Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Yeah!! It's fixed!

So the calendar and the pictures of upcoming classes are back!  Thank you to my amazing web-mistress for her help getting up back to normal.

Please note that we have an exciting addition to our class calendar in November.  Kelly Kilmer is joining us with 4 great classes!  Kelly is a southern California artist and is, in fact, the first teacher that I took a mixed media class with.  We made a flag book-it was great fun and I still have it!

Kelly is teaching 2 classes, 4 hours each, on Friday, November 13.  Sounds like a great excuse to take a sick day!  Her Saturday class is a full day and then she's staying with us for a Sunday 4-hour class.  Pictures are on the Upcoming Classes page, but real life samples are in the store and are amazing to look at. I could pour over them for hours!  Join us for one class or take all four!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

I don't know what happened!

But for the moment the Upcoming Classes page has disappeared. So while I hunt down my web-mistress to help me fix this problem, here are some upcoming classes and a few pictures.  Call the store to sign up!

Book of the Month. Tuesday, Sept 15.  11am, 2pm or 5:30pm. $25.

Beginning Modern Calligraphy. Sept 19. 1:30-5:30pm. $35.

Copic Classes.  Sept 23, 2-4pm or Sept 24, 1-3pm. $15.

Different Point of View.  Sept 26, 10am-1pm. $35.

Always Regular Script Calligraphy. Sept 26, 1:30-5:30pm. $35.

Colored Pencil Class. Oct 2 or 3. 10:30-1:30. $28.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

It's Going to be a Dyan Weekend!!

Hi All,

Dyan Reaveley is joining us on May 2nd and 3rd (a mere 10 days away) for 3 fabulous, amazing art journaling classes! Dyan comes to us from "across the pond" in Harrogate, England where she has her own store called "Art from the Heart". Those lucky blokes get to learn from her on a regular basis, but this is likely our only chance for a long time to come.  If you didn't know, Dyan has a line of stamps, stencils, sprays and paints with Ranger, one of our favorite suppliers of crafty goodness.

Want to know what she's teaching?  Here you go:

Saturday, May 2, 9am-5:30pm.  Art Journal Painty Extravaganza!   Dylusions now has paints, yes paints!!! Developed especially for Art Journaling.  Learn all the tips and tricks Dyan uses to incorporate them into her journals. Lean may styles of backgrounds including brayering, baby wipes, journal blocking. After spending the morning applying the techniques, your will go to town decorating them with shapes, stencils, silhouettes and stamped images.  $150.

 In addition to all this learning, you will receive absolutely FREE from Ranger:  1 small journal, 1 blank foam pad, 1 small stencil, 1 craft scrubbie (and you'll need it!), 1 mini multi-medium, 1 mini glue stick, 10 assorted tags, label letters and 1 mixed media cardstock.  Here are the samples:

Sunday, May 3, 9am-1pm.  Incorporating Rubber Stamps into your Journal.  Who needs to be able to draw when there are fabulous stamps available to give your journals that professional finish.  Whether it's for making backgrounds or creating focal points, there are sure to be the perfect ones for you.  You will be using a myriad of techniques including shadow stamping, masking, transferring the ink. Border stamps, background stamps and incorporating main images are all covered.  $75.
And Ranger is giving you:  journal pages taken from the large journal, 2 sheets of mixed media cardstock and 1 idea-ology mask sheet.  Here is a sample:
Sunday, May 3, 2-6pm.  Journaling with Inks and Stencils. A necessary class to give you everything you need to know about Dyan's inking techniques from start to finish.  All of her tips and hints for perfectly inked pages.  You will be creating beautiful inked backgrounds to start your Journaling Journey.  This will be a very informative class with great hands-on techniques for your journaling.  $75.
And Ranger is giving you:  Journal pages taken from the large journal and a variety of tags.  Here are some samples:

So don't wait much longer to sign up.  It'll be here before you know it, and when she leaves, she'll be gone for some time.  there are still openings in all classes today, but maybe not next week.  Call right away!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Guest Artists coming SOON!

Hi All,

I was so excited yesterday when I got a fun little text from Dina Wakley!  It seems that she is available to do an afternoon class here at the Occasional Artist on Saturday, March 7 from 2-5pm.  $55. She will be doing a specific project: a Mish-Mash mixed media book with fabric and all kinds of substrates! I'm not sure how much room we'll have (we'll try to have our larger space), but for sure the first 8 people to call and reserve their space will be IN!  So, don't wait, we are really lucky to be seeing her before her scheduled class in May.

Also, Ken Oliver will be here on March 6 from 1-5pm for a really fun Watercolor Journal using his wonderful new watercolor products, Color Burst!  These are SO new that we will be among the first people to have them in the world!  He also has the new Click-It ink pads (already in the store! Ask for a demo.) and some great vintage-y stamps and papers.  In this class, you will make a watercolor journal of your own and learn some fun and easy techniques using Color Burst watercolors to do a few pages.  Hurry and sign up! Here are a couple of pictures.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Year, New Stuff, New Classes!

Well, it's a new year.  And it has been super busy so far.  With CHA (the Craft and Hobby Association trade show) behind us and tons of orders placed for all kinds of products, we're moving on to new classes to learn how to use those products.  This weekend, Marissa is teaching a Gelli printing class.  Gelli printing is really fun and the plates come in lots of sizes, all the way from 3x5 to 12x14 inches.  Marissa is even going to teach how to turn those fabulous prints into fun envelopes!  Fun!  There are still a couple of spots left in Saturday's class, so hurry and sign up!

Also coming up, Donna West is continuing with her Colored Pencil cards.  She teaches 4 cards in each class and she really goes above and beyond with her designs!  February's classes are on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th.  Join us and learn how to make your colored pencil work look this great!

Delia is continuing on with her Copic classes on a Wednesday and Thursday each month.  We think we need a Beginner's class again.  Please call the store to get on a list to start this new class.  There's quite a bit of technique to learn with Copics and Delia is a fantastic teacher!

Ken Pesho is teaching Art Impressions watercolor cards the end of February and March 1st.  Only a couple of spots left.  These beautiful cards are easier than they look!

I am still teaching my Book of the Month classes, most on the third Tuesday of each month.  The classes are taught three times on that day, at 11am, 2pm, and 5:30pm. Learn a new stitch or bookbinding technique. This was January's book.

Our Judy Ross is a little out of commission for her Different Point of View this month, but she will be back on March 3 and March 7.  In this technique-laden class you will make 5 cards using the same stamp and get the stamp as part of the class.  We've had so much interest in Judy's class that we opened a Tuesday class!

Marissa and I are also starting a couple of Visual Journaling classes.  Each month we'll emphasize a different technique or product group.  Bring a journal and let's get started filling the pages with lots of color and texture!  I will teach a Friday afternoon class and Marissa will teach a Saturday class. These classes will be only $20 and we'll provide most of the products.

I think I covered most of what's going on in the near future.  Check back with us often so you won't miss a thing!  And of course, I can't send out a post without a picture of my beautiful new granddaughter!  Here she is, Sloan Avery Van Liew!

Have a great day, and do something creative!  And come see us and all the new stuff!