PLEXI PALOOZA!
A variety of workshops - all featuring plexiglass as a main ingredient!
Spiral Notebook Necklace
In this class, we'll use 1.25" square pieces of acrylic to create three tiny, two-sided spiral notebook necklaces. The notebooks REALLY OPEN and can hold approximately seven tiny sheets of paper. Fill each necklace with images of loved ones, favorite quotes, secret messages, or interesting images - even transparency sheets! They're like miniature scrapbooks you can wear. Because they're made with acrylic covers front and back, they're totally reversible. Or, shorten the tags and use them as ornaments or tags.
What You'll Learn:
  • The basic construction of this marvelous pendant
  • Multiple ways of using solvent inks and acrylic paints to decorate the plexiglass covers
What's Included:
  • Enough pre-drilled plexi squares, wire and chain to make three pendants - your choice of silver tone, copper, or black wire and chain
  • Sandpaper
  • Access to a variety of rubber stamps
  • Use of Staz-On ink pads, Ranger alcohol inks, and special glass paints
  • A variety of papers to use as filler
  • Use of tools like craft knives, cutting mats, pliers, and punches
What You'll Want to Bring:
  • An apron or smock
  • Reading glasses for close-up or detail work, if needed
  • Your favorite rubber stamps
  • Your favorite papers, images, quotes, etc.
Flexi Plexi Add-A-Page Journal
I love this plexiglass journal for so many reasons: First, the imagery on the clear acrylic covers interacts with the plastic and paper pages inside, creating so much depth! Second, because the journal is put together with aluminum screw posts, I can work on multiple pages and then just add my favorites to the journal! I can also move around the plastic and paper pages for different effects. Third, it's 12" x 12", meaning you can use any standard scrapbooking pages. Journal-Scrapbook-Journal . . . you get the idea.
And finally? The acrylic hinges on the front are just TOO COOL!!
In this workshop, I'll share all my super secrets to creating nifty effects and deep layers with acrylic sheets - painting, inking, stamping, stenciling, scratching, and sanding. You'll go home with a beautiful art journal that you can keep adding to and all the skills you need to create beautiful art on plexiglass!
What You'll Learn:
  • Tips for sanding, sawing, drilling and prepping clear acrylic and plexiglass sheets
  • How to attach two pieces of acrylic
  • How to transfer an image on plexiglass
  • How to embellish a transferred image
  • Using rubber stamps and stencils on plexi, mylar, and acetate sheets
  • How to create your own stencil
  • Tips for using glass paint on plexiglass
  • Methods for using alcohol inks on plexiglass
  • Building layers and creating depth
  • Assembling your journal
What's Included:
  • Pre-cut and pre-drilled plexiglass sheets for one 12" x 12" journal
  • Two acrylic hinges
  • Aluminum screw posts
  • Sample of 12"x12" papers and plastic sheets to fill your journal
  • Sandpaper and Contact Paper
  • Use of paints and inks for use on plexiglass
  • Use of stencils
  • Use of rubber stamps
  • Necessary glues and mediums
  • Use of tools like brushes, craft knives, cutting mats
What You'll Want to Bring:
  • An apron or smock
  • Your favorite rubber stamps
  • Your favorite papers, images, quotes, etc.
  • Your favorite stencils
  • Photocopies (no inkjet) of your favorite images - high contrast black and white images work best - I'll have some you can use
Plexi Nicho Shrine
Nichos originated in Central and South America as a local interpretation of Catholic images honoring saints, but the idea of creating a "niche" or shadow box to hold a meaningful image or offering spans the globe and is found in many traditions. Here, we're reinterpreting the idea once again!
We start with a shallow shadowbox, and attach sheets of plexiglass, acetate, and more from bolts attached to the shadowbox. By layering sheets of acrylic over the nicho, we can play with depth, transparency, and light. The layers can be used to either frame or obscure the special image or memento that rests in the shadowbox.
You will have a variety of options for construction, including placing a shelf in your shadowbox. You decide how visible the shelf or shadowbox interior is based on your own construction. In the central image above, you can see how I placed a battery-operated tea light on the shelf of my Buddha nicho, but the images in the shadowbox itself are obscured.
We'll be working with an 8" x 10" shadowbox, so your feature image or memento should probably be 7" x 9" or smaller. Highlight a loved one, a spiritual mentor, a special place, or just something beautiful.
What You'll Learn:
  • Tips for sanding, sawing, drilling and prepping clear acrylic and plexiglass sheets
  • How to transfer an image on plexiglass
  • How to create a gel "skin" from a photocopy
  • How to embellish a transferred or "skin" image
  • Using rubber stamps and stencils on plexi, mylar, and acetate sheets
  • Using hot glue to create stencils and stiff plastic "lace"
  • Tips for using glass paint on plexiglass
  • Methods for using alcohol inks on plexiglass
  • Building layers and creating depth
What's Included:
  • Pre-cut and pre-drilled plexiglass sheets for one 8" x 10" nicho
  • One 8" x 10" cradled wood panel to use as a shadowbox
  • Mylar and Acetate sheets for layering
  • Four bolts to support acrylic and acetate layers
  • Sandpaper
  • Access to paints and inks for use on plexiglass
  • Use of stencils
  • Use of rubber stamps
  • Necessary glues and mediums
  • Use of tools like brushes, craft knives, cutting mats
What You'll Want to Bring:
  • An apron or smock
  • Your favorite rubber stamps
  • Your favorite stencils
  • Your favorite papers, images, quotes, etc.
  • Photocopies (no inkjet) of your favorite images - high contrast black and white images work best - I'll have some you can use
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