Monday, June 23, 2014

Fabric Art Postcard with Shirley K. Bentsen - 2 dates offered!



Non-sewer, fear not!  Shirley's fabulous Art Postcards are a perfectly lovely way to jump into embellishments, mixed-media, altered art, etc, etc, etc.  Be a part of a Michigan-wide creative community! Class fee $30
Offered on two different Saturday mornings (please add a note when paying by Paypal)

  • July 19 from 9:30 - 12:30 
  • August 2 from 9:30 - 12:30


Create a one-of-a-kind, mini work of art using fabric, laces, beads, sequins, ribbons, trims, and other embellishments.  You will work in a 4” x 6” postcard-sized format that may be popped in the mail for that special friend or framed for your own personal enjoyment.  Several may be joined together to make a small wall hanging. Stretch your creativity … have lots of fun in the process!  Taught by Shirley Bentsen, the fabric embellishment Queen of Smitten Dust! 


Kit fee $10 (payable day of class)includes instructional handout, project foundation, vintage image printed on poplin, and complimentary fabrics and embellishments needed to complete one project.  Each kit is unique and different.

Supply List:  basic sewing kit, sharp fabric/embroidery scissors, variety of sharp needles, sewing thread, short beading needle/thread, Fray Check, E6000 glue.  This project can be completed by hand – sewing machine optional.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Magdalena Muldoon July 26 - 27, 2014



We are honored to bring our friend, Magdalena Muldoon, to the mitten this summer!  Save the dates of Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27!

Good news! There is only one kit fee!!!  The kit fee of $20 only needs to be purchased one time!  The kit includes 4 basic double tools and small piece of suede that can be used for all classes! Please pay at beginning of class.

Magdalena was born in Mexico City, where her mom founded MercArt, a fine crafts store in 1970.   MercArt Mexico introduced the metals and tools for traditional metal embossing and Magdalena had the opportunity to learn the techniques from the best teachers in Mexico. In 2002 she moved to the US with her husband and 3 daughters and brought her mom’s metal embossing part of the business: “Mercart USA”.

Easy Pewter Zentangle-Inspired-Art Journal Cover
Saturday, July 26 from 9-12 $50
Zentanglers - This class is for you! Try something new and beautiful with those cool skills you’ve learned!

Draw assorted tangles both on the front and the back of pewter and then learn how to give them diverse volume and texture.
Basic concepts of traditional metal embossing techniques will be taught such as: tracing, outlining, refining, and embossing (or making things “puff”), as well as antiquing the metal with a pewter patina, polishing it and adhering it to the cover of a cardboard journal.

All skill levels are welcome!

Easy Metal Embossed Tin Box

Saturday, July 26 from 1-3  $40
Students of all skill levels will wind up with a gorgeous box as they learn how to emboss metal quickly and easily using assorted stencils, color aluminum and patinas.
All the basics of the metal embossing techniques will be taught.  Students can incorporate assorted backgrounds and textures using several metal tools, embossing plates.  Stunning antique and patina effects will be featured, offering a wide variety of gilder’s pastes.
Care of the embossed art to prevent damage, as well as how to adhere it to the tin box, will complete the workshop! All skill levels are welcome!

Cool Pewter Lightswitch Plate
Saturday, July 26 from 3:30 – 6:30 pm $50
Students continue to learn more about metal embossing techniques such as drawing, embossing and refining different types of leaves and flowers. Creating, adding background textures and antiquing the metal with a pewter patina.  Students will create and unique and beautiful lightswitch plate ready to be wall mounted!!  Intermediate skill level preferred.

Perfectly Pewter Shell Box
Sunday, July 27 from 9 – 1 $60*
An intermediate class for those who’ve leaned basic techniques from yesterday’s classes or for more experienced artisans, the Perfectly Pewter Shell Box uses intermediate skills.  A class for those who want to do a more intricate project and improve the use of several techniques: Flat technique, tracing and overlapping.
Students will also learn how to cut the metal in more complex lace type patterns and incorporate the use of real laminated shell.  Intermediate skill level preferred.
*NOTE:  This class has an additional $5 fee for abalone shell.  Fee collected at class.
Elegant Patina-ed Tin Wooden Chest
Sunday, July 27 from 2-5 $60

Possibly the most stunning of all Magdalena’s classes, the elegantly patina-ed tin is gorgeous when adhered to a glossy wooden chest!  Students emboss on colored aluminum to create a beautifully textured design using embossing plates and stencils.

