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concerTINa: a new FB Live class

concerTINa

Excited to bring you my next FB Live workshop. Registration goes live in my online shop on Wednesday September 2 at 12:00pm Eastern.

Wednesday September 16 at 2:00pm Eastern or Sunday September 20 at 2:00pm Eastern

You need a FB account to be able to access this class. Cost: $25USD

Watch live or on recording after the Live ends. Anytime and as many times as you like.

Join me for my newest, one-session, two-hour online class. This live, mixed media workshop is both technique- and project-based. We will be making a concertina book - also known as an accordion book – which will nest inside a metal tin. The book structure itself is an easy-make which will give us plenty of time to focus on surface design. I will be taking you though the steps of altering metal surfaces, allowing you to take a shiny new tin, perhaps with a design that you do not like, and turn it into a metalicious masterpiece. I will also guide you step-by-step through my process of building a dynamic surface design on paper – without any paint. You will leave the class with a one-of-a-kind project and a slew of surface design techniques that you can apply to your mixed media practice. 

The Supply List: 

With a few exceptions, this class was designed to focus primarily on basic supplies that most of you are likely to already have but if you are missing something, feel free to substitute. You will need to have the listed supplies ready at the start of the Live workshop if you want to follow along. Links are included when relevant throughout.

-One sheet of lightweight paper (either 12 x 12 or 8.5 x 11 inches preferred), keeping in mind that your paper has to fold and fit inside the tin. Options to use include traditional cardstock (about 65lb), lightweight watercolor paper (about 90lb), or scrapbook paper. Make sure you chose paper that is light in color (and pattern if using scrapbook paper). Feel free to have extra sheets so that you have a choice at class time and/or have the option to work on several papers in the class if you are a quick worker.

-A metal tin with lid (an attached, hinged top is preferred). We will be completely altering the surface of the tin as part of the class. My preference for size is somewhere in the neighborhood of 4 x 2.5 inches or smaller.

-Embossing powder in your favorite metal colors plus green patina color. I will be using my Metalz and Cosmic sets from WOW which are available to purchase in my online shop if you are in the United States and at the WOW online shop and many independent retailers if you are outside the US. You can of course use other metallic powders as well.

-Embossing pad

-Heat tool

-Adhesive. I will be using both PVA and a glue stick

-Dye ink pads in assorted colors (such as Ranger Distress)

-Black gesso

-Paint brushes (Please note that my metal altering technique uses inexpensive chip brushes in ½ or 1inch sizes)

-Water container

-Smooth craft or cosmetic sponges

-Unmounted background/mark making stamps

-Mark Makers (I will be using Signo Uniball and Vision Uniball gel pens and Stabilo All pencils in assorted colors – but anything you have will work)

-A small amount of collage material. Consider having both paper and fabric bits on hand. Washi tape works well for this too. And remember that we are working small.

-Scratch paper to use to catch embossing powders and to glue over.

 

One Layer Away: FB Live Online Class

ONE LAYER AWAY

Wednesday July 22 2:30pm EDT or Saturday July 25 8:00pm EDT

Registration opens Tuesday July 14 at Noon EDT

Join me for a one-session, two-hour online class all about the layers. I will guide you through the process of creating mixed media backgrounds with depth, dimension and detail. In this workshop we will be building up a surface, layer by layer, with supplies and techniques both traditional and innovative. This class is designed to help you embrace an approach to creativity that is all about freedom, working without a plan and letting the layers be your guide. We will discuss strategies to help you start a piece, make choices along the way, and know when you are done. Topics such as composition, color selection, and mark making will be touched on. All in a fun-filled, jam-packed, whirlwind 120 minutes during which you will always be only one layer away from magic.

 

The supply list can be found at the end of this description.

 

The Skinny:

  • You need to have a Facebook account to participate as the class takes place in a private Facebook Group for paid attendees only.
  • Consider the group your community, where you can ask questions, post pictures of your project and comment on the work of others.
  • The group will remain open beyond the date of the class so that you can go back and watch the video whenever and as often as you like.
  • Cost of the workshop is $25USD and registration is available at http://www.sethapter.com/categories. Payment is accepted via PayPal only. Your PayPal receipt is considered confirmation that you registered. 
  • There are no refunds and no switching class dates once registered.
  • Once you complete your purchase, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access a downloadable and printable PDF which includes the same info that you are reading now, including the supply list.
  • To watch the video live, come to the private Facebook group at start time and you will see the video playing. After the Live, the recorded video will be pinned to the top and can always be found by clicking on the Announcement link.

