Monday, October 31, 2016

Book of Intentions: Saturday, December 3rd at Maria's Studio in Fremont, CA

We're coming up to the busy time of year, a time when it seems that each holiday or event is right around the corner. In the rush of the holiday season, we tend to lose track of the present and miss the smaller, every day things that are right in front of us.

I am teaching a new class that I've developed especially for this time of the year. I chose Maria's studio to debut the class as it is a creative, nurturing, encouraging and inviting space. Plus, I have very special plans for those of you who sign up for Saturday's class... 

This is a one day special workshop (Saturday, December 3rd) with a special (optional) bonus second day (Sunday, December 4th) adventure in the city: on the go shopping, sight seeing and on-the-go art making!  

The Book of Intentions
Saturday, December 3rd 
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Maria's Studio in the Niles Section of Fremont (Information will be sent once you sign up though if you have any questions, please email me.)

Sunday's On-the-Go Art Adventure is still in the planning stages and is open to students who sign up for Saturday's workshop. We will be going to some of my favorite art and inspiration places (yes, that means paper, pen and bookstores!) Bring your journal and a very small on the go art kit, you never know when and where inspiration will strike us. Please note any costs on Sunday (transportation, food, etc...) are *not included* in Saturday's workshop fee. This is a pay as you play and we will each be on our own for food and fun stuff on Sunday.  

The Book of Intentions is a fresh, new workshop that teaches a variety of NEW ideas involving collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more.

My workshops are always process-based learning while creating something completely unique to you.
Please note there is a small supply list.

Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of the classes.

Interested in signing up? Questions? Please email Kelly for more info!

Payments for the Fremont, CA workshop must be made in advance. Due to the fact that the teacher is traveling from Los Angeles and must prep for the workshops in advance, there are no cancellations allowed. No refunds.

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.

The class fee includes a vast array of mediums and materials to complete the necessary project. It is well known that I do not travel light to any of my classes. I will be bringing such things are:

  • all materials necessary to complete the project (handmade paper, decorative paper, board, glue, etc...)
  • bookbinding supplies (thread, awl, needles)
  • rubber stamps 
  • ink pads 
  • decorative tape
  • stencils
  • pens and markers
  • gel medium
  • collage ephemera and much, much more.
I do not travel light to my classes at all!



If you have any problems with the paypal buttons (they can be finicky sometimes, please email me at 

The Book of Intentions
Saturday, December 3rd 
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Plus a special bonus second day (Sunday, December 4th) adventure in the city: on the go shopping, sight seeing and on-the-go art making!  

As we close 2016 and welcome 2017 with open arms, I want to set the tone for the coming year, one of possibility, creativity and connection. 

We will begin this class with a bit of recycling. You will transform found ephemera, acrylics, some of my most favorite art supplies, as well as a few new tricks and techniques into a new and unique to you journal. I have never taught journal making quite like this before and I am excited to share it with you!

You will create entirely unique to you pages that set your intentions for the coming year. Think of it as a vision board meets planner all combined and rolled up into a very expressive (and impressive) art journal. Learn to combine the visual with the written to create soulful and inspirational pages.

Lao Tzu once said,"To see things in the seed, that is genius." What ideas will spark your interest in this all day, (painted) hands on workshop? Be prepared to have fun, get messy and leave inspired!

If you have tools and toys at home that you haven't played with in awhile, why not set some aside and bring them to class? Better yet, we will also host a mini art supply swap! Bring some of your old favorite art supplies and trade them in for new favorite toys! 

As with all of my Saturday workshops in Fremont, you are invited to stay after class for dinner (on your own) as well as late night art making and great company. 

Supply list: an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, permanent black ink pad (only if you have one), a container for your paint water,  1 to 2" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), 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.)
I hope to see YOU there!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

What I'm Reading

I started reading Musa Mayer's Night Studio: A Memoir of Philip Guston (her father) a few days ago and have had a hard time putting it down. Guston is an artist that I know absolutely nothing about. I'm not familiar with his work or life and yet after I flipped through the pages of the book several times, I was compelled to pick it up, a birthday purchase and a true gift. 

I've been a bit obsessive about reading artist bios this year. Last night I saw copies of Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow as well as Turner: The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J.M.W. Turner, both books that I immediately added to my wishlist. 

If you've ordered stencils from me, I'm going to drop them in the mail tomorrow morning. Thank you again! 

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Stencils For Sale

For the past couple of years, my students and art friends have been asking me where to buy the above stencils. Both were discontinued by Crafter's Workshop. I have a limited amount for sale on the blog today.

The stencils are 6x6". They are also extremely limited and once they are gone, I do not know if I will be able to sell them again.
 Mini Kasbah
Mini Ribcage 

You will receive one of each of the above six inch stencils (so, two stencils.)
$15 Price includes shipping for US residents.
$18 Price includes shipping for non US residents.

SOLD OUT. Please email me at if you are interested in getting on the wait list. I may do one more order if there is enough interest.

Thanks so much!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Heads Up: Friday at Noon PDT

This Friday at Noon PDT on my blog, I will be selling two of my favorite 6 x 6" stencils that many of you have asked about over the years. I don't have many of them, so they are extremely limited. At Noon, Los Angeles time, a new post will pop up with more information and paypal buttons. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email me at
Thanks for your interest!

Monday, October 24, 2016

2016 Workshops

Here is my list of classes for 2016.

I'm ALWAYS looking for new teaching venues so if you know of any that may be interested, I'd love to hear. I have taught a wide range of ages from individuals to small groups to large gatherings. I have held classes at stores, museums, backyards, garages, studios, public and private schools as well as private homes. I also am available for teaching home schooling art classes.

My workshops are always process-based learning while creating a unique product. I am well known for not traveling light and bring a large variety of supplies including (but not limited to) collage material, rubber stamps, stencils, pens, markers, tape and more.

Please note the small supply list for each class.

If you're not near where I'll be teaching, but you're interested in taking a class, I do offer a variety of online classes (27 different online workshops as of March 2015.) You can find out more info on the right side of my main blog.

Thank YOU for your interest! 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

What I Saw at The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

I couldn't take photos of everything in the museum, but here are some of my favorites from my visit as well as some of the best shots (my cellphone doesn't always cooperate so I had to leave out a few of my favorite paintings that were just too blurry or dark.)

What I saw and experienced on this trip has definitely left a mark on me. It will take some time to process my time in New Mexico. I am eager to return. 

"To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage." Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Santa Fe, NM
The Wideness and Wonder of the World
O'Keeffe's New Mexico
O'Keeffe's Far Wide Texas
Abstract Nature
My New Yorks
Preserving a Legacy Frames of Mine

Related Posts:
Georgia O'Keeffe's PaintBox  
Video Post of the PaintBox 
Santa Fe, NM 2016

Georgia O'Keeffe's Home and Studio Tour in Abiquiu