The class builds on skills already learned and includes adding different dimensions and volume to the tin.  Gilder’s pastes will be used to showcase the beautiful art and adhered to the chest.
All skill levels are welcome!

Magdalena has been teaching metal embossing throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Mexico and Argentina. In 2006 she wrote the book “Metal Embossing Workshop” and has been part of the jury in Japan’s National Metal Embossing Competitions.

Her work has been published in several magazines and in “Art Unscripted”, a DVD hosted by Carol Duvall. 
She has taught classes at several artist retreats such as: Art and Soul, Artiscape, and Stampaway USA, as well as in trade shows such as CHA, SDP and GASC.

In 2011 she fell in love with Zentangle ® when she saw the similitudes between that technique and the doodling she had been doing in her metal work for decades. She has been teaching Zentangle Inspired Art ever since and has participated in the “Zentangle 8” and “Beauty of Zentangle” books by Design Originals.
        
Please email Dusty at DeHavenDesign@gmail.com for class registration and info.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Summer Class Schedule


Did you know we have some fabulous local art teachers and some are teaching at SmittenDust Studio in Dimondale!


Monday, June 9, 6 -8:30 PM, ADVANCED ZENTANGLE®   Jane Reiter
Develop your meditative practice further by tangling with white pen on black paper.  We will use white pen on black paper and experiment a bit with color using color pencils.  Prerequisite:  Introduction to Zentangle class with a CZT. Bring your Sakura 05 black pen, stump and pencil to class.  Class fee $35.


Hmmmm…this Zentangle looks similar to Jane’s BILLBOARD on I-69!
Thursday, June 12,  5:30-8:30 pm Open Studio
We’re combining Tanglemania (people who want to practice their Zentangle) with Craft 911! (people who want to bring their own projects and work together with other creatives) for a free open studio time.  Bring a project to work on and a snack to share.  FREE

Saturday, June 14Private party
Wednesday, June 18, 6 – 9 PM, Drawing with Denny O'Meara (4 wk class begins)In this intro-intermediate class you will have fun exploring basic concepts and guidelines for creating artistic line-based expressions using a pencil.  Learn to use contour line variations, tones and textures to make your own unique art forms.  Use shading and perspective techniques to give your art work depth and realism.  Subjects will include still life, landscapes and the human form.  Four week class, beginning on June 18.
$60 for 4-wk class.
Saturday, June 21 from 10 – 5-ish Run Away with the Circus, the long awaited, event!  Spend the day creating four fun projects, snacking on circus food and having a crazy time.  Project photos below and supply list supplied at registration. $65, all materials included.





Tuesday, July 1 from 6 - 8 pm Zentangle, the basics with Jane Reiter, Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT)
Learn about this delightful, peaceful drawing process with pen and paper.  You will be amazed at your innate creativity and capacity for enjoyment with Zentangle. If you think you’re not an artist, this is the class for you!  $35, kit fee: $8, payable at class.  
Thursday, July 10, 5:30-8:30 pm Open Studio
Free open studio time for people who want to practice their Zentangle and/or people who want to bring their own projects and work together with other creatives.  Bring a project to work on and a snack to share.  FREE
Wednesday, July 16, 6-9 Drawing with Denny O'Meara (4 wk class begins)In this intro-intermediate class you will have fun exploring basic concepts and guidelines for creating artistic line-based expressions using a pencil.  Learn to use contour line variations, tones and textures to make your own unique art forms.  Use shading and perspective techniques to give your art work depth and realism.  Subjects will include still life, landscapes and the human form.  Four week class, beginning on July 16.  $60 for 4-wk class.
Saturday, July 19 from 9:30-12:30, Fabric Art Postcards with Shirley K. Bentsen
(This class is also offered August 2 from 9:30 – 12:30, please choose which date)
Create a one-of-a-kind, mini work of art using fabric, laces, beads, sequins, ribbons, trims, and other embellishments.  You will work in a 4” x 6” postcard-sized format that may be popped in the mail for that special friend or framed for your own personal enjoyment.  Several may be joined together to make a small wall hanging. Stretch your creativity … have lots of fun in the process!  Taught by Shirley Bentsen, the fabric embellishment Queen of SmittenDust! $30  
Kit fee: $10 includes instructional handout, project foundation, vintage image printed on poplin, and complimentary fabrics and embellishments needed to complete one project.  Each kit is unique and different. Kit fee is payable at class
Supply List:  basic sewing kit, sharp fabric/embroidery scissors, variety of sharp needles, sewing thread, short beading needle/thread, Fray Check, E6000 glue.  This project can be completed by hand – sewing machine optional.

