Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Art Unraveled - Part 2

We had a really fun time in the License to Create class at Art Unraveled! I love how these pieces adapt themselves to the artist making them. I never dreamed that would happen when I formed the class originally. So great to see everyone make the box their own again!Not everyone got to finish in class (some of the ladies had to leave our art haven and go back to the reality of their necessary jobs), but hopefully everyone enjoyed the class and got enough creative energy from class to finish off their pieces.

At Art Unraveled, I had the great pleasure of seeing the talented jewelry artist Diana Frey again which reminded me that I haven't sent you to look at her finished piece from the Artfest license plate box class. It turned out awesome, so go peek! -> LINK

And if you're in the mood for more Art Unraveled photos, check out my other talented art friend Betti Zucker's post about Art Unraveled... so much fun! It was great to see you again, Betti! -> LINK

Linda and Chuck worked hard to create an amazing event. I was sad to leave Art Unraveled so soon, but I was happy to get back to my family after another great art adventure.

Next adventure on our list... Journaling Journey with Paper Cowgirls!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Traveling and Journaling and Happenings! OH MY!

OH MY! So much has been going on that I am getting further and further behind on posting. I'll try to catch up. So here are a few more photos from Inspire My Life. We had so much fun in the lettering class too. Lettering is quite possibly my favorite thing to do... the ladies seemed to enjoy it too.

Here's Kristi trying out some different styles. She's a doodler too!Judy showing off her work!After Wisconsin, I hopped a plane to Phoenix for Art Unraveled. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but as usual, the mutual love of art was a common bond. The first class I taught was the Birdy on a Branch class. Katie, Shannon, Renee and Liz were so much fun to hang out with! Check out their awesome birdies! Katie and her sweet birdy! Katie is a landscape designer and put that to use making a home for her bird. Can you see all the little rocks she made from paper clay? So fabulous! She was definitely a natural on this project.And I have to mention that sweet Liz (below) emailed me a question prior to class and then was so kind as to offer her home as a place to stay and to drive me around! We had a really lovely time getting to know each other. Thank you so much Liz! (Aren't art people amazing in their generosity?!?! LOVE!) And she made a colorful purple birdie with a fun, funky hat!Renee wouldn't let me take her photo with hers... :) BUT... I did get this shot of her birdy on display. Renee pushed the boundaries and drilled a big hole in her box for the branch to go through which I thought was an AWESOME idea. (I had another one of my "why didn't I think of that" moments!) Loved the snap eyes too!And here is Shannon and her wonderful birdie. Don't you love the colors she used?! And the eyes she hand painted were so perfect for her bird. Love her style! AND check out her name badge... wish I had gotten a better picture, but it was so cool in person.
Everyone was so much fun, and we had a great time getting to know each other.
So here's a secret... so when class sign ups are lower, at first I get a little bummed. Only because I'm trying to do this artist as a job thing (bigger classes = more money at the end). BUT... then when I'm teaching a small class like the birdy class, I'm just thrilled at how much fun it is to teach a small class. We get to hang out, chat, and create. SO... don't tell my hubby (cause he likes money), but I won't be sad if my classes stay kinda small for a while. :)
Coming up next... License to Create class at Art Unraveled, then Journaling Journey at Paper Cowgirl!

Monday, August 8, 2011


Before I continue with my list of topics to catch up on (see previous post), I thought I'd share some of my journal pages in progress. I had a lot of time to work on my journal over the last few weeks (flight got cancelled and new flight was 8 hours later than my airport arrival, journaling with friends in the evenings, long flights, etc.) Here's some of what I worked on!

Here's to...

Here's a toast to...

... Getting to see my family after seven long (but fun-filled) days away.

... Having so much going on that I have to number my blog topics (see below).

... Finally cleaning the bathroom. And doing laundry. And (finally) grouting the kitchen backsplash. (I know those don't seem like things to toast to, but if you knew how long those things had been waiting, you'd know they were toast worthy.)

... Peeking at the Art of Giving e-class that my friend Regina Lord is teaching. OH my goodness, it looks wonderful. Hopefully soon I'll be toasting to getting to actually do the class!

... Catching up!

I am so far behind in blogging that I have to break up everything that has been happening into multiple posts!

1) I am teaching a 2-day journaling class in Waxahachie, TX on August 19-20th. We'll make a journal, experiment with backgrounds, and play with journaling techniques. It's not too late to join us, so head over to the Paper Cowgirl blog to sign up! Here's the link --> LINK

2) I just got back from a whirlwind 7-day trip to Manitowoc, WI for Kim Geiser's Inspire My Life art retreat. I seriously haven't laughed so much in a long, long time. Such creativity and fun! Here are some photos, but you'd be better off going to Carolyn's flickr site to see her amazing set of photos... Link to Carolyn's flickr set --> LINK
Coming up next... 3) Art Unraveled and 4) At the Studio