Suze is an amazing talent and well ... just an amazing human being. My friend, Helen and I attended her classes and were fortunate enough to take her to dinner after our first day of classes. I found Suze to be a charming lady with a wonderful sense of humor. One of my favorite things she said is "I am so unimpressed with me!" That totally sums up Suze. For all of her celebrity, she is the most down to earth, real person you'd ever want to meet. She posted our classes on her blog. http://suzeweinberg.typepad.com/ I love her blog and follow it. She always has great techniques and great stories to share.
In the afternoon session, we started learning about UTEE. This stuff is incredible! The possibilities are endless! We heated clear UTEE and made beautiful little pieces that, by simply adding a pin back or bale can be interesting, unique little pendants or pieces of jewelry. Then we added a little To Dye For to tint the UTEE and colorize it. The effects are stunning! Add a little "bling" and it even adds more interest! These can also be used to embellish your papercrafting pieces, frames ... the list goes on and on. Here are the ones I made in class and Suze even featured them on her blog!!
MOLD N POUR ... one of my new favorite things!! This stuff is the coolest stuff ever and has definitely expanded my artistic world! You can take virtually anything that is solid and make an instant mold out of it to create some absolutely beautiful pieces. We molded charms, buttons, old handles, little statues ... again, the possibilities are endless. This technique makes me look at the world around me in a whole new way! Suze said that she ALWAYS has some Mold N Pour with her so she can mold something she sees that is cool. NOW I understand that!!! I just keep looking at stuff and thinking "that would be a cool mold!" What do you do with all these molds? Glad you asked!! After you make a mold (which takes less than 10 minutes), you pour hot UTEE into it and create a new art piece to be added to you projects. We used black UTEE to pour into our newly created molds. Then we added a little Perfect Pearls for some color. Using colored UTEE also makes beautiful little pieces and adding Perfect Pearls for that extra little "umpfh" just finishes them off!! These are the pieces I made in class. I think they look like a faux raku. Suze said she really liked them and I was flattered that she posted them to her blog.
WHAT A GREAT EXPERIENCE!!
My friend and owner of Stampers Ink http://www.stampersink.net/, Tanya hosted this awesome experience. Her store is fabulous! She is NOT a scrapbook store. She is a stamp and art store with some scrapbook papers thrown in. Her store is located in Shawnee, Kansas. It is about three hours from here. It's not far from Lees Summit (my old stomping grounds). If you are ever in her vicinity, you JUST HAVE to stop in and check out Stampers Ink. You won't be dissapointed. You also need to check out her blog http://stampersink.typepad.com/ so you can keep up with all her new products and class schedules. She offers classes featuring everything from budding artists and designers to the "Big Leaguers" like Suze!! She has Wendy Vecchi coming in September! WooHoo!!