I’m beyond happy to announce that Nathalie Kalbach, Birgit Koopsen and I are back with a brand new collaborative mixed media workshop – Beyond The Paper!
In this three-week online workshop that begins on April 4th, 2021, we’re going to explore exciting and original substrates to create on.
Cardboard, Dura-Lar, Fabric, and more will be the foundation of our creations, and we will discuss how to make the most out of these unique surfaces.
The three of us will present a variety of paper alternatives and techniques that work beautifully with them, including foam stamping, printmaking, collage, stitching, and image transfers, to name a few.
If you’re not familiar with CJS, it’s a one-of-a-kind online event run by Nathalie Kalbach to kick your creativity into high gear at the beginning of the year. In January 2021 CJS is celebrating its 10th Anniversary and is bigger than ever!
You’ll learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters.
Throughout January and part of February, you will get access to a new video by one of the featured artists every day. I’m proud to be one of those artists, called ‘JumpStarters’, for the 8th time!
I’m beyond happy to announce I’m part of this very special workshop – Time Traveler!
I’m teaching along with my amazing friends Nathalie Kalbach and Birgit Koopsen in this three-week online workshop that goes on sale today and begins on August 17th.
Become a Time Traveler with us! With this course, Nat, Birgit and I will help guide you through space and time, finding inspiration from different eras in history.
Each teacher has chosen a time and will show you mixed media techniques and design motifs inspired by their modern take on that period.
The goal is to create three different handmade book projects using Gelli® plate printmaking techniques and favourite mixed media techniques unique to each teacher.
You will get three different artistic perspectives and oodles of fun and creative ideas to try.
Sign up TODAY for Early Bird pricing: Today, 5 through 8 August 11.59 EST this course is just $89 USD. From 9 to 17 August 11.59 EST Time Traveler will be $99 USD. And then, from 18 August the course will be its regular price of $139 USD.
Check out the promo video below:
Time Traveler will begin on 17 August and will run for three weeks, with a new video publishing each day.
There will be a total of 21 videos, over five hours of video in total, as well as supply lists and additional lesson content in the classroom to help you along the way.
All the videos are downloadable and available to you to enjoy at your own pace.
Here are some of the topics covered in this workshop:
Mixed Media techniques
Gelli Arts® gel plate printmaking techniques
Tips and tricks for translating inspiration into art
Creative ideas to take to all your artmaking, art journaling, cardmaking, and beyond!
Sign up HERE for this one-of-a-kind take on creating personal, expressive mixed media art in book form from three talented teachers.
From about March until now I’ve worked my way through a handmade journal as part of the StencilGirl® Products A to Z Collaboration and Challenge organised by StencilGirl® columnist Tina Walker.
For this challenge, all of the participants were asked to fill a journal with an entry for each letter of the alphabet.
The idea I had for this journal was inspired by a book that I read and loved about 15 years ago: ‘Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life’ by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
I’ve kept a journal like it before years ago, in a small address book that I had accidentally purchased. I used to keep it in my bag to write down ‘random stuff’ per letter on my train commute to and from work.
A lot of it was overheard conversation, observations, small things that caught my eye or that were on my mind. Sometimes I added little sketches.
I wish I could have had all of that this time around, however, it turned into a home edition of an ‘A to Z of Ordinary Things’ due to you-know-what.
As this was a collab for the StencilGirl® Talk Blog, the only stencils we were allowed to use were stencils by StencilGirl® Products. All of the other materials I used were my own choice.
Watch the video above for a quick flip through of the journal!
Please note that I’m also a columnist for the StencilGirl® Talk Blog, so though I did not receive any compensation for participating in this collaboration, the majority of the stencils I used to fill the pages were previously given to me or purchased at a discount!
The Stencilfied Journal is a 24-week StencilGirl® Collaboration Challenge hosted by the fab Tina Walker. Each Monday from January to June, Tina has revealed a song prompt for us to play with (using stencils by StencilGirl® Products).
This round wasn’t as successful for me as the first round during the summer of last year. Which is a shame, because I use song lyrics in my art journal all the time and, I immensely enjoyed the six prompts I did end up doing!
I figure it has something to do with my schedule at the beginning of the year and the fact that song prompts require more (mental) steps than last year’s ‘doing, not thinking’ type prompts.
I may, or may not, do a couple more of the prompts. I’m certainly not abandoning this little journal. I still love the pocket size, and I want to see it filled to the brim just like last year’s!
Hi there! Gelli Arts® has teamed up with DecoArt® for some ‘Summer Fun’, and I’m here today to share the video I contributed to their blog collaboration!
For the collab, each of the participating Gelli Arts® Artists was gifted a box of DecoArt® Americana Premium paints and mediums to play with.
The theme ‘Summer Fun’ made me think of summer days in the yard and of vacations abroad.
I’ve recreated a photo I found in Elle magazine. I started by sketching it on computer paper; then I scanned the sketch to reverse it, and to print multiple copies.
I used the multiple copies to cut several stencils of the scene, each to use with one or two print colours. The stencils (and cut out masks) also helped with printing multiple layers.
I mixed the DecoArt® Americana Premium paints to create colours that (kind of) matched the original photo, and I created texture plates by applying Texture Medium to scrap pieces of cardboard with a Gelli Arts® mini printing tool.
The ‘Summer Fun’ theme also reminded me of colourful dresses, so I decided to use another photo from the same magazine as a reference to draw a lady onto computer paper.
I painted her head first. Then I used Matte Medium and gel printed tissue paper to collage the multicoloured dress.
Once the collage was dry, I pasted the lady onto the gel printed scene with the same Matte Medium, and then I enhanced the print with shadows and added details using paint markers and coloured pencils.
Preserve summer memories
As mentioned, I used photos from a magazine as a reference to create my gel print, but you could also use a personal photo as the jumping off point instead. Wouldn’t it be fun to record a summer memory this way?!
Visit the Gelli Arts® blog to see what the other participating artists have created.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful summer (or winter)!
Please note that none of the links in this post are affiliate links! However, if you use the code MarshaV at check out on the Gelli Arts® website, you get 10% off an order over $20, and I earn a small percentage of the sale.
StencilGirl® Products Letters on Box stencil by Daniella Woolf AALL & Create Stencil #9 by Autour de Mwa, Stencil #12 by Autour de Mwa, Stencil #32 by Carol AndCo, #36 by Aida Domisiewicz
Magazine (Elle) Computer paper (A4) Cardboard scraps Paper (A3) Tissue paper Craft knife + cutting mat 2” roller Scissors Black pen Pencil Paint markers Coloured pencils