Recap 2016 – Day 15


Today marks the final day of guest teacher recaps as well as the final day of 2016.

We finished the year with the lovely Kristen Robinson.

Coincidentally we have also covered Kristen’s book for book club.

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It is always a pleasure to have her at A Work of Heart.

Thank you for following along for the month of December starting with our “Final 16” countdown with lots of great deals in our ETSY shop… and finishing up with this “Recap 2016”

I look forward to our guest instructors coming in 2017.

Nat Kalbach

Jan 24 – Walk with Me
Jan 24 – Play/Transform
Jan 25 – Artvergnugen

Riki Schumacher
Jan 22


Mindy Lacefield

Feb 5 – Portraits

Feb 6 – Paint your Dreams

Annie O’Brien-Gonzalez

Expressive Mixed Media Florals
Feb 19

Juicy Soul Retreat
Feb 26


Junelle Jacobson

Mar 19 Rooted & Grounded in Love

Mar 20 Favorite Things


Danielle Donaldson
TBD Apr 9


TBD May7


Juicy Soul Retreat
June 11


Juicy Soul Retreat
Oct 15


Dina Wakley

Carrie Schmitt

Who else should we work on getting for 2017?

Recap 2016 – Day 14

Recap 2016 – Day 14

Artist Carrie Schmitt was our next to the last guest instructor of the year.

Carrie is author of Painted Blossoms (another of our book club selections from 2016)

Carrie’s website is full of inspiration.

Here is a screen shot of her instagram feed…you will want to follow her!


Below are some process photos I took of my pieces created in her workshop.  Unfortunately I was too caught up in what I was creating to take photos of the rest of the student’s artwork.  It was an unusual treat to be able to participate in this way.  I loved every moment of it!

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Here are Carrie’s Demo pieces from class




Carrie was a delight to have in the studio.  We look forward to having her back next November.  Keep your eyes open, she’ll be back!

Here are my 2 pieces made in class…still in progress

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Book Club is a major part of our curriculum in the studio.

Our new selections are starting in 2 short weeks.

Book Club:


Monday Morning, Tuesday Night and Thursday Afternoon will be covering Annie O’Brien Gonzales’s book “Bold Expressive Painting”

Annie is also one of our guest instructors for 2017.  Check out the workshop she it leading on Sunday, February 19th here.

Next up…


Wednesday afternoon is covering Danielle Donadson’s “Creative Girl”

Danielle is visiting again in 2017 as well.  Click here to find out more about her class on Sunday, April 9.

We are also covering

Thursday Evening is covering Gina Rossi Armfield’s “No Excuses Watercolor Animals”

We also have two other “series” classes offered.

Jewelry:  We have an 8 week jewelry series kicking off either Tuesday mornings or Wednesday evenings

Art Journaling:  We have a new 7 week Art Journaling series starting Tuesday afternoons at 3:30


Recap 2016 – Day 12

Julie Balzer came from Boston to teach class October 10/11.
If you are unfamiliar with Julie’s work you can find out what she does by visiting her website here.
It’s enough to make your head spin.  She is seriously my role model for being a business savy artist and entrepreneur.  I admire her greatly.
Julie is kind enough to offer you all a special deal on one of her awesome online courses.  She is encouraging people to join #CarveDecember and so
her online course: Stamp Carving 101 is 10% off for our readers.

Discount Code: ANDREA2016
Isn’t that exciting?!
Here are a few shots from class when Julie was here
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If you are interested in exploring art journaling techniques in the new year to get a deeper understanding and practical application of mediums and art principles you might want to join in our new 7 week Art Journaling Series starting January 10.

1/10/2017 – 2/21/2017
Art Journaling – 7 Week Series
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

In this series you will explore aspects of visual journaling.

VISUAL JOURNALING “Visual journaling is a creative way to express and record life’s experiences, feelings, emotional reactions, or our inner world – visually and verbally. Essentially, visual journaling can become a potential key to the artmaking process.
Exploring our own thought process through visual journaling is essential in a world that is in a state of continuous change. Just as there are many ways to express oneself artistically, there are many ways to create visual journals. By committing to the visual journaling process, one can learn how to access his/her inner language of imagery and express it both visually and verbally, while exploring the connection between image and word. Through visual journaling one can also become capable of articulating connections between their own personal art-making experiences and the works of master and contemporary artists.” – Michael Bell

This series is broken up into 7 lessons:
1. Color Confidence – Selecting and mixing colors
2. Motif – Handmade stencils, masks & stamps
3. Mediums – exploring paints, gels, gessos & pastes
4. Image & Line – transferring methods
5. Lettering – Hand drawn letters/words
6. Composition – exploring balance, white space, symmetry, repetition
7. Details – Finishing touches to elevate your artwork

Bring a journal (8×10 or 9×12 watercolor journal is preferred) and we will provide all the supplies you need.

