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!

4 comments:

pam said...

I am happy for you . I hope i can see some of your work on your web..

primdollie said...

Well welcome to the world of blogging and can't wait to see new pics etc! and good luck with your new "job"!! what fun and I'm quite envious!!! keep thinking one day I will!!! for now have to keep the "real" job but do get to have fun and do ebay and etsy too!! enjoy!!
hugs Linda
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Kathy L said...

Loved your first entry. Can't wait to see the pics. What glue are you using and do you worry about it melting as the candle burns?

k

Lisa said...

So excited about your new job! You can do anything you put your mind to!! I wish you many successes (and lots of fun along the way too)!