Thursday, October 8, 2015

Bella Crafts Connection

What a wonderful time I had at Bella Crafts Connections. Not only did I have a chance to teach a couple of classes I found the time to take some classes too. Mixed Media classes with Seth Apter and a Gelli Print class with Cheryl Boglioli, I also got a chance to try out a new product with Cheryl called Powertex, it is a textile hardener. We used strips of old Tshirts to create fabulous textile art on a canvas. Powertex becomes so rigid it can even be used for outdoor it!

Mixed Media with Seth.

Gelli Prints with Cheryl.
I love that Cheryl gets to travel all over the United States in her beautiful trailer teaching art classes!
I had fabulous students in my classes, we had fun putting together our own Stash and Smash journals from cardstock, paper bags and envelopes. I am really lovin' cut and punched paper and showed them a few easy steps to creating gorgeous pages with Gelatos and  paper. Faber-Castell furnished some Gelatos for my class, it's one of my favorite art mediums. I was amazed at how creative everyone was, being inspired by my students is one of the reasons I love teaching. 

Stash and Smash Art Journals.

Journal page by Carole Rogotzke

Journal page by Susan Kolze

Journal page by Annie Frazier

Journal page by Barb Housner

Birds and more birds....I love quirky, cartoon images of birds. One of the classes I taught incorporated Zentangle® patterns with these whimsical bird figures.  Sakura was so helpful in sponsoring this class, they furnished little red pouches and Pigma Microns®  for all of my students. I am so thankful to them, nothing beats a Micron pen for tangling. The brilliant color for the birds was achieved with Inktense pencils, again Sakura furnished some of their Koi Water Brushes for the class to use. I prefer using a water brush for any art work I do with Inktense pencils or watercolor pencils, and they are fabulous for your art travel kit.

Barb and Annie drawing Quirky Birds.

 Annie's Bird