Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Winnipeg Delight

I just returned from two awesome days of teaching in Winnipeg.

On Saturday we Added Funk to our Foundational. Along with reviewing Foundational, we also discussed pen nibs and how they work as well as looking at various inks and different type of nibs. I *think* we managed to get everyone straightened out so they were making their letters without fighting with their tools! Ahhhh, there is nothing quite like making beautifully crisp strokes with pen and ink!

Each participant received pieces of the following papers to test their lettering on:
Boris 37
Cotton Comp

Graphics 360
Paper for Pens
Fabriano Ingres - Celeste (Sky Gray)

In the afternoon, along with adding Funk, we added glitz. We played with
Jones Tones Plexi Glue on the Dreamweaver Tree of Life stencil , which was later foiled with Jones transfer foil.
We lettered with Schmincke Tro-Col .
We lettered with Jerry Tresser’s Gold Size and then gilded with 24K Transfer Gold and Moon Gold
We colour blended with Ecoline Inks
And we decorated letters made with Automatic Pens and Parallel Pens with Gel Extremes

My hostess , Charlotte, lettered with Jerry Tresser’s Gold Size and then applied Varigated Green composition leaf to the letters. The results were amazing! I’m going to have to try that myself! Thanks Charlotte!

We took over a wonderful art room at a lovely private school for the weekend. The lighting was very good, which made it a pleasure to work in. You really want to take a workshop with this group: Every morning at 10 am, the coffee cart arrives with coffee, tea, scones and muffins.

My hostess, Charlotte, fed me a wonderful homemade pizza using her freshly made focaccia. Yum! Subsequent lunches were made on the same focaccia. Lucky me! I was treated to fabulous Thai food and Sushi (ahem, NOT the same evening!) Thanks so much to Charlotte and her husband for the Thai treat and Charlotte and Irene for the Sushi! (Did we ever figure out which one had the eel?)

On Sunday we created the Pipe Organ binding and the group made really lovely books. It was the first time I’d used some of the papers in this kit and results were awesome.
The cord used for making the Pipe Organ Binding is found here, and the punches are here. Waxed linen thread is here. The Removable Tape is here. Another item we used was the Soapstone Pencil for marking dark paper and bookcloth.

Thank you so much to this wonderful group for making my visit so enjoyable. A special thanks to Charlotte and her family for their hospitality!

And thanks to Mother Nature for keeping the temperature above zero and saving me from packing my boots!

Happy lettering and binding everyone! Thank you so much! Suzanne

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Naughty ATC

The title got your attention, didn't it? vbg!

I made this little girl image up for students in the Lutradur class to use if they so wished and I can't resist using her everwhere!

I was cleaning up my drafting table in anticipation of a whack of certificates arriving and... well... It's getting there....

Items used to make this ATC
Notting Hill 7 Gypsies paper (part of 2 different sheets)
Flourished Corners Quietfire Rubber stamp
Flourishes Quietfire Rubber stamp
Naughty Nice Quietfire Rubber stamp
Star Brad
Distress Inks: Faded Jeans Tea Dye