Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Countdown to Art and Soul, Portland!

Is it really a countdown if you're leaving tomorrow?

Today feels like an all and out scramble. We'll be heading to Portland's Art and Soul Retreat around 1pm tomorrow and in that Oregon is pouring right now we'll have to wait until last minute to pack everything under tarps and rope.

I have contracted a head cold so one of the things I'm doing tonight (besides packing and organizing) is buying a whole row of head cold medicine and boxes of Kleenex. Let's hope for the sake of our sound editors I'm not sniffling and coughing through every video!

Check back here the next few days to see the fun! And if you're attending either the workshops themselves or the vendor night (open to the public) say hi!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

CCP Stamps are Here!

I never get packages at work but today I did! Inside 52 sheets of red rubber stamps. Guess who is spending some quality time with an exacto knife the next few nights? We're bringing these to give out to people at Portland's Art and Soul! I'm so excited!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Planning Cards

I'm currently midway through my Halloween cards (and probably realistically the only seasonal card I'm doing this year) and at some point I realized that something just wasn't working. The artists we film always suggest doing thumbnail sketches. Here are some of this weekend's thumbnails. Unfortunately for the Halloween card it meant adding cats! Those tails are hard to cut! (This is why I started so early, so that when I need to cut out a ton of cats, I have time. Yay!)

Now that I have all the pieces I'm realizing the color of my moon isn't working. I think it's too cool while everything else in the card is warm tones. I painted all the moons silver and I'm going to have to experiment with adding a little cream to the paint and see if it warms.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Claudine Hallmuth on Martha Stewart Website

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Four Days with Craig Nelson

Our first day with Craig Nelson started at 6:45 am in a field. We set up this giant sheet-like contraption to soften the sunlight on both Craig and his painting. (It worked beautifully.) We only had one panic when we laid everything out and realized we had nothing to actually put it together with. The rental company was over an hour away and there wouldn't be time to go get the pieces. Luckily Jim just had them in his car. (*phew*)

Craig was here 4 days and was loads of fun. He's traveled all over the world and tells great stories of his adventures. Also, he's an amazing artist and teacher. He is so comfortable teaching that he just speaks his thoughts as he paints, which is ideal for people learning to paint. He's also really easy going and flexible, which is ideal for those of us behind the cameras. We could just pipe up (and he wanted us to) and say, "I don't get this." He'd barely miss a beat and come back with some really clear and concise explanation. Excellent. I can't wait to get started editing.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Craft Season Week 1

So this weekend, beyond being at work both days, I have two goals:
1. cut and assemble all the elements for my Halloween cards.
2. make a vinyl wallet that is good enough to give as a gift.

On the first front, I think I finally have a design that will work. It always amazes me how designs look a certain way in thumbnail form but then seem either empty or overworked in card form.

For number two, I've spent this past week trying different combinations of material and paper to make a vinyl wallet for a birthday. A friend of my boyfriend's and mine loves mass transit and he also had a wallet with the London Tube on it, which he loved but lost. My replacement won't have all the things in it he lost but I thought would be a fun surprise. Here are some of the tests.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Claudine Hellmuth

See your favorite collage artist, Claudine Hellmuth, Wednesday September 12 on the Martha Stewart Show! Claudine will film a live segment and we all can't wait to see!

Congratulations Carl Dalio

Carl Dalio has the cover of the Watercolor Magazine Fall 2007 issue. I picked it up and thought, "Wait, that is really clean color. This looks like a Dalio." And it was.

In other news, the Creative Catalyst team started around 6:45 am and spent our morning in a field with Craig Nelson and his paints. (Because what better way to spend time with Craig Nelson!)

It's the first time I've actually met the real life Craig. He was one of the first artists I edited when I came to Creative Catalyst Productions so it's really nice to meet the man on tape. I can't wait to get back behind a camera this afternoon.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Craft Season Has Begun

Craft Season has begun! It actually began a few days ago but the office has been crazy lately and I'm just now getting to the blog.

We have an artist coming tomorrow and we will out in the middle of a field...literally. Who gets to be at work at 6:45am tomorrow morning? Oh yeah, ME.

But back to Craft Season. I'm starting the preparations now so that come December 22nd I'm not crying over burnt polymer at 2am wondering how I'll ever finish the Christmas gifts. I'm hoping to actually enjoy the process this year! (And after a week of crafts after work I'm liking it already.) So bring on the fun! Craft Season has begun!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Sherri Haab's Fall Schedule

Sherri Haab just posted her fall schedule! Take a look and sign up! Also check out a preview of her DVD, "Precious Metal Clay Jewelry."

September 15, 2007 9am-4pm
PMC Resin Bracelet
Kit Kraft, Studio City, CA
Register at www.kitkraft.biz or call the store to sign up: 818-509-9739
September 21, 2007 9am-4pm
Orem, Utah
Textures and Molds for PMC
Register by contacting Sherri

September 22, 2007 9am-4pm
Orem, Utah
PMC Rings
Register by contacting Sherri
October 3-8th, 2007
Art and Soul Retreat
Portland, Oregon
PMC classes, Resin Casting

November 3-8, 2007
La Mesa, California
PMC Rings Nov 3rd
PMC Holiday Charm Bracelet, Nov 4th
Macrame Bracelet-Pearls and Silk, Nov 6th
Macrame Rings, Nov 7th
Macrame-Mermaid Necklace, Nov 8th
Register at www.thebouncingbead.com

November 10-11, 2007
San Diego, California
PMC Resin Mixed Media Bracelet, Nov 10
Image Transfer Jewelry, Nov 11
Register at www.shepherdessbeads.com
November 15-18, 2007
Park City, Utah
The Art Nest Retreat
PMC Charms with Spakling Gems
Register www.theartnest.net
February 10-13, 2008
Craft and Hobby Association
Find Sherri at the Watson Guptill Booth or take a macrame class from Sherri through YLI corp.