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Becoming - Nellie Wortman

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Becoming - Nellie Wortman
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Spring is a special season for me.  It's about renewal, the rebirth of new things on the horizon, but most of all, it's about breathing in that breath of fresh air.  Outside my studio doors, I have the blessing of being able to hear the birds chirping, babies birds crying out for their food and mama, seeing and smelling in the fragrances of my flower gardens and watching nature take place.  So what better time than now, to create a piece of art, that reflects this to me. 

In this class, I will show you how to take different elements and bring them together, to create a powerful piece of art.  I will walk you through the steps of incorporating; wire, wood, papers, canvas, paints, clay, wax and objects that hold special meaning and have it speak its message of Spring and what that means to you.

I love creating projects, that not only can be done by you, but one that s fun, refreshing and one that can be done with children and adults of all ages.  What fun it would be, to take your kids or loved ones on a nature walk and find elements that you could incorporate into your piece and be able to capture those memories, into a piece of art that will be cherished for years to come.

  • Apron, old rag
  • Scissors, exacto knife, pencil
  • Baby wipes
  • Tacky glue, gel medium or modge podge, glue stick
  • Pliers, round nose pliers, wire cutters
  • Drill (optional)
  • A few of your favorite paint brushes, I like to use bristol and a 3/4”
  • flat brush.
  • A square canvas; mine measures 4 x 4 x 1 1/2” or 2”
  • I have used different brands; artist loft is a favorite of mine to use
  • I like to purchase mine, from my local craft stores or online from;
  • Various lightweight papers; vintage, old papers, light weight
  • scrapbook papers,
  • tissues, etc.
  • Small piece of thick cardboard
  • Glitter
  • Clay; I used Creative Paper clay for the bird. I purchased mine from my local craft store or you can also find it here:
  • Clear gloss glaze; (optional) I used; Delta air-dry perm-enamel
  • clear gloss glaze.
  • You can also use any brand of gel clear glaze and it should be fine.I purchased mine from my local craft store.
  • Wire; local craft or hardware stores.I like to use either a 19 or 20 gauge. It is going to be a preference
  • thing on your part, as to what look you would like to achieve, using the thinner or thicker gauge.
  • Paints that I used for this project, Dick Blick’s Paynes Gray, White/gesso, N5 neutral gray. I would recommend using what you have on hand and see if you like the look you achieve, before going out to purchase these.
  • Charcoal pencil; Cretacolor Monolith pencil (optional)
  • White gel pen;
  • Wax, brush & heating surface for wax; (OPTIONAL)
  • Encaustic Medium is what I used, this is an optional step as you don’t need to dip your wings into the wax to achieve this look. I explain an optional option to use in the class. If you would like to use wax, here is my source
  • Embellishments; (OPTIONAL) Moss, buttons, scrapbook papers, ribbon, wood, vessels, etc.
  • Hardware; local hardware stores screws, staples, nails (OPTIONAL)
  • Jax patina solution; (OPTIONAL)

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