I LOVE watercolor…and don’t even get me started on abstract …. Photo realistic art is not my goal. I am fascinated with and hold in high regard those who can create realistic looking images. I’m more interested in a playful exploration of mediums and tools which is why this process and finishing result hits my sweet spot combining 3 criteria for my time spent creating. 1) color filled, 2) simple, 3) functional.
Now, before you challenge me on that last criteria…You are correct…not all art has to be functional. I am a lover of process. An enjoyable process in which I learn and grow as an artist is enough of a function for me. After getting this question time and time again in class “what do you ‘do’ with it?” I finally came up with the response….”what do you ‘do’ with a massage?” or “what do you ‘do’ with a meditation session?” There is intrinsic value in simply enjoying the process and a beautiful token of my time spent creating is a huge bonus as far as I’m concerned.
And without further blabbering on my part…here are some of my playful abstract watercolor “master sheets” ready to be turned into mini books (appx. 4″x4″)
As you can see…I progressively have a difficult time leaving white space…even when I know that white space is so lovely in the finished product.
I’ve developed a template/design to insert these folded single sheet booklets into a hard cover.
I’ve really enjoyed not only making these mini journals but actually working in them. They are the perfect surface to practice hand lettering and zentangle inspired art.
If you are in the bay area and are interested in making one of these beauties for yourself, there are 2 workshops on the calendar currently.
Wednesday, May 10 from 10am-12pm (click here to register) OR
Sunday, May 21 from 10am-12pm (click here to register)
If neither of those dates work for you and you still want to take an in-person workshop, consider using our “pick your class” option by clicking here. Find a date/time that works for you (and preferably a couple of friends!) and request it by using the RSVP option. In the notes section type Abstract Watercolor Mini Journal.
If you’d just rather purchase a pre-made journal of my original artwork, click here and buy one in my etsy shop. I’ll also have a tutorial up soon (ish) for you to purchase if you’d rather make your own at home.
Thanks for reading!
We have 1 more visiting/special guest instructor before I shut the studio for 2 months and re-model/re-group/re-fresh.
Please note: There are minimum registrations required to hold classes with guest teachers. PLEASE do not wait to register, your hesitation may result in a cancelled class!
Naomi Haskell – Encaustic Painting Workshop:
Encaustic uses wax, heat, and pigment to create a work of art or as a varnish. The term is derived from the Greek enkaustikos, to “burn in”. Encaustic refers to both the medium and the process. During this class we will discuss the equipemtn and tools required, managing the heating palete tempertaure and the various supports and materials you can use. I will show you how to use the medium, starting by prepping your board, applying the wax and paint, scraping to discover the layers of colorful wax, carving to define shapes, fun textures, taping for line and design and how to use various papers within this beautiful medium.
This is a three-hour class, with plenty of hands on practice for $66 (early registration), material included.
Encaustic is the most beautiful of all artists’ medium. Because of its nature, however, you have to be willing to relinquish some element of control. The wax has a mind of it’s own, we can only learn to guide and manipulate it.
Whether you’re just starting out with encaustic painting or have been painting with this medium for years, my hope is that you pass on what you have learned. As our collective knowledge of this exciting medium expands, we all become its gurus and heralds.
Click here to register for Sunday , May 7th from 2pm-5pm
This is our final set of series classes before we shut down in June & July for studio updates.
These are your time options for our upcoming “No Excuses Art Journaling” series. 7 weeks of prompts and exercise in collage, hand lettering, sketching and painting.
You may attend individual sessions as your schedule allows or sign up for the whole series at a discount by clicking the links above.
If jewelry is more your thing, there is an 8 week series starting the first week of April.
Each of these classes are stand alone and can be taken individually, however, if you bundle them together you get a 10% discount on the enrollment fee. There are no additional supply/materials fees and you can come to class empty handed each week.
There is also a 7 week Art Journaling series starting April 13th.
We have 2 more options that bundle 4 classes together at a discount.
- 4-week watercolor series
2. Coffee & Color with Jane Taheri
Stretch & refresh with us! Create an inspirational project that is fun and different. Take a break from your every day routine and enjoy creative companionship. Each session will be unique as you explore techniques such as:
Chinese Brush Painting
Painting and much more
All while drawing inspiration from contemporary artists and the “great masters”.
All supplies are included in your fee. You will work with different mediums and materials and leave with something completed in each session. Sign up for 4 sessions and get $5 off each one! Bring 5 friends and your class fee is waived!
Four Fridays 10am-12pm
I’m am smitten with Junelle’s art. It has such a sweet illustrative quality to it that I admire so greatly. If you’ve been itching to stretch your creative muscles these workshops are for YOU! Sunday’s class features bitty works of art on these precious blocks suitable for tucking into spots all around your home. Junelle even has recipes attached to the backs of some, making them perfect for a sunny windowsill in the kitchen.
Junelle Jacobsen is a prolific sketcher and avid photojournalist, inspired by her faith and everyday adventures. A passionate advocate for living life with “playful curiosity”, Junelle follows the divine path wherever it takes her. She can be found working at local farms, hiking and biking, sketching and writing, and teaching her love of art and God’s goodness around the world. She chooses to live life with a “yes” on her lips, a soft heart for anyone she meets, and wild adventure scribbled at the top of her list.
