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 creating 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 my workshop schedule for 2017. Additonal locations and classes will be added soon. If you have any specific questions or would like spaces held for workshops that are not yet open for regostration, please do not hesitate to email me. Links will take you to either the venue's general website or the workshop registration page. If you represent a venue and are interested in hosting one of more of my workshops, please contact me at email@example.com.
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January 6-8 - The Queen's Ink - Savage, MD
--January 6 - Wrapper's Delight
--January 7 - The Cutting Room Floor
--January 8 - 52 Card Pickup
January 20 - Creativation by Craft & Hobby Association - Phoenix, AZ
--Mixed Media to the Max
February 19-21 CHSI Stitches Trade Show - Birmingham, UK
--February 19 - Mixed Media Mashup
--February 20 - Mixed Media Mashup
March 10-12 - Donna Downey Studios - Huntersville, NC
--A Library of Memories
March 16 - The New York Public Library - NYC
--Mixed Media Mashup
March 26-April 1 - Mabel Dodge Luhan House - Taos, NM
--A Case of Curiosities - art retreat co-taught with Roxanne Evans Stout
April 5-7 - Art is You Santa Rosa - Santa Rosa, CA
--April 5 - Animal Magnetism (collaborative workshop with Kecia Deveney)
--April 5-7 - Table of Contents: a 3-day master class
April 28 - The Ink Pad - NYC
--Photo Op - Workshop Full
May 5-7 - Artistic Artifacts - Alexandria, VA
--May 5 - Wrapper's Delight: Registration Open
--May 6 - 50 Ways to Leave Your Layer: Registration Open
--May 7 - Book of Moments: Registration Open
May 12 - The Ink Pad - NYC
May 20-21 - Kept Creations - Whitman, MA
--May 20 - 52 Card Pickup
--May 21 - Cutting Room Floor
June 8-11 - Pacific NorthWest Art School - Coupeville, WA
--A Library of Memories: a 4-day retreat - registration open
June 16-18 - Idyllwild Arts - Idyllwild, CA
--June 16 - Mixed Media Mashup
--June 17 - Collage Camp
--June 18 - The Cutting Room Floor
July 6-10 - Fibre Arts Australia - Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
--A Library of Memories: a 5-day retreat
July 12-15 - Fibre Arts Australia - Woodlawn, New South Wales, Australia
--A Library of Memories: a 4-day retreat
August 25-27 - Art Adventure Retreat at Shake Rag Alley - Mineral Point, WI
--August 25: Collage Camp
--August 26: Book of Moments
--August 27: 52 Card Pickup - 3 seats left
September 16-17 - Papercraft Clubhouse - Westbrook, Connecticut
September 22-24 - Ephemera Paducah - Paducah, Kentucky
--An Art Journal Affair - art retreat co-taught with Traci Bautista, Pam Carriker and Mary Beth Shaw
October 22-28 - Mabel Dodge Luhan House - Taos, NM
--A Case of Curiosities - art retreat co-taught with Roxanne Evans Stout
--Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Lyn Bleiler email@example.com for information and to register
November 5-9 - The Trapp Family Lodge - Stowe, VT
--Mixed Media Cocoon - art retreat co-taught with Angela Cartwright and Connie Freedman
November 11-12 - Studio of MB Shaw - St. Louis, Missouri
--At the Improv - 2-day collaborative workshop with Mary Beth Shaw
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.
A Book of Moments - one-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 one-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.
Mixed Media Mashup - one-day workshop
Discover the secrets behind creating dimension, texture, depth and complexity layer by layer. We will be breaking into an arsenal of mixed media supplies to create mixed media magic: paint, ink, stamps, stencils, die cuts, rub-ons, mark-making and more. You will learn how to "create without thinking" and develop layers that enhance, rather than cover, the layers below. The techniques you will learn in this workshop can easily cross into your art practice and are designed to enhance your creative freedom and expression. In Mixed Media Mashup, everything and anything goes.
Cutting Room Floor – one-day 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 The Cutting Room Floor 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, you will take your photographs to the next level. Once your photographs are altered, we will focus on learning ways to integrate these photographs into mixed media artwork. Techniques for developing layered backgrounds with acrylic paint and ink will be introduced and approaches to creating complex and cohesive layers with mixed media material reviewed.
