Last weekend was the Girl Scout council’s Pot of Gold leader training day. Leaders can go and attend informational sessions like First Aid or Badge Marathons or Conflict Resolution. I took some of those classes in my first few years attending, but this year I went solely to make stuff.
The first session was Aboriginal Dot Art. It is a style of painting where symbols are used to tell a story, but then the story is obscured by dots. The instructors used examples from >this link< for pictures of completed work and meanings of the symbols used. My painting is the story of the 7 scouts in my troop at their meeting place. Our troop number is obscured in the dots. Everyone’s paintings were different and all were beautiful. It was very calming to sit and make dots upon dots upon dots, and it was hard to stop when the session was over. I strongly recommend you grab a piece of wood, some paints, a brush or two, and pencils, chopsticks, and toothpicks. That with some good music or a TV show can turn a bad day around.
Back to back journal sessions followed. Anne taught how to make basic journals. I had never sewn a journal, so I appreciated the chance to try it. It was so much fun to go through her brightly colored scrapbook papers, ribbons, and trims to make a book that reminds me of springtime. I’ll have to fill this journal with something interesting – any suggestions?
After lunch, Gloria taught “A Journal for All Seasons”‘, a journal/scrapbook that unfolds dramatically but is merely four craftily folded pieces of paper and two squares cut from cereal boxes for a front and back cover. I found a tutorial online by someone else that helps to explain the technique we used. Gloria brought a huge selection of scrapbook papers, rubber stamps, paper punches, and other trims for us to use. I so appreciate having those supplies available, rather than going to the craft store and trying to pick papers from an entire aisle of papers or buy a few stamps out of the hundred on display. I brought pictures from our Thinking Day event and used them to fill this journal. The troop seemed to like this project best.
The final session was learning needle felting – something I was curious to learn. This guide shows the basic technique, except that we stitched our zippers to the felt rather than using hot glue. I like my results of this project the least, but I want to keep doing it until I make something fabulous. Luckily the teacher let us keep the needle and foam, and I can buy roving at a mill not too far away.
There were a lot of other crafting classes that I didn’t have the chance to attend. Some people played with new ideas for SWAPs. Others made wire-wrapped pendant jewelry. Several ladies were wearing new infinity scarves that they knit using only their arms. Did I mention that the instruction and supplies cost me only $20? It’s almost worth being a Girl Scout leader to get this access! I’m anxiously waiting next year’s classes.