Archive for May, 2010

30-in-30 First Four Days

Written by on May 18, 2010 in Mixed media with 3 Comments
Days 1 through 4

Days 1 through 4

I started with the idea of making a Tarot Deck out of an old set of flash cards that everyone has outgrown.

I masked all of the cards with the blue painter’s tape so I could keep the great green border and gesso all the cards with abandon. First problem? The tape would not come off the cards when the gesso dried. So I had to cut them apart one by one. Sigh – who knew?

Cards masked with blue tape and painted with gesso.

Cards masked with blue tape and painted with gesso.

Onward, I began painting over the gesso and nothing would stick – did I need to mix the gesso up? I then sanded the cards, about 10 of them, and began collaging.

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10 Ways We are Different from Other Art Vacations

Written by on May 17, 2010 in About Camp with 0 Comments
We are in the Rocky Mountains – view from front deck.
View from the front deck

1. We are smaller – we can accommodate a maximum of 20 women per camp session, so we are much quieter with less hustle and bustle.

2. We supply all the art materials – this allows you to try new art media using the best supplies available, without having to buy a bunch of stuff you may never use. And packing for camp is so easy!

3. We offer fewer classes than the larger art camp venues, but the campers get to try every one of them. At our week long Fall Camp we offer basic drawing, water color painting, plein air painting (water color) and composition. Then in the fabric arts we offer surface design, gel medium photo transfer, stamp making, embellishment and collage. Art journaling gives you a means to integrate your experiences at art camp with the rest of your life, and may well become your every day artistic expression. At the mini-camp we play in the same 3 media as in the longer camp, but the experience is compressed into less time.Susan and Carol

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And the Ways We are Almost the Same

Written by on May 17, 2010 in About Camp with 0 Comments

1. Camp provides a time out from life, a time just for you to
explore who you are this year, with no obligations other than to have a
good time, whatever that looks like for you.

2. Some one else does all the cooking, cleaning and errand running.

Our breakfast buffet and Diane the chef – 2008
Diane the chef!

3. You will learn and have fun in a non-judgmental atmosphere no matter what level of skill you have.

4. Our instructors are highly qualified working artists and teachers.

5. You will meet other like-minded women while getting out of your
comfort zone and learning new things about your creative ability and

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Delicious Decadent Dessert – Lemon Tarts!

Written by on May 17, 2010 in About Camp, Culinary Art with 0 Comments

Around table

Lemon Curd Ingredients:

6 oz.     Fresh lemon juice, strained
1 Tbs.   Fine lemon zest
9 oz.     Sugar
3 oz.     Butter
3 oz.     Heavy Cream
6 ea.     Eggs
            pinch of salt
Yield: 3 cups

Technique & Method:
1. Boil lemon juice, lemon zest, half of sugar, butter, salt and heavy cream in a sauce pan
2. Whisk eggs and remaining sugar in a bowl.
3. Temper hot lemon juice mixture into eggs.
4. Add mixture back into saucepan. Bring just to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is very thick.
Immediately strain and stir over an ice bath to cool. Place plastic
wrap directly on curd and continue to cool over ice or in the
6. Can be refrigerated up to 4 days or frozen for a few months.
For Lemon Curd Tarts, fill fully baked and cooled tart shells with
chilled lemon curd. Fill tart shell so about 1/8" – 1/4" of crust is
showing depending on size of tart.

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30 in 30 A Project for a Month – Keep an Art Journal

Written by on May 17, 2010 in Uncategorized with 2 Comments
Our froup project May 15 - June 15

Our froup project May 15 - June 15

Some of us in the Sketchbook yahoo group have signed on to make one piece of artwork a day for thirty days. For myself this is a structure to get me to the art table everyday as I have gotten out of the habit. Given that we started on the 15th which at my house is a birthday weekend for a 9-year-old, I am already behind! Bear with me ladies (and Dewain).

Art Camp for Women – Keep an Art Journal

Written by on May 14, 2010 in Adventure Art, Classes, keepanartjournal with 0 Comments

Most of you know I am one of the partners of Art Camp for Women. It is the time of year when many of us are comparing our desires with our checkbooks and realizing we will need to make some choices. To make it easier I hope to illustrate the differences and similarities between Art Camp for Women, and some of the other opportunities.

10 Ways We are Different from Other Art Camps

We are in the Rocky Mountains.

We are in the Rocky Mountains. View from front deck.

1. We are smaller – we can accommodate a maximum of 20 women per camp session, so we are much quieter with less hustle and bustle.

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How I honor Mother’s Day – Keep an Art Journal

Written by on May 9, 2010 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment

I am honoring my mother by refinishing her hope chest.  Her hope chest is a cedar chest made for her in 1942 by her uncle who was just a few years older than she.  This hope chest has been in her home throughout my entire life and the lives of all my siblings.  When Mom moved to assisted living she asked me to take care of it for her. The chest has been used for everything from a bench at the dining table to scaffolding for painting walls to games storage and in the final years in her home, a place for her keepsakes of her children. Today I will get it stripped . There are small nail holes and even a small bent nail as evidence of a previous molding around the lid and this week my husband will find something to put in its place. He will also glue a couple of cracks that seem to have occurred from being dropped on one corner when Mom retired and moved from California to Eastern Washington. There are some pits and gouges that will remain as evidence of a long, well-lived life in a large family.  After the gluing and repairing I will oil the beautiful golden-red cedar and as a piece-de-resistance we will add a hinge that keeps the lid from banging shut as it does now.

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