Monday, May 14, 2012

Finished Layouts from the Amy Tan Workshop

Last month, I took two classes from the awesome Amy Tan. I had a wonderful time. Amy is an excellent instructor and has such a fun and unique style (that is NOTHING like mine). Taking classes from someone who scraps completely differently than I do helps me grow as an artist and pulls me from my comfort zone.  

When Amy's class ended, this is what my layouts looked like:



Sequins, stitching, watercolors, hot pink... definitely not my usual stuff! I wasn't sure if I was going to finish them or not. For me, the goal of the class wasn't to complete layouts but instead to learn new techniques and try new things. Mission accomplished! But when I picked up my last batch of photos, I was inspired to use the pictures I took that day to finish these two layouts. I'm glad I did. I like how they turned out.  

Here's Amy's sample:



And my version:

 
Amy's sample: 



And my version: 



Even though I changed my name when I got married, in my mind my initials are still CJ or CMJ. I've always signed artwork that way and somehow it never occurred to me that I needed to change my initials just because I changed my name.

I love that these layouts serve to remind me not only about the fun day I had but the new techniques I tried as well!

7 comments:

  1. Those look great! I think it's fun to get out of your comfort zone every now and then! :)

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  2. I can totally tell that you were inspired by her style and the class. I love that you changed them a bit to fit your own style and the story you wanted to tell.

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  3. Yours turned out AMAZING!! I loveeeeeee them!!! And tooooooooo funny we both posted lo's today using the same paper!!!

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  4. Your layouts are amazing and how fun to learn new techniques. It is fun that you used photos from the day on them.

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  5. I think your layouts turned out great! It's always good to go out of your comfort zone and pick up a new skill. My projects never look like the instructor's ever..but I definitely learned some new techniques so it's all good...:)

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  6. LOVE these!!! They turned out so fantastic and totally YOU!! And I love that :) I think that last one is my favorite ;) And I need to go finish mine dang it!! LOL

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  7. i LOVE these layouts! :)

    fantastic work and i'm so glad that you could make it out to the shop.

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