September 7, 2017

Three Art and Soul workshops with links:




Sign up for one or three!  There's still room for you.

September 4, 2017

More Rust Journal Ideas

I worked up another cover idea for our Rust and the ArtBound Book.  All our covers will start out manila-folder color.  What we do with them is the art part.

The child is a stamp that I made with thin hobby foam.  This is super easy to do.  Find an image online or a magazine that resonates with you. Cut the image out and trace onto foam.  Cut the shape out of the foam, tweaking it if you want to - I lengthened the pole that way.  Then adhere it onto foam-core board and it's ready.  I remember this image was of a child playing on the beach.  He was wearing a long t shirt.  I think it's cool that he is a mysterious child now.  Mystery in art provokes wonder and interest.

Please join us for this workshop in Virginia Beach.  There are still openings.  Find out more here:

Rust and the ArtBound Book

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September 1, 2017

Bottles and Berries

There is still room in my Embedded Bottles class.  Join us for a pleasant morning of creating something a bit different!
In my sample above, the outside has a shabby chic-y look to it.  In contrast, the niche is the focal point.  A bit of fabric is attached in the niche background.  I have attached a trio of 'berries' that I wired up around the largest bottle.  The red wax is from those little cheeses you buy.  It is malleable and easy to wrap around anything.  More on that craziness here:  Cheese wax 

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Embedded Bottles

August 21, 2017

Embedded bottles

Join us for this half day workshop.  We will decorate not just the outside, but the background of the niche.  Here I have used papers from Gelli Plate play that I keep in a folder for just such reasons.  This one reminded me of raku pottery.  If you have papers in your stash, grab a few for this class.
The background I have used here is a rubbing I did with an embossing folder and oil pastels.  I've got it down to the perfect weight of black paper to get a nice impression.  I will pack these accoutrements for this class to try.
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August 7, 2017

Embedded Bottles

The third workshop I will be teaching in Virginia Beach is Embedded Bottles Wall Hanging.  This is a 3 hour morning class.  Our goal is to alter these wee bottles with wax, beads, thread, ribbon, crackle and whatever we can come up with.  The clear bottles will contain tokens of our choosing.  My sample contains wool remnants and vintage text.  They can be personal or just visually pleasing.  

The third wooden bottle will be crackle finished on the outside and filled with a written personal wish, secret, promise, memory or poem.  That part is up to you.  Whatever is inside will be sealed and kept secret.

I will have more samples and ideas soon.  Read more about this class here:

July 31, 2017

Playing with sun printing

 I found packets of Lumi Inkodye on clearance at Joann's last week.  A few days ago I played.  It appears grey or black but is more blue in person (see pics below).  The flower spray at the top are Baby's Breath from a Mother's Day bouquet.  The little fern and flower are from my garden.  This one actually turned out good enough to frame and display.

The top is a rusted piece of metal that you've seen me rust with.  In fact, a bit of rust transferred too.  The bottoms are from stencils I've made.  One from a computer vector image and the other from a die-cut.  
Living and learning.

July 26, 2017

Binding the Demi-lune Book

While binding a book isn't difficult, I find the need to concentrate the whole way thru.  I will have thorough instructions and suggestions.
We will use the 'long-stitch- method of binding using hemp, bamboo or strong cotton cord that will be provided in class.  I will have many colors available, tho you may bring your own favorite.
  After our journals are bound, we have the option to weave sticks of bamboo into the binding.  It's a cool look for the finale of our project!

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July 21, 2017

Rust & the ArtBound Book

Above is a sample of how our finished demi-lune book covers may turn out.  While I've sprayed, stenciled, stamped and altered the cover before I bound it, the inside, rusted pages will be worked on after they're bound.
Inside front cover

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July 15, 2017

Serendipity at the Beach

When we make art, not everything is predictable.  The end results are serendipitous.  But you already know that.  Transferring rust is the poster child of serendipity.  Embrace the outcome no matter what it brings.  That's the fun in the function of rusting   :p

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July 12, 2017

Reusing our Rusty Wire...

This is an example of a way I reused a rusty wire that I had shaped.  First I brushed gel medium over it to stabilize the rust.  Then I simply used a few stitches of brown thread and sewed it directly onto the collage.

We will be bending and manipulating more wire in Virginia Beach.  Join us here: