Monday, December 22, 2014

updates from the studio- new classes and a SALE!



You guys how is it already the week of Christmas? Well things are gonna get busy for all of us in the next couple of weeks so I thought I would take this opportunity to post a little update.


I've been hard at work on my latest batch of online classes for 2015. This is actually the first time in a few years that I took a couple months off in the fall from creating online classes so I could actually have a little more time for other projects. But now it I am back and I have four new classes for the beginning of 2015 in the SHOP that I am really excited about. And since I love to offer a sale, all of the new online classes (including the season pass) are all marked down $10 off until January 12th!

Live FEBRUARY 2, 2015     $50.00

For the last few years, I've had a requests to offer a class on growing a creative business and to be honest I've been a little resistant. I really wasn't sure if there was any information I could offer that is different from everything else out there. But after my Art of Blogging online class went live, I received lots more requests, then I had a lot of conversations with fellow creatives which inspired a lot of brainstorming and I decided go ahead and offer my unique perspective and approach on growing and running a creative business. 






MY STORY (THE SHORT VERSION)
I can't remember a time in my life without art and around age 7, it was pretty clear that when I grew up I wanted to be an artist and my parents supported this endeavor my entire life. By the time high school hit, I had already been selling and showing my work. I went on to college to study painting and printmaking, grew my creative resume, continued showing my work and bounced from creative jobs and projects. Insert 15 more years of juggling a day job with making, selling art and teaching workshops and here I am today successfully working for myself as an artist. I've had tons of experiences, lots of ups and downs and learned some amazing lessons. While I am not an expert, I am a determined gal who has spent over 20 years chasing after the dream of being a self employed artist and I have A LOT of knowledge to share. 




ABOUT THE CLASS
In my opinion, there is no magic formula for growing a creative business, in fact there is all kinds of free information that you can access online. I am not going promise you the secret to success in this class. Instead I want to share with you what has worked for me. It has been a long (sometimes painful) 20 year journey with just as much failure as success. I've tried just about everything in the creative world- from working and showing at galleries, to framing art, to teaching at retreats, to selling at craft shows, to freelance, to design and more. I was always searching for a big break and it never came but through it all I was loyal to my love and passion for art. Slowly my creative business grew into something that today supports our family. 

In this class I share as much information as I can- everything from defining who you are, insight on creative professions, branding, marketing, blogging, managing finances, how to deal with failure and rejection, how to grow and handle growth and so much more. Again, I am not an expert, I am simply an artist whose had a lot of experience finding her way and I am excited to share my story, my knowledge, my success and failure. So if you are looking for the inspiration to jump start your creative goals in 2015, this is the class for you!

More information HERE











Live MARCH 16, 2015     $30.00

I spend  A LOT of time sketching but I probably spend just as much time working in an art journal. For me there is really a fine line between an art journal and a sketchbook. For my sketching process I limit my supplies- But when I work in my art journal, I explore all kinds of mixed media techniques like painting, collage, sewing (with paper), stamping, doodling, drawing and printmaking. My art journal is a small and accessible place for me to practice, explore and brainstorm all kinds of techniques. 
In this class I will be sharing some of my favorite simple art journal techniques that anyone, any age or any level will be able to create. From using everyday things to incorporating photography to doodling to painting pages to printmaking to stamping and more, I have gathered up my favorite ways to fill an art journal.

More information HERE




Live APRIL 20, 2015    $30.00

I've taken my popular 2 day live retreat You, Me & the Sea and turned it into a mini online class. So for all you land locked readers looking for a little inspiration from the beach...I am bringing the beach to you!







I will be using my world on the Oregon Coast as the inspiration and subject matter for a variety of lessons, prompts, drawing, watercolor and art journaling techniques. We will absorb the colors, materials and treasures of the landscape and turn them into art. I will share a variety of drawing, watercolor, photography and art journal techniques that can be used at the beach or in any setting. I will share my own photography, shell collections, knowledge, stories and experiences from my life growing up at the beach. My goal is to immerse you in the natural wonders of the sea.

More information HERE



Live JUNE 1, 2015    $30.00

It takes time and practice to get comfortable with drawing, sketching and even doodling. And there is nothing more important than practice- lots and lots of practice! I've put together this fun little class for those of you looking for accessible and simple ways to practice your drawing skills. 

Draw With Me is a mini class structured in 30 small but inspiring posts. The concept is that you have one simple idea, prompt or technique to work through each day for 30 days. I will be sharing all kinds of drawing, sketching and doodling exercises to get you inspired and comfortable drawing. 

Important Note- those of you who have taken my sketching classes or my 30 prompt classes, this class will have new information and will NOT repeat specific prompts from past classes (in case you were wondering).

More information HERE




Once again I am offering a season pass that includes all four winter/spring 2015 classes-

The Business of Being Creative
Art Journal Delight
You, Me & the Sea
Draw With Me

The season pass costs $110 (compare at $140 for all four classes) a savings of $30 or the cost of one small class PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $10 OFF if you purchase with the sale!

