Oh boy, what fun we had yesterday getting all dirty with Tim Holtz! My hands look I've been toying with engines instead of making wonderful art. The girls and I headed out before 6 yesterday morning toward Rubber Chicken Stamp Art in Gaithersburg, Maryland, for a day of classes with our favorite artist. We were so impressed with the first two classes we had signed up for that we begged to stay for the third. Tim and our gracious hosts at Rubber Stamp worked it out and we were in! How cool is that?
During the morning session -- Charmed Possessions -- we worked with dominoes, alcohol inks, mica, metal charms and found items to create these awesome little pieces that could be worn as jewelry or used in collage, or who knows what! (You can click on any of these images for a closer look. In fact, please do, since I wasn't able to limit my focus to any one thing.)
After lunch we turned our attention to Industrial, and made these little yummies from Bazzill chipboard, metallic dabbers, ink, fun bits-and-pieces of metal, electrical resistors and bulbs. The challenge in this session was to not use glue.These were the only projects I didn't complete in the allotted time, (or maybe I should say that this was the only class where I had left-over parts!) but the class was also pretty loose and open to interpretation.
Our evening class -- Road Trip -- was all about using found items, beads, and these cool little license plates (that we made from TH paper, acrylic tags and aged copper tape) to make charms to be strung on a themed necklace. Although the necklace was pretty well adorned by the time we finished it, he encouraged us to add our own found items to the piece as we discover them on our "journey."
One of the many cool things about Tim's classes is that he supplies all the tools you need to complete a project -- no basic kit in tow. We learned so many new techniques yesterday that my hands may look like a mechanic's for some time. Five hours of driving + ten hours of classes = fun, fun fun!