Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Guest Blogger and Giveaway!


Hello! I'm Shirley Pando, instructor at My Creative Classroom and part of the MCC website support team. In fact, if you email the help desk (support.mcc@gmail.com) I'm the person you'll hear from. :-)

Today I'm here to let you know about “Mad for Monoprinting”, an online class I’m teaching along with Catherine Scanlon at My Creative Classroom. This 6-lesson Workshop class begins on Friday, March 22nd and features loads of videos, tutorials and projects where you'll create unique, one-of-a-kind backgrounds with both paper and fabric using the monoprinting technique.

Monoprinting is a form of printmaking where the images can only be made once. And that is truly the beauty of the monoprint…each one is an original! 
 
For class, Catherine and I will be using with the 8" x 10" Gelli Arts Printing Plate but we’ll also have a recipe for you to create your own plate from unflavored gelatin.   
 
We’ll talk about everything you’ll need to know to create gorgeous prints from papers and fabrics.
We'll cover, paints and tools (some you can find in your home...and yes, stamps are one type of tool you can use on a print plate)....techniques and much, much more.  
You’ll learn unique tips and techniques from both of us as we each create in a different way. The best part of that? No one way is “right”. Creating art is experimental and should be a fun play time. And as adults we don’t get enough play time, right?



Are you intrigued? We’d love for you to join us and take the leap into monoprinting. (Most of the supplies I bet you already have on hand.) Come create unique, one-of-a-kind prints on paper and fabric that can be turned into projects of many kinds. In class we’ll create four projects worthy of giving as a gift. (But you may want to make two of each, like I did...one to give as a gift and one for me to keep!)

**Catherine will be our guest blogger on Thursday 3/7 for another sneak peek into "Mad for Monoprinting"! :-)


GIVEAWAY!!
One lucky winner will receive a free seat to the online class "Mad for Monoprinting" which begins Friday March 22nd. 



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Mad for Monoprinting


Course Description
Two great masters of mixed media at My Creative Classroom team up to bring you this extremely creative and fun course. Catherine Scanlon and Shirley Pando are mad...Mad for Monoprinting! And they know you will be, too, when you create these unique, one-of-a-kind backgrounds using both paper and fabric.

This 6-lesson class will include intensive training in the art of monoprinting. Students will learn how to monoprint on several plate surfaces using a variety of tools you can probably find in your home and some that will be handmade. Using acrylic and textile paints, you will create your own paper and fabric backgrounds that will be perfect in your next art project. But we're not finished when the paint is dry. We'll make four projects with both paper and fabric including a paper art quilt, a journal, a NO SEW fused fabric tote, and a funky patchwork pencil case (sewing required). Weekly instructional videos included!

Student Feedback

"Such a fantastic course! I loved the wide variety of techniques presented from both instructors and will definitely be trying more of them."~Penny, MCC student 
"I liked all the various ways you showed to used monoprinting on paper and fabric."~ Ranae, MCC student
"I liked that you showed us monoprinting on both paper and fabric and the fact that the two of you came at the subject from slightly different ways. It showed me that there is no one right answer and many ways to create. The class was so much fun and so well organized."~Jan, MCC student




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How to win? Post a comment and tell us what projects you would create using your monoprinted papers or fabric. Entries will be accepted until midnight on Monday March 11th. We will pick a winner on Tuesday March 12th.

Already enrolled in class? That is wonderful, and guess what....you can still play along. I will simply refund the tuition if I pick someone who is already enrolled in the class. 
Enjoy!
Shirley

28 comments:

  1. Good luck everyone -- be sure to come back here on Thursday -- I've got something fun planned for you ;-D

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  2. I am curious about gelli plates. Sound like an interesting class. I would love to use the technique for card backgrounds.

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  3. I got a gelli plate for Christmas, but haven't used it yet. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in your class.

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  4. I would love this class! I would like to paint over a large canvas and think large mono prints might help with the back ground.

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  5. I tried out my gelli plate last week and made a scrapbook page.

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  6. My as-yet-unused gelling plate sits in a corner, whimpering and begging to be used. This would be a great class to have; might even to get to make a case for my husband's new ipad out of the mono printed fabric (wouldn't he be impressed!)

    Shine on!
    Kelley

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  7. I would love to win this class! I would like to paint on fabric which I can use to make a purse!

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  8. I would use the paper for journal pages and or a cover. Come to think of it I would probably use the fabric for the same as I want to try a fabric/paper mix journal.
    ps I am drooling over that gelli plate.

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  9. I have looked at the gelli plate but alas shipping costs half of what the plate costs. Would be neat to learn of alternatives and once I played around I would probably end up buying a gelli plate. I would love to make mono printed fabric to use on cards. I love experimenting and trying new things. Thanks for the chance to win such an exciting class.

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  10. I would love to learn more about mono printing -- I only tried it once and it didn't turn out very well

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  11. Looks like an interesting class. Not sure what I would make yet as this is totally new to me.

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  12. Cool class, I love learning new things...

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  13. I would use monoprints as backgrounds in my art journals and for card making.

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  14. Wow, this looks amazing! The prints would be beautiful for cards, and also framed as home decor.

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  15. I would like to print on some fabric to make cool designs for pillows.
    Fondly, Tami

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  16. I would use monoprinting when making ATCs or art journaling.

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  17. I would use the technique for background papers and for mixed media projects which I'm just starting to explore.

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  18. I would use the technique for mixed media projects and art journals. Thanks. Roseann

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  19. I am dying to try this technique for card backgrounds.

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  20. This looks like a great class! Heck, I'd frame a monoprint for my wall :)

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  21. I would be happy just for the motivation to use my Gelli Plate, but then I would make tons of background paper for my cards. I loved making mono prints in college.. just need that push to get going again.

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  22. I will have to find out more about the gelli plate?! I would use the technique for card backgrounds or on canvas for a decor piece.

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  23. Oooh! A new technique! I love learning more and more techniques and playing with them. Never thought I had it in me and I am making new discoveries with my art all the time now!!!

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  24. I LOVE to learn! Especially from the two of you, as I KNOW you give wonderful classes. I have the 8 x 10 Geli Plate, and have used it several times. I am, however, dissatsified w/my results.
    I would LOVE to be your chosed winner. Because both my DH & I are on Social Security, our funds are limited.
    BIG Hugs,
    Bobbie Reiser

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  25. Always love to learn new techniques that bring out creativity. Cards, fabric covered journals, journal pages, the list could go on ... Thanks for the chance to win a class.

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  26. Not only are you a creative person but now I see that you are into mind reading. I was thinking about Mono printing here awhile ago and here you go talking about it.

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  27. I would use some for backgrounds for a journal I want to start and some for a canvas piece I have in mind or maybe for homemade mini albums - the list is endless! I would love to be a part of this class!

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  28. If you look closely at our new urban art collection you'll see elements of design made popular by street art.

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