Thursday, February 28

returning from the art nest

i am home from such a fabulous weekend at the art nest!! i had an amazing time. i loved the classes, all the snow, everyone i met, and the food was over the top delish. . . here are the darling stockings for each of us filled with vintage goodies and chocolate and all the cool artists that attended (except jayne, so sorry sweetey you were sick that night)

my first class was with anahata katkin, symbolic icons. i had no idea what to bring for this class but just threw in some paper ephemera and copied faces. it was down right incredible to watch anahata work! she works quickly and intuitively with lots of color, pattern, and movement. to give you an idea of the artistic abandon going on she rolled right through her sample piece with ink on a pizza cutter!!
i had such a great time watching her doodle all over her pieces with white and black pens. i was blown away by how cool it all looked together.
here is my first piece in progress. i am actually so glad i took this photo, look at the difference. check out how bad the vintage ledger paper bubbled when i used gel medium. regular old glue stick actually worked better to stick the paper down, then i used gel mediuim over the top.

this is 'the snail cart' completed.

my second piece started out like such a dud. i tried to sew on the page and then add dribbled ink. total disaster, so i turned the paper over quick before anahata could see it and began again.
here is 'miss western hemisphere'. i really like all the black and white doodling! i brought pitt pens and five new micron pens and they didn't really work. the magic is the uni-ball pen. it wrote all over everything!! plus my all time favorite white gel pen uni-ball signo.

here is anahata at the end of the day at our show and tell with her piece. each of us showed the pieces we created in her class and talked about what we did. it was amazing the work that everyone created that day with anahata's suggestions. if you ever have the opportunity to take a class from her, totally go for it!!
the sun is just streaming through the cabin windows around anahata like a halo. what a lovely day. . .

anahata's very cool kit filled with her collage bits and pieces

anahata and jen working on jen's very cool and colorful symbolic icon.

after the class i wanted to try working on a smaller piece and made this collage 'flower face' i just feel more comfortable working small. i made myself do the big collage on canvas with the class and was surprised how much i really liked it!


Scrappy Jessi said...

you guys look like you had so much fun! i love your first project.

Lilli said...

Your pieces are so beautiful! When I look at what people make in Ana's classes, I'm stunned at all the details and layers and color. How is everyone able to turn out such incredible art?! You girls must've had so much fun.

Thanks for sharing with a northern girl :)

Nerissa said...

Thanks for showing your work. It's such eye candy & makes me want to try it out.

Take care,

Cassondra W. said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your pieces!!! I knew you would come out with some amazing things! THe snail cart is my favorite, so cute! Can't wait to see what you did with the other 2 classes!!!

Sarah said...

Oh!!! Looks so wonderful! Her style is amazing! How fun to have her there in person!!! Your canvas turned out so GREAT!!!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

I love the pieces you made in Anahata's class! I would love to take a class from her someday!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie, Everything looks beautiful and sounds like it must have been a total blast. I had the same problem with old paper bubbling so I purchased a ream of thicker, good quality paper at my printer's (custom ordered) and I color copy all of my antique ephemera now for decoupage. No more bubbling. I use 1/2 wallpaper paste to 1/2 Elmer's glue and add water to desired thickness. Found the "recipe" in a Durwin Rice decoupage book.
I'm enjoying your blog!

kecia said...

so fun to read everyone's perspective from the weekend - discussing their art from each class, etc. yes, by far Miss Western Hemisphere wins the prize. still love her hairdo!

xoxo kEcIa

kecia said...

p.s. i'll attach those pics you liked in an email tomorrow. just keep forgetting!

HollyDoodleDesigns said...

This looks like such an amazing weekend, I'm so envious! What beautiful art you created. Thanks for sharing!

tapegirl said...

wow! what a great time! i love those pictures of anahata!

design for mankind. said...

Julie-- wanted to send a HUGE congrats to your feature in the latest Artful Blogging issue--- you must be THRILLED!

VERY well deserved. Congrats to you! :)

p.s. Your work is SO so lovely!!!

Melissa said...

I really like your snail car piece! love the layering!

Kelli Collins said...

would love to know how to make the rick rack flowers you mentioned in an earlier post that Martha Stewart showed a couple years ago.
Are you willing to share?

Heather - Speckled Egg said...

It looks like an amazing weekend! The projects are fantastic.... and the red striped socks are beyond adorable!!!

Distressing Delilah said...

That looks like a dream! Wish I could attend something like that! Beautiful!

Lobster and swan said...

Looks like you had so much fun, too bad I live in the UK : (
Been looking through your other posts and love your valentines.

oksana said...

Your art is amazing!You are so lucky to be in Anahata class! Unfortunately I am living in Spain so for me its impossible:((
Maybe she has a master class book? I would love to buy it:)

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