Some of Cindy's work:
Cindy's style is colorful, whimsical, and exhuberant. Me, not so much, but I embraced her techniques and forged ahead.
Cindy, explaining something. She was very thorough and prepared.
On Saturday we tackled faces. I am no big fan of stylized faces. At least not when I do them. I actually like many I've seen, but they're just not me, so I am never too pleased with any I've attempted. I received a lot of positive feedback on my redhead, but I do not love her. Sorry, Red! I did love the process, however, and even found a place for Red in my home.
What the photos probably do not show, is the finishing. When the class was over, we didn't take our canvases with us. They stayed behind, and Cindy gave each a nice thick coat of resin. Not only will that protect the highly layered and textured work, but it just made the colors pop. And as these workshops were a joint effort between Michele's Little Bird Studio and The Ink Pad, participants were given the option to pick up their pieces (once dry and cured) from either location.
Here is Cindy applying the resin, with Michele watching carefully.
Most people either did a second face or some stylized birds for the next canvas, but I just went in my own direction and did this collage:
On top of the many layers of collage elements went the circles. Inside the largest is a stamped image from LaBlanche. The other three fish are Wendy Vecchi stamps. I stamped them on white tissue paper with embossing ink and applied white powder. Once on the canvas I colored them.
On day two, the theme was Dream Houses. Much more up my alley, and I created more of a dream shack than house, but it suits me. It is near the ocean, and sits on stilts upon a foundation of books. But let's not get too analytical.
My next piece was a cityscape, done on a long narrow canvas (12x24), which I love! Lots of paper piecing and stenciling went into this one.