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Due to the Corona virus, the Surface Design workshop has been postponed until this summer. The new date for it will be announced when the Art House re-opens.

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SURFACE DESIGN WORKSHOP FOR ARTISTS & CRAFTERS
I'll be teaching this one-day workshop on March 14, 2020 at the Art House! Learn to design your own unique papers and other materials for collage, card making, scrap booking, journal making etc. I supply all the materials. All you need to bring is a sack lunch and a beverage. Hours are 10-4; fee is $90 per person. Register online at acworthartsalliance.org/purchase-workshops/classes or call 678-543-5777. Act now! Seating is limited!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

New Pendants!!

©2020 Lynn Edwards
Those of you who know me are aware that I love making jewelry besides painting.  For several months I've been creating and selling mosaic pendants and other jewelry items through the Art House Gallery in Acworth, Georgia. While I was busy working on those little beauties, I began to wonder how I might also create pendants from bits of my painted papers, considering that I have hundreds of such papers on hand in my studio.

Now, it's well known that pendants can be made by affixing a clear glass cabochon over artwork that's glued into a pendant tray or bezel. The effect is lovely but it's awfully hard to get rid of little bubbles that form in the adhesive just under the glass. They can be maddening to deal with. Those pesky bubbles can ruin the appearance of the piece and drive you crazy.
©2020 Lynn Edwards

 So I put on my thinking cap hoping to find a way around this problem. After much experimentation I came up with a method that eliminates the need for a glass cabochon, reducing the weight of the pendant in the process. It also solves the bubble issues -- yippee!!!

After playing around with this idea and making a few tweaks, I created eight prototype pendants. Shown here are a couple of them.
The artwork is permanently sealed under multiple layers of a bubble free layer of a resin-like coating. The result is like looking down into a clear pool of water. The colors are so vibrant they almost take on a life of their own. Minus a heavy glass cabochon these pendants remain lightweight and comfortable to wear. They'll soon be available through the Art House, and through my Etsy shop, playingwithcolors.etsy.com as soon as I complete the redesign of the shop, which is currently in vacation mode. If you'd like to be notified when these pendants and others like them are available for purchase let me know and I'll send you a notification by email.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Thank you, President Trump!

Newsflash: The historic new trade deal with China that President Trump negotiated and announced yesterday contains a long-sought benefit for artists, writers, musicians and all creative types. For years China has been helping itself to our intellectual property, using it without permission and not paying a dime in compensation to its creators. This has long been a thorn in the side of not only the creative community but also American corporate interests, who have seen their proprietary information illicitly "appropriated" and then used against them on the competitive playing field.

Somehow the President persuaded China to stop this harmful, unneighborly practice, writing their agreement to do so into the wording of the new trade deal. President Trump is to be commended for accomplishing what none of his predecessors would or could do: taking action to keep Americans' intellectual property safe. It remains to be seen whether China will steadfastly abide by its promise;
The hope is that they will, conducting themselves with honor going forward.


©Lynn Edwards

Friday, January 3, 2020

Save the Date!!

The winter blahs are upon us. The holidays are gone, and spring seems months away. For many folks with an itch to create, it's the perfect time to explore new means of self expression. For me, it's the perfect time to share with others my favorite "secret" mixed media techniques by teaching a workshop!

So come explore a whole new world of artistic possibilities: join me on March 14 at The Art House in Acworth for "Surface Design for Artists, Card Makers and Scrap Book Enthusiasts," a one day workshop in designing and creating your own original art papers, non-paper surfaces and dimensional embellishments!

Just a few of them are shown here:

Radiant Sun, mixed media collage made with clay, inks, tissue, copier papers, sewing supplies and acrylic paints      
   © Lynn Edwards

In this workshop you'll discover how to turn readily available items such as copy paper, aluminum foil, fabric scraps, "found" treasures and other materials into stunning one-of-a-kind elements you can use in mixed media/collage, scrap booking, card making and just about any other artistic/creative endeavor you can think of.

               Greeting card made from 6 different paper treatments                 
 ©Lynn Edwards

You'll paint, crumple, pour, scrape, shape, dunk, glue, carve and layer art supplies and common household materials, transforming them into spectacular elements that are uniquely YOU!

Jewelry makers can use many of the techniques taught in this workshop.  ©Lynn Edwards


 At the end of the workshop you'll have a collection of art papers and alternative surfaces of your very own design, a step by step handbook of techniques learned in the class, and finished pieces you can display in your home or give as gifts.

All you need to bring is a sack lunch...I'll supply everything else. So register NOW; participation is limited to just 10 students. (This allows me to offer plenty of one on one time with each person.)

BTW, you do NOT need to be an experienced artist. You'll have a blast even if you've never done anything "artsy" in your life. Can't draw a straight line?? No need to. If you want straight lines I'll hand you a ruler, lol!

Here's all the info:

Workshop Title:
SURFACE DESIGN FOR ARTISTS, CARD MAKERS AND SCRAP BOOK ENTHUSIASTS

Fee: $90   All supplies will be furnished; all you need to bring is a sack lunch

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020

Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location: The Art House, 4425 Cherokee St., Acworth GA 30101

TO REGISTER ONLINE VISIT ACWORTHARTSALLIANCE.ORG
or call 678-543-5777 to register by phone. Checks, cash and debit/credit cards are accepted.

All text and images ©2020 Lynn Edwards