Finger Painting for Grown-ups (aka A Sensory Delight) with Kelly Kilmer


Friday, 9/13/19
Student level: All

I’ve been CAPTIVATED with using my paint markers lately to do more than just write, draw, color and make marks with. This isn’t just basic finger painting for adults using paint markers. This will take your work and how you think about creativity to an entirely new level.

Journey deep into a hands-on realm of luscious color, exploratory layers and expressive journal pages. BYO journal and a sense of play to this fun, new workshop. Explore layers of paper, paint and pen using a plethora of NEW creative techniques and playful exploration. Learn how to use your fingers (and other tools) to manipulate layers of color and textures. Using paint markers and your fingers to push and layer paint around on the page is an entirely different experience than painting with acrylics and brushes. It can be messy at first, but once mastered, it’s a way to achieve newfound freedom in your work!

I have been obsessed about the freedom and creative possibilities offered in this workshop. Be prepared to play, expand upon your creativity toolbox and to laugh.

I have taught this workshop multiple times and students have always raved about it. Students who were on the fence before have later confessed, “This is my new favorite thing to do!”

Learn how to gain freedom in art making. We’ll also talk about how to create on the go art using your journal and a few paint markers. We’ll leave no idea uncapped after this intensive, colorful and messy workshop!

If you have them (and if you don’t, I will!) please bring water based paint markers (even ones that won’t write but have gobs of paint still left in them!) Also fun are refills for water based paint markers that you haven’t used in ages and I’ll share how to use them (instead of leaving them to dry up or tossing them. Again, I will have them if you don’t! So, please don’t fret if you don’t have water based paint markers or their refills. Do NOT go out and buy paint markers for this workshop! I am known for NOT traveling light to my workshops!)

Final registration date: September 1 ($105)

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A Note From Tracey About Art Journaling:

Have you thought about getting into art journaling, but aren’t quite sure where to start? Does the huge quantity of mixed media supplies out there make your head spin? Wondering what mixed media is in the first place? 🙂 If you’re not sure this workshop is for you, read on.

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of journaling — art journaling, planners, diaries — I do them all and I love it. It keeps me mostly sane, organized, and grounded. I write, I collage, I paint, I make a mess. I am, by no means, an expert artist. But I truly believe in art journaling as a medium that can keep a person whole and healthy. And we need more healthy noggins out there in the world.

The reason I bring Kelly Kilmer to Fort Collins to teach each year

I want to share that love of journaling with you. I think that if you can make something — anything — with your hands, you are an artist. I don’t even care what you just made. The fact is that you did something. And, if nothing else, you have a record of YOU that can go out into the world long after you’re gone.

Whether you’re a new to art journaling, or have been doing it for years, you can learn something from Kelly Kilmer. Don’t consider yourself an artist? Doesn’t matter…have a glue stick and paper? You can art journal. It’s as simple as that.

Kelly’s workshops are geared toward all levels. She is generous with her knowledge and with her supply stash. And she is an excellent teacher. There is a distinct look to Kelly’s work and she helps you take what she’s teaching and meld it into your own unique style. You will learn how to make a book. You will learn about composition, collage, pen work, writing, journal prompts, and a whole lot more. And did I mention what fun we have in Kelly’s classes?

Learn more about Kelly and read the testimonials on her teacher page. 

Visit Kelly’s website.

Supply List

  • your journal
  • water based paint markers and refills (Do NOT go out and buy paint markers for this workshop!)
  • IF You have a 01 Mini Catalyst Tool please bring it to class (I will have some to share)
  • an apron
  • scissors
  • a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers)
  • baby wipes
  • cork back metal ruler
  • a full roll of paper towels OR old rags
  • a container for your paint water
  • your favorite paint brushes
  • a few of your favorite LARGE glue sticks (please trust me when I say that large glue sticks will last you longer. I always have two or three 40 gram glue sticks in my journal bag and that’s more than enough for a long weekend. You WILL go through the smaller glue sticks in MINUTES)
  • roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don’t want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

Refund & Cancellation Policy

  • Save your seat by making a 50% deposit, but you MUST pay the remaining balance by the final signup date. If you aren’t paid in full, you will lose your seat. Deposits are NOT refundable.
  • The early bird registration gives you a discount on the class price, if you register and pay in full by the early bird date. If you are not paid in full by the early bird date, you will billed the balance on the full price of the workshop.
  • Once you’ve paid for a class, it is your class. You can transfer your seat to someone else if you can’t make it, but there will be no refunds and ABC is not responsible for finding you a replacement.
  • If the class is canceled due to low signups, instructor illness/emergency, act of God, etc., students will be issued a refund (minus any PayPal fees).

Workshop Location

This year we are holding all of Kelly’s workshops at Art Lab Fort Collins.
239 Linden Street (next to Cozzola’s Pizza)
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Parking for Art Lab can be found within two blocks. There is some parking on Linden Street in front of the Art Lab building, but there is a 2-hour time limit. This pdf from the city shows where the parking garages are. Here is a map of the immediate area around Art Lab.

If you have questions, get lost on the way or need assistance the morning of the workshop, please call Tracey’s mobile 970.744.9030.