Sunday, April 3, 2011

TCDAG Getaway 2011

The weekend of March 18, 19, 20 was our annual Getaway weekend with my art group, Twin Cities Decorative Painters. My friend Sandi and I hosted the event with all kinds of goodies for everyone. There were 27 of us and we all stayed at the hotel in White Bear Lake and had four classes continually running for the weekend. We also had a trade show, where members rented tables and sold their wood, jewelry, and other goodies.

The theme this year was "Shabby Chic" and we had an art challenge on an 8X8 mirror and asked them to embellish, paint, etc. Here's a table full of them:

These are the books we gave everyone once they arrived. We incorporated lace, buttons, etc., for the covers made out of placemats. The pages in the book were left blank so members could use them for whatever they want.

Also, inside the book, we made pockets with napkins that came with the placemats and inserted a small book that had the schedule, pictures of the classes they had signed up for, and other information.

On Saturday night, they were each given a handmade candle (I made all the candles). They were set at their places for dinner.

And last, but not least, here are the name badges we made. I crocheted the little flowers in the left corner and then we glue a silk flower to the middle.

Here's a picture of the class that I taught. It's on a 9X12 canvas and we created lots of texture with a product called Frescolina (much like molding paste). We also made a medallion out of clay and baked it. Then we used Sophisticated Finisheds by Modern Options for the rusty look. Lastly, the flowers were painted on top of the background paper, which was a piece of sheet music for "Come Rain or Come Shine." It was great fun.

There were other give-aways too, but these were the main items. Everyone had a great time and the classes were great. I love planning get-togethers like this and we worked on this creatively and physically for about 9 months and it all came out great!

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