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Manuscript Letter Workshop

The Letter T

The Letter T

Samples here are for an upcoming Manuscript Letter Workshop to be held at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, VA. The date is still to be determined, but likely in early April. I will let you know!

The Letter S

The Letter S

O for Oak Leaf

O for Oak Leaf

O for Oak Leaf

O for Oak Leaf

ATC's for Artistic Artifacts JAM meeting

ATC’s for Artistic Artifacts JAM meeting

Hand drawn ATC’s for the next meeting of JAMS at Artistic Artifacts. Below is the sheet from which they came, drawn in the style of the Manuscript Letters.

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The ATC’s for Artistic Artifacts JAM meeting began with this sheet which was cut up for the cards.

 


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Mass production of ATC’s

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On the work table are some collages that will be turned into ATC’s Artist Trading Cards for a visit to Artistic Artifacts where artists trade these fun little 2.5″ x 3″ artworks. I’ve sewn together papers, watercolors, fabric and some shiny radiance papers which are then cut down to ATC size.  It’s a good way to ‘mass produce’ a lot of little collages.

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atc1 Here they are finished. The photo of the girl is from my old tintype collection.


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Dye Day at Artistic Artifacts

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A couple of times a year Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria VA holds a Dye Day Class. It’s 3 hours of fun. For a small fee for the class, Judy provides a great space to work, the dye and chemicals AND she mixes the dye for you.  I highly recommend it.  Her shop is special too, and she carries a wide selection of gorgeous wooden printing blocks that are also available online.  I’m not affiliated with the shop in any way other than to be a big fan of Judy and Sharon who run the place with heart.

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For now, the dyed fabric is percolating in the warm sun for a day or two. I’ll show you the results when it’s all done.

 

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Judy’s Altered Minds 10 items in a paper bag challenge.

Judy’s Altered Minds, known as JAMs for short, is a free altered art group open to all who are interested and meetings are held at Judy Gula’s Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria VA.  If you are in the area and want to join us, read more HERE.

One of the things the group does is create challenges and sometimes exchanges. The most recent challenge was as follows:

The Paper bag challenge:

Each participant brings a plain lunch bag with 10 items from her studio, kitchen, garage, and so forth, along with a list of what’s included. The bags will be traded and a mixed media Work of Art using at least part of each item will be revealed in May.

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What I gave as challenge pieces.

We could, of course, add any items we needed to make a mixed media piece.

Above is a photo of what I left as a challenge for one another JAM member. The bags were closed and picked at random. I know exactly what I would have done with the items to make a mixed media piece, but I may have thrown the recipient for a loop. At first she thought someone was out to get her, but after a while she seemed to embrace her items and I can’t wait to see what she does with them. The challenge ends in May. I got stuck into mine right away and finished early.

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What I received as challenge pieces.36″ bead trim on ribbon

Here’s what the paper bag I got contained. I went through the same thought process as my recipient because some of the items were plastic, which I rarely use, and some of the items were yellow, which I rarely use. While I like hearts, these too were plastic and I wasn’t sure where they would fit.

  1. 36″ bead trim on ribbon
  2. 1 skein of embroidery floss
  3. red white and blue marbles
  4. plastic numbers 0-9
  5. heart sequins
  6. 1 sheet green designer foil
  7. plastic fraction sections
  8. pale yellow sheer ribbon
  9. 10mm faceted acrylic jewels
  10. set of 2 tassels

Nothing seemed to go together and it took me a while to work it out.

The secret you need to know is that the person who put together the items I received loves purple. See her list of items above to the right? It’s written in purple ink.  Everyone was amazed that her items weren’t purple, but we speculated affectionately that perhaps she couldn’t part with any purple items.  Her love of purple was what gave me my direction in the end.

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Yes, I tried to get some purple on the glass bead and the plastic heart, but it wasn’t happening.

I put everything into a cup and used violet Dr. Ph Martin Inks to turn them purple. Plastic doesn’t dye, so it was limited to the threads, ribbons and tassels.

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The ribbons took in the ink well. The red turned a deep wine color.

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The results became somewhat homogenous, which is what I was going for. Everything got dipped in the ink again after this point to get a deeper color. I liberated the beads and butterflies from the ribbon to use them in pieces. I didn’t use the butterflies, but partial use of items is allowed and I used the beads and ribbon.

I cut the fraction rulers and drilled holes on one section and used another red section as a mask for the face of my main figure. The colors I was left were reddish and purple, so that guided me through the rest of the piece.

JamsFigureThe fabrics and figure were in my supply cupboard and I liked how they matched the red wine colors I got from the ink. I kept building up the piece from there to fit a 6″ x 12″ x 2″ panel and this is the final result. A section from all 10 items are in this piece, but they are transformed.

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Quirky Art for Dec 5 Pop Up Market at Artistic Artifacts

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Silver

Silver

Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride

The small sculptures shown here will be available at the Artistic Artifacts Pop Up Market on Dec 5.

These are quirky small sculptures, available for one day only.

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On December 5th, 10am to 5pm, there will be a Pop Up Holiday Market at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria VA.  In addition to the Artistic Artifacts shop items there will be several “Creative Mind” artists displaying their work and offering it for sale. It’s a chance to meet the artists (including me) and see their work, as well as an opportunity to support small local business and the arts.

“Creative Mind” artists are local artists who meet at Artistic Artifacts to share ideas, art, offer classes and sometimes to ‘slow stitch’ together.  Come on by to find out more about the artists and the space.

Contact info and directions for the shop is HERE. Mapquest directions are HERE.

 

 

Syringe

Syringe

Syringe

Syringe

Tin Man

Tin Man

Tin Man

Tin Man

Lock

Lock

Lock

Lock

Yesterday

Yesterday


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A giveaway and an upcoming Love Token Class

Sunflower Angel Giveaway

Sunflower Angel

This angel will be given away on December 13th, 2014. The details are HERE on the paperwhimsy inspire blog.

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Lovers Eye Token Class

 

January 17: Mixed Media Eye Token with theresa mARTin in Alexandria VA

Mixed Media Eye Token Workshop with theresa mARTin
Saturday, January 17, 2015
10:00 am – 1:00 pm All Supplies Provided! In the 18th and 19th century, Lover’s Eye Tokens were popular with the wealthy. A miniaturist painted only the eye of a lover, to preserve anonymity, thus only the recipient knew the identity of the person depicted. The tokens were often elaborately decorated and worn as bracelets, brooches or pendants. Create your own version using the provided love token form (an oval, landscape format approximately 3″ x 2″, as shown in the sample photograph), beads, pearls, rhinestones, and an eye portrait. Class fee, $30.00 + supply/kit fee of $20.00, which includes all necessary supplies; students will have a choice of different kits and colors.Note: while all supplies are provided, you may choose to bring in assorted beads, charms and embellishments from your stash to add an even more personal touch. For ideas and to see a variety of tokens made by theresa mARTin, visit her pinterest board.

– Sign up is on the Artistic Artifacts web site HERE.