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Mixed Media Journaling Klass!

Today is the day. My newest online kourse - Mixed Media Journaling - is kicking off. Why all the Ks? Because the klass is sponsored by Sketchbook Skool. This is a four-week klass dedicated to all things mixed media journaling. 

This highly-interactive klass includes segments from Kecia Deveney, Mary Beth Shaw, Nathalie Kalbach, and me! We take you on a journey through our personal process of creating journal pages. There are tips, techniques, supply suggestions, personal anecdotes, and so much more - including homework! As part of Sketchbook Skool, there is a community platform with a ton of interaction - with both the instructors and the other participants. You can share your work, connect with other journalers or simply read all the comments.

You get lifetime access to the klass but joining at the start means that you can partcipate in live events as well.

You can hear a little more about my journaling journey in this Facebook Live recording. Or just head directly over to the site to learn more about the klass and to register. Hope to see you there!

Make it Artsy...again!

Excited to again be a guest on Make it Artsy, the PBS television show hosted by Julie Fe-Fan Balzar that focuses on sharing proejcts and techniques in all areas of art and craft. The show only airs in select markets but each episode is uploaded to the Make it Artsy's website for one week. The current episiode, Season 6 Epsiode 11, will be available through September 13.

My segment on this episode focuses on 3 easy techniques for using embossing powder in non-traditional ways. 

First up is demonstrating how to use texture spray as an adhesive to create grungy, textural effects. For this video, I used Imagine Crafts GooseBumps Texture Spray - although their line of irRESISTible Texture Sprays also work. For the second quick tip, I showed how to use a rubber stamp with Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture embossing powder from Emerald Creek to create a deeply recessed textural design. Finally I showed how embossing a dimensional frame for your art is the perfect final touch for your work.

You can watch my segment on my YouTube channel. The entire episode is available on the Make it Artsy website through September 13. Click here to download a PDF outlining the full instructions and a supply list.

Workshop Update: Fall 2019

SEPTEMBER

Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps - Sante Fe, New Mexico

September 27 - 28 - Bento Box - workshop filled

 

OCTOBER

Art From the Heart - Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK

October 19 - Joker's Wild - registration open

October 20 - Art Alchemy - registration open

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Emerald Crafts - Lyndhurst, Hampshire, UK

October 26 - 50 Ways to Leave Your Layer - workshop filled

October 27 - Get Baked! - registration open - 3 seats left

 

NOVEMBER


Runaway Art & Craft Studio - Salem, Oregon

November 9 - 50 Ways to Leave Your Layer - Registration Open

November 10 - Get Baked! - Registration Open

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Clipper Street Scrabook Company - Langely, BC Canada

November 15 - 50 Ways to Leave Your Layer - Registration Open 

November 16 - Embossing Alchemy - Registration Open 

November 17 - Joker's Wild - Registration Open 

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Everything Scrapbook & Stamp - Lake Worth, Florida

November 23-24 - Bento Box - Registration Opening 9/16

 

DECEMBER

Pratt Institute - New York, New York

December 7 - Mixed Media Surface Design - Registration Open

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July: Last Sunday Online Open Studio

Welcome to my online studio. I want to invite you to join me (virtually) on the First Friday Last Sunday of every some months in 2019 when I highlight new artwork and recent favorites that are available for purchase. Have a look around, let me know if you have any questions, and click the link on the title of any artwork that you want to buy or simply learn more about.

With (sold thank you)

Town Square (sold thank you)

Carnival (sold thank you)

Step by Step (sold thank you)

Sands of Time  (sold thank you)

Waaga Waaga

Possible (sold thank you)

Complexities (sold thank you)

Create (sold thank you)

Curiosity (sold thank you)

Now (sold thank you)

Twice (sold thank you)

Workshop Update

WORKSHOP UPDATE

Hoping you will be able to join me for a day, a weekend or a week of creative fun. Have a look-see below at my updated workshiop schedule just in case I am coming to your neighborhood. Or perhaps you are due for a well-earned road trip....

