Workshop Supplies: Art Is…YOU!

I’ve busy this week organizing most of the supplies for my upcoming Art is…You full-day workshop here in Petaluma in September. We will be crafting collage component cabinets (CCC’s) from 6-drawer units I discovered at the Craft & Hobby Association Show last January. They reminded me of many of the vintage multi-drawer parts cabinets I own and adore and thought they would be just right to spruce up and fill up with wonderful items for use in collage projects.

Here’s a little bit of the action behind the scenes of the class kits in progress. (As of this writing, there are still a few spots left in my workshop. So if you’ve been on the fence about going or which classes to take, I hope these shots tempt you just a bit!)

Each CCC student will receive a booty-load of ephemera tucked into a vintage expense record ledger. Bingo cards, tickets, book pages, music sheets, cigar box tape, seal stickers, and more.

They also receive smaller goodies as a starters for filling the cabinet drawers. Student loot includes all you see here! Vintage ticket, cards, hooks, ribbon. Even brass hardware to attach to the drawers. See those sweet little bags on the left, those are Little Bitty Bags sponsored by Whisker Graphics. They have so many designs and colors, but for these kits, I thought the kraft, grid and notebook bags would be a sweet fit.

The little spools tucked into the vintage tobacco bags are for winding Divine Twine around, thanks also to Whisker Graphics for sending their Sweet Dozen– 12 fab color combos! Thank you Whisker Graphics!Everyone also receives a vintage spice bottle box full of even more bits and bobbles.

Most components come from vintage stash I’ve been collecting for workshops, like these watchmaker parts vials. But some cool collage components are sponsored by They include an aluminum container of little charms and a bag of postage stamps, teeny tarot cards and a leafy branch charm. They included sample packs of Decopatch paper for everyone and Decopatch brush to use with the Decopatch varnish! There are a few extra goodies for the class to use including a large alphabet stamp set and Terrifically Tacky Tape. Thank you!

I wanted to include some textiles to tuck into our cabinets and finally found the perfect fabric for collage! Charlotte Lyon’s Walnut Hill Farm collection sponsored by Blend Fabrics. Her darling designs include images of beautiful music room alphabets, embroidery-stitched designs, button box trinkets, dandelion pattern, lace, and vintage rummy cards. Of course the fabrics in this Walnut Hill line of fabrics are excellent (and sooo soft) for sewing most any creation, but I’m thrilled to include sample packs of the collection in the workshop for tucking into our cabinets until collage inspiration strikes. Thank you Charlotte and Blend Fabrics!!One more thing…every workshop student is receiving their very own cop of Scraps, An Inspirational Field Guide to Collage, by Elsebeth Gynther & Christine Clemmensen. I reviewed this book previously and it’s now one of my most favorite collage resource books.I’m not quite ready to seal everything up for good… would you believe there’s still more goodies to come? Hope to see you here in P-town in September!

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