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What tools are in your basic mixed media toolkit?

Photo credit: Darren Hester (http://500px.com/darrenhester)

What do you keep in your basic mixed media toolkit and take with you to workshops? Last year, we were all sitting in a workshop and someone needed a specific tool. Our pal Susan whipped it out of her bag without any hesitation. I don’t remember what exactly the tool was, but I was impressed at how prepared Susan was. She had just the right thing and it wasn’t even on the teacher’s supply list! It got me thinking about my own basic mixed media toolkit and what I am never without and what I need to add to my little suitcase.

I asked Susan to give me a list of what she carries to every workshop…in her very large and well-stocked bag.  Susan takes fiber art classes, drawing, watercolor, oil painting, mix media, assemblage, jewelry, and spirituality workshops.

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Susan says hi

Susan’s Big Bag of Shit She Can’t Do Without!!

  • 12” fabric ruler – it’s clear and has multiple lines for accurate measuring
  • Large pair of scissors and small
  • X-acto knife w/replacement blades
  • 12×12 cutting mat
  • Paint spatula (flat)
  • Bone folder
  • Stylus
  • Awl or ice pick 🙂
  • Japanese hole punch
  • Paint brushes – fine liner, scrubber (my fav), round or flat, medium and large.
  • Black stazon pad & refill
  • Baby wipes (a must)
  • Glue stick. Tape runner. Glue Dots. Either Beacon 30-in 1 or a bottle of Ultimate glue – they make anything stick to anything!!! Pack of 3D foam adhesive.
  • Sharpie fine & extra fine marker
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Mechanical pencil w/replace eraser & lead
  • Pental Clic Eraser
  • Small water spray bottle and one 91% alcohol spray bottle
  • Ranger fastener (stapler) with refills
  • Several gift cards for scraping
  • White chalk pencil
  • Aquralleable Stabilo pencil – black, white or red.
  • Needle nose pliers
  • One wooden skewer and one chop stick
  • Distress inkpad for edging, i.e. vintage brown,
  • Matte ModPodge or matte medium
  • Masking tape
  • A date stamp
  • 12×12 paper cutter w/replacement blades and score blade
  • Lotion & lip balm & floss picks
  • WeR Memory Keepers – QuickStik
  • Blending stumps & sander
  • SAND PAPER PAD!!! For sanding shit.
  • A couple hat pins for re-opening glue bottles
  • One pipette
  • And sometimes – small hammer, versatile screwdriver (Phillips and flat head),
Leighanna Light shows off her basic mixed media toolkit
Leighanna Light shows off her basic mixed media toolkit

I also asked assemblage artist Leighanna Light what her basic mixed media toolkit always has in it. She said:

  • Brushes
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tin snips
  • Bone folder
  • Awl
  • Sandpaper
  • Waxed paper
  • Pliers
  • Scrap paper
  • X-acto knife

Of course, the list is going to vary depending upon what type of class you’re taking, but I want to know what you’re never, ever without when you take an art class. I’m still working on my basic mixed media toolkit, inspired by Susan, and will post it in a future blog entry. Comment here and tell us what you pack for a workshop!

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Bonus art journaling goodies for YOU!

kk-messytable1Kelly and I are wrapping up the final details on her long-awaited visit to NoCo and we had an idea. You see, Kelly always brings a ton of supplies to these workshops — papers, pens, collage items, ink, paint, stamps, stencils and more. She has to prepare each student’s kit before she hits the road and make sure she has enough stuff for everyone. As for me, well, I need to buy enough chocolate for you all (there will be other treats, too, but the chocolate is really the most important bit, don’t you think?) and do some other preparations.

Short story? It would help us out greatly to have an idea of who’s attending the workshops. Also, I need to pay the CCC their rent for the room. 🙂  To that end, we offer you…

The Great Incentive

Sign up for any of Kelly’s workshops and Kelly will give you a bonus Arty Goodie Pack at class. You must register between now and midnight (MDT) on July 31. If you know Kelly and her grab bags/boxes, you know that this is going to be some good stuff and you won’t want to miss out.

