Friday, October 30, 2009

an artful voyage - our last day at sea - Tim's mega-class

Saturday, October 17th
Our last full day.  Sigh.  After breakfast spent several hours in the studio.  Love having this creative space available 24/7.  This afternoon is Tim's mega-class.  What a wonderful way to end this artful voyage!
We entered Tim's classroom at 1:00pm and saw that we would be making shadow boxes.

The project is called "Flight of Creativity," and you can see the shadow box, a small carved wooden bird, jewelry pliers.....under the written directions, causing that little lump is the package of additional supplies.  We found a small canvas, papers, tags, crystals, a key, mirrors, clock faces, Tim's idea-ology corners, tiny bottles with cork stoppers, small bits of old wooden rulers, metal numbers, rub-ons, tickets, bling, a tiny crown for the bird, Tim's filmstrip ribbon, and more.
I noticed that on the "stage" area in front of the room were several melting pots.
And of course, on each work table were distress inks and blending tools to share.
This project was packed with techniques.
We covered the bird with pieces of dictionary paper, then inked it.
The back part of the box was covered with other papers, in collage style.  The tiny canvas was also covered with paper, then with tickets.  We were called up to the stage area 6 at a time, where Karen (aka Keychain) showed us how to cover the box back and canvas with beeswax.
Over the beeswax went some Perfect Pearls.
At this point we were free to arrange the elements however we liked.  I was considering the idea of giving my bird a little time out:

Unfortunately (or maybe luckily!), in that position he didn't fit behind the glass of the shadow box.  But it received several laughs, including a big one from Tim.
I had a lot of fun arranging and rearranging the elements until I was satisfied with the placement of everything.  Crystals were attached with screw eyes, the bird's crown embellished and attached, the frame distressed, some rub-ons applied, and voila!  My Flight of Creativity:

I actually was able to finish this project well within the 3 1/2 hours of the class, and so had some time to take pictures of some of Tim's beautiful projects that were on display all week in the market place:

I noticed this piece of art on the wall on Deck 8.  I passed it every day on the way to and from my cabin.  I had to snap it, because it reminded me of Tim.  Check out the wheels and sprockets.  And can you guess what the seat is made of?   A shoe horn!  Pretty cool.

There was actually quite a bit of art all over the ship.  Some cheesy, of course.  But some caught my eye.  I really enjoyed the graphic quality and bright colors of these (they were actually all part of one piece, displayed side by side, but I couldn't get a good panoramic shot):

On one of my many visits to the market place, Mario suggested this as a cool photo.  I'm the black flip flop, Mario the sneaker, and I just don't remember who the other feet belong to. 

All that is left to report on is the farewell cocktail party and my departure on Sunday morning.  I know I'm shamelessly dragging this out, but I want to keep reliving this wonderful wonderful experience.  Later!


Nancy said...

Your poor bird ... *lol* I really like how every one of us personalized our shadow boxes in so many different ways! I definitely am going to make more!

Angie Hall Haviland said...

Thanks for sharing Eileen!! Love your bird box...thanks for sharing all the other FUN stuff too!

Lori said...

That's too funny about the bird. Keep livin' the dream, baby!

Earlene said...

Thanks so much for sharing the Cruise over the last few days.

Love seeing your Shadow Box. As I received one of the birds yesterday from a friend and wasn't just sure what I was to do with it.

Now I see. Yours is beautiful.
Time out was so cute.

Heather said...

Eillen- Your shadow box is awesome! Thanks for the pictures!

Sarah said...

Eileen, I don't mind you dragging out the posts on the trip.*lol* I am thoroughly enjoying reliving the classes and seeing the cruise from a different viewpoint. I can't believe how much fun it was!!

funkycrafter said...

Thank you so much for sharing this experience. Keep dragging it out. It is fun for those of us who couldn't go.

Kathy2eggs said...

You are covering the cruise so well, I love reading it. Love the photos of the shoes and feet. Great shots of the ship's artwork. Now I wish I had visited the other decks and checked out all the art. Never thought of it until now.

lee said...

So sad that my trip is over! Thanks for sharing it was like being there or as close as Iwill ever get!

Anonymous said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh......What FUN FUN FUN and a GORGEOUS creation!!!!