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One of my favorite art classes at Altered Jubilee was Roben-Marie Smith's "Assemblage Screens" class. I was fortunate to sign up for this popular class before Roben-Marie's altered screens were featured on the cover of Expression Magazine (September/October 2005). Roben-Marie, the owner of Paperbag Studios, is a talented, generous and patient teacher, and this class was extra-special. I am sure this class is sold out wherever she teaches it.

Roben-Marie brought us a fascinating jumble of Vintage photos, old window locks, Altoid tins, hardware washers, and other distressable treasures with which to decorate some very cool rusty metal-framed screens.  What a great little palette those screens turned out to be!   She taught us how to "rust" the white metal frames with sponge brushes and several shades of paint, how to transform half of the Altoid tin into a rusty picture frame, and how to add interesting aged hardware items to the assemblage. 

The project pictured above is one of the rusty screen I altered in Roben-Marie's class.  I used a round bookplate made by L'il Davis, American Tag pinwheels and nailheads, and a bright brass window sash distressed with paint to appear rusty. Click here to see Roben-Marie's altered screens.

Every student left the class eager to alter more rusty screens.  I was determined to add the screens to my product line, but they were hard to come by.  After a slow boat trip from China, we finally have rusty screens in stock in four sizes!


    
3x3 screen in 4x4 frame   4x4 screen in 5x5 frame            
        
 
The screens above have lightweight metal frames and curly wire hangers.  

3x3 screen (in 4x4 metal frame) $2.95

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4x4 screen (in 5x5 metal frame) $3.95

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