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autumn pages from tonight September 23, 2008

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Including my misspelling…hehe

It was fun having Beverly and Kim here and Darci brought her pages in beforehand so we ended up with a nice mixture…

Play with us this week… September 22, 2008

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Another amazing week is ahead of us here at slatawoh studio….

Monday (thats tonight!) we’re working on autumnal (fall themed) chunky book pages.  Create backgrounds and cut them into 4″x4″ pages that can be bound or pasted to larger pieces.

The start of my pages

The start of my pages

Technique Tuesday this week is Beeswax….This medium fills the studio with such a yummy scent we’re spilling it over to our Lunch Bunch on Wednesday so if you can’t make it Tuesday night, plan your lunch hour accordingly and join us on Wednesday to use beeswax as your adhesive in creating a collage on canvas.

(picture coming soon)

Tuesday will also offer Texture.  Learn different methods of applying texture to your backgrounds using heat and dry embossing, texture paste, fiber paste and more

Wednesday night we’re doing an altered journal starting with a standard composition book you will add your selected papers and doo-dads, ribbon, fiber, grunge board….oh the choices….they’re endless.  Make it however you like it.

Thursday’s project will be a mixed up mini book using the Creative Cafe binder.  We have some awesome AccuCut dies that cut out a variety of page shapes that fit right in this binder.  You select your paper and put them together, quick as a snap

Set some time aside this Sunday to help me celebrate my birthday and make a Copper Countdown Tree….This wire tree will be a perfect table top addition to any spot you want to display things or even hang jewelry.

Thats it for now…I’m off to check more items off my list.

Hope to see you sometime in the near future.

-Andrea (and Chris)

Halloween Shrines with Julee Herman on October 5th September 18, 2008

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Julee Herman is coming to teach at A Work of Heart!

Spooooooky TINY SHRINES!!! Oct. 5th
Reliquaries were historically used to hold various fragments of saints, the Buddha, the Christ. The fragments ranged from bits of bone, hair or flesh to snips of garments or pieces of the crucification cross. Some reliquaries are clear so that the bones of the person could be viewed. Some reliquaries that I saw while at the Vatican were inserted into the staff of the Pope at the time.

Reliquaries are sometimes decorative as in a brooch or pendant, but are often a simple box or coffin shape. In Victorian era reliquaries you could find a lock of hair of a loved one sealed into an item of jewelery.

My particular enjoyment of these tiny treasures is in the placement of odd items. I start with tiny collages for a background and then begin making a scene as in a diorama and then adding that element of surprise. They can also go in the direction of the macabre in which case employing the shape of a coffin is definitely in order!

Reliquaries range in size from teeny to life size coffins, but mine tend to stay in the range of quite small. I like to use mica to enclose the scene to give it a Victorian feeling and then I solder the entire piece. They are a rewarding project because they just come out SO COOL! This is a rewarding class because you get to make a few cool reliquaries AND you get to learn the skill of soldering.

Please bring any of your own special relics, images, favorite glues, scissors, glitters or paints. Any small items from nature are also encouraged – tiny wings are cool, bits of lichen look neat.

I will provide all supplies for soldering, but if you have your own soldering equipment please bring that with you – not required but certainly appreciated.

Can’t wait to get started… mark your calendars for


October 5th 3:00 – 6:00pm at A Work of Heart in San Jose

Example of Reliquaries

Mid week class update September 17, 2008

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Classes this week
September 17 – 19

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Just a quick mid-week reminder about what’s happening in the studio!

Altered Art Wednesday Night
Make an Altered Frame – Cover a 12 x 12 Bare Elements frame with paper, ink or paint and embellish with “doo-dads” to make it totally “YOU”. Class Fee: $15 Materials: $15

Open Studio Wednesdays
This has always been available, we just want to stress that you can come and do your own thing on Wednesday nights from 6-9pm. No instruction is provided, you just DIY and enjoy all the tools the studio has to offer.
(6 – 9 pm – $7/hour)

Thursday 101 Series – Scrapbooking
Get an introduction to the art and craft of scrapbooking. We will show you methods of organization, layout and design to get you rolling on your own scrapbooks. Bring 6-18 photos Workshop Fee: $15

mel-sneak4Make-it Thursday – Home Decor
Cover a single letter or entire word using printed papers and embellishments. Explore the craft of decoupage by altering a wooden or paper mache letter to create a monogram or an entire word. Workshop Fee: $15 Materials: $5 per letter(6 or 9 inch letters available) includes paper a

Woo Hoo…Sneak Peeks for Melodee Langworthy’s classes September 10, 2008

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It amazes me how you can feel so connected to people that you only see a few times a year…Melodee is one of those people for me.  Her incredible creativity and positive attitude inspires me in so many ways.  Andrea and I are thrilled that she is coming back to teach again in the studio.  Here are some sneak peeks and the schedule of her classes including the pricing!  You can call the studio at 408-266-1005 to reserve your spot.

