Friday, March 14, 2014

Blossoming in Benicia

I'm always blown away at the tremendous creativity and opportunity for creative growth in the Bay Area.  We have so many delightful art studios, boutiques and retreats available to us, and with each of them we have teachers a plenty.  The newest creative spot available to us, is now run by one of our own creative sisters, Ann Hammes.  I have long called Ann a professional student, as she travels far and wide for the most amazing retreats and crafty getaways.  I'm so excited to watch her store, Femmage, blossom in lovely Benicia, CA.  Femmage (formerly Hip Chix) was owned and run by Carrie Campbell Clayden.  Another amazing creative sister, Carrie is off to her next adventure in Santa Cruz, CA.  Thank goodness she's not traveling too far, we can never get enough of her delightful pet portrait & tutu painting classes!

I hope you will take a sunny drive to the Benicia to visit & support our friend in her newest endeavor.  We are so excited to see what you do with Femmage, and I'm told the inventory is going to be AWESOME!  I heard word that she already has Chalk Paint, Tina Haller pillows, gorgeous Parisian inspirations, one of a kind jewelry by amazing designers and so much more to come!

I will be teaching a couple of short workshops in April, should you decide to carpool over and have a day of creative play!  These are the two workshops offered.  I hope you will come on out!

If you're interested in enrolling, contact Ann Hammes directly at

April 5, 2013 (2hrs - $45)
946 Tyler St, Benicia, CA 94510

For many already using ICE Resin ®, you’re continuously looking for that next way to use or incorporate it into your art work.  As mixed media artists we have so many amazing options available to us.  So when a new technique becomes available using many of the already existing supplies in our crafty tool boxes, it only adds to the thrill of it all.  We will be doing just that with my Nesting class.  This class is open to beginners and advanced resin artist.  Some of the techniques included are mixing custom resin colors, stamping on resin, cold connections, making a wire nest and basic jewelry making skills.

Supply List:
Stazon ink pad - black
Favorite rubber stamps (backgrounds, French Script etc)
Baby wipes
Old cookie sheet (for transport of your wet resin pieces)
Craft sheet (non stick)
Jewelry pliers: needle nose, chain nose & wire cutters
Heat tool
*Optional (more empty pendants & bezels for filling)
**Rubber gloves, if you have sensitive skin or are pregnant

Kit Includes:
Rue Romantique Bezel
Brass Bird
Brass Wire
Freshwater Pearl

April 5, 2013 (2hrs - $35)
946 Tyler St, Benicia, CA 94510

Julie Nutting’s Mixed Media Doll stamps have taken our crafty world by storm.  And as a Mixed Media artist and jewelry designer, I’m always looking for the next great way to incorporate paper craft into my designs.  Join me in this workshop to create your own sassy paper doll pendant.  We will be using the newest dolls to hit the stores, and I’ll be showing you how to create a layered resin look with only one pour!  We will also be using the most basic of watercolor skills, so if you’re a novice, feel free to join in the fun. Once our dolls are painted and layered, I’ll show you how to cast your pieces with crystal clear jewelers grade ICE Resin ®.  This project does not require any jewelry making or painting skills.

Supply List:
Ranger Craft Sheet
Jewelry Pliers (chain nose, round nose & flush cutter)
Fine Tip Sharpie
Fine tip paper cutting scissors
Old Grubby Cookie Sheet (for transporting your wet resin home on)

Kit Includes:
Watercolor Paper
Media Mixage Bezel
Ball Chain
Brass Jumprings & Charm

Use of:
Mixed Media Doll Rubberstamps
Watercolor Paints
Watercolor Paint Brush
Die Cut Machine

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Spring Workshops

Hello Ladies!

We have some lovely workshops coming up, and I wanted to let you all know what they are. All enrollment links are set up (right tab), in the event that you are ready to sign up.  Please keep in mind the classes will be held either here at Chateau Grenzer (Los Gatos) or Intrepid Thread (Milpitas).  If you have any questions, please leave a comment or email me, and I will get back to you.

