Saturday, March 5, 2016

Spring is Happening!



We had a class for Spring wood blocks this past week.  I was blown away by the creativity of the participants.  

We provided the basic parts and pieces and let them have at it!   One of the girls is so afraid of creating and wound up with an awesome out of the box creation! 

This is one of my projects ~

We began with raw wood blocks
 3.5" x 4.5" 

I also added a brand new copper penny and a yellow ceramic butterfly plus the glass knob. 

More blocks, with a Shabby look

The wood was painted in an array of Spring colors using DecoArt / Americana paints.

Some girls used sandpaper to soften the edges of the blocks after paint was applied.  This provided a lovely shabby effect.

Die cut adhesive letters were prepared using our double side adhesive specialty paper.  Assorted precut papers were available as a background.  Papers were glued on using decoupage techniques with Aleene's Glue. The letters were then placed on the dried backgrounds.   

Now for the fun.   We hand dyed seam binding with inks and markers and water. The effects were so lovely.   We had plenty of embellishments to work with and applied them with gusto!  Included were Petaloo flowers plus bits and pieces added with Aleene's and E6000.  

Sandy used multiple coordinating papers, three different knobs, dyed seam binding, a metal flower along with inks to outline her letters & to stain the wood.

We had some finials and knobs added with E6000 glue for a firm hold.  Jewels, gems ribbons and ephemera were added for a really fun look.

   Linda chose multiple paint colors and varied papers.      

Carolyn got lucky!  She also used green paint and a gold shamrock coin.

Ingrid got all aflutter with hers!

Nancy opted for simple paint only.  

As you can see, each project was very different and creative, but using the same basic items.   
We will be doing more classes, if YOU are in 
the PHOENIX, AZ area....East valley, West valley, see our class schedule on the website.   

Stay tuned for More musings from our Design Team this month...they always amaze!

THANKS for stopping by!  Jean

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