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Day 6 – Art Unraveled

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Today was SHOPPING and Patina’d Metals sample.

First shopping – Carol got me thinking when she bought the piece from Susan. It would be nice to have some pieces from various teachers. So I went shopping with the intentions of getting a Jane piece and a Josie piece. I succeeded…

necklaces from Jane:

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necklace from Josie and a few other NECESSARY supplies:

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Josie’s able assistant (not Kay this time) pointed out the quality of Josie’s work. She was right – I bought this piece further down and on its own its fine but next to a Josie or Jane piece – not the same caliber.   Having been to her online store I think this is not of the caliber this seller normally makes – at least not by what I saw posted.  Anyway, here is this piece:

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Then I stopped at a place that was selling acrylic flowers and leaves – bought some. Have to find that website so I can order more! No photo – forgot to snap it. Maybe later when I use them on CQ work.

And found a place where the lady was stamping on those resin pieces I have in my jewelry supply selection and haven’t done anything with- its an interesting idea. Anyway, I bought cords from her to hang my pieces from Jane from. (And don’t you love that hand? Its a vintage glove mold. I was lucky enough to get a left and right hand…they are beautiful.)
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Finally shopped at the other local mecca store for altered artists – The Paper Studio – because as they said they brought the store! I would show the papers but they are rolled up. But I did get some great pendants from them also. I guess they just started making these.

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At this point I thought it best to go rid myself of my shopping so I could get ready for class. Then I had a bit of time so I tried Hannah and Gray’s booth one more time and was able to get to it! Here are a few of the things I bought there – always an eclectic selection, lol.

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Class – Patinaing Metal

WOW! In this class I learned how to paint a sky. Ok I learned a lot more but Jacqueline Sullivan opened my eyes to painting again. I remember my Sky Dyes fabric class with Mickey Lawler – I just could not get a sky for the life of me. Thus I am a lifelong customer of Mickey, lol. (I still would be even if I had been able to paint a sky.) But in this class – at the end Jacqueline had us paint a mat board to float our patina’d metals on and she challenged herself (and us) to pick colors OUTSIDE of our comfort area. My fav color that always works for me is green. Then the reds and oranges and yellows. So I went for blue and purples. Her advice to take the darkest and start at the outside (or was that how I interpreted it?) worked for me. Here is my canvas with metal:

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Ok – back to the purpose of the class. Jacqueline explained weather, heat, etc impact how each metal turns out. Also how much of the liquid and other items were with the piece of metal. Oh and the different metals. I need to redo some of my class experiment because I used too much saran wrap to hold the liquid and metal together – not enough sun! But I got some results so I understand the process.

Jacqueline taught us another way to etch metal also. Oh boy – this metal etching is fun!

Day 4 – Art Unraveled

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Thursday was Altered Curiosities – the Lighted Shrine – with Jane Wynn. Have you seen Jane’s book? Its wonderful! And between the two classes I took from her we actually covered a lot of her techniques. Its great when teachers are so willing to share so many ideas. (Josie was the same way and has TWO great books out there! Plus she is proposing a book on soldered items for the home – I hope that one goes! Great idea)

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What a fun class this was. Artists think of the strangest things/projects and it comes out so great. Here we took one of those great crystal type frames that we buy (ok I buy) and then never use because they are a little too much maybe? Anyway, we took those frames, added a shadow box behind it and then punched holes and wired with lights. The above photos are of one student gluing the wires down and of Jane assisting another student in gluing the wries down.

My project is not finished – thus came out easier to photo because not glass reflecting back at me (I do wonder where I put that glass!) This will be for my oldest niece’s high school photo…she is 18 this year! Scary!

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Most important lesson learned from Jane: TRY IT! She says her students come up with ideas she never thought of and she says try it – she has learned they are determined and will make it work. I think there is a great lesson in that for me – just TRY IT!

Most important tool Jane showed us – at least to me…and the technique is in her book already. Tube cutters:

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Trip to Harbor Frieght was required!!!

