Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tissue Paper Painting

During my last collage class, I showed some of the tissue papers that I painted - we even used some of them!  I promised the ladies that I would make a tutorial on how to make these beauties, and I've finally done just that!

So, if anyone out in blogland would like a free copy of this tutorial, just send me an email at nbeaton (at), and I'll send it right out to you.  It's a great way to have pretty papers to play with!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Collage Class at She Scrapbooks

Today was another Creative Collage Class!  This time it was at She Scrapbooks in The Villages, FL.
And, once again, the students were amazing!  I never get over how creative people are, once you give them the opportunity to show you!  I hope if you click on the photos, you can get a better look at their wonderful collages!

In this photo: Back left to right -  Denise, Ann, Barbara
Front left to right - Melanie, Suzanne, Cathie
Terrific job, ladies!

Sunday, August 11, 2013


I decided to make a little collage in preparation of my upcoming "Creative Collage" class in the Villages on Friday.

I took pictures along the way, and will make a little lesson plan, showing my process and what I was thinking as I did the piece.  That way, I won't have to do a collage while I'm teaching --  those usually don't turn out very well!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Summer of the Birds!

This has been a very strange Summer!  It seems we have been infiltrated with birds!  Several weeks ago, I started hearing little bird noises coming from the fireplace.  Now, they are great big bird noises!  Every time Mom and Dad come into the chimney to feed their little ones, they scream pretty loudly!  Looked them up on the Internet, and they said that when they're at their loudest, they are about 1 week from flying away - hope that's true!  And, no, this isn't a picture of MY birds, just an example of how they live in the chimney.

Then, about a couple of weeks ago, I realized that a little bird (now I think it's a wren of some kind) kept flying in and out of my garage.  We keep the garage door up so we can get some light in the kitchen.  So,  one day, I saw her fly out of a pot I store on a shelf above my washing machine.  Low and behold, baby birdies appeared!  Now, we can't put the door down during the day - poor babies might not get their food!

 And, to top it off, my neighbors asked me to keep an eye on their Tropical Birds that they keep in their back sunroom.  They had to go out of town for three weeks!  At least, these guys are in cages - but that pretty yellow one has a mighty loud screech!  The neighbors come back tomorrow, so then I'll just have to put up with my "houseguests"!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Collage Class

What a great day I had in Mount Dora today!  Here's Lynn - our Hostess and Owner of "Under The Cherry Blossoms".  We were setting up in her brand new classroom!

 The ladies in this class were just awesome!  Full of fun and ideas - they all did such great work!  Here's a look at their finished canvases!

Clockwise from the left:  Rosie, Nicki, Amber, Toni and Mary
From the left: Kristin, Leah and Rebecca
Thanks for such a fun day, ladies!!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Collage Class Tomorrow!

I'm packing up and getting ready to teach "Creative Collage" class at "Under The Cherry Blossoms" in Mount Dora tomorrow!  It's always such a challenge to figure out just what to take!  There are so many fun things to use in collage - I wish I could take my whole studio!

I'll be doing it again at "She Scrapbooks" in The Villages on Friday, August 16th.  Give them a call at 352-259-6226 if you're interested in signing up!