Wow! What a fun day!! On Saturday I spent the day in Placerville in class with Fred Mullett! (I left my house at 5:30am and got home at 9:00pm to attend these classes. Know what?! It was worth every hour I had to drive!! :)
He lead 2 different classes on Saturday: Dancing Rubber Fish and Spritz Me, Baby! If you have not seen any of Fred Mullett's rubber stamps, what are you waiting for??? He has the MOST awesome collection of Nature Print stamps around.....and, they are GORGEOUS!!!! Once you find your way onto his site, check out his tutorials and the inspirational gallery!
Fred is a wonderful teacher and quite the character!! He's probably running on pure adrenaline at this point because this was the last stop of a very busy and hectic teaching circuit.
He was gracious, friendly, helpful, clear and concise in his instructions (I'm sure the sugar rush helped.... we all had access to lots of cookies and candy. Bless the store owner's heart, she offered up pears and apples to try and round out our calorie intake)
The store where I attended class - "Stamp It Rich" in Placerville is one of the best stamping/scrapping stores I have ever been in!! Oodles of product and a super owner that would bend over backwards to help anyone!! If you are ever in the area, stop by!!!
Fred and me!!
Some of my samples from the "Dancing Rubber Fish" class. Try not to notice the "worm" that my fish is trying to eat. That would be "too much pressure" when stamping! :)
The top sample has been "washed" with watercolors, the bottom sample has just come back from being heat embossed. No overlaid watercolors, yet!
Here is my 3rd sample. We chose our own colors for these. Choosing colors is not as easy as you would think!!
Here are some color samples from previous classes and students! Note how some of the color combos really POP!!!!
Here is a sample that Fred made for me with one of his stamps that I own. I LOVE this shrimp!! :) All of the bright color is from red ink and embossing powder! The only watercolor is the yellow and the hint of blue around the legs. Isn't this fabulous!!!!!!!!
Here is a close up for detail...........
Fred taking a "cookie break".
Here are some samples from Spritz Me, Baby! These were done with markers and stamped on plain envies.
Here is a larger sample we did on hot-pressed watercolor paper. I just love this technique!!
Fred setting up to show us the "bleach" technique during the Spritz Me, Baby! class.
Here is my sample from the bleach portion of the class. I really love the dramatic look of this technique. I'll definitely be playing with this one at home!!
Here is an enhanced close up so you can see how dramatic the white ink is over the colored portion against the black paper. Really beautiful!! (albeit, a bit blurry in this pic........sorry!)
If you ever have a chance to take a class with Fred Mullett, don't pass it up! Great fun and a wonderful sense of brain overload!!!! :) :)