|Silly Sal and her angel|
It was good to see other artists I usually only see at a Sally Jean's class like Alicia. And of course Margo and I sat together. I had been gone the week before so missed my weekly playday with Margo. I lucked out having Rita Reade from Vintage Market Place on my left and Margo on my right.
|Choose your angel's body|
|Choose your angel's head|
With Sally Jean's classes you never know exactly what you will be making. Today was no exception. There is always that wonderful element of discovery and surprise. Thursday we created glass angels with vignette's inside the glass. Sally provided the glass and the angel heads. There are always new techniques to learn and revisiting old Sally Jean techniques that are in need of refreshing. They say your dogs look like you. Well, my angel body looks like me - squatty body and all. . . Once I get the pin cushion for her to stand on she will grow those legs I always wanted.
We were rewarded at the end of the day with a surprise little project. Sally's inspiration was the medals that are worn on uniforms. I made my "Grandma" badge. Easy and fun. And again, a little new technique was learned in the creations of this little badge.
|Margo showing us her angel|
|Close up of Margo's angel|
I feel I am never completely prepared as the other's as to what to use for my vignettes. You never know what the subject will be or could be. I will spend the next few months at garage sales and flea markets looking with completely different eyes. I took a small cut glass wine bowl/glass for my angel because I felt I was really limited as to what I brought to use. Plus, everyone else had very beautiful and sophisticated vignettes and since I have this first and new grandson, mine would be more child like friend. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
|Alicia Gilaro's Angel|
Titled "Partridge in a Pear Tree"
Here are some of the Thursday group's angels. There were 16 in total. We lined them up in Cheryl's workshop.
|Alicia Walker or Pink Alicia|
|Close up of Rita's Angel|
|Rita hold her angel|
Rita is the proprietor of the Vintage Market Place at the Oaks. Check out the schedule and be sure to drop by this upscale flea market.
Sally's Jean's class on Friday was the most difficult I have ever had to do. Only because we were working on such a small scale. Again, limited as to what I brought for the vignettes. I loved seeing what all the other students brought to use and used so very effectively. Susan Bezek, a teacher in her own right, had the tiniest and so precious little rocking horse. I wanted to steal her treasures. Got to be on the look out for sure for "stuff" for vignettes!
Earlier in the week, I guess there was a teddy bear. Sally didn't have a completed project, only the tummy. I sure wish I had taken that class! But, I had just returned from NJ and knew I would be tired and I was.
Plus, Pam and Ann were at the table behind me. Always great to reunite with art friends.
|Tiffany's beginning vignettes|
|More vignettes in progress|
|Three more vignettes|
This one with a ballerina motif.
holding Sally Jean's Reindeer
|Tiffany Smith's angel|
We all expressed our enthusiasm for Sally Jean to return in the Spring with new ideas and projects. Yes, I learned a lot of new techniques, but even if I didn't the camaraderie and girl's day out are really worth it, plus, again Cheryl Simpson's hospitality.
|Debbie Udall Wilcock|
|Tree's from Wednesday's|
Be sure to check out Sally Jean's sale site at Gray Mouse. Then search Sally Jean. Her new tote bags are gorgeous. Got to see a lot of her wares in person at Cheryl's.
|Margo Beatty and me|
|Sally Jean, Margo, Cheryl and Silly Sal|
On purpose I don't show a close up of Sally Jean's sample projects. She has worked hard to create theses projects for us. I want you all to get the feel of her classes and want to take classes from her when she returns. She has so much to share and takes everything to a new high. She is the one that suggested I put my angel on a old fashion tomato pin cushion (which my friend Mary is going to bring to me since she collects theses little gems). Then I decided to scan a Queen of Hearts playing card, reduce it and print it on shrinky dink and make a chard for around her neck hanging under her jeweled collar. One idea leads to another.
|Thank You Sally Jean|