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November 16 Watercolor with Carolyn McConnell

Theme: ABUNDANCE

See session #1 for materials. No new materials are needed. For best results, use good paper such as Arches cold press watercolor paper. Link to sample drawings:

Recommendation: See watercolor How-Tos on YouTube featuring Emma Lefebvre or Fabio Cembranelli.


November 2, 2020 Kumihimo #2 with Michele Lefevre

The file below provides a list of suppliers, ideas for different patterns and detail about how to finish a project by using closures.

Materials:

For this Kumihimo session we wove a beaded spiral necklace from the Rayon Chenille Beaded Spiral Necklace Kit: $12 kit ordered from Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/815728515/chenille-beaded-necklace-kit-kumihimo-16?ref=shop_home_active_30&frs=1 and 1 pkg of bobbins for $3.93: https://www.etsy.com/listing/803739032/kumibob-larger-bobbins-25-inch-pkg-of-8?ref=shop_home_active_6&crt=1 to provide an additional 8 bobbins to total 16.

Weld Bond glue which is recommended and widely available.


October 19, 2020 Kumihimo Braiding #1 with Michele Lefevre

Click here to view video of the session

The first session focused on how to make the braid as well as history of Kumihimo. To learn the technique, Michele recommended starting with the Kumihimo disc and either yarn, cord, ribbon or embroidery floss (4 pieces, 12 inch lengths).

Amazon sells various Kumihimo kits, but they are a little more expensive and don’t usually have all the items needed to complete a project. The following kits include the catches for your necklaces of Kumihimo. For the first class, recommend this $12.95 kit: https://www.etsy.com/listing/801232974/kumihimo-beginning-kit-kumiloom-bobbins?ref=shop_home_feat_1&frs=1

If you want to learn beaded Kumihimo in the second session, this $12 kit can also be ordered: https://www.etsy.com/listing/815728515/chenille-beaded-necklace-kit-kumihimo-16?ref=shop_home_active_30&frs=1 and 1 pkg of bobbins for $3.93: https://www.etsy.com/listing/803739032/kumibob-larger-bobbins-25-inch-pkg-of-8?ref=shop_home_active_6&crt=1

After the gathering Michele provided some patterns for later use.


October 5, 2020 Water Color Session #2 with Carolyn McConnell

Letters and Leaves

2 projects were done during this session. 

Negative painting and block letters

Negative painting means that coloring in the background first.  See the document below with a photo of an example of negative painting using numbers.  Use watercolor paper and draw a couple of block letters lightly with pencil (called monograms). Also see an example of block letters with some quick zentangles added.

Fall leaves

The document includes a drawing of 4 leaves/with zentangles!!  You can pick and choose between these leaves or find your own outside.  Trace around them with light pencil on watercolor paper.  Do either negative painting with these or just have fun keeping the paints wet and choosing fun colors.  Leaves have plenty of speckles so you can put in dark dots similar to those done on the sunflowers during a previous session.

Extra accessories/toys to play with in addition to the supply list below:

  • A small spray bottle of water
  • A bit of sponge
  • A few tablespoons of salt
  • An old credit card, loyalty card. (Expired of course!). This works even better if you find some concrete and give the card edge a good scraping to soften the edges!
  • And it’s nice to have access to a hair dryer.

Supplies: 

  1. Small beginner’s set of watercolors in a “pan,” with 6 basic colors or more in 6 or more little wells.   (or beg borrow or steal a kid’s set, OK for starters)
  2. Watercolor paper: Arches watercolor paper block cold press.  140# The ideal. 9 x 12 or smaller or Fabriano brand, same specs. Or use Strathmore or Canson, a bit lesser quality, both at Michael's
  3. 2 watercolor brushes (at least!) sizes 6 and 8.  Synthetic OK but brushes specific for watercolor are necessary.  They hold water.
  4. Micron or Staedtler pen. .01 black and or .03, or any one you have
  5. Jar to hold water
  6. HB pencil and good eraser, kneaded eraser best
  7. Paper towel  

SAMPLE SKETCHES FOR THE SESSION


September 21, 2020 Water Color Zentangle #1 with Carolyn McConnell

We had fun painting together, starting with a sunflower.   We drew an easy one, and then painted it.

A few supplies: (Don't spend a bunch on supplies you may use only rarely, but at the same time know that better quality materials lead to better results)

Buy online at Dick Blick and/or Cheap Joe’s and in stores: Michael’s (some items) and Daniel Smith, Seattle; a wonderful art supply store in Kirkland, the Artful Touch: Call ahead and order/pay ahead, and she’ll bring the items to your car.  425-823-2336.  12437 116th Ave NE, Kirkland 98034.

