Monday, October 16, 2017

NEW class palette knife possibility!

Happy Monday Friends! My latest class Monoprint Magic launches today and today is the last day of my early bird sale! Here is a tiny preview-

begins Oct. 16th
Register HERE
When working with paint, a palette knife can be a really fun alternative to using a paint brush! Typically a palette knife is used for mixing paint but it can also be used to apply paint. In this class we will be ditching those brushes and exploring all kinds of ways to use palette knives to swipe, scratch, drag, dot, mark, layer and spread that paint!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

dream builder online class- FLASH SALE TODAY!

Hey friends! I've got a flash sale today! My online class Dream Builder is on sale $30 $20 today! This is a fun little class that is perfect for those of you looking for some inspiration and encouragement for going after those creative dreams!

$30 FLASH SALE $20
To register or more information HERE

Back in 2009, I quit my day job to pursue art full time. I had spent over 15 years working towards my dream of being a full time artist but it wasn't until I got honest about my dreams and made a plan that I was able to grow a successful business. If there is one thing I have learned from my own journey, it's that when you make time and space in your life to for your dreams, big things can happen! In this little class I am sharing my experiences, my own plan and journey, practical tips and tricks for going after your creative dreams. If you are looking for inspiration to grow as an artist, launch a dream or find motivation to go after something big, this is the class for you!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

NEW class creative compositions with Megan Wells!

Hey friends! The latest online class from my good friend Megan Wells Creative Compositions launched last week and it's not too late to join in the colorful fun! Here is a little preview!

Creative Comp. Intro from Megan E Wells on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

shibori inspired pumpkins

Fabric pumpkins are nothing new but I thought it would be fun to put a simple twist on them! I love shibori (ancient Japanese dyeing technique with indigo dye) and I thought it would be fun to create a big ol' batch of pumpkins out of handmade shibori inspired fabric!

I used some scraps of white fabric, a few packages of Tulip One-Step Dye Kits in blue and got busy creating my dyed fabric.

I used a few different techniques and a variety of different clips, rubber bands, folding and wooden shapes to create my fabric.

I followed the directions for the one step dye and let my fabric sit for about 6 hours then washed and dried it!

The result was some really fun pieces of blue fabric that have that tie dye/Shibori vibe I was going for!

Next, I got busy creating my pumpkins!

Creating fabric pumpkins is SUPER fast and easy.

Start by cutting out circles from the fabric. I cut out a variety of different sizes of circles. 

Then stitch all the way around.

Next, fill with poly-fil and gather the thread.

Stitch it closed.

Using twigs from our yard, I hot glued the stem into the middle of the pumpkin. 

Last, I tied raffia and craft paper wire around the base of the stem.

The result is a batch of beautiful shibori inspired pumpkins that will be used in our fall decor this year!


Monday, October 09, 2017

a new batch of original art in the shop!

Hey friends! I've got another sample sale this month!

When you teach and demo art for a living, you end up with a lot of original art and samples! I spend so much time filming videos, practicing techniques, exploring ideas and warming up and the result is a ridiculous amount of art. I've got a batch of floral paintings in the shop today. 

You can head on over to the shop to see everything HERE

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

my favorite painting surfaces

I will use just about anything as a surface when I am painting- walls, kitchen appliances, furniture, objects, pumpkins, eggs, rocks, sticks, canvas, paper, wood and anything else can all be treated as potential for an art making surface! Today I thought I would share some of my favorite surfaces when it comes to painting.

CANVAS is obviously one of my favorites! I have been painting on canvas since high school and am pretty comfortable with the nature of canvas. What I have discovered over time is that canvas can be used for all kinds of different projects. Art for the wall, accessories (once it is painted it is durable and flexible and can be cut up and used to create earrings, necklaces, purses and more), sewing projects, collage and more. I typically purchase yardage or raw canvas that I paint and then repurpose and redefine. You can find canvas sold by the yard and any art supply store or at the fabric store.

Canvas by the yard- HERE   Stretched canvas - HERE   Canvas drop cloths from Home Depot- HERE

CRAFT PAPER is another one of my favorite surfaces to paint on. It is really cheap and it will withstand lots of layers of paint. I also like it because you can roll it out and you have a large surface area to create with- it's a really cheap way to work large! 

White utility paper- HERE   Butcher paper- HERE    All purpose brown paper- HERE

I use all kinds of different PAPER when I am working on drawing and sketching projects and I will used just about anything. I always keep a sketchbook on hand (in the car, in my purse, in each room of the house, etc)
I love using the Melissa and Doug jumbo pad of easel paper- I originally bought them for my daughter Lucy's projects but now I use them when I want to draw on a bigger surface
When it comes to painting on paper with acrylic paint or watercolors, I like to use a nice thick paper, typically watercolor paper or mixed media paper. These papers are thick enough to work with wet media (water, watercolors, acrylic, etc) and will withstand lots of layers. 
Strathmore 400 Series Watercolor Pads- HERE
Canson Watercolor Pads- HERE
I typically use a Strathmore all purpose sketchbook that measures about 6.25 x 8.5 as a place to work through my ideas. When I am ready to create something that is more than an idea or more than practice, I purchase the appropriate paper or surface for my project.
Oil and acrylic paper is a great affordable alternative for working on canvas! The surface is thick, has a great texture and is made to hold lots of layers of paint. 

WOOD is something I have been creating with since college. When I was painting on a budget, stretched canvas was expensive so the next best thing was plywood. You can purchase wood panels from most art supply stores but home supply stores or hardware stores will cut it for you in the store or you can even raid their scrap bin for discounted wood cuts. I will use wood for paintings, drawings, wood burning projects, even mixed media projects!   

wood panels HERE  birch panels HERE  ampersand hardboard HERE  blick wood panels HERE

Monday, October 02, 2017

give more

Like many of you out there I am tired, sad, overwhelmed- my heart is filled with a stifling heaviness with all that is going on in our country and in our world and I am left confused about how best to make a difference in this mess. For some reason I keep coming back to “give more”.

GIVE MORE money to those in need.

GIVE MORE time to the things that call to your heart.

GIVE MORE of yourself to those in your life.

GIVE MORE of your gifts and passions to the world.

GIVE MORE of your voice about the things that need to be talked about.

GIVE MORE love to those who are broken.

GIVE MORE understanding to those we disagree with.

GIVE MORE patience to situations that move slowly.

GIVE MORE action to things that need to change.

GIVE MORE in big ways, GIVE MORE in simple ways.

And just when it feels like you’ve given all that you can…you get back up and you GIVE SOME MORE! I'm not always good at giving more but I want to get better and right now this is the only solution that makes sense to my foggy brain and heavy heart. And just about the only way that I know how to move forward through all this chaos. Wanna join me? 

new class mono print magic launches today!

Happy Monday Friends! My latest class Monoprint Magic launches today and today is the last day of my early bird sale! Here is a tiny preview-

begins Oct. 2nd
$15.00 EARLY BIRD $10.00
Register HERE
Monoprinting is a form of printmaking where lines or images can only be made once. I fell in love with the process back in college and it still remains one of my favorite ways to create! Join me for a fun little class where we will explore a variety of simple but unique ways to create monoprints. We will use additive and subtractive methods, collage, we will experiment with paint and inks, play with texture and make use of everyday materials and supplies to create on of a kind prints.

*Note- This is NOT a gelli plate printing class, while I will be touching on how to use a gelli plate, we will be using a variety of everyday supplies to print.


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