2011 Retreat ~ Creating in PaperClay

Tuesday morn, dawned grey-ish once again, but with blue peeking thru. So we all meandered down to the potential morning yoga spot, investigating how moist the ground was. We vow, “Tomorrow we’ll yoga, moisture or not!” Following another feast from Izzy, homemade Cinnamon Coffee Cake Bread, Strawberry, Peach and Blueberry dancing in Greek Yogurt and Housemade Coconut Granola too, we waddled over to the Sequoia Cabin ready to create.

First on our agenda, “Creating with PaperClay”. This diverse organic material, much like a moist white clay, can be shaped into anything, let dry, painted (with anything), dried again and then sealed. I provided samples of my experiences with PaperClay, from dimensional illuminated letter frames to playful animals. Our assignment was to create anElaine playfully demonstrating PaperClay amulet, with one particular word/idea the creator wished to release into the world.

It was a riot of activity! We had to first shape our amulet (around a small rock) then, press in design or patterns. Participants just kept producing objects, some for gifts, some to insert into their journal – – there was a multitude of lil’ creatures outside sitting in the sun to dry.

With varying levels of success, we all painted and sealed our items. Here’s Jean’s completed (she had alot of evolution resulting in her cheerful round orb) and one of mine. Now the end purpose of the amulet was to release it somewhere in the world, at home in a mall, give to a friend or leave on a restaurant table. The challenge for the person who ‘found’ the amulet, was to read text on the bottom, requesting them to come to this website, to “Amulets” and follow the instructions, including telling what, if any idea or word came across from the PaperClay amulet.

I did hear whispers among the participants, something to the effect of, “I’m not sure I wanna let go of my lil’ amulet”! Apparently, the artists had quickly generated a fondness for their  lil’ amulets!

About namastenoodle2011

An artist, a hopeful, an encourager, a loyal friend, a heart connecter seeking to share the goodness in life and development of becoming more free to express.
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