Here’s the first in a 3 part review of the lovely classes I took at Squam.

Klimt has always been a favorite of mine and a few years ago I created a series of lino and monoprints using the swirls as inspiration from one of his paintings here. So when I heard there was a “Nature of Klimt” class at Squam, I jumped in!

Mary Beth Shaw was teaching the class and what fun, messiness and experimentation we had! I have never used Clayboard before and I was excited to learn you could scratch and add all kinds of wonderful yummy textures and materials to it! We used wood icing, foil transfers, inks, acrylics.

We started off by drawing a tree or natural object on our clayboard and painting it with black gesso. We then experimented with stencils, wood ice, and lots of great techniques and materials that Mary Beth had on offer to us for the day.

I added Wood icing using a stencil to create some embossed areas.
Then acrylics to create the autumnal backgrounds

Alcohol Inks were then splashed onto different areas which I loved! Creating some vibrancy to this work in progress

We used a hot iron to secure the foil transfers to our pieces.
and then a tool to scratch out all the designs on the tree image.

Here is my finished piece against the backdrop of the wonderful view we had all day at the class.

I was so happy with my piece. Do you think its very “Klimt like?”

I’m also happy to announce the winner randomly picked from last Fridays giveaway is: Rita A. Rita please email me with your address and ill pop your book into the mail for you. Congratulations!