Yesterday I taught a Mixed Media Cards Marathon class at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT. I had a wonderfully enthusiastic group of five women who joined me on an adventure through a number of mixed media techniques. I don’t think we had room at the table for more than that – you should have seen the fabulous mess we made!
I consider cards to be folios made out of card stock – just a few steps away from becoming a book. When I teach this class, I like to emphasize that all of the techniques can be applied to bookmaking.
We started with collage and made mini quilts using security patterns from the inside of business envelopes. After that we moved on to a quick and dirty image transfer using Chartpak blender pens (stinky, but awesome). I’m getting dizzy just thinking about that room full of xylene.
We then jumped into hand-carved stamps, one of my most favorite things to do. I shared my stash of stamp inks, both dye and pigment varieties, and taught everyone how to use embossing powder on stamped images.
The last thing I showed them was a number of pop-up techniques. I managed to get through three of the techniques without incident, but the fourth one kicked my butt – that darn floating platform. I still don’t know what I was doing wrong, but I couldn’t get the card to fold up properly – I was so embarrassed!
After all of my yakking, there was free time for everyone to play with the piles of materials and tools that I had brought with me. I find it fascinating to see which processes folks find most interesting. I have to admit, the amount off stuff I offered was probably a bit overwhelming – rubbers stamps, collage materials, recycled papers, handmade papers, fibers, decorative scissors and punches. I can’t help it, I like to share.
I’m looking forward to my next class – paste paper, here I come!