Monday, November 30, 2009

Hard to believe

Here are all of my journals from my A Prompt A Day class 2009. January through December. I finished the last 11 pages on Friday night. It's hard to believe that the year is almost done. It is hard to believe that these journals are all finished. 365 pages. I still am taking sign ups for December's class. If you're interested, you can find more info here. December's class starts tonight after 8 p.m. PST.

A little fyi-

I am NOT taking the board down after Dec 31st. I will NOT be adding more prompts after that date. I will NOT remove members who join for December.

YES you can still buy pdf files for January-December 2009. They are $25 per month. I will send them to you via email.

NO, I currently have no plans to do A Prompt A Day for 2010. I have other ideas I want to explore in online classes. I MAY bring it back at a later date.

NO, I am not making this group available to anyone other than paid students.

YES you can continue to post and participate in this group past December. If you have paid for December, you are on here until APAD comes down!

If you have ANY questions, please email me.

Thanks again everyone!!!

Happy Holidays,


Sunday, November 29, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

November 14 journal page

Today is the National Day of Listening. People are being encouraged to set aside an hour and to record a conversation with someone that you love.

I really want to do this at the next family get together. Set up my camera in the corner on a tripod and just let it record until it runs out of battery.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm thankful for a lot of things. I have a family I love and who love me. I have good friends. I have a job that I love. I'm thankful for the great news we received this week! Dad was given the all clear by the doctor. He doesn't have to see the doctor again for four months. I have my fingers crossed that everything's okay and that the news stays good. Thanks for all of your good thoughts and prayers.

An interesting book to look for next year-Obsessive Consumption.

Oh, have I told you how much I love Keri Smith?

Go have some good Thanksgiving laughs over at Richard Thompson's blog (whose Cul de sac comics are some of my favorites-and Tristan's too!). Volume two came out recently and guess which one of us read it first? ;)

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Prompt A Day Select a Month Online Class

(Above are all twelve months worth of my APAD journals from January through December.)


WHAT YOU GET-Painting, Collage and Journal prompts DAILY for ONE MONTH via an emailed pdf file. For example, if you choose a month with 31 days, you will receive 93 prompts for that month.

COST-$25 per month

SUPPLIES-Use what you have on hand, do not buy anything!

WHO IS THE CLASS OPEN TO? Anyone and everyone!

HOW LONG DOES THIS CLASS LAST? This is a work at your own pace class. Once you've bought the class and selected the month you'd like, you are free to work at your own pace entirely. I am always available via email if you have questions or problems.


I’VE BEEN KEEPING A JOURNAL FOR YEARS WILL I LEARN ANYTHING NEW? YES, I also am working from my own prompts and it is a wonderful kick in the pants!!!! It’s surreal as an instructor to be working from your own prompts and ideas, but I am loving it and I now have twelve full journals from 2009 solely from my work in this class.
DO THE PROMPTS RELATE TO ANY SPECIFIC DATE OR HOLIDAY? The prompts do NOT relate to any specific date, so you can do them on ANY day. You can mix and match them too!

HOW DO I SIGN UP? Click the paypal button at the bottom of this blog post OR to the top right hand side of this page under A PROMPT A DAY.

WHAT ARE YOUR CREDENTIALS AS A TEACHER?-I have been teaching mixed media art since 1997. I have taught all over the U.S. as well as in Canada and Mexico. I have taught at several of the major art retreats. My work has been published in several books and magazines. I teach every weekend, if not in Southern California, then elsewhere. I have over 300 classes to choose from. I have a lot of students who have been taking my classes on a monthly basis for many years. I love what I do and I am thankful that I have the best job in the world!


For $25 each month, you will receive “a prompt a day”.
There are actually three prompts every day for the month that you sign up:

  1. Painting
  2. Collage
  3. Journaling

The prompts are not just slap paint down, glue a piece of paper down and write something! Nope! That's not how I operate. Each prompt is different and unique. Each technique can be applied to ANY form of mixed media art. For the painting prompt, I offer a variety of ways to layer and apply acrylic paint to the page (trust me, there are thousands of different looks one can achieve with paint). For the collage prompt, I offer a myriad of composition and design techniques on how to use background paper and focal images to bring together a coherent page. For the journaling prompt, I offer a nudge, a guide, a thought of something that affects each and every one of us and a little kick in the pants to write it out and get it onto the page.

The prompts are easy and fun. Some more of a challenge then others. My goal in this class is to get you working, thinking, and stepping outside of your comfort zone. My goal is for you to open your journal, paint, play and express yourself.

