Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Dream Come True for my Friend

My friend just opened a studio called HeARTfelt Create.  Her goal is to encourage people to be more creative.  Her studio is open 2 evenings a week and on Sunday to allow people to join together in making art.  Customers can either pick from projects she has available or they can work on their own projects.  She also has a gallery of artists’ work on display as inspiration. Check out her website here.

I am so proud of my friend for following her dream of opening a studio.  I hope that HeARTfelt Create will be a great success.

- christina

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Surprise for Me!

My BFF is the best!  When I visited her in August, she surprised me with a trip to a scrapbooking store where we were enrolled in a half-day art class.  She didn’t tell me anything about the class in advance. I just walked into the store to discover …
… the class was being taught by Dina Wakley!  I love Dina Wakley!  She is a mixed-media artist whom I have followed online for a few years.  The class was focused on using animals in your art journaling, which is not really my thing, but I was happy just to be working with Dina. 
Don't you love Dina?!?
Dina grabbed my phone and took a ton of selflies
with me and my BFF.
Here is a sample project from the class.  We took a photo of an animal, painted over it, and then embellished the piece with crayons and a Stabilo pencil.
In the beginning, there was a fox.
In the end, he was painted and embellished.
Now he looks cool.
My BFF chose a pig instead of a fox.
When I got home, I invited 2 friends over and showed them another technique that Dina taught.  We started by gluing parts of book pages on a sheet, then followed up with stencils and stamps.  Finally we decided on the shape for the focal point and painted out the rest of the page.

I loved sharing art with my friends and look forward to doing it again soon.

- christina