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Friday Arting Lab

with Denise

One Friday afternoon each month, 11:30am - 2:30pm

$40 each lab

or

$120 all four labs

Friday, September 30

Friday, October 28

Friday, November 18

Friday, December 12

(Alternative Sunday dates available)*

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Explore one fun art supply or art form each month! Play with different techniques and ideas. Experiment with what you can do with with that media or art form—and leave class with oodles of ideas for how to use it in your art journal or other artwork (not to mention all the papers and bits you'll make to use for collage or other projects). 

At the beginning of each month I will announce the Monthly Arting Lab topic (sign up for the e-newsletter to make sure you get this announcement in your email inbox). Most supplies are provided at the studio, but each lab will also necessitate a small supply list with a few select specialty supplies that we don't have at the studio. I'll also give you a more detailed list of optional supplies should you wish to add them to your personal art supply collection.

Drawing from the fun "Small Bites" Techniques classes we offered over the summer, we will revisit some of those topics as the year goes on—one topic each month—such as:

Ink Pads and Ink Sprays

Doodling and Art Pens

Making Collage Papers

Embossing

Cut-outs and Windows

Handmade stamps

Metallics

Art Sticks (Neo-colors, Pastels, Colored Pencils...)

...and more!

 

Lab Time Is "Think Outside of the Box" Time

While you may be initially interested in some topics and seemingly not in others, we encourage you to put the Monthly Arting Lab on your schedule regardless of topic and know that each and every media and art form offers new learning opportunities...you really never do know how you might be inspired

 

*Alternative Sunday Dates

If you can't make any or all Fridays, we can do an Art Lab during a following Sunday Open Studio Create Time. Arrange with Denise.


Book of the Month with Bibi

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Immerse yourself in the art of bookmaking with the care and guidance of certified bookbinder, <a href="http://www.createfulstudio.com/about-us#bibi">Bibi Summer.</a> One Saturday afternoon each month, explore bindings and structures as you create a different handcrafted book. Experience the pleasure of escaping with Bibi and other creators to craft these handmade treasures in an inviting and pressure-free environment. Come home with four beautiful and unique books and greater knowledge and bookbinding skill.  All supplies are provided at the studio.

Collage Storage Book - Saturday, September 17

Round Trip Travel Journal - Saturday, October 1

 Star Book - Saturday, November 12

Cross-Wrapped Journal - Saturday, December 10

 

While you may register for individual bookmaking workshops in this series as space allows, we encourage you to register for all four workshops with a discount package for the full immersion experience.

Scroll down for workshop descriptions below.

Individual Workshop Fee: $75

 All Four Workshops: $250

Supplies Fee each class: $7 (payable to instructor)

REGISTER HERE

Collage Storage Book

Saturday 9/17
1-5 pm

Create a flat-backed book with an elegant and unique Japanese stab binding for organizing ephemera. Plastic quart-size clear freezer bags form the pages of this storage book, which you can use to conveniently organize and store your small bits and bobs: paper, trim, thread, sewing needles, postage stamps, cut-out words, or all those collage bits you can't bear to throw away. Easily accessible and ready to use the next time you create a mixed-media piece.

Best of all, it’s inspiring just to see your beautiful book sitting on your work space.

Finished size: approximately 9 x 7 inches.

All supplies provided: board, thread, plastic freezer bags, needles, paper, glue, glue brushes, craft knives, cutting surfaces.

Round Trip Travel Journal

Saturday 10/1
1-5 pm
 

Let’s stretch the Do-si-do book and add pockets and envelopes! Create a three-holed bound, two-way hard cover book with a front peek-a-boo window that is compact and portable. Take it with you anywhere. As in the square dance step, you move through the completed Do-si-do book from front to back and then back to front.  When completed, your book will include blank pages for sketching and journaling as well as storage pages to hold postcards, tickets, coins, travel memorabilia and more. It opens from either the front or back for added fun and interest.

Finished size: approximately 4-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches

All supplies provided:  board, thread, needles, buttons, envelopes and paper for the interior pages and covers, glue, glue brushes, craft knives, cutting surfaces.

Star Book

Saturday 11/12
1-5 pm
 

This is a very special three-dimensional book that lies flat when closed, but opens to create a story in six-panel pages that create a star. The pages are created with three layers of your conceptual story in this carousel-like book. We’ll work quickly to cover our front and back hard covers, cut and fold three long sheets of mid-weight paper, and then bind using the three-hole binding method with bookmaker's thread, and add a ribbon to close it and when open, tie the book together.

Finished size: approximately 3-1/2 x 5 inches

All supplies provided: board, thread, needles, buttons, envelopes and paper for the interior pages and covers, glue, glue brushes, craft knives, cutting surfaces, stamps and ink.

 Cross-Wrapped Journal


Saturday 12/10
1-5 pm
 

Create a very special journal with a beautiful cross-wrapped spine. For the final book in our Book of the Month series, we’ll first paint and personalize our front and back covers with inks, stamps, collage elements or acrylic paint. Next, we'll cut and fold our interior pages into 10 signatures of blank pages. Finally, using a handmade template, a bookmaker's cradle and an awl, we'll punch our long stitch patterns into the spines of the interior papers and bind them to our handmade covers—adding some magic to create the finished wrapped spine. All pages lay flat for easy writing or drawing.

Finished size: approximately 4 x 5-1/2 inches

All supplies provided: watercolor paper, thread, needles, and paper, glue, glue brushes, craft knives, cutting surfaces, paint, stamps and ink.

While you may register for individual bookmaking workshops in this series as space allows, we encourage you to register for all four workshops with a discount package for the full immersion experience.

