Workshop Schedule 





Spend a few hours, a day, or a week together with me - learning, sharing, creating. There is nothing quite like the feeling of being in a room full or artists making magic. 



The sense of possibility, the spirit of community, and the curiosity to learn, all combine to lead to moments you will always remember.



The following is a partial workshop schedule 2019.  More classes and information will be added soon. If you have any specific questions or would like spaces held for workshops that are not yet open for registration, please do not hesitate to email me. Links will take you to either the venue's general website or the workshop registration page. 


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June 22-23 - Creative Inkling - Hatboro, PA

--June 22 - 50 Ways to Leave Your Layer - workshop full

--June 23 - Joker's Wild - registration open




July 17-21 - Tinker Tailor Artist Maker - Gold Coast, Australia

--Art retreat sponsored by Eat Cake Create - registration open

--July 17 - Joker's Wild - 4 seats left

--July 18 - 50 Ways to Leave Your Layer - 1 seat left

--July 19 - Get Baked! - 1 seat left

--July 20-21 - Bento Box - 4 seats left




August 16-18 - Artistic Artifacts - Alexandria, VA

--August 16 - Embossing Alchemy - registration open

--August 17 - Joker's Wild - registration open

--August 18 - Too Cool for Spool - registration open


August 23-25 - Scrapbook Centrale - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

--August 23 - 52 Card Pickup - registration open

--August 24 - Get Baked! - registration open

--August 25 - 50 Ways to Leave Your Layer - registration open




September 4-7 - Ephemera Paducah - Paducah, KY

--Magical Mystery Tour - art retreat co-taught with Mary Beth Shaw

--retreat full 


September 27-28 - Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps - Santa Fe, NM

--Bento Box - registration open




November 9-10 - Runaway Art & Craft Studio - Salem, OR

--Save the Date


November 15-17 - Clipper Street Scrapbook Company - Langely, BC Canada

--Save the Date


November 23-24 - Everything Scrapbook & Stamp - Lake Worth, FL

--Save the Date




December 7 - Pratt Institiute - New York, NY

--Save the Date




Joker's Wild  - one-day workshop

Join me for a day filled with creative adventure and abandon. This one-day workshop is the sequel to 52 Card Pickup - only bigger, better and badder. We will be using flash cards to create a large art deck and a pocket case for storage. The focus of this class is to create without thinking and to learn to let go. All the approaches in this technique-heavy workshop will help free you from artistic constraints and can be easily applied to your own personal work in your studio. Working in layers, we will be developing dynamic surfaces that call out to be seen and touched. Raise your art-game ante and join me for this fast-paced and fun class.


Too Cool for Spool - one-day workshop

Using wooden, sewing spools as a base, you will paint, ink, stamp, mark make, stitch and ultimately wind your way to mixed media mayhem! This workshop will focus on surface design, with an emphasis on creating loosely and without overthinking. Class begins by hand-stitching together your choice of paper and fabric to create long strands to work over. Following this, learn mixed media technqiues as you create and apply a unique design, filled edge-to-edge and end-to-end with your favorite colors, personal symbols, and both hand-drawn and stamped marks. Students will each complete muiltple spools, allowing for many different display options - both free-standing and hung. Spools will be provided but you are asked to bring your own paper, fabric and thread to further personalize your creation.


Embossing Alchemy  - one-day workshop

Alchemy is a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation or combination. And in this workshop, you will be making magic using embossing powders. Our day will be split into two parts. In part 1, you will be introduced to a series of non-traditional technqiues using EPs. You will have the chance to make embossed skins, dimensional elements,. faux wax seals, translucent paper, and much more. Many of these stand-alone elements will leave with you to use in future projects. Others will be used in Part 2, where every participant will make magic while creating a layered and textured artwork where embossing powder is the star.



50 Ways to Leave Your Layer - one-day workshop

Okay. Maybe not 50. But a lot. In this workshop, you will be putting your paint playlist on repeat as we go through a series of paint layerinmg techniques that you can apply to all your creative projects. Everybody will be provided with a journal to work in that we will fill up, page by page, with layered backgrounds. Additive and subtractive paint techniques, properties of acrylic paint, mark making, application strategies, and much more will be included. In the end, you will leave with a new journal that you can keep as a technique reference manual or continue to work in to complete your journal pages in your own personal style.


Collage Camp – one-day workshop

Pack your paint and paper and join me for a day at camp. We will start with a series of creative exercises that illustrate the principles of collage that will be put together to make a take-home reference guide that you can refer to after class. We will then move on to create abstract, painted backgrounds using both additive and subtractive paint techniques as the substrate for your collage. Following this, we will move on to the process of collage, transforming bits and pieces of paper into a cohesive whole. Basic and advanced collage techniques will be reviewed and approaches to collage discussed. You will have the opportunity to create multiple collages during this workshop and will leave with a virtual toolbox of techniques which can be applied to your ongoing work in collage, painting, art journaling, mixed media and more.


