Monday, April 20, 2015

Alcohol Ink Tiles & Coasters

I started teaching Arts and Crafts last Fall at the Yarmouth Senior Center in Yarmouth, MA on Cape Cod. It's been an amazing and fun experience so far ... with me learning as much from them as them from me. I am overwhelmed with the creativeness and the openness to learning new things my students have shown!

Our last class was Alcohol Ink Tiles and Coasters. None of my students had ever heard of, let alone worked with these inks before. We were all amazed at the beautiful abstractions created with the inks and rubbing alcohol, and everyone's style emerged as they learned new techniques. It was a fabulous, fun class and I look forward to teaching Alcohol Inks again. My students left the class with plans to mount their tile art on the wall and use as wine coasters. Below are some of the tiles made by my students... (any blurriness is my fault) .....

My Upcoming Classes:
Painted Tissue Paper Bowls
May 15 - 10am - 12pm - $15pp
We will be making beautiful paper bowls again. This time we will use painted tissue paper to make one-of-a-kind art bowls. These beautiful bowls can hold wrapped candy and faux votives and make great gifts…or display your work as a piece of decorative art. No previous experience is necessary. Instructor will bring all supplies. Max. 8 people

Make Your Own Art Stamps
May 22 - 10am - 12pm - $15pp
In this class you will learn different techniques for making shapes with peel & stick foam that adhere to a plastic surface for creating one-of-a-kind art stamps. Then with ink and paint we will stamp our designs on cards and paper. These homemade stamps can be used for many projects and will last a very long time! You will leave class with a homemade stamp, a greeting card, and several stamped papers. No previous experience is necessary. Instructor will bring all supplies. Max. 10 people

Gelli Plate Paper Printing
June 26 - 10am - 12pm - $20pp
If you are new to Gelatin Mono Printing, you will learn the basics of print making with the easy to us “Gelli Arts” Printing Plate. If you’ve taken my class before, we will continue on with more amazing techniques using paint, stencils, mark-making tools and paper. Prepare to be amazed as you create your very own unique pieces of art.  All supplies are provided. Max. 8 people

Friday, April 3, 2015

Why Not Paint Luggage?

I have said on more than one occasion that I will paint anything that isn't moving.

I needed (yes, needed!) one of those small pieces of luggage that spin 360˚. My husband found a great deal on one and I said I didn't care what it looked like. (I can't believe I said that!) :)

It wasn't ugly....many people would have loved it. It was just too 70s for moi.

I covered it in gesso first, and later wished I hadn't because part of the design shows through where I didn't cover it and I thought it looked pretty cool. (see bottom of front view)

mixed media markers

I used my acrylic paints, my homemade masks, markers for doodling, etc. and eventually my homemade stencil. It's not finished, but it's been a lot of fun so far and has traveled to NC with me. :)

mask, stencil, acrylic paint

doodling paint markers
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Pablo Picasso quote
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