Individual Workshop Fee: $75

 All Four Workshops: $250

Supplies Fee each class: $7 (payable to instructor)

Art Journal Joy

In Art Journal Joy, we gather to make a joyful mess as we explore the power of art journaling both as a personal tool for self discovery and as a creativity practice to learn mixed media.

Our studio is stocked with fun art supplies—and with other art journalers who love to share the joy of creating. Come join us from month to month on Wednesday evenings and let's explore...

Art Journaling is a wonderful and creative practice for those who want to experiment and express in a safe, private place. Your art journal is only for you—no one ever has to see it—so there are no rules! You can try new techniques, express your truth and just play. 

It's also one of the best ways to learn how to express ourselves visually and without pressure. We learn that anyone can art journal and in fact express themselves creatively.  In this class over time we build a repertoire of mixed media techniques as we learn to collage, paint, doodle, assemble (spray, dab, dribble...) and mix materials in amazing new ways.

Often, an ongoing art journaling practice leads to many other adventures in creativity, self expression and art-making.  Fill your art journal with pages of color and insight. Soon your book—and your creativity—will be bursting!

This class is equally fun and useful for beginners and more experienced art journalers.

 

Each Month: $85

Art Journal Joy September: Wednesdays, 9/7, 9/14 and 9/28, 6-9pm

Art Journal Joy October: Wednesdays, 10/12, 10/19 and 10/26, 6-9pm

Art Journal Joy November: Wednesdays, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 6-9pm

Art Journal Joy December: Wednesdays, 11/30, 12/7 and 12/14, 6-9pm

Collage Art Workshops

Create your own mixed media works on wood and canvas as we explore the possibilities of collage and the pleasure of creating with new materials.

with Denise and Laura

Our focus for these workshops will be three different approaches to collage and mixed media

Come in and play with papers and other objects—such as those found in nature, metal, thread and fabric, and found objects—and plenty of glue, paint, ink and mark making tools. With time, space and fun materials at your fingertips, create pieces with your own unique creative expression while learning new collage forms and many mixed media techniques. SCROLL DOWN TO SEE DETAILS ABOUT EACH WORKSHOP BELOW.

 

You can register for one, two or all three workshops—but we recommend that you take all of them of course!

While these three workshops feature projects that are quite different from one another, over the series you will build a small collection of original and cohesive mixed media works not to mention a store of knowledge and new skills.

Most supplies are provided at the studio. Each workshop includes a small supply list of personal items. The supply list will be provided by email upon registration. Please register early as there are limited seats in our cozy studio.

No experience necessary and all experience welcome!

Each workshop: $75

All three workshops: $200

Nature's Elements Collage

Series of small blocks

Saturday, September 10, 11am-3:00pm

First we'll build up colorful backgrounds with layers of collage and acrylic paint on small wooden blocks. Then, we'll weave, wind and assemble pieces of nature, found objects, and any other collage onto our artist's blocks to create a cohesive grouping.

What you will learn:

  • A unique mixed media background technique
  • Acrylic painting and texturing techniques for different surface effects
  • How to join and combine dimensional objects with different kinds of media
  • How to use color, line and form for integrated composition
  • How to handle your inner critic and develop creative confidence

Whimsical Character Collage

on wood panel

Saturday, October 15, 11am-3:00pm

Create your own mixed media piece on a wood artist's panel.  Learn to mix multiple layers of collage, acrylic paint and other media to create your own one of a kind composition that you will be proud to hang on your wall!

What you will learn:

  • A unique mixed media background technique
  • How to create a focal image out of multiple collage elements
  • How to layer for various effects with different media.
  • How to create a cohesive composition
  • How to use texture and how to embellish for final effect.

Intuition's Story

on canvas

Saturday, November 19, 11am-3:00pm

We will will be working on canvas as we gently practice "not thinking" while we create an intuitive collage composition. First we will create a deeply layered but unified background with paint and ink. Then, we will intuitively select collage elements from a store of pre-selected papers (both from the studio and personal supply),  and combine them into a unified and integrated composition with several more layers of paint, ink and other objects and media.

 

What you will learn:

  • A unique mixed media background technique
  • How to combine collage elements to tell a story
  • Multiple methods for integrating collage
  • Mixed Media layering techniques
  • How to handle your inner critic and develop creative confidence
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Most supplies are provided at the studio. Each workshop includes a small supply list of personal items. The supply list will be provided by email upon registration. Please register early as there are limited seats in our cozy studio.

No experience necessary and all experience welcome!

Each workshop: $75

All three workshops: $220

 

Createful Studio is open two Sundays each month this fall!

12pm - 3pm

$15/session

OR

$25/month (two sessions) for members

September 11, September 25

October 9, October 23

November 6, November 20

December 4, December 18

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We can't think of a better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon than to do some arting—with others! 

When you relax, chat a little, start considering this and that without any real agenda, your creativity begins to roam free...and before you know it time has disappeared—and so has your stress!

That is why the studio is now open* two Sunday afternoons each month for this very important create time.  Come in and catch up on your personal art projects while enjoying your create time with others. 

You get full use of the studio and all its supplies. You can work on your art journal, make a collage,  create a gift, or make something for your home. 

You can paint, draw, collage, assemble, color, doodle...work on any project, really—while others are doing the same.

It's affordable—the cost of a cocktail, and oh so much better for you!

And it's easy:

1) Register ahead of time

2) Pay when you arrive, and

3) Bring only your personal art materials—everything else is here waiting for you.

 

*To open the doors, we need a minimum of two and a maximum of six people to register in advance, so please register early.

