A Nice Little Suprise

I have been anxiously awaiting the new Somerset Art Journaling magazine. I have not seen anything but a peek at one of my articles in the ad at Stampington. One of my workshop attendees and dear friends Nancy Lefko is going to be featured as well, so we have been emailing to see if the other got their copy yet, lol! For those who missed out on the first issue, (it sold out pretty quickly) this publication reads more like a book. It is full of not only lovely pages, but informative articles and tips from a variety of artists. It is an inspiring read. Back to my story, while accosting the mail lady the other day, I did get another great publication from Stampington, Somerset Holidays. I was originally slated to have this piece in the first issue last year, but they held on to it for this issue instead. It is kind of a look back in time to see work that you did well over a year ago published. My hubby said, oh yeah, I kind of remember that! It will be fun to get this altered Halloween Cookbook back in time for the holiday. We enjoy Halloween a lot in our neighborhood full of kids. This holiday issue is packed with ideas for all holidays, and this is the perfect time of year to start planning ahead, the kids go back to school next week…
On the horizon, Jenny Doh has asked me to do a ‘Workshop’ and ‘With One Palette’ features in a couple of upcoming Somerset Studio issues, so my muse is already working on ideas for those.
While back to school and end of summer bring a tinge of sadness, it also brings free time that just can’t be found during those lovely sunny days. I have a full line up of projects to work on and I’m itching to start, but for this week, I want to squeeze out some more fun in the sun!

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Canvas, Act 2

I have so many things to share with you! The Sisterhood of the Traveling Canvas has begun their own Blog!! We will be sharing in a sisterly fashion, all about our art journeys and include information about where we are going, what we are doing, glimpses into our art and personal lives, and lots of artsy goodies along the way. This blog will be all about sharing our love of Art and each other. We hope our little community will inspire you to create your own little communities, to share in the joys and sorrows of an artistic life.

The first order of business over there is to begin spreading the word about our contribution to aid the fight against Breast Cancer. We have joined The Pink Team and offered up the lovely canvas AND the journal that are featured in the current Somerset Studio! They will be raffled off in a very cool way. This cause has become near and dear to my heart as my step mom was diagnosed right at printing time of our article. It was our intent to auction the work and journal off for a charity right from the start, but when I shared with my sisters of my step mom’s diagnosis, they stepped right up to the plate and agreed to donate our proceeds to this worthy cause.

We would so love to have you stop by our fledgling blog and follow our journey right from the start. We will be including a post showing the never before seen pictures of the canvas in progress with some thoughts from the participants.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Canvas

Well I mugged the mail lady today and finally got my copy of the latest Somerset Studio. She asked how I knew the magazine was coming so I showed her the article and she ended up staying to chat for several minutes:-) It is good to be friends with the mail lady!
I am saving this to read on a plane tomorrow (if all goes well) but on my first run through I was excited to see several friends in addition to the sisters of the traveling canvas. Chrysti Hydeck has the most wonderful artist papers as the free gift inside, gorgeous as well as sharing her technique for making them! Lorraine Reynolds has two amazing assemblages that jumped right out at me.
And then there’s the ‘Sisterhood’. Eight women who came together on the Etsy forums to form the bonds of friends and sisters. Sharing techniques, giving advice, sharing the joys and sorrows of everyday life. Our own little community supporting each other in the way that only another artist can.
When I first had the idea of doing the Sisterhood of the Traveling Canvas, I had a much different vision of what it would be. I realize now that it is what it was meant to be all along. It was the best experience, creating and letting go and watching it develop into it’s final state. Thank you sisters for sharing this experience with me and for all of the other day to day sharing that takes place in our little world.

New Class on Creative Workshops by Nancy Lefko

My friend Nancy Lefko will be teaching an online class through Creative Workshops, registration is now open, so be sure to check it out!
Just as artists benefit from a support system, every work of art needs a supportive background. This five-session class will guide you through the process of creating a background rich in pattern, color and design. We’ll start with the hardback cover of an old book as our base and add papers, paint, designs and inks to create the perfect background to compliment your focal point.This class will be a combination of images, written instructions and video.Workshop begins March 9, 2009Fee: $40