May 2019

Sing for Hope Pianos

I am thrilled to be participating in a very special project and art installation in NYC: Sing for Hope Pianos. I am one of fifty artists selected to design and paint a full-size piano that will go on a special journey of its own. All fifty pianos will be presented for the first time together on June 3 outdoors on a public plaza at 28 Liberty Street in the financial district in Manhattan. The event is open to the public (you) and will run from 12-6pm (it will be postponed if it is raining). I hope that those in the area can join me to see AND play all the pianos.

Following the unveiling, each piano will be placed for approximately three weeks in a public space or park within one of the five boroughs of NYC. My piano will be located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 77, 141 Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn. It will be available for viewing and playing from the evening of June 5 to June 23 from 9am to 8pm. After that, each piano will be donated to a public school in NYC. 

You can see my piano and read my design inspiration online here and view all fifty here.

I always love being part of art events in New York and this is particularly special as it is community-based and will contribute to bringing music and art to the public schools of NYC. I had the pleasure to work on my paino at the same time as the other artists over the span of a number of months. Seeing their designs and watching them create was extra inspiring. A shout out goes to Liquitex who is the sponsor and provided all the materials, except for the many stencils from StencilGirl Products that I used. 

I rarely work so big and had limited time due to my extensive travel schedule. As such, the taks was a bit daunting but I decided to use the same techniques I often use for my usual, small-sized artwork. It was all about the layers. Take a look below to see the process. And hope to see you on June 3!

 

sanded...

primed...

1st paint layer - black...

2nd paint layer - green...

3rd paint layer - ochre...

4th paint layer - red...

close up of texture effects...

adding details...

glazed...

let the stenciling begin...

close up of details...

even more stenciling...

working on the bench & music holder and adding more details....

bench closeup...

the back...

detail of the back...

sign, sealed and delivered...

Embossing Video Tutorials

Every January I attend Creativation, the annual trade show for the craft industry sponsored by the Association for Creative Industries (AFCI). At the show earlier this year, I unveiled my newest collection of Baked Texture and Baked Velvet embossing powders with Emerald Creek. Although you have to be a member to attend, there are many videos taken of company booths, product releases and art demos - making the show a bit accessible to everybody. Christine from Scrap Time seems to cover the entire show very well. She takes so many videos that she is still sharing new ones on her site. And in the last few weeks, she has shared a few of me - which I am now sharing with you!

 

In this first video, I am making a mixed media piece using heat embossing both to create the background and with stamps to create focal points. I also offer some tips in this video on how to best use the translucent colors in the Baked Velvet Mediterranean and Sahara kits.

 

 

In the second video, the demo is all about using embossing powder with stencils. Since I am always all about the layers, this video focuses on layering EPs to create a more dimensional effect.

 

 

All my embossing powders are available in my online shop. And additional video tutorials can be found on my YouTube channel - with more coming soon,

Spring and Summer Workshops

make time to play....

 

This has already been a year filled with workshops and retreats for me...with many more to come.  So far, here are the numbers:

26 classes

11 states

18 flights

2 retreats

 

There is nothing like spending time with fellow creatives, making art, learning new techniques, and forgetting about real life. Continuing my whirlwind, worldwide tour in the spring and fall, my schedule over the next few months takes me further afield to 4 different countries. Hoping that you might be able to join me...

May 18-19: 52 Card Pickup and Get Baked at Amelia's Creative Crafts in Studley, UK. Excited about teaching at this venue for the very first time. Both classes are filled.                       

         

May 25-26: Get Baked and 50 Ways to Leave Your Layer at Handmade at Helen's in Dumfries, Scotland. Not only my first time teaching at this venue but my very first time in Scotland too. Registration is closed and both classes are filled. 

June 5-10: Bento Box - a 4-day retreat at Port Townsend School of Art in Port Townsend, Washington and co-sponsored by The Pacific NorthWest Art School. Two spots have just opened up for this full-on, live-in retreat on an island with a very special history in the mixed-media world.

June 22-23: 50 Ways to Leave Your Layer and Joker's Wild at Creative Inkling in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. I am excited to be teaching at this new venue in PA. Space is available in both classes.

July 17-21: Beyond thrilled to be returning to Australia as part of the Tinker Tailor Artist Maker Retreat. This time I will be stationed at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast Queensland. I mean with names like that, you know this will be special. I am teaching Bento Box, 50 Ways to Leave Your Layer, Get Baked and Joker's Wild. Sign up soon as only a few seats are open in each class. 

August 16-18: Embossing Alchemy, Joker's Wild and Too Cool for Spool at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, Virginia. Happy to be back here and to be debuting two new classes. Registration just opened so get 'em while they are hot.

August 23-25: 50 Ways to Leave Your Layer, 52 Card Pickup and Get Baked at Scrapbook Centrale in Montreal, Quebec Canada. Excited to be teaching here for the first time in a trip that is sure to be different from my last visit when I went dog sledding in the snowy forest. Mark your calendars as registration opens on May 25.

 

And looking ahead to fall...registration just now opened for a 2-day Bento Box workshop on September 27-28 in Santa Fe, New Mexico at Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps.