This week I took 2 classes at the Create NJ retreat. This is the 3rd year I have taken classes at this event. The price of the classes this year went up a lot from last year and they cost $152 each. Apparently one day mixed media classes cost more than taking one day quilting classes.
I took a class on using plastics to create and art piece with Natalya Aikens. I have taken 3 classes with Natalya before so I know that she is a good teacher. She even brought one of her wonder plastic art pieces with her. See it here: http://www.artbynatalya.com/natalyaaikenssua.html
So I wanted to make a piece with buildings in it and chose a scene from Boston where my daughter lives. Well mine came out like something a 6 year old would have made! The colors of the plastics I chose were too intense and the stitch work is horrible. They had Berninas for us to work on. I never would have used free motion to do all these straight lines. Plus we had no way to mark where we wanted to stitch so I had to wing it. I am not a wing it kinda girl as I am sure you already know. And I know that it is a Bernina, but not a machine that I am used to sewing on. I don’t know what happened with that yellow building. This is not a forgiving medium since you cannot take out quilting stitches because you then will have holes! This piece was then stretched over a canvas and is only 5 by 7.
Would I do this kind of thing again? YES! But, I would make it larger and use more subdued colors and use a walking foot for all the straight lines and mark them somehow. At least I now know how to do this. I think the fact that the glue is somewhat cloudy until it dries made the colors seem less garish than they turned out to be. I have a lot of plastic bags to use up so I need to do this again just to prove it to myself that I can make something wonderful.
The other class I took was monoprinting with a gelli plate with Kari McKnight-Hollerook. It was a lot of fun and I finally used my gelli plate that I have had for 2 years. Not sure I created any earth shattering fabrics, but at least I broke the plate in. I used seta colors opaque paint, but I think I will use the transparent the next time I do this. Some of what I created I want to over print again. Some of them were printed on dyed fabric that I was not crazy about.
What I liked about Create NJ:
- It is close to where I live so I only have to drive about 30 minutes to get there and not have to stay at a hotel to add to the expense.
- I like hanging out with others doing creative things. The students were really enthusiastic.
- The teachers were great.
What I did not like about Create NJ
- As is typical there was not enough room in the classrooms to work. Not so bad with the Natalya Aikens class since there were only three people in the class, but really way to crowded for the monoprinting class.
- The lighting in both classrooms was terrible. So I blame my bad plastic piece on poor lighting! That’s my excuse and I am sticking with it.
Our lesson for July for the Master Class is rhythm. We had to listen to 3 musical pieces and come up with 3 sketches to fit the musical rhythm. You know what I have to say about this? Meeehhh…hokey, contrived. While I do like the idea of rhythm I am not sold on the listen to music thingy.
EB did like all three of my designs a lot. In fact she said they were great! So that is good and makes me very happy. Only one really fit the rhythm of the music and she said that piece was even FUN! It is the 3 sketch below. I do have to tweek the values a bit on the outside since I have some dark values going off the edge of the quilt. OK I can do that. I think the one with the birds on a wire I would add a 3rd row of birds. Why did I not do that in the original sketch? Too lazy at the time to think about a 3rd row plus I was getting ready for Create NJ. Hey I have been teaching since 1974 and I know all about excuses!
Not sure which one I should make. What do you think?
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