The 2018 Artistic Alchemy Retreat has come to an end. This year was extra special because it marks the fifth year this experiment has been pursued and we are very grateful to all who have attended and supported us in the adventure. While we have said goodbye to some instructors and welcomed others, myself included, our students remain enthusiastic, creative, patient and supportive. Thank you!
Grab yourself a beverage and perhaps some snacks as this blog is loaded with pictures.
It all starts with supplies………lots of them. We seriously wondered if they would all fit into the car. My husband, the patient puzzle solver, made it all work. Here’s my sister in her “Vanna” role presenting all the cargo.
The students who painted canvas this year were fearless. Well, maybe they started with some trepidation but conquered it easily early in the week. I will start with Lynda, a repeat student who came with a goal to paint pillows to coordinate with her dining room chairs. She started by cutting some of her own stencils by hand. She painted and highlighted the flowers, used some stamps, then overlaid the entire pillow with a purchased stencil. These are gorgeous. She made six of them! Six! Count them 6! Oops, I’m only showing four.
Just beautiful. And here’s Lyla. Although she created many canvasses that week, I’m always impressed with someone who’s bold enough to use stencils that might not be considered “safe”. Just look at those lips! How perfect are those?
It was nice to have a paper artist in class this year. Judy’s cards are gorgeous but she got brave and painted a wall hanging for her daughter. It’s a close replica of her daughters business card. I love it and it’s simplicity.
After some private investigating on the internet, Joann found some pricey pillows at Anthropology and decided she could duplicate them . Agreed!
This is metallic gold paint ….. sorry it doesn’t show in the photos. It’s beautiful and very classy looking.
Donna was another student who really hit the ground running. She accomplished a lot! And she was another brave soul to use the giant houndstooth stencil….in small sections. I hadn’t thought of that. Go Donna!
Do you notice the peeling paint? An unexpected surprise due to the low humidity and metallic paint particles. It provides great texture.
Auditioning where the pocket and grommets will go.
Beautiful use of the Gel plates. They look like glass marbles.
Peeling up the masking tape to reveal clean edges.
More gel plates, stamps and stencils.
Notice the the contrasting color on the “coffee cup stain” stencil. Well planned and executed perfectly.
LIPS AND HOUNDSTOOTH AND POLKA DOTS!!!!!! Who couldn’t love this? This is going to be really cute.
A student of Heidi’s stealthily came down to our classroom to borrow a little paint and to stamp embellishments for her recycled garment. The special pieces she brought all coordinated perfectly for her sweatshirt. Stay tuned for that in Heidi’s blog.
Artistic Alchemy had great give aways this year, thanks to our contributing suppliers. Because Jacquard paints are purchased from Dharma Trading Company and used in my class, they generously donated a complete kit for silk scarf painting. This is our lucky recipient, Susan, and we wish her the best on a new hobby!
Another thank you to my sister, Cinderella Patty, who helps me set up, tear down, clean stencils and stamps, waits on the students, load and unload the car, gives me pep talks, puts up with me and is my biggest supporter. AND SHE’S GOING TO GIVE ME HER POPPY BAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!