Each prompt will contain detailed instructions on how to make at least ONE completed journal page a day. I will also demonstrate how I followed the prompt by showing pictures of my own page a day along with the prompt. These prompts can be used not only for art journaling but also for other mixed media art: canvas, altered books, ATCs, boxes, books, etc... It's actually THREE prompts a day rolled into ONE journal page. So for the month of December
, you are receiving 93 prompts. November's handout was 67 pages long.

Each paid student (for that month) will receive a pdf file of the whole month's worth of class documents (photos and instructions). 

The idea of this project is to inspire you to create something daily! It's like taking a class with me but receiving a prompt a day!

You don't need a lot to do this. If you've been following my blog, you have an idea of the work that I do. If you've taken a class with me, you know my style! I like to give my students an idea to make a page and then I love seeing how everyone translates that idea to make it their own!

This is a new venture for both my regular students and brand new students!! It's open to everyone from beginner to advanced.

Basic supplies are:
A Journal or paper
PVA bookbinding adhesive OR Gel Medium (I like Soft Gel Gloss) or even a glue stick (I like coccoina, avery, scotch-anything labeled permanent). In my journal, at home, a glue stick is my adhesive of choice!
Acrylics-my basic colors are Hansa Yellow Medium (or Azo yellow medium), Quinacridone Magenta, Phthalo Blue, Titanium White, Paynes Grey, Titan Buff and Burnt Sienna-with these colors you can make any color (I like Nova Color but whatever your favorite brand is, will do.)
Gloss or polymer Medium (mix 50/50 with your paints to "extend" them and make them last longer. Do not buy what they label extender as that extends the drying time)
1" chip or bristle brushes
a few favorite pens-mine are: Sakura gelly roll glaze, Sakura Souffle, Latte and sweets pens, Zig Vellum and Writer pens, Faber Castell Pitt Pens (brush stroke, black), Sharpie Poster Paint pens (water based), Micron pens, uniball do not need all of these! Just a pen that will write on paint and paper!
water container
waxed paper
paper towels or old rags
metal ruler
Paper ephemera-collage papers for background and focal, images

Also, please note, I do not want you to have to go buy anything for the class. Use what you have. If you do not have these specific colors of paint, use what is in front of you: Yellow, Red, Blue, etc.. You will get a different look but I really want to stress using what you already own and what's in your studio (or closet, or art bag or wherever you work from!)

I am a firm believer in using the art journal as a tool. It's a place where not only you can express yourself, but you can also form your ideas for various projects and let them develop onto the page. 99.9% of my artwork is done in art journal form.

I am always available to answer your questions and to help!

The prompts and ideas I give lend themselves to a variety of media: canvas, atcs, art journal pages, artist books, cards, altered art and MORE.

This is all NEW material. Even if you've taken every single one of my 300+ mixed media classes, this is something new. You will get new ideas and techniques!

I do not show the journal pages from the online class on this blog. The material you are getting in the class is fresh and new. Exclusive to students.

Each month has NEW and DIFFERENT techniques then the previous ones. The classes are geared towards ALL levels of experience: Beginner to Advanced. Use the prompts to inspire you to make art daily in some form OR work at your own pace and make art when you can.

The prompts are not at all related to the month posted. They stand on their own.

Interested? Use the button below! Questions? Drop me an email at


Sunday, November 22, 2009

New workshop information for Massachusetts!

December 27th through the 30th, I will be in Massachusetts teaching eight workshops in four days.

A Studio in Whitman, MA -December 27th and 28th-four workshops 10 to 2 followed by 2:30 to 6:30

Ink About It Westford MA December 29th and 30th- Registration opens Tuesday, November 3rd. Samples are in the store now! four workshops 10 to 12 followed by 1 to 6


A Studio in Whitman, MA
December 27th and 28th Sunday and Monday

four workshops 10 to 2 followed by 2:30 to 6:30

Interested in signing up? Email Kelly for more info!

Payments for the Whitman, MA workshop must be made in advance. Due to the fact that the teacher is traveling here from Southern California and must prep for the workshops in advance, there are no cancellations allowed.
No refunds.
In the event of a severe snowstorm in the Whitman, MA area, the class may be canceled and money refunded. You may send someone else in your place if you are unable to attend the workshop, or you will receive a kit for the class. You can either pay via paypal (see button below) or send a check or money order. Once you've signed up for the workshop, you will be sent the address and directions to the workshop location. If you have ANY questions you can email me. I will also give you my cell phone number so you contact me.

