Monday, January 16, 2012

January Newsletter!

Our 2012 year is starting off awesome, hope yours is too! We are so excited to share all our news with you!
January 19th: Image Transfer Class! Create beautiful altered art using different techniques and mediums for transferring images onto surfaces (mainly soft gel). $25.00, mediums and materials provided but please bring a small image that you want to use. (works better for beginners to start with something small)
January 26th: 4-5 year old Children’s Art Class! $7.50, all materials provided. 4:30-5:30pm.
January 27th: 6-8 year old Children’s Art Class! $7.50, all materials provided. 4:30-5:30pm.
February 11th: One Year Anniversary! Lots of great sales, drawing, and treats!
February 16th: Altered Book Class! $20.00. Mediums and materials provided, but feel free to bring any photos, quotes, or embellishments you want to use. An altered book is an existing book that is glued, painted, collaged, stamped, cut and/or torn. It's "relaxed art." You don't need to be an expert to create pages you'll love.
Our featured project this month is paper covered vintage suitcases. Mom has done a wonderful job of covering two suitcases for sale in our shop. She used cutter bee scissors, a craft knife, PPA glue, and paper (all from the store) to create gorgeous finished products. She measured and cut the paper to size, using the craft knife to go around small areas like the handles.  Tip: Press the paper down over the metal hardware, rubbing it to create an indention in the paper so you can see where to cut it. Cut it slightly bigger so that you have some room to work with the paper, you can always trim it down as you go. Then she brushed PPA glue on the back of the paper, in small areas at a time, and stuck it down, smoothing out bubbles and wrinkles as she went. She then let it sit over night to make sure the glue was thoroughly dry before applying the first coat of PPA over the top of the paper covered suitcase. She applied three light coats of PPA over the suitcase, allowing each time to dry (about an hour) before adding the next coat. Finally, she sealed the whole surface with a coat of spray polyurethane.  The cream and pink suitcase was made using a set of Papaya Fine Paper Wrap, and the map/adventure suitcase was made using 12x12 sheets of 7 Gypsies paper. They make awesome decorative storage containers that can used for so many things. They can also be stacked on other vintage suitcases, a tray table, a small bench, or luggage rack to create a beautiful end table.

We hope you have a great day!

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