Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Create Costa Mesa: "Oh My Word!"

Oh my word!….the lettering class.  Quite the intense workshop, 3 hours spent experimenting with new pens and materials, creating new fonts and illustrating quotes in a handmade journal.  I enjoyed all these lovely ladies from my two classes, who were always intently concentrating on the precision of calligraphy, arranging letters aesthetically, and designing word pages.  Every page a masterpiece!


Love the lefties!

Beautiful journal covers and lovely smiles!

Aaaahhhh………the secret "white pen", delicious!
Pure bliss, peaceful zenlike lettering exercise…...

"OH MY WORD! ARTFUL LETTERING": Thursday afternoon:

 In these photos, there are a few HUNDRED pens, paints, gelatos from Faber Castell, Copic and Sakura.  The perfect materials for perfect lettered journal pages!

 (*note: half of the students in this class participated in the "Color Me Copic" class in the morning.  So we shared an entire day!!)  And i want to know WHO has photos of the Copic class since my camera screen read:"battery exhausted" when i went to take photos, wah wah!!!  Will do a whole post on the Copic class in Chicago this summer.  But it was amaaaaaazing!  We christened some major "COLORING QUEENS" in that class!!   
 So serious!!!!!!!!!  You could hear a pin drop.
  The girls were all so focused i had to remind them to lift their heads up and smile for the camera!!

 Photographing the class teaching posters, brilliant!!

I was so blessed to be surrounded with such joyful women all day!

Loved having the so sweet and talented Pam Carriker in my class.
joanne and pam
 She thought she was coming to TAKE the class, but brought all her Pan Pastels trays to share with the students!  Here's Pam giving an impromptu demo on her color palette and how she uses Pan Pastels.  It was so serendipitous!  We joked that MY color palette was the exact opposite of hers!

 The students loved using Pam's extra color trays and illustrating their lettering pages with the buttery goodness of Pan Pastels.  Love them!

 So intense, beautiful results!

 Such fun seeing the beautiful lettered illustrations that came from just a few hours of stretching creatively, experimenting with new materials and creating breathtaking artwork.
Thank you ladies, you made this class a masterpiece!  

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Celebrating Costa Mesa Create!: "Color Blast Buffet"

Create! in Costa Mesa, spectacular, now just a memory.  An incredible event hosted by the fabulous folks at Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.  What a great time!

I was so overwhelmed with joy and gratitude and standing up in front of my sold out lettering class i said, "How much fun is this!  Doing art and creative things with your new bff art girlfriends all week!"  That about sums it up.

We were there to share, learn, create, expereriment, explore and make new friends who share the same creative passions as we do.  There were so many challenging and sophisticated class offerings, this is a premier event.  Pure art, pure creativity.  There are lots of pics in these posts, trying to capture just a little taste of my 4 workshops.

"COLOR BLAST BUFFET" Art Journals Class:

 Setting up the "buffet" with dozens and dozens of products to explore...

 Love this journal that Evelyn shared from the art inspiration in my Copic article….
 Creativity intensified!  Concentrating on color creations…...

The thrill of a successful technique attempt!

This class is all about color and trying new things, experimenting with 20 NEW PRODUCTS and making a beautiful 16 page journal in one class.

Sonia, the marketing director from Luminarte/Creative Imaginations even colorized her phone with painted bubble wrap!  We were so lucky to have her in class, as she treated us to using a whole table full of Twinkling H2Os, or "Twinks" as we affectionately call them.  Thank you Luminarte for your twinkling sparkling offerings on our buffet and the products in the students goodie bags!
Mega TWINKS!!!!!!!!

So many skill levels and these handmade journal embellishments were spectacular!  Made with Ranger Glossy Accents, Sakura Koi Watercolors and Twinks……..Thank you Sakura for your colorful contributions to our workshops!

Binding the journals together….

Bright bold colors created with Ranger Color wash, colorful acrylic dabbers and perfect pearls mists.  Thank you Tim Holtz and Ranger for supporting our class with your wonderful products to giveaway!  Everyone went home with bags of goodies from my product sponsors. 

So glad the hotel carpet was covered with construction grade plastic, whew!

A blast of color, beautiful boldness and a journal ready to embellish and letter with their Big Brush pens from Faber Castell…….Thank you Lisa at Faber Castell for the delicious Gelatos and bags of pens the students were able to take home and finish lettering their journals!
Thank you ladies for coming, we sure had a "Color Blast"!  Hope our creative paths cross again. 
 If you LOVE COLOR and if didn't make it to Costa Mesa, you can come to Create Chicago in August, where i will be offering these workshops again. See you there!

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