More Workshops and Retreats

Happy summer everyone! The school year wrapped up this past Wednesday for me, and now I’m officially on summer break! Couldn’t be happier–or more relaxed! I’m definitely looking forward to getting back into the studio and resuming my art making, which was unfortunately put on the back burner the last few months.

As I’d shared in my last post, I was able to squeeze in a few workshops and retreats during the month of May. I attended Art & Soul for the first time over Memorial Day weekend, and took a great day-long workshop called “Translucent Triptych,” which was led by instructor Caitlyn Dundon. In the class, we created a series of canvas boards with collage papers, translucent Gelli-printed tissue papers, stamps, fluid acrylics, and gel medium image transfers. While I wasn’t able to finish the pieces in Minneapolis, I brought them home to complete. The triptych has found a home on the wall in my house. Here it is:


Within the last week I also took to my studio to finish a long-awaited assemblage piece I’d begun working on at Crystal Neubauer’s Wax Assemblage workshop back in February. It started out its life as a vintage spice rack, but my plan was to create little collaged vignettes and canvases within each of its shelves. I’d become ill at the end of the first day of the workshop and wasn’t able to attend the second day, and thus the piece had been sitting on a table in a state of limbo in my studio since then. The finished piece is now hanging in the hallway outside the door to my studio:


I hope everyone’s summer is off to a great start! I plan to begin posting more work as it is completed!

Have a great weekend!!


About Jenny Petricek

I am a mixed-media artist who loves collage, bookmaking, journaling, and memory art.
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2 Responses to More Workshops and Retreats

  1. Cheryl says:

    I am enjoying the diverse elements in the shadow box. I like your design element of four canvases plus five holes. Good ratio of different elements in the five holes. I especially love the three knobs. Did you use empty thread spools to mount the canvases on? I also like the triptych very much. Cool colours. Very relaxing. Was it difficult to use deli paper on your gelli plate?

    I’ve decided to stop writing my blog as part of my transitioning into retirement. Since I got burned out (or is it burnt out) from online school I haven’t done well with deadlines, self-imposed or otherwise. From now on I’m doing in-person only. And I’m trying to ration those.

    Can’t wait to see what you do next in your health journal. Hooray for summer break!

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    • Thanks so much, Cheryl! I did use the empty spools to mount the mini-canvases; I’d been able to order some the exact size I needed from a craft retail website! I don’t actually own a gelli plate right now, but got the opportunity to try one that the instructor brought with her to the retreat. It was fun to use…it would be great to get one and make some cool background papers for my journals! It’s definitely on my purchasing wish-list! 😉

      I’m so sorry to hear that you are discontinuing your blog! I’ve enjoyed reading it very much over the last several months! I can completely understand how you feel, though. When I was working full-time and attending night school, I had to take a breather for awhile, too. I just couldn’t fit it all in. Quite honestly, the last few months, I haven’t had much motivation to blog, either, as I’ve also been feeling burned out on the job. I didn’t have much art to post, so that also made it difficult. I’m glad to be back, but I know that my blog involvement will ebb and flow over time. Maybe someday you will feel like coming back, and I will be here if you do! Meanwhile, I will be enjoying your posts on Facebook. (Sometimes I like FB better, because you can just post pics and no one is expecting a lot of text to go with them!). 🙂


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