Monday, May 23, 2016

Art Venture Seaside Projects!

This past April, I went to Prima's Art Venture Seaside event in Coronado, CA, and it was fantastic! Of course this was the perfect getaway for me getting to experience my two favorite things in the world: scrapbooking and the beach! Take a look at the view we had while crafting:

There were three mixed media classes, each taught by some of the best people in the crafting world! 


Class #1: "Hope: Altered Doll, Part One with Anna Dabrowska

 This was my third time taking a class from this remarkably talented woman, and this class is my favorite so far because the project was so unique! 

Here's a look at the class sample:

I cannot begin to express my excitement to make something like this!

The class was done in two parts. On the first day, we made the dress which had to dry for a few hours. We set the headless dolls outside, and it was quite a sight!

(I didn't take this picture, but I believe Denny Dupra-Ruffner did, as he posted it on Facebook. :) )

And, the last part was decorating the head of the doll. Here's what my lady looked like after the first part of the class:

The dress still needed time to dry completely, so we put them aside for the next day! 

Class #2: Relics Romance Necklace with Debby Anderson

I LOVED making this necklace with the Relics and Artifacts line! At first glance of the necklace sample, it looks like its not going to take three hours to make, but the amount of detail that Debby puts into her pieces is incredible! She is an amazing teacher! She took the time to explain the "how and why" of all of the steps, and I learned so many ways to add FINE details to make a piece of jewelry that is finished to perfection. The layers of mixed media on the relics give it an amazing look, and no picture can accurately showcase that! But, here is my finished project:

And, here's a closeup of the heart:

It was a great day of classes, and we ended early enough to enjoy being on the island for a beautiful sunset on the beach.


Class #1: "Hope: Altered Doll, Part Two with Anna Dabrowska

The second part of the altered doll class was an incredible experience. The day before it was exciting to see how everyone had the same products, but managed to make such unique dresses for their dolls! Day two was equally exciting seeing how everyone was adorning, and then coloring their dolls! We all wandered around in awe of what was going on at every table. 

Take a look at these pictures to get an idea of the variety:
(Again, I snagged these pictures from Facebook, taken by Denny Dupra-Ruffner.)

I was pretty happy with how my doll came out, but I knew she would need some work when I got home. Some of the blue mist did get on my doll's "skin" and I wanted her to have a cleaner look. This is what her face looked like at the end of class:

I tried painting her with white gesso, but it wasn't coming out as "clean" as I wanted to, so I decided to start over with her entire head and sprayed her with gesso spray.

I attempted to paint her face giving her some eyebrows and pretty plum lips. 

But, ultimately I decided she should have a mask, so this is what she looks like, all finished:

Here's a couple of shots of her in her entirety:

And some close ups of the dress details: 

And a view from the back:

After making this doll, I have a feeling I will be making a few more!

Class #3: Amour Relic Shrine with John Creighton Petersen

 This is my second time taking a class from John, and I just love how fun he is and how he makes the projects seem so easy to make! The first part of the class was making this beautiful shrine:

The techniques we use with black gesso, opal magic paints, micas, and texture paste make this a stunning piece of decor.  And, I learned about Liquid Fusion glue, which I used to adhere the relics to the shrine. It changed my life! :) There's no way that those pieces are EVER coming off using that stuff!

Here's a closeup of the heart locket:

Even the back of the shrine has an awesome finish: 

There is a second part to the class- a heart bracelet, but I didn't get a chance to make that YET. I decided to leave class a little early to beat that crazy Southern CA traffic back to Las Vegas!

Thanks for taking the time to check out my projects from Art Venture Seaside! If you ever get a chance to go to an Art Venture event, DO IT! You won't be sorry!



Unknown said...

Your projects turned out AMAZING - and I'm so glad you enjoyed your time at the event. It was great to have you in class 😃

craftyb said...

Thanks for sharing all your projects, they look fantastic!!

Miranda Edney said...

Rae i loved this post! Thanks for sharing all the details and the BTS pix! I so want to attend one of these retreats! One day! Your doll is AMAZING! the mask is brilliant and really adds that extra oomph! hehe! I really really love it! Your necklace and shrine are equally as amazing! But i am especially drawn to your doll! Just brilliant! So happy you got to go . big hugs girl! xo

chris a said...

I am so jealous and wish I lived somewhere nearby so I could take a class like this. Your doll is beyond gorgeous - I like it even more than the class sample. I love how you gave her a mask. Your necklace is stunning! I just got the Relics heart and have been thinking about what to do - after seeing yours, I am filled with ideas. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful work - I learned a lot just reading through the three days of creation at the workshop.

Unknown said...

These are amazing projects Rae! That doll is stunning!

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Jayme said...

Love how your doll turned out! Thanks for sharing.