In addition, anyone who attends any of Kelly’s workshops (including those who have already registered) will be entered into a raffle each day for some outstanding goodies that I have in my own studio. I’ve got a multitude of art books, stencils and so much collage fodder, your eyes will bug out. To be a part of this drawing, you must be registered by August 10.

Have a great day!

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Art Play Date #4 Notes

(l-r) Chris works on her owl, while Michelle and Nyebbi discuss crochet, and Sonia works on her current paper quilling project
(l-r) Chris works on her owl, while Michelle and Nyebbi discuss crochet, and Sonia works on her current paper quilling project

Woo! Lots of great conversation and info swirling around our meetup on Saturday, therefore, a plethora of show notes for you! Thank you to Jessica, Sonia, Nyebbi, Michelle, Chris, Kathryn and Sergi for attending and making the morning fun.

  • Book: Doorways and Openings by Catherine Anderson (A great book of doorway photos you can use in your work!)
  • A great idea for collage — find a place and print out an aerial photo. Kathryn had a really great shot of a city in the Middle East from Google Earth, the name of which evades me at the moment, and it looked like it had a lot of potential. Images from NASA and US Geological Survey (USGS) are copyright free, making them even more attractive for art pieces you might sell.
  • Maps are fun to use, too. If you’re a AAA member, they’re free!
  • Sonia will be teaching paper quilling at 9 a.m. on August 1 at the Fort Collins Creative Cards and Papercrafting meetup.
  • We talked quite a bit about journaling and Jessica mentioned that she’s trying bullet journaling. Looks fun!
  • Shop: Wool Hat, on Lincoln Street (near Mountain) in Fort Collins, sells upcycled and vintage furniture
  • Jessica was filming her journaling using time lapse software for use on her YouTube (BrownPaperBunny) channel. Neat!
  • Danny Gregory – a very inspiring artist. Start with Everyday Matters.
  • We also talked about having an art supply swap at a future meeting, so be on the lookout for info about that in a future post.

And thanks to everyone who helped out by chipping in for the Meetup.com membership. You know who you are, and you’re rock stars.

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what might I learn in a Kelly Kilmer art journaling workshop?

what can you learn in a Kelly Kilmer workshop

Trying to decide? Not sure if you are up for an art journaling workshop? Nervous about trying something new? Here are a few of the things you can expect to learn about in one of Kelly’s workshops:

  • intriguing prompts and inspiration
  • color theory
  • how to layer paint and imagery
  • how to process and express your thoughts and ideas in a visual manner
  • creative pen work
  • brainstorming, problem solving
  • how to gain confidence in your journaling skills
  • easy bookbinding
  • pattern making
  • different ways to use stencils and stamps
  • ways to use decorative tape
  • collage, composition and design
  • a plethora of painting techniques
  • layering color
  • clever ways to use the supplies at hand
  • how to pack for journaling on the road
  • how to fall in love with your handwriting

And, of course, how to have a LOT of fun with your fellow journalers! In the words of one of Kelly’s biggest fans:

I am so excited about Kelly Kilmer coming back to this area to teach classes again. I was new to mixed media and art journaling when I took my first class with her. She taught me easy techniques that I still use over and over. I keep coming back to her classes, because she always has fresh and new journal-making classes … her students get a lot of personal attention … she is so down-to-earth … and she is one of the few artists I know that teach the art of collage and design. I am no longer an art newbie, but keep returning to Kelly’s classes, because it stress-free fun and she continues to challenge students of all levels. So excited about welcoming her back to Colorado! (KC)

If that’s not enough, email me and ask your questions!

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Art Play Date #3 Notes

It was a beautiful day on Saturday, so our June Art Play Date was a little small. MJ, Sonia and I spent a few enjoyable hours of chatting and creating. Here are a couple of notes:

And, a thought for the day: If you can’t make it and have RSVPed on Meetup, please un-RSVP so that if someone wants to bring snacks or something, we’ll know how many to plan for. Similarly, if nobody plans to attend, I could really use the extra sleep and the CCC can use the space. Thanks!

