Thursday, July 31, 2014

Joanne Sharpe Workshops for September 2014

Joanne Sharpe
September 19-21

More fun with Joanne Sharpe!  If you took one of Joanne's classes in January, you may have been involved in her introduction to Rotel Cheese dip, Sonic Cherry Limeades & tortilla soup!  Yes...  it was a barrel of fun, monkeys and all.  If you don't know Joanne, get acquainted by visiting her blog Whimsperations.  Here are the workshops she'll be teaching this time:

"The Art of Whimsical Lettering"
Book Tour Art Class
Friday, Sept 19
5 pm to 10 pm

 Explore Joanne's newly published book "The Art of Whimsical Lettering" and create a journal with her favorite lettering techniques.  This workshop will discover and embrace lettering ideas and samples while learning "artful lettering" style secrets using pens, marker and creative tools making a playful resource for lettering practice.  Focus on identifying your own distinct lettering preferences, composition and aesthetically pleasing pages.
Students are required to bring the following supplies:  Wide ruled, school grade hard cover composition book, your favorite lettering markers, small watercolor (pans) set, black pens, alcohol markers (Copic, Prismacolor, Kaiserfusion), black waterproof pens like Micron or Pitt, pencil, eraser & glue stick.

The Artful Hearts Painted Journal
Saturday, Sept 20
12 noon to 6 pm

Create a painted and sculpted, shaped and hand lettered whimsical journal called the "Artful Hearts Journal".  You are cordially invited to embrace your care free, adventurous inner art girl to create perfectly imperfect mixed media art.  Loosen up and let your creativity roar on paper.  Construct a luscious, 16 page journal while exploring assorted paints, inks, stencils, collage, stamps, textures and lettering.  This invigorating artful play class will have you making art with abandon, releasing all your grown up art making fears and inhibitions.  Joanne will provide your paper journal for big art fun!
Student required supplies:  gel matte medium, white gesso, 4-5 acrylic paints in your favorite colors, paintbrushes for acrylic paint (1" flat, #6 & #10 rounds), fine and/or medium point white acrylic paint pen (Sharpie Poster Paint Pen) Signo white gel pen, glue stick, apron, baby wipes, scissors, craft mat, craft heat tool.

Power Pens and Perfect Pages
Sunday, Sept 21
10:30 am to 1:30 pm

Here is everything you need to know about the perfect tools for lively art journal pages and whimsical lettering.  All pens and markers are not created equal, and neither is the paper you use to write with them on!  Explore, experiment and discover the hottest pens and papers for art journaling and mixed media art.  Learn the unique features and chemistry of alcohol, dye based, pigment, gel, metallic, India ink, and paint pens and markers from Copic, Tombow, Faber Castell, Prismacolor, Sharpie and Sakura.  Make an illustrated sampler art journal showcasing 20 lettering, coloring and doodling techniques.
Required Student supplies: Strathmore Visual Journal - 90 lb Watercolor paper 5"x8", and a handful of your favorite pens from your own stash to explore, pencil, eraser.  Instructor & store will provide assorted pens for adventures in "pen play".

The Illustrated Word
Sunday, Sept 21
3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Do you love the idea of making art with your favorite quotes and lettering?  Learn 12 playful lettering, illustration, design and composition techniques to showcase your favorite inspirations on colorful backgrounds in lively lettering styles.  Experiment with assorted pens, brushes, inks and paints to complete your masterpieces.  A strong emphasis will be on making stylized letter forms and focusing on the development of a signature look elaborating on your own personal handwriting.  In addition to creating small sampler paintings in your journal, you will finish and take home a completed 9x12 illustration ready for framing.
Student Supplies required:  Strathmore Visual Journal - Watercolor 90 lb paper in 5x8 size, favorite waterproof black ink pens in various tip sizes such as Pitt pens, Microns, Uniball or Zig, small watercolor set (Koi or Prang suggested), #4 & #8 ROUND watercolor brush, Niji waterbrush size medium, craft heat tool for drying work.

Class Enrollment is NOW OPEN.  You may enroll by email (, phone (405-509-6788) or by visiting the store.  Class fees are due at the time of enrollment (email & phone will be billed via Paypal). 

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn whimsical lettering and doodling techniques from a well-known artist.    Classes fill fast so reserve your place in the class(es) of your choice now! 

That's it for now.....  Until next post.....  Happy Creatin'!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dina Wakley 2014

Dina Wakley
Rocks the Casbah

We had a wonderful weekend with Dina Wakley and I just had to share a few pictures.  Dina taught 4 quick classes and we all learned so much.  Friday she taught us color theory and how to draw/paint faces.  Saturday she taught us how to play with her "women" stamps and then how to mix all kinds of products to make exciting journal pages.

Here is just a bit of the wonderful art that came out of these classes....  in no particular order... and in various stages of completion!

Dina's desk

It was a wonderful weekend.  We were all sad to see it end.  Thanks Dina!  We hope you'll be back again next year with another round of excitement!

