Karla asked me to teach a class at her upcoming Romantic Gothic Ghosts workshop. The theme behind the workshop is a romantic Halloween look, no bright orange pumpkins or scarecrows; instead projects you could leave up year round.
I'm not sure how most teachers come up with a class project- there is probably a more efficient way to do it than what I do. I knew I wanted to make a fabric book and I thought it might be fun to put a gypsy spin on it.
I went to The Graphics Fairy blog, downloaded gypsy and Halloween images, made some collage sheets, and printed them on paper, fabric and scrim. God bless Karen, the Graphics Fairy- what a wonderful resource!
Then I got some trims, trinkets, charms & lace and started to play.
This was the first book I came up with- with a tin type on the cover. After looking through my tintypes, I realized that even though I had enough tintypes for the whole class, I didn't have enought PRETTY tintypes.
This project needed something more attractive than a tintype with an old man with a pointy beard and scruffy hat- so I tried to figure out how to make my own tintypes.
Karla still has a few openings left for the event- it's Oct 6 at her cottage. If you know Karla, you know that just seeing her decorations, house, studio and landscaping make it worth a trip. She'll have a delicious lunch for us, and you can pet a chicken or a puppy. Her Yorkie (and my Button's mother); Twinkle, will have 6 week old puppies right about that time.
Oh, and you get two craft classes, too----this one and Karla's Ravishing Raven. Here's a link for more info and to sign up: Romantic Gothic Ghosts Workshop.
My original tintype book is now listed in my Etsy Shop Gathering Dust, along with some awesome 1940's penmanship magazines.