Art Journaling With Kelly Kilmer This September

It’s that time of year again…the time when our beloved Kelly Kilmer comes to Fort Collins and shares with us her wonderful ideas and techniques for art journaling. She’ll be here September 12-15, 2019.

I’m especially excited about this visit for two reasons:

  1. We’re adding a 5th class this year, on Thursday evening, September 12. This is for those of you who have busy weekends planned already or who can’t get away from work on Friday to take those classes.
  2. I recently returned from an art experience in France, which was led by Kelly. She has even more cool ideas and techniques than before! I swear, I don’t know how she does it.

So, meander on over to the Kelly page on this site and see what’s coming up. It’s going to be fantastic.

art journal page by Kelly Kilmer

From Memory to Journal

Art Journaling Workshops With Kelly Kilmer To Be Held September 12-15 in Fort Collins, CO

Updated 6/3/19

Kelly Kilmer is back this September with four new art journaling workshops. Take one class or take them all — you will have a great time making art with old and new friends, learning techniques that will inspire you and also inform your work in other disciplines. See the slideshow below for photos of class samples.

The workshops will be held September 12-15 at Art Lab. You can see all of the information about the workshops by going HERE and clicking on the name of the workshop to get the details and supply lists.

A Few Rules

  • Seats will go on sale Sunday, June 23.
  • Discounted seats come with early bird registration, but that ends August 1. No exceptions!
  • You can pay a deposit to hold your seat, but all balances are due September 1. No exceptions!
  • Final signups must be in by September 1 as well. No exceptions!
  • There will be no refunds. Once you buy the class, or put down your deposit, the seat is yours to do with as you wish. You can sell your class or transfer your seat to someone else, but those responsibilities are all yours once you buy a class. (Think of it as if you’re buying a concert ticket. The Pepsi Center doesn’t buy back your tickets if you change your mind, right?)

Are These Workshops for Me?

Are you new to art journaling? That’s ok! Kelly’s classes are geared to all levels.

Don’t think you have the right supplies? Kelly is well known for her inability to travel light and supplies a lot of the tools you’ll be using in her workshops — collage materials, bookmaking supplies, paint and more. We’ll bind our own books in some of her classes, in other classes you’ll bring your own journal or paper from home to work in.

Have you been art journaling for years? Trust me, Kelly will will inspire you to think in ways you haven’t thought before.

Join us this fall for a fun and inspiring weekend of art making, laughter and friendship. Sign up today!

A 2-Minute Survey For You!

Hi gang! Kelly Kilmer and I are working on getting her to teach in NoCo again this year. We wouldn’t have her repeating any classes that she’s teaching at Art and Soul in Colorado Springs, so if you’re a Colorado Kelly Junkie like me, this is a great year to be us!

I had an idea about turning our usual workshop weekend into a real retreat weekend and wanted to get your input. Please take 2 minutes to fill out this survey. Thanks for your time!

SURVEY HERE!

How to Run Your Art Business Workshop

art business workshopDo you feel like you’re floundering in your art business? Not sure what your next step should be? Not even sure where to start? This workshop is what you need. Seriously.

I attended Amelia’s 1-hour session during Fort Collins Techstars Startup Week and it was SO full of great information, I couldn’t believe it. Amelia is a great speaker and she’ll keep you entertained while she imparts her wisdom.

The workshop is being held Saturday March 24th, 9am-5:30pm and if you sign up by tomorrow, it’s $99. Regular price is $125.

If you want to get your work out there and get it sold, you really should sign up.

(artwork by Amelia Caruso)

It’s the ABC 2018 Exhibit — Let’s Put On a Show!

In conjunction with our Artists’ Garage Sale on February 24, 2018, we’re going to have a group exhibit. The show will run February 21-24 in the Idea Lab at the Carnegie Center for Creativity.

Any artist who is part of the Always Be Creating meetup or Facebook group are invited to participate. If you are a seller at the Artists’ Garage Sale, you’re automatically in the show, should you wish to participate. If you aren’t selling at the garage sale, you can participate in the exhibit for a $7 participation fee.

The DEADLINE for signup is February 10, 2018, but sign up by February 1 in order to potentially have your photos in the marketing materials!

“My cup is already filling up.” – Art Play Date #16 Notes

…is what Ursula, a new member, said on Saturday soon after she arrived for our Art Play Date. It makes me so happy to hear things like that. It fills my own cup for me to know that our little group brings so much joy to its members.

Art Play Date #16 was held on 8/19/17. In attendance, we had Jessica, Ellie, Kathy, Kathryn, Ursula, Minnie, Mary, Chris, Nyebbi and myself.

