I hope you're having a great start to the new year!
I've been having lots of fun making piles of rusty papers and coming up with projects for a class I've been wanting to teach for some time now. I did a rust printing for fabric class on Skillshare two years ago but I'm a collage artist so my true love will always be paper.
The first time I got the chance to experiment with rusty metal and paper was kind of by accident or I should say after an accident. I broke my right hand and couldn't write, type, stitch or glue anything so all the projects I had going at the time had to be put aside for about 6 weeks. What I could do though was arrange washers, nails, and other odd bits of rusty metal on paper with my left hand. I took over the basement and tried everything I could think of or had read about on the process of rusting.
I'm excited to share my new workshop Rust Printing on Paper. It's the result of all that research and experimenting. So if you are a collector of rusty metal like I am (or would like to be), have I got some ideas for you!
Rust Printing on Paper Workshop
In this live Zoom workshop, you'll explore different techniques for making prints with rusty metal on a wide variety of papers. I'll show you how to use the rust marks as inspiration as you create an accordion book with a cover, added pages, collage elements, windows, weaving, and stitching.
You'll learn how to bring shades of gray out of the rusty metal for different color variations and rust up some thread and string that can be used to stitch in the accordion book as well as on the collection of mixed-media collages you'll make on the last day.
You can find the supply list, a video showing the accordion book,
and additional class information on my website.
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Early registration is open to my StudioNews subscribers today and tomorrow
and will open to the public on Friday.
Is Valentine's Day sneaking up on you?
Just a reminder, it's only a couple of weeks away!
In my online Skillshare class, I show you how to take shiny foil candy wrappers and turn them into a unique Valentine for that special someone. It's a fun way to repurpose a material that would normally just be thrown away.
Watch the class introduction video and receive 14 days of access to this class and all other classes that Skillshare has to offer for free.
Sweet Valentine Class
The snow is sparkling like a million little suns.
- Lama Willa
Probably a bit different from years past, mine was too. For me, it was a calm and quiet rainy day with much to still be thankful for. Yay for turkey, pumpkin cobbler, facetime with the family, and a few episodes of the latest season of The Crown.
You can probably tell from my talk of rusty cans above that rather than tossing items in the trash or recycle bin I like to reuse or repurpose whatever I can, especially if it will have something to do with art!
I've got several classes in the works for next year where the focus will be on reusing and repurposing every day easy to find materials. If you're up for it, here's a list of things you can do to get a head start:
This is how we began the month of April here in New England. SNOW!
The crocus and daffodils had already been making their way out of the ground reaching for the sun when Mother Nature decided winter wasn't over yet. The resilience of the daffodils always amazes me and I thought maybe I might take a hint from them. Instead of getting agitated at the late season cold and snow I could sit back have a little patience and let things happen as they will and are meant to not as I want them to. More easily said than done, I know, when we are all craving the greenery of new plants and the warmth of the spring sun. The best part is that we know it will get here eventually because it always does!
Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle...
A seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl.
And the anticipation nurtures our dreams.
~ Barbara Winkler