I’m back from Art is You. What a fun time. As you know, this was my first art retreat. First ever.. and I went alone. Yup, just me and my talking GPS who kept me company. C’mon, raise your hand if you think the GPS is awesome? Wow, one, two, three… see there are a lot of you out there. ”Navigator” on my smartphone rocks! Love her.
This is what we wore around our necks for the weekend. So fun. How could you not smile with that on you each day? Each morning, we were greeted with a wonderful breakfast buffet and the same at lunch. It really was a sense of community. You can read about Art is You and about Sallianne and Ellen, it’s creators, HERE. Thank you, ladies and anyone else involved in helping make the event a success.
Let me start by saying that as soon as I met my roommate, Jessica, I knew we were a good fit. As soon as I walked in the room and saw that she had her journal pages and her art supplies all over the bed, I said, “ok.. now we’re talkin”. Miss you JS. Hey, we have the same initials.. that has to mean something, right? You can read Jessica’s blog post about AiY HERE. I love it.
Ok Ok.. i’m getting to the fun stuff.
Saturday was a full day workshop with Serena Barton called Waxing Literacy with Charlotte. We took an old hard cover book and used encaustic wax, creating a display piece. Serena is such a great teacher and person.
Hi Serena.. our wax queen!
This class was so much fun. I had never used encaustic wax before, never mind entrapping a book in it. Serena gave us frozen chartlotte dolls that were going in a niche that we cut out of the book. (click on any picture for larger image)
More books from the class…..
Wasn’t that fun?? Thank you, Serena!
Getting ready for vendor night… This place was packed. Lots of walking around… my feet are still recovering. : (
Now, let’s move on the Sunday’s workshop with Mary Beth Shaw. What can I say about Mary Beth? We’ve exchanged emails back and forth about meeting. She’s fun, outgoing and a great teacher; making classes fun… oh and she plays some great music in class. I’ve been wanting to meet MB and take one of her classes for about 2 years now and both were more than what I expected.
Mary Beth’s class was called More is Less. What a journey that was. Making textures through stencils with paste.. my favorite thing to do. I wish I had brought smaller substrates. I worked too big and I think it was a bit overwhelming, to be honest. So, I finished two. Fair enough, let’s compromise.
Mary Beth gave me permission to take pictures of her demo. Here’s a peek.
Yummy Wood Icing and pasta, yes pasta!
These are mine…
… and some of the rest….
..and here are Mary Beth’s 6″x6 boards… beautiful.
Thank you, Mary Beth!!
So, there you have it.. my two classes. Two full days and nights of just fun and camaraderie. I made new friends and I was able to meet new artists in the mixed media world and say hello to the ones I have taken classes from before.
The ladies in my classes were so talented and fun to be with. Just imagine being in a place where we all think about art the same, all want to learn and share. What else could you want? I plan on keeping in touch with many of my new friends (you know who you are).
..and… can I just say that I need a full body massage now?
Thanks for joining me in this art journey and stopping by. I love hearing from you.