Monday, September 24, 2007

Intoxicated by Alcohol Inks? -or- Does it look like I was drunk when I made this?

Whoo hoo! It rained! I've actually worn close-toed shoes for the past 4 days. Still keeping my flip-flops nearby, afterall this is California, but pretty soon I'll be wearing my boots or Uggs on a daily basis.

The one thing I don't like about the rain, especially the first rain of the season, is driving in it. But Saturday, I drove about an hour in the rain to take a class with Tim Holtz. He's been on the Carol Duvall Show several times on HGTV and DIY. Well, it was totally worth driving in the rain to take classes from him. Doris and I signed up for one class and enjoyed it so much we stayed for another class.
The first class was a collaged minibook with it's own mosaic lunch box. In the three hour class Tim showed us distressing techniques along with the fun collage techniques that he is known for. The book fits perfectly in the mini lunch box that we decorated with cool acrylic square pieces called Fragments after gluing various collage pieces to the backs.
That project was so cool and Tim was so funny and charismatic that we knew the next class would be fun, too.

And it was fun but way more challenging.
But the cool thing about challenging is doing stuff out of your comfort zone. And I was. We took a basic wooden framed mirror, added some words, covered it with flash tape then used alcohol inks to color the metal. I was not playing well with those alcohol inks. After a while, Tim came over looked at my project and asked "so what's going on here?" I said "I need help." He said "Yes, you do." How hilarious is that?! So true and so pathetic. Well, he grabbed a few colors and applied them here and there, told me to stick with those colors, continue blotting and twisting...and voila - above is the finished project. I would have liked it to be more in the green family tones, but I had messed up so badly before he got there that to cover up the yellow and pink tones I had created (don't ask), he had to add more brown and blue tones. I'm pretty happy with it, but you should have seen how a-m-a-z-i-n-g the other peoples mirrors turned out. Will i do it again? Probably not on my own. Would I take the class again? Absolutely! I need to learn more about those inks. Plus it was totally cool doing something outside of the traditional paper based classes. Even though I'm not completely satisfied with it, it'll go on my wall in the office and not shoved in the back of a closet. Hopefully Tim will come back to the Bay Area because I would definitely take another class or two with him again.


Ragged Around the Edges said...

Oh, Mad, I love all of it. The lunch box is so very creative, and the book is cool.

The mirror is marvelous. Mess up or no, accidents often lead to creativity, right?

And kudos for you for learning something new and experimenting. Worth the drive in the rain, eh?

zann said...

ooooh I love it. All of it. I really like the little bottle cap on your book. You know what is funny as soon as I noticed it I could smell a metal bottle cap. Ever notice how they have a particular smell?
And I am so envious of your proximity to cool classes. No one cool ever comes here.

rosemary said...

I think all them are WONDERFUL. I can barely sign my name.....and you are wonderfully talented. I can't even begin to figure out how you made the mirror it raised? What is flash tape?

Anonymous said...

your mirror is BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE IT :)you did an awesome job

Shammickite said...

Hiya MsMad: I really like your mirror even tho you say it didn't turn out to be the colours you originally envisioned. What are the words made of? Do you have to apply each individual letter or are they already words?
It's fun taking courses.... I took an afternoon course yesterday on Hairpin Lace Kintting, it's a sort of crochet on a loom, I am making a lacy scarf, but I seem to have made lots of mistakes. Oh well, practice makes perfect! And lace is supposed to have big gaping holes isn't it????

Ginnie said...

You have gotta be one of the most creative persons I've ever NOT met, Mad! :D But one day I will meet you and you'll be the most creative person I've ever met! :)

Lilli & Nevada said...

Love the bag and the mirror, it seems like a lot of work but so rewarding

LC said...

Sounds like you enjoyed the rain and had fun in the classes, your projects are great, the mirror looks quite difficult. Thanks for visiting my blog have a nice weekend. LC

susan d said...

You're sick ;)
that's a good thing, for those who don't carefully read my blog!

paris parfait said...

This sounds like so much fun! I envy you getting to go to so many cool artsy workshops and the beautiful creations you come home with. Great stuff! xo