Monday, October 27, 2014

Creative thinking!

I didnt' mean to leave you high and dry on the MoZart Retreat!  Nope.  But seems I sort of did.  Busy, busy, busy!  

OK... back to the fun.  
We talked about the different kinds of thinking.  We talked about the importance of CREATIVE thinking!  We worked on a project where you had to be willing to think outside the box a bit!
For this project, we had Sharpies, but weren't allowed to pick up our pens.  AT. ALL.  Just that command, in itself, gave some of these women anxiety!  ha
Like Dottie here... but look at that cute owl!  She did AWESOME!!
We were painting on thick craft cardstock... in fact, it was the back of a sketch pad.  I had to buy NEW sketch pads and rip the backs off, cause this was exactly what I wanted to paint on!
Nancy, is nice and tidy.  Can you tell?  People have totally different personalities when it comes to art.  That's one of the things that interests me in the retreats.  I love to help people discover their artistic styles.
I mean, seriously, don't you almost feel like you could NAME these guys...
Gabbi Girl stopped by the studio and took a selfie or two or 1000!
But that's ok.  I secretly love finding them on my phone.
Below on the left is Betsy... Middle top...Trixie!
Middle below...Sidney.  (Tom thought it was a Sid... I was thinking Dave)
The blue gal beside her is Jill!
And then on the left there is Sadie, and there's Genevieve again.
Below we have Dr. Sigmund F. Richardson and Shelley.
And then we finished up some fall paintings we made using modeling paste for texture.
I thought they turned out downright cute!
And our owls, with definite personalities, most positively made us think outside our boxes!!
Tomorrow... focused thinking!

OH!  And we will be sending out the Gratittude JOURNALS (and lots of little extras too to the first 25 people to order!!) along with daily prompts.  If you've already ordered yours, start finding or ordering some pictures of things you are grateful for... your home.  your family. your kids.  Your favorite trip.  Your favorite kids.  a significant other.  Your job.  Places in your house.  People who inspire you..... you'll need pics for this journal!  But you'll be GLAD you took the time to put it together!!  Go to Facebook and see samples of it on the MoJoy page.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Making etched copper pendants and custom necklaces!

Continuing along our theme of pairing activities with our lessons, we spent some time talking about THINKING.   There are 11 different kinds of thinking that we discussed.  And one of them was BIG picture thinking.  I had everyone think about their big picture in a futuristic sort of way. 
Where do you see yourself in a year?  in 5 years?  10 years?  And think BIG!  What would your dream life look like?!
We spent some time picking out colored beads which represented certain things (color have meanings, and we explored that too!).
Once we each had our colored beads chosen, we went to work learning to use jewelry tools and jump rings and chain.
We also learned to etch copper.  Each person got to choose the shape of her leaf and then use a Sharpie to create a resist against the etching medium we used to burn into the metal.
I was proud of everyone!!  This was something that was BRAND spanking new to some of them.  And although they might have been a tad bit nervous, they dove right in!! We had some with experience, and I think the fact that everyone just worked very well, side by side, caused all to be a bit more relaxed.
Look at all those busy little bees!!  Making jewelry, we learned, can be very draining.  I had back to back jewelry projects, as I thought that this would be the most efficient way to get the activities completed.  However, I learned that because it requires so much focus that we need to space those types of activities out so the enthusiasm doesn't die!   Lesson learned!
The girls were asked to put their "big dream" in writing on a piece of paper and create a scroll out of it.
We ModPodged it closed and worked it into our necklace.  See how Amber used the scroll on the right side in the picture above.  It is the top "bead" in her necklace.

