5/23/2010

Flying Adventure: Springtime at Palouse Falls


This area, about 38 nautical miles from home, is part of the famous, Ice Age Missoula Flood plain. Millions of years ago, an ice dam broke. Raging water coursed through thousands of miles in what's now Montana, Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington. You can see how the flood gouged out the land. It didn't leave much topsoil, and so nothing much grows in the area.






5/18/2010

Craft Book Review: Rubber Stamping Artist Trading Cards

Rubber Stamping: Artist Trading Cards
Tweedyjill Publications
2007

I'm currently designing seven weekly craft programs for tweens and teens at the library, as the programming component for that age group for Summer Reading, which takes place during June and July.

At the weekly craft sessions, the teens will get to make marbelized paper; their own books; sweet sushi; hydro-bracelets; snow globes; sand art mosaics and, last but not least, Artist Trading Cards.

As an avid scrapbooker, I find the ATC's, Artist Trading Cards, to be the most intriguing of the seven craft sessions. As someone who is used to working with a rather large canvas--TWO 12" squares on which to convey my story, I find the small size 2.5" x 3.5" (the size of a wallet photo, or a playing card) to be intimidating. Even my handwriting is even big and sprawling. How can I possibly create something on such a small scale?

Fortunately, I found this book, which is a treasure trove of ideas and techniques. The more I read, the more excited I became. Organized for the beginner, it has chapters on materials and tools; stamping basics; and stamping techniques.

I love to play with rubber stamps and inks, embossing powders, acrylic and watercolor paints and every imaginable type of embellishment, and so none of this information was new to me. But I did SOooo appreciate the hundreds of pictures of ATCs.

Over the weekend, I'll be happily making up a bunch to have on hand as examples/ideas for the teens who take the class.

I doubt I'll ever be comfortable with the small canvas, but who knows? Never say never, right?
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