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Squishy Book

Therapeutic Unification Paper

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class length 6 hour split into two classes.

Description of workshop: I can’t throw anything away; it’s quite a problem for me. I end up with piles of leftover stuff until I no longer have any room to work. The way I have come to terms with my predicament is my Therapeutic Completion Paper. After I have finished a project, I take all the leftovers, bits of paper, fabric, paint or embellishments and glue them into a solid sheet.

 This process produces a wonderful soft feel of fabric and an amazing amount of depth as you see into the layers. The pages of the book come alive with texture and color. Come learn this wonderful technique that will turn your scrap box into a fabulous journal.  We’ll spend one class creating wonderful papers, from thin transparent papers to thick textural papers. We’ll use stamping, mono-printing and resist techniques to decorate our book pages.  These will all dry over night then the next class we’ll use these papers to create a unique fiber bound and embellished book.

 supply List: Pencil, Scissor, Ruler, Awl, Tapestry needle

 Optional items: Apron, Adirondack or Similar Inkpads, Bold and Background Stamps, Paper Cutter, Any Found Papers to Be Unified into The Project. gloves

 

 Uniquely Shaped Enameled Books

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class length 3 hours

Description of workshop:  This book is unique. Choose from a variety of shapes. Create amazing covers with enamels that sparkle, shine and are filled with texture. Complete the pages learning a multitude of background techniques including mono-printing, resists, stamping and inking.  Make delightful embellishments out of enamels and art molds. Finish the book with a unique fancy fiber binding.

 Supply list: Pencil, Scissor, Ruler, Awl, Tapestry needle, Water based inkpads  (optional), Bold and background stamps (optional)

 

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Encased in Glass Pendant

 

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Class length - 3 hours

Description of workshop: Create these unique pendants encasing your favorite treasures into a glass like pendant. These fun, fast pendants have the look of resin with out the long drying time. They will make wonderful center pieces in your favorite jewelry.

 Supply list: Scissor, Tweezers, Charms or tiny found objects, Tiny collage images, Word stamp (optional)

  Amazing Faux Embellishments

 

Learn how to custom make fabulous embellishment for all your projects, create jewelry that looks like semi-precious stones. Use Polymer clay and art molds to form amazing embellishments.  You will produce casts that look like Balinese silver, bronze, rusted steel, verdigris copper, jade, rose quarts, carved wood, glazed terracotta, malachite, and tiger’s eye. You’ll be astonished at how easy it is to make these stunning embellishments and jewelry. You'll be astonished at how easy it is to make these stunning embellishments and jewelry. You will leave this class with lots and lots of finished embellishments ready for use in your favorite projects.

 

Class length 6 hours

 

 

Supply List: Few medium size paint brushes, Water container, Tile work surface, Scissor, Pen, Finger nail file (emery board), Acrylic block (like the ones for mounting stamps)

 Optional: Pasta Machine.

 

Waxing Layers of Intrigue


Add new texture & depth to your work with the art of "bee's wax collage". Complete an altered board book using only bee's wax as an adhesive. Learn the versatility of this medium including: How to add color, stamping, layering, adding embellishments & much more!

Please bring a blank board book or make one by removing the printed plastic coating and paint with white gesso, scissors & embellishments-printed images, anything will work including inkjet prints.

 

 

With Age Comes Beauty

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Description of workshop:

Being beautiful when you’re young or new is easy but true beauty can only be found with age.  In this class we will learn an easy technique to turn a canvas, wood or paper form into an exquisite patina piece of metal. We will use different objects to create amazing texture; you’re not going to believe how this is achieved. Using molds, we will create embellishments out of polymer clay to compete the project. 

Class length 6 hours

 Supply list:One or two items to transform, anything with a porous surface such as unfinished wood, book cover, paper mache, cardboard, or canvas.   Paint brushes, palette knife File or emery board. Scissors Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate glue or Fabri-Tac glue Any stamps, molds, or object you wish to add to your artwork (optional). Paint brushes, palette knife.File or emery board. Scissors. Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate glue or Fabri-Tac glue

 

After Midnight Necklace

 

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Class Description: Create a necklace that has the shimmer of the moon and the pizzazz of a night on the town.  Learn how to make an amazing pendant that looks like you’ve mastered the art of glass working. We will start with an actual piece of glass with a bead attached and add layers of enamels until the piece has the look of slumped glass.  Then learn an innovative way to string the pendant using fibers and beads.

