Artiscape 2016

Another year at Artiscape has come and gone but it has left me with wonderful memories and an arsenal of new art techniques with new mediums.  My friend Tonya and I stayed at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, Ohio Thursday until Sunday, April 22-24, 2016, where Artiscape, an artist’s gathering, took place.

Our first class on Thursday was called “Rusted” with the talented Shari Replogle.  She showed us an awesome technique to make your artwork appear rusted and incorporated it into this encaustic assemblage workshop.  This was the first time that I had ever worked with encaustics and I enjoyed it.  Just be warned…it is an expensive medium to get in to.

Here I am with Shari and my pieces I created in class.  One of the pieces is not quite finished but the bird feather piece is complete.  I love how it turned out.  My husband found this Blue Jay feather in the woods behind our house.


You can find Shari’s “Wax on Wednesdays” videos on YouTube HERE and her blog HERE.

On Friday, Tonya and I took a different approach to wax as a medium and worked under the instruction of the wonderful Serena Barton to create artwork with cold wax medium in her class “Paper, Oil and Wax.”  Very different from the hot wax in encaustic and so much fun!

In this photo with Serena, I’m holding a collaborative piece that she and I worked on together.  Basically I didn’t like where it was going and she helped me work it out 😉


And here are all of the pieces that I created in class.


You can find Serena on YouTube or more about her and her wonderful books, merchandise and artwork on her website.

Friday evening was the Preview of the Marketplace where many vendors were set up selling merchandise.  There were also artist demos by Mary Beth Shaw (aka: Stencil Girl), Carolyn Dube, Trish McKinney, Melissa Becker, Sally Lynn MacDonald from Gel Press and Jan Lill Worms.  I streamed live during the event on Periscope, which unfortunately is only available for twenty-four hours.  I was so busy worrying about the Periscope broadcast that I forgot to take photos, so I apologize.

Saturday’s class was “A Jumble of Journals” with the creative and enthusiastic Lovely Linda Crofton.  We made SIX…yes SIX journals in only four hours!  Linda provided us with a TON of awesome goodies and six great journals made from various materials and bound various ways.

Lovely Linda’s website can be found HERE.

Saturday night was dinner and entertainment.  This year the theme was Masquerade in Venice.

Lisa Ohmer, the owner of European Papers and creator of Artiscape, announces the entertainment for the evening, which was Hashtag Comedy, an improvisational comedy group from the Shadowbox Live.  It was quite funny!

Sunday’s workshop was “Souvenir of Venice Journal” with Jan Lill Worms.  I really enjoyed the more traditional bookbinding techniques in this class and learning the Dos Equis stitch that we used for the spine.  Jan is an amazing bookbinder and instructor.

You can find Jan Lill Worms’ website HERE.

Before we left Sunday, we enjoyed snacks and tea at the Madhatters Tea Party.


And look at this wonderful headpiece.


We shopped the Art Fair then headed home.  It was a great weekend and I was sad to see it end, but after four days together, I think we were ready for a break 😉


Hope you enjoyed my glimpse into Artiscape weekend.  Do you have any retreats that you like to attend?  I’d love to hear about them!

Gelli Plate Journal Workshop

I’m happy to announce that I will be co-facilitating a new workshop, Gelli Plate Journal, with artist Sandy Laipply.  We will be using different techniques on the Gelli Plates to create an accordion style journal, as pictured below:

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You can use any color combination of your choice to make five double-sided pages on several different sized gelli plates.

If you would like to see a quick gelli printing demo, check out this video:

  Once you have created your pages, you will fold and adhere them to create your accordion journal.  You will also decorate the covers and attach a ribbon to tie it all together.  You are now ready to use your journal for art journaling, doodling, writing or whatever you desire.

The class will be held at the Bucyrus United Methodist Church Outreach Center on the corner of Hopley and Walnut Streets in Bucyrus, Ohio, on Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All supplies will be furnished, including lunch!

To sign up for the workshop or to get more details, click the link below:

Hope to see you in class!!!

Crawford County Art Council Art Retreat

As a member of the Crawford County Art Council, I was invited to attend an art retreat organized by the council at Camp Michael last Thursday.  Of course, I have yet to turn down any art retreat that is presented to me, so I didn’t hesitate to take them up on the invitation.

I had no idea that Camp Michael even existed and was a little unsure of what this cabin in the woods would be like.  I must say, I was pleasantly surprised.  It is definitely a woodsy cabin, but it is beautiful.  Just look at this cozy little area near the fireplace!

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The goal of the day was to learn different techniques that we could use in our art journals that we would make that day.

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We started the morning off with a meditative nature walk, guided by council member and amazing photographer Marcheta.  She gave us pointers on things to look for and take pictures of on our walk to place in our art journals.  We focused on things like patterns, texture and contrast in our photos.  I was only able to snap a few photos on my cell phone camera before my phone died.  In this photo, I was focusing on pattern.

Art Council retreat Nov 14 walk pattern

And in this one, I was going for an urban feel.

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I couldn’t help but take a picture of this one-eyed tree.

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After our walk, we did some journaling about our experience and would allow space in the journals to print and insert our photos at a later date.

Sandy introduced us to the Gelli Plate, which is AWESOME!  The Gelli Plate is so fool proof, I’m not sure if you can go wrong.  Just roll your colors on to the plate, add some designs with stamps, stencils or found objects, lay your paper down on the plate and transfer your design.  It’s that easy.  We used the Gelli Plate to add backgrounds to our journal pages, as well as printing on to deli paper to later collage into our journals.  Some objects found during our nature walk even made it on to the Gelli Plate 🙂

After lunch, we did a few creative writing exercises with Rachel, which were amazing.  We would write a word, two words and the last time we wrote a sentence, on a sheet of paper and then passed it to our neighbor.  Once everyone added to your paper, you finished the last word, words or sentence.  You wouldn’t believe how cohesive we were as a group.  Each paper sounded like it was written by the same person.  It was a great exercise and I really enjoyed it.  We finished by writing a short story or a portion of a story.  Some were very personal stories, some were very humorous stories and some, well, were a little morbid and dark (that would be mine) 😉  But they were all fantastic stories if I do say so myself.

I gave a quick demo on how to collage different types of papers and images, as well as deli paper that was used on the Gelli Plate, into an art journal.  I also discussed ways to use old photos or images into our journals by scanning the original image and adhering the copy into your journal with matte medium.  We added texture to the journal pages with paint, stamps, ink and found objects, then created a title for the page by writing some text.

Next up was Beverly.  She showed us some of her art journals, which were beautiful.  Spray inks, stencils and stamps were some of the items that she used in her demonstration.  Beverly also has a wonderful collection of stamped tissue paper and other little embellishments that she shared with us.  I love it when everyone plays well together and shares their supplies 🙂

We played in our journals for most of the afternoon and evening.  Everyone even contributed a little piece of their artwork on to one another’s pages.  The evening ended with a soothing and meditative drum circle, led by Beverly.

Art Council retreat Nov 14 drum circle

Each person had some type of drum or other instrument and contributed to the circle.  At times, we would just listen to Beverly play and sing 🙂

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I was so sad to see the evening come to an end.  These women were such a joy to be around and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.  I can’t wait for the next one!!!