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|By Jan Bode Smiley
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St. David's School
871 Sonoma St.
Scrapbooking with an Edge Class
Altered Book Class
Friday - Saturday
Jan 22-23, 2010
CHA Trade Show
Sunday - Wednesday
Jan 24-27, 2010
Guild of Quilters Show
10am - 4pm
Saturday & Sunday
March 20-21, 2010
Friday - Sunday
April 16-18, 2010
In the next issue
Upcycled holiday greeting cards
a little art, a little craft ...
Hi there, creative type!
I can't believe it's already December!! Only 23 crafting days left! Hope this issue provides some inspiration for your handmade gifts this year.
PROJECT иии Altered candy tins
VIDEO иии Card keepers
PROFILE иии Meet Suzi Blu!
|Altered candy tins
Even the tiniest of tins can be turned into something beautiful and useful. After eating the yummy chocolates in this 3.5" flat round tin, I painted and embellished it, then filled it with fancy paper clips.
1. Paint edge of lid and the base of tin with black alcohol ink to cover any printing about the former contents.
2. Use collage glue to adhere a circle of fabric or paper to the top of the lid, then coat the top with more collage glue and allow to dry.
3. Dab around the edges of the top of the lid with acrylic paint.
4. Use a craft glue to adhere embellishments to the top of the lid-I used a metal scroll-shaped jewelry finding, small beads, a small glass heart, and a little key charm.
shows you how to paint a Ready-to-Go! Blank Board Box with alcohol inks, then embellish it with UTEE-coated paper flowers.
I learned this flower technique from a super creative woman I met in an altered book class.
You can purchase these fabulous boxes at 25% off retail right here
|Meet Suzi Blu!
Suzi Blu is an amazing artist, an inspiring teacher, and she's all about empowering women to find their own artist within.
LLL: What are you totally into right now?SB: Actually, it's scrapbooking. I've never done it. Well, I still don't
want to do it, the regular way. I want to breed scrapbooking with art
journaling and create photo books that are messy and gritty. Obsessed I
am.LLL: What inspired you to start Les Petit Academy?SB: My online academy happened spontaneously. I was selling art on ebay and
my customers would ask me about techniques and want to learn. I realized my
customer base was beginner artists who not only liked my style, but
wanted to do it themselves. I looked into how to host videos online and
found the NING forum to be the easiest. It's been great for teaching
and creates an environment much like a real school where you are locked
away in private rooms and free to talk and post whatever you want
without the world seeing it. Great for fledgling artists who need a
closed group.LLL: If you weren't an artist, what would you life be like?SB: If I had another life, I'd play the violin. It has no frets and takes a
lifetime to learn so I can't do it now. But that's still artsy. For a
non-art job, I would help people to relax and feel great about
themselves. In essence that is what I strive to do with teaching - give
women back their power. It's not even about art, it's about daring to
make a mark and loving it no matter what anyone else thinks. And to
stick with it until the mark truly represents what you want it to. That
can be applied to all areas of life.LLL: How does art feed you?SB: When I don't make art, I have questions and fears and chaos in my head...and when I make art, all of the questions are answered and I am calm.
I've been through deaths and betrayals and art makes things right. For
me it is going home. Much like meditation, which I don't do because I'd
rather make art, I get into alignment with the authentic parts of
myself when I do it. It heals me even if I don't know how or why. Just
the act of doing it cures.LLL: How did your dog Gigi learn to sing so well?SB: I adopted Gigi a little over a year ago from a rescue in Pennsylvania, but she is 8 years old. She was abused and neglected and for a year
barely made a sound. Recently she's met a chihuahua named Fred whom she
adores, and when Fred screeches, Gigi screeches too. Dogs that were
locked up and without kind people or other dogs around don't know how
to be dogs and need to relearn everything. It makes me warm inside
every time she does something new, like play with toys or even whine.
It's like my students finding their voice. The louder Gigi 'sings' the
more it's like, "Screw you, mean people, I'm going to SHINE whether you
like it or not." That is the basis of everything, whether you are an
artist or tiny white dog.Thanks Suzi!
Be sure to visit her online community, Les Petit Academy.
Now go and create a little something, would ya?
Until next week...