December Workshop Fun

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Last week I taught three different workshops at Tessera Fine Art Gallery and I had a lot of fun at all of them!  First up was a fun session of Christmas ornament making.  We used alcohol inks, paint and paper on an assortment of surfaces.  Everyone did a terrific job and took home a bag full of lovelies for their tree.

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Then a couple of days later we made tags using all kinds of different stencil techniques.  Each participant received one of my new holly jolly stencils.

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And finally was my smash book workshop where we created our own custom smash books.

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No more workshops for 2016, but I am excited to jump into 2017 with some art journaling (at Tessera Fine Art Gallery) and Citra Solv (at Dillon’s Nature Center) workshops!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tagged!

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Decorating tags is a quick and easy project that gives you the satisfaction of completion in a short amount of time.  I wanted to have some tags on hand to use in my art journal, so painted up six tags to use.

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I was fortunate enough to acquire a batch of these vintage tags, but new ones work just fine too.

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Since I don’t know for sure how I am going to use these yet, I went ahead and decorated both sides.  I used book pages, a cigar wrapper, geological map bits, paper scraps, paint and alcohol sprays.  I used a black Flair pen for the black borders, then ran over them with a wet paint brush to give a washed look.

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I finished up with a bit of stamping, but left room for writing or more embellishing later. Finally, I took the messy paper that I protected my table with, and used it as a journal page!  Even art should be recycled!

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Tab Dividers in Your Art Journal Box

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Today I am going to show you a part of the art file journal project that really adds to the fun.  That is the tabs, which are the first thing you notice when you open the box.  I have collected vintage boxes for awhile, and often they came with fun cards and dividers inside.  Some are from Rolodex files, some from a recipe box, and others simply the alphabet. I made use of a variety of the vintage dividers, and made some of my own!

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I also keep a stash of tiny papers to add as tabs in just such projects:

  • tickets
  • tea bag tabs
  • those plastic things on the bread bag
  • cigar labels
  • scraps of paper and washi tape
  • tags
  • fun paper clips
  • scraps of baker’s twine

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