddhamobile. Related articles A Happy Buddha is a Lucky Buddha... Gettin' Crafty with Buddha Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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I think it's awesome that the company who puts their beer into the most amazing Buddha shaped bottles holds contests to see who can come up with the best craft project using them. The first thing I thought when I saw this beer for the first time was that I couldn't want to make stuff out of the empty bottles, and was the main reason I purchased the six pack in the first place (it was an added bonus that the beer is delicious too!). I was so excited to see the advertisement for the first contest and I went... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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Have I mentioned how much I love animals? Have I mentioned how much I love making art? If you've read any other of my blog posts, these things are probably very apparent to you. It's no surprise, then, that one of my favorite artistic things to do is paint animal portraits (on ceramic plates, of course)! The first one is a tribute to my BFFF (best feline friend forever) Poopie, who is no longer with us but will always live on in my heart. The rest are plates I've made for others who have either lost pets of their own,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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Hi All! I am so excited to announce my next webinar with I Fired Arts called Monoprinting using a Gelli Plate. Learn how to make monoprints on ceramics using an innovative printmaking tool called a Gelli Plate and miscellaneous tools found around the house. You'll be amazed at all the different effects you can get and how they will transform your bisque pieces into unique works of art! The webinar airs live on August 20th at 5 pm PST, but can be watched afterwards as well. I hope to see you there! You can register by clicking here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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See this chubby boy (well you can't tell by his eye, but trust me. He's pretty plump and we're currently on a weight loss plan together. But I digress...)? Well he has the opportunity to win a year's supply of his favorite food through Diamond Naturals! But we need your help. Could you please take a few seconds to visit the link below and vote for his photo? We would be so eternally grateful, especially since my new starving artist's salary is getting stretched pretty thin these days (I'm not whining, just stating a fact). It would be a big... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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Last week I had the opportunity to bring the dogs to Cambria, CA, where they got to experience running around on the sand and in the ocean. Technically, dogs aren't allowed off leash in Cambria due to the high probability of them running into an elephant seal basking on the beach, but at this time of year they are nowhere to be found. Plus we were the only ones around at the time so I let them have some fun. Peabrain and Dora had been to the beach when they were younger, but this was George's first time. He went... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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About a month ago, I was strolling along the beer fridge at Target and noticed one of the coolest things I've ever seen. A beer called Lucky Buddha, which came in a six pack of Buddha shaped bottles. I had to have them! Of course, the first thing that came to mind is that I was going to keep the bottles and make something out of them. Imagine my excitement when a few weeks later, I saw that the Lucky Buddha Beer people were holding a contest to see who could make the best craft project out of their bottles!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
It's no secret that Instagram is all the rage these days in social media. I have been told by a very wise and all-knowing social media guru that it's even bigger than Facebook (what?!?). I like Instagram and I use it to post pictures of my pets and my artwork, but I'll admit I'm not very good at looking at and liking other people's photos. The reason being is that I can't stand doing it on my phone, and if you're an avid Instagrammer, that's pretty much your only option. Or so I thought.... The same wise and all-knowing social... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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One of the benefits of working from home is the fact that I can take a siesta without anyone firing me. And believe me, I have been taking advantage of it every single day. The problem is that my siestas don't last a few minutes, they last a few hours. This would probably be fine if it was every once in awhile, but the fact that it's happening every day is really starting to get on my nerves. But I'm powerless when my eyelids start feeling like lead and all I can think about is snuggling up with my super... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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Recently, a friend of mine asked if I could paint a bunch of flower pots she had that were plain terra cotta and worn out. She wanted to brighten up her back yard...and she came to the right place! There's nothing I love more than bringing things back to life by making them as bright and colorful as possible, and I had just the right paints to make that happen. I used Duncan Bisq-Stains, which are very opaque acrylic paints that are specially formulated to use on porous surfaces like ceramics and flower pots. I had so much fun painting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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You may not know this but I am a critter junkie. OK, well maybe that's not a big surprise. It's pretty obvious how much I love dogs and cats, but I have huge admiration and respect for just about every member of the animal kingdom (with the exception of flies. I really hate flies). I can't think of any better way to spend a day than to go exploring into the wilderness to look for life in its natural habitat. When I lived in NJ, I would go to lakes and rivers and flip over every rock I could get... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette