Please check back frequently as the class schedule will change during the year. If you are interested in any of these classes, Please contact the store for reservations. If you would like to schedule a class for your group, please feel free to contact me.

Saturday, March 31, 2012 "Bird Peeps" Stamp Asylum, Plano, Texas.

This is a one day mixed media workshop where you will use your creativity
to make a whimsical little creature called a Bird Peep.  Working with
polymer clay, inks, paints, metal leafing, wire and other materials you will
build your Bird Peep, just bursting with sweetness!

A rudimentary bird-shaped armature quickly takes flight when you add texture
to polymer clay, which is further accented once color is added.  Experiment
with the application of alcohol inks on clay, enjoying their translucency,
blend-ability and plethora of colors!   They can be layered with other
materials available to use in class to achieve a richly colored surface for
your bird.

The face will be made using your choice of molds from the teacher's personal
collection.   It can be left with a matte finish, or can be glazed for a
glass-liked shine.

Your Bird Peep is designed to stand on its own two legs and the finished
size will be approximately 4 to 5 inches tall.  Instructor will demo how to
make a simple wire birdcage for you to make at home, or time permitting, in
class.  With the hand-formed heart that springs from its chest, you will
find your Bird Peep simply irresistible!

.4 packages of White Premo Polymer clay (Condition clay before class.
After conditioning,  roll each package into a sheet using the thickest
setting of the machine and place in a plastic bag, each sheet separated by
plastic wrap. Search for clay that is squeezable in the package-not too

Chain nose and round nose jewelry pliers

Wire cutters

Small hand drill with wooden handle (Bring if you have one-I have
one to share)

Gloves and apron

Optional:  1 roll 19 gauge dark annealed steel wire (20 gauge will
also work)- you can usually find this at Home Depot or Lowe's (This is for
the bird cage- optional for class)
Instructor provides:   Detailed Handout, materials for armature, use of
inks, paints, metal leafing, chalks, glazing mediums, glue, liquid clay,
tools, brushes, pasta machines, ovens, and any other materials not listed
for students to bring.

Call Stamp Asylum at 972-596-1224 to sign up for this workshop.

Friday, July 27, 2012 "Pod Heads" ADAA (All Dolls Are Art) Convention, Austin, Texas.

In this all day workshop you will utilize your creativity and imagination to fashion a rather odd art doll- a “Pod Head”, infusing the theme of Nature into your unique design.  You will start by making a very simple torso from inexpensive, easy to obtain materials and use additional mixed-media goodies such as beeswax, paint, alcohol inks, rusted paper and more to create a surface design for your doll. The head will be made from polymer clay, choosing from a variety of molds for the face.  In keeping with the nature theme, your doll will sport a seed pod, (included in your kit), for the most unusual of head-wear. 
(For your reading pleasure, please see my article on Pod Heads in the Fall 2011 issue of Art Doll Quarterly.)

For a complete class description, visit the ADAA website at www.alldollart.com

Saturday, July 28, 2012 "Abstractly Yours: A Bobble Doll on a Wire" ADAA (All Dolls Are Art) Convention, Austin, Texas.

Create a curious art doll whose wire-supported body is designed to bobble and sway with just a touch! In this all day workshop you will use polymer clay and simple geometric templates to guide you when forming the pillow-shaped body for you doll.  Magic happens when you use tools and other implements on the clay to make impressions and abstract patterns.  There will be options for surface design techniques:  Go for a minimalist’s approach, or over the top… you choose!  Fabricate a polymer clay head starting with a choice of face molds, then complete the look with outlandish head décor!

For a complete class description visit the ADAA website at www.alldollart.com