Whitman, MA Workshops Dec 27th and 28th


Sun, Dec 27th from 10 to 2 p.m. $70

In this workshop, you will create a small and personal hard cover book made entirely by your own hands. We will spend some time binding a journal utilizing a simple and elegant looking stitch. Then we will unfold upon the pages learning mixed media paint and collage techniques while exploring new ideas. Want to make a small book that you can take with you on a daily basis? This is the class for you.

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes)


Sun, Dec 27th from 230 to 630 p.m. $70

This is one of my most favorite books. Bind a paper covered journal from scratch. We will then dive right in and work on the pages. Learn how to layer both paint and paper together onto the page. Create your own unique and personal mixed media tome.

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes)

The Mystique-

Monday, Dec 28th 10 to 2 p.m. $70

In this class you will create an 8 x 11” book with a quick and easy stitch, finished off with an embellished spine! We will explore hands on new mixed media techniques on the pages involving paint, paper and more! Been saving a stash of favorite images? Itching to make a new unique book? Wanting to explore a certain theme or idea? Yearning to work in a fun, new size? Want to get messy and have fun with paint and paper? Eager for new techniques? Then this is the class for you!

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes)


Mon Dec 28th 230 to 630 p.m. $70

Itching to keep a journal?

Stuck in a rut with the book you’ve been working in?

Yearning to learn new tips, tricks and techniques for keeping a journal?

This is the class for you!

In this four hour workshop, you will create your own unique journal from scratch. We’ll start by digging deep into my fabric bag and picking out yummy fabrics for the cover. After we cover our book, we’ll bind it using a fun and easy stitch! Then, we’ll dive onto the pages learning new mixed media painting and collage techniques. Learn how use your journal to document and record and also as a tool and as a reference guide. Learn how fun, easy and relaxing it is to work in your journal daily. You’ll become addicted in a good way! This class is filled with a plethora of ideas to get you working in your journal every day!

Supply list: full Bottle of Aleene's tacky glue, Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), 1 foam brush if you don't want your fingers to get messy from the glue!

You can see more of my pages from my "Transcribed Journal" by visiting previous blog posts-
February 17th through March 17th

I will be teaching the following four workshops at Ink About It in Westford, MA on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec 29th and 30th-


Bring your favorite journal to class and we will spend time working in the journal learning new collage AND journaling techniques. I love combining art and words and I guarantee you will too after this class! We will dive right in using paper ephemera and a myriad of supplies and learn how easy it is to incorporate journaling into your artwork. It’s not hard and it’s a ton of fun! You will receive a handout full of brand new tips, tricks, techniques and journal prompts!

Supply list- Students should, please, bring to class: Journal (with paper “heavy” enough to use with acrylics, etc…), Scissors, bone folder, cork backed metal ruler, 3 1" bristle brushes to paint and glue with, container to hold water, small selection of collage ephemera to use, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels. Questions? Please email Kelly at

The Journey

Many of my students know that I like to vary the size and shape of my journal to ‘keep me on my toes’. In this class you will create a tall, narrow hardcover journal using a special stitch! After binding the book, we will fill the inside pages with paint and collage learning new mixed media techniques. You will walk out of class with a unique handmade book with layered and textured pages created entirely by you!

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes)The Holiday Tree Book

In this two hour workshop, you will learn an unusual bookbinding stitch. It's perfect for any time of year! I love teaching new bookbinding techniques and I guarantee you will love this stitch! It's easier then it looks and it looks ultra cool! It's a perfect place to hold all of your holiday ephemera, photos and musings! (You can use this book for ANY time of the year too!)

SUPPLY LIST- Scissors, bone folder, 2 or 3 bristle brushes to paint and glue (no foam please), cork backed metal ruler, black permanent ink pad (likeVersafine or Memories *if you have one*), container to hold water in, roll of paper towels, and a roll of waxed paper. The instructor will be supplying an array of professional artist acrylics and mediums, rubberstamps, collage ephemera, and all necessary materials.
Kawaii Book

Kawaii has a couple of different meanings in Japanese, but CUTE is the one that stands out. It is also used to define many of various kinds of decorative designer packing tape. In this class, you will get to dig deep into my collection of decorative tape. We will create a one of a kind book with a fun stitch! You will then dive right in learning new and unusual mixed media and collage techniques. We will be incorporating the TAPE onto the pages as we go. If you’ve never used decorative tape before, this is the class for you! If you have a passion and a love for deco tapes, then this is also the class for you! All are welcome! IF you have your own personal tape that you have been itching to use, please bring some to class. But please note, that the teacher does NOT travel lightly and has several huge bags filled with goodies for you to use and enjoy in class.

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes)