Monday, September 1, 2014

Giveaway!!

We all love to win things right? Here is a chance to win one of the latest issues of Stampingtons' Fall publications including the Fall issue of Art Doll Quarterly that has an article on my Anthropomorphic cage dolls in in!  Just click here to win one of the many publications!  Good luck!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Did you see this?

Check out the newest Fall issue of Art Doll Quarterly for my how to article on these anthropomorphic cage dolls!  Enjoy!




AND....if you want to take a class and learn my style of collage painting (NO experience necessary, REALLY!) then come join the fun Sept.13th in Huntington Beach,CA  at:

 The Folk Artist 

Sept.13

1-5p

$70

click the link above to sign up or call the owner CT at 949-294-1496 
It's a small painting and doable in one day.  You'll leave with a finished painting and will LOVE this process!





Saturday, August 9, 2014

2 reasons to visit San Diego PLUS student testimonials!

2 BE CREATIVE!

YOU DESERVE A GET AWAY!  (even if you live in San Diego!)  BRING YOUR BFF TOO!!

 Hello creative ones...I wanted to give you a heads up on this 2 day workshop that I will be conducting as a guest instructor at Bobbie Takashima's art studio in National City (a city in San Diego)!  You will LOVE both of these popular classes.   Sign up NOW!  bobbieartstudio.com

You don't need to know how to solder or make jewelry....that's my job to show you how!  Keep scrolling down to see REAL student testimonials of my classes!  Sign up now:  619-474-0898

 I prepare the kits so well that you are guaranteed to finish your projects AND leave with pockets and aprons full of techniques!   Most everything you need to make these amazing projects are included in your well thought out kits!!!!!! scroll down for pictures of the classes.

Here is the SHORT version of the deets;

date:  September 27 & 28th 2014

time: 10-4 and 10-5 respectively

Price:  Both workshops including kits, snacks and beverages and a WHOLE lot of individual attention: $260.  Check it all out HERE

OR $115 per day plus kit fees (different for both days $10-$25)

(Discount of $15 if you sign up for both days)

GUARANTEED INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION TO ALL MY STUDENTS!  

Scroll down if your still interested:

DAY 1:  So Kitschy It's Chic Faux Mercury Bottle class!!





“So Kitschy It’s Chic” soldered Mercury bottle!
As a kid I watched I Dream of Jeanie and always wished I could shrink myself into a puff of smoke and follow her into her magic bottle… didn’t you?    With all the velvet pillows and plush architecture how fun would that be?   Well, in this class we can make our own version of a magic bottle complete with contemporary techniques!  I will demonstrate a quick and easy way to score and break a bottle and how to make your bottle look like an ancient relic with a faux mercury glass technique.   Add some kitschy elements to your diorama and close it with solder to make a one of a kind dreamland!   Because this project is only limited to your imagination there will be two kinds of kits depending on what you want to put inside the bottle.  

 The $10 kit will only have one pre cut, clean, clear bottle and copper foil tape so that you can add whatever want.
The $20  kit will be have items to make the French version of the sample and have one clean, clear ,pre cut bottle, copper foil tape, die cut metal Eiffel tower, vintage lace, millinery, rhinestone pieces for the inside, glitter, pearls and mica. 
Your kit fees also include the use of the mirror glass paint, some extra soldering supplies, glues , wire and other ephemera.
***PLEASE NOTE your kits will have the basic materials but the samples have one of kind items that will not be included like any of the statues or outside elements such as old jewelry pieces, door knobs or light bulbs.  Bring any items you like to add to the inside that are no longer than 5 inches and no wider than 2.5 inches.  I will have a few items for sale in addition to add as a decorative topper but consider bringing your own similar to the samples:  small vintage glass drawer pulls,  vintage car light bulbs etc.  Just make sure they are not too heavy or large.  Please bring the following:

Material List:
~Soldering equipment (soldering iron, stand, sponge, lead free solder, fire proof surface).  Contact me at least 2 weeks ahead of class if you do not have this equipment
                                    Questions?  robin@powerline6.com
 Sign up HERE

 Day  2: Vixen Soldered Pendant

Resin and Soldered Vixen pendant
Learn metal smithing without the fire and resin application with out the wait!   Starting with a pre-cut pendant and bezel we will explore flooding and texturing melted solder, bezel attachments and UV resin techniques for paper without bleed through using a UV light.  In addition she will demonstrate how to make your own bezel, eyelet setting, drilling dice and if time permits wire wrapping for the necklace.  As always Robin provides well thought out, well prepared kits so you can enjoy the process.   She will also have lots of extra supplies, jewelry findings, UV resin and UV lamps for sale.  Your kits will have metal sheet, eyelets, copper foil tape, rhinestone chain, beads, pre made bezel, images, 1 vintage die and milagro, head pins and some beautiful picasso finish Czech beads.  You will also have access to the UV resin, UV lamp and various extra materials and supplies to finish your pendant included in your kit fee.   This class is for the pendant only however if time permits we can go over necklace techniques.  Please bring the following tools:

~soldering iron and coiled holder with sponge or similar, lead free solder,  fire proof surface, hemostats and/or crosslock tweezers.  If you have never soldered before and need equipment please contact me at least 2 weeks ahead of class or sooner to discuss my recommendations or to rent my equipment.

