Class 1: Foiled Watercolor Canvas with Sharon Laakkonen
This class was awesome! I think Sharon is a wonderful teacher! For this class we got to use some amazing Prima products including a watercolor canvas, the foil and rub ons, and the BEAUTIFUL new Tales of You and Me paper collection. Just taking the products out of the bag was exhilarating!
Here's my canvas:
And here's some closeups:
The coordinating flowers for the "Tales" collection are to die for!
You can see the rose gold foil with the rub ons in the top left corner.
And you can see the new stencil and stamps from the collection also.
I can see myself making many more watercolor canvases using Sharon's great techniques!
Class 2: Carte Blanche Regalis Home Decor with John C. Petersen
John is sooo fun! I really loved his presence during all of the classes. I really love the design of this project! We got some new flowers from the Salvage District collection that weren't part of the original design, but I just had to add them.
Here in this closeup you can see the stencil with paste and microbeads under the Relic pieces.
What I like most about this project is that it got me thinking about using different metallic colors on the same project. I tend to keep to one at a time, and mixed golds, bronzes, and silvers is quite wonderful!
Class 3: Plage de la Bouillabaisse Mixed Media Album with Frank Garcia
There's no doubt that Frank makes the most exquisite mini albums, and this one is no exception! This French Riviera collection we used is perfect! I love anything beachy or ocean-themed, and this line is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen!
I fell in love with the idea of putting the pearls in the shells, and I can see myself using that idea over and over.
Unfortunately, I didn't get to finish this album in class, but my cover is done, and it's definitely at the top of my list to complete it.
Class 4: Altered Mixed Media Clock with Anna Dabrowska
Anna's techniques are always amazing, and this clock class was exactly WHY I wanted to go to ArtVenture. When I saw the example posted, it was thrilling to know (and HOPE) that I would be bringing home a project that looked even remotely like what Anna created!
We got to use new Mechanicals, Melange, flowers, AND the new acrylic paints, which are a MUST-HAVE! I didn't finish this project in class, and LUCKILY, these paints were in the Prima store set up just for ArtVenture. (We won't talk about how much I spent there.)
The inside of the clock has a lot of detail so here a couple of different closeups.
Using the new Opal Magic acrylic paints was MAGICAL!
Class 5: Vintage Emporium Altered Frames with Vicki Boutin
Vicki's class was great! I love her teaching style, and her intricate design of this project. At first glance you might not think it's super detailed, but she gave us SOOO many ways to use the Prima pastels, that my box of pastels has to sit on my desk at all times now so I can use it all of the time! We used the new Vintage Emporium collection on these altered frames, and I adore how Vicki added teal to it to make this project pop!
This top box has so much detail- we added flowers to the vines that we colored, with pastels.
The butterflies were also colored with pastels, as well as the inside of the box with multiple colors.
And this bottom frame has an interactive little mini album, which is too cute.
The ephemera pack has metals and glass bottles that make this project over-the-top wonderful!
Class 6: Statement Necklace Wall Art with Sandra Evertson
I was in awe of seeing the example for this class! I find Sandra's relic resin pieces to be so unique and amazing, and they really get me thinking how I would use these on my own projects. I enjoyed listening to her stories on where these relics and artifacts came from as she collected the original pieces from her time traveling as a model, and now we can all use these replicas.
Here's the middle relic- I still can't believe how easy it was to make this part! For some reason, the glue I used made this bauble cloudy, but I still love the look.
I will definitely be incorporating more jewelry and resin ideas to my own projects now that I know how!
I just wanted to say thank you to all of the teachers, volunteers from Charity Wings who did an amazing job helping out, and also to Denny for organizing this unforgettable experience! Hope I get to go to another!