 

Registration:

  • Registration opens Tuesday July 14 at Noon EDT.
  • Registration closes 48 hours before the scheduled class or when 250 slots have been filled – whichever comes first.
  • Registration will reopen after the Live class ends so that the class will be available to new participants as a recording.

 

IMPORTANT

Once registered, you need to request an invitation to become a member of the Facebook group in which the class is held. Search Facebook for either One Layer Away July 22 or One Layer Away July 25 and request to join. In order for me to recognize you so that I can approve you for the group, you must include your FB name in the "Order Comments" section that you will see at the bottom of the checkout page as you continue through the registration process. 

 

The Supply List: 

This class was designed to focus primarily on basic supplies that most of you are likely to already have but if you are missing something, feel free to substitute. You will need to have the listed supplies ready at the start of the Live workshop if you want to follow along. 

-At least 3 sheets of heavyweight watercolor paper (140lb/300g) in your choice of size. I will be demoing on an 8x8 inch square.

-Fluid acrylic paint in your favorite colors 

-Ink pads (dye ink – such as Ranger Distress - and permanent – such as StazOn)

-Paint brushes (Please note that the layers I create are best achieved using inexpensive chip brushes in both ½ and 1inch sizes. Google “chip brushes” if this is unclear.)

-Palette knife

-Water container

-Craft mat or paint palette

-Glue stick 

-Heat tool

-Unmounted background/mark making stamps

-Washi tape

-Mark Makers (I will be using Signo Uniball white gel pens, Marabu Art Crayons and Stabilo All pencils in assorted colors – but anything you have will work)

-I will be using textured wallpaper but you can substitute any embossed or textured paper or material. 

Mini Book Madness: Registration Open

REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED

(updated May 31)

Wednesday May 27 1:30pm EDT: Sold Out

Saturday May 30 8:00pm EDT: Sold Out

Tuesday June 2 3:00pm EDT: Sold Out

UPDATE: All three classes have filled. Email me at shap97@gmail.com if you would like to be notified when registration reopens for the recorded sessions

 

Mini Book Madness: FB Live Online Class

An online class being held via Facebook Live

Wednesday May 27 1:30pm EDT

Saturday May 30 8:00pm EDT

Join me for a one-session, two-hour online class where we create a one-of-kind mini artist book. Measuring 2.5 x 2.5 inches when closed, we will build this book from scratch using basic materials and a no-sew binding. After learning the basic technique, you will be able to use it to easily create books of any size.

Once our books are bound and our covers are covered, we will move to the inside where I will demonstrate my approach to abstract collage. Given that the class is only two-hours, you will not have time to finish collaging all the pages in your book. But you will absolutely have time to complete the book structure, learn the collage techniques and start working on the pages.

This class was designed to focus on basic supplies that you are likely to already have in your studio. Please note that I only include specific brands or individual item names to help clarify the supply. There is a great deal of flexibility built in, so feel free to substitute as desired. Anything goes and I want your book to reflect the artist that you are!

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The Supply List (The list looks long only because I wanted to be detailed):

-Book covers: In advance of the class cut your choice of material for your covers into two 2.5 inch squares. You can use any sturdy material such as book board, chip board, the back of a pad or journal, a book cover from a hardback book, etc. Please note that I will only reference this size during the class and you will be on your own to determine sizing for other parts of this project should you chose to use a different size cover. 

-Cardstock: Two or three sheets of standard cardstock (or 90lb watercolor paper). Please note you should choose a color(s) that you like as this paper will (potentially) not be fully covered in your final project. 

-Adhesive: I will be using a glue stick for collage and PVA (traditional book binders glue) for the binding…but you can substitute any liquid adhesive (such as matte medium or other white glue) .

-Scissors and/or craft knife & craft mat.

-Ruler

-Pen or pencil: used to mark measurements so any fine point will do.

-Thin, lightweight paper that will be used to cover your covers. Make sure that you have a piece that measures about 8x8 inches or two pieces that are at least 6x6 each. You can use scrapbook paper, printer paper that you have decorated, book pages, vintage ledger paper, ephemera, etc. Please note that while we will add our own touches to this paper, you will be ahead of the game if you have paper already decorated to your liking to use for your cover.

-I will be using the following items to collage and decorate the pages (and optionally to add to the cover). Choose your favorite selection from all the following items:

-Stamps: Background and mark making stamps are good.