Saturday and Sunday, July 26 -27 -Magdalena Muldoon Classes! 
We are honored to bring our Texas sweetheart, Magdalena Muldoon, to the mitten this summer!  Save the dates of Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27!



Easy Pewter Zentangle-Inspired-Art Journal Cover
Saturday, July 26 from 9-12 $50
Zentanglers - This class is for you! Try something new and beautiful with those cool skills you’ve learned!

Draw assorted tangles both on the front and the back of pewter and then learn how to give them diverse volume and texture.
Basic concepts of traditional metal embossing techniques will be taught such as: tracing, outlining, refining, and embossing (or making things “puff”), as well as antiquing the metal with a pewter patina, polishing it and adhering it to the cover of a cardboard journal.

All skill levels are welcome!


Easy Metal Embossed Tin Box
Saturday, July 26 from 1-3  $40
Students of all skill levels will wind up with a gorgeous box as they learn how to emboss metal quickly and easily using assorted stencils, color aluminum and patinas.
All the basics of the metal embossing techniques will be taught.  Students can incorporate assorted backgrounds and textures using several metal tools, embossing plates.  Stunning antique and patina effects will be featured, offering a wide variety of gilder’s pastes.
Care of the embossed art to prevent damage, as well as how to adhere it to the tin box, will complete the workshop! All skill levels are welcome!
Cool Pewter Lightswitch Plate
Saturday, July 26 from 3:30 – 6:30 pm $50
Students continue to learn more about metal embossing techniques such as drawing, embossing and refining different types of leaves and flowers. Creating, adding background textures and antiquing the metal with a pewter patina.  Students will create and unique and beautiful lightswitch plate ready to be wall mounted!!  Intermediate skill level preferred.
Perfectly Pewter Shell Box
Sunday, July 27 from 9 – 1 $60*
An intermediate class for those who’ve leaned basic techniques from yesterday’s classes or for more experienced artisans, the Perfectly Pewter Shell Box uses intermediate skills.  A class for those who want to do a more intricate project and improve the use of several techniques: Flat technique, tracing and overlapping.
Students will also learn how to cut the metal in more complex lace type patterns and incorporate the use of real laminated shell.  Intermediate skill level preferred.
*NOTE:  This class has an additional $5 fee for abalone shell.  Fee collected at class.

Elegant Patina-ed Tin Wooden Chest
Sunday, July 27 from 2-5 $60


Possibly the most stunning of all Magdalena’s classes (although it's a toss up!), the elegantly patina-ed tin is gorgeous when adhered to a glossy wooden chest!  Students emboss on colored aluminum to create a beautifully textured design using embossing plates and stencils.


The class builds on skills already learned and includes adding different dimensions and volume to the tin.  Gilder’s pastes will be used to showcase the beautiful art and adhered to the chest.  All skill levels welcome!

<---Here's a photo of the chest!  Insert your original work of art here!










Friday, Saturday, Sunday, October 17-19 - Kari McKnight Holbrook from Columbus and Jen Crossley from Australia
Here's a sneak peak of the Kari and Jen show!  More details to follow!

Birds and Blooms class on Saturday, October 18, 2014.
This is a 9 hour class - we'll break for lunch and dinner and get back 
together to finish the books!


Delight in the meshing of metal, paper, paint & patinas!  Watch the magic unfold as we journey through etching, metal forming, transfers, whitewashing, and binding.  Jen and Kari will divulge their secrets for successful, safe metal working and enthusiastic, refreshed painting methods.  A little leather (or a pleather option) and this fantastic fusion emerges!


Victorian Tag Pendant on Sunday, October 19
Come along and learn the addictive technique of Metal etching and how to use a jewelers saw.  Discover how to make this vintage looking metal etched Victorian tag pendant. 


Saturday, November 1 - Day of the Dead Event also known as Dia de Los Muertos  
The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.  Look for info on a very special event we're planning!