Rachel and I had a great time at Lisa Ohmer's "Artiscape" last weekend. My first workshop was "Wax Gone Wild" with Trish Baldwin Seggebruch. It was a blast! Trish supplied everything we needed to work in encaustic. For the piece above, "peace" was done with a rubber stamp.
On the left, Trish demonstrates laying the wax on the birch board. The center is a sample piece I did on clayboard. The "love" lettering is a transfer I did of my own brush lettering. For the piece on the right, I practiced impressing and embedding. The lettering was done with a ZIG marker on scrapbook paper.
Here is a close up. I think there are about 8 layers of wax to this point.
This is the beautiful and talented Trish. Once the crush of bridal season is over, I would like to experiment more fully with encaustic. I have Trish's book "Encaustic Workshop" and DVD "Encaustic Collage Workshop" which I highly recommend if you're interested in working in this medium. She will have a second book coming out in 2011.
Rachel's first workshop was "By the Book" with Carol Kimball (sorry no links). She made book covers for two, tiny books as well as a set of earrings and a few pendants. All these pieces were made with a special metal clay which Carol took home overnight and fired in her kiln. Rachel really enjoyed the workshop.
Rachel and I took two workshops with Jacqueline Sullivan. The first was "Experimental Water Media." We worked mostly wet on wet, pouring the watercolor onto the wet paper. We then applied all sorts of fun things to the damp watercolor to get interesting patterns and textures. Above, Jacqueline demonstrates using Daniel Smith Powdered Metallic Watercolor.
We made pages using plastic wrap, salt, sand, lace, alcohol, metallic powders, charcoal, pastels, Golden's Tar Gel and Rit dye.
We cut pieces from our sample pages to make a book.
The piano hinge binding using wooden skewers about did me in!
The great thing is - I still have lots of delicious paper left over to use for future projects.
Here is Rach with her completed book and the lovely and amazing Jacqueline. Jacqueline will be teaching this same workshop at the Greater Cincinnati Calligrapy Guild in May. Please visit Jacqueline's website here and her blog here. At her website, you can visit her gallery of beautiful calligraphy and also order her DVD on layering with acrylics.
Our second workshop with Jacqueline was "Mini Book Madness." We made 4 structures in 3 hours! Here is my "Gallery Book" which features little viewing windows. I love the little buttons Jackie gave us. They are really brads, and Jackie said they are by K and Company (I think) and you can find them with scrapbooking supplies.
This little book is called an "envelope book." We used little coin envelopes for the pages which we will be able to slide little tags into.
The book below is called a "layered book."
Finally, this is Rachel's "Star Book."
Here we are at Lisa Ohmer's shop "European Papers." We are standing beneath the calligraphy ATCs. The gallery and shop at European Papers was wonderful. I wish there was a comparable shop in Indy! Wishing you a great and flourishy weekend!