If we have fewer than two people registered by the Friday before each Sunday date at 5pm, that Open Studio will be cancelled. However, if at least two people have registered, you may register through that Sunday as space allows.

 


ARTING Techniques

Small Bite Summer Series

with Denise

June-July-August, 2016

Learn new techniques with a variety of new and fun art supplies!

Taste some sweet arting fun this summer with this series of "small bite", hands-on, technique-based classes.  At small bite prices and small bite time slots, you can explore an array of fun techniques and learn more about specialty art supplies—one "small bite" at a time.  See the full description of classes and dates and times below.  In a nutshell:

  • Each Techniques Small Bite class is just 1 & 1/2 hours long on your choice of a Friday afternoon (12-1:30pm) or Sunday morning (10-11:30am.)
     
  • The series also features extended or Larger Bite Techniques classes offered one Wednesday evening per month, 3 hours each. This is a chance to explore one topic more deeply.
     
  • You can take as few or as many classes as you'd like, with even lower cost per class if you sign up for a bundle—or take Art Journal Joy Summer. See the full price list to the right. Also listed here.
     
  • Each Small (or Larger) Bite class is also opportunity to add to your personal art stash, one kind of art supply at a time. Learn about the types and brands of supplies needed for each featured technique. There is a small required supply list for each class listed below, and and also get extended recommendations for select specialty (fun) art supplies and specific brands to add to your personal collection.

For any or all classes in the "Small Bite Series listed below, you can Register Here.

DESCRIPTION OF CLASSES

Small Bite Summer Series

 

Ink it up! Fun with Ink Pads and Ink Sprays

 

  • Friday June 3, 12pm - 1:30pm
    OR
  • Sunday June 5, 10am - 11:30am

Ink is an absolute MUST MEDIA in your mixed media artwork. It's transparent and vivid, layers extravagantly, and can be stamped, dripped, dabbed, rubbed, painted, stenciled, sprayed—in a gazillian layered ways. But every kind of ink and every formulation is different. Particularly ink pads and ink sprays. They all behave a bit differently. In this fun small bite class, we'll learn the differences and play with a bunch of inking techniques with a focus on Ranger Distress Ink and Dylusions Ink Sprays.

Small Supply List to Add to Your Personal Art Stash

 

 

Doodle More!

 

  • Friday June 17, 12pm - 1:30pm
    OR
  • Sunday, June 12, 10am-11:30am

Doodling is one of the most natural ways to "draw"' for all of us. It's incredibly relaxing and playful. AND when you develop your own doodling "vocabulary", your mixed media artwork really soars. In this session we are going to learn to add doodling to our mixed media art with different pens for different effects and basically expand our doodling "vocabulary."  You'll leave this class with all kinds of ideas to diversify and embellish and express with your own unique and creative hand.

Small Supply List to Add to Your Personal Art Stash

 

 

Design and Use Your Own Collage Papers

 

Extended 3-hour Larger Bite Technique Session

  • Wednesday, June 29, 6pm-9pm

It doesn't take long to play with mixed media before you develop a deep and abiding addiction to collecting papers!  And yes, we all love to collect and use printed papers we find and buy...but when you want to make your art journal pages or mixed media pieces ENTIRELY your own, you want EVERY ELEMENT to be made by you—including the papers themselves! In this Larger Bite, 3-hour class, learn to createpapers designed entirely by you. And don't think we will cover the tried and true collage method of creating papers... we will explore a wide variety of techniques and mediums to create our own papers and we will also cover how to use those papers in your artwork.

Small Supply List to Add to Your Personal Art Stash

 

Coming in July:

Emboss What?

  • Friday, July 1, 12pm-1:30pm
    OR
  • Sunday July 17, 10am-11:30am

We typically associate the technique of embossing with card-making. And yes, technically, to emboss is to create raised relief elements on paper—often shiny and sparkling relief elements with embossing inks and powders. So let's take this tried and true technique to a whole new level. You will learn how to heat emboss—and gain familiarity with the differences in embossing products—and then we will break out of the mold and explore different ways to add embossed sparkle and shine to your mixed media artwork in surprising ways and using surprising materials.

Small Supply List to Add to Your Personal Art Stash

 

Cut-outs, Windows and Tip-Ins

  • Friday July 15, 12pm-1:30pm
    OR
  • Sunday July 24, 10am-12:30pm

Why does a journal page or even a canvas have to be one dimensional and only visual?  We can apply some construction techniques to our art journal pages and mixed media pieces and add all kinds of interactive, tactile and surprising elements. Learn to build, join, saw, carve and bend your mixed media elements and let your imagination run wild with all the fun techniques you learn in this class.

Small Supply List to Add to Your Personal Art Stash

 

Hand-Carved Stamps

Extended 3-hour Larger Bite Technique Session

  • Wednesday, July 27, 6pm-9pm

It's great to use manufactured stamps in your mixed media work, but again, sometimes we want to make our mixed media pieces entirely our own and use only materials we make with our own hand.  As it turns out, it is quite easy to design and make your own rubber stamps—and it's an amazingly simple, satisfying and relaxing activity, too! And that's not to mention the satisfaction of building a personal collection of your own unique stamps. In this longer "larger bite" techniques class, you will learn how to create create your own hand-carved stamps—andwe will then also take it to the next level and learn some more complicated design-making techniques.

Small Supply List to Add to Your Personal Art Stash

 

Metallic Embellishment

  • Friday, July 29, 12pm-1:30pm
    OR
  • Sunday, August 7, 10am-12:30pm

There's nothing like the sheen of metal in our mixed media artwork. It's a category of its own!  As it turns out, there are a ton of metallic mediums and so many different techniques to add metallic embellishment to our artwork. In this class, we will explore a variety of little known techniques using metallic mediums such as acrylic paints, liquid inks, aluminum foil, craft foil and found metal...

