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Archive for August, 2008

I have been a make and take machine recently

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Probably most people know what a make and take is, but in case you don’t it is usually a free craft project that is available for the public to make and then take home.

Have you have ever seen the Charlie Chaplin movie Modern Times, where he goes crazy from working really long hours in a factory turning a wrench? Then when he gets off of work he cannot put down the wrench and tries to turn it on everything including buttons on a woman’s dress. Well, this might be me, although my work involves glue, glitter and sequence. If you see a tired woman frantically crafting as she is walking down the street or shopping in the grocery store this is probably me. I have been a make and take machine recently!

Here is a picture of me at the Union Rose 1 yr anniversary party making matchbox shrines:


I think I am permanently sick of this project, but people really connect with this one. It is a really good project for a wide variety of ages, so I continue to do it.

Here are other people’s shrines:


Canvas and Fabric Stretching

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Jodie Cord is a fantastic encaustic and embroidery teacher. Now she has a new class . . . Canvas and fabric stretching. Here are some images of her creating stretched fabric art.imgp5084.jpgimgp5090.jpg


Jodie Cord – Encaustics Intensive class

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

You may have come by collage on Alberta and smelled the unmistakable smell of melted beeswax–when you do feel free to peek into the classroom!  Below are images of students, some are beginners and some have come to sharpen their skills.  As you can see they are made some FABULOUS pieces!  There is so much to explore with Encaustic that a week hardly seems like enough–but they crammed in all the art making and had fun in the process:)



The Collaged pieces  (chair, boat, etc.) belongs to “Carol”


Three little character (one is a crocodile) pictures, and the  Landscapes with a woman and a flower on her head all belong to “Lei”


The three landscape pieces of art also created by “Lei”


“Maureen” working on several pieces with an open book in the picture.


One of three pieces by “Nell.”


“Nell” again, holding a transfer in-process of a star image.

Jodie’s encaustic classes:  Working with Wax 2: Basic Painting with Was (Encaustic Painting) , and Working with Wax 3: Stencils and Transfers and Molds, Oh My!

Come on people, DON’T DENY YOUR DIY!