Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Book making class

Instructor: Helen Hiebert

In this workshop we’ll create two panel structures with unique hinges that can be utilized to make books, lanterns and wall or window hangings. We’ll start by creating a shadow lantern, composed of lightweight wooden panels, featuring cut-outs that cast shadows onto a second layer of paper. We’ll make another structure featuring paper cuts which incorporates envelopes, a piano hinge and a unique way to show off decorative papers.
Additional Information: www.helenhiebertstudio.com
Supplies: 2-3 sheets of decorative paper (thin papers which fold easily and look good when illuminated), glue brush (small ¼” childs paintbrush or wooden hardware store variety), X-acto knife, cutting mat, straight edge, scissors and pencil.
Location: Kavanagh Building Surface Design Studio
Days: Friday & Saturday: Apr 27 & 28; 9 AM - 4 PM
Class Id: 312110090

Member: $250; Materials Fee $20 . . . . . .

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Non-Member: $280; Materials Fee $20. . .

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Deposit Option: A $50 NON-REFUNDABLEdeposit will hold your spot in the workshop. However, you must pay the full amount owed (less the $50 deposit) 45 days before the workshop

Interested in taking this class please see the website for more details. http://www.fineline.org/classes/gawclasses.html#312110090

Sunday, February 26, 2012


Our March meeting will be held on Sunday, March 4, from 12:30 - 2:45 p.m. at the Darien Municipal Center, 1710 Plainfield Road, Darien.  This meeting will include our annual business meeting and elections, and our own Pam Peterson will present "Textures for Every Surface."  We will start right at 12:30, because we have a lot of things to do during this meeting!  Pam will demo several texture methods and we will also have time to create some of our own textures.  A supply list follows, and a $5 studio fee will apply.

Supply List:
Assorted colors of acrylic paints (craft paint is fine or fluid acrylics), watercolor paper (4 to 6 pieces no larger than 11 X 14"), deli sheets, black gesso, a few flat brushes (at least one 1-1/2 -inch brush), safety release or drafting tape, table cover, container for water, paper towels, paper plates. 

Optional:  2 inch chip brush, apron, small paint roller (such as Shur-Line Trim & Touch up Roller Kit which can be found at Walmart), flow enhancer (such as Golden Acrylic Flow Release or Liquitex Flow-aid Fluid Additive), Chinese rice paper (medium weight or heavier).

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A few photo's from Feb. meeting

 Maureen adding color to her batik paper she  made.
 Anne's batik paper.
 Some of the members are doing a doll exchange or a doll round robin kind of event...every once in a while we get a glimpse of them as they are passed to the next person.
 Sylvia's paper...it's is just beautiful
 Laura's work table...it's a mess...but she was having fun.
 Here are a few of the members waiting their turn and taking notes on the process of making batik papers. as you can see in Maureen's hand she is holding a tool that melts the wax as you draw on the paper...later on after color is added with acrylics/ink you melt the wax off with iron and paper towels.
Tania our past president is making her greeting cards everyone always wants to buy at her work.. got to get the stock up again..running low, new year and new holiday's people will need cards for.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

From the National Collage Society 2/2012

Dear member of the Midwest Collage Society,
This letter above just came in from the National Collage Society. Please take note of the Deadline for the entry of the 28th Annual Juried National Collage Society's Exhibit.

Saturday, February 4, 2012


As always, February's meeting will be an all-day work day from 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM at the Darien Municipal Center. Bring a project or two that you're working on, a sack lunch and something to drink. Also feel free to bring goodies to share and collage or assemblage materials to swap. Ann Hupke and Sylvia Koch have volunteered to help members do a bit of "hands on" work with batik on paper during the workday. A small supply list will be e-mailed before the meeting for those who wish to experiment with the batik process. 

March meeting schedule and more

Our meeting on Sunday, March 4, will feature Textures for Every Surface, presented by our own Pamela Peterson.  She will demonstrate several exciting techniques and will also teach us a few texture methods during a short hands-on time.  A supply list will be furnished before the meeting, and a $5 studio fee will apply.


Mixed Media Collage Workshop - Dianne Martia, instructor
Sunday, February 26 - 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst
$85 members and residents / $95 non-members
Call the museum to register at 630-834-0202 - there is a class size limit, so register early!
Enliven your art making experience! Make altered papers, image transfers, and creatively incorporate them into unique collages. Use paint and acrylic mediums to establish texture and depth in your work. Surface preparation, adhesion techniques and composition will be covered. Supply list.

Oil and Cold Wax Workshop - Dianne Martia, instructor
Friday & Saturday, March 9 & 10, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM both days
LaGrange Art League, 122 Calendar Ave., LaGrange
$150 members / $165 non-members
To register, call the league at 708-352-3101.  Class is filling up, so register early!
Explore the technique of combining oil paint and cold wax. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature, without heat. Incorporate other media such as oil sticks and pigment to create dynamic paintings. You will use an array of nontraditional tools to build layers, create texture, and add depth. This class emphasizes the process and is experimental in nature. Supply list.

Mixed Media Cruise in November
MCS member MaryAnn Gradisher has been working with a travel agent on a mixed media cruise.  For more info, visit www.scrapmap.com and click on "our cruises."   MaryAnn says the cost of the cruise will be $1387.