Small Supply List to Add to Your Personal Art Stash

 

World of Art Sticks

  • Friday, August 12, 12pm-1:30pm
    OR
  • Sunday, August 21

If you stop in an art supply store, you may notice there are shelves and shelves of mediums to explore that are not paint or ink! Many of those color mediums come in the form of "art sticks"—mark making tools like pens, pencils and markers—and so much more. There's a whole world of art sticks for you to play with in your mixed media work and that's what we're going to do in this class. Play and explore the possibilities and properties of different art stick mediums such as paint markers (as opposed to ink markers), pastels, art crayons, and pigment sticks. Learn how to use different art stick mediums for different effects—and add many more color affects to your mixed media work than what you can do with just paint and/or ink.

Small Supply List to Add to Your Personal Art Stash

 

Surprise me

  • Friday, August 26, 12-1:30pm
    OR
  • Sunday, August 28

If you've taken a few small bite or other classes with me by now, I know you trust me. If not...well, trust me! This is going to be fu-unnn...

Small Supply List to Add to Your Personal Art Stash

 

Making Artist Trading Cards

Extended 3-hour Larger Bite Technique Session

Wednesday, August 31, 6pm-9pm

As the final "larger bite" three hour class of the season, we're going to get together to celebrate all the new mediums and techniques we learned this summer. Together we will transform a full deck of playing cards in into beautiful miniature art cards using a huge pre-selected stash of art goodies...and your imagination. All materials will be laid out in front of you; you just get to pull, paste, stamp, drip, drop, brush, rub, mark (doodle? emboss? carve?) and create to your heart's content. But beware: creating Artist Trading Cards (otherwise known as ATCs) is an addictive activity that can lead to growing a huge collection of your own.

 

Pricing

 

Each Small Bite class: $20/$15 for members

Bundle of all 7 Small Bite classes: $120/$105 for members

Larger Bite classes: $40/$30 for members

The Full 10 Class Series—Bundle of all 7 Small Bite and all 3 Larger Bite classes: $220/$195

Enjoy Member pricing if you sign up for at least THREE Art Journal Joy Summer classes!

 

Supply Lists

 

Small Supply List to Add to Your Personal Art Stash

Scroll down to look up the supply list for each class. But first, a little about these supplies lists...

For each class, we list a minimum required supply list below—and you will notice that we keep the list small for the class so you don't need to be make a huge investment. Please be sure to purchase the brand of any supply if it is named.

All other additional art supplies and tools are available at the studio. 

You will notice that we also include for each class an optional 'Must Have's' for Your Personal Stash list. They are not actually MUST Have's and they are not required for the class...but once you really play with a featured medium, you just might find you must have a full selection—so I try to help you out with recommendations.

Please bring required supplies to class and if you already own anything on the optional "Must Haves" lists, please bring those too!

Often, supplies are available at local art supply stores. Sometimes, specific brands and media are more easily found online. (Google the full name including brand names to will find various options).

 

Ink it Up! Fun with Ink Pads and Ink Sprays

Class Supply List

  • 1 set of Mini Ranger Distress Ink Pads - any 4 color pack
  • Permanent Black ink pad - either Ranger Archival or Stayz-on

Optional "Must Have's" for your personal stash:

I recommend at least one from each color on the color wheel plus brown:

  • Ranger Distress Ink pads in many colors (Mini's are good start and you can always buy "re-inkers" later)
  • Ranger Dylusions Ink Sprays or other spray ink brands
  • More colors of Ranger Archival and/or Stayz-on ink pads.
  • Also, inexpensive small stamps such as Momentos or Michael's brand, Recollections

 

Doodle More!

Class Supply List

  • 1 set of set Sakura Pigma Micron pens, Black, sizes 005, 01, 02, 03, 05, 08
  • Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen, , Black, Size F
  • Uniball Signo White Gel pen OR Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen
  • a few Gelly Roll pens, any color or kind (Classic, Stardust, etc.)

Optional "Must Have's" for your personal stash:

Once you find you use and love pens for doodling, you will want to grow your collection of pens!

  • Replacement pens, all of the above (they run out relatively quickly)
  • Set of Black Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens, Size S, F, M, B
  • Big Black pen: PermOpaque Dual Point Marker
  • Faber Castell Big Brush pens, variety of colors
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pens--all colors

Design and Use Your Own Collage Papers

Class Supply List

  • 3 color copies of 3 of your art journal pages (if you keep an art journal; otherwise, of any art you might have made—or you can skip this item on the list).
  • A few acrylic paints in your favorite colors - we will be using a lot of paint. Bring what you own or purchase cheap acrylic paint at Michael's
  • Faber Castell Black Pitt Artist Pen, Size F
  • Uniball Signo, White Gel Pen OR Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen

Optional "Must Have's" for your personal stash:

  • Ideal: Better paint such as Golden Open Acrylics for Gelli Printing
  • Less expensive acrylic paints such as Liquitex Basics or even cheap craft paint from Michaels in LOTS of colors!
  • Gelli Plate, 8X10 (other sizes are fun, too!)
  • Pens and Markers (see Doodle More above for suggestions)

Emboss What?