-Washi tape: Choose your favorite designs.

-Ink pads: Make sure you have some dye ink pads (such as Distress) but I will use both dye and permanent (such as StazOn or Archival).

-Mark Makers: Your favorite journal pens, pencils, paint pens, markers, crayons, etc. You really only need a few.

-Collage Paper: Anything goes. Scrapbook paper, painted paper, vintage book pages, ephemera, Gelli plate prints, paper scraps, etc. Remember that you don’t need much because we are working small.

-Collage Elements – I will use stickers and rub-ons but these are optional. 

Please note: You will need to have the listed supplies ready at the start of the Live workshop if you want to follow along. If you have questions, I prefer you comment inside the FB group rather than messaging/emailing me directly. If you are wondering about something, no doubt others will be too. I promise I will answer.

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The Skinny:

  • The class will be taking place in a private Facebook Group that only includes paid attendees. 
  • You need to have a Facebook account to be able to participate.
  • Registration opens Sunday May 17 at noon EDT.
  • Registration closes 48 hours before the scheduled class.
  • Registration will reopen after the Live class ends so that the class will be available to anybody who would like to watch the recording. 
  • Whether you watch it Live or not, the group will remain open so that you can go back and watch the video as often as you like.
  • There will be no refunds.

For Registration: Registration is taking place through my online shop on my website. You will need an account to complete the process and will have the opportunity to set this up at a few points along the process.

  • Go to sethapter.com and click on the link to ‘Shop’ directly under the banner on the home page.
  • Click on the ‘Mini Book Madness’ category.
  • Choose your preferred class date and select ‘Add to Cart’. 
  • When ready, click on ‘Checkout’. 
  • In the ‘Order Comments’ section, please add your Facebook name so you can be invited to the private Facebook Group
  • Click ‘continue’ and you will automatically be taken to PayPal to complete your order.
  • Once you complete your purchase, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access your PDF (which is stored in the Files section of your account page). You will need to click on the appropriate link in the email and you will be directed to the PDF if you already have an account on my site or directed to set up an account if you are new to my site.
  • You can choose to download (and print if you like) the PDF which includes all of the information you are reading now.

For Payment: Attendance at the workshop costs $20USD. Payment is accepted through my shop (as outlined above) via PayPal only. Your PayPal receipt is considered confirmation that you registered.

For Facebook Group Membership: After you register, I will send you an invitation to the Facebook Group associated with your class time only. The Facebook groups will open Wednesday May 20 and invitations to join the group will be sent out at that time. Please allow a few days to pass before you are concerned if you haven’t gotten your invite.  Once you are in the group, feel free to chat with me and the other participants. During and after the class you are welcome to ask questions and share pictures of your work.

Hope you are as excited for this adventure as I am!

 

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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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

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 

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.

Mixed Media Layers: online workshop

I am beyond excited to introduce you to my very first online workshop: Mixed Media Layers. After teaching in person for so many years, I have finally taken the plunge and can now bring my creative ideas to you. In your studio. In your home. In your pajamas. No matter where you live, what time you like to create, or how many times you want to watch - Mixed Media Layers is waiting for you.

This workshop consists of 6 video segments and takes you through the creation of one project using my signature, mixed media techniques. I share my secrets for creating dymanic, layered surfaces.

I demonstrate technqiues for creating texture, offer tips on developing dimensional backgrounds, share my methods for adding the smallest of details to bring the largest effects, reveal the way in which I chose and use a focal image, offer strategies to to add the perfect finishing touches and focus on my belief that you are always only one layer away from magic. I share my favorite tools - and how to use them. Along the way I also highlight ways to create without thinking so you control the inner critic and let your inner artist fly free.

In total you will instantly get 115 minutes of instruction along with VERY detailed PDFs listing the supplies used as well as documenting and illustrating every step along the way. My class is part of a group of courses on StencilGirl Studio - run by Mary Beth Shaw. But please know that stencils are just one small part of the supplies/techniques shown. As you watch and create - and anytime after - you can connect with me via email or message with your comments, questions, and thoughts. The cost of this workshop is $49.00 - pretty much the same price as a cappucino in New York City.

But there is more. Everybody who purchases this course within the month of February will be entered into a random drawing to win the original artwork created in the workshop.

Have a quick look at this intro video to get a taste of what is in store. And them head over to StencilGirl Studio, sign up for an account, and start making layers. 

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