Catching Up…

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1Between creating art, helping others create art, substitute teaching, and a mini-vacation to Spokane and Coeur D’Alene, time has escaped me and a number of things fell through the cracks.  I apologize for neglecting this blog.

One item of particular note has to do with current workshop events and calendar items on the website.  They’ve disappeared.  I don’t know what happened but I am working with the company to try to get them back up.  Just because they’re not showing up doesn’t mean nothing is happening!  Please, if you are ever wondering what is happening in the studio, you can ALWAYS email or text or call me for information!

Email: OR text or phone: 503-866-0180

Here’s a review of what is going on:

  • Sunday, Nov. 6 — 1 to 7 pm — Open Studio — Come and work on your current project.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8 — 7 to 9 pm — Journaling — $5 — We will learn how to bind signatures into a book.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9 — 1-7 — Open Studio
  • Thursday, Nov. 10 — 9 – 4 — Open Studio
  • Friday through Monday, Nov. 11 -14 — Mosaic Mural Class with Christian Peres Gibaut.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 — 7 – 9 pm — Journaling
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 — 9 – 4 — Open Studio
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 — 9-4 — Open Studio
  • Friday, Nov. 18 — 9-1 — Open Studio
  • Saturday, Nov. 19 — 4-9 — Open Studio
  • Tuesday, Nov. 22 — 7 – 9 pm — Journaling
  • Wednesday, Nov. 23 — 9-4 — Open Studio

Note: I will be available to assist with projects during some of these Open Studio times and not with others.  It would then just be open work on your own time.  Please check in before coming because things do change periodically.


Upcoming Events for December and Beyond:

  • Watch for a new class to be announced in the next few days that involves burning leather leaves during the second half of Nov.
  • I am in the process of booking four guest mosaic teachers for 2017.
  • I am auditioning guest teachers in various other areas (such as  encaustic painting and metal working).  If you are a teacher who would like to offer a class or if you know a great teacher, please contact me as soon as possible.
  • December classes may include card making, resin jewelry, and mini-books for gift giving/stockings.  I am also looking at offering several four hour kids classes over winter break for kids to make gifts, cards and ornaments, or to explore new forms of art.  If you have additional suggestions for things you’d like to take a class in, please let me know.  I will be scheduling classes in the next several weeks.


The art on this week’s blog is alcohol ink on Yupo paper.  Yupo is a synthetic or plastic paper.  I covered the paper with alcohol blending solution and then started dropping small spurts of alcohol ink on it, pausing between colors to watch them spread.  Several times I moved the paper and got the ink to run in different directions or used a blending stamp to mix the colors.  Then I dropped more ink. Finally, I dropped metallic alcohol ink in gold or silver on it.  Metallic colors do not spread as much. When I got it to a point that I liked, I just let it dry.  It dries rapidly, in less than half an hour. Then I pulled out my trusty pigma micron pen and began to doodle around the blobs of color.  I used a white permapaque marker to add additional marks.  While I think the end results are interesting here, the pictures do not adequately reflect the vibrancy of the colors.  I will continue to explore this medium.

Other art endeavors over the last few weeks have included:

  • Making roughly forty signatures (of four pages each) for my junque journal.
  • Journaling for the round robin journal exchange I’m involved with — four of us have journals that we exchange and each of us journals in each of the other journals.
  • Completing October ATC’s on the subject of “dolls” and beginning November’s subject of “portals”.
  • Completing the detail wood burning on my “Nettie” sea monster on blue pine.
  • Beginning work on tags for an exchange featuring the holidays — last night I dyed tags in a solution of coffee grounds, vanilla, cloves, and cinnamon, sprinkled them with cinnamon and then baked them.  Next comes embellishing.
  • Sorted out my tiles by color for the Nov. 11-14 Mosaic Mural Workshop with Christian Peres Gibaut.  I’ll be taking and posting pictures next week to record our process.  I will post some on this blog and the workshop blog BUT if you friend my personal FB, you’ll see the most photos…


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