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!

Putting techniques into play …

Our theme for tonight’s Cracker Jack Stampers meeting was glitter. I never really used glitter much until I took a class from Barbara Trombley of Art Glitter and discovered how I could incorporate glitter into my style of distress and vintage.

So, if you’re like a lot of my artsy friends, we’ve been following Tim’s 12 Tags of Christmas and today’s tag was so over the top with STUFF that I decided to take his lead and really incorporate tons of technique and embellishments. It was a lot of fun to create and I tried techniques I’ve been wanting experiment with for a long time.

I started with a plain manila tag and did a milk resist. It’s a technique by Lisa Bebi that was featured in Somerset Studio Nov/Dec 2006. It always sounded interesting to me so I saved that magazine all these years. After the milk resist the tag was colored with Victorian Velvet and Bundled Sage Distress Ink, spritzed with home made Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls shimmer mist, then treated with spritz-n-flick several times and set with a heat tool. A background image was stamped with the music stamp from Tim Holtz’ Christmas Minis 2 in Pumice Distress Ink.

I adhered a scallop edge from a paper doily inked with Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Inks then spritzed with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls mist and heat set. The medallion is cut from vintage sheet music held together with Tim Holtz Tissue Tape using the large medallion die from Tim Holtz. The medallion and the ‘wish’ ticket are both inked with Victorian Velvet and Bundled Sage Distress Inks and spritzed with the Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls mist and heat set.

I painted the tips of the medallion with Art Institute Dries Clear glue and dipped them in a gold glitter. I used the fine tip attachment on the Dries Clear to edge the ‘wish’ ticket and sprinkled on the glitter. The tag edges were distressed with the Tim Holtz Tonic Distresser then inked with the same colors and edged with the Gold Adirondack Paint Dabber (a Wendy Vecchi trick). Rubbed the gold paint into the ‘believe’ metal tag and wiped off, added Stickles Icicle Glitter Glue to the fence pieces that were aged with a rusting technique from Michael Jack Putman.

I loved making this tag – it was a great opportunity to use a variety of techniques I’ve been saving up for when I had time to play.

Note: Sue Kalis – your number was randomly kicked out for the prize! Please send me your mailing information (lneffscraps@gmail.com) so I can send you your stamp set! Congratulations and Merry Christmas!