Thursday, February 19, 2015

Anybody, hello, anybody?

I found this image a while back, then I think I saw a pattern for it somewhere, but it has since all escaped me. If anyone knows the creator, so I can give credit where credit is due, or how to find more info. on this little piece of amazing, please let me know. Anybody? Thanks a million.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Look who is coming to my new studio!

Heads Up, Friends! Kelly Kilmer, mixed media artist and instructor from CA, is coming to my new studio in Sun City West to teach a class on Sunday, March 8 from 10 -2. It is called Illuminated Musings, and here is the class description.
There's something truly special about holding a book in your hand full of pages that you've created with your own rich layers. In this class, we will be learning composition, design, color theory, collage techniques, pen work and much, much more. Create unique pages full of your own illuminated musings.
Supply list: a journal or I'll have paper for you to work on, scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black inkpad, 1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes) OR a few of your favorite glue sticks, an old catalog or magazine to glue on
Class listing is here.
To learn more about Kelly, visit
Mixed Media Artist and Workshop Instructor experiments in Mixed Media Art, Art Journaling, Collage, Artists Books, Altered Books, Acrylic Painting, Bookbinding, Composition, Design and More... Artist Mom in La-La Land

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Zentangle Zendala Class for January 2015

Here are the samples from my upcoming class called Zentangle® Meets Mandala. In this class we will focus exclusively on zendalas, using the Zentangle® philosophy that anything is possible one stroke at a time.  Classes will be held at The Occasional Artist 7150 North 57th Dr. Glendale, AZ (623) 847-2215 - Please call the store if you wish to register for classes. They will be held on Sat., Jan. 3rd, 2015   10:30 am - 1:30 pm for $30. All you need to bring are a micron 01 pen (or your size of preference), a paper stump or tortillon, and a pencil. Everything else is provided. Supplies may be purchased at the store or from me if the store is out of anything.

 It's gonna be a great time, as always! Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tangling in the Round, Round 2!

We're gonna repeat a class offering from before since I heard from some people that they wanted this class but were unable to make it at the last scheduling.
Tangling in the Round
The Occasional Artist
7150 N. 57th Ave. Glendale, AZ 623.847.2215

Please call the store to register.
Sat., Oct. 4       10:30 am - 1:30 pm $30. 
Students should bring: a tortillion or paper stump, a standard pencil, and one or more Micron pens in size(s) of choice. The sample was done with size 05, available from Jane on class day, if needed.
Materials Provided by Teacher:  Zentangle tiles, paper, and
takehome stepouts (directions) for each tangle
We will make four separate tiles then combine them into one piece, so much fun! Come play with us.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Gelli Plate Bag Book, Anyone?

Here are a few pictures for an upcoming class at the Occasional Artist in Glendale, AZ. Closed, this little journal is about 5X6 inches. It is made of plain white pharmacy bags and has lots of secret pockets, pullouts,  and hideouts for photos, evidence, secret journaling or what ever makes your heart happy. For only $35. you can make this little gem and only bring apron, scissors and your favorite adhesive. Everything else including the gelli plate used to make these fantastic colors is provided for your use. You can choose either Saturday, July 12 from 12-4 pm or Friday July 18 from 12-4 pm. Please call 623.847.2215 to register. Space is limited. If you wish to see the remaining pages, the book is at the store now. Let's play!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Whatcha gonna do with all those prints?

That's the question I have been asking myself ever since I got addicted to my gelli plate printing. So, I set to work over the weekend to play with my big pile of prints, and here is what I did. And now, these projects have turned into classes for Saturday, June 14th at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ. You can take the cards class or the journal class for only $30. But if you take both, you get $5 off! Such a deal. Some I stitched, and some I glued. The reason for this is that I know there are people who like both, so during classes, I will teach both how to attach with glue and with thread. YOU can choose whichever works best for you. You do NOT need to be a sewer at all. If you want to rent a machine for the day, the fee is an additional $5 for the day. So grab your gelli prints and come play! If you have no prints, you can substitute with scrapbook paper pieces, or I can sell you some of my prints on class day. Most of the supplies are included, so that is a bonus. More details are in the sidebar. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Brand New Class for July

Update 5-26-14 I went to the Diva's weekly challenge today because I had a little extra time on my hands today, with my ususal Monday plans on vacation. Turns out, the challenge is to tangle in a circular shape. Seeing as how I just put the rest of this post a few days ago, I decided to run with what I already had here as my circular tangled work. Then I will be off to do some more work in my altered books I have talking about. I actually finished one, and now my personal goal to finish the other and then add other things. One will be a book of quotes, and I believe the other will be used as a personal diary type journal. Time will tell, but they sure are fun.

I have a brand new class lined up for July. I call it Tangling in the Round, a take off on mandalas. As shown in my last post, I have been doing quarter rounds for a while. The two altered books I have been working on for over a year have many examples of them. Recently, I saw a way a fellow CZT, Cris Letourneau used her quarter rounds, by putting them all back together in a circle. I wrote to her, and got her permission to do the same. She uses different colors, tangles, and an overall design, but since what I wanted to do and what she did are somewhat similar, I felt it best to ask first. Thanks, Cris, for being such a sweetheart!
Shown in the pictures below are the individual tiles we create, and then one way they could be put back together to make an ensemble.
Class details are as follows:
The Occasional Artist
7150 N. 57th Ave. Glendale, AZ  623.847.2215

Please call the store to register.
Sat. July 5, 2014        10:00 am - 1:30 pm $30. 
Students should bring: a tortillion or paper stump, a standard pencil, and one or more Micron pens in size(s) of choice. The sample was done with 05, available from Jane on class day, if needed.
Materials Provided by Teacher:  Zentangle tiles, paper, and
takehome stepouts (directions) for each tangle,

 The last picture is another sample of my tangling in the round from one of the altered books I have been mentioning in posts. It is not part of the class. I decided to add a few words on this one for another variation on what I was doing before. Fun stuff!