We had so much fun at Camp Spark yesterday! There were plot twists, french pastries, watercolors, and giveaways! I hinted beforehand that we’d be working out of our comfort zone and I meant it! After years of holding art journaling camps I’d seen many people-myself included-spend too much time on trying to perfect a page that they lose sight of their imagination and ability to release and let go. So after doing our mandatory brain dumping session, I revealed our first prompt: Filling a page with rectangle shapes of any kind of paper, style and size–but you’re not filling your book–you’re filling everyone else’s! It’s like muscial journals: you paste one rectangle in a book and pass it on to the person next to you. I had asked that everyone bring a fresh journal to the retreat. This first exercise allowed them to meet their neighbors and automatically start with a journal that may not be the way they intended it, but there will always be the memory of how that page was made! The next …
What’s better than being free to create whatever comes to you? Eating delicious food and drinking yummy things from a professional chef while doing so, of course! I am so excited to announce I’ve teamed up with Celebrity Chef Kim Bogues of Hearth N Soul to bring a different spin to the “sip and paint” craze. Her Sip and Paints (and there’s a Punch and Paint for kids too!) will offer homemade tapas and desserts at her kitchen studio, drinks to get those artsy juices flowing and NO ONE IS PAINTING THE SAME THING! Yay! While Chef Kim is filling your tummy I’ll be leading you on a creative journey where you use alternative tools and your guiding intuition to paint something completely different than your neighbor next to you–something that you can call your own! Visit Hearth N Soul to sign up for upcoming dates!
Let’s rip up paper and make stuff together! 🌟Camp Spark 🌟 is a half day retreat I’ll be holding on Sunday June 4 from 10am-2pm at The Charlotte Art League. Bring a journal or book with paper heavy enough to handle watercolor crayons, glue, and the depths of your weird imagination! We’ll be doing a ton of different prompts to get ourselves out of that creative funk and into the fire of ideas, exploration and artistic fearlessness! $25 and a fresh journal covers your end. I’ll provide all the supplies including vintage ephemera and mags, pretty paper and pens, watercolor things and most importantly: pastries to up our calorie intake, I mean energy!! RSVP is required so I can prep accordingly so visit meetup.com/hellourbanist to learn more and sign up! 😘😘
I finally added some new works to my galleries..here are my latest analog collages and journal pages. I finished my original collage art journal at the end of 2015 after SEVEN years of working on it. The new images added are from a new book so I will have to upload the last pages from the original book soon.
I need to apply the finishing touches (aka some gloss medium) to this mixed-media collage but I’m excited to start the first in a series of collage on magazine backing boards. This one has pieces from a 1970s Ms. Magazine, images from a 1960s children’s reading textbook, paper pieces from Flow Magazine‘s first Book for Paper Lovers, the awesome vintage LADIES stamp I picked up at Vintage Charlotte, and a paper towel that was dyed when I dipped it in watercolor-from-tubes and squished it out under a running faucet.