{Mixed-Media Scrap Pages, Six Techniques, & why this made my brain explode}

Hey, Lovelies! 

I come with news of this year's workshop schedule. Rather, the next two months of classes I'll be teaching. There are four in all, going from simple mixed-media techniques to binding your own artist's journal. I can't WAIT to be with students, teaching and helping them blossom and grow into artful beings. 

This is an AMAZING opportunity and has attracted most of my attention. To the point of me drinking diet coke from a mug as I sit down at my desk at 9am. In my pajamas, of course, because that's way too early to get dressed if you don't necessarily have to. Plus, I've pretty much ruined my pajama bottoms with specs of paint, so it makes sense to NOT ruin any more pants. 

Alas! I am organized and ready and totally excited. It's even made the coming of my birth month (February, if you don't know and OH MY GOD I spelled it right on the first try!) a happy occasion. 

Which reminds me; there is birthday cake downstairs. With lots of frosting. 

Developing these classes has really stretched me creatively and has me looking at photography in a new way. AKA I need more photos because I don't have very many. So if you meet up with me in the future, don't be surprised if I'm snapping pictures everywhere. And they won't even be good ones, though I'm sure I'll improve through sheer will. 

Here's the deal for the first class:

Mixed-Media Scrap Pages

Mixed-Media Scrap Pages

In this class, you'll learn the basics of mixed-media: painting, layers, and collage, to create a stunning, original keepsake. Learn the fundamentals of painting backgrounds, collaging both scrapbooking and found papers, and creating layers to produce a page. These techniques can then be used in other projects, from wood items, canvases...pretty much anything. Each student will come out with their own unique page and some new things to try the next time they sit down to work creatively! 

This class is being offered three times. 

Saturday, Feb. 13th from 10am to 1pm
Thursday, Feb. 18th from 6 to 8pm

And finally, Thursday, March 11 from 6 to 8pm

Students will be asked to bring scissors, pens and pencils, along with their favorite scrap papers, photographs, stamps, and anything else you love to use.

The cost of this workshop is $25. Please contact the girls at Hannah's to enroll.  

In the future, I'll be teaching a painting on canvas workshop, a journal-binding workshop, as well as the six techniques in this piece:

Six Techniques

Of course, I haven't worked on this many creative projects at once, and on Friday, my brain decided it didn't want to be at the party anymore and left. Which left ME standing there wondering how I was going to get home and where did I live, anyway? Brains are important. But we've made up and are now buddies again. 

A lot of it had to do with all the opinions I was getting here in Casa de Kira, as well as the added pressure of making sure it was "good;" nothing like the fear of letting people down to give you a massive creative block.

But it's good. Awesome. And tomorrow, I'm cleaning the studio so I can make journals all week. I even got the heavy-duty sewing needles for my machine like you all advised me to do. 

I really hope, if you're in the area, you'll come check out the class. It'll be great fun!