I can't believe it's been almost three weeks since my last post - so I'm remedying that now! :)
A lot has happened in the last three weeks! I've been away on vacation - I attended a very intensive 5-day workshop, sponsored by The Mill Paper and Book Arts Center in Rhinelander and held at Circle of Life Studio in beautiful Eagle River, Wisconsin (as we NE Wisconsinites like to call it, "up north") making Japanese handmade paper and dyeing it. The AMAZINGLY talented Tatiana Ginsberg taught the class.
It was HEAVEN, and made even better by the fact that Brian and our Pomeranian, Dudley, were able to come up too! I also taught a "Papermaking with Recycled Materials" class! Oh, and I've been elected the chair of Wisconsin Visual Artists - NE Chapter, not incidentally! :D
Before I left, I knew I wanted to get a lot of work done so that I'd be ready to go for tonight's Arts Around the Bend, a bi-yearly gallery walk held in West Bend, Wisconsin (I'm at the same place where I was last year - the Apple Barrel!). I had been toying with the idea of trying encaustic, so I just went for it. Here's the result:
This is one of the FIFTEEN pendants I made for the gallery walk this evening - I'm having a BLAST! Talk about ephemera - each of these pendants (you can see them ALL here) was created using layers and layers of "scraps". I just started going through my piles and piles of ephemera - not caring about color, content or age - and just began pasting tiny bits onto the masonite forms (the pendant you see here is only an inch square!). I then brushed on beeswax in a very light layer - you sure don't need much - and this is the end result. I'm really happy with the way these turned out!
If you can make it to West Bend tonight, I hope I see you! :) If not, stay tuned for more ephemera scrappy-goodness! :D