Queen’s Ink wrap up

Patti Euler in front of her incredible store The Queen's Ink in the historic Savage Mill in Savage, Maryland.

Patti Euler in front of her incredible store The Queen’s Ink in the historic Savage Mill in Savage, Maryland.

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.

Here we are sporting big smiles just before the weekend began

Here we are sporting big smiles just before the weekend began

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.

Ladies working on their art journal covers in Friday night's class

Ladies working on their art journal covers in Friday night’s class

Applying ICE Resin to the covers as the final step

Applying ICE Resin to the covers as the final step

 

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Iris Rodriguez working on her collage

 

Candi Harris working on her collage cover of her journal

Candi Harris working on her collage cover of her journal

 

Elizabeth Taylor's completed art journal cover including the freeform sculpture teachnique. You can read what Elizabeth had to say about the weekend on her blog.

Elizabeth Taylor’s completed art journal cover including the freeform wire sculpture technique. You can read what Elizabeth had to say about the weekend on her blog.

 

A little selfie fun with a Patti photobomb on Sunday as the ladies were working on their resin castings

A little selfie fun with a Patti photobomb on Sunday as the ladies were working on their resin castings

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Candi Harris’ amazing finished assemblage. She was so inspired when she left that she added even more to it in her home studio. Love the Dresden trim and the sticks and resin-coated flowers

 

Iris' completed assemblage. I love how completely different it looks from Candi's...almost as if they were not in the same class. This is what I love the most about teaching. Giving students a sample for an idea and then watching them take off with it to create work of art that is uniquely theirs

Iris’ completed assemblage. I love how completely different it looks from Candi’s…almost as if they were not in the same class. This is what I love the most about teaching. Giving students a sample for an idea and then watching them take off with it to create work of art that is uniquely theirs

 

Elizabeth's completed assemblage. How cute is the kitty cat chasing the butterfly?

Elizabeth’s completed assemblage. How cute is the kitty cat chasing the butterfly?

 

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Here’s a pic of me I rarely get…me teaching. A sweet student took some pics and graciously shared them with me.

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.

Artfully yours,

JenSig

Queen’s Ink this weekend

I am off to my last teaching gig of the year. Sooooooo excited about this one, as it’s a brand new venue for me. I’ll be at The Queen’s Ink in Savage, Maryland teaching assemblage, collage and jewelry — my favorite things in the entire world!

Patti Euler, the owner of Queen’s Ink and I have been chatting for years now every CHA (Craft and Hobby Association trade show) about me making a trip to her fabulous mixed-media art supply store. Well, we finally said to each other, “No more talking about it; let’s do this!” And so we shall. Just so you know a bit about Patti. Not only is she a smart businesswoman and store owner, she is an incredible mixed-media artist in her own right. She’s also an art educator too. Can’t wait for dinners. We have so much to talk about. (grin)

Classes are full, so this post is more an update to let you all know what I’m up to and where I will be this weekend. Here’s a look at the projects and techniques my folks will be learning and making Sept. 16, 17 and 18th.

Juxtaposition Assemblage: Found Objects and Resin Casting

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Fun, Funky and Functional Art Journal 

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Gypsy Heart Necklace 

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Be sure to check out The Queen’s Ink website and if you are ever in the area, please visit Patti’s store. Honestly, for an artsy person such as myself, it doesn’t get much better than this! JenSig

Mold making and casting process

My Peep Pie Journal workshop at Art is You Santa Rosa is almost full. Only two spaces left. By this time next week, I’ll be hanging out in gorgeous wine country with my artsy tribe. I can’t wait! Since so many folks are interested in the mold making and casting process with ICE Resin, and since this technique is the focal point of my workshop next week, I’ve been sharing process pics on my Instagram and Facebook business page this week. To give credit where credit’s due, Susan was the first to cast a lock. I saw hers and fell in love.

I’m teaching myself how to do video and editing since it’s my plan to start offering some online classes. Let’s just say I still have A LOT to learn about making and producing videos. However, in an effort to jump in and try out my skills, I put together a little marketing video for my journal class. I wanted to share something with those of you who might not be able to attend the Art is You retreat this time around. (Put it on your bucket list for sure though. It’s a pretty amazing art tribe, and you know there is serious truth in that saying You Vibe is Your Tribe!)

I hope you enjoy this little sneak peek:

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Going, going. gone…Art is You registration

AIYlogoGetting down to the wire here with Art is You Santa Rosa. I hope you will be joining me, as I’m super excited about this new teaching event for me. I have only a couple of spots left in my Peep-Pie journal class, but more openings in both my Wild and Free Gypsy Heart and Bronze Bambino workshops. These classes all focus on some really awesome ICE Resin techniques – pouring, mixing, coloring, layering, embedding, casting, resin paper. In addition I’m teaching wireworking and beading techniques in a skill-building way.

