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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!

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)

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

Photo credit: Darren Hester (

What tools are in your basic mixed media toolkit?

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.

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!

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!

what can you learn in a Kelly Kilmer workshop

what might I learn in a Kelly Kilmer art journaling 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!

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!