Continuing to unpack all the artsy stuff, catalogs, and books received at CHA, I came across this "flower" made at Spellbinder's Make-and-Take that I wanted to share with you. It began as three floral die cuts (rather large, probably 5-6" for the green layer, 4" for the blue layer, and perhaps 2.5" for the brown layer). The floral dyes were cut from music sheets and/or text pages, laid flat and spritz with Smooch's(?) new spritzers (much like Glimmer Mist, and admittedly this new product had a problem with the sprayers clogging, that hopefully they will resolve soon). After spritzing each layer, we scrunged them up individually into nice balls and rolled each ball in our hands as tightly as possible. Then we unrolled the balls as much or as little as we desired, layered them on top of each other, put a brad through the middle and viola! A great idea for adding dimension and texture to a collage piece, or even a card!
Before I forget, Ranger has introduced a new misting product also (as have several other companies). It is called Perfect Pearls Mists. It is also similar to Tattered Angel's Glimmer Mist (that I LOVE!), however Ranger's new product has a translucent base, so it only adds colored shimmer, instead of coloring the entire surface...if that makes sense. This product is basically the same thing we could previously make ourselves using Ranger's Perfect Pearls Powders mixed with water in a mini-mister...only now it's premixed, in a large mister and has TONS of Perfect Pearls in the mix.
Moving along, within some notes that I made during the show, I am reminded of a conversation I had with Suze Weinberg regarding my inquiry as to how to maintain a "shiny/polished" finish when using beeswax in collaging. I had previously discovered that I could "polish" a finished piece of beeswax collaging with a pantyhose/stocking, or even a paper towel, and it would "shine"...for a while, and then need polishing again very soon to maintain the shine. Suze was kind enough to share with me that if I were to use an "Encaustic Medium," available from Fanne Fernow of Clairvoyant Encaustics, my collaging would maintain a shine! This medium has a resin mixed with the beeswax, and thus provides a shinier texture. If you should care to order any, please mention that you heard about the product by way of Suze Weinberg's suggestion.
My notes also reminded me of a brilliant art journaler from the UK, Dyan Reaveley, whom was demo'ing at the Ranger booth. OMGoodness, her journaling was TO-DIE-FOR ~~ so many interesting techniques and layers within her beautiful journals! I wish I could have spent hours with her. Not to mention her accent was fabulous, as was her fiesty attitude, and can be "heard" within her blogging, ;). If you have an interest in journaling, and/or interesting techniques that can be used with mixed media art, please check out her blog. She did some wonderful lettering that caught my eye, below:
I mentioned Lisa Pavelka in my earlier post, but sadly, I was so amazed by her work and demo that I didn't take any pictures. Here, I have borrowed a few of the pictures on her blog. Her work was stunning. She has some very unique polymer clay products, even some Steampunk forms/molds that are new, and several books that she has published. I had never before taken an interest in polymer clay, but she has inspired me to try it one day soon . . . and she was kind enough to send me home with a block of her clay simply for participating in her demo. Here are a few of the stunning multi-media pieces seen on her blog (a business card holder, and two necklaces ~~ some using real METAL CLAY!):