Thursday, January 22, 2015

One week until classes begin!

Silhouette Stories begins soon! I am looking forward to teaching this class at Two Hands Paperie, a favorite local shop. In this class we will be working with the foundations of Visual Journaling, combining text with imagery, utilizing vibrant painted backgrounds and collage techniques that will become the base for our hand crafted silhouette imagery. I will demonstrate lettering techniques as well as how to add finishing details to your pages.This is a wonderful shop and we will have a great time creating here together, surrounded by inspiration! For more details about Silhouette Stories (Jan 31, 10:30–4:30) and to sign up, head on over to the Two Hands Paperie site. 

At first glance silhouettes evoke history, family and memory. We are reminded of simpler times when images were crafted by hand. Often we struggle with focal imagery in our work. We crave drawn or painted images on our journal pages but don’t know where to begin. Luckily for us, silhouettes represent the simplest way to view a figure, often as an easily recognizable outline, a black form on a white background. In this class we have the luxury to deviate from the traditional silhouette. Building on top of layered backgrounds we can create rich self-portraits, capture our loved ones, and represent our own personal icons and symbols. Taking something beautifully simple, rooted in history and tradition we will make it new again. Modern heirlooms are made personal by using family photographs that can be either realistic or stylized and whimsical.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Time for classes!

Happy New Year! I am thrilled to announce that I am teaching at Two Hands Paperie this year in January and February! So give yourself or someone you love the gift of creativity and begin your own visual journal. Classes will be intimate in size and will be held at my favorite shop in Boulder, CO. Silhouette Stories (Jan 31, 10:30–4:30) will be a more image based class, where we will create energetic backgrounds and use silhouettes to create focal imagery and with which to tell our own stories. 

Love of Lettering (Feb 21, 10:30–4:30) will focus on text as image and the many playful and expressive ways to explore lettering. This will not be calligraphy class, but rather a way to explore your own hand and the marks it can create as well as with drawing type in different styles! I am beyond excited to share my passion of visual journaling with you and to create together. I look forward to seeing you in class soon!