I'm not sure if this was considered a class, per se, but it certainly was chock full of learning and had the feeling of a class. Each day, starting on Dec. 1 and continuing through Dec. 12, Tim Holtz posted a detailed tutorial for how to make a Christmas tag. This is the third year in a row that he has done it, and more people participate each year. A variety of different websites, including blockhead stamps and the All Things Tim yahoo group posted contests and moderated discussions. Tim Holtz gave away 12 prizes each day to people who commented on the tags. The class was free, and the instructions (along with instructions from 2007 and 2008) remain on his blog. The tags extensively feature Tim Holtz signature products (produced by Ranger, Stampers Anonymous, etc.). I completed my tags without buying anything (because I have sooo much stuff - Tim Holtz and otherwise) and Tim encourages people to improvise and use things from their stash. But check out this message which my friend Marian posted on the Paper Addicts Online forum:
Oh my gosh! Obviously, that would be tooooo much to spend! Given the fact that I spent nothing, I was thrilled with the class. Here's some off the techniques I most liked:
Tag 1- painting grugeboard with a dauber, then wiping away for a faded, watercolor effect.
Tag 3 - alcohol ink plaid background. . . easy, fun, addicting and totally new to me (and I consider myself a bit of an alcohol ink expert)
Tag 4 - using photo corners to make an ornament/pin was okay. Loved using unmounted/assorted stamps to make a custom collage background
Tag 5 - my favorite! I loved the combination of techniques on this background which gave a beautiful, subtle, yet textured background. I also loved using fragments (with stickles behind them and metal tape on the top) to make Christmas ornaments.
Tag 6 - Loved combining two very different stamps (jalopy car and tree), tied together with twine to create a completely new element
Tag 7 - Paint (dauber) resist is a technique that Tim has demonstrated before, but this one worked really well. I also loved how the layering on this one really helped the masked Santa image pop!
Tag 8 - My vellum never turned into a crispy, curly parchment like Tim's did, but I still like this tag. I especially like the combination of grungeboard elements.
Tag 10- I didn't have the special foil tape, so faked this one. It turned out okay, but will be a good illustration for a party page in my JYC.
Tag 11 - I love the paint & resist approach to coloring the reindeer. Tim used a special button making tool for this (which seemed kindof goofy). I simply covered brads with sticky-backed canvas that I stamped. I think it's a cool technique for making custom brads and a nice flower center.
Tag 12 - Grunge paper roses were quite the hit on Tim bulletin boards over the summer, and he posted instructions for the first time as the final day of tags. What a gift to all his fans!
Overall, Tim is a master of layering, composition and embellishment creation. He also teaches in a very clear way how to use all his various products. I have taken 3 or 4 classes from Tim and have followed his blog tutorials. Even with that background, I still learned a lot! It was a terrific class.
Santa brought me a gift certificate for a new Dina Wakley journaling class. I've just started it, and it looks fantastic! So, look for art work from that class and a review in January.