Q+A with Kelly Kilmer

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If someone took one of your workshops and had never art journaled before, what would you tell her before she began?

Art journaling is for everyone, males and females of all ages and stages. Art journaling is your place to play, experiment, question, explore and just be creative. It can be about the words, the images, the playfulness, but in the end, it should be about the process and the journey.

You’re a favorite of our local mixed media artists and have been here numerous times — What’s your favorite thing about teaching in Northern Colorado?

The students and the location!!! I LOVE my Colorado students. I always look forward to trekking and teaching there.

When you visit NoCo, do you have any special shops where you like to stop in and browse?

I usually am in and out but I’m looking forward to visiting Blue Twig Studios [Ed. note: This shop is in Colorado Springs.]. Last year I stopped at (I can’t think of the name of that paper store in Boulder that I loved) and would love to go back there some time! I’m usually too busy teaching to do much shopping though Fort Collins does have a great Barnes and Noble with magazines I rarely see elsewhere.

What should a new-to-you artist expect from one of your workshops?

Lots of new techniques and ideas that can be applied to any art form! You will walk out with your head spinning with new ideas and a desire to keep creating.

Of the four workshops you’re teaching this July, which is your favorite? Which do you predict will be our favorite?

I love them all for different reasons. I try to make each class unique and different. I loved working and making each one.

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

We’ll be digging deep and learning a variety of new techniques and ideas in each class. I’m bringing new toys and I guarantee that not only will you learn a lot but you’ll laugh and have a great time.

How do you differentiate your work from that of other art journaling instructors?

My work is very personal. I take what I’m doing very seriously and I strongly believe that everyone is creative in some form. If I can do this, so can you. I am very passionate about what I do and how I teach.

Do you still have the first piece of art you ever made? What do you think when you look at it?

Every piece of art represents possibility and a journey. I keep all of my journals and even have my very first ones.

What’s your favorite word?

I asked my son, Tristan, and he said, LOVE. I think he’s right!


Thank you, Kelly! We can’t wait to see you next month!

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