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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Collage and Composition Workshop


online workshop

presented by

and guest teacher, TERRI SPROUL

Collage and Composition Workshop

I am one of the three teachers teaching this class  Weekly online workshop for 8 weeks.  You will have access each week to each session as they become avalable  Choose to view and work own your own schedule, at your convenience, and an added bonus of private facebook intereaction. 

Beginning March 17, 2015!

Terri Sproul will be featured as a guest teacher!!!  Three + one... for the price of one workshop! 

  4 highly qualified, experienced art teachers times 8 weeks of in-depth instruction equals collage making that you can't afford to miss! 

This workshop is designed help beginners as well as the experienced artists improve their composition skills. Each teacher will present her own unique style and technique to create dynamic collage while simultaneously applying art design principles that will take your art to a new level. 

The principles learned in this class apply to all media in art and can be easily transferred to any future creation.

For more information contact me here:

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Meet the CoulorArte Design Team

And I am one of them!!!!  So honored to be chosen to represent this wonderful company with so many talented artists!!!

ColourArte Design Team

Meet our Design Team

We are so excited to announce our new design team, this team will start posting project with full direction for you on our blog starting March 1st.
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bio - Terri Sproul
Terri Sproul is the force behind  DVD called “MasquePen Magic” to see more of her video check out her Youtube Channel at and join her live there on Tuesday Night for a Live stream. She is a diverse and experienced CHA Designer, design team leader and instructor for multiple companies in the paper craft world including “ColourArte”, “ Robin Nest”, “Creative Paperclay®”, “Sakura Hobby Craft” and Arnold Grummer!”. Terri and her husband Marc have the pleasure of living in San Diego County on top of Palomar Mountain. She has received a Bachelor of Scrapbooking Arts from Creating Keepsakes and Bachelor of Scrapbooking Education from EK Success. Terri’s passion is teaching fellow Scrapbooker’s and Stamper’s new techniques, and to think ‘out of the box’ and ‘off the Page.’ Visit her website and blog to see all the exciting stuff she does at – link to blog is also there.
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I have no fear of getting messy and mixed media is my safe place where I can finally let go of everything. I love mixing colors and mixing techniques and when I go to sleep with ink on my hands I know I lived my day full! Love working on TAGs, ATCs, canvases and altered objects.
I hope I will inspire you with my projects!
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My name is Barbara Rankin, and I am so thrilled to be on the ColourArte design team.  I am a self-taught paper and mixed media artist, with my early beginnings making cards and gifts for family and friends.  I picked up my first rubber stamp in 1995, before the internet had so much inspiration to offer up-and-coming artists.  I love to learn, and I love to share what I have learned with others.  I love adding dimension to my projects, and just about everything I make has it in some form or fashion.  I am currently on two other design teams, Altered Pages and House of Cards.  I have been published in several paper and e-magazines, as well as a contributing artist in a book.  I have also been asked to make samples for display at CHA, as well as being a guest designer for Craftwell USA and Unruly Paper Arts.  I call Memphis, Tennessee, my home, which I share with my wonderful husband of 32 years and two adorable Yorkie sisters, all of whom make my life fabulous.
Jill Berry
Jill is a mixed-media artist who makes books, maps, paintings and other story-telling structures. She works in mixed-media with a bent towards classical art and teaches painting, lettering, journaling, mapmaking and various other mixed media classes worldwide.
You can her work in Somerset StudioLetter Arts Review and Cloth, Paper ScissorsArt Journaling magazine, Drawing LabJournal It! The Complete Decorated Journal, 1000 Artists’ Books, and various other publications. She has written two books: Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking and Map Art Lab and is working on a third.
Jill feels that art is necessary and accessible to everyone.
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Hello everyone! My name is Tetiana Komarova, however in the scrap world I use my nickname Taniko. I’m 27 years old and I live in Kiev, Ukraine. Currently there are three important matters in my life: my family – all my time is devoted to upbringing of my son Tim, postgraduate studies – for already two years all my mental efforts has been thrown to the writing of dissertation, and scrap – in 2011 I plunged into this exciting world and still depend on it.
