Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Paper Cowgirl Art Retreat 2011

 OMG!!! was that fun or what ? And Tammy and I barely scratched the surface. This event is held in Waxahachie,Texas and well worth the travel time . No way is it a disappointment. The classes were great and the teachers are FABULOUS. We also ran into some friends and you know that is always a cherry on top.

This is a dress made intirely from paper. Coffee filters mostly. Just a little something by one of the instructors.

 The first class was a soldering class where we made a beautiful silver rose necklace.I'm getting better at soldering so watch out! I may be soldering everything. It made me a little nervous at first but as soon as I gto my "groove on" it went more smoothly. And I made ROSES!!!

Our very wonderful teacher was Trisha Louise. She can be found at the Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie. She is so helpful and hopefully becoming a great friend.  In truth she is an architect and a designer. So we get one smart chic to help us grow as crafters. Aren't we lucky?

Pamela Huntington was our next instructor for this very French  "Jardin de fleurs Collier". A beautiful fabric flower collar or cuff. Oh my! I just love these. The technique is so very simple in theory but takes some practice until comfortable. I was a little bit like a juggler with one arm but after some practice it really is a breeze. You just have to get into your comfort zone and have a good heat gun. Yep -heat gun. Just like the ones at the hardware store used to strip paint. Cheap product plug now---Wagner HT1000. It has two speeds and lightweight. Easy peasy and voila you have fabric flowers. Oh yeh, buy the cheapest fabric you can find. Good huh? Cheapest --that's right. Cheap-Cheap-Cheap! This is what you can make from cheap fabric and a heat gun. Thank you Pamela!

 So...I'm thinking these are some pretty nice Bling and Sparkle to add to my collection.

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