Recap 2016 – Day 11


Gina Rossi Armfield taught in the studio Sunday, October 9th


You will most certainly want to check out her website.

We had so much fun in class…so much so that I didn’t actually get any photos except this one of the two of us and Greyson the kitten.


Oh, and this one…


Lexi took the class and posted this awesome photo

Here are Gina’s 3 books you should check out.

Gina has an online course offered right now called

No Excuses Year of Transformation – 2017
Here is the link

We have covered No Excuses Watercolor in Book Club in the past and will be starting No Excuses Watercolor Animals on Thursday evenings starting January 12 with Lexi.

1/12/2017 – 3/09/2017
Book Club: No Excuses Watercolor Animals(8wks)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

A special deal we have for you today is the Daniel Smith Watercolor Sampler packs are back in stock for $50 each.


Click here to order on ETSY use code 2016recap11 to get $10 off the listing.

Local customers click here to purchase

Recap 2016 – Day 10


Roxanne Coble (aka by bun) is our next featured artist.

Roxanne came to teach August 18.

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here is a list of ways to follow Roxanne

+ youtube channel: madebybun
(check out my daily vlogs for december!)
+ email:
+ instagram: @bybun
+ facebook: like by bun
+ twitter: @madebybun
+ snapchat: ‘bybunrox’
+ pinterest: by bun
+ bloglovin’: by bun

As a special deal for you  today we are offering Roxanne’s recently released stencils for 35% off

Buy Bat/Rat Stencil

Buy Wolf Stencil

Buy Bunny Stencil

These stencils are normally $14 each, yours for only $9.10 each (plus tax for CA residents)

Shipping in the US is $2.65 for 1 or more.

Click here to pay for shipping


Recap 2016 – Day 9

Recap 2016 – Day 9

Today we feature a Bay Area artist, Danielle Donaldson.

If you are not familiar, go…right now, yes go!…and check her out.

Follow her on Instagram here.

This is her book, CreativeGirl, which we have covered in the past for book club AND will be covering again starting January 11.

Here are some of the lovely things we made in class with Danielle when she came to teach in the studio July 31/Aug 1

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The GREAT news is that Danielle will be back teaching in the studio again this April!

Save the Date – Danielle Donaldson
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

We are still hammering out the details but you can either RSVP to be in the loop when we do know all the details OR go ahead and register, knowing that the class will be fantastic!

Recap 2016 – Day 8


Next up from our dynamic duo is Mary Beth Shaw (a.k.a. StencilGirl)

Mary Beth and Pam came to A Work of Heart to teach July 10/11, 2016

I loved having these two at the studio, as did our students.  The 2 day workshop was filled with paint, composition, stencils, more paint and lots of technique.

Before we jump into all the photos, here are some links to check out


To say they brought a few stencils is a gross understatement



Getting used to the overhead projector system 😉


Students working away with access to dozens upon dozens of great stencils



One of Mary Beth’s demo pages in progress


A group shot of the students and teachers


It was so awesome learning directly from these two.  We’ve covered both of their books in the past for book club so it was extra cool having them here in person.



Recap 2016 – Day 7


Our next visit of the year was from a dynamic duo, Pam Carriker and Mary Beth Shaw on July 9/10.

Today we feature Pam.

Pam is the author of 3 books

We have covered each of them in previous book clubs and I can attest first hand to the quality of projects and instruction in each of them.








We had such a great time learning firsthand from Pam.  I look forward to having her back in the future.

You can check out Pam’s website here.  Her YouTube channel is here.  She is so generous with tutorials.  You won’t be disappointed.


Recap 2016 – Day 6

Recap 2016 – Day 6


Jen Crossley, an Australian artist,  came at the end of April to teach us Molding and Casting Pewter one evening

and an etched birdhouse pendant the next

Lucky for me, Lexi captured a group shot (she’s so good at that!!  Thanks Lexi!!)


You can find out more about Jen here on her blog.  Visit her web shop here.

You can discover “the art of Jen Crossley”  on Pinterest here or search for it on google here

However you choose to find her art, please do.  You will be inspired!

We have some fantastic Jen Crossley inspired classes coming up soon.

Etched Metal Coptic Stitch Mini Journal
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM