What do talcum powder and volcanos have in common? They both erupt into a gorgeous mess and so do I. Anyone who knows me, knows my love for getting messy.
I love to dabble with media and experiment with anything in my reach. As a child, I would mix water, food coloring and talcum powder to make eyeshadow. As I grew, I learned to knit, sewed my own clothes and started my own successful catering company before the age of 16. Later, I entered the corporate world and still found time to feed my creative side.
I began my current path in 1995 following a trip to Costa Rica. I went to view the Arenal Volcano, only to discover it was hidden by clouds. Returning home, I decided to put my photos in an album and when I realized I didn’t have any pictures of the volcano, I searched the internet to see what I could find. Lo and behold, I stumbled across the world of scrapbooking and rubber stamping. It was my introduction to this new world and I haven’t looked back since! I am a Copic and Ranger Certified Educator.
Before owning “Everything Scrapbook & Stamps” in West Palm Beach, Florida, I traveled extensively worldwide and loved to collect unusual items to incorporate into my art.
Born and raised in England, I currently reside in Florida with my husband and two rascally parrots.
Day four and five was more education with Golden interspersed with amazing food. I was sorry to leave. I forged friendships with my fellow artists, ate some incredible food, learned about mediums, acrylics, oils and watercolors and was spoiled beyond imagination by the folks from Golden Paints. I could easily have stayed another week. It was fun to get away from the hustle and bustle and stress of my everyday life.
The morning was spent with Golden and then we had a free afternoon. I took a tour of Graveyard #1. This is the second oldest cemetery in New Orleans built in 1789
In New Orleans they can’t bury their deceased people as they are too close to the water table. They have above ground tombs. Once a person dies, they place them in a pine box inside and seal it up for a year and a day. The temperature reaches 300 degrees and it cooks the body. Once they open up the crypt they take the bones and the ash that is left and pulverise it before putting it back in a shaft in the back of the tomb.
Voodoo queen Marie Laveau is buried here and Actor Nicolas Cage also has a tomb here.
Tried another Beinyet and then back to the hotel for a show before dinner.
Golden Paints took us down the river on the Steamboat Natchez for dinner.
After dinner we listened to a Jazz band as we went down the Mississippi river.
The Hotel Mazarin is beautiful. An old building right in the French Quarter with lovely architecture.
I came in early so I checked my luggage and went for a walk. I stopped by Cafe Du Monde for a Beignet. Everyone said to come here. Stood in line for about ten minutes so not too bad. I also decided to try the Chicory Coffee which is also a New Orleans staple. Have to say I was not impressed, sorry everyone!!
Stopped into this lovely stationary store and bought a new wax seal and some metallic sealing wax
New Orleans has such beautiful buildings and the history/stories behind them are very interesting..
In the evening we had our first meal with my fellow artists and the folks from Golden. They gave us a goodie bag filled with fun New Orleans souvenirs as we shared cocktails and got to meet each other. I had my first oyster (tasted like dirt) but, the rest of the food was lovely.
I am headed to New Orleans, Louisiana with Golden Paints. I am attending a training event called GAEP. I am one of twenty people selected from around the world to be immersed in everything Golden for an entire week. They are putting us up in the Hotel Mazarin which is in the French Quarter. I have never been to New Orleans so it should be interesting.
Where has the month gone? I got back to Florida on the 1st of September in time to board up the store for an impending hurricane. Then we had a huge estate sale at the store for one of our customers who passed away at the age of 89. Myrna had been crafting for many years and had an overwhelming amount of stuff. And of course I was behind on designing all of the classes for this month.
Now onto the crafty/art stuff
Cards from one of our recent card classes. Quick but, fun to make.
I taught a class in March or April of last year on the Gelli Plate and what we could do with the prints I came up with this fabulous concept of the Traveling Throw Away Collage Journal. There was some chatter the next day in the store and someone who did not come to the class asked me too do a video. Easy enough to promise but difficult to do when you have no idea how to edit videos!!!
Finally I have figured it out:
It really is a great concept. Think about using up your scraps to make your book. If you don’t have a long reach stapler you can use a 3 hole pamphlet stitch to bind it instead.
If you have never tried to cut your art journal pages I highly recommend you trying it. It makes them more interesting to have windows or shaped pages.
This one required a lot of cutting but was totally worth it. I gessoed the page with black gesso and then I traced through a Dina Wakley stencil with my white Gel Pen and then cut on the inside of the white line. I think I may put eyes behind all the openings