Archive | March, 2014

The one with my first art journal workshop

30 Mar

Good morning and happy Sunday.

I think I see a bit of blue sky out there today. Which is really nice since it poured yesterday. Maybe it was Mother Nature’s way of honoring my first art journal workshop. Personally, I would have preferred sunshine.

First of all I have to say thank you to Kelly and the Turnip Green Creative Reuse for hosting my workshop series. Kelly is warm and welcoming and so generous to this new to the art scene artist. She’s really flexible and understanding that building an audience for these workshops takes time and is really a process all it’s own. I am really grateful to them for allowing me the space to grow as I learn the best way to share my art journaling with folks. They are fantastic people and I love being part of the community.

The lovely and talented Shelly was on hand at the TGCR yesterday to help me set up.  She volunteers at the TGCR and is a fantastic artist (and I’m kicking myself right now for not taking pictures of her work which is part of the current show there). If you’re in the Nashville area, go and check it out. She has several beautiful painted tile pieces that you will love! Best of all, she joined us for the workshop!

We started off by binding our journals. We used leftover posters I had from work and I showed them how to do a simple saddle stitch to bind the books. Workshop9They measure 8 1/2 by 11 when completed. After we applied a layer of gesso, we set the journals aside to work on our painted magazine pages. I’ve written about this before (here) but the idea is to get paint (color) down on the pages. We used Real Simple magazine pages. You can apply acrylic paint straight to their pages (no gesso required!). The paint doesn’t slide off like it would if they were glossy pages.

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WkShp1They really enjoyed this step. I hear things like “this is so freeing” and “this is so much fun”. Oh and we discovered the best paint color ever – Bronze Yellow. It’s a Basic Liquitex color and we LOVE it. It blends well with everything!

While our magazine pages dried, we added the second layer of color to our journal covers. Using a few colors and a (gift card) pallet knife, we painted the backgrounds. We completed the covers by cutting out the focal elements and adding them to the covers. We used Tacky Glue.

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Wkshp4The best part about creating in community? The conversations.  Playing with paint and paper while in a group seems to naturally encourage people to open up and share their stories. Its a great way to bond and get to know someone. We had a lot of laughs, shared some of our stories and were inspired by each others work. It was a fantastic day!

Next month, we will continue in these journals with a gratitude layout. Join us at 1pm on April 26th. I’ll have journals ready for you to create in! See you then.

Cheers,
Michelle

The one where I announce my workshop series

23 Mar

Happy Sunday!

I don’t know about you, but March sure did come in like a lion in my house. I got sick (9 days) and since we share in our house, gave it to my hubs. I even missed the monthly Nashville Collage Collective event at the Turnip Green! I guess that’s way it feels like this month is flying by. Does anyone else feel that way?

Today I’m happy to report that I am (finally) feeling better; I can even breath through my nose again! And I am super excited to announce that I am officially teaching an Art Journal workshop series at the Turnip Green beginning next Saturday!!!!!!! Woo Hoo!!!!

In this four part series  we will be making our own art journal using up-cycled posters (thank you VU Divinity School!). I’ll show the group how to do a simple saddle stitch to bind the journals out of the posters. We’ll go from this:

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to this:

Workshop9After we finish binding the journals, we’ll decorate the covers using (more) recycled papers and acrylic paints. Here are a few samples:

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and my most recent cover

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We’ll meet again in April to create our next layout. In session two, we’ll work on a gratitude page. In May we will use magazine pages and acrylic paints to collage our layout. And finally, in June I will share how I use everyday items to create interesting backgrounds for my layouts.

Here is the schedule (all session are at the Turnip Green):

March 29 from 1 – 3 pm   Create journal and decorate covers
April 26 1 – 3 pm Gratitude layout
May 24 1 – 3 pm Collage layout
June 28 1 – 3 pm Creating interesting backgrounds

If you’re in Nashville and you’d like to join us, reserve your spot by emailing Kelly info@turnipgreencreativereuse.org

I hope to see you there!

Cheers,
Michelle

The one where I test out my teaching skills

2 Mar

Happy Sunday,

You my recall  that I hope to be teaching mixed media workshop classes at the Turnip Green Creative Reuse. I haven’t received official word yet, but a little birdie told me that it looks like I will be added to the schedule. YAY!!! In the meantime, I decided that I should practice teaching these workshops. After all, working in my art room by myself is very different than standing in front of a group of people and leading them through the various stages of a project.

So, I called upon a few friends who said they would be happy to be my “guinea pigs.” My overall plan is to teach folks to make their own art journal using recycled posters. Each time we meet, we will work on a new layout in the journal until it’s complete.

Here’s my art room all ready for the class:

Workshop1I did a simple saddle stitch binding on this journal. Well, I say simple. I was able to bind it on my own, but I flubbed a bit when I was showing the group how to do it. Needless to say, this is one area I will need practice!

Workshop9I decorated the cover to have a sample to share with the group. I used magazine pages and acrylic paints to create the focal elements.

Workshop2The group working on their journal covers.

Workshop4The cover I created working with the group.

Workshop7The group and their finished covers. Thanks, Jen, Marie & Breanna for playing student for the afternoon.

Workshop6I had the chance to teach a second class with another friend and here is the page I created (I’m not sure why I didn’t think to take a pic with her – Sorry Tina).

Workshop8I learned  a lot with these test workshops. I’m not used to starting and finishing a layout all in one sitting. Going through the process of working on a page, liking it, doing something and then hating it until I figure out how to “fix” it all a short period of time is a new experience. A bit uncomfortable to tell the truth. But I figured out how to overcome that. I’ll keep working on it for now. And I’ll be sure to announce my class(es) as soon as I get on the schedule.

Till next time,
Cheers,
Michelle