I like to experiment and to make projects in different styles but my favorite is mixed-media. I adore mixed-media techniques because they give me the freedom to express myself and appear to be the best tool for the realization of creative potential. I formed my own view on this style and my projects are created with using contrasting colors. As for me the best colour combination that works together well is: turquoise+lime+yellow. I’m really obsessed about turquoise colour and you can find it in every my project!)) I like to make lots of layers and add different interesting small details, play with texture paste and acrylic paints, use bright colors and fabrics. My favourite type of craft are layouts 30*30cm, canvases and alter projects. I can’t imagine them without splashes of acrylic paint! My motto is: “Follow your scrap instinct to wherever it takes you”!
Best regards,
Tetiana Komarova (Taniko)
Rita - bio
 When all the other little girls were playing with dolls and barbies
I was cutting pasting, drawing and painting! Lucky me, my mama kept
well stocked in arts and crafts supplies! It’s no wonder that years
later, all grown up with kids of my own I still love my art supplies
and I keep my kids stocked up too! In my work I hope you will find
encouragement, a little whimsy, something pretty or at least
something to make you think. I believe we need to be thankful for
what we have and focus on the positive! My work is always growing
and changing…evolving! Please visit my site
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I am married to my best friend, Scott and between the two of us we have 4 children ~ 2 grown young adults and 2 teenagers. I work as a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room. In my free time, I enjoy creating various projects ranging from cards, home decor, tags to scrapbook pages. I love to use a variety of mediums such as paints, inks, texture pastes and anything else that allows me to be creative.
Hello all! My name is Marie-Josée Hamel and I am 39 years old. I am a French Canadian living in Gatineau, close to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, with my husband and my daughter, Emily, who is 10 years old. I fell in love with scrapbooking in 2006, while visiting my friend in the United States, and I haven’t stopped scrapping since then. My main source of inspiration is color, so I am thrilled to be designing for ColourArte, because I will have the chance to use tons of wonderful colors on my projects. I love to create layouts, but also mixed media projects and cards. I can’t wait to share my work with you!
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Hello there! Greetings from sunny Singapore! My name is Yvonne and I love to make stuff, especially using unexpected “found” stuff around my house (or someone else’s) *winks* Cute things, vintage findings, pretty trinkets. I LOVE them all! :)
My style is eclectic at best but really a mishmash of whatever tickles my fancy at that point in time! I love to experiment with mediums and play with textures. My projects always involve some form of upcycling and loads of colour.
Magda - bio
My name is Magda and I always have been known as Magda Polakow. I’m Polish but I live in the UK with my hubby and two four-legged girls. I discovered scrapbooking in 2009 and since then I have been running a blog ( ).
Before scrapbooking I was painting and drawing a lot which gave me a great background to combine both and fulfil myself in Mixed Media. I create mixed media canvases, tags and alter things but my real love is art journaling. This form of art gives me a freedom and opportunity to experimenting. I like working with various products, mixing them together and waiting to see with what I end up. Experimenting and learning in the same time new things is a great part in my creative journey.
cindy - bio
My name is Cindy Brown alias Talkis on some Quebec forums. Those who know me say I am a dynamic girl who left to mark the way. Hyperactive by nature I channel my energy into lots of scrapbooking projects.
I have a boyfriend that I love and two dogs that I love children waiting Who Will one day. I am very close to my family. I also yours my artist from my grandma talent. She follows me even on Facebook.
Scrapbooking entered my life in 2006 because I wanted to make an album of my dogs. I found my shoe off and since then I am a compulsive buyer! I love discovering and trying new products especially. I want them all !!!!!
I love watching everything around me and inspires me to create. Making the rounds of blogs and Pinterest is also a joy for inspiration.I started this passion by making pages and then I‘m exploring the mixed media to return to pages by adding a touch of mixed media. I can not say I have a particular style,what I can say is that I like to explore all avenues.
Hope to show you my creations with the products of ColourArte During my term.
shilpa - bio
Hi, I am Shilpa, I stay at Bangalore in India. I painted since childhood. Originally I am a card maker, hooked to Mixed media couple of years back. And now creating journal pages and playing with mixed medias is my passion. Usually my creations are vibrant, Lively and colorful. My art keeps me sane.
Apart from art I am a voracious reader and enjoy cooking!
I am very excited to be part of this very talented team!