Classes with Melodee Langworthy

31 Days of Christmas Book – 2008
Friday, October 10th – 7pm – 10pm
Class Fee: $60
This album is a 4 x 6 with 31 pages and can hold up to 90 photos!!
To see this album you can check out this video!
12 Month Album
Saturday, October 11th – 9am – 1pm
Class Fee – Option 1: $75 (includes kit and handout)
Class Fee – Option 2:$100 (includes kit, handout and “A year with Melodee” a once a month on-line class with Melodee to keep you motivated and inspired to finish you 2009 album)
This is going to be one wonderful class!  The album will feature a 2 page spread for each month along with a 6 inch tag.  You will be able to bind pictures in between the pages too!  Mel spilled that she had over 50 pictures in the book already!
There are a few pictures
and a video which shows off the entire book!!!
Family Christmas
Saturday, October 11th – 2pm – 5pm
Class Fee: $65

This album is cut using the Creative Cafe AccuCut dies…just look how beautiful the Creative Cafe white dotted Acrylic.  This book also uses many of the brand new Art Warehouse holiday, Creative Cafe

That’s all for the peeks…we expect that these classes will sell out quickly so if you are interested be sure to call us at 408-266-1005 to reserve your spot.  If we sell our we do have the option of adding the most popular class as an evening class on Saturday.

PMC last night September 9, 2008

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It was such a refreshing time last night.  Here are our pieces drying.

Here is a picture of our friend’s work drying and ready to fire.

This week in the Studio September 8, 2008

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We are so excited about direction our workshops are taking. Both of us have had some deep discussions about what we want to portrait to our community here. One thing specifically keeps coming up over and over…we are the Jack-of-all trades, master of none sort of crafter. To us, it is all about the process. We are an “experimenting grounds” for participants try new things with whatever medium we’re using at the time. We learn as much from our “students” as they do from us.

That said, here is our lineup this week: (as always, call the studio at 408.266.1005 to reserve your spot an any of these workshops)

Monday Mixer is back and we’re playing with PMC tonight! Precious Metal Clay is a mixture of ground up silver particles suspended in a non-toxic binder with organic materials that make a clay-like substance. You will use PMC to make charms and pendants. Come learn the basics of working with this material and we’ll fire your pieces and have them ready for you by Friday.

Technique Tuesday focuses on Polymer Clay this week.

This is another medium that has great versitility. Use our stamps and texture plates on the surface and add pigment powders like Perfect Pearls to embellish. We’ll bake your pieces on the spot and you can take them to add to your future projects.

Wednesday Lunch Bunch will be working with Polymer Clay as well. If you can’t make Tuesday night, here is a re-cap/mini workshop. From 12-1pm bring your own lunch and make something with Polymer Clay. Learn to condition with the pasta machine, add texture, pigments and bake.

Altered Art Wednesday Night will feature our fabulous Altered Mirror.

Cover 32 tiles with paper, crackle paint, ink, distress embossing powders and “doo-dads” to make it totally “YOU”. Choose your color scheme and theme or make a “blank canvas” to add a future collection to. The possibilities are endless. Extra kits are available since this project is addictive and sometimes one mirror just isn’t enough!

Open Studio Wednesdays: This has always been available, we just want to stress that you can come and do your own thing on Wednesday nights from 6-9pm. No instruction is provided, you just DIY and enjoy all the tools the studio has to offer.

Thursday we’re starting a 101 series every Thursday night. This is all about getting started (jumping with with both feet) This week we’re Soldering.

You will learn the basics of soldering taped microscope slides. If you know the basics, feel free to attend and work on more advanced projects such as box building and soldering jump rings. This is an activity you’ll want to do more and more to gain practice. Anyone else admire Sally Jean’s work? This is where it all begins.

Thursdays are also focused on Complete Projects! Come and “Make-It” in 90 minutes. This week is a Fall Banner

with Maya Road and Creative Cafe’. This is another project/workshop that offers kits. If you can’t make it to the Thursday night session, you can come in and complete the kit anytime the studio is open, or even at home.

Friday is special because it is all about the kids in our lives. Kid’s DIY Studio is our youth program here in the studio. DIY studio for kids is from 3:30-5pm on Fridays. We have a nice group of upcoming artists and crafters in our midst. Each week we’ll focus on a new technique/skill and incorporate it into a project for the day.

Kids 8 and up can complete the featured project OR work independently on whatever interests them. We will be rotating through 6 core lessons so participants can start the series at any point and not miss anything by attending 6 consecutive weeks.

  • This week we’re learning about substrates and creating backgrounds with acrylic paints and texture paste.
  • Next week we’ll work with book making, folding and binding techniques will be covered.

Post a comment and you may win a free class next week! We’ll draw a name from all the comments on Friday and let the lucky winner know. Post a comment even if you can’t attend class. If your name is drawn you could win a class kit if you aren’t local.

Hope to see you this week!

-Andrea & Chris

Class TONIGHT! September 5, 2008

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I’m ashamed of how last minute life is here sometimes.  I’ve been meaning to take these pictures and upload them FOREVER….down to the wire…We’ve got 3 people signed up for tonight and plenty others inquiring about what this Glimmer Mist Book thing is all about.  Here is a photo of one of the pages from the “majestic” kit with the “nature” kit open as a background.  The kit you receive is packed with supplies including THREE bottles of glimmer mist, screens, glimmer chips and much more…

We still have room in class.  Just give us a call to get on the list.

408.266.1005

Cost is $15 class fee and $20 Materials fee