Minnie wanted to make sure everyone knew about the upcoming Artists Collective meeting:

Artists Collective Meeting for August
Monday, August 28 at 6:30pm
Columbine Gallery

Also, the Open Hang at Community Creative Center ends this Saturday, so be sure to check it out. When you walk into the gallery, go to your right, and in that first corner you will see work from our own members (Minnie, Nyebbi, Chris, Jessica and myself).

We also discussed:

Last, but not least, Kathy told us about a magical place called Mojito Creek Scrapbooking Retreat. We talked about reserving the place for an Art Play Date weekend. More info will be forthcoming, but feel free to comment if this is something you’d like to do!

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Art Play Date #15 Notes

In attendance, we had Nyebbi, Chris, Jessica, Kathy, Annette and Tracey.

Some of the fun things we talked about (I forgot the photos yet again!) included:

 

Nyebbi’s new Etsy store: Check out her beautiful fiber work!

Anne Lamott (author), particularly her book Operating Instructions

Younger (tv show)

Sketchbook Project and the Brooklyn Art LIbrary

Ladies Living Life (I can’t remember who mentioned this in the meeting — can you touch base with me and remind me of where to find them?)

Community Creative Center Open Hang: We’d like to have a group of us show our work together at the upcoming Open Hang. If you are interested in joining us, you MUST be at the Community Creative Center to hang your work with us at 4 pm on Monday, August 14. I’ll put up a couple of little signs indicating that we’re part of a group, with a bit of info on what we do. Let me know if you’re going to join us by emailing me at webmaster@alwaysbcreating.com. Thanks!

ABC Exhibit: We also talked about doing a group exhibit. Details are still TBA, but if you are interested, get in touch with me at webmaster@alwaysbcreating.com. If I have enough interest, I’ll organize a meeting and we can talk about how we’d like to go about this.

 

Art Play Date #14 Notes

This is the “snarky tomatoes” edition of Art Play Date Notes. Our recent Art Play Date was held on June 17, 2017 at the Community Creative Center in Fort Collins.

In attendance:

  • Ellie
  • Kathryn
  • Heather (first timer!)
  • Jessica
  • Aleta
  • Tracey

 

And here are some of the things we talked about:

 

And remember, “that’s not rebel, that’s smart,” says Ellie

Q+A with Leighanna Light

Leighanna Light is a favorite here in Northern Colorado, with her fun approach to creating mixed media work. She’ll be teaching in Fort Collins September 8-10, 2017. Early bird registration ends on July 31.

What’s your favorite new-to-you tool or supply from the past year?
Um, leaves. Seriously, I learned eco dyeing & developed a method of printing on metal, it’s all that I can think about!

How many hours a day do you work on your art?
Between art & teaching, 6-10 hours a day.

Tell us about your studio practice
I go into my studio & make stuff whenever I possibly can! I listen to music or audio books, Lily, my dog, has a bed next to my work table where she sleeps. Our neighbor has sheep, I can see them from my studio window and I am often distracted, especially this time of year when they have babies.

What makes for a great day in a workshop you’re teaching?
Watching students discover happy accidents, learning new things & being proud of what they created.

What 5 items do you always have with you when taking or teaching a workshop?
Gesso, a metal punch, antiquing glaze, Adirondack re-inkers, nuts & bolts.

Do you make art on the go? Tell us about your “go bag”.
I used to travel with a journal, gesso, watercolor crayons & pencils, but I was often too busy teaching to work in my journal. So I started leaving it at home & now I feel much less guilty!

Who are some of your favorite artists, living or otherwise?
Bill Skrips, Mikel Robinson, Morgan Brig, Geoffrey Gorman, Pat Chapman, Albie Smith, Tory Brokenshire, Misty Lindsey, Jesse Reno, Diane Arbus…..

What’s your favorite work of your own? Will you share a photo?
It’s a piece that I just finished, it’s called “What are you hiding?”

What’s your favorite part about teaching workshops?
I really love all of it, even packing kits! I especially love connecting with new people & sharing new ideas.

What’s your ideal workshop student?
Someone with an open mind, willing to try something new & not afraid to make a mistake. Wait, that sounds like a kinky dating ad!

If a student is new to the type of work you do, what would you tell him or her before registering for your workshop?
Come ready to learn with an open mind.

If you’ve taught in Northern CO before, what’s your favorite thing about teaching here?
Seeing you & hitting the wonderful junk shops in Loveland. Sorry, can’t remember any of the names!

