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Win a free Online Class!! YeS!! The Joy of Mixed Media Assemblage starts soon!!

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Its a happy thing when you move your hands and make things! This class is a great excuse to go on the hunt or finally use all the pieces and parts that you have collected. And its fun to combine things and photos in a fresh new way πŸ™‚

Here are a few tips for the type of box you might find to turn into an assemblage..one way is to purchase a “cradled wood panel” like the one above, or dig through antique shops, attics, yard sales, thrift stores and look for a great wooden box that has lived a full life and has “juice” and character, like the one below. One thing to keep in mind is finding a box that is one or two inches deep, and its also important to look for the sides edges of the box to be at least one half inch to one inch wide.. the reason for this is that you will need a little room to nail your plexiglass to the box….see the tiny nails….its an easy and great way to give your assemblage a fabulous finish πŸ™‚ add some wire on the back and it will be ready for hanging on the wall πŸ™‚

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Do you have a great stash of wonderful “found” things? I bet you do πŸ™‚

Leave a quick comment below to be in the drawing for one free online class, The Joy of Mixed Media Assemblage.

I will announce the winner on Thursday evening, October 23, class starts on Monday October 27th πŸ™‚

If you have already registered (thank You) if your name is drawn, we will happily credit you for your class! XOXO


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Which is more fun? Making things with our hands or sharing them? Do you have a favorite?

summer fun, making painted rocks and leaving them out in the world for anyone to fine and enjoy

summer fun, making painted rocks and leaving them out in the world for anyone to fine and enjoy

Wow! This is a bit like the chicken and the egg question….making art seems to the the answer……..because it is always fun and it seems to come first…….. But when I think about it, many, many times when I first feel that pull to make something, (which is very often, in fact I feel “cranky” if I go to many days without moving my hands) I find myself most excited about making something for a friend or family member. It may just be a sweet little card or note to say thanks for something thoughtful that happened, or its a birthday, or just a random playful act that was inspired by something funny that happened with a certain person in mind.

I don’t know about you, even the days when I am not sure what to make next, getting my hands moving by making something for someone will start the entire process and away we go!! Art mAking ensues!! As much fun as the actual making of things, is the joy of the moment when you share it!!Β I love that part too!!! I guess its just a delicious cycle.

I have also found great joy in sharing the “how to” of moving our hands, through teaching. It’s just another way of sharing art and encouraging others to find their voice in this glorious game of creativity. And the sharing that goes on in class is truly one of the most enriching and satisfying things of all. As a teacher I have found that we all learn so much from each other. The dynamic of sharing is multiplied!! It is always astounding how much I learn when I teach and how incredibly generous and giving everyone in class is! The atmosphere of encouragement and the willingness to help each other experience that great basic joy of creating is so enriching!

So I encourage you not only to move your hands πŸ™‚ and remember that there is no wrong way to do anything!! In my mind its always only a layer anyway so you can’t really mess it up….which is very freeing! So let yourself play and make things and share them! Post them! Give your work as gifts! Have a gallery show! Do an outdoor show! Do an online show! Blog about your work! Enter a contest! Sell your work!! Make sweet things and leave them out in the world anonymously! There are tons of ways to share what you make! And Bravo to you for the bravery and brilliance to do both! I think the two things, making art and sharing it, go hand and hand! A perfect circle!

painted stick!

painted stick!

sending love!!

xoxox


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AND THE WINNER OF ONE FREE 2015 LIFE BOOK CLASS IS……….

pUre Joy is what I experienced being able to learn about all of your art dreams. It was amazing to think how much we are all alike…..so many of us just want to find the time to move our hands and make something wonderful and to share it. Thank you all for writing such thoughtful replies. I feel like we are a like minded tribe of creatives and I know that LIFE BOOK will help us all celebrate ourselves and our artful dreams.

soooooo, DruM RoLL pleaSe!!!!!
the winner is, and I had to go random with this because I would love to get to know each and everyone of you through LIFE BOOK but I could only choose one………………..JUNIPER STOKES of Livingthroughthesenses

Congrats and I hope you have an fantastic LIFE BOOK experience!! I will contact Tam and let her know you are my winner!! ENJOY!!!
LIFE BOOK is now open for registration if anyone wants to join the fun please push this link!

https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1376375&c=ib&aff=281968&cl=160389

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