It's our last day... sooooo sad!!! But we're taking a class with Jan..... soooooo fun!!!!
Our class is called Art and Soul and we're working with one of Tim's configuration boxes. The project was supposed to be Heart and Soul, but the hearts that Jan ordered didn't get to her in time so we substituted Mary's paper mache torsos. And as it turned out, I think we all liked using the torsos more than we would have liked the hearts!!!
Some things just happen for a reason!
And then it was on to Jan's for fun and more shopping!!!
We had printed instructions that Jan made for us and we began the project step by step. But like any project we all work at a different pace and Jan had great patience with us all. We started by punching holes in our box covers so we could install the wheels and various other embellishments.
We took a break for lunch and you just couldn't stop some of us from shopping.
And then it was back to work.
Jan's husband Carl got home from work and started working on our dinner... what a treat!
This was the first time I had used the tapes and after a little practice with them I like them and would use them again.
Margaret took a different approach... I like it!!!
Rather than have her inside boxes with the openings facing out, she turned them around, painted them to match the outside of the box, and attached embellishments on them so they looked like drawers. How cool!!!
We tore the metal tape in pieces and then applied to the entire torso. After smoothing it down we used various items to create texture... like a tracing wheel, a pen, a piercing tool, and a credit card. When we were satisfied with the texture we created we used alcohol inks to color the torso. After coloring the torso we used steel wool on the torso. You could rub as little or as much as you wanted.
Carol did something different with her torso... only part of it was covered with the metal tape and the other part was covered with a napkin.
If you notice on the bottom of the box there is a metal plate, and each of us needed to come up with a 6 or 7 letter word to punch with a dymo that we slipped inside the plate. My word is 'petite' and Pea's word is 'sweet p'... so appropriate. I think Margaret's word was 'armoire'.
There would be more work to be done on our own. We did not finish the insides of our small boxes at Jan's ... that is to be completed at home. I'm glad because at this point I need to think about what I want to do with them.
And you can see on Margaret's below that our next steps were to embellish our torso with some of the items that Jan provided and to attach the slides across the top of the box.
The original project that Jan found on line showed using a circular slide from a viewfinder, but she couldn't find any of them.
Chef Carl is making us dinner... are we lucky or what??
Carl made chicken breasts stuffed with spinach and feta cheese, and if that wasn't enough, he also made pork tenderloins that were covered with coarse ground dijon mustard while they were cooked. It was all sooooo delicious!
Another successful Art Camp!!! And yes, we are doing it again. We may squeeze a CA Art camp in there, but I think we're all wanting to come back to WI again in 2013. It works for me!!!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
This technique involved using jewelry bezels and charms. You started by placing the bezel on a craft sheet on the hot griddle. First we sprinkled various colors of embossing powders into the bezels. The instructive utube video showed using ultra thick embossing powders, but we didn't have those so we just used the regular embossing powders. That may be the reason some of our colors ran together after we added the clear UTEE. I hadn't taken any pictures of all of us as we worked on this project so this picture is of the 2 bezels I had created.
After sprinkling the colored embossing powders lay charms inside the bezels and then sprinkle clear UTEE into the bezel. We found that adding too much UTEE resulted in your charms being completely covered and since the colored powders appeared to be mixing with the UTEE as it melted the charms would disappear!!! You needed a tweezers so you could grab the bezel and pull it off the griddle as soon as the UTEE melted. I like mine, but if I ever get some colored ultra thick powders I would try this again and see if the results are different.
This is the cloisonne technique from Suze Weinberg. Using a tweezers dip a Formica sample chip into melted black UTEE to cover one side of the chip. Remove and let cool. Using a brush, apply various colors of perfect pearls to the chip. Now heat the chip using a heat tool to soften the UTEE and immediately press a stamp that has been inked with gold brilliance pigment ink into the chip. Let cool and remove the stamp. You can take this a step further, I didn't, by again heating the chip with a heat tool and the colors with meld together.
Next we moved on to the ATC booklet. This is the sample I made prior to the Art Camp. I altered the instructions of the booklet that Maggi had found on line so that it would accommodate ATC's. I cut pieces of mat board for everyone and had found small envelopes that were approximately ATC size so that all they would need to do was assemble. This easy booklet takes less than a 12 x 12" piece of decorative cardstock to make... if you don't make the insert envelopes by hand.
When I created my sample I did make the inserts and created a template so that I can do this again.
Thanks for finding this project Maggi... I think everyone liked it.
And now... the shadow box. Maggi had received a shadow box from her sister. Inside the box were various pieces of paper rolled and secured with thread and embellishments. It looked like something we could do...why not??
I had picked up some 8 x10" black framed shadow boxes at Michael's. We told everyone to bring decorative or handmade papers and embellishments and ribbons or threads for this project.
Maggi started us out by showing us how to roll the papers using a bamboo skewer and glue.
It got pretty quiet for a while as we all concentrated on our shadow boxes.
I haven't finished mine yet...I have all my papers rolled, but haven't added the fibers and embellishments. At least I remembered to take pictures.
I think they all turned out great!!! Here are pictures of some of them. Above, Bev shows off her art. I'm not sure whose art is on the right!!!
Here is a picture of Margaret's completed shadow box. Again, it will be hung in a landscape orientation.
We're done!!! Maggi has left for the day and the rest of us are having a drink!... Yes, in some cases an alcoholic drink... We deserve it!
I can't believe all that we accomplished!!!
Monday, October 29, 2012
Margaret had brought supplies for us to use and had printed some images on her printer at home using both TAP and transparencies. We weren't sure if a special type of printer was necessary for those types of transfers.
You don't have to use a printer to get the images onto TAP; you can draw on it also and then perform the transfer. TAP is a Leslie Riley product and they carry it at the Artist and Display store in Milwaukee. Several of the ladies bought some when we stopped there on Wednesday on our way to Jan's house.
Jan also brought some lutrador for us to try. This product has the look and feel of interfacing. After you transfer an image to it you can use a heat gun to get the edges to curl or to create burn holes on the edge or in the center of the piece... very cool!!!
Jan also brought her gelli plate. It is a rather new product that we played with. This too was a hit with some people and when we stopped at Artist and Display there were several flying off the shelf.
Jan demoed and most people tried it out to create backgrounds. Basically, you apply layers of various acrylic paints to the thick gel plate and then can use stencils or texture pieces (like bubble wrap and punchinella) to create interest and depth
We were trying to fit 2 projects in each day, but we decided in the future that 1 project a day is probable enough.... besides, we need time to talk and enjoy each other without the stress of projects.
Pea took charge of this project and it was a huge success. She had printed out a book for us with colored pictures and instructions of various projects to do with friendly plastic... AND.. she provided the friendly plastic!!!!
This pic shows some of the embellishments that I created using small cookie cutters that Pea supplied.