The Garden Party Artist Class is coming soon. The brainchild of Mary Green at Green Paper, it runs throughout the month of April with a dozen pretty spring projects by a dozen different artists. I took the February class and it was a lot of fun. This time I'm back as one of the instructors! You can see details of all the projects here.
One of the fun aspects of the class is all the little freebie projects that are sprinkled in on the days when you don't have a regular project. Last time we got free clip art, instructions for mini projects, information about art-related web sites and much more.
You won't have time to do all the projects but they can be printed out and saved.
Check out the details and if you want to sign up, you can save $10 on the $49 fee by using my code: just abby and me.
Collage artists seem to love collecting old photos of children, especially little girls. Since we are mostly women, I guess we see ourselves reflected in them somehow. Lately I've been making an effort to add some boys to the mix. Not sure how I'll use them, but I found these two dapper fellows when I went antiquing Wednesday. Feel free to copy them if you like.
The boy with the bow and the ruffles remains nameless but his photo was taken in Jersey City as you can see.
This little fellow has a big name: James Garwood (or possibly Harwood) Closson 3rd, age 2 years. The photo was taken in Philadelphia, June 18, 1899.
We had a great time on Saturday making pendants at Kecia DeVeney's home/studio in Wall Township, NJ. It was an hour and a half away for me, but it was such a gorgeous day I didn't mind the drive at all. We made pendants using old tintype photos, brass findings, old rhinestones and chandelier crystals and put it all together with solder, glue and resin. What fun!
My pendant is the heart-shaped guy, second row, far right.
It was also fun to see Kecia's home and her artwork, which I'd only seen photos of before. I'll tell you one thing, that girl knows how to work a flea market...
I had such a great time taking the February Artist Class run by Mary Green, which featured 12 projects by 12 different artists, that I couldn't resist proposing a project of my own. The new Artist Class, with a Garden Party theme, will run throughout the month of April. My project will be an altered antique bottle with pretty paper flowers. You can get $10 off the price by mentioning my code: justabbyandme
Mona Moore retired in 2006 after 30 years as a reporter and editor with The Press of Atlantic City. She has since reinvented herself as an artist/crafter, jewelry maker and teacher. Her work can be found at The Maple Tree in Seaville, Primrose in Somers Point, Small Craft Advisory in Stone Harbor and the Riverfront Renaissance Art Center in Millville. Her etsy site is www.bluemooncrft.etsy.com.
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A secret weapon
“Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air and send millions of little parachutes floating down to earth -- boxes of Crayolas. Not little boxes of eight. Boxes of 64, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime. And people would smile and get a funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.” --Robert Fulghum