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Not in the Northern California region? Check out my class offerings for 2016 at Bead and Button in Milwaukee (search the teacher list for my name and you can see all my classes. Here’s my resin layers one) and also Bead Fest in Philadelphia. For you Phoenicians, remember that Art Unraveled is the only time I’m teaching locally, and this year I had to limit it to two workshops due to other projects in the works.

Oh and you San Diego peeps, remember that I’ll be at Charity Wings in May 12-14 for their 10 year anniversary Art Decadence celebration. I’m on the Board of Directors for this 501(c)(3) Non-Profit crafting organization and art center and have been a big supporter of Elena’s mission and vision for years now. When I teach at Charity Wings, I donate my time. The class fees collected are earmarked for educational programs of the various special needs organizations/students who attend weekly. I’ve had the sincere pleasure of being at the art center during some of these classes and I cannot tell you how much it warms my heart and reaffirms my belief in the good of humanity when I meet these amazing people. There is one woman with the most generous spirit who always gives me her project when she sees me. She tells me that seeing me smile when she gives me her art is what makes her happy. Seriously, brings tears to my eyes every time I’m such a softie. Here are links to my two classes; Metal Mania and ICE Resin Basics and Beyond

Til next time. Hope you are having an Artful week.

JenSig

 

Skeleton Leaf tutorial

Have you seen some of amazing collar necklaces of Susan’s? I have, and they are drop dead gorgeous. Susan developed a technique for making a mold of a delicate skeleton leaf in order to cast it in ICE Resin to use as components when building her large jewelry pieces. The moment I saw the work and this incredible technique, my jaw dropped to the ground and I grabbed her arm.

“Susan! People are going to go crazy for this! I’m going crazy for this!”

She smiled a little grin and nodded her head.

If you want to learn this amazing technique, head on over to the Ranger Ink blog where I do a stepped out tutorial on using the Susan Lenart Kazmer products to make these incredible leaves. You know what’s the secret sauce to these? Our brand new resin tints.

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If you want to see more of Susan’s inspiration work, be sure to follow her on Instagram. Be sure to follow me there too if you aren’t already. And, heck, while you’re at it, make sure you follow Ranger Ink too. Triple the fun!

Here’s wishing you a very Artful day!

JenSig

Art is You Last Call

AIYinstagramArt is You, the fabulous life-affirming mixed-media art retreat in Santa Rosa, California is a little under a month away and I’m gearing up for my workshops. I’m not finished with my studio purge and re-organization yet, but a girl’s still gotta do what a girl’s gotta do and, for me, that’s work! I have a temporary fold up table in one corner right now that is just for Art is You. I’m making my ICE Resin castings and getting all my supplies gathered into one big heap so I can make kits next week.

My journal class has only a couple spots left, but there’s still room in my other two workshops — Bronze Bambino and My Wild and Free Gypsy Heart. If you live in the Northern California area or love wine and visiting wine country + making art or have family in the area that you’ve been wanting to see, don’t delay any longer. Registration closes on April 3rd and Salianne and Ellen sent a notice letting their folks know the block of rooms set aside at the discounted is almost full. If that’s not enough incentive, I received a notice in my email this morning that Southwest Airlines is having a tip -off sale with one-way airfare starting at $69. I just checked how much it is from Phoenix to San Francisco and it came up as $158 round trip.  I managed to take advantage of their Spring Sale a few weeks ago and also got a smokin’ good airfare. Plus, it’s Southwest so 2 free bags (important consideration when you are bringing art supplies!)

Just wanted to take a moment to reach out. I’m heading to wine country, meeting up with my art-making tribe and gearing up for an awesome trip. Honestly, I would LOVE for you to join me on this adventure.

 

JenSig

 

Day 7 — a week of heART

Welcome to day seven – the final day of my Week of heART…

Sylvia Plath is one of my favorite poets. The way she constructs her sentences makes me see the words in my minds eye the same way I see my art. I wanted to finish my week strong. When you read the words “Tonight, in the infinitesimal light of the stars” I hope you see what I see.

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I am Vertical

But I would rather be horizontal.
I am not a tree with my root in the soil
Sucking up minerals and motherly love
So that each March I may gleam into leaf,
Nor am I the beauty of a garden bed
Attracting my share of Ahs and spectacularly painted,
Unknowing I must soon unpetal.
Compared with me, a tree is immortal
And a flower-head not tall, but more startling,
And I want the one’s longevity and the other’s daring.

Tonight, in the infinitesimal light of the stars,
The trees and the flowers have been strewing their cool odors.
I walk among them, but none of them are noticing.
Sometimes I think that when I am sleeping
I must most perfectly resemble them–
Thoughts gone dim.
It is more natural to me, lying down.
Then the sky and I are in open conversation,
And I shall be useful when I lie down finally:
Then the trees may touch me for once, and the flowers have time for me.

– Sylvia Plath, Poet/Author