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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Art~Is~You Retreat, Stamford 2014, Bringing Together Best Friends Forever



Art Is You Retreat 2014
Stamford, CT
Bring Together Best Friends Forever...

For the past few years, I have been so excited to attend, teach and vend at a most beloved art retreat in New England.  Year after year I have been both amazed and humbled at the magical things that happen there.  

I have experienced wonderful students, fabulous teachers, and made the best friends in Stamford, each and every year.  I have witnessed a million hugs, a few tears, lots of giving, and contagious laughter.  From morning till night, stuff happens.....lots and lots and lots of stuff.....that makes us all grow as artists, gives us strength, and makes each and every one of us very, very happy to attend.

My Sacred Journal Of Reflections Workshop

My Twinkly Love Affaire With Words Workshop

This year, I had taught two classes, taken two classes, and vended.  I was there for five days, but it was over in a blink.  Already missing my art sisters and brothers and cannot wait to meet them once again next year.

Here is a blip of my photo highlights.  You can see lots more on the Art Is You Retreat on Facebook 


AIY Photo Snippets 
From The Heart



video

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Simply Pretty Stuff Coin Cuffs Using Amazing Crafting Products

Coin Cuffs Using Amazing Crafting Products

Here is an inspirational share (and a few quick "how-to's"), using Amazing Mold Putty, Amazing Casting Resin, Alumilite Dyes and Metallic Powders, my drill and punch! 

I enjoy making bracelets and prefer the recycled belt types. For this project, I used an old canvas belt, come snaps, coins of various sizes, and Amazing Crafting Products.


I molded the coins, then brushed Bronze (and I did a few with Gun Metal) Alumilite Metallic Powder, on the inside and filled with Amazing Casting Resin colored with Alumilite Black Dye.

The Amazing Casting Resin is really so very easy to either drill or punch and make holes for either jump rings or thread. Just be sure to first create a divot with a hammer and metal punch. Then make your holes. I used a 1.8mm sized hole punch and a 1/16" drill bit and a Dremel.


Punch a divot.


Use a drill. 


Use a mechanical punch.

After making the holes, I used some thread to attach each piece to the bracelet. 


Easy Peasy!
What items would you mold/cast
to adorn your custom jewelry?

Please share what you make with Amazing Crafting Products
on our website in the User Gallery.



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Friday, October 3, 2014

An Art Notebook Plate Using Amazing Crafting Products And A Stencil

An Art Notebook Plate Using Amazing Crafting Products And A Stencil

by Lynne Suprock



I am soon off to teach at a beloved art retreat this fall in Stamford, CT.  There is always much to pack and prepare for any of the "on the road" venues.  It behooves one to begin weeks ahead as to not fall into a "tizzy."  Well, good for me, I am a ducks in a row type art girl.  I will make the lists and check once, twice, and three times! And with time left over, will also come up with a few last minute project or surprises.





This year besides the necessary instructional materials and kits, part of my packing will include a few beloved art trades and other fun things, such as this awesome art notebook. Let me share a quick tutorial on how to make one of your own.   :-)






I will be using Amazing Mold Putty, Amazing Casting Resin (fast setting kind), and Alumilite Fluorescent "FLO" Green and Yellow Dyes from Amazing Crafting Products.


Please enjoy this video tutorial... An Art Notebook Plate

using Amazing Crafting Products and a Stencil.





Trouble viewing the video???

Please CLICK HERE to jump and view on YouTube.


The book will be perfect for jotting down product info and people connecting info while at the Art Is You Retreat. I hope to see you there next week in Stamford, CT.


How would embellish your notebooks

using Amazing Crafting Products?


I look would love if you would leave a comment below to let us know how this technique works for you! Please share what you make with Amazing Crafting Products on our website in the User Gallery.

CLICK HERE to view my upcoming workshop schedule where you can join me in person.











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Friday, September 26, 2014

Three Stamps Made With Amazing Mold Rubber

by Lynne Suprock

I am loving being a part of
the Amazing Crafting Products Creative Design Team,  getting to
play with all these wonderful products, then show you  what I design. 
Today I want to share with you how to make your own rubber
stamps so that you may use them in your collage work, jewelry work, tag
designs, or anything else you can think of. 
We will make these stamps three different ways… so let’s get started.
When working with my Amazing Mold Rubber, I usually like to have a
few projects together at one time, or work on one big project.  That is just my preference, but you can
measure out the two part product and complete at intervals if you’d like.  


For this tutorial, I personally set up all three projects before mixing and pouring my Amazing Mold Rubber.  However, the tutorials, as written, will also guide you through each project as a stand alone.

