Becoming an artist, author and publisher has been a lifetime of work, and its just a start! My first two instructional books were published by Krause, and I learned a lot from the experience. It made me want to do more, and was the impetus to my returning to college to get a degree in graphic design. I’ve designed paper dolls and coloring books, calendars and sewing patterns as well as graphics and illustrations. Now I create my own books, and also design and layout books for others. You can click on the title or the book cover image to view and purchase the books at Amazon.
Create a Polymer Clay Impression by Sarajane Helm pub. 2001 (Krause Publications) This book is packed with projects, tips, techniques, sources (five pages) and inspiration! With more than 200 full color photos, its a treat for your imagination. In her first book with Krause Publications, Sarajane Helm shows some of the wide variety that can be achieved with polymer clay. Photographer Bob Grieser focuses on capturing the details, and his step-by-step shots make it easy to follow all the projects inside.
Celebrations With Polymer Clay: 25 Seasonal Projects by Sarajane Helm This book was released in 2003 through Krause Publications and is a holiday extravaganza, filled with projects and techniques for artists of all levels of skill. The gallery shots include the fabulous work of over 60 polymer clay artists. There’s lots to be learned and seen in this new release. This book was also photographed with Bob Grieser.
Adapting Quilt Patterns to Polymer Clay by Judith Skinner and Sarajane Helm This book was released in November 2006 by Polymarket Press. Our first foray into self-publishing through PolyMarket Press shows off 122 pages of incredibly colorful polymer clay quilts! Co-authored by Judith Skinner, who also created all the graphics, and Sarajane Helm, who took the photographs. A gallery of contributing artists and a focus on quilt designs all combine to create a visually compelling book that is also a great tutorial on all sorts of polymer clay work–with a quilt theme!
by Sarajane Helm
December 2010 was the release date for this book featuring the work of 150 artist from my collection of polymer clay masks. Some masks as small as an inch across, some large enough to wear–all are unified by the theme of masks and the use of polymer clay.
by Ricardo Acevedo
Published in 2011, Ricardo is the first artist other than myself for whom I have designed and laid out his work in book form from start to finish. His attention to detail and quality of work made it a wonderful collaboration.Ricardo’s photography is luminous, with a distinctly edgy feel. Ricardo’s intimate peeks at beautiful models are only the start–his editing with photoshop adds all sorts of color, texture and form to many of the shots without ever become overworked. If you like vintage pinups or film noir, take a look at his fresh versions of each!
A photo Novella by Ricardo Acevedo
Published in 2013, this is my second book with Author artist Ricardo Acevedo. I was responsible again for book design and layout. I always enjoy working with Ricardo!
His photo-novella in three parts paints a vivid portrait of the turbulent nights at the beginnings of this century, in black and white and in the searing colors seen only at in the dark. A mix of storytelling and images so intense you can almost hear them.
Polymer Clay Gemstones: The Art of Deception
by Kim Schlinke and Randee M. Ketzel
Also published in 2013, this huge how-to book combines a mystery set in Waterloo Texas, and 20 gorgeous projects. It is is a must-have for wearable artists interested in creating beautiful baubles, bangles, and beads with polymer clay. I worked with Randee and Kim using their supplied photos and text to design book and covers and lay out this well-received book. I look forward to working with them again.
My work has also been featured in books by other polymer clay artists and authors. These include: Creating With Polymer Clay pub. 1996 (Lark Books) written by S. Ford & L. Dierks Foundations in Polymer Clay pub. 1999 (Krause Publications) written by Barbara McGuire Polymer Clay Creative Traditions Pub: Watson-Guptill Publications Jan. 2006 written by Judy Belcher Polymer Pizzazz–25 Great Polymer Clay Jewelry Projects Reprinted articles from Bead&Button Magazine Kalmbach Publishing Company Other articles can be seen in magazines like Bead & Button, Lapidary Journal, JewelryCrafts, DOLLS, and more.