 

AUGUST

Artistic Artifacts: Alexandria, Virginia

August 16 - Embossing Alchemy - registration open

August 17 - Joker's Wild - registration open

August 18 - Too Cool for School - registration open

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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

Ephemera Paducah - Paducah, Kentucky

Retreat co-taught with Mary Beth Shaw

September 4-7 - filled

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Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps - Sante Fe, New Mexico

September 27 - 28 - Bento Box - registration open 

 

OCTOBER

Art From the Heart - Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK

October 19 - Joker's Wild - registration open

October 20 - Art Alchemy - registration open

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Emerald Crafts - Lyndhurst, Hampshire, UK

October 26 - 50 Ways to Leave Your Layer - registration open - 3 seats left

October 27 - Get Baked! - registration open - 5 seats left

 

NOVEMBER

Save the Date..

November 10 - 11 - Runaway Art & Craft Studio - Salem, Oregon

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

November 23 - 24 - Everything Scrapbook & Stamps - Lake Worth, Florida

 

DECEMBER

Pratt Institute - NYC

December 7 - Mixed Media Surface Design - registration open

Make it Artsy

Thrilled to be a guest on the premiere episode of the sixth season of Make it Artsy. This television show airs on PBS in select markets in the United States but is also available for viewing episode-by-episode online.

Make it Artsy is hosted by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and highlights a variety of guest artists and crafters who demonstrate a wide range of creative techniques and projects - from mixed media to metalsmithing, using tools from saws to sewing machines and materials from paper to wood.

I had previously been a guest in the first season and was happy to have been invited back to showcase more creative fun. Season six is built around the concept of time. My segment focuses on saving time by using my Vintage Besswax Baked Texture embossing powder from Emerald Creek to create a fast and easy faux encuastic effect. I shared other tips and tricks for heat embossing as well.

You can watch my segment on my YouTube channel or head to the Make it Artsy website where the entire episoide is available until July 5. And stay tuned. I just might be back again in episodes eight and eleven.

June: Third Monday Online Open Studio

Welcome to my online studio. I want to invite you to join me (virtually) on the First Friday Third Monday of every some months in 2019 when I highlight new artwork and recent favorites that are available for purchase. Have a look around, let me know if you have any questions, and click the link on the title of any artwork that you want to buy or simply learn more about.

 

FROM ABOVE (sold. thank you)

 

COMPONENT PARTS (sold. thank you)

 

HEART AND SOUL (sold. thank you)

 

THE PURITY OF GRACE  (sold. thank you)

VOYAGE (sold. thank you)

Upcoming Workshops

MAKE A CREATIVE MESS

Give yourself the gift of creating in a room-full of passionate artists. Join me for a workshop where your only goals are to play, explore and make a creative mess. 

 

June

Creative Inkling: Hatboro, Pennsylvania

June 22 - 50 Ways to Leave Your Layer - filled

June 23 - Joker's Wild - registration open 

 

JULY

Tinker Tailor Artist Maker Retreat: Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland Australia

Registration Open

July 17 - Joker's Wild

July 18 - 50 Ways to Leave Your Layer - 2 seats left

July 19 - Get Baked! - 1 seat left

July 20-21 - Bento Box

 

AUGUST

Artistic Artifacts: Alexandria, Virginia

August 16 - Embossing Alchemy - registration open

August 17 - Joker's Wild - registration open

August 18 - Too Cool for School - registration open

 

Scrapbook Centrale - Montreal, Quebec Canada

Registration Open

August 23 - 52 Card Pickup 

August 24 - Get Baked! 

August 25 - 50 Ways to Leave Your Layer

 

SEPTEMBER

Ephemera Paducah - Paducah, Kentucky

Retreat co-taught with Mary Beth Shaw

September 4-7 - filled

 

Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps - Sante Fe, New Mexico

September 27 - 28 - Bento Box - registration open 

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.

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