Book Club 2018 – First Quarter


So a new year has started and new book clubs are getting underway.

It might be time again to talk a little bit about what book club is and what it isn’t.

What it is:  A gathering of individuals interested in learning and practicing techniques guided by an artist’s book.  Each hands-on session is stand-alone and you are welcome to sign up for the series OR individual sessions as your schedule permits.

What it isn’t:  A time to sit around and talk about a book we’ve read

Pretty simple, huh?

So, the book we are covering first is Annie O’Brien Gonzales’s new book titled “The Joy of Acrylic Painting”

The times this book is being offered are

Check out the first project we did this week

Monday mornings from 10am-12pm starting January 8 and running through March 5

Friday Mornings from 10am-12pm starting January 12 and running through March 2 (pending registrations, the start/end date may change)

Thursday nights from from 6pm-8pm starting February 1 and running through April 5

very soon these will be listed as individual session for registration.  Until then you can still join in the whole series and make up what you missed.

The other book I’m starting in February is titled “Everyday Watercolor” by Jenna Rainey

It will meet on Friday afternoons from 1-3pm starting February 2 and running through March 30

I’d love to add another book or two to the calendar as they are just great opportunities for groups to gather together on a weekly basis.  You make new friends and learn new things as you build skills and live an art filled life.  Let me know if there is a day & time that would work for you and a book you might be interested in studying and I’ll see what I can do!


Final 17 – Day 17 – Art Pendants with Glass


Welcome to the final day of 2017.  My challenge is complete.  I posted a new tutorial video every day for the final 17 days of the year.  It was quite a challenge but has set us up beautifully to enter 2018 in the studio.  Now there are more than a dozen projects ready and waiting for you in our Maker space downstairs at A Work of Heart.  All of the projects can be done during self guided studio time.  You have access to all the tools and supplies you need to complete them for a minimal materials fee.

Today’s project is how to create an art pendant covered with glass.

The ETSY listing will be coming a bit later when I can add photos of the resin covered pendants that I will be offering.  Here is the image sheet that will be available to pick from.

Final 17 – Day 14 – Painted Chipboard Banner with Paper Rosettes


Today’s tutorial features a highly under utilized tool I have in the studio.  “12” letter dies that will cut out cardboard, canvas, tissue, cardstock and everything in between.  They are easy to alter and string together to make a banner for celebrating any occasion.

I have kits of chipboard letters in the ETSY shop here.

Final 17 – Day 13 – Abstract Mini Cards

Final 17 – Day 13 – Abstract Mini Cards

Here is another approach to getting an abstract background on an ATC (Artist Trading Card)  This is one of my favorite ways to start an acrylic background when I’m planning to layer a lot.

If you are in the San Francisco Bay area, this is actually tonight’s workshop called “Truth Cards” and space is still available.  Click Here. Or next Tuesday evening (Jan 2) here

If you want to purchase a kit of the blank cards click here.

If you are interested in a 60 page art journal with pages started like this click here.

Final 17 – Day 12 – Abstract Watercolor Cards


Today’s tutorial is one of my very favorite things to do.  Abstract watercolor is essentially doodling with watercolor and a brush.

I show you 4 different types of watercolors and demonstrate how to use each of them.

A kit is all set up for you in my ETSY shop as well.  Here is a watercolor starter kit and here is a kit containing the cards with a handy little box to contain them.