March 22, 2014
Teacher: Tina Haller
Class: Polymer Bunny ($100)
Location: Chateau Grenzer - 10 student max
Time: 10-4

April 12, 2014
Teacher: Kristen Robinson
Class: Photo Etching (Jewelry - $125)
Location: Intrepid Thread
Etching remains one of the most amazing techniques available. That said photo etching takes something wonderful and makes it truly amazing. In class we will be etching away – creating personal pieces of artwork that not only look incredible but also tell a story.

After we create our divine etchings we will integrate them into a lovely bracelet that can also be worn as a necklace. Come prepared to be inspired, work with new tools and learn an amazing etching technique sure to become one of your favorites.

Kit Includes
Velvet Ribbon – Neutral Color
Silk Ribbon
Brass Wire
2 3x3 sheets of brass to etch
Needle and Thread

Please Bring
High Quality, High Contrast Image Printed onto a Photocopy Transparency  (this must be done on a toner printer)
1 Yard of Ribbon if you do not wish to use a neutral color

April 13, 2014
Teacher: Kristen Robinson
Class: My Heart's Story (Mixed Media - $125)
Location: Chateau Grenzer (CHANGE OF LOCATION)
Wood panels are absolutely divine to work with, as not only are they readily available but dimensional in their own way. Join me as we walk through a painted journey together. Layers of paint, papers and found objects combine to create a tale of sorts, our tales if you will.
We will be working with stencils, wax, vintage papers, molding paste paint and much more. Each student will leave class with three completed panels. Everything you need for the foundation will be in the kit – including a bit of bling and of course a bezel and ribbon.

Please Bring
Acrylic Paint Рat least 3 shades and 2 neutrals such as grey and cr̬me
Paper that you wish to work with
Jewelry Findings
Flat Paint Brush
Round Paint Brush
#2 Pencil

Color Pencils (I will have mine on hand)
Rubber Stamps
Heat Gun (craft variety)
Hair Dryer

Teacher: Riki Schumacher


Price: $170 includes kit fee

Location: Chateau Grenzer

Time: 10-5PM

These sweet frames measure only about 2”-3”, so they are truly a keepsake that will be cherished. You can also opt make a pendant out of your amazing creation as well. Just bring some chain, heavy jump rings, beads/gems and a clasp, and voila…a necklace!  Gather up your beautiful vintage rhinestone embellishments, beads/gems, treasures, stampings, vintage pieces, and whatever you have collected to adorn your oh so tres chic frame.  There will be a variety of items I will bring for purchase as well.  Won’t you join me in creating this precious and personal treasure? Can’t you already hear Edith Piaf in the distance? They are so ooh la la! It really helps to have some torch soldering experience for this fast paced workshop.

Kit includes: use of some soldering equipment, tools, materials, mini hardware, 20ga copper wire, polishing pads, sheet metal, gallery wire, spacers and mica.

Supplies provided by teacher include punch set, drills, additional mini hardware, various metal and jewelry making tools, mandrels, a couple soldering stations, including torches, pliers and heat safe surfaces. Also provided, flux brushes, flux, patina, additional mini hardware, files, metal letter stamps, sand paper, paint brushes, extra metal for purchase, lamp wire, texture hammers, drill, mini anvil and adhesives. Additional found objects and rhinestone chain will be available for purchase.

Supply list for students:  To solder, bring a butane torch and fuel, a one quarter pound or half pound roll of lead free hardware solder with no resin, a heat safe surface (cookie sheet), a soldering brick, and cheap long nose pliers. Bring various objects to adorn the frame, like old jewelry, stampings, buttons, even a small pocket watch, a small photo to fit a 1” opening, and if you have any patterned metal, bring it for the back plate. Bring jewelry tools such as needle nose pliers, small flat nose pliers, round nose pliers, wire cutters, a rawhide or plastic hammer, steel block, fine grit metal files, metal shears, rubber block or rag. Also vintage or new silver tone rhinestone chain, vintage rhinestone earrings, buttons, fine tip permanent marker, scissors, paper, pencil, ruler.  If making a frame stand: bring a small roll (from hardware store) of 14ga brass wire.  If making a pendant from your frame: bring chain, some jump rings, a clasp, 20-ga wire, gems/pearls/crystals to fit the 20-ga wire. If you want to encrust your frame with pearls/crystals, bring tiny ones to cement on.  OPTIONAL: Ott light & extension cord, Opti-visors, mask for fumes, air absorber.