Monday, August 1, 2011
Art House Display Guinea Pig Class
I also had photocopies of old train tickets, war tokens, & tape measures of every color. I just knew the tape measures would be a huge hit, but alas, I was mistaken. Another option were photocopied sheets of letters and numbers, which were also not chosen. At CHA there was a picket fence in the Ranger booth, with each picket stained a different color with their line of Distress Stains, so I put out coffee stir sticks as well as decorative wooden sticks which I could just envision stained and applied to the roof of a house. I guess not seeing that picket fence in person explains why no one went for the wooden rooftop.
So the big surprise was that everyone used the vintage tickets. Sharon & Michele went for the green ones while Mary went for faded red. Sharon added cigar box bands at the top and on the edges. Michele had her Martha Stewart fringe scissors so she used funny money on the eaves of her roof, which she turned into fringe. Mary used a piece of corrugated cardboard across the peak of her roof as an accent.
Sharon used ticket strips on the front but used just her metal elements and eco board on the back.
Sharon went with a beautiful blue, which isn't a color she uses much, but at the end, her color palette for the entire house could be found on the shirt she was wearing.
Mary had never taken a class with me and had certainly never been anyone's guina pig, so I really didn't know what to expect from her. She worked slower, taking time to experiment with different embellishments, and that was interesting to watch. When she commented that she wanted a clock to go with a ticket that read "the time is now", I pulled down a jar full of watch faces & parts. The one she selected was white and everyone encouraged her to add color since nothing on the house matched that stark white. And of course they were right as we pointed out options for adding color to metal.
A new product I brought home from CHA was Inka Gold by Viva. This is a waxy colorant that you apply with your fingers and buff with a dry cloth. Their advertising calls it a metal gloss paint, but it's not at all what you'd expect. If you scroll back up and click on the individual photos of each house where Tim's Ideaology frames and coins are featured, the photo will enlarge so that you can look for the detail.
On Mary's frame she chose a green and applied it just on the oval ring of the frame. On Michele's house she chose a pink and applied it in the same way on the frame but completely covered her metal coin that says Believe. On Sharon's house she used gold and covered the entire metal frame. In person, it was a fabulous yellow. And when you look at that photo, look at the imagine coin. She added the yellow over the entire thing and then highlighted with the pink.
I wasn't sure about packing them for the class but the girls made the decision for me. It's a must have for everyone to try.
I confess that a bonus for me as an instructor is wandering around a classroom to view the color choices people make. You can always find someone who loves purple in a large classroom, or the girls who go for the shabby chic look.
And while the houses were lovely I knew immediately that Michele would go home and continue to dress hers. She never fails to impress me by finding exactly the right element that was missing. Just last week she emailed to tell me she was still tweaking the art doll on the bookmark we made as our stamp club project, and I could just see that little girl coming to life under her expert hands.
So I'll be packing vintage tickets & stamped ticket strips in every kit for Cincinnati, but I'll also be packing some of all the other goodies just in case someone wants to take that road less traveled.
Will I see you there in my class? Hope you've been inspired. I certainly was, so a huge thank you to my guinea pigs. You gals rock!!
Posted by Lovely Linda