Nature is so inspiring. It can soothe, intrigue, and inspire. And of course... I had to make an art journal dedicated to just that! If this sounds like fun, I'm sharing all my favorite techniques for working with photos, transparencies, mica, and bits of nature in a a class on March 2nd. Do you have beautiful photos laying around waiting for the perfect project? Come join us for a super fun class, learning lots of cool techniques! Here is a sneak preview of what we'll be doing. These are some of the pages from my journal:
Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 - 10:00- 3:00, near Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA
Celebrating Nature's Magic With Your Art Journal
No art experience required. Bring a journal, all other supplies provided.
When you go for a walk in the woods, on the beach or in the desert, what do you feel? What speaks to you? What images and sounds call to you? In this class you'll learn techniques for incorporating photos, transparencies, small found objects, decorative papers, copper tape, eyelets, and paper bags to create your own journal pages to celebrate your own personal connection with nature. You are invited to bring any small bits of nature, paper, your own photos and quotes that speak to you-use these to personalize your pages in addition to the photos and transparencies that you'll be supplied. If there is a place you've been that you'd like to revisit through your creativity this is a great way to capture it and feel the magic of nature even when you are inside.
And that weekend I'm also teaching:
Sunday, March 3rd
Fabric Magic: Transfers & Embellishments for Tees, Totes or Journals
You won't believe how easy it is to make perfect image transfers onto fabric! Using this technique we will create and build our own embellished compositions on muslin or you can work directly on any light colored, fine weave fabric. This transfer technique not only works with photos or art, but you can create your own painting or drawing with colored pencils, paint and stamps. You can start with a photo and add paint too! We'll be doing the transfer on fabric in class but this technique also works on paper, wood and metal. And an added bonus-it is washable too! Which means you can use these on pillows, aprons, tee shirts or tote bags. I used them to create a wonderful cover for my sewing machine. In addition to the transfers we'll use lace, ribbon and other fabrics to create a "fabric collage". Further embellishments will be added with embroidery, buttons, trims, and beads. Learn how to use free motion machine stitching to draw and write with. You can also use these techniques to make a journal cover or to create fabric and paper journal pages. Some images will be supplied, but you are also welcome to email me, any of your own photos or artwork you'd like to use. The possibilities of what you can do are unlimited!
Photo transfers of a vintage catalog, and a vintage sewing pattern package, appliqued onto panels of the cover I made for my sewing machine. The technique we will be doing makes the best, washable photo transfers onto fabric I have ever seen. This technique also works great on paper and other materials.