Class Supply List

  • Versamark Clear Ink Pad
  • Distress Ink Pad(s) any colors
  • Embossing powder (white or sparkling color)

Optional "Must Have's" for your personal stash:

  • Versamark ink pad, variety of colors
  • Distress Ink Pads
  • Other embossing inks (will review in class)
  • Embossing powders, variety of colors and grains
  • Heat Gun

Cut-outs, Windows and Tip-Ins

Class Supply List

  • Collection of manufacturer's tags from new clothes or other products if you have some (if not, this is an optional item)
  • Craft Knife
  • Faber Castell Black Pitt Artist Pen, Size F
  • Uniball Signo, White Gel Pen OR Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen

Optional "Must Have's" for your personal stash:

  • Never throw away your tags again! Keep a collection
  • Craft Self Healing Cutting mat
  • Paint, pens, stencils, stamps, "ephemera"...

Hand-Carved Stamps

  • Speedball Speedy Carve Stamp-carving set (wooden handle)--includes carving stamp and one sheet of rubber

Optional "Must Have's" for your personal stash:

  • More Speedball rubber for carving
  • Acrylic block for pressing
  • Ink Pen
  • Tim Holtz Design Ruler (clear and steel edge) OR metal ruler
  • Tracing paper
  • Stamp pads
  • Storage container for your handcarved stamps

Metallic Embellishments

Class Supply List TBA

Mark-making with Art Sticks

Class Supply List

  • 5 Neocolor II Art Crayons
  • Inexpensive package of pastels, any brand
  • optional: Colored pencils and/or water-color pencils if you have them

Optional "Must Have's" for your personal stash:

  • An array of Neocolor II Art Crayons
  • Package of Faber Castell Gelatos
  • Portfolio water-soluble oil pastels
  • Prisma colored pencils
  • Derwent Inktense pencils

Surprise me

All supplies available at the studio.

Making Artist Trading Cards

All supplies available at the studio.

 

 


Art Journal Joy Summer

Three Wednesday evenings each month, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

June 1, June 8, June 15
July 6, July 13, July 20
August 3, August 24, August 31

 

SPECIAL SUMMER DEAL—Register for Any Dates!

With the need for flexible scheduling these summer months in mind, you can take as many or as few Art Journal Joy classes as you can make—and you only have to pay for the dates you are available! In addition, get significant savings the more classes you register for (see packages). 

Pricing is as follows:

One class: $40

Package of (any) three classes: $85 (Reg $120)

Package of (any) five classes: $135 (Reg $200)

Package of ALL nine Art Journal Joy Summer classes: $225 (Reg $360)

(You may combine classes & packages for just the number of classes you want to take

Register today.  Limited seats available in our small studio.

 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:

In Art Journal Joy, we gather to make a joyful mess as we explore the power of art journaling, both as a personal tool of self discovery and a creativity practice.

Art Journaling is a wonderful and creative practice for those who want to experiment and express in a safe, private place. Your art journal is only for you—no one ever has to see it—so you can try new techniques, express your truth and just play! 

It's also one of the best ways to learn and create without pressure, and in this class as well as from one Art Journal Joy session to the next, we build a repertoire of mixed media techniques using collage, paint, ink, art tools, color mediums, found objects and much more.

By the end of this class, you will have completed many pages in your art journal. No matter how much or how little you know going into the class, you are sure to learn tips, tricks and techniques that could lead to a lifelong addiction to art journaling.

This class is equally fun and useful for beginners and more experienced art journalers.

Most art supplies provided at the studio. All you will need is an art journal and few other personal items. The Supply List will be sent by email after you register.

SPECIAL DEAL FOR ART JOURNAL JOY SUMMER
Learn some fun arting techniques to add to your art journaling and art-making repertoire AND enjoy Member Pricing if you take any classes in the Arting Techniques Small Bite Summer Series.
This offer is extended to Art Journal Joy Summer students registered for three or more classes: $15 for each Small Bite class or $30 for Larger Bite class (Regularly $20 and $40)—as well as further package deals. See the Small Bite Summer Series page for full details.

Register Here.


Non-Current Classes

Drawing Illustrative Faces

With Elyssa

Three Monday evenings, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

June 20, June 27 and July 11 (skip July 4)

$85

Register today. 

Finally, by popular demand—a drawing class!

In this three-session class, Elyssa will teach us how to draw illustrated characters. Beginning with the fundamentals, such as spheres, proportions, angles and shading, we will learn to draw features of the face and then compose character drawings in our illustrative style of choice.

Most art supplies provided at the studio. The Supply List will be sent by email after you register.

 

About Elyssa

Elyssa's passion for drawing began with scribbling on any surface as a child and gained momentum when she became obsessed with drawing Sailor Moon and other characters in elementary school.  Elyssa studied printmaking, figure painting and figure drawing at the California College of the Arts and participated in the Honors Art program in high school, and then went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Art History at UC Santa Barbara, where she graduated in 2014. She is currently a graphic production artist and continues to pursue her passion for drawing and illustration.

 

Mixed Media Project: Abstract Collage

with Denise

Saturday, May 21, 10am-1pm—$55

Lean into lines, shape, color, pattern, texture...discover what makes your heart sing!  In this one day workshop, we will experiment with creating an abstract piece with multiple layers of collage, acrylic paint, and other media on heavy paper. 
 

What you will learn:

  • A unique mixed media background technique
  • How to create a focal image out of multiple collage elements
  • How to layer for various effects with different media.
  • How to create a cohesive composition
  • How to use texture and how to embellish for final effect.

No experience necessary and all experience welcome!

Most art supplies provided at the studio. The Supply List will be sent by email after you register.

Register today.  Limited seats available in our small studio.

 

Art Journal Joy in May

with Denise

Three Tuesdays, May 10, 17, 24, 6pm-9pm—$85

In Art Journal Joy, we gather to make a joyful mess as we explore the power of art journaling, both as a personal tool of self discovery and a creativity practice.

