Last week-end, I took a four day workshop at Smitten Dust Studio in Diamondale, Michigan. It's a wonderful, creative studio where you can go to create, take classes and socialize with other artists. Dusty DeHaven is the creative genius behind all this. Kristen Robinson came Friday through Monday and taught five classes (she said she had been seduced by the Pure Michigan ads which aired out in Oregon, where she lives). I absolutely loved each class Kristen taught (she's talented, charming, kind, creative, and and excellent teacher - what's not to love?) - and, she brought me to the point of loving to work with resin (not an easy task).
If you are in Michigan, you must make your way to Smitten Dust Studio!
Below is a photo of me and Kristen (she's the good looking one in the really cool apron) at Smitten Dust Studio
Our first class was in making a fabric book. Kristen provided all the supplies we needed and we brought what we wanted along with us. I mostly used what I brought from home, but definitely took advantage of Kristen's generosity.
I used some fabric I had painted and monoprinted on my gelli pad.
Kristen provided watercolor paper to sew into the books for journaling.
I finished the book today and it's now ready to either be given as a gift or to use myself.
My cover is embellished with the bezel filled with a vintage pin and resin that I learned how to make in Friday night's class. I used one of my fabrics and one of my hand-dyed ribbons for the cover. The binding is covered with sewn on buttons.
The first spread includes a hankie found by Rhea Frietag at one of her very productive estate saling adventures. I printed out a piece of fabric that says "cosmic joys and earthly delights" and sewed it onto the hankie.
The next spread includes more of my monoprinted fabric, vintage lace, some of my polymer buttons, and handmade paper on which I wrote "Sometimes, in the quiet of the evening, I hear your soul whispering."
The spread below uses more of my painted fabric, a piece of a vintage quilt, some of my polymer beads, and an embellishment I bought from Flights of Fancy.
The spread below has a rose ribbon embellishment from Flights of Fancy and a piece of my painted fabric with sari ribbon and some beading on the ribbon.
A close up of the beading I did on the sari ribbon.
Below, you can see watercolor paper sewn in for journaling and a lacy flower trim.
Handmade paper for journaling, beads and buttons for embellishments for this spread.
Below is a blurry cose-up of the beading I did on the above spread.
The spread below has embellishments from Flights of Fancy and one of my buttons and a tiny piece of fabric I did free-form sewing writing on.
For this spread, I used a piece of rhinestone chain Kristen provided and a resined bezel I made under her tutelage.
I used a vintage pin to embellish the page below.
The back cover