If using Carolyn's sunflower design, trace it with carbon paper (or graphite paper or whatever you have) onto watercolor paper.  Press very lightly.  Later go over those lines with black pen, if needed.  Alternatively you use scissors to cut around the design, then draw around it directly onto watercolor paper. To mix things up a bit, add in some zentangles.   (See sunflower example above.)

Link to Carolyn's Sunflower Sketch for printing

Supplies: 

  • Small beginner’s set of watercolors in a “pan,” with 6 basic colors or more in 6 or more little wells.   (or beg borrow or steal a kid’s set, OK for starters)
  • Watercolor paper: Arches watercolor paper block cold press.  140# The ideal. 9 x 12 or smaller or Fabriano brand, same specs. Or use Strathmore or Canson, a bit lesser quality, both at Michael's
  • 2 watercolor brushes (at least!) sizes 6 and 8.  Synthetic OK but brushes specific for watercolor are necessary.  They hold water.
  • Micron or Staedtler pen. .01 black and or .03, or any one you have
  • Jar to hold water
  • HB pencil and good eraser, kneaded eraser best
  • Paper towel  

August 17, 2020 - Quilling #2 with Cece

Cece's Quilling Presentation

Helena's Quilling Photo Album

Topic: Quilling - Continued with Cece Grasso

  • Updates and housekeeping
  • Show and Tell projects progress since last meeting
  • Quilling project #2 using the same kit used on August 3 - see materials list below

Images above are what we made.

Materials:

  • 1 Green Strip (cut in quarters)
  • 2 Strips for Small Buds (we'll cut in half) (Example:  Dark Blue)
  • 1 Strip for Center (Example:  Dark Blue)
  • 2 Strips for Flower Petals (cut in half) (Example:  Light Blue)
  • 2 Strips for Flower Petals (cut in half  (Example:  Dark Blue)

Total of 8 Strips

Optional -  Picture Frame:  1 - 6-inch x 6-inch paper (Lightweight) Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlXYZSI9TgI


August 3, 2020 - Quilling #1 with Cece

Quilling instruction and practice
Materials: Beginner’s Quilling Kit through Amazon,
Quilling Kit from Amazon above (Quilling Tool; Quilling Board)
   -  6 Strips of 1 Color (Example: Yellow)
   -  1 Strip of 1 Color  (Example: Orange)
   -  2 Strips of Green
Glue (I use Elmer's Washable Clear Glue) 
Optional:  Paper for Card

Quilling Presentation


July 20, 2020 - Zentangle continued with Helena

We followed Helena's instruction, shared some tips and tricks and showed our practice sheets.

Materials: For this exercise, in addition to the black sharpie, Paper or card paper, and carbon paper; a toilet paper cardboard roll, and a ruler.

Instructions: Select 3 to 5 Zentangle patterns from this link: B – TanglePatterns.com    (perhaps those starting with the first letter of your name) so that you can apply the tangle into the images attached.”


July 6, 2020 - Transfer Sketch & Zentangle with Helena

We followed Helena's instruction, shared some tips and tricks and showed our practice sheets.

  • Materials
    • Carbon Transfer Tracing Paper (Amazon) $7.99 -$8.99
    • Pen (any pen. I use Bic)
    • Pencil
    • Canvas paper (or card stock paper) Amazon
    • Sharpie permanent marker Black- ultra-fine point recommended. Other sizes are acceptable.
    • Alternatively, for transferring, you may use wax free graphite transfer paper.
    • Instead of canvas paper you may use any harder paper that you already have at home.
    • Print three example images on 8x11 paper or print on smaller paper for cards if preferred. Click the following links to display and print: Tangle IdeasLeafFern Leaf
    • Please order or localize at home the items needed. Amazon has all of the materials and Michaels may as well. Michaels has curb pick up for online orders and will send an email when the purchase is ready for pick up. 

June 15, 2020 - Kickoff Meeting

Our kick off meeting was held on June 15, 2020 with 15 members attending! After reviewing slides provided by Helena Puche, we brainstormed ideas for future meetings, and agreed to meet on 1st and 3rd Mondays. Cece Grasso provided slides with background about origami and instructed us in how to make an origami gift card folder. We have a range of skills. We agreed it would be best to start 'simple' and build on basics. Planning in advance will be helpful. Two or more weeks lead time to gather materials may be required for some projects.


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