As you can see I haven’t blogged for some time. June was a really busy time for me. I was creating two brand new classes…and then trying them out on my “guinea pigs”! Postcard Panache was the first class. I had the actual idea for this class last summer, but like anything else, if there is no demand for something, my ideas may remain just that…ideas. But in March this year, two ladies from Louisville put a demand on me for this class, so I worked hard to get samples made and get it prepared so they could have a full day of learning. These two ladies came to my house for the day and seemed to thoroughly enjoy it. Now I just have to get it up on my Lectures/Workshops page. There is always something to do!
Postcard Panache is a class geared to teaching people how to use all of the new artsy products that are on the market. I sell all these products at quilt shows, but demos are important because people don’t quite know what to do with Angelina fibers and other items. So, in postcard format, I showed these ladies a number of ways they could use bottled inks, Smooch Spritz, Angelina fibers and film, BoNash bonding powder, foiling glue, foil, stencils, etc. They had quite a play day and were very complimentary, which makes me feel happy that they were so pleased.
The second class I created is a screen printing class. I finally settled on a name for it no one else has used, at least not that I know of…Spontaneous Screen Printing. Several gals from the St. Louis area and other friends of mine signed up and declared that they had a great time and learned a great deal, so I feel I have done my job. It is a lot of work creating and planning a brand new class, then packing everything for it. At the same time I was planning a demo on Friday for the artisans center where the class would be taught the following day. Due to the extreme messiness of using dye paints to demo I opted to do something totally different! Which made me even more work…what was I thinking? Again, it was a project that had been in the back of my mind for some time, so in a way, by demo-ing gelatin printing using paints, I got some “work” done for future artwork…AND I got a commission out of it too, which was very unexpected, but welcome.