I went to a 2 hour Mixed Media Workshop with Kari Foteff from Strathmore today.
|Dancing Lady - by Florence Turnour|
Steve said, "Are you sure she's dancing? She looks like she's waving off a bee."
|Letter Man - by Florence Turnour|
This is a Letter Man that I also made at the workshop. The point of this activity was to attach heavier elements to the paper, which, as advertised, didn't bend. I also used gel medium through an alphabet stencil, which worked nicely.
The Inktense pencils and blocks might have been my best discovery (I was already sold on the paper) in this workshop. They work like watercolor pencils, except when they dry, they are permanent, and do not re-wet.
When I came home from the workshop, the kids were at the Columbia Memorial Science Center, so I settled in with my iPad to watch You-Tube videos of people drawing with Inktense blocks. I was still doing this when the kids came home, and they watched with me for a while. One gal made a background. Stuart said, "That looks like Mars." Benjamin said, "Yeah, it really does. I want to do that."
So out comes the gesso and acrylic paints for a background (sponged). Out comes the light table to trace some bits and pieces of the Curiosity Mars rover. I cut out the pieces for Benjamin because he liked them so much he didn't want to cut them out himself, "You know, in case I cut the wheel off or something." He used white Distress ink to make the dust, and then he glued the rover on top.
|Mars Lander by Benjamin Turnour|
The multimedia paper stood up well to this treatment as well.