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Former student work from Noir Magic Class – new class coming soon.

By Mary Kay

By former student Mary Kay

I’m always thrilled when a student takes what they’ve learned in class and builds on it.  I encourage students to make what they learn from me their own.  A former student shared this image with me of the work she did in the weeks after the class was over. WOW, right? Join us for the next class.

Marking with the gel pen on black paper is a wonderful meditative process.  I’ve tested a lot of gel pens, metallic pens and paper and provide the best of in class.

Information about the upcoming class in Alexandria, VA is below and the link to sign up is HERE.


Noir Magic: Lettering, Flora and Fauna with theresa mARTin
Saturday, July 27, 2019
10:00 – 2:30 pm, ½ hour lunch break

All Supplies Provided! Back in the days when monks transcribed books by hand, Illuminated letters were the enlarged first letter in a page or paragraph, often enhanced with decorative elements, flora, fauna and or mythological creatures. In this popular class, learn a variety of mark making techniques to create a modern take on these classic papers. The metallic and color pens against the black paper produce a WOW effect from even the simplest designs. Theresa will guide your through her process and provide a large variety of lettering examples from books to be inspired by (and trace if desired) and other inspiration material, including her own work. This is a meditative and fun process requiring no drawing experience — anyone can doodle a repetitive design! You will leave class with hand made designs perfect to frame, use in book arts or as a greeting card, and more. $48 workshop fee and $20 materials fee, which includes a pack of 10 gel pens plus a white and a gold gel Uniball metallic pen (yours to keep after class!) and the following for use while in class: gold ink, black paper, metallic pencils, woodless pencils, metallic paints, stencils, punches and more. New in 2019! For a $10 cash fee payable directly to Theresa on the day of class, you may purchase a 3 in. x 4 in. pocket journal with 160 acid-free black pages to journal in! Visit Theresa’s blog here, here and here to view student work from previous sessions of this popular class. Her blog also features views of filled pocket journals here as well as here for inspiration!

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ATC’s and a Noir Magic Class in July, Alexandria VA

This is my work page for Artist Trading Cards for the next open meeting of JAMS. Info for the meeting is below.

JAMS (a.k.a. Judy’s altered minds)

When: Sun, June 23, 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: Artistic Artifacts, 4750 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304 (map)
Description: Note date change from usual 3rd Sunday to 4th Sunday this month! Judy’s Altered Minds (JAMs) is open to anyone interested in Altered Art — both fabric and non fabric art. There is a sit fee of $3.00 per person. We start with ATC Trade at 1:00, group meeting and announcements. Then one show and tell item. We try to arrange a demo, informational part of each meeting, email us to volunteer.

Earlier I wrote about the little 3″ x 4″ black sketch books by Pentalic. They have 160 pages. I’ve filled two books with drawings and am working on a third. They are addictive to work in and lovely to hold.

In my next Noir Magic class, there will be an option to purchase a little blank book for use during the class and beyond.

Class is Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria VA
More info and sign up HERE

What I’ve been doing:

I’m planning to sell these finished books at the Fall Market at Artistic Artifacts. Date to be determined.


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Dream Layers Class at Artistic Artifacts

Dream layers are embroidery, collage and mixed media all in one.  Thanks to Sharon (misty fuse fun) and the other lovely folks at Artistic Artifacts for a great workshop day. I provided the materials for the DREAM LAYERS class. Everyone worked hard all day and I’m impressed with the progress everyone made in one sitting. I can’t wait to see them all completed.

The next class I’ll be teaching in Alexandria, VA will be on Nov 24 and is titled Mixed Media Ornaments. Find out the details HERE.


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Handmade Market – Oct 13 and 14, 2018 Alexandria VA


Artistic Artifacts Web Site

For sale – several of my new small handbags, some mixed media jewelry, some fiber collages and lots of the silk paper you saw here. My colleagues have some awesome offerings available as well. Hope to see you there!


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An Adventure in Handmade Silk Paper

 

A few years ago I started collecting silk roving with no particular project in mind.  I came across a tutorial on Judy Gula’s blog here. and decided to give silk paper making a try.  Well, I have a LOT of roving, so lots of photos follow.

I collect materials that will likely end up in a project one day but there’s not always a plan. A lot of these materials have been waiting to come together in some way. I used silk roving, art yarn, Angelina fibers, Japanese metallic threads, paper, sequins, silk carrier rods, hat veils and glitter.

The “paper” is somewhat stiff, but is flexible like fiber.  Some are more paper like but most feel like soft textiles. Originally I thought of them as paper that would later be embellished with embroidery and other collage elements. As I made more they became collages in and of themselves.

 

 

You made it to the end!  Here’s a bonus.  This is a LINK to a lovely Etsy shop where you can find Art Yarn Fiber Bundles.  Here’s a LINK to the silk roving section of Judy Gula’s website.


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Stitch and Slash ATCs

Once a month many talented persons gather at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, VA. Part of the meeting is show and tell of new work. We also exchange ATCs, (2.5″ x 3.5″ artist trading cards) before the meeting.  This month’s ATCs use the stitch and slash technique I found here. It was fun and a good way to use some of the fabric pieces I’ve collected.