Amy Tigner, Water Marbling
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Grapevine artist Amy Tigner will be demonstrating the art of water marbling, a process that was begun in 11th century Japan, developed in Turkey, and then imported to Europe in the 17th century. Water marbling has been traditionally used on paper for the book arts, but Amy marbles on silk, so that the end product is wearable.
The process begins with a tank of water thickened with carrageenan (a kind of sea weed), then the artist floats a design on top of the water using a very thin acrylic paint. Once the design is completed, she places a scarf or tie, treated with alum, on top of the water and the design is transferred onto the silk. The process seems truly magical and is great fun to watch. You can purchase her marbled scarves and ties from her Etsy site: https://www.etsy.com/shop/amytignerart or at the Urban Artist Market.
Ellen Soderquist, Life Drawing
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Artist and Teacher Ellen Soderquist creates intelligent and sensuous graphite drawings of the nude human body. As a teacher of life drawing, she advocates that her students learn the role of the nude in the history of art and that they communicate their ideas about humanity through their work. She will be demonstrating the qualities and uses of various mylar materials as well as techniques and media applications. Mylars come in sheets or rolls and provide a durable polyester drawing and painting surface capable of withstanding extensive revisions and changes. When applied to mylar surfaces, medias react differently and create exciting effects that are impossible to achieve on paper or canvas. Ellen’s drawings of the figure on mylars may be viewed on her website: ellensoderquist.com
Melanie M. Brannan, Painter
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Melanie M Brannan is a full-time artist who LOVES to teach. She has public and private classes for adults and children. Her paintings are in private collections throughout the US. Mel has worked exclusively with GOLDEN Artists Colors since 2009. In 2017, GOLDEN trained her to become a Certified Educator for this premium line of paints, pastes and gels. She joined this elite group of international artists to become the North Texas Educator for GOLDEN. Melanie will demonstrate GOLDEN paints with Gelli printing. It’s a mono-printing process. Stop by and make your own prints with Melanie and take home a gorgeous GOLDEN mono-print. You can see Melanie’s work and classes at: MelanieMBrannan.com
Ariel Bowman, Paleoartist and Sculptor
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Ariel Bowman is a paleoartist and sculptor working in Flower Mound who uses science and art to reconstruct extinct creatures. Ariel is a passionate teacher who enjoys sharing the limitless possibilities of clay as a sculpture material through her workshops and classes. In this demonstration, Ariel will share her techniques for solid building an animal form in clay using an armature to capture immediate gestures and expressions. Techniques for modeling animal anatomy will be shared along with methods of using modern day animals as a reference for paleoart.
Charlotte Edwards, Metal Clay
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Charlotte is Sr. Certified and has been teaching metal clay classes for the past three years — first at The Craft Guild of Dallas, and now currently in her home studio.
After working a few years doing fabrication, Charlotte Edwards was introduced to metal clay. Although she loved both, she loved metal clay more. Although the pieces are normally fired in a kiln, Charlotte teaches torch firing for those times when a student needs to whip up a gift in a hurry!
Charlotte Edwards will be demonstrating how to take silver metal clay and turn it into a fine silver piece of jewelry. (Fine silver being .999% silver, as opposed to .925% that is sterling). The metal clay is made up of Nano particles, an organic binder, and water. Once the clay is sculpted, rolled, or otherwise manipulated into the desired shape, it is dried (to remove moisture), then fired with the torch, to remove the binder and sinter. Once fired and sintered, you are left with a fine silver piece of jewelry.