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Guess What???

I’m teaching at Art and Soul Workshops!!

Portland Oregon in March 2022!! Hope you can JOIN ME!!

Art by Angela Evans and Linda Simpson

Snippets and Stitches… Wed. And Thursday March 16/17 9:00- 4:30

For details and to register… Go to……

We will explore a variety of watercolor techniques to create a selection of lovely collage materials focusing on nature based icons and patterns. Then, we will assemble collage pieces using these materials and finish the piece with 3-D embellishments and hand stitching.

Available Materials Fee $50 paid at beginning of class includes:

  • Winsor and Newton Cottman Watercolor set
  • Winsor and Newton Colorless Masking fluid
  • Canson Watercolor paper 11” x 15”
  • Brush set of 12 brushes

Supplies Needed to bring for Class:

Supplies above if you do not purchase the kit AND:

  • Any ephemera they like(books or magazines, postcards, etc…
  • Any small 3-D elements they wish to include in their pieces.

Instructor will also provide:

  • Straws
  • Oil
  • Alcohol
  • Colored pencils
  • Embroidery floss and needles
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Xacto and blades
  • Cutting boards
  • Masking tape

Artful Junk Birds… Friday March 18th 9:00-4:30

For details and to register… Go to……

Each student will take their stash of fabrics, vintage finds and every day materials and upcycle them into a one of a kind assemblage bird.

Materials Fee $20 paid at beginning of class includes:

For making the basic bird…​

  • Original Sculpey Clay
  • Galvanized tin flashing
  • Two nails for legs
  • Two brads for eyes
  • E-6000 glue.​​

Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:​​

These choices for embellishing the bird listed below will give each bird a look authentic to each creator​

Options for the base tail feathers:
  • ​popsicle sticks
  • toothpicks
  • old ruler
  • old paintbrushes
  • wooden clothes pin
  • wooden skewers (the Dollar Store is a good place to shop!)​
Options for the bird bases:​​
  • decorative tins
  • cigar boxes
  • ceramic rice bowls
  • tea cups
  • old spools
  • drift wood
  • nests
  • wooden bird houses
  • ceramic or resin balls​​
Options for embellishments:​​
  • ribbons
  • cording or fibers
  • vintage ephemera from books,etc…
  • old jewelry
  • fabrics
  • embroidery
  • embroidery thread
  • buttons
  • silk or paper flowers
  • rhinestones
  • dried flowers
  • paper clips
  • toothpicks
  • craft paints… colors of your choice​​

Additional materials that instructor will provide:​​

  • Liquitex Matte Gel medium
  • sponge brushes
  • For ease of holding the bird:
  • Irwin Quick Grip clamps ( small or med. size)
  • paint brushes
  • craft glue(an option for gluing fabric and fibers) Plastic gloves
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors​​

Additional retreats next year include:​​

Artful Junk Assemblages May 9-12 Milton, Ky
Watercolor Collage Sept. 5-8 Verteillac, France
Mixed Media Collage October 17-20 Milton, Ky
Details on these coming soon!!​

November Pattern Challenge

Rachael Taylor is the Co-Founder of Make it in Design, Art Director, Creative Mentor and Print and Pattern Designer.

A world renowned creativepreneur, she is most known for her quirky style, daring use of colour and unique innovation. She regularly takes on design commissions for various global companies and has created prints and patterns for almost every area in the marketplace.​

As Co-Founder (and lead course instructor) of Make it in Design, Rachael has developed an educational online platform, delivered many comprehensive online design courses along with a members’ club, and taught over 20,000 individual students across 100 countries.​

Rachael also offers a one-to-one online Creative Coaching service through her studio and she has been fortunate enough to mentor a number of inspiring designers from all around the globe.​

Rachael is thrilled to be joining the other judges for Patternmood21 and cannot wait to see all the amazing submissions.

PLUS Rachael and Make it in Design are excited to offer the following prize for ONE lucky winner:​​
FREE access to TWO of our ground-breaking online courses:

  1. Brand-new class The Master Series (live Spring, 2022). Learn from experts. Become an expert.
  2. Highly motivating course Make it Happen (live Autumn, 2022). Bring any idea to life in just 12 weeks.

Worth over $650, these live and interactive courses are designed to equip you with the know-how to kickstart or reboot your creative career or business. Find out more at

November Pattern Challenge

Nerida Hansen is one of the esteemed judges for our November #patternmood21 challenge, co-hosted by 


She is the owner of Nerida Hansen Fabrics and the creator of the Patternfield app. She is a force in the textile industry. Her company curates and produces quality fabrics with artful designs and easy to sew patterns. She also recently founded the Patternfield App which will assist the surface pattern community in licensing and selling their work.

AND Guess what????

As her prize for the challenge, she will be selecting 6 of her favorite patterns that are posted at #patternmood21 on Instagram( selection will happen at the end of November.) She will then actually MAKE FABRIC with those 6 designs and work out a licensing arrangement with each of the creators!!!

Hope you will join in this fun challenge!!

All you do is

  1. Create surface patterns inspired by the prompts( we gave two days for each one.)
  2. Post what you create at #patternmood21 
  3. Check out the wonderful posts at the hashtag and cheer each other on!
  4. Tag the hosts if you wish

If you can’t do them all… join in when you can. It’s meant to spur creativity and community… not create stress!!

The other judges will also be awarding PRIZES.

They are:

@katiekortmanart…Fashion and surface pattern Designer currently competing on Project Runway

Racheal Taylor…Designer and creator of @makeitindesign 

Margo Tantau… product developer for @studiomoutdoor and creator of @windowsillchats 

@dearstellafab… a modern artful fabric company 

Mia Galison… owner of @eeboopieceandlove 

Leigh Stanley… artist and owner of @curlygirldesign 

Kae Pea… artist and owner of @artfoamies

SPREAD THE WORD and support all of the gorgeous art by visiting #patternmood21

November Challenge-Pattern Mood

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Color Challenge-Winners!

FREE online event!

I’ve got something VERY exciting just for you! I have been asked by the talented creator of Chair Whimsy, Wendy Conklin, to participate in the Design Whimsy Virtual Summit: Creating with Color, a professional lineup of successful Artisans, Designers, and Founders sharing their talents, ideas, and behind-the-scenes secrets!

You can register for the event by clicking THIS LINK(It’s Free!!!!)

This is an incredible opportunity to learn from talented Artisans willing to teach their craft, daring Designers who love to make their own rules, and Founders that have built their crushworthy brands with colorful products.

Register now and discover how to:

  1. Design a joyful tablescape
  2. Master the art of floral styling
  3. Sew a stylish tote bag
  4. Design a bohemian-inspired chair
  5. Build an opulent ottoman
  6. Transform “junk” into art
  7. Learn artistic lettering
  8. Create an upscale table from a cast-off tire
  9. Paint expressive flowers

Friends that’s not all…

We will peek inside the homes of several accomplished designers to see how they infuse personality in their spaces including Madcap Cottage, Tobi Fairley, Studio Ten 25, and Zig & Company. Drumroll please…AND Founders of famous lifestyle brands like Elyce Arons of Frances Valentine and Katie Kime of her namesake brand will share their behind-the-scenes design process.

And much, much more! If you want to get inspired, learn new skills, and sprinkle more creativity into your own life, then this online workshop is FOR YOU!

Register HERE for Design Whimsy Virtual Summit: Creating with Color I can’t wait to see you there!

This is going to be SOOOOO INSPIRING!!


P.S. This event is designed to inspire your creativity – Don’t miss out! Join us by clicking here!

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