and you'll see some colorful, crazy art I made with my stamp line by Stampington. I did the "With One Palette" article. I don't even have my copy yet...but I flipped through it in the store! Great issue!
I taught a class at the lovely Dy's called "Intuitive Painted Layers." It's not an easy class...it requires you to trust yourself, to enjoy the process more than the end result. You have to give yourself up to play, to experimentation, and you have to leave any judgements and negative attitudes at the door. The students that gave themselves up to the idea made really cool, interesting, vibrant artwork. I will definitely teach this class again, and I will push students even harder than I did. I went easy on them because I was worried they wouldn't like it...and some did struggle. But Dyan told me that I went too easy on them, and I agree. Next time, I will push and push and the end results will be spectacular!
because my photo-taking on this last trip was severely lacking. I think I get so caught up in teaching & talking that I forget to reach for my camera. But I do have a few to share...
First I taught at LB Crafts in beautiful Olney. Linda's shop is tucked into an amazing, picturesque courtyard. Her shop is filled with cool stuff and amazing art...Linda really knows how to rock!
Here's the classroom all set up:
I cannot believe I didn't get a single picture of any students...or even of me & Linda!! Aargh! I had a fabulous time teaching there, Linda is so sweet. She is retiring from her shop after 17 years (what an accomplishment, 17 years!)...but will still teach her awesome classes. I'm so glad I got to teach there before she closes!
Then I was off to Art from the Heart and my soul sister and amazingly talented friend Dyan Reaveley. I had six solid days of classes, laughter, art, and chocolate. I love being at Art From the Heart...I think I just might move in next time! I so appreciate Dy and her support, friendship, camaraderie, and craziness (in the best way)!
Dy and I also thrifted in Knaresborough...which I can never pronounce correctly. In about an hour we hit 4 (or more) charity shops and found lots of treasures.
I love England. I lived there as a kid for 3 years, so England always feels like home to me. I love my British friends...and I'll be back in March!
Well, I am trying to get back into the swing of things after my trip. Jet lag has been tortuous this time...ugh, I am old! Anyhoo...I was cleaning off my desk & found these. Lauren was in my classes at The Inkpad in NYC, and she generously gave me these cooool ephemera packs that she sells in her etsy store (note it says she's on vacation until Nov 8th...figures she'd be on vacation by the time I finally get around to posting, lol).
I hope to find my camera in this mess and get some of my photos uploaded...more on that later. In the meantime, I'll leave you with a few taken by the amazing and funny Dyan Reaveley...be sure to check her blog, she did great recaps of the workshops there. And yes, I did break the toilet seat.
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[Note: had a great trip to England...will post about it soon. Now I'm jet-lagged and playing catch-up with my fellas.]
I can't think of a better way to spend a week than with my amazing friend Dyan Reaveley at her art-mecca Art From the Heart. I'm teaching the 3 classes I taught last time, and 3 all-new classes! Remember these?
I'll give peeks of the new classes in a day or two.
I'm teaching a fun mini book at LB Crafts this weekend...so fun! We're going to talk about color and different ways to use it, and we'll apply the principles in a from-scratch mini art journal. This project has everything I love...color, stamping, grungy ink & paint, fabric, tissue, white space...it's a blast. Here's a little peek!
I got out my Big Shot and started cutting butterflies out of the Scoreboard. I loved the butterflies...but I was especially drawn to the "left overs"--the negative shapes that the die left after it was cut.
I used Ranger Adirondack Color Wash Ink to in Wild Plum and Sailboat Blue to stain the Scoreboard (which was white). The colors looked amazing! Then I used Crafter's Workshop stencils and Butterscotch ink to add stenciling...I used the Bingo and the Julie Balzer Chevron stencils. If you don't have Crafter's Workshop stencils, you neeeed them! Seriously. They rock. I also used some modeling paste and the Bingo stencil to create a raised design.
When the scoreboard was dry, I "filled in" the butterflies with collage, and then created this scrapbook page. I used one of the butterflies that I cut in the center of the layout...it made a great background for my title.
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