Sunday, March 22, 2015

Collages matted and framed

A couple weeks ago I posted about two classes I took in Portland.   They gave been matted and framed.   It was so much fun.   

Love a finished project.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Art and Soul Retreat - Day 7 - Final Day

Day 7 and the last of my two day Dremel workshop.   I really had no idea how nice this class would be but it has certainly lived up to expectations.  The first picture is the 5 engravings done today.  The second are my three favorites my other participants.

The 7 days have flown by and I am ready to make it home.   But, alas, that won't happen until tomorrow.   Hopefully the dogs won't be too mad at me for being gone.   I'm sure they will forgive me quickly.

I hope you have enjoyed the posts.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Art and Soul Retreat - Day 6 & 7 Today is day 6.

I am taking a two day class on learning everything there's to know about a Dremel tool.   It should be great fun with all sorts of possibilities for miniatures.  At the end of the class I should have a book that has been etched, polished, engraved, etc.

You might not be able to read the text.   It's etched glass, mirror, polymer clay and copper.   I'm going to post tonight and again tomorrow night.    

Art and Soul Retreat - Day 5

Today is really a change of pace.   I'm taking a jewelry class.  It's called Open Back Bezel and Tapered Woven Cuff.   Not the type of jewelry I'm used to doing (mostly wire wrapped), but it sure will add to my repertoire.  Always a good thing to improve your skill set.   I am really looking forward to it.   

Hopefully by the end of the day I will have some really nice items, but most important; a new skill set.  Oh yes, it's taught by Margaret Aden.

Oh hell.   Class was cancelled due to instructor being stranded in Denver.  Found a class for the afternoon and a free workshop for this evening.  Eva Sherman is the instructor and she seems delighted for me to be in her class.  Much better outcome than I anticipated.   I had lunch with several ladies and told them how my morning was progressing and no one, including me, figured out why someone would be scheduled to teach a class at 9 am would try to fly in the morning of the event.   She was stuck in Denver.    Eva's class was called the Perfect Storm.

While I was waiting for the class to start, Liz Kettle told me about a free workshop in the evening to make fabric postcards.  Bernina supplied 9 brand new sewing machines to be used at the retreat and it was wonderfully fun.

While I was waiting for 1 pm to arrive so I could start my afternoon class and here came one of the women I had lunch with and she had decided to ditch her class and take mine.   We had such fun.

phases of my work.   It is using copper wire. 

Debbie, Eva, Eva adding the patina and showing us how to use it.   My finished piece.!

3 finished Cuff bracelets, - Mine is in the forefront in both pictures.   The teacher is in the middle and Debbie's is the one at top.

Cloth Postcards.   Great fun.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Art and Soul Retreat - Day 4

Day 4 is here.   It's going by really fast.   Yesterday was such fun with all the funky birds.   Funky birds are  out of my confort zone, but oh so much fun.

Today I am taking Jesse Reno's class - Follow The Leader.  It's painting!   Something abstact by the description.  Now I am not an abstract person, but hope to adapt a bit.   Should be fun.  Also out of my comfort zone.

Examples of Jessie's art work.

This is so far out of my comfort zone it's hard for me to get a grip on it. The following are phases of my first painting- the bright Orange one in the corner.  

The following are examples students did in class.  The bottom right is my masterpiece.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Art and Soul Retreat - Day 3

Today is Day 3 and the class I'm taking is Give 'em  the Bird by Doris Ardnt.   I should have three small paintings done by the end of the day.   Should be great fun.

I did get them done.  .

Top picture is brochure, Doris explaining how to do birds, my practice sheet and finally boards with background colors painted on.

The top two pictures are instructors paintings and the bottom are my first effort at funky birds.  

Come back tomorrow to see more painting efforts.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Art and Soul Retreat - Day 2

A much better night.   Didn't wake up wide awake in the middle of night.   That's a good thing.   

I am taking another collage class today.   Today's class is called COLLAGE A PET.   That should be fun.  I brought about 6 pictures for inspiration.   I have one with Benny and Uno (our cat), but don't know if it will be the best model to do.   I learned lots last night about collage.   Things I never knew.  This class is also taught by Susan  Schenk.    The first time I had seen her works was in the  publication, Cloth, Paper, Scissors.    It's amazing that you an do so much with just strips of paper cut from magazines and old scraps of craft paper, maps, newspapers, etc.   Recylcing at its finest.   Makes me really happy all those magazines are not going into land fills.   

The other things about her classes is she supplies all the items needed to do the class.   When you're travelling with tons of stuff, that's a real incentive to do her class.   Today the only thing we had to bring was a picture of our pet.   Last night, nothing.   This really works well for me.   

The following pictures are, from left to right.   Photo of Benny, pieces being glued to background in the next 7 pictures, finished with me holding the finished project.

The following projects are of other projects in the class.   Sorry I can't put the rooster, McKenzie is it's name, upright.   Tough doing blogging on my iPad.   Will get better tho.
The following are all framed.   These were examples the instructor had done.
Here I am again

It has been a great day.   Having fun!!   Come back tomorrow and see day 3.  

Monday, March 2, 2015

Art and Soul Retreat - Day 1

It's 2:30 in the morning and I am ready to go Make Something!!!    Unfortunately, it's way too early.   Have talked to Ron and he was amazed that I was up already, but the old body clock doesn't stop just because you change to 3 time zones earlier.   Hopefully I will get a few thoughts off my mind and go back to sleep until it's time to go down and find breakfast.

Wow, I know Key West and Portland , Oregon are far apart but after about 3 hours of a 5 hour flight, the thrill went out of the flight.   Dinner on the flight was very good.   I did manage to get a short nap, but it didn't readjust my body clock.

When I got to the hotel, there were still having an opening gathering and I went and met a few of the instructors and visited with Marie, the first Art and Soul Person I met two years ago.    Got to see an upclose view of my first class  that I am taking - I can't wait.    Pictures to follow!

Got my first trade.  "What is a trade?" you ask.    It can be anything and you swap with other people.   I made stamps to use in paintings out of wine corks;  wire wrapped pieces to use on necklaces or other art pieces and made up bags of interesting beads and other interesting items.      Two years ago, I got such interesting things and used them in all sorts of various pieces.   I"m sure it will be great this year too.  

Went to my class and worked fast and hard all day.  The class was a tin shrine.

Top left is tin shrine as received.
Bottom left after sanding, painting and re sanding.
Top right is main panel.   
Bottom right is nearly finished.   Don't like the too shiny hearts.  

Class was taught my Laurie Mika.  


Took a collage class by Susan Schenk

Can't wait to get it framed; then I can search for wall space.