My name is Kasia Bogatko, I’m 33 and I’m from Poland. I live here with my lovely husband and our big dog. I am a scrapbooker since over 4 years. For me it is the best way to relax after a hard day. Mixed media style are my biggest love. My works are full of layers, splashes, paints and mists. I make scrapbook pages, mixed media and off the page projects. I’m very happy that I can show my projects here. Please fell free to visit my blog 
linda smith
Art is not my hobby; it is my life, and paint is my passion!  For 12 years I was an art hungry child in a small school with no creative opportunities, but my family provided supplies for me to create art on the back of old wallpaper rolls. In college I enrolled in every art class I could find. I earned both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Education degrees at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. Tahlequah is the national home of two Native American tribes, and my works often rerflect that influence.  I traveled to many states and European countries to further my art education through self-guided studies.  I have been an art teacher for 40 years, and particularly enjoy motivating students who claim that they are not artistic.   I believe everyone is an artist and people who say they are not creative just haven’t discovered their media.. My studio,  Studio A B See is located near Tulsa, OK
Hello!  I am known in the online paper crafting world as Pezadoodle Designs.  I am very excited to be a part of the new ColurArte design team!  I have been an avid fan of all of the ColourArte projects for many many years.  I have been crafting in one form or another for as long as I can remember – my mother dubbed me the queen of make-and-do when I was little.  I did not discover paper crafting until I had my 3rd child 8 years ago and decided to stay home instead of going back to work.  I stumbled upon Tim Holtz and was mesmerized!  Shortly thereafter I acquired a Cricut machine and between the 2 I had found my passion!  Since then I have owned an online stamping store (since closed), started and ran a crafting magazine called Through the Craft Room Door, taught online classes and been on a host of design teams.  I have 2 grown sons, an 8 year old daughter and a brand new grandson who is adorable!  I have multiple crafting personality disorder and love doing very traditional scrapbook pages and cards, digital scrapbooking and graphic design as well as wild and free messy mixed media pieces and art journals!  In addition I love to sew, crochet, bead, and work with clay.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Colour Arte DT Entry. Trivet Shore

I remodeled several rooms a few years ago and had a huge box of caulk left over. Yeppers, toted that baby straight to my studio!  
In the photo above the fragment of a wooden trivet is located slightly left of the center iand serves as the center of interest in this work....thus the title, Trivet Shore.
The work is an abstrract mixed-media  on canvas rendered with acrylic paint, glass pebbles, seashells, and a broken piece of wooden trivet embedded into a bed of caulk.  See detail below:

 I retrieved the wooden trivet piece above from the trash after my aunt's death when her home was cleared of her possessions. This discarded item was a piece of my history. I had admired it all through childhood.  Although someone carelessly broke it, I still love this treasure.  My aunt and I once shared a trip to Hawaii and the fragment reminded me of a sea creature, thus the inspiration for this composition and the title.

Directions to create a similar canvas:

large plastic sheet to cover your work surface
30" x 36" canvas or a size of your choice
extra canvas to catch the drips
fine sandpaper
acrylic paints - Colour Arte carries a variety of dimensional and irridescent paints...perfect for a watery composition
pouring liquid- check in the store's "art painting mediums" section
Tube of caulk- (i used the caulk that fils between the woodwork and wall. Dries hard and isn't pliable when dry.)
caulk gun
glue (I use E-6000, good ventilation needed, but it is very strong)
found objects --- glass pebbles,pearls, seaglass, small seashells
larger found object of your choice for center of interest
Acrylic sealer if desired

The process:

1.  Cover the canvas with gesso and sand lightly.  Gesso creates a compatible surface for paint and washes glide easily on this surface. Although it is not necessary to create a perfectly smooth surface, I knew for this composition I wanted the upper area to be smooth to contrast with the textures I planned to add below, so I sanded the upper area several times.  However, don't fret.  I have always emphasized to my students that any imperfections can be worked into the final composition. Often it is the solving of "mistakes" that pushes our creativity to a higher level.

