December Workshop Fun


Last week I taught three different workshops at Tessera Fine Art Gallery and I had a lot of fun at all of them!  First up was a fun session of Christmas ornament making.  We used alcohol inks, paint and paper on an assortment of surfaces.  Everyone did a terrific job and took home a bag full of lovelies for their tree.


Then a couple of days later we made tags using all kinds of different stencil techniques.  Each participant received one of my new holly jolly stencils.



And finally was my smash book workshop where we created our own custom smash books.



No more workshops for 2016, but I am excited to jump into 2017 with some art journaling (at Tessera Fine Art Gallery) and Citra Solv (at Dillon’s Nature Center) workshops!











Decorating tags is a quick and easy project that gives you the satisfaction of completion in a short amount of time.  I wanted to have some tags on hand to use in my art journal, so painted up six tags to use.



I was fortunate enough to acquire a batch of these vintage tags, but new ones work just fine too.




Since I don’t know for sure how I am going to use these yet, I went ahead and decorated both sides.  I used book pages, a cigar wrapper, geological map bits, paper scraps, paint and alcohol sprays.  I used a black Flair pen for the black borders, then ran over them with a wet paint brush to give a washed look.

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I finished up with a bit of stamping, but left room for writing or more embellishing later. Finally, I took the messy paper that I protected my table with, and used it as a journal page!  Even art should be recycled!



Tab Dividers in Your Art Journal Box

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Today I am going to show you a part of the art file journal project that really adds to the fun.  That is the tabs, which are the first thing you notice when you open the box.  I have collected vintage boxes for awhile, and often they came with fun cards and dividers inside.  Some are from Rolodex files, some from a recipe box, and others simply the alphabet. I made use of a variety of the vintage dividers, and made some of my own!

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I also keep a stash of tiny papers to add as tabs in just such projects:

  • tickets
  • tea bag tabs
  • those plastic things on the bread bag
  • cigar labels
  • scraps of paper and washi tape
  • tags
  • fun paper clips
  • scraps of baker’s twine

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