Art Journaling is a wonderful and creative practice for those who want to experiment and express in a safe, private place. Your art journal is only for you—no one ever has to see it—so you can try new techniques, express your truth and just play! 

It's also one of the best ways to learn to createwithout pressure, and in this class as well as from one Art Journal Joy session to the next, we build a repertoire of mixed media techniques using collage, paint, ink, art tools, color mediums, found objects and much more.

By the end of this class, you will have completed many pages in your art journal. No matter how much or how little you know going into the class, you are sure to learn tips, tricks and techniques that could lead to a lifelong addiction to art journaling.

This class is equally fun and useful for beginners and more experienced art journalers.

Most art supplies provided at the studio. All you will need is an art journal and few other personal items. The Supply List will be sent by email after you register.


Note to self: Feb - April below in descending order...Top now begins with May and is updated in ascending order (most recent on top like I should have done from the beginning...also, I'm not including photos anymore. They are in their files in dropbox...

 

 

Art Journal Joy

Class with Denise

Three Tuesdays, February 9, 16, 23, 6pm-9pm OR Three Saturdays, February 13, 29, 27, 11am-2pm—$85

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Art Journaling is one of the best ways to explore mixed media—and it's a wonderful and creative practice for those who want to experiment and express in a safe, private place. Your art journal is only for you—no one ever has to see it—so you can try new techniques, express your truth, and just play!  In this class we will make a joyful mess as we explore the power of art journaling and build a repertoire of mixed media techniques using collage, paint, ink, art tools, color mediums, found objects and much more.

By the end of this class, you will have completed many pages in your art journal. No matter how much or how little you know going into the class, you are sure to learn tips, tricks and techniques that could lead to a lifelong addiction to art journaling. This introductory class is equally fun and useful for beginners and more experienced art journalers.

Supplies provided:  Art tools such as paint brushes, scissors, rulers, palettes and more, also craft paint, glue, stencils, stamps, some color mediums and more.

Bring: A blank art journal, UHU glue stick, white pen (Uniball or Gelli works best), waterproof black pen such as Faber-Catel Pitt. Later in the course, you may want to bring other color mediums (such as artist grade paint, watercolor, markers, pastels...), personal papers and images and optional supplies.

About type of art journal to bring:

A blank journal sized between 8"X10" and 12"x14" is best, with or without coils (your choice), and filled with paper made for water mediums. You can purchase one at any art store. Canson Mixed Media Journals, Strathmore Watercolor Journals and Dylusions art journals work well.

Register today.  Limited seats available in our small studio.


Bookmaking with Bibi:

Altered File Folder Tag Book

Workshop: Saturday, January 30th, 10am—1pm—$50

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Re-folded and re-purposed, we’ll use manila file folders to create new forms and uses... Make a travel journal filled with souvenir tickets, photos, out-of-print money, postage stamps and other adventure memorabilia. Or how about a birthday or anniversary present, a package filled with handwritten notes, photos, poems and trinkets?. Add tags in the pockets and insert creativity into and on every page of this unique and easy-to-make book.


Supplies provided: file folders, scissors, papers, tags, ribbon, bone folders, x-acto knives, glue, metal rulers and some cutting mats and rubber stamps.

Bring: your own personal papers and mementos and any additional items listed above, including ribbons, if desired.

Register today.  Limited seats available in our small studio.



Mixed Media Mayhem

Class with Denise

Six Wednesdays, January 13 - February 17—$120

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In this six-week class, we will create collage, print-making and assemblage. For each, we will learn a range of specific techniques, experiment widely with different media, and then compose a finished mixed media piece. Discover new art supplies, learn new processes, develop skill and come away with three, fun projects. So many materials can be used to create mixed media art pieces: acrylic paint, watercolor, glue, ink, paper, found objects, acrylic mediums, fabric,  pastels, crayons, natural materials...The possibilities are endless and we're going to play with as many as we can! 

This introductory class is equally fun and useful for beginners as well as more experienced mixed media art makers.


Supplies provided:  Art tools such as paint brushes, scissors, rulers, palettes and more, also craft paint, glue, stencils, stamps, some color mediums and much more.

Bring: A small wood panel for our first project (around 8"X10". Also: UHU glue stick, white pen (Uniball or Gelli works best), waterproof black pen such as Faber-Catel Pitt. Later in the course, depending on your projects, you will bring other simple bases (preferably upcycled items such as cardboard boxes or found fabric.) And later, you may want to bring other color mediums (such as artist grade paint, watercolor, markers, pastels...), texture mediums, personal papers, images and objects and optional supplies.

Register today.  Limited seats fill up fast.



Bookmaking with Bibi: Carousel Books

Workshop: Sunday, February 28, 10am - 5pm—$115

This three-dimensional book turns into the shape of a star when folded and tied together.  Create a narrative through this triple accordion-folded gallery format. With intricately detailed and layered pages, this simple book when closed unfolds into a handmade, one of a kind art piece. The all-day workshop is for beginners or more advanced artists who want to explore bookmaking, paper folding, simple bindery and storytelling.

Supplies provided: paper for folding, scissors, ribbon, bone folders, x-acto knives, glue, metal rulers and some cutting mats, rubber stamps, paper punches,

Bring: your own materials for artwork including personal papers and photocopies of photos, plus any additional items listed above if desired.

Register today.  Limited seats available in our small studio.



Art Journal Joy in March


Class with Denise
Three Tuesdays, March 1, 8, 15th, 6pm-9pm—$85

 

In Art Journal Joy, we gather to make a joyful mess each month as we explore the power of art journaling, both as a personal tool of self discovery and an amazing creativity practice.

