Create an Heirloom Box with Ruby Clover

Painted wooden boxes created by Ruby Clover at The Art Hand

Arrival and Registration is on Tuesday July 3rd at 7pm.

The Course is 3 full days, Wed 4th/ Thurs 5th/ Fri 6th July 2012.

Decorate a wooden box with photos, maps and pieces related to your heritage to create a family heirloom to treasure forever. Ruby Clover has a love of Ireland and she flies in from Chicago to teach this course. Ruby own art is made using a wide variety of media and techniques. In this course Ruby will be teaching the age-old art of decoupage, which is a way of decorating an object. You will be gluing paper cut outs onto your box with special paint effects and layers of clear varnish for a polished seamless effect. The origins of decoupage go back to the 13th century in Siberia where tombs of the dead were artistically decorated. Decoupage became popular in Europe in the 17th century as a hobby.

Although the emphasis of this course will on creating a family heirloom box you may decide to make a more generalized piece. It does not have to be strictly a “heritage” box. You will create a beautiful piece of functional art while learning many different techniques to properly adhere paper onto wood, building a montage from the base up. You’ll also learn how to distress layers of acrylic paint to give the core of the box a time-worn look. Aswell as imagery you will also be using glitter, tissue papers, newspaper and embossing powder. This course will be fun and upbeat. You’ll leave this class with a totally one of a kind piece of art and a wealth of knowledge to enable you to create further mixed media art pieces.

 What’s included and what to bring;

A raw wooden box and basic materials are provided for this course. You will also be able to pick a handle for your box from Ruby’s own vintage collection. Brushes, paint, glue, scalpels and varnish will be provided.

Vintage photos, old stamps, maps, decorative paper, scrapbook paper, tissue paper and other paper ephemera will be provided by Ruby for you to use but please bring as many bits and pieces of your own as possible to create a truly personalized work of art. Bring photocopies of family photos (or we can scan and print your photos here).

If you want to bring some of your own acrylic paints Ruby’s suggestion for a vintage look is black, burnt umber and a nice metallic gold, copper or bronze for accenting. A bright color will look nice mixed in too. Bring any other colours you like.

Bring your camera. You might even like to incorporate some photographs you take while here onto your box.

If you have any specific queries about what to bring please email us and we will ask Ruby to reply.

The cost for this course is €325 which includes evening meals. Accommodation is not included but can be arranged at a nearby house. Numbers are limited so booking is essential.

We have put a selection of boxes by Ruby Clover together HERE.

For more about our courses and your stay please see our Info page HERE.

Decoupage box

About Ruby Clover;

Ruby is a Chicago based self-taught artisan. She specializes in custom-made “Heirloom Boxes”, compiling her client’s family photos and genealogical information to create pieces of meaningful art to be passed down through generations. This decorative art form is called decoupage. She also makes whimsical vintage inspired wall hangings and has her own range of jewelry. Her Irish photography is currently featured on the set of a prime time network television series.

Ruby grew up in an artistic environment, spending lots of time with her Grandmother who was an oil painter and would teach classes in her home to friends and family for a quarter. Ruby has been selling antiques since she was a teenager and has an immense collection of vintage foreign books, newspapers, Victorian photos, old hardware and fabrics.

Her work is inspired by her many trips to Ireland, with her photography being used as the focus of many of her mixed media pieces. The detailed feedback from customers on her online shop speaks volumes to the hard work and dedication she puts into her one of a kind pieces. Ruby’s creations are sought after by collectors and her artwork is displayed all around the world.

Family Heirloom box by Ruby Clover, The Art Hand.

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