Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Our very own Lesley Riley — longtime Art & Soul instructor, as well as the hostess of Art & Soul Radio — has a brilliant demo for you! She's going to talk about TAP and tell you how it works and what to do with it. What is TAP you ask? It's Transfer Artist Paper and it's just about one of the coolest new "tools" in the mixed media art world today!

You can use your own personal inkjet printer and TAP to transfer all kind of images onto fabric, papers, wood, metal... even mica! It's actually so quick, easy and foolproof that you'll wonder why you haven't been transferring images to your projects until now!

So grab a notebook and a cuppa and take a look at Lesley's informative video. Lesley will be teaching a workshop on using TAP and Lutrador at our Kansas City Art & Soul Retreat, and she's also teaching at our Virginia Beach event!  Check out her workshops and sign up today!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Lizard Licks, Cat's Tongues & Dragons... Oh My!

Have you ever wanted to dabble (pun intended) in watercolors, but got a bit confused when it came to all the different brushes available? Well fear not! Our talented and passionate instructor, Gina Armfeld is going to show you a plethora of options and demonstrate each one in this detailed video.

She'll be teaching 2 workshops at our Portland Art & Soul Retreat this year, and... if you ever wanted to learn watercolors or just "brush up" on your skills, Gina will gently guide you through fun and easy techniques that will have you "dyeing" to get into your journals and paint. Check out her workshop offerings today!

No Excuses Art Journaling - Making Time For Creativity
Tuesday eve, October 1 & Wednesday day, October 2
You'll get to create a journal that will carry you through the year so that you can incorporate art into your daily life in a quick, easy and fun way!

The Collecter's Almanac
Full day class, Monday, September 30th
Inspired by vintage illustrations of old you'll use a moleskine notebook to document your collections while you learn pen and ink and watercolor skills.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Art & Soul Radio... Tune in for Beckah Krahula: A Zentangle A Day, Feb. 18

Beckah Krahula is an artist, writer, consultant, product designer, and industry expert. She began her career with the first graphic rubber stamp company in the U.S., and has worked as a full-time mixed media artist ever since. She has worked for publishers, toy designers, and product manufacturers. In 2001, she began filming the Carol Duvall Show, writing the scripts, creating the projects, step outs, and online instructions. After a long career of touring thirty to forty seven weeks a year, in 2001, she began teaching online. In February of 2011 she became a certified Zentangle teacher and has just published her book, One Zentangle a Day.

So please join us for this inspirational chat...

Art & Soul Radio featuring Beckah Krahula
with Lesley Riley
Monday, February 18
7:00pm EST

And don't forget, Art & Soul Radio's interviews are also available on demand, to listen to at your leisure. Check out what other mixed-media artists are doing and how they're living their lives with passion any time!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Dog Day Afternoon...

Say hello to my not-so-little friend!

I have a new dog. 

Three weeks ago, we had a high speed car chase with a stolen car down our street.  The thieves ditched the car and, took off on foot. The police brought in dogs and began a house-to-house search.

Katie dog. Curious and adorable? Yes. Ferocious? Not so much.

I was terrified... knowing that Katie wouldn't alert me to any unusual noise.  So, I decided to adopt a big dog. Cara, a Giant Schnauzer, arrived on Monday. So how's it going? Well.... here's where we were on Day 2 in the new life of Cara and Glenny:

  • We both slept soundly last night... after a nervous day for each of us.
  • Having Cara and property that is only surrounded by an invisible fence, means Glenny is taking long walks in the woods.  At an early hour. (Cara will not be introduced to the fence until she feels "at home").
  • Kitties that were hidden all day and evening yesterday, decided to make a cautious appearance.  I held Cara while my friend Liz assured Tillie cat that Cara was not a threat.  Never one to trust a human, Tillie gave Cara a quick swat on the nose.  Cara now gives all three of them a WIDE path.  Kitties rule!
  • Cara is very goofy...which I love.  After breakfast, she picked up Katie's dish and brought it to me..not sure what she was saying!  
  • Just got to get the potty training down....

So far, so good. Did I mention I'm in love? Ahhhh, those furry, four legged babies. Love them all.

Happy Valentines to all my furry and non-furry friends and family!


Friday, February 8, 2013

Got Safari Tickets? It's a Mixed Media Jungle Out There!

Hello Creativity Adventurers! Have you signed up for our Kansas City, MO Art & Soul event yet? I just wanted to pop in and make sure you got your virtual "tickets" for this retreat as registration is nearing its close and we don’t want you to miss out on this artistic adventure. And although we do things a little bit different here at Art & Soul — meaning that we actually keep some spaces available until the actual day of the class — we do have an internal deadline we honor with each of our instructors. This  ensures that they are able to plan for and order supplies, get a reasonable airfare, and prepare their exciting curriculum for all you creative souls who are coming.

So if you’ve considered attending at our Kansas City, MO Art & Soul Retreat, you have until February 20th to pick out the workshops you’d like to take — after that, classes may be limited. So treat yourself to a respite of creativity where you’ll connect with like-minded individuals and explore new possibilities in art. Come and join us for a mixed media adventure!

And don’t forget, we offer Art & Soul gift certificates in any denomination! So tell your sweetheart you want the gift of creativity this Valentine’s Day!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Those that understand, teach...

Aristotle once said, "Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach."

You know, lots of posts we do talk about what a great time the attendees have at Art & Soul's various retreats, but maybe you didn't know that the workshop instructors have just as much fun as the students! And it's actually one of the many reasons why Art & Soul has been a destination for creative souls for over a decade. The pride that our teachers take in passing on their knowledge and guiding you through a new artistic adventure is just as important to them as it is for all of you on the learning side of things.

The lovely and talented Erin Keck recently made a video showcasing some of the classes she's taught at Art & Soul, featuring some very excited students... so we thought we'd share it with you. An Assemblage Artist residing in Mechanicsburg, PA, Erin's artwork results from re-purposing found, discarded objects. She loves to breathe new life into castaways from yesteryear.

Erin will be teaching this year at our Kansas City, Missouri retreat, as well as our Virginia Beach Art & Soul... AND... at our Portland, Oregon event too! With everything from vintage tin art dolls to upcycled antique chimes to Steampunk art and jewelry, you'll find Erin's workshops simply riveting!