Saturday, April 21, 2012


Our first day in Myrna Wacknov's workshop at Kanuga was spent creating, and learning how to create, STAMPS and STENCILS - anything to create more texture and design in our paintings. 

Here is a photo of some of the items I made - from Blue Magic foam stamps (you use a hot air gun on them and then press them into anything to create a pattern - some creative ladies were pressing the warm stamp into tree bark and pine cones and the bottoms of their shoes!!).  Then we took regular cove base (for your house) from a hardware store and cut a design into that for stamping; and there were stencils to create (I used Mary Beth Shaw's StencilGirlProducts stencils because they are so cool and everyone was drooling over them).  So many things you can use, from art supply stores to hobby stores (Michael's, Hobby Lobby, etc.) and hardware stores and teacher supply stores to buy and use. 

And, yes, that is aluminum foil which we embossed (just put it over your stencil and use a hard brayer to get the design on) to be used in a painting in whole or in bits here and there.

Of course, the question is, which ones do you use in which paintings???  Decisions!!!

After I was totally stamped, stencilled and embossed out, we had another day of creating gesso messes:  Painting white gesso over "failed" paintings and then pressing tissue paper over the top to pick up more gesso (more texture for later).  More playing with tissue paper = using our stencils to create patterns on the tissue for collage work later; painting black gesso over tissue paper and then stamping and stencilling with metallic and interference paints; painting straight acrylic paints over tissue paper.  All for collage pieces to add to paintings. 

And that was just the first two full days - busy like a room full of Santa's elves working days before Christmas - Myrna had my head spinning with all the materials and ways to use those materials.  And our motto became, "Just Try It" whenever someone said, "What if I did this with this and...??" ha ha

Marvelous Myrna and Me ----->  


Sadami said...

Hi, Rhonda,
You enjoyed it so much. Textures look very nice and they inspire me. The photos, particularly, the last one is so nice!!
Cheers, Sadami

Anonymous said...

Rhonda, what fun!!!!!

CrimsonLeaves said...

I love the way Myrna thinks and I would so love to take one of her workshops. Sigh...It sounds like you were having a blast, Rhonda!

RH Carpenter said...

It was a great week, Sadami.

Maggie, Myrna has so much information to share, I hope I can remember it all!! I wrote down a lot but may have missed some things.

Sherry, yes, she's great and so open and shares everything - well, everything she could fit into a week! ha ha She is teaching in Wisconsin in July (see her blog for information) and the site sounds great!

Studio at the Farm said...

It really looks like such fun! And those are two of my favorite words ... "what if ..."

RH Carpenter said...

Kathryn, "What if..." we all lived by what ifs? Wouldn't that be an exciting place to be!!


lucky you rhonda ..all those textures!!!! ...myrna workshop must have been very inspiring

RH Carpenter said...

Jane, she was inspiring - so many things to try to remember! ha ha