Workshop Registration is Now Open

I will be teaching four different workshops this Fall at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.  Click on the Workshops tab above to find out how to register.



Mixed Media Paper Collage
September 29 and October 1,   6-9pm
McHenry County College
Crystal Lake, IL

In this course I will teach you how to create a seamless mixed media collage piece. This class is great for the beginner or for anyone looking to brush-up on their collage skills.
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Halloween Artist Trading Cards
October 27,   6-9pm
McHenry County College
Crystal Lake, IL

In this course we will be creating Artist Trading Cards, which are small pieces of art (2.5 x 3.5") and we will be trading them with all members of the class. Everyone will be going home with a small piece of art created by their classmates.
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Christmas Artist Trading Cards
December 3,  6-9pm
McHenry County College
Crystal Lake, IL

Same as the Halloween ATC class, but Christmas themed instead.
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Christmas Paper Collage Ornament
December 10,  6-9pm
McHenry County College
Crystal Lake, IL

In this course we will be creating a collage Christmas ornament. Applicable to all skill levels.

Terrarium Inspired Art Print

I am participating in Lila Rodger's Global Talent Search this year.  Our first assignment is to create wall art that features terrariums. I will have my final piece that I submitted to show you on Tuesday of next week so stay tuned for that.

Anyways here is one of the first pieces I created for the challenge. I ultimately decided not to submit this particular design for the challenge, but I did like it enough to offer it as a print in my Etsy shop.

The idea for this piece was to focus on the life inside the terrarium as opposed to a view of the entire terrarium itself.
This is a mixed media piece. I took scans from some abstract paintings that I had created and made them into decorative papers. I then cut the ground and plants you see here from those papers. Added some little houses, which are also cut paper, and then added some hand-drawn details with pencil, ink and paint.

Etsy Success, The Book


Author Anna White asked me to give some of my tips about selling art on Etsy.  Her new book, Etsy Success. Seller Tips from 30 Top ranking Etsy Artists, is now available for download on Amazon.

Best of all, it's free to download August 4-8. After that it's $2.99. So make sure to get your copy here, and let me know what you think .Did you learn anything new? Do you have any of your own tips for selling on Etsy? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

A Paper Clay Pumpkin Face Tutorial



Lets learn how to use paper clay to make our very own faces on pumpkins for a unique Halloween decoration.  Of course, you can apply what you learn here to other holidays and objects.

So lets begin....


Supplies
1.Paper clay. Which can be found at pretty much any craft store.
2. A paintbrush
3. A pumpkin. I used a Styrofoam one, but you can use one made out of any material as paper clay will work on everything!
3. Water
4. Paint. I used black, white and metallic.
5. Palette knife
6. A base for your pumpkin (optional).
7. A witches hat and other embellishments to finish your piece. You can find my felt witch hat tutorial here.
 
 
 
 
 
I personally like to start with the nose. I begin by adding some of the paper clay in a nose-like shape to the pumpkin. The clay will look slightly bumpy and rough at this point.
 
 
 

 
 
Here I added some more paper clay to either side of the nose to make the nostrils and I'm using the end of my paintbrush to finish the shape of the nose.
 
Now all you do is take some water and with your finger and or paintbrush, start to smooth out the paper clay and remove any excess paper clay as needed.
 
 
 
Now that my nose is smooth, I'm going to add the mouth in the same way as I did the nose.
 
 
Then again smooth the paper clay mouth with some water.
 
 
 
Now I am beginning to define the moth. I am using a palette knife, but any object with a sharp edge would work for this.
 
 
 
Add the eyes and then smooth in the same way you did with the nose and mouth. You could also add eyeballs, or do what I did and paint them in.
 
 
Now that I have my paper clay face completed, I will let this dry overnight. Sometimes it takes a little longer. Paper clay is an air drying clay, so no baking. Yay!
I also use paper clay to fit any booboos on my piece. You will notice that I have some paper clay at the stem of my pumpkin. This was because  there was a gap there that I wanted to have filled.
I have also used paper clay on the sides of my pumpkin faces and them used a rubber stamp to add texture.
Paper clay is really quite versatile and you are only limited by your imagination.
 
Once your pumpkin has dried, it's time to paint your pumpkin and attach it to your base.
 
This particular vase was a candleholder. I just filled the opening with floral foam and put a dowel through the bottom of my pumpkin and then glued it all into the floral foam. Easy peasy.



Now add all your finishing touches and you have got yourself a unique Halloween pumpkin!
 
 








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