Length 3 hours

 Supply List: Scissor, Wire cutters, Jewelry pliers, Beads, Fibers, Craft Wire 

 

       Path to Enlightenment


Make a beautiful Asian inspired book using handmade and imported papers, dimensional embellishments and Tibetan Buddhist cards. Learn to make your own embellishments out of polymer clay using the Krafty Lady Moulds, explore a great watercolor background technique and discover a new way to use transparencies.

Please bring a blank board book or make one by removing the printed plastic coating and paint with white gesso, and a gold leafing pen.

 

 

Amazing Backgrounds  and Secret Places

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Amazing Backgrounds and Secret Spaces in Altered Books Learn how to structure an altered book with pockets, drawers, windows, niches and more. Find out what all those wonderful paint mediums are all about by adding an amazing amount of texture to the books.  You will leave with a beautiful books full of texture, mystery and movement ready for you to personalize.

 

Class length 6-12 hours

 Please bring: 2 –3 hardback books, Xacto knife, cutting mat, ruler, Yes Glue, a few favorite colors of artist quality paint including one metallic, (Golden or Liquitex brands), Pearl Ex, gesso, light weight molding paste, regular (gloss) gel medium, Tar Gel, containers with lids, foam brushes, palette knife.

 

Treat the Earth Well Altered Book -- Marvelous Texture and Effects Using Recyclable Materials

 

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Class Description:

Let’s face it, as a society we over package things. Everything in its little bag, inside another bag, in a plastic container, in a box -- and what happens to all this packaging? It goes into landfills. We can put a stop to this by turning your trash into art. Using packaging material in your artwork will add an amazing amount of texture and best of all, it’s free.

 “Treat the Earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."  Ancient Indian Proverb

Learn how to create amazing textured backgrounds using material found in your trash recycle bin.  We will build background layers using acrylic paints and recyclable materials. Then explore ways to display focal images using recyclable materials to keep the altered book page visually organized. Finally create embellishments and finishing touches out of recyclable materials.                 

Class length 6 -12 hours

Supply List: 2 (stitched in spine) hardback books, Xacto knife, cutting mat, ruler, scissors, Yes Glue, A few favorite colors of artist quality acrylic paint including one metallic, (Golden or Liquitex brands), Pearl Ex, Gesso, Regular (gloss) gel medium, Containers with lids, Paintbrushes, Foam brushes, Palette knife, Heat gun , Wax paper, Juice can lid, Bottle caps

 

The Mysteries of Pearl Ex Unraveled

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 Class Description: Are you drawn to the sparkle and glow of Pearl Ex but not sure how to use it. Let’s unravel the mysteries of Pearl Ex, while discovering oodles of new techniques. Learn to make your own watercolors, acrylic paints, and different ways to stamp with mica powder, create frames, write with it, emboss with it, use it to make embellishments; the uses go on and on.

. Class length 3 hours

Supply List: Glue Sticks, Pen or Pencil,  Scissors

 

 

 

Art Unraveled

Friday, August 10 - Half Day 9-12

 

Waxing Layers of Intrigue Book  3 hour class

Description of workshop : Add new texture and depth to your work with the art of bees wax collage. Complete an altered board book using only bee’s wax as an adhesive. Learn the versatility of this medium including adding color, stamping, layering, and adding embellishments, transfers and much more.

Blank Board Book – either purchase one or remove the plastic coating from a children’s book and paint with two coats of gesso before class.
Scissors
Tweezers
Paint brush to become wax dedicated
Images printed both on heavy weight cardstock and text weight paper ( A variety of collage packages will be available for purchase for $20 that will include at least 7 -8½” by 11” collage sheets, vintage papers and embellishments, everything needed to complete the book. The themes will include Asian, Vintage Romance, Native American, Fashion, Travel and Nature, to name a few. )

Optional:

Stamps
Distress inkpads
Clear embossing ink
Heat gun
Craft iron
Embellishments
Melting pot

 

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