Ann is a Mixed Media Artist, Designer & Instructor for the Creative Industries. She works with a variety of mediums and loves to mix mediums within a project. Her designs appear in multi-authored books, magazines, booklets, manufacturer tradeshow booths and web sites.She has a regular column in Totally Creative Magazine (www.totally-creative.com), is the Editor for Earth Safe Finishes blog Art of Green Mixed Media (http://www.artofgreenmixedmedia.blogspot.com) and has her own blog Creativity Stirs the Soul (www.creativitystirsthesoul.com) . She has been teaching classes of every kind for the past 20 years and looks forward to teaching video classes online at Creative Workshops
Carol Berger is a self taught vintage style mixed media, altered art and altered jewelry artist living in a small rural village in Michigan, sharing her time and life with 4 children and her husband of 31 years. Her love of creativity paired with her (healthy obsession) love of nature, animals and sentiments of days gone by make up the majority of her vintage style art. Carol has always advocated for animals and now sends a percentage of her Etsy shop sales to worthwhile rescue groups.
Always treasuring her own family relics and remembrances, creating vintage style art has given Carol new insight on the importance of preserving and protecting timeworn objects of the past, just as she has always felt it is important to protect and appreciate nature. Found objects such as old lace, rusty and worn bits and pieces, antique buttons and old photographs that speak of the past, paired with images and words of nature, are what make up her art, and her passion.
Teaching locally for several years, Carol has been published in editions of Somerset Holidays and Celebrations, Somerset Studios Gallery, Creating Vintage Charm and Cloth, Paper, Scissors Studios magazines.
Cat Kerr is a Mixed Media assemblage, jewelry artist that lives in Central Florida, with her husband, two children and four legged son Wolfy. She has been creating all of her life, but her Creative Journey truly began in 2007 when she read the poem The Journey by Mary Oliver. The first line reads One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began. .and so she did. She listed her first creation for sale on Ebay, and six years later is still unbelievably thankful to be able to do what she loves every single day.
Her work has been featured in multiple publications such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Belle Armoire Jewely, Sew Somerset, Somerset Studio and more. To see more of her work, shops, and teaching schedule check out her blog at www.inthelightofthemoon.blogspot.com
Catherine is a mixed-media artist who is passionate about all forms of art. In 2005, she decided to leave the corporate world to pursue the creative life and has never looked back. Her passion started at a very young age with drawing and cartooning which has now evolved into art journaling and mixed media. She has been blogging since 2006 and in 2008 created her You Tube channel, Créations CeeCee, because she wanted to inspire others to express their creativity. Her motto: Create for yourself, share with others.
Cathy is a self-taught mixed media artist who dabbles in everything from painting to journaling to sewing. Making art is her passion. She loves sharing her techniques for journaling or working with alterable items through on line classes here at Creative Workshops. Cathys shop, aptly named Cathy Michaels Design combining her name and her son Michaelss name, makes available many of the items she creates. She loves stocking and re-stocking her shop based on her latest creative obsessions. Cathy has been published in many of the Somerset Publications including, Artful Blogging, Somerset Life, Art Journaling and Sew Somerset. She has also been a featured artist on many blogs including Spoonful and Crescendoh where she writes a heartfelt piece for Jennys Art Saves feature..
You can preview more of Cathys work on her beautiful blog at http://cathyb.typepad.com. Cathy loves to hear from her readers so let her know whats on your mind.
Dawn Meisch has been creating paper art for as long she can remember. Her first wDorks included ledger books for the tooth fairy and photos of her dolls.
Her passion is teaching others how to find or enhance their own creativity. Mostly self-taught, Dawn is a mixed-media artist that specializes in Zentangle, bookmaking, altered books, and art journaling. Words often find their way into her work because she is fascinated by the stories art can tell.
Dawn has over 10 years experience in teaching paper and book arts. She was certified in 2011 as a Certified Zentangle Teacher. Her work has been published in The Beauty of Zentangle.
Elizabeth Gyles Johnson has been creating art for most of her life and has been helping students to discover creativity and their hidden artistic skills since 1999. Although she has taught a variety of art forms, her tools of choice are artists pencils. Elizabeths calm and encouraging teaching style has opened up the world of drawing to hundreds of students who have discovered they really could learn to draw with her instructions. Her enthusiasm is contagious and her students often comment with delight on the thorough and clear instruction and affirming atmosphere of her classes. Elizabeth encourages each student to find their own sense of creativity and style as they work through her right-brained approach to drawing. Elizabeth has taught local classes and workshops throughout the Midwest to both children and adults. She teaches all types of artist pencils and in all subjects. When she is not teaching, Elizabeth enjoys creating in her studio. She is an award winning artist and is known for her exquisitely lifelike commissioned animal portraits. Her art is enjoyed in collections internationally.
