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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

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:

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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!

Hurrah! Kelly Kilmer is Coming! Kelly Kilmer is Coming!

Kelly always looks extra happy when she's finished setup!

Due to popular demand, Kelly Kilmer is indeed scheduled to make her Northern Colorado appearance this summer. She will be here August 26, 27 and 28. The final details in terms of times and pricing are being worked out as I type this, but know this much:

THE CLASS INFO

Serenity Bundles will be held on Friday, August 26. This will be a full day, with a lunch break.

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Serenity Bundles

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. This class is actually MULTIPLE classes in one! You will be learning techniques that apply to a variety of art forms (think art journaling, collage, etc…) as you create layered, unique pages. You will also be creating at least two different books.

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Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling

Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling will be a 2-day class, Saturday 8/27 (there will be a lunch break) and Sunday 8/28.

Art journaling is about discovery and self expression. Your journal is your safe place to explore, express and experiment. It’s your place to get lost as you repeatedly find yourself between the layers of paper, paint and pen.  In this unique workshop, 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.

THE CLASS LOCATION

Community Creative Center at the Historic Carnegie Building
200 Matthews St., Fort Collins, CO
Basement workshop
Exact times and prices should be finalized in the next few days and they will be added to the shop on this site. Join our Facebook group or Meetup group to be updated when this is ready for you to sign up. Questions? Comments? Think you might be joining us? Comment here!

RECAP: Sewn-Over-Straps Bookbinding Technique, Taught by Marcy McKenzie

Sadly, I was still out of commission after our vacation and missed Marcy’s bookbinding workshop on September 13, 2014. Luckily, Rachel Wallace was willing to do a little writeup for us. Take it away, Rachel!

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(photo by Lynn Henry)

If you know me, you know I love workshops. I love learning new techniques.  This weekend I attended the FREE (yes!!! it was free!!!!) sewn-over-straps binding taught by MAS artist Marcy McKenzie. Bookbinding has been one of those mysterious, elusive techniques that seemed too formidable to tackle. But did I mention, I love workshops?? And a free workshop to boot.  So I was definitely in!

Marcy had everything ready for us and lots of book covers and straps to choose from — which were also free.  Marcy showed us several books she had bound using this method ranging from small to big, from straps inside to straps outside and for use as a photo journal or art journal or just about any use you can think of which got me to thinking about all the ways I can now use this binding.  The technique was not difficult, but can be modified to make each binding custom.

After making a exemplar, and showing us the wonderful kettle stitch, we were off. Marcy made learning this binding method easy and encouraged me to try a couple of new ways to work on the binding.  Combined with the camaraderie of the other students, and the new techniques I learned, I can hardly wait to start creating my next book!

Thank you Marcy for showing us the beautiful books you have made and for sharing your knowledge and thank you to Lynn Henry who opens her home to artists and students.

Book binding frenzy!
Book binding frenzy! (photo by Marcy McKenzie)

Spotlight: The Painted Book with Kelly Kilmer

As you can see from the counter on our home page, we have roughly four weeks until Kelly Kilmer graces our humble learning space with her awesome presence. But remember, you must sign up and pay in full by 7/11 in order to get into her workshops, so don’t delay!

We’re all very excited because Kelly is going to teach a class with paint this summer (we really missed Kelly’s excellent color theory lessons and getting messy with the paint last year)! Kelly promises that “We’ll explore a variety of mediums including watercolor, gouache, and much, much more.” I can’t wait to see what she comes up with!

Sign up for The Painted Book: An Exploration in Layers

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