Tag Archives: acrylic

For the Love of Blossoms

For the Love of Blossoms

Carrie Clayden, formerly know as Hip Chick Designs is coming to A Work of Heart in November.  I’m smitten with her bloom paintings…what about you?


Jardin Bleu

flower 2

You too can paint a blooming masterpiece in her workshop on Sunday, November 15th from 11:30-4

Click here to register.


Guest Teacher Lineup


We have a full lineup of amazing teachers coming in from all over that you will NOT want to miss.

The lovely and spirit filled Stephanie Ackerman brings us 3 classes spread over a Saturday night and Sunday.

Saturday, March 1 – 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
2 Card Pick {me} Up

Sunday, March 2nd – 9am-12pm
Art FOR Art (part 1)

Sunday, March 2nd – 1pm-4pm
Art FROM Art (part 2)


Next is a HOT HOT HOT workshop with Steven James

Torch Enameling – Textured & Embedded
Sunday, March 9 – 2pm-5pm


Next we have the fashionable Lorri Scott of L.A.S. Fibers coming in April to teach us how to transform some old men’s shirts into an amazing frock.


natural sirt (1)

Sunday, April 6 – 11am-5pm
Reconstructed, Upcycled & Wearable

April is a packed month…the next weekend features a professional Watercolor Illustrator and Author, Kim Howard
Sunday, April 13 – 11am-5pm
Favorite Stories, Favorite People
And the creativity continues with Roxanne Evans Stout
Sunday, April 27 – 10am-4pm
Embrace Your Creative Muse, Mixed Media Collaging
We will give you a break in May but June brings the talents of Chris Cozen

Sunday, June 22nd – 11am – 5pm
Mixed Media Landscape (details coming soon)We are also working on a 2nd workshop on Monday, June 23rd with Chris where she will have you bring in an unfinished piece of art, something you are not satisfied with and she will guide you through “re-working” your piece.

I hope one or more of these workshops interest you and that you will sign up and support our visiting artists

Art is…Life (Petaluma)


So far I’ve had an amazing time at this incredible event.  At the risk of going on and on…this is one retreat you should really try to attend if at all possible.  It is well run and filled with super talented and personable teachers and the students feel like family.  I just can’t get over how friendly everyone is.

So..on to the class I took with the amazing Tracy Verdugo

As you know..I love taking process pictures.  Here we go with the progress of my 30×30 canvas

Day 1…blank canvas…divided into a 7×7 grid…apply personal symbols (no black was used…just mixed some secondary colors to make dark)













So..this is the end of day 1….

Now for day 2…



Tracy offering her eye to help me pick out emerging imagery..

I then took a photo of the piece turned every which way…


And though there were several possibilities…fish…owl…bird….I chose (you guessed it) houses












I still need to get a better photo of the final piece (better lighting)  It was amazing seeing what everyone else ended up with.  Here is Tracy’s final piece.


Countdown to Christmas: 5 – Gelli Arts Printing Kit


One of my favorites of 2011 is the GelliArts printing plate.  Gelatin printing has never been easier and faster (with no prep of actual gelatin)

Today’s kit will delight your senses as you drizzle, spread, press and print..

The kit includes:

  • GelliArts Printing Plate (8×10)
  • Amsterdam Acrylic Paint Set
  • Speedball Brayer
  • 2 Crafters Workshop Stencils
  • 1 Studio Texture Plates Pack (includes 2)
  • 1 Colorbox Molding Mat

All this would normally be $87…Yours for only $65

Again, this is a limited edition kit with only 2 available.

Email andrea@aworkofheart.com to purchase yours..or stop by the store.  Only 4 more shopping days!


Did you know you could…


Learn to:

  • Solder around a glass slide to make a pendant or ornament
  • Collage using nothing but beeswax as the adhesive
  • Turn an old book into a piece of art
  • Add a little paint and texture to papers and bind them into an artist journal
  • Mix Paper, fabric, beads on canvas to make a mixed media collage
  • cover pre-made containers, frames, mirrors and more with pretty papers, ink, embossing powders, glitter and more to make them spectacular
  • Make your own book cover out of metal
  • Trade Artist Cards with others…gathering a collection of art to display and/or inspire
  • Make 99% pure silver jewelry
  • Fold one sheet of paper into a miniature booklet
  • Cut materials like metal, acrylic, cardboard, fabric, tissue, paper and more in over 200 shapes, book pages, alphabets etc…
  • Upcycle something ordinary into something extraordinary
  • Make jewelry and decorate anything solid (and heat resistant) with polymer clay
  • Cover gigantic paper mache letters with patterned papers and paint to spell out anything you want to say

These are JUST A FEW of the things you can do here in our studio.  We provide ALL the tools you need and have the materials too!  Come and be inspired to be creative.