Labor Day is supposed to be a day off to honor workers and give them a day of rest -- but the reality is that it's become another day to shop. Stores are open, things are on sale, commerce never seems to rest!
So in that spirit, I have been busy making trades for the upcoming Art is You retreat in Stamford next month. I can honestly say that going to this retreat last year changed my life! I met amazing people who have become great friends, and I can't wait to see them!!
I started by painting several cereal boxes with black gesso, and then using gold and copper paint to stencil using my Hebrew/Hamsa stencil from Stencil Girl.
I then went to town, glazing the boxes with acrylic ink and glazing medium, collaging patterns and images from gelli prints and snippets randomly torn from pages of the current issue of Somerset Studios Magazine, which this month features sister stencil girl goddesses Mary Beth Shaw, Pam Carriker, and Sue Pelletier!
I doodled with glitter glue (always fun!), added flowers punched from gelli prints, some crown embellishments from my stash (because we're all princesses at Art is You), and words cut from an old book called "Where the Heart Is."
I know not everyone reading this post will be at Art is You. So if you'd like one of these cards, let me know in your comments as I'll be giving away 3! Update: 9/12: This Giveaway is now closed. The winners are Micki, Butterflycrafter, and Christine Kiehl! Send your snail mail addresses to me at jessicabethsporn (at) gmail (dot) com and I will get your trades out to you!
P.S. If you want to share in my older daughter's experience these next 10 months in the Czech Republic, here's the link to her blog! She's there on a Fulbright scholarship to teach English and has already had some amazing insights.
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