Today’s post is all about my Artventures at the Art House Studio this past weekend. It was absolutely incredible, of course totally art-filled and I learned a TON. This past April when I found out that Finnabair was teaching at the Art House Studio I was beyond excited and signed up for all three classes.
I first discovered Anna Dąbrowska’s artwork at CHA in Anaheim this past January in the Prima Booth. I had never seen anything like it – and if you haven’t seen her work I encourage you to visit her blog - and was dying to learn how she did it. Although I experimented on my own I couldn’t quite achieve the same effect – which is why I jumped at the chance to learn directly from her. Imagine my surprise when I found out she was teaching at our local studio – not 15 minutes from my home.
I’ve known Karen Ellis for a few years now – and was always drawn to her warm and engaging personality. She has such a big smile and big heart and she’s a ton of fun to be around. And the classes she offers at her studio are fantastic! Frankly I was very impressed with the whole weekend and will definitely be taking more classes there.
I loved learning from Anna. She has a great personality too, and it’s easy to talk to her (she was very funny as well). During the Saturday class there were about 24 students, and on the Sunday class – which was our all-day class, there were about 20 students. You can see the setup below – there’s a lot of room and I never once felt cramped.
So we took three classes in all – two on Saturday and one on Sunday. On Saturday we learned how to create one of Anna’s signature canvas styles. You can see mine below (if you click on the picture you should be able to see an enlarged version). Learning how to do the gradient from dark to white with the addition of a few colors was very cool.
The second project we did was called a Tea for Two scrapbook layout – using real steeped tea for the splashes and splatters. My layout’s not totally done as I haven’t yet added a title – or maybe I won’t add a title – I’m not sure. It was a great class as I learned all sorts of fantastic distressing techniques, clustering techniques etc.
It was really neat to see everyone’s work because even though we all worked from the same supplies (and boy were they generous with the supplies) – everyone’s canvas and layout were totally different. When Karen posts the class pictures with everyone holding their project I’ll post it here to show you guys.
I don’t have a picture of my third project yet as I still have a few things to finish on it – but once it’d done I’ll share.
All in all – I’m really happy with what I made. I had the opportunity to learn some great techniques & make some great projects. Now all I need to do is start to work on building on those techniques into my own style and voice.