52 Card Pickup – one-day workshop

A deck...52 cards. A year…52 weeks. Make the most of this synchronicity by creating a one-of-a-kind, mixed media journal that you can use to document a year in your life, week by week. In this workshop we will start by taking an ordinary deck of playing cards and, by using paint and paper, end up with a unique and personal journal small in size but large in impact. Press play when you enter the room because the techniques in this workshop are all about letting go, creating without thinking, and allowing your inner-artist to emerge. Along the way you will learn the secrets of layered backgrounds, the basics of collage composition, and tricks of the trade to literally tie it all together. In this class, you will always be dealt a winning hand.


Get Baked!  - one-day workshop

Get Baked! This ain't your grandma's embossing powders. Everything old is new again and that referes to art and crafts products too. In this full day workshop, we will be bringing EP into the 21st century. Using my collection of Baked Texture embossing powders from Emerald Creek, we will start by discussing the properties of EPs and reviewing traditional uses, such as stamping. Then we turn to the future and work with new ways to use this product. Examples include faux encaustics, custom blending and layering. We also cover cold applications and alternatives to embossing pads. Of course there will be art and you will create layered, textural and dimensional artworks, Baked Texture style. 


A Book of Moments - two-day workshop

Capture the fleeting moments of your life in this one-of-a-kind artist book that we will be creating from scratch in this two-day workshop. We will start by learning a versitile, no-sew binding technique that will enable you to give new life to vintage book covers and turn them into a new treasure. We will embellish the cover, in the process learning a variety of methods to attach metal bits in a secure and artful way. Next we will turn inward, to the pages of the book, where we will be adding our moments - bits and pieces of paper and fabric, thread, tissue, photographs, hand made marks, and the ephemera of our lives. With this book, the moments that are destined to become part of of the past can be kept in the present.


Bento Box - two, three, four or five-day workshop

Hungry for creativity? Build your own Bento Box filled with art in this jam-packed workshop. We will be making a series of projects, small in size but big in impact, that will each nest inside its own container - think tins, boxes, bags, etc. Each of these will in turn be placed and housed inside one larger box, creating a very special treasure chest. Your unique art pieces will include some combination of handmade books, paintings, collages, assemblages, scrolls, wraps, shrines, and more. In the end, the process of opening and exploring the contents on the box becomes a magical part of the art.


Exquisite Creatures - three-day workshop

Use your imagination (and collaged images) to create your own flip book based on The Exquisite Corpse, an early 20th cebtury drawing game. We start by making a handbound book from scratch and decorating the cover mixed-media style. Each individual page is then collaged to create a complete figure divided into three sections: head, torso and legs. The sections turn independently of each other, creating an (almost) endless combination of exquisite creatures. Your pages come to life with paint, ink, stamps, collage and other mixed media materials. While each participant will be making their own book, a series of collaborative exercises in the spirit of The Exquisite Corpse will also be introduced.


Table of Contents - three, four or five-day workshop

A table of contents typically is an abbreviated listing of chapters in a book and provides an overview of what can be found on the pages within. In our workshop, we will be visually documenting our own personal stories and creating a one-of-a-kind Table of Contents that reflects the chapters of our lives. You will create a series of mixed media booklets that, when stacked together, express your story. The booklets can reflect different ages or stages in your life, people in your world, aspects of your self, experiences you have had, etc. Or you can simply make an unthemed, kick-ass artist book! Techniques we will explore together include painting in layers, surface design, book binding, creating patina on paper, mark making, and more.


Encaustic Effect Embossing – 3-hour workshop

Traditional encaustic painting, using pigments mixed with melted beeswax and resin, leads to a magical look. But the process can be time consuming, challenging to learn, and expensive. In this workshop, you will learn a quick and easy process to achieve a similar effect by using my collection of Baked Texture embossing powders from Emerald Creek. The specific properties of these EPs lend themselves to creating waxy, translucent and tinted layers, perfect for mixed media. We will start by creating collage-based artwork and subsuquently slather them in layers of Baked Texture. Deep embossing and object embedding will also be reviewed.


Photo Op – 3-hour workshop

With the advent of smartphones and photo apps we have all quickly become expert photographers, sharing our iamges by email and across social networks. Join me in this workshop and relive the "good old days" when pictures were actually held in our hands and not stored on our phones. In Photo Op we will take ordinary photographs and turn them extraordinary through a series of hand-altered techniques. Using mixed media supplies such as paints, inks and markers that you bring, a few surprises that I will bring, and your creative imagination, you will take your photographs to the next level. Are you ready for your Photo Op?


Mixed Media Revolution – 3 hour workshop

Join the Mixed Media Revolution. This hot trend is all about letting your creativity run free, thinking outside the box and drawing outside the lines. In this technique-heavy workshop, you will be introduced to both basic and advanced approaches to creating layered and dimensional mixed media art. Using paints, inks, stamps, stencils, and pens, this workshop will focus on methods to make commercial art products unique and all your own. Techniques to help you create without thinking will be demonstrated and include monoprinting, drizzling, bordering, layering, scribbling, fusioning, and many more.