Making messy fun in the Studio

linda_neff_mug_2016In the Studio we’ve been offering Art Journal classes for well over a year. In January of this year we started a new version of the class titled ‘Art Journal Adventure.’

We’re working in a smaller format. I think the pad is about 5 inches by 9 inches. I’m really liking the smaller format and we’re able to keep the classes to its two-hour time limit.

As much as I enjoy the creative process, at times I tend to lose sight of that when I’m teaching. It’s my students who often remind me why I started teaching in the first place.

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My goal in class is never to aim for perfection. I love to teach technique but I encourage students to play with that technique. If you’re questioning in your head ‘what would happen if I did this…’ then I say, go for it and see what happens! I think we all need to learn to play all over again. Throw out the rules and pull your product out and just sit and play!

Green_Door_Studio_art_journal320Creating art is good for the soul. It helps to relieve stress and calms the savage beast – if you don’t take it too seriously.

We gather in the Studio for class and almost immediately there’s friendly chatter among students. Students begin sharing stories – happy and sad. Creating art brings us together. The atmosphere is supporting and accepting and encouraging.

We make messes and create art. I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you like to make messes and want to create art with us, check out the calendar for upcoming classes.

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Trading cards build friendships

You know what I really enjoy about our ATC workshop/class? The students enjoy the class just as much as I do.

linda_neff_mug_2016When we began this class a little over a year ago, I struggled with it. Going from working on a 12-inch by 12-inch scrapbook page to a tiny piece of paper that measures 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches was a real challenge for me but I stuck with it – and the students stuck right there with me. Next to our Art Journal class the ATC class has become one of my favorites.

In our class I teach a technique each month. Other than using that technique somehow for your ATC there are no rules. It’s so enjoyable to watch the students have fun with the technique during class. Seeing how they use the technique in their ATC’s they bring back the following month to trade is even better. Each student’s cards are different from the others even though we all sat in the same class.

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Our ATC class runs from 2-4 p.m and from 6-8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. We’d love to have you join us. The evening session is new to the schedule line-up and we’re hoping to grow the evening group with a few more students (there’s also a few spaces available for the afternoon as well).

Participating in a class at Green Door Studio is a wonderful opportunity to share time with others who enjoy crafting as much as you do. It’s a great way to build new friendships and we love adding new members to our crafting community!

Art Journals: Simply irrisistable

Linda_Neff_mini_mug_shotI resisted Art Journaling for several years. I suppose it was because I basically didn’t understand the concept. I’m still not sure I understand it but I’m hooked now so it doesn’t really matter.

I’ve followed Margie Kemper for several years and have always enjoyed her colorful art journals. I also really enjoy following along with France Papillon and her Journal on Monday. Another favorite is Roben-Marie Smith. If you visit their blogs you’ll notice they all have very different styles – and I love them all!

Even though I have followed these designers for quite some time and read their blogs I just wasn’t getting the big attraction to art journaling. Then we were talking about art journals at Cracker Jack Stampers one night and my friend Robin stated that it was basically a place where you could experiment with design, technique, style. There was no right or wrong – it was a place to play freely. At least that’s the explanation I walked away with.

So, this year I decided I would try my hand at art journaling. I’ve decided to scrap in my journal. So as soon as I figure out which theme I want to scrap I’ll begin adding photos to my background pages. We’ve turned this into a monthly workshop at Green Door Studio and so far we’re loving it!

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Sometime during the month I peruse Pinterest in search of inspiration for an art journal spread. I pull out a few products and my journal paper and sit and play. I create my art journal spread and share those products and techniques later in the month during the workshop, giving the students total freedom in how they interpret what I share. It’s been so much fun, especially to see how differently the techniques and products are used by the students. No two pages look alike.

This month during my research I kept seeing cute little houses being used on art journal and scrapbook pages so I opted to cut some cute little houses of our own using my Tim Holtz Artful Dwelling die by Sizzix. I’ve had the die for at least two years and never used it. Fell in love!

Look what we did with them:

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Join us for our next Art Journal workshop slated for Saturday, April 26. Sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. and run for four hours that just seem to fly by! Call us at Green Door Studio (810) 225-9190 to reserve your space.