~ hammer (for forging), steel bench block & small eyelet setter if you have one
~dremel to drill hole in dice if you have one
~small metal hole punch and jewelry files (if you have them)
~jewelry pliers-chain nose, round nose, wire cutters
~metal shears to cut the base
~beads for the necklace and wire for wrapping the beads
                           questions?   robin@powerline6.com or leave a comment on this post.

Sign up HERE 

************************Student Testimonials*******************************
Josie H. from Orange County,CA says:
 
"Robin Dudley Howes as an educator, creative director is:

Patient: I’ve been taking classes with Robin for years. She’s never once shown any signs of being annoyed or tired of the same question over and over again. She’s willing to continue to show me/her students how to do something until I’ve/we’ve finally gotten it.

Encouraging: she’s full of encouragement. She wants to be sure that when you’ve taken her class that you are comfortable enough to finish your project at home if you need to. She’s approachable. She lends herself to you if you need her to help you with whatever you are working on. She’s very giving with her time and her products. She’s always sharing products with her students when we haven’t brought the right stuff to class.

Informative: she’s willing to share her sources of where she buys her products from. She is not selfish in any way.  

Robin is a wonderful instructor. It’s no wonder that her classes fill up quickly. I’m very blessed to be able to take the many classes that I do with her because she truly is a terrific, inspiring woman!"

3 words to describe Robin from Yvette D., S.Cal. says:
 
1)  incredibly organized
2)  innovative
3)  patient


Judy C. from Crestline,CA says:
 

    "Very friendly and kind.  As a teacher she is very patient and explains over and over if        you ask.  She is reliable and trustworthy"


Barbara P. from Sherman Oaks.Ca says: 

"Robin is extremely positive, patient and very artistic."


Kim L. from Manhattan Beach,CA says:
 
"I used a couple words to describe some of your best traits.

Funny, unfeigned & sincere

Imaginative & resourceful

Prepared, organized."



Sheryl Simpson. organizer of Glitterfest describes Robin as:
 
"The little lady with a gypsy heart and the skills of a ninja master!”



Irene Sanchez,Owner and operator of Garden of Beaden Upland says:
 
 
I think you know how I feel about you.
        Robin Dudley-Howes she will set you free..
1. You have always encouraged me to stretch my imagination.
I was so excited when I met you in Costa Mesa.
2. I have always said that I can teach a technique, But I truly feel you teach creativity!!!
 Now lastly I hope I can word this right. Before I met you I strove to always do my wire work perfect.
3. You gave me permission to do what I call "a cranky wrap" this term was quoted in Melanie Doermans book "Art of forgotten things". so I guess I love your imperfections!
I miss you and really look forward to working with you again!


xox


 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

angels

I'm taking an online class (2 actually) at the Trodden Path with Jane Spakowsky and Kate Thompson, both different artists.  I aspire to paint like Jane...I'm in love with her painting style.  While I wait for some art supplies for Jane's class, here are 2 paintings I finished in Kates class.  Enjoy..




Sunday, July 20, 2014

Whimzy!






Learn how to make this amazing bottle with several techniques including how to attain an old mercury mirrored glass look and cut a bottle.  Whimzy in Old Town Tustin has invited me to teach this extremely popular class on Aug.2 and you are invited!  Call to reserve your seat 714-573-1025 or click the link above. Scroll down for more info.

“So Kitschy It’s Chic” soldered Mercury bottle!
With Robin Dudley-Howes
Saturday Aug. 2 , 2014
11-4pm
$90 plus $10- $20 kit  (see below)
Whimzy Tustin CA
Please bring a sack lunch
all levels welcome

As a kid I watched I Dream of Jeanie and always wished I could shrink myself into a puff of smoke and follow her into her magic bottle… didn’t you?    With all the velvet pillows and plush architecture how fun would that be?   Well, in this class we can make our own version of a magic bottle complete with contemporary techniques!  I will demonstrate a quick and easy way to score and break a bottle and how to make your bottle look like an ancient relic with a faux mercury glass technique.   Add some kitschy elements to your diorama and close it with solder to make a one of a kind dreamland!   Because this project is only limited to your imagination there will be two kinds of kits depending on what you want to put inside the bottle.   Payment is non refundable and payable before class to ensure your seat.  
 The $10 kit will only have one pre cut, clean, clear bottle and copper foil tape so that you can add whatever want.
The $20 kit will be have items to make the French version of the sample and have one clean, clear ,pre cut bottle, copper foil tape, die cut metal Eiffel tower, vintage lace, millinery, rhinestone pieces for the inside, glitter, pearls and mica.  
Your kit fees also include the use of the mirror glass paint, some extra soldering supplies, glues , wire and other ephemera.
***PLEASE NOTE your kits will have the basic materials but the samples have one of kind items that will not be included like any of the statues or outside elements such as old jewelry pieces, door knobs or light bulbs.  Bring any items you like to add to the inside that are no longer than 5 inches and no wider than 2 1/2 inches.  I will have a few items for sale in addition to add as a decorative topper but consider bringing your own similar to the samples:  small vintage glass drawer pulls, vintage car light bulbs etc.  Just make sure they are not too heavy or large.  Please bring the following:

