Here’s an interesting-to-me fact about my life: Sometimes I cannot believe I get to live the life where I travel the country teaching mixed-media art techniques to the most amazing, creative group of women (well, mostly women. Sometimes men, too!) I clearly remember when I set this intention. It was 2001 and I had started scrapbooking in 1999 when my son was born. I didn’t stay too long in that world, and quickly found “altered art.” A friend of mine owned an amazing paper arts store in Payson, Arizona called Paper and Metal Scrappers. I was such a regular at that store that they left a seat open for me. When I walked in, it was just like the television show Cheers where everyone knows your name and calls out “Norm!” One day Brenda said to me, “Jen, your work is good. Get me a sample. Let’s have you start teaching.” I was over-the-moon excited and scared. My passion as a regular customer and instructor of this store set me on a path that has become one of my work accomplishments that I’m most proud of in my life.
Ok…..fast forward to two weekends ago when I hopped on a plane to visit Patti Euler, mixed-media artist extraordinaire/instructor and owner of The Queen’s Ink in Savage, Maryland. Patti opened her incredible paper arts/rubber stamping/mixed media store 16 years ago and has never looked back. The second I walked in her store, memories of Paper and Metal washed over me and I fully expected the gals who work for her to call out “Norm!” I was home. I was back to teaching at an amazing store and I felt a tingling of excitement rush through my body.
Thus began a whirlwind of three days of teaching, learning, sharing, engaging, inspiring, being inspired by and pure joy of being with a tribe of creative women once again. I taught three days of resin, with Friday night’s journal class starting at Square 1 of working with resin to Saturday’s mixed-media jewelry class to Sunday’s bring-it-all-together resin casting/assemblage class. Here’s some fun numbers:
- 3 days of instruction/creative play
- 4 Ranger Signature Designer product lines were used: Susan Lenart Kazmer, Dina Wakley, Dyan Reevely and Tim Holtz
- 26 unique mixed media techniques taught/used to create the three distinct projects
- 56 students
- Consumed 86 ounces of ICE Resin. The last student was scraping the bottom of the bottles to fill her assemblage because we used up every drop of resin I brought for the weekend
Here’s a little photo album of the weekend. It was such a whirlwind of creativity that I didn’t get a chance on Saturday to stop even once to take pics.
I cannot say enough about Patti and her amazing store The Queen’s Ink. If you live in or near Maryland, Virginia or Washington DC, it is well worth the trip to visit her store. Not only that, but Patti has made it a point from the very beginning to bring in country’s best mixed-media instructors so her class offerings are the bomb diggity. Talks are already in the works for me to return Spring of next year. If you’re an East Coaster, please join her mailing list and keep an eye on my blog to see what we’re cooking up for you.