Project-packed weekend retreat sends ’em home happy, glittery & de-stressed!

Ive had a few requests to share pictures of the projects I taught at my first Fall Art Retreat held at Cottages at Sunset Shores. I was so pleased with the comments and feedback I received from the students. Everyone had a wonderful time, Vivian fed us so very well, the cottages are adorable and the craft room offered us plenty of space. Best of all – everyone completed their projects! Of course, we all know there are certain projects that are ever-changing. We add a little something here, change a little something there; but for the most part the projects went home complete!

I planned three projects to keep everyone busy throughout the weekend but still allow a wee bit of down time for Saturday afternoon. They really had no clue as to what the projects were. They trusted me and signed up sight-unseen. I dropped little hints every now and then, but no major announcements. They were given a supply list to bring (mostly consisting of tools) and I supplied the rest.

We started Friday evening with the beginnings to a Vintage/Shabby Chic coin envelope mini book with tags. This project would teach a plethora of techniques and carry into Saturday to finish up. We worked on that till nearly 11:30 p.m. then did some stenciling on their Vintage window frames so it would be dry in the morning. I had a selection of different sizes of Vintage window frames so they were able to select a style and size best suited to fit their space at home.

The window project also taught several techniques using gesso, stencils, acrylic paints, ultra-thick embossing enamels, dry embossing, tissue printing and using manly tools like power drills and screwdrivers! I must say, the group took their windows up a notch! They all turned out so beautifully. I love when students have enough time during class to experiment with techniques and the freedom to play and that’s what this retreat weekend was all about – time to experiment and play.

It took all of Saturday to finish up the windows and coin envelope books and we tossed in a make-n-take provided by Globecraft Memories using Piccolo Charms and Piccolo Enamels.

We finished the weekend off by making an ornament from Globecraft Memories using Art Glitter, Crafty Secrets, Piccolo Enamel Powders and some beads.

I don’t know who had a better time – the students or myself! I’ve already selected the dates for the Altered Vintage Winter Mystery Retreat to be held at Sunset Shores Feb. 22-24. Watch for more info to come.

Here’s the pics: click on any them for a closer view.

   

  

   

Candy Spiegel tells you all about her altered window on her blog. Hop on over and see what she has to say!

Savoring every page …

So I come in the back door like I do every day from work, drop the keys in the watermelon dish, empty the lunch bag and put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher and then look to see if there is any mail on the counter for me. There usually isn’t. But today there’s a large manilla envelope along with a bill. I’m opening the bill and see the large envelope is from Stampington and I’m thinking it’s a catalog from CHA and then … the flutters start in the stomach. I realize I didn’t order any catalog and I remember the company sends a free copy of the magazine your art work is published in.

I let the envelope sit there until I made my cup of coffee, grabbed my glasses, and could sit in peace to open the envelope, all the time wondering … “did a piece of my work really get published?” It was late winter/early spring when I submitted several pieces for review and haven’t heard anything since. And, if a piece is published, which piece is it? The anticipation was killing me; I couldn’t take it any longer. I took my coffee outside and sat in my favorite spot as I gently peeled up the flap on the envelope, read the letter of congratulations and pulled the magazine out. Sommerset Studio – my favorite. I started with page one and slowly turned each page in anticipation of seeing my work in color print – and which piece would it be? What would it look like in the magazine and where would it be?

I was totally excited to see my large “Beauty” piece is the one they opted to publish. And, it’s on page 14! and page 15! and page 16! OMG! I’m not one to get overly excited but I’ll tell you I was jumping up and down screaming inside! Now, to all you previously published artists I may seem a little silly, but I don’t care – I love Sommerset Studio and to share my art work in this magazine is a dream-come-true!

I haven’t shared this piece earlier, I’ve been keeping it under wraps but I’ll show it to you now! It’s a favorite of mine – a piece I created just for me, not a class, not for submission. A friend suggested I submit it, but it was so large I wasn’t sure I wanted to box it up and send it but I did – and I’m so glad (I’ll share details of how I created it in a later post)!

The magazine is Sommerset Studio for Sept/Oct 2012. Run out and get your copy when it hits the newsstands. And, oh yeah, I am so totally doing autographs!

It’s clearly a cover-up …

I’ve spent the better part of the day playing with rubber stamps, inks, paints and Globecraft Memories to create this cute little piece of wall art. Globecraft Memories makes these great bubbles and frames that protect dimensional memorabilia but I created dimensional art to display in mine. Here’s how:

Supplies: Globecraft Memories globeframe, Ranger Paint Dabbers in Aqua, Butterscotch, Espresso, Willow and Gold; Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso, Inkessentials Glue N’ Seal (matte finish), 5X7-inch canvas panel, Studio 490 stamp (LCS048) A Form of Art, Crafty Secrets stamp (SS15) Material Girl, Ranger Archival Inks in Coffee and Sepia, Ranger Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Walnut Stain, Designer Dries Clear (Art Institute Glitter), embossing folder, envelope punch, wire, dimensional foam dots, needle and six mini buttons.

Prepare the background canvas by painting with Aqua, Butterscotch and Willow paints; spritz with water and blot randomly with paper towel; let dry or heat set. Brush the painted piece randomly with Gesso, ink script stamp with Sepia Archival Ink and stamp into wet Gesso. Be sure to immediately wash your stamp before Gesso dries.

              

Emboss Globecraft Memories outer frame with embossing folder. Paint with Willow, randomly brush on gold paint and let dry briefly. Go over with Espresso paint and rub into design; wipe off with damp paper towel then rub with gold paint and wipe away gently. Paint smaller decorative frame with same paints and techniques; Set aside to dry.

Stamp images on white cardstock with Coffee Archival Ink; heat set. Cut all images out using detail scissors. Hand write or stamp jewelry tag with phrase. Using ink applicator, ink all pieces with Antique Linen Distress Ink and edge with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

      

Emboss punched envelope with embossing folder and ink with Antique Linen Distress Ink then edge with Walnut Stain Distress Ink; fold and wrap with ribbon. Wrap stamped thread spool with thread and weave a needle through. Adhere six mini buttons onto stamped and inked rectangle.

Lay out finished images onto background (I used a vintage postcard) until you’re happy with the arrangement. Attach dimensional foam pop dots to back of some of the images to layer and stack. Fit into Globecraft Memories bubble and frame, glue frame pieces to bubble and bubble to background with Designer Dries Clear and use binder clips or clothespins to secure till glue sets.

     

I stamped a quote with Coffee Archival Ink onto tissue paper, tore it out and adhered to the canvas with Ranger’s Glue N’ Seal. Punch two holes in top and add wire to hang. Tuck a little secret note into the envelope, edge the canvas lightly with gold paint and hang to enjoy!