Favorite Online Classes

It is no secret to my friends that I am a sucker for online art classes and workshops.  I take as many as I can, as often as I can.  Some of them have not only an element to them, but also a self help or positive message along with them.  I mainly look for art that inspires me and if there are emotional and uplifting elements with it, I consider it a bonus.  So, I thought that I would share with you a few of my favorites.

First up, and in no particular order, is Inspiration Wednesdays by Donna Downey.  Donna has a year long workshop that she teaches online called Inspiration Wednesdays.  Every other Wednesday for the entire year, she sends you a lesson that you create in your Inspiration Journal, which you can purchase from her or purchase one of her online classes to learn how to make your own.  I get excited every week that I know it’s time for a new lesson!  She uses all sorts of different mediums to create gorgeous art journal pages.  The lessons are always different and inspirational. I absolutely love it!  And the best part is that it is only $35 for the entire year!  What an affordable price.  To find out more information about Donna and her workshops, visit her website:

Donna Downey

The next artist is known for her beautiful, whimsical and fierce females.  She also creates beautiful works of art in watercolor, as well as mixed media, and lives in Australia.  Have you guessed who it is yet?  It’s the lovely Jane Davenport.  Last year she had one of the best selling books, “Beautiful Faces,” which she created into an online workshop that you.  The book is used as a tool during the class as well as her videos from the workshop.  I took the class and purchases her book.  Definitely one of my favorite online workshops and one of my favorite books!  Jane also has many other workshops available.  You can find them on her website here:

Jane Davenport

Another favorite artist of mine is Christy Tomlinson.  Christy is know for her “She Art” and “She Matters” art retreats.  I’m sorry to say that I have yet to attend one of her “She Matters” retreats, but it is definitely on my bucket list.  Her “She Art” girls range from cute, faceless figures to women with gorgeous flower headdresses.  Christy also has a workshop on creating bracelets out of belts and is deep into the planning craze.  All of her workshops that I have taken were amazing and I highly recommend them.  You can find Christy’s website here:

Christy Tomlinson

I’ve had the pleasure of taking several in person classes with the next artist.  She resided in New York City for several years before returning to Boston last year.  To me, she is the Goddess of art journaling and such an enthusiastic teacher.  I present to you, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.  Julie is an amazing stamp carver, stencil and stamp designer, teacher, art journaler…the list goes on and on.  She has an array of online classes from stamp carving to how to create a Junque Journal.  I have loved all of her classes, online and in person, that I have taken.  You can find them here:

Balzer Designs

And last but definitely not least is an artist that truly tries to help her students understand art and the beauty of life.  Kelly Rae Roberts focuses on creating art with a positive message.  Her new course “Spirit Wings,” is no exception.  The class started a few months ago but you can join in the fun at any time.  You can find the “Spirit Wings” class as well as several others here:

Kelly Rae Roberts

I hope you find a workshop that suits you.  Have you taken any classes from these artists?  I would love to hear which classes you took and what your experience was like.

Thanks for stopping by!

New Mixed Media Canvas Class

I’m happy to announce that I have a new mixed media canvas class scheduled just in time for Valentine’s Day.  We will be creating the below painting on a 12×12 gesso board.

As you can see, you can add your own spin on it by choosing your own colors and butterfly wings.

The class will be held at Destination Discount Books, located at 1185 US Highway 23 North in Delaware, Ohio, on Friday, 2/12/16 at 5:30PM.  Class will be approximately 3 1/2 hours in length and you will go home with a beautiful painting that you created.  The cost of the class is $50 and all supplies will be provided; however, you may want to bring an apron or wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting painty 🙂

And just a side not for all of my wine drinkers out there, they do sell wine by the bottle or by the glass 🙂

To secure your spot, call Destination Discount Books at (740) 362-7711.

I hope to see you in class!

January Product Pick of the Month

My product pick of the month is a simple tool that I seem to use on a regular basis for creating handmade journals, carving stamps, and so many other things.  It is the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Design Ruler.

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It has a grid background to align your ruler perfectly, spaced holes for piercing, a center measuring guide,

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a straight edge for drawing lines,

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and a metal edge for cutting.

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This thing is amazing!  I cannot bind another journal without it!

You can purchase the ruler for $6.99 from Simon Says Stamp:

Click here to purchase from Simon Says Stamp

You can also find it on Amazon as well as your local hobby and craft retailers.

Have you used the Tim Holtz Design Ruler?  What projects do you like to use it for?  Thanks for stopping by!

Watercolor Resist ATC

Happy New Year!  I hope you enjoyed bringing in the New Year and you are looking forward to 2016.  I know I am.  Lots of exciting things planned for the new year.

To kick off 2016, I filmed a quick video to show a fun and easy watercolor resist technique.  I created an Artist Trading Card (ATC) in the video; however, you could use this technique in your art journal, on a canvas, the sky is the limit.  This would also be a great warmup exercise to get those creative juices flowing.

A few tips that I forgot to mention in the video, make sure that your watercolor surrounds your letters so they are legible, and sometimes it’s easier if you use analogous colors.  Analogous colors are three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, such as red, red-violet and violet.  Using analogous colors helps prevent making mud, or colors that aren’t as interesting.  But have fun experimenting and seeing what colors you like to use together.

Simply click on the link below to watch the video:

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 Watercolor Resist ATC

I hope you enjoy the video and I would love to hear about your experience if you give it a try!  Thanks for stopping by the blog and be sure to visit next week when I tell you all about my Product Pick for January 2016.