Thought I'd share what our Welcome to Artfest 2011 check-in gift was...
I'll now be grocery shopping in style while sipping tea out of my new Artfest Forever cup...love it.
Whew, there are SO many pictures of Artfest I want to share with all of you, I'm about half way through uploading and tagging them all on Flickr...I managed to snap over 200 something pics! I'll start with my first workshop and throw in a few random photos at the end!
Thursday workshop: Roxanne Padgett's; "Lush Layered Canvas"
Roxanne is a fabulous teacher and I'd take her workshop again any day. She is booming with crafty ideas to make her own stencils and or crayon rubs out of just about anything she can get her hands on. I found her outside of the box thinking with recycling basically one mans trash into a tool to make kick butt art supplies totally refreshing (and made me realize I'm not the only one that saves take out food containers for arting!)
a little token from Roxanne- she gave each of us a piece of her canvas...it's bright and fun (and already hanging up in my studio)
That's Roxanne in the middle showing one of her many techniques for layering backgrounds on canvas. As she says..."start by going big!! then make your layers smaller and smaller as you go through the process of adding your layers."
the workshop space was airy and bright and big enough for each of us to have our own table to spread and out and paint.
the beginning of my canvas. Roxanne started by giving us four different pieces of fabric to work with: a bottom weight twill, a natural linen, a colorful print (100% cotton) and a piece of canvas. I started all four pieces but kept coming back to the canvas piece...which I ended up finishing.
after randomly laying down gesso and 2 colors within nearby families on the color wheel (turquoise and lime green) I started adding collage paper (a ripped up vintage silverware advertisement) and glued them sporadically onto the canvas with a gel medium. Then added different crayon rub patterns in black...
you can make a stencil out of anything really...and the more paint layers that you let dry on the paper or plastic cut out the stronger, longer the stencil will last.
my stencil put on canvas with a thick short bristled round tip stencil brush....you can also use a small foam roller for a more transparent look...
I added more imagery to my top layer...by doing a crayon rub in black using a cardboard raven cut out I got as a trade from my new art buddy Elizabeth. (you can see a mug shot of us down below)
Here it is finished (I think) this whole process is fun and kind of hard to know when to stop!
But for now I'm happy with it.
And now for a look at my fellow workshop mates master pieces...it's so fun to see how different everyone's is!
I envy the art-ers that can whip up four finished projects in one workshop...I'm not one of them. I can't be rushed (or feel rushed) when it comes to the process of making creative things...I'm always the last to clean up in a workshop and often missing lunch or dinner trying to finish something I've started. That's o.k. though....cause I'm loving every minute of taking my time, it's much different than creating in your studio at home.
Michelle and Tammy...photo courtesy:Janne
If any of you out there have ever wanted to come to Artfest.......DO IT!!! Please feel free to ask me any questions about how awesome it is!