Resin Charms

I have had Sherri Haab’s book on this for a while and in a previous blog entry (last Feb) did the heart earrings. Well since I had problems I thought it would be good to take her class and see what my mistake was. (There were several – mostly the one I knew about – not stirring enough)

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I learned how to add the color (but use the same manufacturer that was specified…see my lifesaver!). This is the quick drying resin. When they came out of the mold I was not impressed but days away from them and I like them. (Not love them but they are definitely useable!)

Sherri demo’d making a mold (the lifesaver!) We played with two of the three resins she had. (I learned a lot about resin types – hmm if I had READ the book I would have learned it there!) And to keep my fingers out of the molds. Another student (and Sherri ) have the same trick I figured out – freezing the mold sometimes helps with hard to remove pieces, but they did it for other reasons.

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We (some of us) tried Susan’s new resin – I loved it! Here are my examples along with the two hearts from Sherri’s resin kit I had at home (the ones I did for Valentines day). The bezels were from Nina Designs – great bezels, thank you Nina and Sherri!

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Other news/info

I won a t-shirt! Great shirt from Golden (love those products)

Also the founder of Art Glitter Institute was there demoing – she has this great technique with lace…here is the piece she did to demo it for me:

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Art Unraveled – Day 2

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Two classes on this day!

First class Soldered Journal with Josie (and Kay) again.

Josie had designed a great cover for the soldered journal class but I wanted to make mine into a memory book of my art classes this year so after emailing Josie for dimensions (because it was an option for all of us to design a cover ourselves if desired) I made my front image the week before class.

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I had decided a map – well 6 maps – of the areas I would (or have been) in for taking classes would be good! Its a fun year – ribbonwork with my favorite Aussie – Helen Eriksson, attending Art Unraveled, attending Art and Soul, attending the International Quilt Festival. The cover shows up with my class project!

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Class itself – Josie and Kay made soldering easy. Kay was a stickler on getting that tape down (burnishing). At first I thought it was overkill. But since we broke for lunch and came back to start soldering – well I could instantly see places where the tape had not STUCK! And Josie has this neat trick of tapping the surface as she goes – makes for a cleaner look. I, of course, forgot that for part of it and boy did it make a big difference!

Did I mention we patina’d? Fun and a great way for beginners like me to blend in less than perfect soldering. Thank you Josie!

Evening Class – Buckled Memories

The class description missed a few key things – mainly we were transferring the photo to LEATHER! That might have brought in a few more students. Dorothy was a great teacher – it was an evening of challenges for her for sure and she handled it like a pro.

The whole project was an interesting concept. I had thought they were just frames and so had planned on grouping three together (I still have to finish this project) into a shadow box. Everyone else were making pendants to hang on a chain. So Dorothy taught us Richard Salley’s staple method and her original method of wiring the buckles to hang on a chain also! I learned a lot that night. One thing I learned (and Dorothy did also, lol) is that the tongue of the belt buckle comes in various thicknesses and I had the thickest Dorothy had ever seen (you see you have to cut that part off!). That took me quite a while to cut off. So here is my photo – this is not a done transfer though because I had the wrong type of paper. I will post later when I have it done:

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My roomie had Susan’s class on resin that day and produced this:

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The first piece is actually a ring made with the resined papers – really nice! The second piece is actually Susan’s work.

Art Unraveled – Day 1

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

First day of classes. Mine was Copper Etched Journal with Josie C. and her able associate KAY!!! They made the etching process easier than I had been expecting – others had told me it was hard to do! Josie shared her stamps (great collection – some her design) with us and away we went.

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Helpful info – did you know that tin snips can cut thru 24 ga copper? So much easier (and quicker) than using a saw. Josie says Tim Holtz’s new scissors also cut thru 24 ga.

It takes a while for the etchant to work so while that was going on I (and probably a few other students) learned that the word signature has a second meaning. Signature also means a folded section of pages in a book. The book we were making has three signatures. Josie made it all simple which I really appreciated.

What is it about a “technique” class where you get to do a project that is so rewarding? And Josie believes in student success so she had done so much prep work for us – we didn’t have to cut anything – copper, mat board, papers, linen thread. She pre drilled and punched all the holes in the covers. And she brought her able associate KAY. Thank you Josie and Kay.

The etching will be great to try with the jewelry process and making a book was fun so I might do that again!

