Thursday, 8 September 2016

Wanderlust 2017

I am very happy to have been invited back as one of the teachers for wanderlust 2017!

Wanderlust is whole year long journey - an online event offering you videos from 24 guest teachers and 2 resident teachers on weekly basis (each one is full length, high quality and downloadable), access to the Wanderlust Community with a supportive and friendly atmosphere, where all classes are gathered. You will also find there various activities that will stimulate your creativity and motivate you to simply enjoy the process of making art. Together with the classes you will also get an exclusive whole year discount to leading art and craft retailers. Wanderlust is the perfect alternative to in-person classes!

Buy Wanderlust 2017 before 31st December 2016 and save 20%!
Early Bird Price - £79! (regular price £99)
Now it’s a great time to buy the class to take advantage of the current exchange rate!

Follow the teacher's reveals every day on Everything Arts Social Media. Every day somebody new!
As far revealed are: Mary Wangerin, Wilna Furstenberg, Amanda Grace, Alena Hennessy, Guiana, Jessica Sporn, Mindy Lacefield, Dyan Reaveley, Kate Crane, Finnabair, Vicky Papaionnou, Rae Missigman, Sandra Evertson, Nicki Dennett, Jo Firth-Young, Azoline, Wendy Brightbill, Lorraine Bell, Marta Lapkowska.


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Dare 2 Create with Tracy, Three Colour Challenge!

Before Tracy left for vacation, we decided to have a Dare 2 Create challenge one evening. We hooked up the webcams, grabbed a blank canvas and a glass of wine each and decided to limit ourselves to just 3 colours from the Media Line: Pyrrole Red, Carbon Black and Titanium White (I would argue that this is a one colour challenge as black and white are officially not colours but hey!).

We give ourselves these challenges for a few reasons: 1) to push each other out of our comfort zones, 2) to learn and discover new techniques, 3) to de-stress, 4) because it's great fun, and 5) it's a damn good excuse to chat and have a glass (bottle) of wine together, even though we are over 5000 miles apart :).

Here are our finished 3 colour canvases:

I love Tracy's canvas and am claiming it for myself when we meet up again in Chicago for The Ministry of Mixology event. (Ministry is down to its last 4 places out of the 70, so if you want to come you better get in quick! We'd love you to join us for 2 days of painting and a whole lot of fun!)

Details and bookings can be found here

Now we challenge those of you in our private groups to have a go or if not already a member come and join the fun! 
We will award two DecoArt Red/Black/White prize packs (1 per group so make sure to upload those projects!). Deadline is September 26th…..

Head to the groups below for more info

Thursday, 14 July 2016

We Dared.. you Created!

Well, what a fabulous, fun-filled and furious weekend I had at Dare to Create with Tracy Weinzapfel. Two days of mixed media workshops were topped off with a live, interactive Dare to Create session which we taught jointly on Sunday afternoon. I'm worn out but elated by the wonderful comments from the students who came along - thank you all for your lovely feedback and more so for giving Tracy such a warm welcome on her debut appearance in the UK.

Here we are looking fetching in our handmade aprons, courtesy of Debbie Martin. Pink's my colour don't you think?

My Saturday Workshop
Tracy's Saturday Workshop

I've known Tracy for quite a long time and she wasn't going to get away without a prank or two on my part - I might have hidden eight alarm clocks in her room and set them to go off a few minutes apart. She got off pretty lightly really! I expect she's already plotting her revenge for when I go to the States later in the year...

Thanks to everyone for embracing and joining in with our tomfoolery and wearing your 'Tracy, is it dry yet' caps with pride! (If this reference is lost on you, check out pretty much any video of Tracy's and just watch!)

There were so many creative variations coming out from the students - fabulous to see so many people embracing their creativity.

Artwork by Brenda Brown

Artwork by Carol Findon

Artwork by Suz Humphreys

Thank you to everyone who came along and to Art Workshops for organising the weekend. We hope you had as much fun as we did and that we'll see you all again sometime.

Tracy and I will be appearing together again at the Ministry of Mixology weekend retreat in Chicago this October. There are still a few places remaining and we'd LOVE it if you'd come and join us!