Art Journaling is a wonderful and creative practice for those who want to experiment and express in a safe, private place. Your art journal is only for you—no one ever has to see it—so you can try new techniques, express your truth and just play! 

It's also one of the best ways to learn to create without pressure, and over time, we build a repertoire of mixed media techniques using collage, paint, ink, art tools, color mediums, found objects and much more.

By the end of this class, you will have completed many pages in your art journal and you will gain many art-making tips, tricks and techniques.  It's also not uncommon to develop a lifelong addiction to art journaling!

This class is equally fun and useful for beginners and more experienced art journalers.

Most art supplies provided at the studio. All you will need is an art journal and few other personal items. The Supply List will be sent by email after you register.

 

About type of art journal to bring:

A blank journal sized between 8"X10" and 12"x14" is best, with or without coils (your choice), and filled with paper made for water mediums (such as for mixed media) or watercolor paper). You can purchase one at any art store. Canson Mixed Media Journals, Strathmore Watercolor Journals and Dylusions art journals work well.

Register today.  Limited seats available in our small studio.


Introduction to Mixed Media

with Denise

Saturday, March 12, 10am - 2pm — $55

 

 

Discover how fun and satisfying it is to create mixed media art pieces. There’s no end to what you can use: found objects, found images, paint, glue, textiles, ink, stencils, stamps, beads, photographs...But how? This four-hour workshop will lift the mystery and show how you, too, can create mixed media art.  Full of creative tips and techniques, this hands-on, introductory workshop will cover the basics as we create original mixed media elements, and give you a foundation for other mixed media classes as well as to start making your own mixed media art.

 

What you will learn:

·      How to use different materials and how to combine them; how they interact.

·      How to work with acrylic paint and color.

·      Layering with different media.

·      Making backgrounds.

·      Adding texture.

·      Adding embellishments.

·      The huge possibilities of mixed media art that you can create.

All supplies provided in the studio. Just bring a light lunch snack, an apron or paint shirt—and your questions!

Register today.  Limited seats available in our small studio.


 

Discovering Dream Boxes for Tweens


with Patricia and Denise
Workshop: Sunday, April 3, 1pm - 4pm—$50 (includes all supplies

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Legend has it that if you write down your wishes and dreams and store them in your Dream Box, those dreams will come true…In this very special art class for tweens, kids will unleash their creativity as they design and create their own Dream Boxes using a multitude of art supplies such as handmade papers, different kinds of paint and color, collage and fun embellishments (all provided). Then, they will craft and fill their Dream Boxes with creative Wish Messages and take them home. Weeks, months, even years later, art makers can open their Dream Boxes, reread their Wish Messages…and see what unfolds. This art project not only provides guided creative time for kids, but offers a creative way to set and gain clarity around goals.

Supplies provided: wooden boxes, acrylic and watercolor paints, art crayons, adhesive, rice papers, handmade papers (by you), embellishments such as craft "jewels, charms and gems", ribbons and more...

Register today.  Limited seats available in our small studio.


Introduction to Art Journaling

 

Workshop with Denise

Saturday, March 26, 10am-1pm—$55

Learn how to get started with art journaling, an amazing tool to access your inner self and to cultivate your own creativity. With image, text, collage, layers of color, textures and lines—and all the art supplies used to create them—your art journal can be a safe, nurturing place to discover your own unique visual expression and learn mixed media. Yet it can be difficult to know where to begin.

This hands-on, introductory workshop will give you a full overview of art journaling fundamentals. From choosing a journal, to how to prepare a page, to what kinds of supplies to use, to key art journaling techniques, we will cover it all.  You will leave this four-hour workshop with the beginnings of your own, unique art journal and a great foundation for future art journaling and mixed media classes as well as your own art journaling practice.

What you will learn:

·      What kinds of journals work best for art journaling

·      What art supplies you need (and don’t need) to get started

·      How to prepare an art journal page

·      The fundamentals of acrylic paint and acrylic mediums

·      How to effectively use stencils and masks

·      Collage fundamentals

·      How to create different kinds of background

·      Tips for overcoming obstacles: time, fear of the blank page, the inner critic

and more!

All supplies provided in the studio. Just bring a light lunch snack, an apron or paint shirt—and your questions!

Register today.  Limited seats available in our small studio.


Art Journal Joy in April

with Denise

Three Tuesdays, April 5, 19 and 26 (skip April 12 - Spring Break),  6pm-9pm—$85

In Art Journal Joy, we gather to make a joyful mess as we explore the power of art journaling, both as a personal tool of self discovery and a creativity practice.

Art Journaling is a wonderful and creative practice for those who want to experiment and express in a safe, private place. Your art journal is only for you—no one ever has to see it—so you can try new techniques, express your truth and just play! 

It's also one of the best ways to learn to createwithout pressure, and in this class as well as from one Art Journal Joy session to the next, we build a repertoire of mixed media techniques using collage, paint, ink, art tools, color mediums, found objects and much more.

By the end of this class, you will have completed many pages in your art journal. No matter how much or how little you know going into the class, you are sure to learn tips, tricks and techniques that could lead to a lifelong addiction to art journaling.

This class is equally fun and useful for beginners and more experienced art journalers.

Most art supplies provided at the studio. All you will need is an art journal and few other personal items. The Supply List will be sent by email after you register.

 

About type of art journal to bring:

 

A blank journal sized between 8"X10" and 12"x14" is best, with or without coils (your choice), and filled with paper made for water mediums (such as for mixed media) or watercolor paper). You can purchase one at any art store. Canson Mixed Media Journals, Strathmore Watercolor Journals and Dylusions art journals work well.