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The picture did not do the project justice. Its a tiny book – so cute! Plus I learned to etch! And here are a couple other examples and then some fellow students photos (mostly hands – I am recording hands at work this year).

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oops – almost forgot Carol’s class project from Michael deMeng:

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Thing a Day – Project 2 – Valentines Mobile

Monday, March 10th, 2008

I have been keeping up my decorations until I photoed this.  Time to switch since we are in March already.  I did, of course, have to make more than one.  So now I have one extra to make into a gift next year.

Here was the kit contents:

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I didn’t use all of them, but most.  Not sure my photo does it justice:

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Since I made two I added a bit of my own supplies into the kit.  Loved digging thru treasures!

Thing a Day – Project 22 – Letter holder

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

This is a kit from paperbella.com.   I bought one and loved the concept/result that I made three (had to go out and buy a few roses to make the other two, otherwise I had the supplies, scary!).   

I did have to buy bookbinding tape though for the first one – something not in my collection!  Liked the concept so much that I ordered it in a set of colors from http://www.vernonlibrarysupplies.com .

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Here are the three holders awaiting their bookbinding tape:

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And finally – here is a photo of two of them completed – the other is also, just didn’t hang it up!

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Thing a Day – Project 17 – composition journal in fabrics

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

The Teresa McFayden Mosaic journal was such a fun project I had to try it with fabrics.  So my first take was the same type of process as the paper attempt earlier this month.  Slight problem – look at the photo to see if you can tell…

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Yep, when I glue the fabric down it becomes semi transparent and I could see the green and white design in the cover.  I should have put a solid piece down and then added this.  Lesson learned.

So I thought let me try doing something like that but I was looking at the pile of miscut strips of fabric already so I came up with this:

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I did a basket weave instead!

Here it is basically finished (I have book binding tape arriving tomorrow and will go over the edge with that to finish this, but it is sealed and glossed now…

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I just used the exacto knife to trim it down from the backside after it was all glued and sealed.  I use a Euro tupe decoupage product but I am thinking ModPodge would do the same – its not like the fabric is soft  – its like really thick paper and hard.

Project #12 – Mosaic Journal

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

I am signed up for Teresa McFayden’s Sweet Bella – its a project oriented ezine that comes out on Mondays,Wednesdays and Fridays for the month of February.  This is the third month she has done this.  For once I got a project done shortly after Teresa released it! 

Teresa said start with a Composition Journal so I did.  Remember these?

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And I found them in COLORS too!

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Then you pick out some scrapbook type papers, tear the heck out of them (talk about a stress reliever), and glue them down.  Finally you paint in between (I loved this method!).  Easy project. 

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 Recently on Martha Stewart Crafts I saw a project along these lines except they used one image/paper on top.  What caught my eye was that they used a sports image – a gift for a man.  Also they covered the back and then added nice papers on the inside of the covers.  Ah one can keep gluing!

Project #7 – Valentine’s Day Swag

Monday, February 11th, 2008

This idea comes from My Minutia – it was part of her Winter Bella (January) zine.  I of course could not make just one – had to make FOUR.   Well three and well on the way for #4, but I need to mail the other three so I focused on getting them “swagged”.

Lets see – first I had to EAT a tone of candy…well actually I used the candy in this project and another one (see the next blog entry for that).

So you take these boxes and cut out and put things in them…the reason this photo is here is because of the tray its on – got that for a b-day present and now so wish I had about a dozen of them.  I have trays but mine all have dividers.  This was great to glitter on because it was small and had just the one space.

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Then I got to paint glue on the boxes and glitter…thus the tray was a godsend…

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Oh – you can’t tell they are on the tray because I lined it with aluminum foil – can’t waste that glitter!  This way it was easier to pour back into the bottle.  I used Martha Stewart silver glitter, Glitter Art pink for the alternate boxes and thank heavens Martha Stewart glitter glue.  Why thank heavens?  It comes with a metal brush built into the lid.  Martha and her team do think of everything.  I had three choices of coating/pouring from her glitter jar as well.

And the finished projects, three of them – hanging on a door temporarily before they get mailed…

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