2.  Mix your favorite shade of blue acrylic paint with a pouring liquid. Prepare a second container of white acrylic paint thinned with pouring liquid, and a third mixture of burnt sienna.  It is ok to add a little water to achieve a thin wash of paint, but be careful about adding water to acrylics. Too much water can destroy the chemical balance of the paint and you don't want to work on a masterpiece just to find the paint is chipping off later. 

3. Work on your canvas over a large plastic-protected surface because it is almost impossible to do the next step without losing a little paint. I  place a second canvas below the first to catch the drips.  Later I use the second canvas to create another composition. 

4.  Pour the blue acrylic mixture on the center of the canvas and tilt in different directions it to control the flow to the areas where you want the paint.  Although you can control the flow to an extent, don't worry if paint does not completely fill the canvas.  Watch how paint glides across the canvas creating its own composition of "happy happenings."  Enjoy the flow and mixture of the colors. It is part of the fun!  You can brush paint into any blank areas or on top of the painted design as desired after the first layer dries.

Use a brush to pull paint to the sides of the canvas.   This practice finishes the edges without the expense of a frame.  Note on the finished detail photo below that I did not bring the textured surface around the edges.  If I should ever change my mind about framing, this flat edge will allow me to fit a frame without damaging the painting.

5.  While the paint is still wet pour some of the white into the blue mixture and tilt the canvas back and forth to create swirls. For blended edges pour wet paint into wet paint. For crisper edges, dry between layers. Add a small amount of the burnt sienna mixture and repeat. You can alternate several layers of this technique until you achieve a pleasant design. Seal the containers.  You will need these mixtures again later.

6.  When the paint is dry, slip a tube of caulk into the caulk gun and snip off the tip of the tube. Start with a small opening. You can always snip off more if you want a thicker stream of caulk. Experiment! Squeeze the trigger from different heights over your canvas to create textures and designs. Sometimes the caulk forms loops above the canvas surface. You may have to encourage those areas to adhere to the canvas using the tip of the tube, an ice cream stick or any disposable tool that will do the job.  If you smooth it too much and don't like the results, you can always squeeze more caulk on top to create an additional layer.  Below is a detail of the finished canvas.  Note the wonderful texture and lines made with caulk.

7; Embed found objects such as glass pebbles, pearls, seaglass, and sea shells  into the caulk while it is still wet.  You can also use glue to add some of the objects to the areas of the canvas.  Add your "center of interest" item near the center, but for the best composition, do not center it exactly in the middle.  If you do not have a special item to add here, cluster some of the found objects together to draw your eye to them. 

8. Check each embedded object to see that it is firmly secured in the caulk.  You may need to use your disposible tool to coax some of the caulk to adhere to the surface of the found object.   

9. LET THIS LAYER DRY THOROUGHLY. It may take a few days to completely cure, depending on the thickness of  the caulk layer. Paint over the caulk and any other areas as desired with the washes you used earlier. It is also ok to let some of the caulk remain its natural color.  I sealed the entire composition with an acrylic sealer when it dried.

10.  Date your canvas on the back...this will be important later.  You won't realize how your art is progressing without knowing what you did in the past.

Finished! ... Pull up a beach chair and enjoy the view!


p. s. 

I am learning to make videos for my 2015 Spring classes!! Hooray!!!!! This will be one of the methods I will teach.  If you are a visual learner.....aren't all artists?.....please stay tuned.  I will post a link for the class here when I improve my video skills. Check back!


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Here is another post you might enjoy the about Colour Arte products combined with a masking tape texture method:  Tempest...Acrylic paint with masking tape texture technique