Had a wonderful time at the Retreat! I learned so much from each class - all my instructors were talented, sharing and fun! My experience was consistent with last year - Create always gets the best instructors!!
My first class was Ink a licious (doncha just love that name?!) with Cathy Taylor. Our world of knowledge and ideas was expanded on how to use alcohol inks!! I love it when I learn new ways to use supplies I already have - although I do need to add a few colors. :o) In addition to all the creativity, I sat with four lovely women - Brenda [Encaustic Artist], Diane, Skyler and Mary. To show it's such a small world we live in, Mary and I are from the same home town, and went to the same middle and high schools. We had such a lovely time chatting about places we both know.
Next I attended Magic-Markers with Joanne Sharpe. We were in marker Utopia - so many markers in one place! :o) We created (started, as we could not finish the whole thing in class) a journal of the various markers, highlighting the marker brand/type qualities. Joanne made a journal for us with different types of paper and some of her own artwork for us to color. Joanne and I talked about Spectrum Noir Markers and the ways you can use them. So many markers, so many possibilities!! I got to sit with Skyler again, as well as Debbie (Brenda's bud), Aimee (also from Naperville) and her sister Megan who was visiting from California. Way at the end of the table was a mother and daughter, creating art together - how wonderful.
My third class was called Paintings on the Go with Jacqueline Newbold. We had a great time with water, brushes and paint! I was excited to finally squeeze out the new tubes of paint and new pallet I bought months ago that were just waiting for me to get my confidence up. :o) I sat next to Becky, who helped me know when to stop. :o) The piece at the top of this post is from this class. I also completed the ones below.
What a wonderful two days of art therapy, learning, and meeting lovely people with the same passion as me!
I had so much fun with technique, I had to do it again! Click here to see directions for how I made the background with gelatos for the card above. For the lime slices, I colored directly onto the image, stamped onto green cardstock and cut them out.
I made a second card using thick embossing powder on black cardstock. What fun!! So many possibilities. I thought the background was so pretty that I did not need a focal image. Love these glasses from Judi-kins!
I really like how this background came out! I'm not bragging about my skills - it was all in the gelatos! :o)
Inked up birch tree and dragonfly images with watermark ink pad and stamped onto Cryogencardstock, sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heat set. I used this technique with ultra thick embossing powder and a solid image but I was not sure how it would turn out with a detailed image - it turned out great with the birch trees!
Dipped gelatos in water and rubbed onto embossed images, then I spread color with my finger. I had fun blending the colors. I took a clean paper towel and wipped the color off the embossed images.
I trimmed the background, cut out the dragonfly, and adhered the layers together.
I colored directly onto the dragonfly image with the gelatos and stamped on the inside of the card.
Today I'm sailing with Judi-Kins! I saw this sailboat on a card one of my Posh Club buds did and just feel fast for it - I had to have it! So I ordered it about six months ago and am just now creating with it. LOL! I'm sure that never happens to you. You probably use your stuff as soon as you get it. :o) The completed card is 4 1/2 x 6"
Inked up sailboat image with Memento and stamped onto Cryogen cardstock.
Masked sailboat and land horizon line, then air brushed sky with TB2.
Masked sky and sponged in water with broken china, leaving white space for highlights.
Masked bottom of palm tree image (so it was not so tall) and colored markers direct onto image, removed the mask, then stamped. Sponged in a little more land over the base of the tree.
Added some clouds with a piece of felt and white acrylic paint (learned this method from my stampin' sister Lynette at our Stampscapes retreat in May). Dab off paint before making cloud. After it dried, I went over lines of sailboat with permanent pen.
I colored in the sail boat with my Spectrum Noir markers and drew in the birds. I pulled out my color combo chart to help me choose my colors.
I used a white paint pen to add water splashes. I know I need to work on my random placement of water highlights. :o) After I added all the dashes, I thought I should have not added any. I'm still learning when to STOP. :o)
I stamped a palm tree inside to carry the theme forward.
I'm so excited to share that Kevin Nakagawa of Stampscapes made these two scenes I created into a Stampscapes Idea card!!
When I was at the Stampscapes Retreat, I was reminded by my stampin' sister Barb G of how much I enjoy Encausic painting. I have to admit, I go from one coloring tool/medium to the next and I truly enjoy each and every one!! :o) My favorite is the one I'm using at the time - it really is!! I'm sharing one scene I created with two different coloring techniques.
Scene 1: Encaustic Wax Painting
Inked up Palm Cluster 100D with black ink pad and stamped onto glossy card stock.
Spread wax with iron, using palms as a guide to separate the sky and water. Using the wax, I created a little land mass way off in distance.
Inked up Seaside Cove sm. 308G with orange ink pad and stamped, lining it up with the bottom of the palms. Inked up and stamped a second time. NOTE: when stamping over wax, the wax is slippery and acts similar to a resist, so you image will not be dark.
Inked up Solo Canoeist 159A with black ink pad and stamped. Used black marker to darken.
Inked up Gulls 302A with black ink pad and stamped. Used black marker to darken.
Inked up Frond #2 137C with black ink pad and stamped, Repeated several times around top of scene. Used a sponge to pick up black acrylic paint and apply onto 137C and stamped. Repeated several times around top of scene.
Scene 2: Tombow Dual Brush Pen Technique
Inked up Palm Cluster 100D with black ink pad and stamped onto card stock.
Scribbled yellow 025 marker on non-stick surface. Spritzed with water and swirled card stock through color. Note: leave some white areas. Wiped off non-stick surface before each new color.
Repeat for orange 925. Repeat for red 856.
Allow to dry. Can use heat tool to speed up drying process.
Used water brush to pick up some red off non-stick surface and painted in a land mass.
Inked up Seaside Cove sm. 308G with orange ink pad and stamped, lining it up with the bottom of the palms.
Inked up Solo Canoeist 159A with black ink pad and stamped.
Inked up Gulls 302A with black ink pad and stamped.
Inked up Frond #2 137C with black ink pad and stamped, Repeated several times around top of scene.
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