So I am totally blissed out on art! I have just returned from a lovely art filled weekend at Smittendust, a beautiful art studio in Diamondale, Michigan. Dusty, our hostess, had Kristen Robinson teaching classes all weekend long and I indulged in every one of them.
Dusty made each class participant a name tag filled with relaxing lavender. What a great token to remember this weekend! Above you can also see a super sweet tiny house made by Kristen that I won in a raffle.
Day one was right up my alley with the first offering called A tale in my heart - plaster, wax and paperclay shadowbox. We actually made two pieces as the class progressed. Kristen is so generous in her teaching and her super duper class kits.
Day two was Divine Bangles and the title was aptly named. We did so many different things through the course of the day such as etching, soldering and adding patina. We also fold formed and did some basic metal working techniques. As you can see not everything is complete, I have a bunch more wire and some assembly to do soon and I am really looking forward to it.
Then on to day three with Grunged up and Glamorous - Upcycled Journal. I had so much fun playing with these ideas and techniques.
There are lots of transparent elements through the use of packaging, upcycled materials and glassine. I loved adding lots of stitching with a sewing machine too. Thanks to my art gal Joanne for sharing and a few teaching moments on her machine too.
One of the stickers from our cute kit boxes wandered into my book. It is a sweet reminder of the day and this little junk journal is the perfect home for it.
These pages are filled with all kinds of fun. I used resin paper, strings, feathers, tatted butterflies...whatever I could find to create texture and interest.
I was able to utilize lots of resin elements I had on hand. Finding the opportunity to incorporate previously made components is always a good thing.
Here is another peek at my fantastic book as a whole. It is really something that needs to be seen in person, the pictures just do not capture how special it really is.
Thanks to all who actually made it to the end here! It was such a great weekend and it really did deserve a nice long homage! If you are ever offered the chance to take one of Kristen's classes, I highly recommend it.