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More Photos – Calligraphy & Art Retreat 2016

After posting Monday’s blog post with lots of photos of what went on the annual Calligraphy & Art Retreat I attend every year, I realized there was a lot more I wanted to share. So much happened within those 7 days, it’s hard to remember it all.

My first attempt at pastel dusting.

My first attempt at pastel dusting.

After I got home I realized that I took many photos of what others did, but only one photo of what I did during the week. The above photo shows my first attempt at pastel dusting. Sally demonstrated both the pastel dusting and making the squares into a mobile.

The other side of my pastel dusting mobile.

The other side of my pastel dusting mobile.

My head is still swimming with ideas. And my dreams for the past few nights have been incredible, all about ideas for new art projects.

Wonderful little gifts I received from my artist friends.

Wonderful little gifts I received from my artist friends.

There was a wonderful camaraderie and sharing of ideas, techniques, tools and more.

I took some of my stash of tea bag wrappers and demonstrated tea bag folding.

I took some of my stash of tea bag wrappers and demonstrated tea bag folding.

My tea bag folding demonstration was a hit. I took a bunch of my tea bag wrappers and shared them with everyone.

I think I got Sally hooked on tea bag folding.

I think I got Sally hooked on tea bag folding.

The above photo shows some of the rosettes that Sally made. I find it amazing how such a simple folding of tea bag wrappers can be so meditative and relaxing.

File folder dipped in walnut ink shown with walnut ink crystals.

File folder dipped in walnut ink shown with walnut ink crystals.

The above photo is of the file folder I dipped into walnut ink, then dried on scrunched up plastic. The plastic bag in the photo is 8 ounces of walnut ink crystals. I will be using these to make my own walnut ink later this winter when I have some free time to experiment with this technique for an extended period of time.

This is one of Michelle's walnut ink file folders. She started with a red file folder.

This is one of Michelle’s walnut ink file folders. She started with a red file folder.

The above photo is something Michelle has been working on. It started out as a red file folder that was dipped into walnut ink. The white areas are where she dabbed on bleach. She then added stitches and some ink drawing. I think this would be perfect as a cover for a little journal.

One of the projects I worked on during the week.

One of the projects I worked on during the week.

I got to work on a number of different projects during the week. The above photo shows some of the card books I started making.

We sent two mobiles to two of our past Womenuchans who were unable to attend this year. Here are the squares that were eventually made into mobiles.

We sent two mobiles to two of our past Womenuchans who were unable to attend this year. Here are the squares that were eventually made into mobiles.

Tea bag folding, pastel dusting and mobile making were three constants throughout the week. The above photo shows the squares that we each decorated for Sam and Judy. They became mobiles that were then sent to them. Hopefully both will be able to make it next year.

This is what Adelaide made to carry her colored pencils.

This is what Adelaide made to carry her colored pencils.

There was a lot of sharing during the week. Adelaide showed us how she made a colored pencil carrier from a piece of felt. The creativity of everyone who attended our retreat is amazing.

Information as well as lots of mobiles were posted on this door in our joint studio.

Information as well as lots of mobiles were posted on this door in our joint studio.

It was one amazing week. I am so looking forward to next year.

Happy creating, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Calligraphy & Art Retreat 2016

I am just back from my annual Calligraphy & Art Retreat. My studio for the week was a six foot table in a converted greenhouse. I got to do nothing but make art for an entire week. No cooking or cleaning, just a week of art and inspiration. I shared space with 11 talented and wonderful women artists. Nirvana!

My first attempt at paper cutting.

My first attempt at paper cutting. I drew my flower on the back of the paper, then cut from the back. I laid the cut outs over metallic papers.

I packed lots of art supples and minimal clothes. Gotta keep priorities straight when going on an art retreat.

Michelle demonstrated dipping file folders into walnut ink.

Michelle demonstrated dipping file folders into walnut ink.

Many of us give informal demonstrations to anyone who was interested. Michelle showed us how she dips file folders into walnut ink, then places them on crumpled plastic to get a texture on the file folders. The above photo shows her laying a file folder on plastic from dry cleaner bags.

Dried file folers that were dipped in walnut ink.

Dried file folers that were dipped in walnut ink.

Once dry the file folders can be further decorated with paints, drawing, bleach or whatever media you like.

Walnut ink file folders that have been decorated.

Walnut ink file folders that have been decorated.

Once decorated, the file folders can be used in any number of art projects. Book covers come to mind immediately for me. I think this will be one of my winter projects.

Sally showed us how to make delightful mobiles.

Sally showed us how to make delightful mobiles.

Sally showed us how she makes mobiles. She made numerous mobiles this past year. One is shows above. She also made a number of mobiles celebrating The Beatles and all their songs.

Rhonda made this mobile using walnut ink file folders.

Rhonda made this mobile using walnut ink file folders.

Our annual retreat takes place at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon. Rhonda made a mobile which used cut outs from her walnut ink file folder to spell Menucha (photo above).

The reverse of Rhonda's mobile.

The reverse of Rhonda’s mobile.

