Travelers Notebook Insert (Volume #1)

I finally finished my first Midori Travelers Notebook insert.  The paper in this insert is the Midori paper in 003.  It took watercolor and ink beautifully.  After I decorated the covers of the insert, I covered it in clear contact paper.  I thought that you may enjoy watching as i flip through my volume one insert, as I know one of my favorite videos to watch are ones where I get to see someone’s completed journals.  You can watch the video HERE and I hope you enjoy!

I recently taught a private class that I like to call “Pieces of Art.”  The class was held at my friend Heather’s beautiful home.  I am so grateful that she opened up her home to me and the other beautiful souls that created with us.  Everyone’s artwork looked amazing!

If you are interested in taking a class at my studio in Bucyrus, Ohio or would like me to bring the class to you and your friends in a private lesson, just email me.  It is always a good time 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and remember to always keep art in your heart.

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Class at Destination Discount Books

I had the pleasure of teaching a Mixed Media Canvas Class at Destination Discount Books in Delaware, Ohio.  Take a look at the messy fun we had!

They even have wine at the book store and a few of the students enjoyed the wine.

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I had a fun time and I think everyone else did too.  Everyone’s paintings looked beautiful!

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Thanks again to all of the students who attended.  I hope to teach another class soon and I’m always trying to think of new ideas.  What would you be interested in learning in an upcoming class?  I’d love to know 🙂

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!

Mixed Media Canvas Home Party

Last weekend I had the pleasure of teaching a mixed media canvas class hosted by my aunt at her residence.  She had several of her friends attend.  They painted, laughed and appeared to really enjoy themselves as we created the canvases.  And I think they did a fantastic job!

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If you are interested in hosting a private mixed media canvas party, you can contact me at lonebirdstudio@outlook.com

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and I’ll see you next week!

October Fun

I had the pleasure of teaching two different classes to two different groups of lovely ladies over the last two weeks at my studio.  In the first class, we made mixed media pumpkins in my October Mixed Media Class.

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The ladies did a wonderful job and were a pleasure to have in class!

The class that I taught last weekend was my Altered Board Book Class.  We took children’s books and turned them into art journals, full of beautiful mixed media backgrounds.  Check out all of the fun that we had!

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 I had such a great time teaching both classes and hopefully I will see you sometime in class.  Remember to always keep art in your heart!

New Fall Canvas Class

As summer is winding down, my favorite season is right around the corner…fall.  I love everything about fall; the jeans and sweater temperatures, the beautiful colors of the changing leaves, comfort foods and pumpkins. From the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks to your basic pumpkin pie.  Not to mention the fun in carving and painting pumpkins.  What can I say, I love pumpkins!  They are the perfect symbol for the season.  To celebrate the season, and pumpkins, I am having a mixed media canvas class at my studio in Bucyrus, Ohio on Saturday 10/17/15 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m.  We will be creating the below canvas (11″x14″), and of course you can use any color variations that you like.
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No drawing or painting experience needed.  Promise 🙂  All supplies will be provided.  You will only need to bring an apron or wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy.  The cost of the class is $45 and space is very limited so send me an email if you are interested.  I must have a minimum of 4 students to have class.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you in the studio 🙂

Mixed Media Canvas Class

I was finally able to have a class in my studio and I couldn’t think of a better group of ladies to share the experience with.  They painted their canvases like they had been doing it for years prior to our class.  Check out all of the fun that we had!

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I’m such a bad teacher, I forgot to take a group photo of the students with their finished canvases.  But, I did add a little bonus lesson for everyone.

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If you are interested in taking a class with me, simply check the “classes” page on my website for upcoming classes.  And I may have two classes in the works for next month…  I also do private groups or parties.  Just send me an email if you are interested.

Thanks for stopping by!

August Product Pick

I’m back this week with another product pick of the month and the product that I chose is the Stabilo All pencil.

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The Stabilo website describes the All pencil as:

  • The pencil for professional users with special requirements – e.g. in the industrial sector.
  • Colored and graphite pencil for almost all surfaces.
  • Writes brilliantly on glass, plastic, metal.
  • Available in 8 aquarellable colors.
  • Leads made from the highest-quality pigments and finest graphite.
These pencils are water soluble which is the main reason why I think that they are so fantastic.  I use them for all kinds of techniques on all sorts of different materials.  I like to use them in my art journal like I did here in this page.  The dark scallop is where I used the pencil and I activated the pencil with acrylic paint.
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I did the same technique on this journal page.  The pencil was used to draw the hearts.
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On this wood panel, I used the Stabilo All to add depth and shading to the circles around the border.
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These are just a few reasons why I love the Stabilo All pencil.  Have you ever used the Stabilo All pencil and if so, what do you like to do with them?  Thanks for stopping by!

Mixed Media Play Date with Prompt Cards

Last weekend, my friend Tonya and I decided to get together for a little mixed media play date.  Of course we weren’t done creating until after 1:00 A.M., but that’s to be expected when we get together;-)

We started out with 8×10 canvases, one each, and a set of mixed media prompt cards, which I had created last year with my friend Heather.  The cards have different prompts for creating a mixed media canvas or journal page.  Some examples include, “Add a sticker,” “Write something with your non-dominant hand” and “Go Wild” by using any technique that you wish.  Tonya and I took turns drawing a card.

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Then we both applied that prompt to our canvases.  Our first card was to add gesso in random spots.  We tinted our gesso with acrylic paint before we applied it to our canvases.

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Then we went through approximately 20 cards before completing our canvases.  We added watercolor and stamped an image multiple times.

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We added texture with fiber paste, doodled and used pastels on our canvases.

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And we added several other techniques and elements before finishing up our pieces.

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I have to say that it was very interesting to see how each of the canvases turned out using the same prompts and I definitely want to try it again!  Have you ever tried using prompts when creating art?