To quote one of Elizabeths long time students, Get ready to be amazed by yourself..
Gail Schmidt spent 20 years in the field of decorative painting, teaching to adults while owning a shop. At the same time her hands remained deeply immersed in paint as she created beauty on old and unloved furniture. A number of those years also found her painting custom wall murals and faux finishes. Several years ago she discovered mixed media and collage and hasn't looked back since. She also has developed a healthy addiction to digital collage. She now resides in the rural mountains of TN running her online stores, Creative Workshops,two blogs, a space in a local antique store and teaching on line. Living with three four legged children and her retired woodworking hubby they are living the country life happily ensconced in an old cottage farmhouse while slowly updating it.
She has been published in Somerset's Digital Studio,Somerset Home, Vintage Charm, Cloth,Paper, Scissors "Studio", and a contributor to two books, Art at the Speed of Life and Inside the Creative Studio.
A lifelong product of Louisville, Kentucky, Gaye has been a mixed media artist/teacher for about 20 years. She also teaches creative exploration in rubber stamp art as well as bookbinding with a growing thirst for anything metal. Before that she was a textile artist, store owner and author. Her passion is making art, exploring what ifʼs, teaching, sharing ideas and light bulb moments. She has been published in many books and magazines throughout her lifetime.
Jodi Ohl is a self-taught mixed media artist, originally from Dunkirk, NY, who now resides in Aberdeen, NC. Having recently left her day job to pursue her artistic career full time, she is has built a body of work that is known for its distinctive texture, bold color combinations, often whimsical or abstract compositions, as well as motivational in nature. Her art appeals to those that seem to be young at heart and who appreciate the positive side of life whether communicated through words, colors, or composition. Published in a variety of international mixed media magazines such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studios, Artful Blogging, Artful Journaling, Somerset Holidays and Celebrations, and Cloth Paper Scissors Studios, as well as a contributor to two mixed media books, Art at the Speed of Life by Pam Carriker and Cloth Paper Scissors, The Book by Barbara Delaney, Jodi enjoys writing about her art and sharing the love of healing and motivation through creativity. She is represented by regional galleries in North Carolina and in her home state of NY. In addition, Jodi is a popular mixed media art teacher online and in person, teaching at both large and small local and national workshops around the US.
When not painting, she enjoys time with her two sons, Josh, 12 and Zach, 18 as well as other friends and family. Jodi welcomes visitors to her blog Sweet Repeats www.sweetrepeats.blogspot.com where you can find a full listing of classes, weekly musings, and additional artwork for sale.
Kerr Pelto is the current President of the Triangle Calligraphers' Guild in Raleigh, NC and is on the Steering Committee for the 2016 international calligraphy conference, A Show of Hands. She has been teaching both group and private calligraphy classes since 2010. She first started learning calligraphy in 1978 in order to design her own wedding invitation. In addition to teaching, she works on commissions from individuals as well as companies. Also in her bag of tricks is her love of writing personal Fairy Tales, flourished with words, lettering, and art.
Kerr graduated from East Carolina University with a BA degree in Sociology. She continued her education and earned an Associates Degree in Theology. Once married, she attended The Fort Worth School of Business and earned an Executive Secretarial Degree.
Once all of her children were grown and married, she decided to pursue her love of calligraphy and art full time.
Liz Miller CDA has been teaching decorative painting in the Raleigh, NC area since 1985. She fell in love with art and drawing as a child and has been involved in some form of art ever since. Deriving inspiration from nature, Liz paints in a realistic style in acrylics. She teaches all levels of acrylics at her studio, Artful Endeavors, at local chapters, and at SDP Conference and is known for her graceful leaves and leaf study workshop.
Although she usually paints in acrylics, she enjoys creating and experimenting with mixed media. Liz has owned a decorative painting studio and shop in Raleigh NC since 1995 where she teaches weekly classes and workshops as well as hosts seminars with some of decorative paintings finest national teachers. Our classes are about sharing our love for art and the fellowship that comes from sharing a common interest.
You can reach Liz at her studio/shop: Artful Endeavors, 200 Sawmill Rd, Suite 201, Raleigh NC 27615 or
Lori works and plays in a happy place called Elvie Studio. She discovered a true passion for letterforms early in life and has spent the past twenty years studying the fine art of calligraphy. She loves finding new ways to incorporate her letterforms into different projects, and has used materials such as paper, glass, metal, fabric, ceramics, clay, and vinyl. Her artwork has been seen in many different museums and venues, and she has been honored to participate in two juried exhibits at the Smithsonian Institute/National Postal Museum. Enjoying life in north Florida, Lori and her husband Walther have two wonderful children.
