Monday, October 31, 2011
Assemblage Projects from Mini Retreat
The third house from the left is my favorite and not just because I watched the transformation so closely, but because it was truly unique. I'd given everyone collage sheets I'd purchased from Teesha Moore so they could accent some of the pages of their books. But Carol focused on one of those images early on in the assemblage project because the shape of the doodling matched the shape of the house. If you look closely you'll see she added perfect little pearls with a Viva Pearl Pen, but then in true Teesha fashion she added the striped accents in black with a pen. That's a button in the center of the house but she inked a red bingo marker to add that black element of N39 on top of the button. And yes, that's some of Tim's tissue tape across the bottom that reads Pasadena. Another favorite element of mine: check out the Blue Goose cigar band from Coffee Break that adorns the roofline of the house on the right as well as the metal token atop another piece of ecoboard. These girls were so intense while they worked on these projects but the end results showcase their many talents.
So now let's talk about details. Check out the roof on the 2nd house from the left. Again, she used a Viva Pearl Pen to create all those polka dots of dimension. She's got one of those adding machine keys as her doorknob, and the base of the house is a piece of the aluminum flashing tape run through a texture plate and colored with Viva's Inka Gold. The little glass marbles along the roofline were a nice touch for added dimension.
The little house with the rounded rooftop needed an accent so we dug around in my stash and found the little string of jewels.
These photos can't begin to showcase the fun, creativity, talent and whimsy we experienced during the retreat. But I'll tell you that the best thing about a retreat in my studio is being able to dig into drawers and bins for that perfect element, and that's something I can't replicate in a class, no matter how many boxes of supplies I ship. Everyone will tell you that their kits at conventions are generous, but until I figure out how to include these little surprises, it's never going to be the same.
A heartfelt thank you to all the ladies who came to play, and to Carol and Moneta who were here from Illinois, because it was their persistence that convinced me to play hostess for a day of play.
I'm already trying to come up with a date for the next one, so no matter where you live, make sure you contact me if you're interested.
And thank you all for coming back to take a look at the photos of the finished pieces. Aren't you glad you did?
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