Junelle currently lives in a small town in Utah with her husband and is the mother of five brilliant children and shepherdess to sooo many lambs.
Her Sunday workshop features those sweet blocks and you can sign up here.
Rooted & Grounded in Love – Junelle Jacobsen
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday she is offering a workshop called “My Favorite Things” which dives in to sketching and painting YOUR favorite things.
Even if (especially if!) you don’t feel like you can draw or that you are “not artistic” this workshop is great for you. There will be plenty of individualized instruction in a small group setting that will be nurturing to your creative side.
You can sign up for Monday’s class here:
My Favorite Things- Junelle Jacobsen
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
We try to make it extremely easy for you to walk in empty handed by providing access to the studio tools and supplies. There is a small (optional) kit fee for those who need us to take care of the supply list for them so they don’t have to worry about a single thing.
You will be refreshed and encouraged after spending time with sweet Junelle. She doesn’t make it to California very often since she spends a great portion of her year raising precious lambs in Utah. You will want to make arrangements to come if at all possible.
This week has been a big push for us to get the samples completed for the new (NEW!) jewelry series starting. I planned to start it next week but with the delay in samples being done I pushed it one week.
Here is the official graphic (after some last minute changes)
As you can see, there are many techniques covered in the series. All classes will be offered as “stand alone ” classes too.
We will work with wire, enamel powders, solder (wire and paste), etching solution, sterling, copper and brass, beads, chain, rivets, eyelets and leather… Oh my it is going to be glorious!
Click here to sign up for Tuesday mornings (10am-1230pm) or here for Wednesday nights (6pm-830pm)
Seth Apter was our guest artist April 10 & 11.
If you have never taken a class from Seth you need to go to his website here and find out where he is teaching and SIGN UP! It is an experience you will not regret it.
Read all the way to the end for a special deal for you from Seth!
As I’m on day 5 of this 15 day countdown of guest teachers it is becoming glaringly obvious that I don’t take enough photos! New Year’s resolution #1…take more photos.
Here are a few I took when Seth was here.
Seth has some wonderful stamps and stencils out and the special deal he is offering is 20% off all all dies and individual cling and wood mounted stamps.
Click here to shop.
Use code HEART20 for your discount.
There are some newly released products so you will want to pop on over to his website to have a look!
Day 2 we look back to February 28 & 29 with Donna Downey.
Donna Downey is a bestselling author, instructor and all-around creative force. As a mixed-media artist, Donna is a born experimenter, blending and transforming both traditional and unexpected items into meaningful pieces of self expression. A former elementary school teacher, she has synthesized her first love of teaching with her passion for Art and brings this to women via workshops and events around the world. Donna is consistently on the leading edge of taking creative risks that push the creative envelope and empowering others to do the same with their art.
You can check out her website here.
Here are some shots of our time with Donna
Donna’s workshop fostered a love of using joint compound in my artwork. I love the way it makes the substrate feel substantial.
We still have some of Donna’s stamps and stencils in the shop and to celebrate her art I’m offering a 35% discount on any stamp or stencil listed below.
Stencils are normally 9.65 each
Sale price makes them 6.27 each (ca sales tax applies plus shipping for out of town customers)
Click here to purchase stencils (you will have to send me an email selecting the stencil(s) you want)
Stamps are normally $31 sale price is $20.15 (plus ca sales tax for locals and shipping for out of town customers)
Click here to purchase stamp(s) (you will need to send me an email letting me know which stamp(s) you want)
she is – dd-1107a
you will shine – dd1048a
imperfection is beauty – dd1047a
Note, I will not be shipping orders between December 19 and December 26 so if you order for out of town shipping you will have to wait for them to be shipped. If you are local you can pick them up in the shop normal business hours.
Email to let me know which style(s) you want is andrea(at)aworkofheart(dot)com
Today’s offering is the result of a labor of love.
These handmade journals measure 6×9 and alternate pages with blank watercolor paper and juicy acrylic inky papers.
These are just a few examples of what the pages look like inside. I have alternated these juicy pages with blank watercolor paper.
The pages lay flat when the journal is open.
There are 60 pages in each journal. Just think about what you could use this for….more than enough pages to do a daily page each week in the new year!
The covers are made from canvas panels so there is plenty of white space for you to make your own!
Through Monday, December 12 you will get FREE SHIPPING in the continental USA by using clicking here to purchase from my ETSY shop and using code final1611. What this means for my local customers who wish to pick one up in person is that you will get $6.95 off your purchase! If you plan to pick up in person please purchase HERE instead.
Today’s deal is a practical one! I think these 16oz travel mugs are handy and beautiful at the same time. You can customize the inside as often as you like. It comes with 4 options for you to choose from right off the bat!
Here are all 4 designs that come with your mug.
They will not be “monogrammed” unless you specially request it.
Normally these run $12 but your deal today is that you can get as many as you like for only $7 each. Click here to purchase from our ETSY shop. Use code final1608 to get your discount.
While the “deal price” is valid only for 24 hours (unless specified) the item may still be ordered at our regular price at any time.
I’ve been getting questions from my local customers if they can pick up the deal in the shop. The best way to secure the deal is to purchase it through etsy. You can always send me a note that you want to pick it up in the shop and I’ll be happy to refund you the shipping fee.