It is a beautiful, fabric art journal with LOTS of blank white pages, tags, envelopes and such inside just waiting to be filled with my creativity!! And the awesome thing, besides the fact that we got to work some in it that night, is that every Wednesday, Donna does a video on her blog showing herself doing a page in HER art journal, demonstrating different techniques so we can follow along and keep on learning! I'm SO excited to have my very own that I've already done a layout in it (though it was one about heartbreak, as you'll soon see). So...here are the pages we worked on that night in the workshop...
The second day, I think our first workshop was a workshop on different resist techniques, which was a lot of fun and I learned a lot of new things. I love playing with paint and glue and embossing powder and ink...so this was right up my alley!! I even got to play with something totally new to me - alcohol inks - definitely going on my wish list!!!! These were used on the final picture - the acrylic page - so awesome!
Oh - and a quick photo of Donna and me - this was actually not taken until late in the day on Sunday - which is why I look so completely exhausted!!!!
The Saturday afternoon workshop was the first of two fabric-scrapbooking workshops. Fabric scrapbooking is one of the reasons we love Donna. Who else does could combine our two favorite loves - fabric and scrapbooking - into ONE?! Deanna and I were both in a very happy place. Donna was quick to point out at the beginning of both this and the Sunday workshops that her goal was NOT to have us complete ANY project - but merely to give us the tools and techniques to be able to take them home and work on them ourselves! I loved that! (And I have a scrapbooking retreat coming up in a couple weekends, thanks to my awesome hubby, that will be the perfect time to continue working on said projects!)
This is a 6x6 GORGEOUS turquoise vinyl album, and we primarily worked on applying Donna's line of iron-ons to the pages. We did a little bit of distressing and watercoloring, but not too much - we simply ran out of time. I can't wait to finish the little mannequin lady that goes on the front of the album - she's just too cute!!
Finally, Sunday's workshop (the longest) was another fabric scrapbooking workshop, using an 8x8 canvas album. It was an incredible workshop, using gesso and acrylic paints, stamps, a technique called "drippage," where you drip either airbrush paint or thinned acrylic paint down an already-painted page; lots of different mixed media, including embedding book text in the page with gel mediums; using india ink with dip pens to write over acrylic paint; and my favorite - using modeling compound to create major dimension!! We didn't have time to paint the modeling compounded pages, but I will definitely get around to it. It was a super fun class, and I left feeling SO exhausted but SO high!!! (Note - not a single one of these pages is totally finished!)
This page below, embedded the book text and did the painting, but Donna then used it as an example by stamping it and watercoloring in the stamp. I completely love the stamp and have since ordered it from her site!!
The following are some of the stamps I got while there - all designed by Donna herself. LOVE THEM!!!!
Sadly, a couple days after returning from my mountaintop experience, (it took me that long to get back into the loop online), I learned that a dear friend was going through the loss of her baby. Having been there myself almost 4 years ago, it broke my heart to see her in that same place. I couldn't sleep that night, after learning about her loss, so I did what I now had the ability to do - I got up, and while I prayed, I also expressed my angst in my new art journal. She loved the page as much as I do.
On a MUCH more positive note, a friend of my sister's saw the photos from my weekend, and requested that I make some sort of art piece for a friend of hers who is making a big move in her life, and who happens to love birds, birdcages, and the colors in the painting/collage below. Last night, after a trip to Michaels for supplies, I just couldn't wait to get started, and so after ATTEMPTING to go to bed, at 1:30 a.m., I was as bad as a kid on Christmas Eve and could no longer wait. I got up and after putting away all my new supplies, I went to work...and by 7:30 this morning...I was done with my first real piece of artwork!! I was so pleased with how it turned out, I almost wanted to keep it for myself! LOL I used lots of mixed media here - from fluid acrylics to stamping, heat embossing, fabric for the big flower, glimmer mist spray, embedded book text with gel medium, beads, book text for the flower stem, mosaic tiles, heavy body acrylic paint with glass bead medium, a metallic rub on, mulberry paper flowers, paper ephemera, metallic leaves, and wire. (I think I hit it all...I used a LOT of stuff on here!)
I had a really hard time capturing the true colors of the piece with my camera...in most of the pics, the big flower came out looking much brighter than it actually is. It's really much more like this color, but with a slight shimmer to it. It's very pretty, with a mixture of pearl seed beads and gold beads in the center.
I love the look of the copper-embossed bird over the bird cage, with the added dimension of the mosaic tiles!! I just love lots of dimension!!! I'm a very touchy-feely girl when it comes to stuff like this, and I like to have lots of stuff to FEEL!!!
So...sorry for the novel...but didn't know quite how to sum up such an unbelievably amazing experience in any shorter way!!! Hope you enjoy all the pics! To see Donna's amazing work, visit her website at www.donnadowney.com - and since they just had the semi-annual Craft & Hobby Association trade fair, she has some awesome new stuff coming out in the next few weeks - can't wait for it to be available!!!!