It’s hard to photograph mobiles. The above photos show the two sides of Rhonda’s mobile. It looks great when hung, but the photos I took of it hung don’t do it justice, so I photographed each side on white paper.

We don't always work on finished projects. Sometimes we try out new materials.

We don’t always work on finished projects. Sometimes we try out new materials.

Sometimes it’s important to try out and keep track of how different inks, paints, pens and other materials look like. The above photo shows one of Sally’s testing sheets. She made lots of tests. It’s helpful to keep track of what different materials will do, especially when combined.

Weathergrams that will be hung on a tree near the labyrinth.

Weathergrams that will be hung on a tree near the labyrinth.

If you’ve not heard of weathergrams, check out How To Make A Weathergram.

Renae made this wonderful dog portrait.

Renae made this wonderful dog portrait.

Renae makes the most wonderful animal drawings and paintings. You can see more of her art on her Facebook page: Birdland Art.

Goose painted by Kay.

Goose painted by Kay.

A page in Kay's journal documenting her recent trip to Ireland and Scotland.

A page in Kay’s journal documenting her recent trip to Ireland and Scotland.

Kay makes the most amazing journals. Above is a 2 page spread of her latest journal. It’s all about her trip to Ireland and Scotland.

Credit cards painted and ready to be made into a book.

Credit cards painted and ready to be made into a book.

Lily is an amazing bookbinder. The above photo shows what she has done with credit cards. They have been textured and painted. They will be turned into a book.

Lily's finished book with covers that were originally credit cards.

Lily’s finished book with covers that were originally credit cards.

The photo above shows a book Lily made using credit cards as covers. I guess I need to be collecting old credit cards now in addition to tea bag wrappers.

Nancy made this delightful watercolor painting for the front of a card.

Nancy made this delightful watercolor painting for the front of a card.

Nancy makes the most delicate watercolors. Every year I am impressed by what she produces. I snapped this photo while she was still working on her painting. I imagine there may be calligraphy added to the card.

Michelle tried working with walnut ink on fabric. This is just the beginning. I can hardly wait to see what she makes with these.

Michelle tried working with walnut ink on fabric. This is just the beginning. I can hardly wait to see what she makes with these.

Michelle played with both walnut ink and fabric this year. The above photo shows the beginning of her experimentation.

Painting fabric and lettering with puffy paint.

Painting fabric and lettering with puffy paint.

Michelle colored fabric and then wrote on it with puffy paint. She gave each of us at the retreat a “Womenuchans” fabric hanging. What a treat!

Experimentation by Adelaide.

Experimentation by Adelaide.

As I mentioned earlier, not everything we do at Menucha is a finished product. There’s lots of experimentation that goes on here. Adelaide did a lot of experimenting. I really like the effects she got by putting different metallic paints into wet walnut ink. Yes, there was a lot of experimenting with walnut ink this past week.

Adelaide made tea bag wrappers made into rosettes after my short demonstration.

Adelaide made tea bag wrappers made into rosettes after my short demonstration.

Early in the week I demonstrated how to make rosettes from tea bag wrappers. Adelaide went a bit further and used coffee creamer wrappers and candy wrappers as well as tea bag wrappers to make her rosettes. A number of my fellow artists joined in this activity. Links to instructions are on my blog post: DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes.

Edna made this wonderful birds nest using colored pencils.

Edna made this wonderful birds nest using colored pencils.

It’s hard to remember all the details of what everyone did. I believe Edna used watercolor colored pencils to make this birds nest.

Edna breaking in her new journal.

Edna breaking in her new journal.

I can’t remember the word Edna used, but the idea is to make marks on your journal pages to make it easier to write in. With something already on a page, it’s less intimidating  to write on the page. I do have a number of wonderful journals that I haven’t used yet. This sounds like a great idea.

One of Sally's works in progress.

One of Sally’s works in progress.

Sally is an amazing calligrapher. The above photo is one of a number of ones she was working on when I stopped by to photograph what she was doing.

Another of Sally's works in progress.

Another of Sally’s works in progress.

More of Sally's work.

More of Sally’s work.

I love Sally’s calligraphy and paintings. I have one of her works in my hall, just above a large vase of sunflowers. The sumi painting, calligraphy and flowers compliment each other. You can see more of Sally’s work on her website: Sally’s Website.

Rhonda did some playing with white and color on black paper.

Rhonda did some playing with white and color on black paper.

Black paper is fun to work on. The above photo shows some of the playing Rhonda did with color and white pens on black paper. So much potential!

Renae made this stand up tiger for Kay for her upcoming birthday. Note the birthday hat.

Renae made this stand up tiger for Kay for her upcoming birthday. Note the birthday hat.

Renae made the above tiger card for Kay for her birthday. If you look closely, you can see “Kay” written above the tiger’s eyes.

Playing with pastel dusting.

Playing with pastel dusting.

Sally also demonstrated pastel dusting. There were so many wonderful things happening through out the week, it is impossible to document it all. It’s something you need to experience in person.

View from Menucha Retreat and Conference Center overlooking the Columbia River. What an inspiring place to come to each year to make art!

