In a month, the Gathering is upon us. The Gathering is an awesome event happening in St. Joseph, MO that involves vendors, workshops, demos, a guest speaker along with a delicious lunch.
I’ll be offering a couple classes that day:
Luminous Layers of Beeswax (from 9-noon)
Curious how beeswax is used as a medium? This class will explore the basics of painting with encaustic medium, a mix of beeswax and damar resin. We will explore creating depth, inscribing lines, embedding visual imagery, infusing color and adding collage elements to the beeswax paintings. You will have time to create several paintings using the various techniques taught in class.
using carving tools
adding interest with oil paints/bars & pan pastels
various photographic elements
personal collage materials, don’t bring more than could fit into a quart ziplock bag (optional)
a few high contrast photos of various sizes printed on regular copy paper from a “toner” copier like that at Kinko’s or office supply stores, black and white works best, no inkjet copies please (optional)
apron or paint shirt
Visual Gratitude Journal (from 1-4pm)
Visual journaling can be a fresh way to tell stories, remember events, and intuitively express emotions. This class will explore ways of expressing appreciation and gratitude through visual journaling in your very own handmade journal. In this class, you will construct a journal using vintage book covers and a variety of papers. To fill the journal, you will be led through an experimentation process to create pages with visual elements expressing gratitude and joy. I will be walking you through some pages, yet also allowing you freedom to play. Be prepared to break through unnecessary expectations on self and to learn to silence the inner critic.
by Stephanie Thiel
creating a theme
developing creative imagery
personal collage materials (optional)
personal photos printed on copy paper (optional)
favorite paint brushes, acrylic paints, etc., if you would prefer to use your own (optional)
apron or paint shirt
by Michelle Geller
water soluble crayons
Plus there are several other classes to choose from. To check it out or register for a class, go to The Gathering. And while you’re at it, check out their facebook page.
I believe there is no better way to celebrate life than by doing what one loves the best. That is why I chose to teach a class that incorporated both beeswax and soldering on my birthday.
After infusing vintage ephemera with beeswax, pendants and earring were soldered, encapsulating the wax and paper. The process yields a transparent glow to the paper when held up to the light. Yummy!
After some intense playtime, some beautiful jewelry was created, and in the background, the smell of beeswax filled the air.
I think everything turned out scrumptious, including the birthday cupcakes made by Chef Dotter.
White cake with lavender infused strawberry buttercream
My only regret from yesterday is that I didn’t get a picture of my dear friend, Wendy. She is the ultimate artist friend, always stretching me with new ideas and a desire to learn more. She was so kind to take photos yesterday.
Date: Sat, August 18, 2012 Time: 1-5pm Place: Hidden Art Studio, Midtown Kansas City, MO
*Example: your piecess will be unique.
The class will begin with experimentation in infusing beeswax with papers. Then you will solder a square pendant to practice/learn technique using the experimental papers. After a bit of practice, the papers will be encased in hand-cut glass to make a set of earrings. Some soldering experience will make this class easier, but is not required. All supplies for the class, including ball chain for the pendant, will be provided, but please feel free to bring some of your own papers for experimentation.
adding jump rings
infusing paper with beeswax
optional: applying patina
optional: adding small beads or charms
Class size: 8 students max. Fee: $50
24 hour cancellation notice required for refund. Please try to allow 48 hours for cancellation so that I may notify others on the waiting list.
i carry your heart with me
16×12 encaustic collage on birch
The First Friday show went wonderfully. A steady flow of traffic came throughout the night. I was truly blessed by the many visits from friends, and was thrilled to have sold some paintings as well. Over the next week, I’ll be revealing the paintings of which you’ve only caught glimpses, and sharing some of their stories.
The painting above is a reflection on my relationship with my own love, Scott Jolley. Full of symbolism that we both find recurring in our writing and art, the painting mirrors the common bonds that bind our hearts together. This is a love letter of sorts, speaking a universal language of symbols and connection, adorned with the perfect words of e.e.cummings.
On another note, tomorrow is the launch of the Joy Journal Project. This free art journaling class will focus on the art of appreciation and joy. I will have a new assignment each month, introducing different mixed media techniques and supplies. A really nice feature of this project is the ability to jump in and out as life permits. Also, you have the option of joining online or in person. There is still time to join. Just go to the Joy Journal Project page on this website and enter the info needed to subscribe.
Note: if you believe you have joined, but have received no email with details, please contact me to be sure you are on the registry.
And another note: if you are attending in person and haven’t opened up the latest email, the location is not at Hidden Art Studio. Hurray that we have too many attending to fit here, so please note the address in your email.
Outwardly, I’ve had a great start to 2012. Last month, I taught another fun soldering class and have an art journaling class coming up. I’ve been reading awesome books and soldering adorable earrings. The charms are all packaged and ready to mail for the Artfest charm swap. I have a list of projects and events that are keeping me happily busy.
Inwardly, I’ve been battling that feeling of stuckness. I feel like I’m just passing the time, almost like I am preparing for a birthing. I am biding time until the emergence of this new thing. In the swirly parts of my mind, a story is forming.
We have a couple friends that are avid fly fishermen. They make their own flies! One is a musician, one a watercolor artist, both share the same profession as my husband, Scott. So Scott noticed all the funky things I was adding to my waxy soldered pendants and went directly to their studio. While they aren’t busy producing videos, they are making their flies. The trend of feathers in the hair has made it more difficult to find these perfect fly fishing feathers. Even so, these generous guys shared some of their feathers with Scott so I could experiment with something new.
My first experiment is a feather dipped in encaustic medium (beeswax and damar resin). Next will be a dry feather and wax encased in glass.
November is such a challenge for me, blogging (almost) daily about my creative venture for Art Every Day Month. I always grow and love the push. Yet, when December rolls in, I deflate in blogland. My time and attention turn to:
Christmas parties!! I love them. So much fun to see everyone outside of a work environment.
This year, my daughter turned 18. The party has been going on all month.
Semester end for homeschooling. I get the whip out at this point because I want vacation.
Oh yeah, our Christmas card takes about all month to get done and out the door.
Finishing up commissions for the Christmas season.
I may not have a moment to shout out before Christmas, so I wish you all a beautiful, meaningful holiday season. Relationships first and peace in the center of your soul.
A good day of rest and the thought of no school has recharged me. I’m picking that speed back up. This evening I played more with wax between glass. I cannot explain the satisfaction I receive from this process of experimentation. I am pleased.
Today the photo shoot went well. Thanks to my photographer, my Etsy shop is filling up. Not all was listed today, so more to come, but I was glad to list some Scripture pendants. The sale continues, 15% off with the coupon code ACHOO.