Knowing some of my new found friends Jinny, Joan and Sharon were coming from New Zealand and QLD was exciting too. Trizzy and I had tried to surprise them by not letting them know I was going too but we suck at secrets and failed big time LOL. Of course also getting to see Trizzy again as well :o) was a bonus too but the clincher for me was being able to do some classes with the likes of Joy Bathie..I had wanted to meet and do classes with Joy for years...and the glitzy mist whiz Linda Baldock. from the word go there were no dramas and Triz and Vickie had everything thought of and organized to a tee.The accommodation was awesome and the meals were divine....just ask my scales when I got back home LOL. There were organized activities and competitions and just freedom to zone out of the stresses of life and connect with art and other people many of whom I knew on line or had even met before.
My first day was a class with Joy. She is so elegant, patient. and a "joy". Her work looks so layered yet seamless and ethereal. Joy had loads of hints and advice as step by step we(15 of us) built up layer upon layer to make a cover for a journal. Of course we all tried anything Joy told us about so we ended up with textured wonders rather the ethereal ones LOL but it was so fun and I adore the end result anyway. Here is the journal finished. I used the image of my Mum at 16 again. I had no glue that would glue the rusty ring down so I sewed it on. I used paints, papers, lace, decorative trim, skeleton leaves, aluminium foil, dressing gauze and much more...it started off blue as well!! Ill add a title under Mum's picture yet and send this too her.
This is the back.
Here we all are in Joy's class. Joy is in the strpped shirt at the back next to Trizzy and Vickie :o)
Every one's journal turned out amazing and different and we all loved what we made. I only wish I had taken a photo of each persons end result. If you ever get to do a class with Joy go for it.
In the evening I made two cards for two challenges. one was a sketch challenge. I had never followed sketches before as I never plan what I will make LOL. Joan gave me some gorgeous hand dyed material and I used that as the base. As i said I didn't have much with me but it still turned out Ok I think.
Annette In Oz