View from Menucha Retreat and Conference Center overlooking the Columbia River. What an inspiring place to come to each year to make art!

I love my fellow artists and look forward to transporting my studio, once again next year, to Menucha.

Happy creating, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Calligraphy & Art Retreat

For the past 7 days, my studio has been an 6 foot long table in a shared studio space with 11 other calligraphers and artists from Oregon, Washington and California. It is an annual retreat where I get to do whatever calligraphy and art I want to do for an entire week. I don’t have to cook or do housework.

These are 2 magnetic closure books that I made following the instructions Lili shared with us. The covers are watercolors I made this past week too.

These are 2 magnetic closure watercolor journals that I made following the instructions Lily shared with us. I made the covers using watercolors.

This week-long Calligraphy and Art Retreat has been going on for many years. It’s been sponsored by different calligraphy guilds over the years, but it’s always held at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon which overlooks the Columbia River. We can do art, swim, sleep, hike, relax and have our meals prepared for us by their wonderful kitchen staff.

Two variations I made based on Elizabeth's instructions of the tiny tab book.

Two variations I made based on Elizabeth’s instructions of the tiny tab book.

Elizabeth's magnetic closure journal with my studio table in the background.

Elizabeth’s magnetic closure journal with my studio table in the background.

I always come home with lots of new ideas and renewed enthusiasm. The format for this retreat is that we can work on whatever we want. There are 4 hours a day of quiet time where we know we can work uninterrupted. At other times there are informal demonstrations, discussions and sharing that we can attend or not.

Some of Kay's work. 2 journals and 3 paintings, resting on the window above her work table.

Some of Kay’s work, 2 journals and 3 paintings, resting on the window above her work table.

One of Lili's creations. The card folds to fit in the little black envelope.

One of Lily’s creations. The card folds to fit in the little black envelope that’s on the left.

This year, Lili taught some of us how to make a journal with a magnetic closure. Elizabeth demonstrated how to make a mini tab book and a few more folded cards and books. Kay demonstrated some acrylic painting techniques as well as how to make 3D letters. Susan demonstrated techniques she uses in making art on cradled art panels.

Susan is demonstrating her warm up exercises using various tools and brushes.

Susan is demonstrating her warm up exercises using various tools and brushes.

Sally's warm-up calligraphy. I found these stacked on a chair by her work station.

Sally’s warm-up calligraphy. I found these stacked on a chair by her work station.

My goal for the week was to practice with the pointed pen. I took a mini class on the pointed pen in May and I wanted to spend some time working on the alphabet. Michelle, who is a master of the pointed pen, kindly gave me some extremely helpful pointers.

Thanks to Michelle's pointers, my pointed pen calligraphy is coming along.

Thanks to Michelle’s pointers, my pointed pen calligraphy is coming along.

We use every possible flat space to put our art as our tables aren't big enough to hold all our stuff. Here are some of Michelle's wonderful cards on a TV stand.

We use every possible flat space to put our art as our tables aren’t big enough to hold all our stuff. Here are some of Michelle’s wonderful cards on a TV stand.

I am more energized from this years retreat than ever. Everything is unpacked and put away. My drafting table is clear and as soon as I am through with this blog post, I’m looking forward to doing art for the rest of the day.

Elizabeth's acrylic painting, as taught by Kay.

Elizabeth’s acrylic painting, after Kay’s demonstration..

Renae's work in progress from a photo.

Renae’s work in progress from a photo.

Some of Michelle's bleach painting works in progress.

Some of Michelle’s bleach painting works in progress.

One of Susan's multi media flower series on cradle board.

One of Susan’s multi media flower series on a cradled art panel.

Another of Susan's collages on a cradled wood panel. Is it finished yet?

Another of Susan’s collages on a cradled wood panel. Is it finished yet?

Nancy's watercolor in progress from a photo.

Nancy’s watercolor in progress from a photo.

Another of Nancy's watercolors made into a card. She used one of my paste papers behind her art to show off her flowers.

Another of Nancy’s watercolors made into a card. She used one of my paste papers behind her art to show off her flowers.

And did I mention great food?

And did I mention great food?

Renee's unique thank you card to Ruthie.

Renae’s unique thank you card to Ruthie.

More of Sally's works in progress.

More of Sally’s works in progress.

Elizabeth's meander fold book.

Elizabeth’s diamond-fold maze book.

One of Sally's backgrounds that she painted. She sells a book called Background Blitz which explains how she makes many of her beautiful backgrounds.

One of Sally’s backgrounds that she painted. She sells a book called Background Blitz which explains how she makes many of her beautiful backgrounds.

View from Menucha Retreat and Conference Center overlooking the Columbia River. What an inspiring place to come to each year to make art!

View from Menucha Retreat and Conference Center overlooking the Columbia River. What an inspiring place to come to each year to make art!

Somehow I managed not to get photos of Edna’s, Judy’s or Sam’s work. I’m so sorry, because they all do such great work too.

I love my fellow artists and look forward to transporting my studio, once again next year, to Menucha.

Happy creating, Candy