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Seth Apter Day 1


the calm before the creative storm


It didn’t take long to get painty…The first goal was to paint up both sides of 52 cards…that is a LOT of surface area!

Connie was working on mini cards that turned out just precious.  I regret that I didn’t get photos of some of her finished cards!

I was pleased to put my new technology to use for Seth’s demo time.  The document camera and projector made it easy for everyone to see what he was doing right from their seat.





This is just a small sampling of our class work.  I truly can’t wait to see what day two brings!


Summer book club update


We are 3 lessons in to our summer book club covering Sue Pelletier’s book “collage, paint, draw”

We are exploring the use of new or unusual materials with great success.

Session 1


Session 2


Session 3 (today)








It’s not too late to join us next Friday.
We are working on the project called “the stenciled word”  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

1000 houses still in progress


I”m adding layers but here is an update on a few of the pieces I posted last week.  It is kind of fun seeing the progression.  Normally I would call these done..but who knows…I may be inspired to do more layers.

1000 Houses update



It has been quite some time since I’ve updated you on the progress of my 1000 Houses Project.  If you are unaware of this project it is my quest to “find my style” or flavor.  The only constraints I’ve placed on myself is they must be individual pieces of art (not art journal pages) and have a house shape in them somewhere.

Many times as you will see here the pieces come out of some class or bookclub I’ve taught or facilitated.  The first piece as you see above is not quite complete yet as it was done in Wednesday’s session of “Juicy Collage”

This next piece came out of the book club “Art at the Speed of Life” by Pam Carriker.  It was my take on the “Toilette Papier Mache”


The following piece I hesitated to even show.  There are some things I will change on it…but I guess it is good to document the process as well.  Another piece I created in a session of “Juicy Collage”


This piece I created in a class called “Plaster Form Collage” inspired by a piece in “Taking Flight” by Kelly Rae Roberts.


Another two pieces  from “Juicy Collage”  This features my love of the dripping acrylic ink and a spritz of water….ohh I LOVE that magic!


This piece was inspired by the  “Art at the Speed of Life”  by Pam Carriker.  I love the bookclub format for how it gets me out of my normal mode and encourages me to stretch and try new things.


None of these are in any order of when they were created..this one is a little “darker” than usual for me..but I love it just the same.


People often ask how I am doing on this project.  I am plugging along…I just don’t make as much time to document it as I could.  I’m striving to get into a rhythm in my effort to bring more balance into life..perhaps that will include more regular updates.

Hope you enjoy what you’ve seen.

KC Willis in the Studio


We are delighted to have KC Willis back in the studio.

I’m told there are only 2 spots left in the workshop.  Registration is done directly with KC.  Follow the link below.

“Mixed Media Book Workshop…San Jose Style”
Thursday, October 27th, 2011

A Work of Heart
2196 Lincoln Ave
San Jose, CA 95125-3542
(408) 266-1005

Yes…I do know the way to San Jose.  After such a wonderful time at Collage Camp here in May, I couldn’t wait to get back to this great place and see my new friends again…this time for a book class!

In this full day workshop we will create a multi-page mixed media book pretty much from scratch. Yes! in one day!
Using coffee-stained canvas, new and vintage fabrics, papers and textured
collages you will make a book to hold in your hands and tell a story from your heart.

With images of family, a beloved pet, your favorite
flowers…whatever….let me show you how I make the books that
I love. Here’s a cover of one of my favorites…..

And then letting the images speak to us….we will learn to
From this will come our journaling, letters or quotes.

Workshop fee….$180 due when you reserve your spot.

$60 materials fee due at class (Wait until you see all the
fabrics and papers needed to make this book!) They come coffee-stained
for you and ready to go.

If you have trouble with this Paypal button just e-me at lipstickranch@yahoo.com