Art Journal Class @ Whim So Doodle
This extraordinary scrapbook store is an hour away in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. I have wanted to visit the store for some time now.....the perfect opportunity presented itself ......a class with Stephanie Ackerman! Although quite steep $ for a "school salary" nurse I decided to take the plunge.....I was not disappointed. The first 3 hours was spent painting with acrylic and Tim Holtz distress paints. We also stamped and stenciled each area. She also told us to journal or write quotes inside the circles with a white,uni-ball SIGNO broad pen. This pen writes like magic and the pigment ink dries perfect! Who knew?...........When I finished the large piece of canvas I held it up for a pic with our teacher! She is the best instructor!
THEN....my daughter and I also signed up for the afternoon class to make the paper for the inside journal using the gelli plate to print our own paper. It was a design experiment for sure.....
Drum roll please......
This was so much fun..... she also had several scripture quotes to cut out and place anywhere in the journal. Each person made there's different but we could use her model if we wanted.
We also used some washi tape to attach the print outs. I liked her blue with red cherries (Mary Engelbreit fan) the best.
One interesting tidbit: When you gesso the canvas.....use a plastic card(old one or used gift card) to spread the gesso irregularly. The paint will have different hues when it dries. The gesso makes the paint go further and have a more vibrant color.
Above: paper results after gelli printing.
Lindsay did a better job of painting her canvas, leaving areas natural for a more vibrant contrast!
This store was so interesting we had to visit again last Saturday just to absorb more of it's content and shop for a Bible.....google Stephanie Ackerman to view her Bible journal class. They carry the largest selection of Tim Holtz stamps, stencils and dies of any store I have EVER visited! The separate room of material(fabric) is a dangerous place to be! If you watch videos of France Papillon they also carry several items she uses in her journal videos...paint, inks, dyes, etc. I hope to visit again in September to take another class.
What have you made this summer?
I am on Pinterest and You Tube video restriction until I clean up my craft room!