Friday, May 29, 2015

The Face of a Daydreamer

I did one more face this week using Jane Davenport stencils.  I used the stencil called "Tilted Up" in the petite series but made it look as if her eyes are closed.

I was doing this as a daydreamer sketch describing who she is by the words in her hair.  I gave it a little color with watercolor pencils.  Sounds a little like an old song actually.

Just another face added to my small notebook.
Hugs ~ Renee

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Face with Wide Eyes and Tangled Hair

This face was drawn using the "Tilted Up" face stencil by Jane Davenport.  After drawing the face first in Stabilo pencil, this pencil line can be smudged or blended with water, then I did the hair with a Fude Ball black pen.  The face was then drawn over with the Fude pen.  I used Pan Pastels for the colors on the face and tendrils.  Highlights of white were done with my Signo pen.  

I'm doing a group of faces in my Dyan Reaveley small journal.  It is an older journal so the pages do not react well with water, I understand that her new journal now is as sturdy as the larger one.

I've found that the more faces I do the easier they get.  I would encourage all of you to try it, let me know how that works for you!  Hugs ~ Renee

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Drawing Faces in my notebook today

I'm drawing faces in my notebook again.  Here is my face for the day, done without a stencil!  I've colored it in with Pan Pastels.

Sorry I've been MIA lately.  The weather has been great, nice and sunny.  Hope to post more projects soon.
Hugs ~ Renee

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Collins Group Spring Show Photos

Finally, I have recovered from my wonderful time at the Collins Group Show here in Westborough, Mass.  I have been trying to get into this show for many years now, I just wanted to go in and walk around, that's all.  Even to do that was impossible but it was still on my bucket list for years.  Lo and Behold!  Just when I had all but given up I was invited to teach at the show by IMAGINE CRAFTS!  Unbelievable.  My daughter, Holly, flew out from California to assist me.  Thank goodness.  The classes I was to teach kept growing until they were close to 30 students, the most I have ever taught at one time.  We weren't able to do our kitting until the last minute for the first class since all our supplies were under lock and key.  The classroom was not full of newbies at all, the students were from all kinds of craft stores and were mostly store owners.  Talk about intimidating!  They were all gracious, kind and really talented.  We were a little overwhelmed the first day since our set up time was limited to 15 mins for all classes.   We were assisted by the most wonderful group of craft angels from Stampendous, headed up by the fantastic Fran!  I couldn't believe how generous and sweet they were to swoop in as a team and help us set everything up.  Remarkable people.  They came back the next day and did the same thing.  I truly couldn't wrap my mind around how nice they were to us, they just wanted us to have a successful class and experience.  Here are the samples from my classes.

We thought we were all finished up after the Saturday night Make and Take Frenzy but we were asked to stay and help take orders all day on Sunday.  Who could say no to that?  That was really fun!  We were able to visit again with so many of the students from the previous days.  What a crazy, fun bunch of ladies we met!  It also gave me a chance to take photos of some of the projects and companies represented there.  Here is that peek into the show that I always wanted and maybe some of you wanted to see too!

Holly is being a good sport with our ugly table.  Hey!  We didn't know we'd be here.  (lol)

Wouldn't you know one of the cutest tables there is right next to us.

This was the best we could do to represent IC/T and all the wonderful new products we demoed all weekend long.
Here are some of the fantastic companies represented at the show with their samples.

This is one of our sweet helpers from Stampendous!  They also provided the stamps for my classes.

Sorry for such a long post but I can't leave without showing what was out in the parking lot.  Rumor has it there were some parties going on out there.

Thanks for dropping by today, I am so glad to be able to share this moment with all of you.  It was grand!

Dreams do come true.  Hugs ~ Renee