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First Guest Teacher in the NEW STUDIO

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First Guest Teacher in the NEW STUDIO

I am over the moon about starting up in a brand new studio.  The move has been an extraordinary amount of work but also a blessing beyond belief.  If you are interested in the long version of the story just ask.  I love talking about the miracles!

It is wildly appropriate that my dear friend Stephanie is our first guest teacher in the new space.  I could not have asked for a more fitting kick off our new chapter on Race Street.

Read on to see what you will be making in the workshops and click the class title for more information and to register.

8/10/2017 (Thursday)
The Hanging Hearts with Stephanie Ackerman
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
$68

Rip, stamp, layer, stitch…this workshop is filled with all kinds of lovely handiwork.  Stephanie takes you through the process of layering your very own hanging hearts stuffed with a bit of cotton and stitched with love…You’ll be hooked!

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8/11/2017 (Friday)
Stephanie Ackerman: Mixed & Stitched
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
$148 (includes lunch)

When you leave perfection and hesitation at the door and come in with an open heart and mind to create something without measuring, planning, placing or coordinating, something amazing happens. You relax and enjoy the process…that is, until you poke your finger with a needle.

I am excited to not only teach you to look at fabrics and felts a little differently, I am excited to sit and create right alongside you. Join me for an entire day of simple stitching, collaging felts and fabrics together, scrap swapping, lunch and finger poking at some point. The most difficult part of this new day long Mixed & Stitched Workshop is dividing the floss into strands and threading the dang needle, I promise.

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“My name is Stephanie Ackerman. I am an ordinary girl who is living an extraordinary life where I get to do what I love for a living. I am a regular girl who loves God, my family, my friends, my neighbours, my church, my kids’ school, and the teachers who teach there.

I am a simple girl who loves to make things from paper, batter, fabric, dough (as in cookie dough), and paint…A LOT…probably more than the average person.

At any given moment I might be doing exactly what you are doing…praying, doodling, running, baking, car pooling, stitching, watching my boys skate, surfing, boogie boarding, playing soccer, helping with homework, doing laundry and then doing more laundry, REALLY loving felt, dropping boys off at skate park, volunteering at the kids’ school, reorganizing the “Shead-Teau,” turning trash into treasures, sewing, did I mention doing laundry???”

Encaustic & Mixed Media Visiting Instructor

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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!
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Naomi Haskell – Encaustic Painting Workshop:nh1
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.
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Click here to register for Sunday , May 7th from 2pm-5pm
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April 2017 Guest Teachers

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April 2017 Guest Teachers

Coming up in April we have  Modern Calligraphy,  Encaustic Painting, Watercolor & Mixed Media

  1. Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Andrea Comenta – Sunday, April 2 (10am-12pm)

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  2. Introduction to Encaustic painting with Naomi Haskell – Sunday, April 2 (2-5pm)

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  3. Whatnots Illustrated with Danielle Donaldson – April 9 (11am-6pm)

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  4. Abstract Collage Backgrounds with Nicole Austin – April 28 (10am-3pm)

  5. Luscious Layered Portraits with Nicole Austin – April 30 (10am-3pm)

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  6. Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Andrea Comenta – April 30 (3pm-5pm)

As you can see, there are plenty of options for you to pick from.  Don’t wait to register.  (it truly drives me insane!) We appreciate knowing if a class will make the minimum numbers so we can plan our schedules accordingly.

All classes take place in our San Jose studio at 2196 Lincoln Avenue and represent the final guest teachers of the season.  We will not be hosting guest teachers again until August.

Junelle Jacobsen

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Junelle Jacobsen

IMG_0058I’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.

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unnamedJunelle 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.

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Her Sunday workshop features those sweet blocks and you can sign up here.

3/19/2017
Rooted & Grounded in Love – Junelle Jacobsen
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Monday she is offering a workshop called “My Favorite Things” which dives in to sketching and painting YOUR favorite things.

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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.

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You can sign up for Monday’s class here:

3/20/2017
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.

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2016 Recap – Day 5

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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.

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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!

Final 16 – Day 3

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Wow, I”m late posting today but I’ll give you 3 days to redeem this deal.

Today’s offering is a digital download.

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It is a high resolution scan of my original artwork made in 2016.  The sheet comes with 12 images all measuring 2.5×2.5 inches.
Normally I list this as a $3 download.  Today (and until December 5th) you can get it for only $1

Click here and use the code final1603

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.

Final 16 – Day 1

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For the past several years I’ve offered special deals for the first days of December.  Sort of my answer to the Black Friday, Small Business Sunday, Unknown Sunday and Cyber Monday shopping spree everyone just experienced.  I always felt I’d be lost amongt the flurry of sales and specials so I waited until December 1 to start my deals.  Each day for the next 16 days I’ll offer a “deal of the day” which will only be good for 24 hours.  I’m a bit late in posting today’s deal, so it will be good until 7pm(ish) PST on Friday, December 2nd.

Today’s deal is a customized One Word Canvas made just for you.

Here is the ETSY listing.  Use the code final1601 to get this canvas for only $16 (normally $26)

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.