Here is Nancy's necklace.  She apparently found LOTS of colors and meanings she wanted to make sure made her necklace.  I LOVE how colorful it turned out!
And no two designs were the same on the etched copper!!  Isn't this FAB-U-LOUS?!
Oh... we also used copper wire to weave in and out of the copper sheeting.  AND we scrunched up ribbon to make fun little textural beads on our necklaces.
This is Jamette.  She works at MMPT.  And I am pretty sure she has done this before.  WAIT!  I KNOW she has done this before.  Her necklace turned out great!
Look at that cute little scroll dangling in front of the leaf!
Niki decided to let her goal dangle.  VERY cute!
And Dottie had the same idea!  Check out her scroll in the front.  Right in front of her "word" which she etched into the copper.... "THRIVE".
Dottie is from St. Louis.  She has been a MoJOy blog reader for many, many years.
She brought her two besties along with her.  And this is one of their completed necklaces.  VERY cool, huh?!
I really hope everyone loves their necklaces enough to wear them this fall.  They are perfect for fall outfits, I think!!  I LOVE a long necklace!!
And then it was lunchtime.  I got all fancy and ordered in Quizno's!  ha.
More to come...  in fact, tomorrow, I'll blog on focused thinking and creative thinking will be next.
Stay tuned!!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's time to start this shindig!

So as we are trying to have an art retreat over here.... I am getting these pics of EIGHT college girls at our  condo!  Mary Allison had herself a little getaway! haha.  I am so happy that we have this so she can have this opportunity.  I look forward to my girls having the same opportunity to share it with their friends! 
Sooo... here's the whole crew!!  By now, Suzy (the lumberjack in the plaid on the top right), AnnaLea (bottom right in the corner), and Christy (middle of the back row), have all shown up.  Some people have to work, ya know!
Look at my hands.  I have a new toy!  My phone case has a remote control which fits in the back of it, and can be used for this.....
Oh yeah, baby!  Remote control selfies.  This ain't no amateur art retreat!!

Remember those 1000+ sayings that I printed from Pinterest.  Well, this is likely one of them.
At dinner, we all had the opportunity to get to know each other a little better.  Check out the decorations in the background.  If you recall, last year, Riley made a special request to see the BAH all decked out for Christmas.
Seeing how it was the first weekend in October, I think it was a weeeee bit early for all that action.  So, the house was fall-itized!
Jennifer has been to SIX art retreats.  yep.  I think she wins the award!!  And I can tell it by her work!!  She has really, really shown so much improvement over the years.  She is now one I call and say, "Ok, whatcha wanna make sure I cover in the retreat this time?".  See?  Seniority has its privileges!!  haha.
This was AnnaLea's first one.  She has been wanting to come to one for a while.  I made this past art retreat about half the cost of the usual retreats.  I wanted to be able to attract some of the local yocals who have wanted to attend, but just hadn't made the commitment.  It worked.  We had a FULL room!!
Suzy Ruzy was my special helper.  She helped with set up, take down, send outs, lunch, etc.  She also helps me significantly with the MoJoy Studio in general.  Thanks, Suzy, for believing in me and my vision for bringing creativity to the masses.
I really DO think that anyone can be creative.  If it is not "natural" to you, it has probably been squelched somewhere in your past.  EVERYONE has creativity as a child.  Just some of us keep on playing and some of us are told we aren't that good, or we decide to  be "serious" or act like a grown up.  Well... I am a firm believer that creativity is VITAL to being good at ANYTHING!!  Think of one of your most inspirational heroes... I guarantee he or she is creative.  And I guarantee... you are too!!
We were "Created" by God who "Created" us in HIS image.  So we are CREATIVE beings.

One of the creative things that Jennifer requested was to make a canvas using a gel medium.  Because that requires some drying time, we started that process on Friday night.  It was Sunday before they were totally completed.
This is just inspirational to me.  I LOVE this picture.
This one too!!  This was the calm before the storm.... all this creative space just waiting for the perfect 12 or so women to come and anoint it with new ideas and fresh energy!!
Here's the man of the house, back in his private den, hiding out from all that estrogen.
He is such a trooper!!  And day two... before we started, I was caught on the back porch swing, trying to wake up with a hop cup of joe!  I don't get going til I've had my coffee!!
And so...we continue.  More stories and pictures tomorrow!