Saturday, June 17, 2006

Art in the Santa Cruz Mountains

I recently returned from an amazing retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains where I held two "Collage Candle" workshops with a total of 90 women attending. Everyone had so much fun cutting and pasting (decoupaging) papers, pictures and vintage ephemera to glass encased "religious" candles. I love these candles because you can buy them for about a dollar at the grocery store and then you can decorate them with any theme you want. I brought along papers/pics which included vintage beach, travel, garden, birds and nests. It was so amazing to see how different each candle turned out, even though they all had similar pictures. We finished them with a ribbon and a tea stained tag with the name and date of the retreat ("Breathe, June 2006"). Cutting and pasting is like going back to kindergarden. You can forget about your troubles and just talk and decorate your candle. Then when your candle is dry you can light it and the pictures take on a beautiful soft glow, ooh la la!