Saturday, November 7, 2009

Paper Cowgirl Art Retreat- Classes

I took three classes at the retreat. The first one was an "Altered Canvas" taught by Jan Thomason. This class was really fun and Jan gave us each a goodie bag full of loot! I'm intimidated by canvas and paint so this class was good for me. We collaged images and objects onto the canvas along with paint. I want to try some more of these soon.
The second class "Crepe Paper Spun Hearts" was taught by Ann-Denise Anderson and she really went all out! The room was decorated like a party with gorgeous favors by each each place setting along with some supplies for the class. She brought along many different colors of gathered crepe paper wound onto long cardboard tubes which added even more festiveness to the room. You just can't be around that much crepe paper and not be happy! So that was the day that I got interested in crepe paper. And then I took another class from Ann-Denise in McKinney and made a beautiful crepe paper doll. I have been having so much fun working with crepe paper ever since!
The third class was called "Altered Compacts" taught by Charlotte Garret-Tucker. She showed us how to take vintage rouge and powder compacts and turn them into mini works of art using scrap jewelry pieces and images. I really enjoyed myself and worked so slowly that I was not finished by the end of the class, since there were so many tiny pieces of scrap jewelry that I couldn't decide which to use! Finally I settled on a "religious" theme and started gluing things on but I spend way to much time just enjoying looking through the jewelry! Once I got home I started looking on e-bay for old compacts and I bought a few so that I can do more of these.

Paper Cowgirl Art Retreat- Swaps

In June, I went to one of the most fabulous events EVER. The Paper Cowgirl Art Retreat! The reason this was so super fun for me is that before the retreat I didn't really have the opportunity to spend time with other artists or crafters. So to be around so many other women who love what I love was just wonderful. I met so many fun people!

I was in three classes and also 3 swaps. There was an ATC swap (which I've never made before), a charm swap (that one was right up my alley) and an ephemera swap. We were told that "presentation is everything" so I made sure to spend lots of time planning out the packaging for each swap.
The bags with guns (I burned a little hole into each one with an incense stick) held my ATC's. The brown paper envelopes held my ephemera and the bags with the little chenille cowgirls held my charms.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Soldered Charms

I have missed my soldering. I haven't been doing too much of it lately and now I'm ready to do some new pieces. Here is a picture of some that I made quite a while ago.