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!