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A really nice place to stay overnight in Fort Collins

FortApartmentA lot of times, folks come up from Denver, Castle Rock and Colorado Springs (and even from out of state!) to take workshops and to enjoy the awesomeness that is Fort Collins. As a result, I receive many inquiries about places to stay. I wanted to highlight one of them in particular, because I’ve seen it in person and it’s WOW.

It’s an airbnb apartment that is very close to Old Town, hosts 4 (2 queen beds), has a kitchen, and is the most lovely, cheery space you’ve ever seen. Check it out. Best of all? It’s $100/night!

So, if you’re coming up for the Kelly Kilmer weekend, you might want to grab a friend or two and book!

Another thought: If you want to check out an Art Play Date, why not stay overnight on Friday night and then enjoy the afternoon in Fort Collins after our get-together!

 

Two Little Disclaimers:

  1. My friend runs this joint
  2. I do not make a commission for recommending her space.
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Art Play Date #2 Notes

(l-r, back row) Mary, Minnie, Annette, Kathryn, Amy, Darla (l-r, bottom row) Tracey, Jessica

This meetup was even bigger than the first! So many thanks to all who attended. Some very smart person (Jessica?) suggested photos, and I’m so glad.

Here are just a couple of the thins we talked about this time around:

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Kelly Kilmer workshops added

Those of you who are subscribed to the ABC newsletter will get this info in your inboxes tomorrow, but I wanted to post here because I am SO EXCITED! Here are the details, dates and times for Kelly Kilmer’s classes this August:

serenity-2016-aSerenity Bundles

Friday, August 26 10a-5p

This fresh, new workshop teaches a variety of NEW ideas involving collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more.

In this extensive, (paint covered) hands-on workshop, you will create luscious, rich, and colorful painted pages. You will learn how to layer, scrub, and create soulful and unique to you pages that can be used for a variety of art projects. You will learn color, design, composition, collage and much, much more in this class. You will transform your painted papers into expressive, hand bound books. Read more…

authenticity-1Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling

Session 1+2: Saturday, August 27 10a-5p
Session 3: Sunday, August 28 10a-2p

These sessions are a series of separate, but related, workshops that teach a variety of NEW ideas in collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more. You will learn new ways to approach your pages using paper, paint and pen. Learn how to push yourself out of your creative comfort zone. You will create cohesive pages that are completely unique to you. Read more…

Go and sign up!

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Hurrah! Kelly Kilmer is Coming! Kelly Kilmer is Coming!

Kelly always looks extra happy when she's finished setup!

Due to popular demand, Kelly Kilmer is indeed scheduled to make her Northern Colorado appearance this summer. She will be here August 26, 27 and 28. The final details in terms of times and pricing are being worked out as I type this, but know this much:

THE CLASS INFO

Serenity Bundles will be held on Friday, August 26. This will be a full day, with a lunch break.

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Serenity Bundles
In this extensive, (paint covered) hands-on workshop, you will create luscious, rich, and colorful painted pages. You will learn how to layer, scrub, and create soulful and unique to you pages that can be used for a variety of art projects. You will learn color, design, composition, collage and much, much more in this class. You will transform your painted papers into expressive, hand bound books. This class is actually MULTIPLE classes in one! You will be learning techniques that apply to a variety of art forms (think art journaling, collage, etc…) as you create layered, unique pages. You will also be creating at least two different books.

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Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling

Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling will be a 2-day class, Saturday 8/27 (there will be a lunch break) and Sunday 8/28.

Art journaling is about discovery and self expression. Your journal is your safe place to explore, express and experiment. It’s your place to get lost as you repeatedly find yourself between the layers of paper, paint and pen.  In this unique workshop, you will learn new ways to approach your pages using paper, paint and pen. Learn how to push yourself out of your creative comfort zone. You will create cohesive pages that are completely unique to you.

THE CLASS LOCATION

Community Creative Center at the Historic Carnegie Building
200 Matthews St., Fort Collins, CO
Basement workshop
Exact times and prices should be finalized in the next few days and they will be added to the shop on this site. Join our Facebook group or Meetup group to be updated when this is ready for you to sign up. Questions? Comments? Think you might be joining us? Comment here!