Of the workshops you’re teaching this year, which is your favorite? Which do you predict will be our favorite?
Surface Design on Metal is a brand-new workshop that I’m so excited about teaching! Taught it for the first time in Albuquerque a few weeks ago, the students work was to die for & I can’t wait to do it again!

Do you have any surprises in store? Can you give us a hint?
Yes. Brown.

Do you still have the first piece of art you ever made? What do you think when you look at it?
Yes, I think that I was a fool for not trading when someone who’s art I greatly admire offered!

What’s your favorite word?
Kerfluffle

When you’re not making art or teaching, what do you do for fun?
Kayaking, hiking and camping, but making art & teaching is mostly what I do for fun!

Q+A with Kae Pea

I was first introduced to Kristen Powers’ work years ago when I started stamping (before the internet, even!), and she was a designer for Effie Glitzfinger Rubber Stamps. Her stamps were always my favorites. Years later, I learned that Kristen is the daughter of the couple who ran Effie and she has taken up their mantle with her own Rubbermoon Stamps. Kristen is a delightful artist who works in bright colors and with stamps, stencils and more. She’ll be teaching in Fort Collins at the Community Creative Center July 21-23. Early bird pricing has been extended, so register now!
What’s your favorite new-to-you tool or supply from the past year?
 
How many hours a day do you work on your art?
I work in the studio a minimum of 8-10 hours per day but I count the business side of things or time spent experimenting as “my art” too!
 
Tell us about your studio practice
I work a lot. But I am very spontaneous. I may be working on marketing or email or classes or a number of other things, but if I get an idea for a painting or technique and I feel the urge to try it, I will stop what I am doing and go with the flow.
 
Do you make art on the go? Tell us about your “go bag”.
a sketchbook, watercolors, and a micron pen
 
Who are some of your favorite artists, living or otherwise?
 

This is my favorite piece I did while in art school. It is a “master study” of a Matisse drawing. It was one of the first times that I realized I may really be an artist and even though it is a ‘pretty exact replica’ of his work (which was the assignment) I felt I had the ability to move forward and find my own voice.

What’s your favorite work of your own? Will you share a photo?

I don’t have a favorite really. I think almost every piece is a favorite for a while…but I do have a few that are significant or special to me. (yes I am happy to share!)
 
How do you differentiate your work and your teaching style from that of other instructor artists who do similar things (i.e., other fiber art teachers, other assemblage artists)?
Well, I think the fact that I own and (design for) a stamp company and develop imagery to use as art tools, rather than ‘just a rubber stamp’ sets me apart a bit. I wear many hats and I feel that it makes me able to share and encourage students in many ways other than just in the ‘making’ process.
 
Do you still have the first piece of art you ever made? What do you think when you look at it?
Hmmm…well, I don’t think I have the ‘first ever’ but I do have the first from art school. I think to myself, “You’ve come a long way, baby!”
 
What’s your ideal workshop student?
A student who is excited and passionate about creating.
 
What makes for a great day in a workshop you’re teaching?
Students who are engaged and happy with what they learned and made.
 
What 5 items do you always have with you when taking or teaching a workshop?
  1. white gesso
  2. graphite pencil
  3. baby wipes
  4. RubberMoon stamps
  5. waterproof ink
What’s your favorite part about teaching workshops?
That I get to share my passion and enthusiasm with others. Making art fills me with so much joy. I want everyone to feel this tingly feeling!
 
If a student is new to the type of work you do, what would you tell him or her before registering for your workshop?
To leave the inner critic at the door, to not compare yourself to others and to enjoy the process and company of other creatives!
 
If you’ve taught in Northern CO before, what’s your favorite thing about teaching here?
It is my first time and I am so excited!
 
When you visit NoCo, do you have any special shops where you like to stop in and browse?
No, but I can’t wait to check it out. I am looking forward to new sights and especially restaurants!
 
What should a new-to-you artist expect from one of your workshops?
I teach from the heart. Though I am professional and prepared, I have a spontaneous style. It is how I am. I think I am approachable and sharing. I love what I do and  I try to convey that in everything I do.
Of the workshops you’re teaching this year, which is your favorite? Which do you predict will be our favorite?
Oooh that is too hard. I love all of the classes and projects (seriously)! But I think that Paint the Town is really extra cool and will be a hit!
 
Do you have any surprises in store? Can you give us a hint?
There may be some artsy goodies and swag involved!
What do you wish I had asked you in this interview?
my age. haha. no just kidding.
 
What’s your favorite word?
Imagine
 
When you’re not making art or teaching, what do you do for fun?
Poppin’ Tags! 
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Artworks in this article are representative of Kae Pea’s personal work. To see samples of what we’ll be doing in her workshops, please visit her workshops pages here.