Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Workshop Update

I am adding new workshops to my 2016 schedule and will very soon be posting my classes for the second half of the year as well.

I am also planning some pop-up classes for the first half of the year and the first ones I am announcing will be held at The Occasional Artist on March 5th and 6th in Glendale, Arizona. Registration will open soon.

I have already been busy booking classes for 2017 and am excited to be heading to multiple international destinations and many US locations that will be new to me.

If you are unable to join me for these workshops, you can be a part virtually, as I will from now on be Periscoping from every class. Follow @alteredpage at the Periscope app.


Details and registration info for all can be found on my workshop page.


February 19-21: Artistic Artifacts - Arlington, Virginia

February 28: Pratt Institute - NYC

March 5-6: The Occasional Artist - Glendale, Arizona

March 13-18: A Case of Curiosities Retreat with Roxanne Evans Stout - Taos, New Mexico - Retreat Full

April 1-3: Everything Scrapbook - Lake Worth, Florida

April 10-11: A Work of Heart - San Jose, California

April 13-15: Art is You Retreat - Santa Rosa, California

April 24: Pratt Institute - NYC

April 30: Pratt Institute - NYC

May 20-22: Ephemera Paducah - Paducah, Kentucky

June 6-10: West Carlton Arts Society - Woodlawn, Ontario Canada - Workshops Full

June 18: The Ink Pad - NYC

June 25-26: Kept Creations - Whitman, Massachusetts 

July 13-31: Art is Mixed Down Under Mixed Media Roadshow - Perth, Sydney, Noosa Australia

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Week Links: 88

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week. Earlier posts in the series can be found here.

And here is Week 88...

1. Instagram love: check out Judy Jacobs Art and her abstracts -- filled with dreamy colors and rich textures.

2. Kind of obsessed with the photos by Eberhardt Smith in this article on wood artisan Joshua Vogel.

3. Anastasia Savinova creates the most fascinating and unique photo collages capturing the spirit of cities, first seen in this post at City Lab.

4. Once a month, Gayle Montgomery shares a comprehensive listing of gallery shows, workshops, art events, and other creative must-sees in her series Living Art on the Edge.

5. Mesmerizing video of markers being tested.

6. I am utterly fascinated by this process of using molten metal to create from Barry Smith and Fiona Dempster.

7. Creative Carte Blanche is a new site for creatives who want to join an online community which will "inspire you to approach your art with a sense of freedom and spirit of exploration." There will be monthly creative adventures to join and they kicked off their site with a video that includes the responses of 14 artists, designers and crafters to the question what advice would you offer to help somebody develop their own unique style?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

It's a Wrap...

I have spent the last 4 days at the F+W Studios just outside Cincinnati, Ohio recording videos. 

F+W Studios is the parent company of both Interweave, the company that brings us the magazine Cloth Paper Scissors, and North Light Media, which published my 2 books among many others.

I completed 4 mixed media workshops that will be available in June as streaming video, downloads, and DVDs.

The studio is the real deal, with multiple lights, cameras, and monitors.

They created a set that had the vibe of a corner in a NYC loft.

It was even decorated with my own work.

I worked with Amy Jones, who played multiple rolls including producer, director and on-camera student for 2 of my videos. We had a ton of fun and I so wanted to take the clapperboard home. But I left it there cause I want to be invited back even more.

Cherie Haas, whose name you might recognize as the person behind most of the postings on the Cloth Paper Scissors blog, was my on-camera student for the other 2 videos.

Erin is definitely one of the 2 best camera operators in the business.

And Justin is the other.

No team is complete without a mascot and the studio has Ellie. And that is Ellie's dad, also known as Al and the best photographer who shot all the stills for my videos.

Wish I could bring you these videos immediately but June will be here in the blink of an eye!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Week Links: 87

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week. Earlier posts in the series can be found here.

And here is Week 87...

1. What's on your desk? 6 artists share their desk space with you.

2. And speaking of work about 100 famous artist studios.

Francis Bacon

Alexander Calder

3. Totally in love with this artwork from Mary Beth Shaw. And you will never believe how she made it.

4. Really excited to head to the Grolier Club in NYC to see Blooks -- an exhibition of things that look like books but aren't books.

5. I am always mesmerized by whatever Elena Nuez posts.

6. Instagram love: Amy Duncan from Four Corners Design. Love the simplicity of her vignettes.

7. Juts in case you missed it: my top ten trends in mixed media for winter 2016.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Outside the Zone

My column The Creative Pulse in the January/February issue of Cloth Paper Scissors is all about the benefits of stepping outside your comfort zone.

The following ideas are just a few that I have included in the article:

-Crack open a supply that you've never used.

-Take a class in a technique that's outside your wheelhouse.

-Work on a collaborative project with other artists.

-Add another layer to a piece you are satisfied with but know could be better.

-Usually use a paintbrush? Use your hands instead.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Top Ten Trends In Mixed Media

Twice a year, the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) publishes a report for their members that covers the trends in the industry. Relevant to manufacturers, retailers, designers, bloggers, crafters and artists, this document presents a snap shot of both the current and the upcoming trends in the world of craft and art.

For Winter 2016, the report was expanded and includes the following categories: Altered Pages, Art & Illustration, Canadian Craft Trends, Colors & Motifs, Children's Crafts, European Craft Trends, General Craft Trends, Home Decor Handcrafted, Jewelry Art, Mixed Media, Needle & Sewing Arts, Paper Arts & Craft, Renegade Crafts Stateside, Renegade Crafts Global, Surface Design, Tools & Techniques, and Wearable Art.

As a member of the Trends Committee of the Designer Section of CHA, I am responsible for writing the section on mixed media. I wanted to share some of latest trends from the report with you.

Top 10 Trends in Mixed Media

1. Art Journaling: more focus on art rather than text, with a continued emphasis on authenticity and the addition of hand-drawn details and visually complex imagery; Bible journaling continues to gain popularity as well

2. Mark Makers: markers, pens and pencils continue to be popular and used in conjunction with many of the other 2016 trends (see #1, 5, 10)

3. Collage: an art mainstay seeing a resurgence, with paper, metal, fabric and hand/machine stitching increasingly popular

4. Texture: the addition of increasingly varied texture mediums on the market is fueling an increased interest in all-things textural and dimensional

5. Text and Lettering: this trend, strong in the past few years, continues with no end in site

6. Stencils: popularity continues with trends evident in abstract patterns, nature-themes, background texture, and text

7. Color Palette: increased use of subtle color tones and metallics can be seen, along with a decrease in bright, bold colors

8. Design Elements: circular, organic and natural shapes are replacing the hard, geometric shapes popular in recent years

9. Portraiture: an increased interest in adding faces to art continues, especially with the help of stencils, masks, and collage

10. Coloring: coloring books for adults are booming and fueling increased interest in pencils, crayons, sketching, and stamping

Seeing your own trends? Add your thoughts to this post in the comments section.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

IO Giveaway

I am holding a giveaway to celebrate the release of my newest collection of stamps from Impression Obsession. Two people will win their choice of the following six sets:

Alphabet Scramble


 Journal Coins

 Journal Frames



To be eligible to win, please leave a comment stating which stamp set you would like to win. Entries close end of day on Saturday 1/30. Everybody is eligible-- yes even the Internationals out there! The random number table will choose two winners. Please be sure that I have your email to contact you in case you are one of the lucky winners.

The giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all of you who took the time to join in. Congratulations to both Diana Gabriella and Nan Gustafson who will each receive their chosen set.