Material List:
~Soldering equipment (soldering iron, stand, sponge, lead free solder, fire proof surface).  Contact me at least 2 weeks ahead of class if you do not have this equipment so we can hook you up.
~ Scissors and wire cutters if you have them


Questions?  robin@powerline6.com
whimzy@sbcglobal.net




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

updates for Robins Nest

Lots happening over here in lala land one of which I am so excited to talk about and launch soon!  I've finally figured out how to make good quality videos and will be able to reach out to all of you who live too far from me to finally take classes!  Keep your eyes open....they're coming soon! 

If your into art dolls look for the Fall Art Doll Quarterly.  I was asked to write an article for the Anthropomorphic doll challenge showcasing my odd cage dolls.  Just got the specs this week and it will be hitting the newstands (?) in Aug/Sept.

........and of course classes!  For current available classes in LA and Escondido scroll down:
SUNDAY JUNE 22 
The Folk Artist 
9594 Hamilton Ave
Huntington Beach CA
Resin spoon Necklace
$65 + $25 kit
11-3p
949-294-1496
This is a GREAT class to dip your toes into my world of mixed media jewelry design!  Even if you already know how to wrap and do resin I'm positive you'll still walk out of my class having learned something you didn't know when you first walked in!   I'm going to show you the quick version of resin application so there is no waiting, simple no-fail wire wrapping and a cute wire nest with eggs!
Here are a couple pictures of what you can expect to make (click for larger shot):





Next set of classes is at the famous Urban Barn in Escondido,CA!
155 West Crest St.
Escondido,CA
July 11 and July 12 (please scroll down to see all the projects)
contact me directly to pay and sign up robin@powerline6.com
2 classes!  

Friday July 11
Perfume bottle Necklace
 1-3pm
$55 + $15 kit
all levels
Here is a picture of the project:


 Saturday July 12
Dolly Tassel Necklace
11-5p
$110 + $37 kit
all levels
please contact me to sign up robin@powerline6.com
Here are pictures of the projects (scroll down)






 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Another assemblage

I love making these assemblages.  Now I know why I've been collecting junk for so many years...nothing is safe now!

Monday, May 26, 2014

New creations

I've been sooo busy teaching and making art but what's new?  I am blessed to say so and wanted to share some new things I've been creating.  The assemblages with the old doll heads have been a hit and I've been commissioned to make several.  These are the most current commissions:







When I went to Las Vegas this past April to teach a 2 day workshop at my friend Jan's home she showed me some earrings she had made with the most amazing hand made beads by a UK artist.  As soon as I got home I ordered a large batch of the specialty artisan beads and made my own earrings.  Here is a sampling of some of the earrings I made (more to come, check my etsy store) and some that have already sold.  The ones that have sold say so under the corresponding picture.  All others are still for sell and  most of them are $37 plus shipping in my etsy store.
SOLD!

SOLD!



SOLD!






Thursday, May 8, 2014

My new FREE e-magazine just for YOU!!

I've been working on some creative ways to engage with my followers and saw this platform for making your own e-magazines.  How fun is that!  This e-magazine is meant to be more inspirational than anything else with pretty pictures and simple instructions to make something.  This premier issue focuses on mother's day with 3 simple projects.  I made this for my mom about 2 years ago and she really loves it....  So here you go and if you like it please leave a comment!  Even better, feel free to share on Facebook, twitter, pinterest etc. as long as you leave a link back to me.  I would love to see what you have created.   Stay tuned for the next issue....hmm I wonder what it will be????  ENJOY!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

new stuff!

So Glitterfest was a huge success again!  If you came, THANK YOU, if you live far away and haven't been able to come check out glitterfest.com  to see pictures!

 I'm getting ready for a 2 day workshop in Las Vegas and making the kits....just started today...cutting lots of bottles for this project:


If you can't make the Las Vegas workshop your in luck!  The response to this class has been huge and so the next class will be in San Juan Capistrano,CA  April 12th.  Please contact me asap for more information or to sign up robin@powerline6.com.  It's at a private residence and I will give the address once confirmation is cleared.