Last week I was lucky enough to be teaching a great group of teenage students my metal embossing techniques. I had a great time and it was wonderful to see all the creative canvas' that were made by the end of the day. Unfortunately I forgot to bring my camera along so I wasn't able to take pictures of all the work. But I was glad to have my friend and helper Michelle along with me and she had her handy phone with and was able to take a few pictures of some of their finished work. So here they are for you to see.
Aren't these just wonderful. It makes me want to go play with my metal right now but that's not going to happen today. I have 2 upcoming shows in May so the copper is calling to get some jewelry made.
Look what the Tin Man handed me when I got home yesterday! No he didn't shop for me or anything.LOL. My jewelry order came while I was out. Mostly it was just chain which isn't that interesting but very necessary. While shopping on line I came across these wonderful semi-precious beads and who can resist a few beads.
These are the usually earthy tones that I gravitate to.
I'm always on the lookout for lovely greens to go with my copper. And then I added some pearls, amethyst and lapis for a punch of colour.
As you can see I go for the earthy natural colours for my beads. What do you go for?
It's been a busy week. I thought I'd already posted these but then realized I hadn't so here they are a little late. This months ATC theme was Fabric. We had a wonderful meeting with a great wax resist tutorial from Lucie. Here are all the ATC's for this month.
Sorry about the photo quality ladies. As I said this is not my favourite camera! I guess I really should play with it some more to learn how to use it properly.
Well the reno's are continuing in the studio. We're just trying to decide on lighting. I've started to move a few things in when I have a chance. Anyone have some suggestion for studio lighting? I'm looking for something that will light up the whole room and the Tin Man wants something that won't make many holes in his lovely scalloped ceiling. LOL! I'm thinking florescent light which I liked in the old studio and the Tin Man thinks track lighting will make less holes.
Have a great weekend and don't forget to keep creating.
It's started, it's started!!! My studio renovation and move is under way.
I can't remember if I let you in on my big news for the year or not. I've been telling everybody that would listen all winter about it. The Tin Man is letting me out of the cave studio in the basement. I had a wonderfully large space but I wasn't happy in the basement and the Tin Man finally broke down and let me have the living room and dining room for my studio. It's a beautifully sunny space and nice and spacious. I was kind of slow at emptying the rooms but last week I finally sold the dining room set so the Tin Man surprised me this week by getting it underway. So far the carpets are ripped up and the walls are painted. The trim is being painted as I write and the flooring is waiting to be unloaded from the van. It's all happened so fast that my head is spinning.
Here is the paint finished but the trim isn't done yet. I was going to go for a white or off white but once I started looking at the colours at the paint shop it was so hard to decide so I went with Charrington Beige. It's was looking a little greenish to start with but it's better now that all the old green is gone and two coats are on. This is the Tin Man's new bike he's suppose to be using to get his knee back in shape from his surgery so he can play baseball soon. It will go in the basement once I make some room for it.
Beige just seems so boring but I think once I get things in, it will be more fun. I wanted something neutral to go with anything I might want to hang on the walls. Check out my studio Pinterest board to see what my inspiration is. I got a little carried away with pinning old drawer cabinets but I think you'll get the idea and a girl can dream right!?
Well I better get back to work. I'll keep you posted on the progress.
Nothing creative for you at the moment but I just wanted to wish you a Happy Easter. We're having a wonderful sunny weekend so far. We went for a walk along the river in Almonte this afternoon and I thought I'd share it with you.
It's a beautiful village. If you ever get a chance to go there don't forget to take a tour of the River Walk.
What can I say, better late than never! I finished the the Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz online workshop. Although it wasn't necessary to watch and do the work during the 2 weeks that it was live, I tried to challenge myself to keep up anyway. I know I will go back to re-watch the videos again because their was so much information to learn in just one sitting. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone interested in learning about how different product work both alone and with other products. It really inspired me thinking about the products I have already and how to mix and match them to create my own techniques now that I know the basic chemistry of how things work well together or not.
So here are my last few tags of the workshop.
This is the Paint Dabber Resist technique. I had to do some improvising again for this technique but I think it worked out pretty well. This was done on Sticky Back Canvas which I actually had but had never worked with yet. Yes I'm guilty of purchasing something and leaving it in the package for a few years before using it. I know a lot of you out there are guilty of the same thing. Well any way, I was glad to have a reason to try it and really enjoyed working with the canvas. It won't take me so long to get it out to use again, I hope!
This tag has both the Crackle Paint Resist Technique(the background crackle) and the Shattered Stains Technique(butterfly) on it. I've worked with these Crackle paints before but I don't think I was applying the correctly so this was very helpful. I really like the way the Shattered Stains butterfly turned out. I would never think to put the crackle paint on so thick but it was very effective.
The last day of class we had only one tag to make so this made it a little easier for me to catch up. This was the Rock Candy Distress Stickles Technique. I wasn't crazy about my finished tag and the photo certainly doesn't do the Rock Candy justice but I'll be trying this again some time.
Well thanks for following me along my Creative Chemistry journey. I hope to share some creations in the near future using some of the new techniques I learned.