Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summer Class Schedule

The inaugural run of A Taste of Silks ends today and I must say that I have been amazed at what the participants have been creating (take a peek here).  There is a lot of buzz around these gorgeous new products from Luminarte and I am thrilled that they invited me to offer this class on their website.   The class has been so popular that I will be offering it again on the Luminarte website starting July 13th, 2012. Registration will be opening soon.  For more information click here.

In the meantime, I am gearing up for a very big summer of online teaching. Sadly, I had to decline a number of invitations to teach at retreats and in-stores this summer.  My impending house move has meant packing up my studio and setting up in an entirely new location.  This, and helping my family settle into a new home, in a new town is forefront on my agenda.  I'm not ashamed to say that I am first and foremost a mother and wife, everything else comes next.

Still, I am thrilled that several of my online classes will be running over summer.  Watercolor Pencil Workshop gears up for another run on I've added some new projects to get your teeth into, including some luscious projects and tips for using Neocolor II's Water-Soluble Crayons. If you've never had the chance to really learn how to use your watercolor pencils and crayons, then come on into this class.  The emphasis is on technique with lots of hands on projects to get you going.  It covers a lot of ground, and as such the content comes to you in weekly PDF files that you can download and keep forever, and the exclusive online class forum is a wonderful place to share, ask questions and engage in discussion.  Watercolor Pencil Workshop begins on June 28, 2012 and runs for 6 weeks. If you'd like to know more, or to register, click here.

Mastering Twinks makes a return appearance at for a 6-week summer run.  Hundreds of participants have already discovered the twinkling, shimmering world of luminescent watercolor technique.  These sparkling little jewels are not like any other watercolors you've used.  The mica properties give them their own light source, literally illuminating your work.  This class is jam packed with technique, exercises and projects and begins on July 26th, 2012.  For more information or to register, click here.

Wisdom Circles which is my workshop offering as part of 21 Secrets, is continuing its run through to 1st January, 2013.  21 Secrets is an online art journal playground that offers participants 21 workshops from 21 amazing instructors.  It is running now through to January 2013 and access to all of the workshops and materials is unlimited to participants for the duration.  I must say, I've been doing some of the other workshops myself and they are amazing.  If you'd like to learn more about Wisdom Circles, click here.  If you'd like to learn more about 21 Secrets, click here.

So with my house and studio being packed up I have been working out of a little art bag with limited supplies.  This is the time when my watercolor pencils and sketchbook become indispensable. This painting of a periwinkle was done using watercolor pencils and water-soluble crayon.  These tools are so easy to use that I can sit on the couch and create without any mess or fuss.  I've also been creating watercolor pencil pages while sitting in a cafe, waiting at the doctors office, and more recently when at the playground.  They are the perfect no fuss, no mess, take anywhere medium.  If you haven't tried watercolor pencils or crayons yet, then I suggest you give them a try, and if you want to learn more about how to use them, then please join me for Watercolor Pencil Workshop.

Thanks for checking in. xx

(The wonderful Jenn McLean over at Just Add Water Silly has a terrific challenge in the Artist's Playroom this week--Magnify.  Click here to check it out.)