Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Artfest News and New Items!

I just got the fabulous news that I will again be teaching at Artfest in 2012!  For those of you who aren't aware of this amazing event, it will be held March 28th-April 1st, 2012 in Port Townsend, WA (on an island outside Seattle).  I will post the website details on August 1st (when the site goes live again).  For a little sneak preview....below are the projects from the 2 classes I will be teaching.

The first class is called "Cuff Me!".  It will cover needle felting, paperclay button making, embroidery and putting it all together.


The second class is called "Story Pieces".  My daughter and I started writing just the ending parts of stories in our journals a couple of years ago.  I thought it would be cool to incorporate these story pieces into paintings.  The class will cover background painting, painting the colorful little children of your mind and writing and adding in the story pieces of your own.  Below are the first 3 of the series.  They are painted on wood:





Artfest is an annual event.  I think it is in it's 16th year and is the largest retreat in the country (I think I even heard in the world!).  If you have never been, you should start making plans now!!  It is so creative, so supportive and the most fun event I have ever attended.  It starts on Wednesday and runs through Sunday.  It is held in an old Army fort with the beautiful Puget Sound as a backdrop.  Deer sometimes even walk by as you walk to classes! You will make friends that you keep in touch with throughout the years.  This will be my 5th Artfest year.

Onto other fun things!  I just finished a series of 6 small journals.  These journals have been a big hit at Artfest, online and locally.  I only make them a couple of times per year.  They measure 5" x 7".  Each journal features 15 pages (30 front and back) of Canson 140lb watercolor paper (it can handle any medium and is my favorite paper).  I have made them to lay mostly flat so they are easy to write or paint in (although I have not broken them in....I'll let you do that yourself!!)  The little charms on the spine are handmade by me and the lovely fibers are Italian and French yarns. I will only be selling 3 of the 6 (whichever 3 sell first).  The rest will go to Artfest.  They are $40 each + $5 to ship.  If you are interested, please email me at Sunnycdolls@aol.com to reserve yours!

The above group each feature a small original painting.  One has a brass bee, one has a pebble with the word "curious" showing through.








If you have any questions or would like additional pictures emailed to you, please let me know!  Thank you all for reading and for your lovely comments!!  xoxo

18 comments:

K8 said...

Congrats!! Those ideas are awesome! I hope I can go...I've been wanting to do a cuff for a while now. :)

Teddi said...

if i ever bought a pretty journal like that would be afraid of ruining it, therefore it would sit empty. i'm sorta silly in that way. about all your other fantastic news,go sunny!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

How I would love to take your Story Pieces class!!!

Nelly said...

Sunny, these class examples are amazing. I am hoping to take your cuff class next year! Also love those journals!

jasperandblue said...

So exciting... I love your offerings

Marinela said...

I love your beautiful work, well done!
Poverty Poems

Marinela said...

I love your beautiful work, well done!
Poverty Poems

Andria said...

I so wish I were going! I love your both of your projects.

Regina said...

Beautiful as usual! I LOVE those cuffs!!! Do I have to bring my sewing machine all the way from AZ? or is it hand embroidery?

Blissful Pumpkin said...

Hey there sunshine, How I wish I could attend one of your classes. I'm just so far away.

All the stuff you produce is amazing. You are so multi-talented, but I've probably told you that before.I just love everything you create.

I hope you and the family are well.

Big hugs,
Kyles =D

Sunny Carvalho said...

No, Regina! You don't have to lug a sewing machine! I have a friend who will bring one (she's local) and anyone who is driving can bring one. We'll share. Most of the techniques are done by hand anyway. A machine is not absolutely necessary. It's nice but the cuffs can be made completely by hand. Thanks for the comments everyone!

Barbara DeLisle said...

wonderful

Micki Wilde said...

Wow such a lot of lovelyness, I'm sure artfest will be a superb success for you.
I love the idea of the 'story pieces' class, sounds wonderful to me.

X

michelle allen said...

oh my GUSH!!!! those books are gorgeous! and CONGRATS on artfest. your classes look awesome. it's no wonder she took them!

Tammy said...

whoohoo!! congrats on the teaching digs Sunny! xoxox Miss you sweet girl! Hope your summer is going awesome. I love the cuffs! I am making some too, but with etched metal, I will try to post them when they are done :o) LOVE those journals too!! so awesome :o) blessings and hugs lovely!!

Janine said...

These are wonderful!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

your art is just wonderful! unfotunately, your followers button doesn't seem to be working today.
thanks for sharing!
hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS

Nessa Pretty Days said...

i really love your art, your style, your....everything!!!
love from belgium
nessa