Thursday, November 29, 2012


Carla is coming!!! Woohoo! As you guys know she has been part of our group for years but has never been able to join us.

I am thrilled to let you know that she will be joining us for Keys 4 Art 2013!!


Thats a perfect number yes??

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Finalizing Classes

Can you believe Keys4Art2013 is little more than three months away!  Me neither.  Well, I looked over past posts here and on our group, and I think these are all the proposed classes.  I believe we have enough, but if I left someone out, please shout.  There are a few classes I'm unsure of the needed time, so add that if it's your class.

Quickie Bookbinding:  Eileen   This is more a demo than anything else and requires less than an hour.  Could be an easy after dinner project.  Just need scrap paper and adhesive, which something tells me Elena has plenty of.  :)

Portrait Magazine Collage:  Elena, Jacquie.  How much time needed?  Any tips for what to look for in magazines?  I was thinking it might be easier for travel if we tore appropriate pages out instead of lugging full magazines.

Plaster Journal:  Jacquie   Time needed?   Supplies we need to bring?

Transfer Bird Painting:  Eileen   We took this Dina Wakely class and it was a three hour class, so one morning or afternoon would be fine.  Supplies needed:  8x10 canvas board (board, not a wrapped canvas) or 8x10 good quality watercolor paper, favorite paints, (including white and brown) brushes, a couple of favorite stencils, rub-ons, and/or rubber stamps, #2 pencil.

Deli Wrap Paper techniques:  Pat, Eileen  This could be an all day affair, or altered to fit our schedule.  We learned a lot from Anne Bagby.  Eileen has about a gazillion sheet of deli paper, so no one needs to bring that.  We used paints, sprays, inks, stencils, masks, stamps, and lots of texture making items, like corrugated cardboard, bubble wrap, etc.  Bring a few and be prepared to share is the best bet.

Stamp Carving:  Pat  carving tools, pink or white carving block, pencils, paper, ink pads   1/2 day class.  Pat, can you specify the size of the carving blocks and how many each person needs?  All supplies are available from most art supply stores.  I know Jerry's Artorama has them.  A very basic and inexpensive carving tool is all that is needed.

Gelliprinting:  Sue, who suggested it could be a casual thing, not even a formal class.  Paper and paint and some blunt mark making tools (anything that is not sharp and won't pierce the gelli plate) are all that is needed.  Anyone who has a gelli plate should bring it, but no need to go out and buy one, unless you really want to.

Alcohol Ink/Rubber Stamp picture:  Daisy  How much time do we need to allocate for this, Daisy? What supplies should we bring?

What do you think?  It seems to me we have a nice variety, can space things out and still have plenty of nice relaxing down time.  But I'd like everyone who is coming to put their two cents in.  Or a nickel, if you have a lot to say.  :)


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

We are 10 with Jen!!

I am a poet!!!

Got confirmation by our sweet friend Jennifer Rogers-Daniels that she will be joining us in March at the Keys 4 Art Retreat in Key Largo!!!!!

Jen has been with us since the beginning and I know you are all as happy as I am that she will be joining us for our 4th year!!!

I getting so excited about this next retreat!!!

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Hello Everyone!!!

I am back from Cuba and trying to get caught up on everything.  You all know the personal crap I am going through but it's all good.  It will all work out for the best.

Earlier today I asked that everyone who is absolutely certain they are coming to the retreat let me know by this evening.  I've decided to give it another day due to the time changes and the fact that some of our buddies are just not good at keeping up with the group gossip!!!

I have confirmation from:


(better known as the New York Subway Trifecta!)


I am fairly certain that Jen will be here again but have to wait to hear from her and we all know she is usually weeks behind on her email!!  LOL!!!

With Jen we are officially 10 unless I hear from anyone else tomorrow. I will go through the messages and the database in the group and try to organize who is teaching what so we can get the days and times down - leaving plenty of hangout and drink mojitos time too!!

Will keep you posted!!!

Please post any ideas, comments or just come by the blog and say Hi!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Where Is Everyone?

Hey, peeps, where are you?  There are just a handful of us posting and commenting here, and I know there is more than a handful coming to the Keys.  Even if we don't get more ideas for classes, how about some thoughts on the classes already proposed?  I know I don't want to make any decisions for anyone else, so please, go to the post on classes and make your opinion known.  And if you do have an idea for a class you'd like to teach, post it there as well.