Workshops

Workshop Schedule 

 

2019

 

 

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 of 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. 

 

Scroll down for workshop descriptions.

 

August

 

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

--August 23 - 52 Card Pickup - registration open - 4 seats left

--August 24 - Get Baked! - registration open - 2 seats left

--August 25 - 50 Ways to Leave Your Layer - registration open - 4 seats left

 

September

 

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 - workshop full 

 

October

 

October 19 - Art From the Heart - Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK

--Joker's Wild - Registration Open

 

October 20 - Art From the Heart - Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK

--Art Alchemy - Registration Open

 

October 26 - Emerald Crafts - Lyndhurst, Hampshire, UK

--50 Ways to Leave Your Layer - Registration Open  - 1 seat left

 

October 27 - Emerald Crafts - Lyndhurst, Hampshire, UK

--Get Baked! - Registration Open  - 5 seats left

 

November

 

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

 

December 7 - Pratt Institute- New York, NY

--Mixed Media Surface Design - registration open (type course title in search box)

 

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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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?

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