My Mother was kind enough to take the family to Canyon Ranch -- a health and wellness spa in the Berkshires -- for a few days around New Years. Canyon Ranch offers non-stop health and wellness classes in every area -- physical, mental, spiritual, holistic, etc. I was delighted to discover that they offered art classes almost every single day! The classes are short -- about 90 minutes -- and geared towards beginners, but where there is art, there is Julie (and Mom)!
We took a candle making class....
Essentially you dip a string and a bolt into a pot of hot wax and then a bucket of cold water and then back into the wax and then back into the water and so on and so forth until you have a fat candle. The process was super simple and I can see how you could have fun with different color waxes. Beeswax is amazing stuff. This book on making balms and candles and soaps -- all from beeswax -- looks interesting to me.
We took an earring class...and before you look at the photos, check out that beading board in the first one. I've never seen one so small. I tried to find one that size for myself now that I'm home, but this was the closest one I could find and it's not quite right. Anybody know where to get that super tiny bead board? It's about the size of half a sheet of typing paper.
I was a beader and wire worker way before I had even heard of scrapbooking or art journaling or any of that! In fact the reason I stumbled into papercrafting was beading! So even though the content of the class wasn't new, I still had a great time getting crafty and making design choices!
We took a painting class....
I couldn't help but add some snowflakes a.k.a. paint splats to my canvas! The hardest part of this class was the crappy brushes. I don't mind cheap brushes, but sometimes you just want a $5 brush instead of a .50 cent brush! I like my round brushes to actually come to a point, you know? But as they say, working with unfamiliar materials and products can make you stronger and better!
We took a class all about mandalas. I didn't know a lot about mandalas before the class. I knew the general idea that they were circles filled with design and popular coloring book motifs, but none of the religious history. Do yourself a favor and watch this video for a quick overview of the painstaking process of creating sand mandalas, only to destroy them.
Mom and I simply drew our mandalas...
...but there was a student who made a small and simple sand mandala and then destroyed it at the end of the class. A braver soul than I! I suspect it's probably very freeing, but I'm too much of a chicken.....
Finally, we took a class that involved dyeing silk scarves with tissue paper.
It's a process I shared doing in my art journal back in 2014. I really liked doing it on a scarf, though. I thought that was a great idea!
All in all it was great to have a vacation that involved making art while wearing workout clothes! Don't we look like we're having a great time?!
This feels like the perfect opportunity for me to remind you that making art is part of a healthy lifestyle. Just like physical exercise and eating healthily and sleeping enough, making art is a way of taking care of yourself. Did you get your dose of healthy arting this week? If not, take five minutes right now. All you need is a pen and a piece of paper. Doodle something. Draw something. Write something. Express yourself!
I'm still not sure if exercise endorphins are a real thing, but I know that arting endorphins are! It's addictive!
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