Thursday, March 17, 2011

Key Largo Retreat - Day 4

Today was an all day marathon at the Paper Niche taking a class from Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman. She is a fiery Venezuelan with a passion for doing arts & crafts and her attitude was very infectious. We left the house at 7:30am and took a 2 hour drive to get to the store. We worked all day except to take breaks for lunch and dinner and didn't leave the store until about 9:30 that evening.

Here is a little slide show for you to see the sample book that Beatriz created. Mine is still somewhere in the mail on it's way here. (I didn't get any one page complete and didn't even start the cover.)

The paint trays are filled with something that Beatriz called "paint soup". It is a mixture of paint, water, glossy Mod Podge, Glimmer Mist and glitter. We used it to color the canvas pages of the book by quickly dipping them in the trays. A very ingenious way to color the pages because they don't become saturated with water which takes forever to dry.

Everyone is busily creating pages in a quiet frenzy. 

Someone saw my camera sitting out and took a quick picture of me working. (I think it might have been Sue but I can't remember.) 

Here's a photo of Beatriz showing us how she made the tags for the 2nd page. 

After dipping numerous pages in paint soup and spritzing Glimmer Mist over stencils we were all members of the "blue hand group". (Lillian only has one blue finger because her gloves had a hole in them.) 

Lillian and Sarah both get birthday gifts from the group. (We all made them a tag which Elena displayed in a 7 Gypsies receipt holder.)  Lillian's birthday was the March 5th before most everyone got there and Sarah's was on the day she flew back home which was March 14th. (Sarah had her big "four-ohhh" while away from home.) 

 At the end of the evening Beatriz showed us how she made these beautiful "metal" scrapbook pages. You start by gluing down chipboard pieces to create a collage and then cover it with air conditioning tape. The black hands come from smearing black acrylic paint over it and then wiping it off. (Below are some samples we saw in the store.)

  Beatriz gave this one to Elena as a gift and also gave another one away in a raffle. (I am definitely going to try this one.) 


Sherry Goodloe said...

You and the other ladies are just having a BLAST! Thanks for sharing all the fun you're having *smiles*

Elaine A said...

Val -

What awesome pictures. I can tell that everyone had and super time. Thanks for sharing.

Elaine Allen

Barbara DeLisle said...

These are fantastic-love them.

Claudine C. said...

Looks like you all are having way too much fun Val!! I love the "paint soup" technique

Elena said...

Beatriz is truly amazing! I love her and am proud to call her my friend. BUT she is from Venezuela - not Puerto Rico!!! LOL!

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

Valerie!!!!!!!!! You are amazing and I love your work.

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

I forgot to tell you I am from "Alabama"!!!! (ha, ha, ha) I was born in Venezuela.