Here we are- Four Art Sisters looking innocent enough right?
let me start at the beginning...
better go get your cuppa now- this is gonna be a long one!!
Dear,sweet friends & art sisters,
called upon KarenLiz Henderson,myself and my husband Riley, to join them for an extended weekend in a lovely camp on Lake Michigan for a festive-fun-filled-glorious-art weekend!
Absolutely positively count us in!!
Karenliz flew into Chicago,met with the girlies and the three of them drove 2.5 hours to our destination.
Riley and I took Chum to MoonShadows Boarding (where he had a most wonderful time!) then we packed the truck with TONS of stuff and drove 9.5 almost 10 hours to same destination!!
This was what we first walked into!!!
The girls had already been there awhile,gone for groceries...
and set about arranging all the art supplies they had brought.
They just waited for me to arrive with the DecoArt supplies!!
There was everything thing from bits & bobs- wires,resisters,thermometers,wood blocks,beads, strings,tea strainers,Sari ribbon, other ribbons and frills,tins,cogs,gears,washers...
to....glues,inks,stamps,stencils,vintage ephemera,printed papers, cloth,materials,ribbons,cutters,embossing folders,beads galore,vintage jewelry,all sorts of bling,a cranky crank machine (teehee)alcohol inks and Yupo!
Just waiting for the DecoArt supplies to arrive...
there's more to this DecoArt supply thing-teehee
Of course I had to bring hostess gifts.
I placed an Retro Art Cafe' Tombstone ATC's in each basket along with vintage ephemera,candy and assorted mini gourds and Indian corn from our harvest-photos of the full baskets!!?
forgot to take them"( I was too excited I guess!!
DecoArt paints,Crackle Glaze as well as Liquid Glass were used on these Tombstone ATC's I made for the girlies-
As you might have guessed we dove into playing art instantly!!
These two wonderful gals Sherie and Pammie- taught us how to make an assemblaged art doll- a process that the two of them, I must say have perfected!!
We used our DecoArt products that the DecoArt company generously supplied for me to use in teaching the girls different techniques using the Modeling Pastes and Crackles, full lines of paints,Metallic Lusters and more!!
Thank you DecoArt for your Helping Artist Program and generosity!!
By the way-favorite DecoArt color of the trip-I think it was a toss up between Media Quinacridone Magenta and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide!! But there was also a love affair going on with the DecoArt Black Ice Glamour Dust Paint!
Okay,Yes,I did bring the DecoArt supplies...well almost all of them...I brought the supplies I received from the Helping Artist Program,but neglected to bring my own private stash of colors and paints and -That Was All I Was Asked to bring! ARGH!!!! Why? Because,up until a few hours before we left,I was still playing in my art studio with my DecoArt paints and forgot to put them in the truck in the morning!! Waaaaaaaa!
My art sisters forgave me and we used a whole new range of colors ! Thank you sweet girlies!
So we all were having way too much fun and staying up way too late and laughing(at what? we don't know yet!) So much laughing -We actually hurt we laughed so much!!
And to think we never even woke Riley!!
(I mean it was around 2:30 am!)
And yes, dolls were finished- this is KarenLiz's
Tell me this is not the coolest?!!
Well, you will see even more cool in the next post with the other girlies dolls! Incredible I tell you!!
This is a head shot of my doll as she has changed her mind and gone in for reconstructive surgery on her mid-section-stay tuned for her post surgery results! teehee
This was us at just one of our meals-most delicious meatballs with salad by Pammie!
More on the retreat over the next few days- make sure to pop back in! and yes, tons more fun filled photos!!
Love and peace dear friends,