Thursday, July 2, 2015

Stampaway USA 2015

Summer is in full-swing, although here in Ohio, although we have yet to really experience it.  I think I have seen the sun twice, maybe three times, since May. Thankfully, I believe the weather pattern is changing.

At any rate, I hope you are enjoying it.  I am making the best of it. I am way too busy, though...and wondering why the time flies so quickly.

Next month I will be teaching at Stampaway USA.  Stampaway is a highly regarded paper arts convention near Cincinnati, Ohio.  There are numerous mixed-media classes, along with rubber stamping classes.  There's something for everyone!

My classes will be on Wednesday, August 5th and Friday, August 7th.  The convention itself takes place at the Sharonville Convention Center.

Niches, Drawers, and Doors workshop by Cyndi Duncan. Stampaway USA 2015, Sharonville (Cincinnati), OH
Niches, Drawers, and Doors
Wednesday, August 5th
12 - 5 pm

During this 5-hour altered book workshop, I will teach you my favorite way to create niches - those fun little recesses where you can showcase wonderful little works of art or other treasures.  You will learn how to create unique swinging doors: a student favorite!  I will also show you how to create windows and several types of drawers in your book where you can tuck away hidden masterpieces. We will finish our time together "arting-up" our sample books.

I will provide a prepped book, along with handouts.  Paints, some decorative papers and embellishments will also be on-hand for your use in decorating your creation.  Students should bring: a cork-backed metal ruler (at least 12"), a pencil, a cutting mat, and a utility-knife (I use box cutters that I typically get at the Dollar Store.).  Optional:  You can bring your own inks, stencils, sprays, stamps, etc., for our creative time.

(If you live on the West Coast and can't make it to Ohio for Stampaway, I will also be teaching this class at Art-Xscape in Austin, Texas, on Friday, October 9th.)
Artistic Shadows Steampunk Shadow Box class by Cyndi Duncan. Friday, August 7th, Stampaway USA, Sharonville (Cincinnati), OH.
Artistic Shadows Steampunk Shadow Box
Friday, August 7th
1:30 - 3:30 pm

We will use beautiful Victorian-style Steampunk papers and collage images to create a gorgeous shadow box that you will love and display for years.  We will build our masterpiece inside an exquisite glass-topped display box while exploring different ways to affix items inside the box and create movement through hanging and/or bobbing elements.

You will need to bring a basic tool kit (scissors, glue stick, ruler, favorite stamps, a black dye-based ink pad, black Staz-On ink pad and pencil). Optional: Some students find that a paper trimmer is useful in this class.  Also, the papers in this sample piece are discontinued, so if you have them in your stash and would like to make the box as shown, feel free to bring them along (Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante).  I will provide decorative papers, steampunk collage images, steampunk rubber stamps, and some embellishments.

Elegant Butterfly Book class by Cyndi Duncan. Stampaway USA, Sharonville (Cincinnati), OH

Elegant Butterfly Book
Friday, August 7th
4:00 - 6:00 pm

In this class, we will explore several book folding techniques.  You will select one and use it to create a beautiful habitat for your elegant butterfly embellishments. As we work to transform our book into a lovely masterpiece, we will learn several background techniques to adorn  your work.

You should bring a basic tool kit (see the description for the Steampunk Shadow Box) along with a paperback book for practice, and a 1.5" - 2" thick hardcover book to alter.  All other supplies are provided, however students are welcome to bring their own stencils and acrylic paints to create to their own vision. Optional:  heat embossing tool (to speed up drying time).

I hope you will plan to attend this fun event, and even better, take one of my classes!

Registration for Stampaway is done by mail. You can access the registration form here.

To view the Stampaway USA pdf brochure, click here.