Friday, March 14, 2014

Blossoming in Benicia

I'm always blown away at the tremendous creativity and opportunity for creative growth in the Bay Area.  We have so many delightful art studios, boutiques and retreats available to us, and with each of them we have teachers a plenty.  The newest creative spot available to us, is now run by one of our own creative sisters, Ann Hammes.  I have long called Ann a professional student, as she travels far and wide for the most amazing retreats and crafty getaways.  I'm so excited to watch her store, Femmage, blossom in lovely Benicia, CA.  Femmage (formerly Hip Chix) was owned and run by Carrie Campbell Clayden.  Another amazing creative sister, Carrie is off to her next adventure in Santa Cruz, CA.  Thank goodness she's not traveling too far, we can never get enough of her delightful pet portrait & tutu painting classes!

I hope you will take a sunny drive to the Benicia to visit & support our friend in her newest endeavor.  We are so excited to see what you do with Femmage, and I'm told the inventory is going to be AWESOME!  I heard word that she already has Chalk Paint, Tina Haller pillows, gorgeous Parisian inspirations, one of a kind jewelry by amazing designers and so much more to come!

I will be teaching a couple of short workshops in April, should you decide to carpool over and have a day of creative play!  These are the two workshops offered.  I hope you will come on out!

If you're interested in enrolling, contact Ann Hammes directly at

April 5, 2013 (2hrs - $45)
946 Tyler St, Benicia, CA 94510

For many already using ICE Resin ®, you’re continuously looking for that next way to use or incorporate it into your art work.  As mixed media artists we have so many amazing options available to us.  So when a new technique becomes available using many of the already existing supplies in our crafty tool boxes, it only adds to the thrill of it all.  We will be doing just that with my Nesting class.  This class is open to beginners and advanced resin artist.  Some of the techniques included are mixing custom resin colors, stamping on resin, cold connections, making a wire nest and basic jewelry making skills.

Supply List:
Stazon ink pad - black
Favorite rubber stamps (backgrounds, French Script etc)
Baby wipes
Old cookie sheet (for transport of your wet resin pieces)
Craft sheet (non stick)
Jewelry pliers: needle nose, chain nose & wire cutters
Heat tool
*Optional (more empty pendants & bezels for filling)
**Rubber gloves, if you have sensitive skin or are pregnant

Kit Includes:
Rue Romantique Bezel
Brass Bird
Brass Wire
Freshwater Pearl

April 5, 2013 (2hrs - $35)
946 Tyler St, Benicia, CA 94510

Julie Nutting’s Mixed Media Doll stamps have taken our crafty world by storm.  And as a Mixed Media artist and jewelry designer, I’m always looking for the next great way to incorporate paper craft into my designs.  Join me in this workshop to create your own sassy paper doll pendant.  We will be using the newest dolls to hit the stores, and I’ll be showing you how to create a layered resin look with only one pour!  We will also be using the most basic of watercolor skills, so if you’re a novice, feel free to join in the fun. Once our dolls are painted and layered, I’ll show you how to cast your pieces with crystal clear jewelers grade ICE Resin ®.  This project does not require any jewelry making or painting skills.

Supply List:
Ranger Craft Sheet
Jewelry Pliers (chain nose, round nose & flush cutter)
Fine Tip Sharpie
Fine tip paper cutting scissors
Old Grubby Cookie Sheet (for transporting your wet resin home on)

Kit Includes:
Watercolor Paper
Media Mixage Bezel
Ball Chain
Brass Jumprings & Charm

Use of:
Mixed Media Doll Rubberstamps
Watercolor Paints
Watercolor Paint Brush
Die Cut Machine