If you are interested in taking all four classes, this is the option for you.






Just a reminder that I will be teaching for Life Book 2015! Life Book 2015 is a year- long online course featuring 26 different teachers with 26 different perspectives on the creative process. The class is packed is packed with lessons, inspiration and a vibrant community of artists from all over the world. 


Ok thanks for being patient with my update...now back to regular scheduled programming!







Friday, December 19, 2014

finding a moment of peace


This time of year is insane, especially when you are self employed. As much as I enjoy the holiday season, I find myself working long and late days, running around like a crazy lady and spending a lot of time worrying about the new year. There are days when I don't get out much or do anything (except work) and this last week I've had to force myself to just push pause and breath. Rain or shine, I've made myself get out of the house and I've been spending my mornings at the beach taking pictures. The other day I felt like I received a gift that I so needed- the most beautiful rainbow I've seen in a long time. It was such a magical moment and such great reminder to stop, even for a moment and breath it all in.

Wishing all of you some moments of peace and rest this weekend see you back here on Monday!



Thursday, December 18, 2014

wood burned ornaments

If you follow my blog you will know how much I LOVE WOOD BURNING! It is such a creative and unique process that transforms a piece of wood into art. Every Christmas I end up making wood burned projects for gifts and this year I wanted to make ornaments that could double as a present topper.

Most craft stores like Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabric have all kinds of balsa wood shapes and forms (typically made for simple craft projects) but I love using these shapes for wood burning- they are thin and the wood is soft which make burning easy. 

I drilled a hole in the top and added a string

The perfect little handmade holiday gift!

I've been wood burning for a long time! Check out some of my favorite tips and tricks HERE


Wood burning projects make wonderful handmade gifts! Check out all of my wood burning projects below.



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

peace wreath

A long time ago, I had a job making wreaths during the holidays. I learned really fast that making your own wreath from greenery (any kind of greenery is super easy). Every year I like to make all kinds of wreaths and this year I wanted to make a big green peace wreath but instead of all the typical holiday greens I wanted to just use the plants we have in our yard.

1. There are all kind of wreath forms that you can use (styrofoam, metal, wire, grapevine) but these days I tend to use embroidery hoops for my wreath making. You can find wooden embroidery hoops in all kinds of sizes from tiny to really big! I went with really big. Using heavy duty glue, I glued sticks to the inside of my hoop to create a peace sign and let the glue dry overnight.

2. Next I gathered greenery- while we have pine trees in our backyard I wanted some different greens so I picked lots of rosemary, wild salal, ferns and some branches from other shrubs and bushes. 

3. Then I got busy wrapping the greenery around the hoop. I like to grab a small bunch of greens, hold them against the hoop and then wrap floral wire around the greens until they are secure. 

4. I work my way around the entire wreath until it is filled. The last step it fluff and trim the greenery.


I love the way the peace sign turned out- it's a fun way to put a boho twist on holiday decor!
Don't have the time or patience to make a big wreath? Try making tiny peace wreaths! 

I used wire to create my form and then wrapped it with rosemary. It makes a fun and fragrant present topper, ornament or little place setting.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

exploring we will go

A while back we made the promise to each other to always make time to seek adventure as a family (you can read about it here). Exploring new places and going outside is a big part of our daily lives and once in a while I like to share a little peek into our adventures.

December might just be one of my favorite months here on the Oregon Coast. We have some wild storms and weather systems that pass through by the hour (that are amazing to experience) and when the rain stops everything feels a like magic. The entire world around us is covered in every shade of green you could ever imagine! Yes we are green all year but during the winter all that rain make everything even more green and everything, I mean everything is covered in a layer of moss- sometimes my eyes cannot handle just how bright it is.
When the rain stops on the Oregon Coast you gotta drop everything and head outside because it is likely another storm will be coming. We've had some beautiful and chilly December days outside- soaking up the green forests, hiking through the mud, climbing over fallen trees, wading through rivers and hunting for sunsets. Here is a peek inside our adventures.



Monday, December 15, 2014

wood grain wrapping paper

I love creating handmade wrapping paper and this year I wanted to create some natural wrapping inspired by the outdoors. I decided to carve a large stamp that I could use to create the look of a wood grain.

My favorite supplies for making handmade stamps are craft foam and a wood burning tool. The wood burning tool will actually burn into the surface of the craft foam. It is a fast and easy way to carve stamps that can be used on a variety of surfaces. 

I carved a wood grain inspired pattern into the surface.

NOTE: carving blocks, scratch foam, wood blocks, gelli plate will all work for this project. You pretty much just need a technique that will transfer an impression of your pattern to your paper.

Next, I inked up my stamp and repeated the design on butcher paper and brown paper.

I just love how simple and pretty this pattern is! 


Looking for more wrapping ideas?



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