That's it for now....  Until next post.....  Happy Creatin'!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

August Classes

August 2014
Class Schedule

Ah! Demo Day!  It brings such fun and laughter.  This past Saturday was no different.  We laughed and enjoyed helping friends to create this stunning Halloween card for our Make-It-Take-It.  One of our best.... don't you think?

The class schedule for August is brimming with wonderful classes.  Lisa created a wonderful assortment of card classes and projects and Kelley Walker will repeat her "Gelli Print - Long Stitch" class by popular demand.  So without further ado....  here are the descriptions!

Botanical Tea Tag Book
July 31st OR August 1st

Graphic 45's new Botanical Tea is taking the paper art world by storm and this project is worthy of your time.  Join Lisa as she leads you through the steps she used to create this beautiful staggered tag book that can be used as a mini photo album.

Silks & Distress Cards
August 7 OR 8

Watercolor on kraft cardstock with Distress Markers and Dylusions sprays, then add Silk acrylic glazes and you have a recipe for stunning....  stunning cards that is!  

All About Nature Canvas
Sunday, August 10

This amazing project uses the 3 newest die/embossing folder sets designed by Tim Holtz.  Canvases on Canvas in a shabby chic look will make a stunning decoration anywhere in your house.  You'll love it so much you'll want to make more to give to your friends.

Gelli Print Cards - Repeat
August 14 OR 15th

Gelli Printing is all the rage right now!  It's so versatile and once you get started, it's so hard to stop.  Guaranteed fun and no two prints are alike!  Lisa taught this class in June and has been asked several times when she is going to do it again.... and it's now!  You will need a gelli plate.  Don't have one and not sure which size to get?  Fear not, Lisa will help you decide which size is best for you.  Then you can start having more fun than you ever imagined.

10:30 AM TO 4 PM
Come and Go

Our Demo Day is a regular event on the 3rd Saturday of the month.  It's a place to meet your friends and even make some new ones!  We always have a quick Make-It-Take-It for you and Lisa's class schedule is on display for the next month.  If you haven't been, make a point to join us this month.  You'll be glad you did!

Die-Cut Extravaganza
August 21st OR 22nd

Die cut cards are quite popular and this class will have you creating amazingly beautiful cards using layers of die-cut designs.  You will also make the beautiful box which will hold your cards in style from 2 pieces of 12x12 paper.  Your box will be adorned with a beautiful flower you will create using Tim Holtz's Jumbo Tattered Floral Die, glitter and more.  A wonderful gift... Lots of fun to make!

Gelli-Print Long-Stitch
by Kelley Walker
Saturday, August 23

This two part class is an all day extravaganza.  Kelley taught this class a couple of weeks ago and it has gotten quite a lot of attention.  You'll print in the morning (no experience required) and after a quick lunch break return to learn a wonderful "long-stitch" style of book binding.  You can see what the students created in the last class on Kelley's blog "One January Day".  Class includes the use of a Gelli Plate if you don't have one, all paper and book making supplies as well as the use of Dina Wakley's new paints.  

Distress Style Organizer
August 28 OR 29

Kaisercraft has a great collection of organizers for your studio.  Lisa has chosen this desk organizer to assemble and decorate with papers from Tim Holtz's Wallflower Paper Collection.  You will absolutely love this piece.  You will need to purchase the organizer from the store.

We've got a full schedule for August.  I think it's safe to say that there is something for everyone and you'll enjoy every minute of any class you choose to take.  You can make reservations  by emailing Lisa (, calling the store (509-6788) or if you want to see the samples in person, come on by.  We can sign you up on the spot!  Remember payment of class fees is required to hold your seat in class.  Some classes have more limited numbers due to space needed to create so be sure you enroll early!

For additional information, please call the store (509-6788) or email Lisa (

That's it for now.....  Until next post, Happy Creatin'!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Demo Day Reminder

Demo Day
News of the Day

Saturday is Demo Day.  We always have fun.  Lisa and I really enjoy seeing everyone.  It's kinda like having a big birthday party but I always forget the cake and ice cream.  We'll have a few new things for you to see (um, purchase should you feel the need to splurge), and Lisa has been hard at work on the August class schedule.  It's the usual line-up of fun and games.   Anyhoo....  I just wanted to remind you it's Saturday AND I wanted to tell you this too......

We ARE going to have a Summer Swap....  it's a Make-One-Get-One swap.  We recently found some really cute Santos Cage Doll Kits from our friend, Kristin, at Coffee Break Design.  It got me to thinkin' (uh oh....  never know where that will go).  Anyway, we have 3 sizes but you choose the small or medium ($8 & $10 respectively), decorate or alter anyway you want and return it by August 16th (August Demo Day) in a sealed bag marked in a way that is known only to you.  You get to "blind" pick your "Get One" on or after August 23rd.  Now you know why the bag is sealed and marked in a way known only by you (wouldn't want to pick your own would you?  Oh, I guess you might, but.....).  If you want some inspiration you can go to our Pinterest page called "Retro Art Cafe Articulated Santos Dolls".  Don't freak out... some of those dolls are pretty incredible.  You can do it..  I know you can cuz YOU are pretty incredible!

That's it for now!  See you Saturday!  Until then.... Happy Creatin'!