Dipped Dyed & Graffitied - A new Workshop

Dipped Dyed & Graffitied 
An Exercise in Random Marks and Color


Join me LIVE for a half day workshop at The Craftshack where I will create alongside of you as we dip, dye and graffiti our way to an amazing art journal.

In this 1/2 Day workshop, you will experiment with color in a whole new way, stacking and layering mediums to build a unique foundation fabric for your project.  Learn how to let go and apply your tools in new ways, pushing the boundaries of their intended use.

Painted and marked, your journal fabric will begin to feel like soft glove leather.  Next up - Cut, fold, stitch, snap and button your way to a beautiful and chunky art journal, all the while fashioning interesting and unique components.

In this workshop,  you will learn how to create one off fabric pieces, reverse paint your papers, create unique painted embellishments, hand dye ribbons and stitch borders to make your journal pop!

A KIT WITH KEY COMPONENTS WILL BE PROVIDED TO EACH STUDENT!

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at The Craftshack in Longwood, Florida

11:00pm - 3:00pm

SEATING IS LIMITED!

The Craft Shack Studio
218 West Church Avenue
Longwood, FL 32750
(407) 448-1375
craftshacklongwood@gmail.com
Debbie Helton, Owner

The unPlanner™ - week 40 sneak peek

Hello October! I love the start of fall and with it the beginning of a new chapter in my yummy unPlanner™! I know there will be so many fun things to document this month. Come take a peek at what is in store for us!

Want to join us in Documenting Your Life in an unConventional way this year? You can read more about our project HERE.

Don't forget to check out Sandi's peeks too! 

Lorraine is enjoying her sabbatical. We wish her a happy Summer!

Five Seconds in the Studio with Me

These five seconds in the studio were spent searching for some inspiration in one of my favorite recycled art journals.

The first thing I did after I bound the book using this amazingly cool tool was to add an additional layer of color to each page using the Gelli Plate®. Now I can open the journal and be inspired to create. Five pages done, lots more to go.

 I made several of these a few weeks ago. I love them so much. Maybe better than any other journal- for a few reasons: 1. They are a great size, about 5x7 inches. 2.The pages are a mix of under paper, and scraps of bristol and watercolor paper so the book pages feel super interesting once you start working with paint and mediums. 3. I was able to use up a ton of recycled corrugated chip board my daughter collected for me at work. 

I hope you enjoyed this snippet from the studio and find yourself feeling inspired too. Happy Creating!

ANOTHER PRETTY PAPER BAG BOOK

Sometimes you just can't help but make something out of nothing. This little art journal started life as a cast off merchandise bag from a local boutique. Quick, colorful and a breeze to make! 

A FEW SIMPLE STEPS

 

1. Lay bag flat horizontally, with opening on the right side and fold up from bottom.
2. Fold top right corner down to crease and tuck in on itself.
3. Fold bag in half again from left to right so the "pocket" remains on the right side.
4. Use washi tape to secure the pocket and all sides.
5. Add embellishment to front & stitch around the edges for added texture.
6. Tie ribbon around center spine and add folded "pages" by slipping under the ribbon.
7. Add more ribbon and a clip for a closure.

Next time you go to throw away a pretty bag, think again! MAKE ANOTHER PRETTY PAPER BAG JOURNAL HERE

THE PROJECT SUPPLIES

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The unPlanner™ - week 39 sneak peek

Good Bye September ! Where did the weeks go? Luckily I have my trusty unPlanner™ to leaf through in the future. I love this beautiful and unOrthodox way of documenting my year long journey and can't wait see how many volumes I end up. Will it be three or four? Only time will tell. 

Want to join us in Documenting Your Life in an unConventional way this year? You can read more about our project HERE.

Don't forget to check out Sandi's peeks too! 

Lorraine is enjoying her sabbatical. We wish her a happy Summer!

five things - my week at a glance

1CROCHETING RIBBON TODAY

…because the colors make me swoon

Crocheting is always a great craft for me to do when I need to wind down, destress or just not think at all too much. I love the calming repetition and enjoy seeing how quickly a project can spring to life once you get into a groove and start speeding along. While I was on a conference call the other day I started to play with this piece of ribbon and my crochet hook and suddenly I had this juicy and colorful chain of yumminess!


2CHALKING TREES TODAY

…because I do whatever she asks of me

When she grabs my cheeks between her little palms and asks me to “chalk trees” I do it.  I melt into a puddle of mush every time she opens her tiny lips. So when I should be folding laundry or cleaning the studio I just “chalk” trees instead. She is specific in her requests and generous with her praise. I love that she scrutinizes our drawings, side by side, and sees something she loves in both of them. It is why I smile as I get little else done.


3MEETING FRIENDS TODAY

…because we live an ocean apart

I was so tickled when I learned that a sweet art pal from The Documented Life Project™ was visiting stateside from Australia this month. When she asked me to mail a few things to her at her hotel I knew I had do one better than that…I had to go meet her. We know one another  “online” and it was such an honor to finally sit side by side and talk with her about art & travel! And while our visit was short it made me so happy to send her off with a hug.


4DOCUMENTING TODAY

…because my memories are worth it

Speaking of documenting, have you found as much joy in recording your memories as I have this year? Sure there are days, weeks even, where I am behind and overwhelmed and just plain not in the mood, but I always stay true to making a few notes, snapping a few photos, collecting a few tidbits from the week. There is always a day when I finally catch up  and I never regret it. My life is worth recording, no matter how simple it is and taking the time to record it matters to me.


5MAKING ART TODAY

…because I love new art stuff

Whenever I get some new art supplies I can hardly wait to get into the studio and start experimenting with them. There is so much fun and even random inspiration to be found in just playing. No worrying about getting it right or making something beautiful, just good old fashioned art time. For me, personally, I find that I love what I create under these circumstances so much more, my mind and hands free to just create and explore on their own.

The unPlanner™ - week 38 sneak peek

September is well under way and so are the challenges for this month. This week we have a great list and another fun art prompt. It is official. After September I will be in my third binder. I can't wait! 

Want to join us in Documenting Your Life in an unConventional way this year? You can read more about our project HERE.

Don't forget to check out Sandi's peeks too! 

Lorraine is enjoying her sabbatical. We wish her a happy Summer!