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Illusion of Metal Mini Workshop The Illusion of Metal workshop, taught by Kathy Plante, is a mixed media foray into creating the look of riveted industrial metal with a few simple materials and a set of soft metalworking tools. You will learn how to emboss and patina soft metal creating yards of textured “steel” which you will use to cover a small box, transforming it into a piece of industrial art. This technique will give your mixed media pieces a heavy duty, edgy look characteristic of urban metal grunge and is a great addition to your mixed media “toolbox” of techniques.

Each student will go home with a finished box, a length of “industrial steel” and your own set of metal working tools so you can make more “steel” at home.

The workshop will be Saturday June 10th at the JGMS building in Mandarin, from 10:00-3:00

The workshop requires that Kathy purchase tools in advance so we are asking for paid signups IMMEDIATLY if you don’t want to miss out on this class!

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Kevin Tobin’s Golden Presentation

Kevin Tobin outdid himself presenting a wonderful Golden Acrylics Seminar for members and guests of SoMMA (Society of Mixed Media Artists) on Friday. It is impossible to take in all the info at one time, so we will be inviting Kevin back to give us an actual workshop using Golden Acrylics. Got terrific samples from Golden as well!!! (Francesca Tabor-Miolla‘s post) See Photos below:

         

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extending your Paints

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SoMMA CHALLENGE

Winners of the SoMMA (Society of Mixed Media Artists) CHALLENGE. Left to right: Sharon Kuhn 2nd place, Joyce Gabiou 1st place and Barbara Milon 3rd place.
Each bi-monthly SoMMA meeting Leslie and Francesca present a ‘challenge’ for any member who would like to participate. Membership votes on winning pieces. Just for fun but you should see some of the absolutely fantastic art work that comes of a simple challenge. Pam and Evelyn have joined the ‘Challenge Committee’, see below!!

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Carol Nelson Workshop Day 1 cont.

I had really meant to share all this right after the workshop while that initial creative excitement was coursing through my veins. But…fate had something else in mind. The good thing is that the excitement of the workshop is not only still in my veins, but has continued into my studio.

If you read the syllabus from the previous post then you know that we were tasked with learning a fair amount of techniques the first day. . . and the second day . . . and the third too! On the third day we also had to gather all those bits and put them into actual art pieces. It may have been exciting, but it also hurt my brain!

Clay Medallions: these were made of Air Dry Clay, so many choices in shapes etc: I think you can see how fun it was.

Iron paint/rust: A beautiful result from a relatively simple process. Carol obviously has been teaching a while. She did many of the techniques this day, so that they would be dry and or finished processing by the time we needed to use the individual ingredients. I think the results from this process is a little more intense than using vinegar and sunshine as others do. However, the chemicals involved do smell a bit:                                                            

Molding paste stencils: Another simple but effective technique that can produce a variety of materials to use in your work. It wasn’t just stencils but anything that you could use to texturize as well. Carol had plenty of stencils and tools for us to play with. Some of us used the cheaper sparkling or joint compound for this one:                                                         

Acrylic Skins/puffy paint squiggles: This is one of the few techniques that I don’t know I will bother with. Others I know are going to do it over and over and over again. They just loved the possibilities. Wendy particularly liked the idea of writing with the puffy paint. Hmmm…maybe I will try it again, after all. This is really really easy to start with, just squeeze some molding gel out and some colors into it and wait for it to dry, then peel. 

Plaster of Paris Stones: These are a precious gem of an ingredient! Really they could be any shape or color and can add a subtle or powerful dimension to any piece:                   

CREATE: so we did finally get to make a work of art (or attempt to) the first day. This was definitely a good exercise. Carol did a demo for us to start:                                          Then she gave us the word Create printed out and had many papers and design elements for us to choose from. This was all about value and composition (she also gave out a great simple guide to three different universally useful compositions). This is a lesson we all can repeat over and over. In this case Carol made it a joy to revisit the basics, not boring at all. Once again it amazes one to see how given all the same basic ingredients and the same instructions, 18 artists will come up with 18 completely different pieces:                                       Having started these late in the day only some were finished then. You will see more in my post about the third day. Up next Day TWO.

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Carol Nelson’s Workshop part 1

What a fun filled and technique packed workshop. So many wonderful new options learned in such a short time! It all started with this syllabus:

https://carolnelsonfineart.com/workshops

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Tony Wood’s Words of Wisdom

Like many artists and especially instructors Tony was down with the Rule of Thirs. Also like many others he encouraged us to break the rules. Though he did say, Follow the rules 1st then change if that isn’t the right answer.                                                                                                                   He said “I make mistakes, but you’ll never see them!”                                  PUSH was a key word…push yourself, push the painting, push the limits.                                                                                                                     The reason artists put odd number items in a piece? It lets the viewer do the “grouping” that they want to do instinctively.                                   Force your will on the painting.                                                                          When remixing a color but not getting the right match, use it anyway and “share the love”.                                                                                           He said “Don’t start with the Shape of the face. Start with the eyes, nose and mouth instead.

This certainly isn’t all he had to say, but what captured me and I wrote down. I’d love it if members would add to it by commenting below!

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Tony was MARVELOUS!

A rapt audience of SoMMA members and guests watched as Tony Woods masterfully walked through producing a mixed media portrait right before their eyes. He was such a good spot about his rambunctious audiences calling out suggestions like back seat drivers. Together they made a wonderful work of art. It was not certain Tony would finish before the end of the meeting, though he certainly was well on his way after only 40 minutes. He was egged on by a dare from the

crowd (more like a taunt). Sure enough the piece was at least completed as a draft. With a few tweaks he will have a portrait for sale. His many words of wisdom will be posted here later this week (If I can find my notes!)

 


 

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