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!


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!

Donate Your Unwanted Art Supplies to Easter Seals

COOL NEWS! Katie from Easter Seals will be manning a table at the Artists’ Garage Sale, taking your donations for their art program.

Easter Seals provides a day program for adults with developmental disabilities. They offer art classes with acrylics, canvases, watercolors, paintbrushes, mixed media. They also do crafts.

You can donate supplies that you might purchase at the sale or even bring your own from home! Easter Seals will provide a receipt for tax deductible donations.

The Artists’ Garage Sale is being held at Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House, 316 Willow Street,Fort Collins, Colorado 80524 Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 10am – 2pm.



Artists’ Garage Sale: Vendors Wanted

I don’t know about you, but my studio is brimming with stuff that I don’t use anymore. Supplies from my foray into polymer clay. Extra pens and paints that I don’t use. Papers galore. Collage fodder. It’s becoming overwhelming. I’ve talked to a few friends here in Fort Collins and Loveland who have similar situations, which made me feel like this is a common problem. I thought, what if we have a big garage sale? Thus, the Artists’ Garage Sale was conceived.

If you have things that you no longer use: Easels, beads, lighting, photo equipment, art books, sketchbooks, collage items, paper, rubber stamps, stencils, brushes, palette knives, pottery wheels, fibers, and so on, this is the event for you. Rent a table or half a table and get that stuff sold! Admission will be free to the public and your rental helps pay for the use of the Idea Lab at the Community Creative Center on Matthews Street in Fort Collins. A full table will be $25 and a half table will be $15. Or share a table with a fellow artist!

Fill out the application here.

Tell your friends and let’s make this the event of the dreary post-holiday season! You can download this flyer to share on social media or via email. Let’s get the word out around Northern Colorado and move those supplies around! 

artists at a workshop

Art Play Dates and Workshops for 2017

Hi all! I’m so excited — last week I announced via my newsletter which teaching artists we have in store for the new year. From the looks of my inbox and our Facebook group, you are excited, too!

Below is a table that shows what’s scheduled so far. You can also subscribe to the group’s Google calendar. This page and the calendar will be updated as often as needed and any changes and additions will be noted in the newsletter. As soon as I have all workshop registration information, I will add it to this site and link from this page.

2017 schedule (updated 6/13/17)

*Art Play Dates are free and are held from 10 am to 1 pm in the downstairs workshop at the Community Creative Center in Fort Collins, unless otherwise noted.

**Workshop details and registration information TBA; there will be links to those from this table in coming weeks.

 dateswhat is islocationteachermedia
January21Art Play Date (9a-noon)downstairs workshopn/an/a
February18Art Play DateIdea Labn/an/a
March11Artists' Garage SaleWolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick Housen/an/a
18Art Play DateIdea Labn/an/a
April15Art Play Datedownstairs workshop at Community Creative Centern/an/a
28-30workshopsKelly Kilmermixed media art journaling
May12-14workshopsCANCELEDMichael deMengassemblage
20Art Play Datedownstairs workshop at Community Creative Centern/an/a
June17Art Play Datedownstairs workshop at Community Creative Centern/an/a
23-25workshopsCANCELEDMindy Lacefieldmixed media painting, journaling
July7-9workshopsCANCELEDThomas Ashmanjewelry, books, assemblage
15Art Play Datedownstairs workshop at Community Creative Centern/an/a
21-23workshopsCANCELEDKristen Powersmixed media, journaling, rubber stamps, watercolor
August19Art Play Datedownstairs workshop at Community Creative Centern/an/a
25-27workshopsIdea Lab at Community Creative CenterCarol Ann Waughfiber arts
September8-10workshopsLeighanna Lightassemblage
October21Art Play Datedownstairs workshop at Community Creative Centern/an/a
November18Art Play Datedownstairs workshop at Community Creative Centern/an/a
December16Art Play Datedownstairs workshop at Community Creative Centern/an/a

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!

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.

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!