Monday, February 14, 2011

ACE Camp - Queretaro, Mexico

I'm fatigued by the idea of encapsulating my experience in Mexico in words, so I'm going to rely mainly on photos to say most of it for me. I would like to say the trip was worth every penny and anyone contemplating an art adventure would be well taken care of at one of Angela Ritchie's ACE Camps.

The workshop I attended was taught by Geninne Zlatkis in Queretaro, Mexico. Geninne was such a gracious hostess and teacher - she opened her beautiful home and studio to us, and it was so much fun creating in those inspiring surroundings along with 13 other women from various parts of the world.

We had four workshop days where we learned hand-carved stamps, watercolor, collage and journalling techniques. Here's a peek at just a few of the things I made:



Coming from the stamping world from a different angle, it was interesting to carve my own stamps. Geninne uses Staedler Mastercarve blocks as the base for her stamps and we all carved with linocutting tools. I accidentally bought the Speedball Carving blocks which are a lot thinner, and closer to the consistency of carving into a rubber eraser. Either one works, depending on your preference.

I hope to try stamp carving again sometime, as well as watercolors, which I did not really enjoy (at the time) simply because I'm a novice and wanted to be perfect without having put in the practice. I suppose one of the best lessons learned is that talent is important, but dedication and doing is even more crucial to creating exemplary art.


At the culmination of the workshop, we had a little "show" with everyone's pieces posted. I'm a bad photojournalist and don't have images of everything, but here are a few things from the finale.



Those of you on my flickr and facebook pages will have seen the entire grouping of photographs. I won't be posting all 87 here, but I will share more photos of Queretaro and the neighboring town of San Miguel in the next few days.


  1. Eraser carving is fun my first carving was of a manatee I will have to dig it up for you some day when I am off bed rest and allowed to do the steep flight of stairs up into my studio. I am going to head on over to your FB and check out all your photos!!

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