This past weekend I taught a Mini Mixed Media Cards workshop at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT. This workshop was a condensed version of a workshop I’ve taught before. My students had to keep up with a faster pace and they did a great job!
We started with a discussion of different methods of attachment – eyelets, roller adhesive, ribbon, etc. Next, we worked on a simple method of image transfer – the trusted blender pen. It may be stinky, but it works so well.
We moved on to carving rubber stamps by hand. It takes some time to get the hang of carving technique (you don’t want to direct the carving tools towards your hand while you work). One of my class rules is that no one bleeds – thankfully, this is a rule that folks seem eager to follow.
I shared some stamping tips, such as coloring directly on a stamp with water-based markers. We also talked about the properties of dye and pigment-based stamp pads.
We then worked on three different pop-up techniques. My favorite of the three is the spiral – it’s so easy to execute, yet it looks complex.
Lastly, there was a brief discussion of collage – how to work with color, pattern, texture, and shape. I brought a ton of materials and tools for the students to play with – fibers, handmade papers, laser vellum, recycled papers, embossing powders, and decorative scissors.
At the end of the workshop, there was some free time for people to experiment with the different techniques they had learned. I appreciate having the opportunity to see how folks progress at this point. It’s the art therapist in me that loves it – process work is so fascinating.