It is with much relief that I am writing this morning. It isn't usual that I get stressed out over doing a project, but these past few weeks have been somewhat worrisome to me. I mentioned the other day that I was invited to participate in the Art Play Date online class event, and while I was thrilled to be asked to teach, I was somewhat intimidated.
After all, the line up of teachers included many teachers that I have followed and admired since I began painting. These were what we call the "big brushes". They were well-established, full of talent and had great followings. Even the newer teachers' work was in my opinion outstanding. I found myself wondering how I would ever measure up.
I had a project in mind since I was asked to join them a couple of months ago. With the Christmas holidays upon me I figured that I would think it through until afterwards, as I would have the entire month of January to take my time and work on it. But things began to pile up in January, and as I mentioned a couple of days ago, I have several different new ventures that I am working on and they quickly filled up these past couple of weeks. I don't remember ever working in so many directions at once, but one by one I ticked off project after project and finished every deadline on time. I was really proud.
I still had a full week to complete my Art Play Date project when I started on really implementing it last Saturday. But after struggling on it all day long, I wasn't feeling good about it and I felt like I hit the wall. I don't know if nerves got the best of me or what, but by Saturday night, I was near tears because I didn't know WHAT I was going to do about it and I only had a few days left.
I talked to the coordinator and creator of the Art Play Date – Kelly Hoernig – on Sunday. I had known Kelly from my Chapter of The Society of Decorative Painters that I belonged to when I lived in Chicago. I hadn't spoken to her in probably 10 years since I moved here to Canada but when we talked, it was as if we were old friends again. Kelly is wonderful! She is creative and understanding and oh- so talented! By the time our conversation ended, I felt I had a new direction and a new focus. I got to work.
Little by little the projects took shape in my mind. Everything didn't happen at once, and there were some stumbling blocks. But as with any new venture, I learned as I created and I figured out the best ways to do things and my confidence grew. It has been a full week of thinking and trials and errors and late nights working, but last night around 10pm I could finally look at my projects and call them "FINISHED" and feel really good about them. I set up my photography tent and got some photos of the projects for you all to see today. I am rather happy with them.
What I am going to teach are some techniques in texture and painting in the form or two Victorian Ice Skates:
The pink skate measures about 10" tall and 7" wide and the blue skate measures about 8" tall by 10" wide. They are cut from wood and painted using Margot Clark's MUD texture paste (www.margotclark.com)
The blue skate also teaches a process for applying a fine crackle medium:
And both skates are embellished with beautiful crystal rhinestones, ribbon and lace:
There is a wealth of techniques included in these – including the antiquing process to make them look 'old'. But I am also going to show photos tomorrow of how they looked BEFORE the antiquing process was done so those who like something a bit more contemporary will enjoy them as well. (You have to come back tomorrow to see that!)
I will be selling the wood kits for these projects, which will include the two skates as well as the six snowflake embellishment charms. Information will be on my site on SUNDAY – the launching day for Art Play Date. I will be offering a discount for the kits for those who sign up for Play Date through my link. :)
But I didn't stop there . . .
I wanted to also demonstrate how to paint on a REAL skate. So as a bonus part for my class lesson, I am going to include a second video which will show how to prep and paint on a real ice skate. I made my sample in more of a contemporary style, for those with contemporary taste:
I found this pair of skates at my local second hand store for only $3.00! I will use the mate for this to demonstrate on when I make the video. I also used Margot's MUD on this skate to create the pretty poinsettia motif:
As you can see, the entire skate simply SHIMMERS! I finished the other side with a little snowflake design:
And (of course!) used some hot fix rhinestones from Rhinestone Canada on them all! It is a totally different look, but the process can be done using any color or any design.
I hope that people will like the class.
Today I am preparing the special Art Play Date Page on my website so that people can sign up for the class. Part of our compensation for teaching the class is based on who signs up through our affiliate link so I hope if you decide to join us you consider doing so at my site. I am offering a discount on the wood kit for this project for those who do come through my site. Details will be up there on Sunday.
I hope this intrigues many of you. Whether you are a woodworker or a painter, there is really no fussy technique involved in creating these beautiful pieces and they are a great deal of FUN to make! They are a great way to stretch your creativity and from what I am seeing from the other teachers, the entire course is going to be amazing! So many beautiful projects and techniques to learn! I hope you join us!
It is sunny and calm here today and looks to be a beautiful weekend. I hope you have a fabulous one as well. Have fun and do something creative to feed your soul! :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"