STAMP ONE

Things you will need:
    Steel die letters, small
    Hammer
    Block of wood, soft pine
    Popsicle sticks, 4
    Elmers glue
    Alumilite Mold Release 
    small brush

    Using the steel die letters, hammer them into the wood.  Write a name, a phrase or a story.












    Build a wall around the stamped letters with popsicle sticks
    and attach with elmer's glue.  Make sure
    you dab the glue into each corner and in the cracks where the popsicle sticks
    meet the wood.
    Let dry.


    Paint letter depressions and wood surface with Alumilite Mold Release
    Mix the two part Amazing Mold Rubber.  Click HERE to see a video tutorial for how to do mix it.
    When you are ready, pour the Amazing Mold Rubber into the mold and let dry.

    Peel away the rubber and using the ink of your choice, stamp!

      



    STAMP TWO

    Things you will need:
      Embossing plate with a design for pasta maker or Cricut
      machine
      Alumilite Mold Release and small brush
      Duct tape

      Paint the inside of either top or bottom of the embossing
      Surround all four sides of the plate with duct tape and
      press to secure, leaving an wall about ½” high.


      Mix the two part Amazing Mold Rubber.  Click HERE to see a video tutorial for how to do mix it.
      When you are ready, pour the Amazing Mold Rubber, let set and unmold.




      Use your favorite ink and stamp!

        STAMP THREE

        Materials you will need:
          A clear candy mold with a pattern (I used a brick wall pattern)

          Paint the candy mold with mold release.


          Mix the two part Amazing Mold Rubber.  Click HERE to see a video tutorial for how to do mix it.

          When you are ready, pour the Amazing Mold Rubber and let set.

            Unmold and stamp using your favorite ink!











            I have had so much creative fun doing these stamp making projects, and hope that you will give it a try, or experiment a little too!  

            Friday, September 12, 2014

            Moss Sanctuary For Frozen Charlotte in The Fall Issue Of Jewelry Affaire

            Moss Sanctuary For Frozen Charlotte in The Fall Issue Of Jewelry Affaire


            I just loved making these little reliquaries for my porcelain dolls.  I even got a little gutsy and made wings for the little Charlottes that were really broken.  Somehow that seemed to make them special.


             These little pieces remind me of another sculpted iconic woman from the novel Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil.  A few years ago, I had visited the cemetery where this bird girl stood.  I was enthralled and her vision remains with me, so I guess this is a little tribute to her....




            My recollection of her image is in several pieces that I made for this fall issue of 
            Jewelry Affaire Magazine.
            They are on little necklaces with coordinating slumped glass beads. 

            There is even a pouch for each of them for sleeping!  OK, that was worth a giggle....

            Thursday, August 21, 2014

            Simply Pretty Stuff Workshop In The News In Ligonier, PA

            Stone Infusion Gem and Jewelry Workshop In The News At Allegory Gallery, Ligonier, PA

            A few weekends ago I was lucky enough to hold one of my workshops at The Allegory Gallery in Ligonier, PA.  Students learned how to make, or replicate, mineral and gem pieces, and create costume jewelry pieces in some wonderful texture and color combinations. By using Amazing Crafting Products, the group made molds, colored and used special resins and paint with pearly mica powders, like alumidust, to make pieces like these.






            While we were busy working, we had a visit from the local newspaper photographer.  That was tons of fun.  You can see the article and picture at the following link...


            Here are a few pictures of the students and their awesome work!










            Wednesday, August 20, 2014

            The Altered Doll Meet Up

            Altered Dolls: The Firefly Girls
            A Meet and Greet, So To Speak


            This has been a meeting in the making for quite some time now, where East girls drive West, and Northern girls drive South to connect in a Pennsylvania town, rich with both history and art, at the foothills of the Laurel Mountains.

            I met up with my two art sisters, Kat Stromecki and Deb Petronio from the East Aurora area of NY in Ligonier, PA, for a weekend of catch up and to share a project that we all had been working on.


            Deb generally enjoys the art of altering object,s giving them a bit of Steampunk flair.  Kat enjoys collage and journaling, with a personal interest in creating one's life stories on paper.  Here are some samples of their work...

            Deb










            Kat











            Several months ago, Kat sent us Ebay "Donna Dolls" so that we could have at it for giving them a new home and personality.  The challenge was to complete our makeovers and meet up for the unveiling of our three altered girls, The Firefly Girls, for the very first time. Here they are!




            The girls were all very different and, as far as we could tell, all had a very good time.  So did the grown up art girls for sure : -)  Here are a few more candid shots of the weekend in Ligonier, PA!