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.
Dimensional Stenciling – one-day workshop
Stencils have never been more popular. They are the perfect supply to use in mixed media art, art journaling, and just about every other creative project out there. In this technique-packed workshop, you will take your stenciling to the next dimension. We will begin with a review of both non-dimensional and dimensional stenciling techniques, which will include an introduction to a variety of pastes and mediums. In the process, we will create a technique guide that you will have to refer to long after the class ends. After a series of lessons im making layered, painted backgrounds, you will have the opportunity to choose your favorite approaches and products and apply them to create stunning stenciled art.
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.
Creative Compendium – two-day workshop
Spend two days creating a compendium of creative techniques that will provide a lifetime of reference. The workshop starts with building a book from scratch that will serve as the manual for your techniques. Following this, we will create painted and layered backgrounds on all our pages using high flow acrylics and inks. The remainder of the workshop will be spent reviewing a series of creative techniques, each of which will be illustrated on indvidual pages. Possible techiniques include gesso resist, collage, photo altering, textiling, embossing, and many more.
For Your Eyes Only – two-day workshop
(see a video of the project here)
Capture and contain your artistic spirit in the form of a one-of-a-kind artist book. In this workshop you will transform the most basic of materials – commercial book covers, cardstock, and paper – into a memorable and unique page-turner. The focus of the class will be on learning a no-sew binding technique that will allow you to bind single sheets into your book. We will also make interactive pages overflowing with flaps, windows, pockets, flags, tabs, and more. Once the books are bound, we will move on to creating collaged pages in a process involving paper quilting and mark making. Your choice of ephemera, stamps, rub-ons, marks, drawings, etc. will be used to add design to the pages. This class is tailored to both the beginner and the advanced bookmaker.
Table of Contents - three to 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.
A Library of Memories - three to five-day workshop
In this very special art-making adventure, we will be creating a one-of-a-kind embellished container to hold a handmade book and a dimensional assemblage. This class will cover a wide variety of techniques related to painting, mixed media, book binding, assemblage, collage, and fun-having. Using cradled panels, you will start by making a hinged container that will be layered in paint and covered with objects and materials. Inside, we will work on filling one niche with an assemblage of objects while at the same time learning approaches to dimensional collage, attachment techinques, and more. A handbound book, made in the workshop and fully removable from the container, will fill the space in the other niche. Your "Library" can be themed or unthemed and will truly reflect your style, whether vintage, modern, bohemian, eclectic, or other. A table of contents
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?
Background Noise – 3 hour workshop
In this three-hour workshop, you will be introduced to a series of layering technqiues using acrylic paint and other artistic mediums. Each technique will be applied to squares of 6 x 6 watercolor paper, which together will become a technique manual for you to refer back to long after the class ends. Once you have a group of backgrounds complete, you will add some mixed media magic using stamps, stencils, mark-making tools, and other mixed media supplies. You will leave the workshop with a stack of new art and a slew of techniques to apply to your own work.
Wrapper's Delight – 3 hour workshop
Join me for a fiber fest and bring "a twist" to your mixed media artwork. In this 3-hour workshop, you will be wrapping objects with your choice of thread, fabric, yarn, chain, twine, wire, fiber, beads, embellisments, buttons, and more. Multiple approaches to wrapping will be introduced and participants will habve the opoirtunity to make mixed media bundles, layer over premade objects, or build your own armature as a base. Techniques can be used to make stand-alone art objects or to create elements to be added to other mixed media work.
Time Capsule – 3 hour workshop
Create your very own time capsule, mixed media style, in this 3-hour workshop. Working in the form of a sealed book, you will capture the memories, moments and meanderings of your life, page by page and layer by layer. We will be using paper, ephemera, paint, ink, text, marks and more to document your story. Threads and fibers will be wrapped around the book, serving as the seal to lock away your memories. Buried in time, you chose the date to open the time capsule and unseal your thoughts. Multiple mixed media approached will be covered and we will focus on application techniques using both Golden High Flow acrylics and Distress Oxide inks.