Register today.  Limited seats available in our small studio.


Mixed Media Project: Collage Panels

with Denise

Two Tuesdays, March 22 and 29, 6pm—9pm—$55

Create your own mixed media piece on a wood artist's panel.  Learn to layer multiple layers of collage, acrylic paint and other media to create your own one of a kind composition that you will be proud to hang on your wall!
 

What you will learn:

  • A unique mixed media background technique
  • How to create a focal image out of multiple collage elements
  • How to layer for various effects with different media.
  • How to create a cohesive composition
  • How to use texture and how to embellish for final effect.

No experience necessary and all experience welcome!

Most art supplies provided at the studio. All you will need is an wood artist's panel and personal items for embellisment. The Supply List will be sent by email after you register.

Register today.  Limited seats available in our small studio.


Mixed Media Project: Gelli Prints & Collage

Sunday, April 24, 10am-1pm—$55

with Denise

Get ready to have a blast printing wild designs on different papers with Gelli Arts (R) Gel Plates—otherwise known as Gelli Plates, and then creating a Gelli mixed media collage! This is a fun and addictive mono-printing process that captures the imagination from one print to the next. Then, after making a stack of gelli prints, we will create a Gelli Mixed Media collage, layering your papers and other media into a completed composition on watercolor paper.

What you will learn:

  • Monoprinting techniques
  • How to use Gelli Plates to create your own unique and layered collage papers
  • How to layer for various effects with different media.
  • How to create a cohesive composition

Please see this short two minute video for an introduction to Gelli Arts (R) Gel Plates—you will want to do this!

No experience necessary and all experience welcome!

We use Gelli Arts(R) Gel Plates, some fun mark making tools, many papers and much acrylic paint in this workshop—as well as other collage and mixed media supplies. The studio is stocked with many of these items, but to get the most out of this workshop we ask that you purchase a small Gelli plate to supplement what we have (and to own your own gel plate for your own future Gelli printing adventures), and bring some personal paint colors. The supply list will be sent by email after you register.

Register today.  Limited seats available in our small studio.


Mixed Media Project: Reuse, Recycle and Create by Hand

Three Wednesdays, April 27, May 4 and May 11, 6pm-9pm—$85

with Denise

Let's dive into some creative play using unique and personal new media: hand-carved stamps and found materials to create our own original pieces—from Artist Tradiing Cards to imaginative recycled works—all emprinted with our own original style.

What you will learn:

  • stamp carving and printing
  • creative new uses for recycled and found materials
  • fundamentals of mixed media such as layering, use of color, and other techniques
  • composition lessons while creating with different sizes, shapes and textures

No experience necessary and all experience welcome!

Most art supplies provided at the studio. All you will need is a stamp carving tool set and rubber (purchased online or at a fine arts supply store). The Supply List with details will be sent by email after you register.

Register today.  Limited seats available in our small studio.

 

Studio Memberships

Once we unleash our creativity, many of us often find that we want to make creative time a regular event in our lives. Whether daily or weekly, we create often and we love to create with others, too.

Here at Createful, we want to support and encourage creative time in all of our lives. That's why we offer classes and workshops as well as opportunities to book the studio for creative private events.

Another way to support and encourage creativity in people's lives is to offer memberships to the studio for people who want to gather with others and create here independently every week.

Arting Groups!

Book time in the studio with a group of at least four people (and no more than six) on a weekly, pre-arranged schedule and you become an Arting Group—and a member of Createful Studio.

If you are interested in forming or joining an art group at Createful, here are a few things you should know:

About Arting Groups at Createful

  • Arting groups at Createful meet at least once per week to create together.
     
  • Groups lead themselves—that is, they determine what and how they will create together.  They organize and run themselves; they are not led by Createful Studio.
     
  • Groups also form themselves. Usually, it takes two or more people to come together and ask others to join.
     
  • Groups determine their own group policies.
     
  • Groups are sized 4-6 members (minimum/maximum).
     
  • Arting groups at Createful are of course subject to studio time and space availability, but once arranged the group locks in that time at the studio as a private booking.
     
  • Each member of an Art Group is subject to both group and studio policies, including the Createful Membership Agreement.
     
  • Each member enjoys Createful Studio membership pricing, class discounts and other studio membership benefits.|
     

If you think you'd like to art regularly with an arting group, talk to Denise! You both will discuss what you're looking for in an art group. If a current group has opening and your goals seem aligned, she will certainly put you in touch! If there isn't a group available (which may very well be the case), she can talk to you about strategies for putting a group together. You might be surprised to learn how possible that might be!

 

 

 

 

 

Member Packages:

BLISS Member

BLISS Membership - $99.00/month

  • Create in one weekly art group and come in for additional weekly private create time each week (not including workshops and classes)

  • Receive 15% off classes and workshops

  • Enjoy members-only special events (supply fee varies).

  • Keep personal supplies/work in progress in your own cubby at the studio

JOY Member

JOY Membership - $49.99/month

  • Create in one weekly art group each week (not including workshops and classes)

  • Receive 10% off classes and workshops

  • Add your own cubby at the studio to store personal supplies/work in progress for $10.00/month

 

Call with any questions: 415-858-9825.

 

The Membership Agreement

1. Membership fees are due on the 1st of each month. Please go to our Registration and Payments page for ways to pay.

2. We require OVER 31 days notice to cancel your membership—and you can of course cancel at any time.

3. All members are extended two weeks vacation time each year—that is, 50% off one month's fees, annually. Please arrange payment for that month with Denise (These must be consecutive weeks within one month; we cannot offer separate week's vacation during separate months at this time).

4. All members are subject to both Private Group and Studio Policies.