Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Beeswax collage

Here's the 2nd project from the Mike Putman workshops I attended last summer. It started with a 12x12 piece of MDF to which we all added patterned papers, transparency and paper images, chipboard, and and anything else we desired to complement to the wonderful kits that Mike provided. Everything was adhered and layered with beeswax which we then rubberstamped and applied Pearl-Ex. When I finally brought it home due to fears of the beeswax melting in transport, I added some additional glass beads, Rub and Buff, and tried some gold foiling which I didn't quite get the hang of. I'll have to attempt it again, not on beeswax though.
It was first time working with beeswax and, though I haven't used it since, I do look forward to playing with it again. It smells really good! Mike was a great instructor and even let me stay late to get as much finished as I could. The workshops were held at a wonderful little store called Mystic Paper in Mesa, AZ. If you're ever in the area, you must try to stop by! It's in an old building that is reported to be haunted, and the store is decorated with antiques and lots of vintage items. Too much fun!

Monday, June 15, 2009

A creation from last summer

Last summer, I was fortunate enough to take two workshops with Mike Putman from Jack and Cat Curio. This is from the first--using metal tape, chipboard, mica, India ink, and more on a wooden plaque.
The class was a blast--fun and conversational, yet inspiring and technique-oriented. Lots of interesting people. Mike makes everyone feel welcome and brings out their creativity. If you ever get a chance to take one of his classes, don't miss that opportunity!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A tag

I finished this tag yesterday after working on it too long, as usual. However, I am getting better with my intent to "Do rather than think" in regards to art.  
For this tag, I used my new-ish Tim Holtz stamps plus a variety of paper and ephemera scraps that were on my work table.  
Now I really need to get working on a small gift for my boy's kindergarten teacher.  I have less than a week!