Marilyn is an eccentric, passionate and creative full time, professional, published artist living in Ottawa, Canada. Marilyn was a contributing artist to Marney Makridakis's book Creating Time, Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. She resides as a single woman (hopefully that will change shortly!) with her two mini schnauzers, Lucy and Mozart. Every once in a while she has to remove Mozart's batteries because he thinks he's the Energizer Bunny! Marilyn left the corporate world 15 years ago and re-invented herself as an artist. Since then she has been busy creating and teaching many faucets of art. She loves the portability of watercolour pencils and their great ability to refine her designs prior to painting with acrylics or oils.
Mixed media feeds her soul and when she's searching for inspiration her abstracts provide the necessary building blocks towards an acrylic landscape or a still life painted in oils. Anything goes for Marilyn.....her favourite quotation is from Mark Chagill - "I work in whatever medium likes me at the moment". It's rare not to find Marilyn in her studio, but when she's not, she enjoys the tranquility and solitude of her daily walks in the forest, a time for reflection and gratitude. You may also find her fighting with her knitting needles repeating to herself - I can do this, I really can! You can learn more about Marilyn by visiting her world on the web at www.marilynharrismills.com
Martha Lever has been a calligrapher and lettering artist for 25 years and has studied with many world renown teachers in workshops, conferences and year-long master classes. She has taught children and adults this fun form of calligraphy using brush markers. She is also a mixed media artist and watercolorist and often incorporates her calligraphy into these art forms. Her passion is to teach people the joy of calligraphy by using a fun and easy tool and hopefully this will spark a fire in the student to move on and learn even more about this wonderful and ancient art of calligraphy using traditional calligraphy tools.
Nancy Lefko, a lifelong artist, has been creating mixed media collage art for a number of years. Nancy taught elementary school for many years before starting a family and brought her love of art into the classroom using creativity to foster learning in her students. With a passion for teaching as well as art, workshops are the perfect blend for Nancy and the ability to teach online fits the schedule of a busy mom. She also teaches at her local art school and at art retreats; she is represented by Artistic Designs Group for the licensing of her artwork. Her work has been published in Cloth, Paper, Scissors; Art Journaling by Somerset; Artful Blogging; Somerset Studio; and Somerset Studio GALLERY magazines.
Nationally known mixed media instructor,designer and published artist, Robin Dudley-Howes was recently described by the creator of Glitterfest Los Angeles, Sheryl Simpson, as The little lady with a gypsy heart and skills of a ninja master.
Robin is owner and operator of Dudley-Howes Designs and online store shadesofakasha.etsy.com Her inquistive creative side came out around the age of 5 and continues to be the passion and driving force for all things artful which currently extends to teaching and creating mixed media jewelry, art dolls, assemblages, painting and creativity in general. Youve probably seen her work in magazine publications such as Somerset Studio, Jewelry Affaire and Somerset Studio Gallery along with recent articles in Art Doll Quarterly and a feature how-to of her Santos Cage Doll on the cover of Cloth, Paper, Scissors. Fly on over to her nest for exciting updates on her latest adventures, class schedule and future online classes!
Mixed-media artist Sara Naumann has always loved wordsand words, text and journaling play a key role in her everyday life as well as in her artwork.
Saras art has been published in Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studio, Somerset Apprentice and other Stampington publications, and shes taught workshops in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and across the US. Shes demonstrated papercrafting techniques on television and currently guest-demonstrates on the Create & Craft television channel in the UK.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Sara spent five years living in theNetherlands and now resides in the seaside city of Sopot, Poland. Her days are filled with making art, writing, teaching and chasing after her small daughter. Her work has been on exhibit in Amsterdam, Leiden, Gouda and the Hague.
Visual art was Serenas first love as a child. Eventually this gave way to theater, then to her work as a counselor and raising children. Serena rediscovered her desire to make art after her first trip to Italy. She taught herself to paint and create mixed media work in her forties, earning her right to insist that it is never too late to delve into what inspires you!
Serena's business, The Art of Your Life, offers creativity and art workshops, groups, and individual art coaching. Serena also teaches classes on women and creativity at Portland State University as she continues her own visual art career.
She exhibits and sells her work through several galleries and shops, as well as online and teaches at national art retreats. Serena's work has been licensed for fine art prints, hardback journal covers, and dinnerware. Her work has appeared in the art books Renascence,The Diptych Project and Oregon Public Broadcasting's Book for Cooks.Serena has published A Joyful Frenzy, a book of her artwork with text on the stories and processes behind the work. Serenas magazine articles have appeared in issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine and Studios magazine. Serenas great joy is to provide an atmosphere where you can discover or rekindle your own creative abilities. Serena has written a book called Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop:Mixed Media Techniques for Embracing and Celebrating Happy Accidents.
Words, whimsy and humor inspire my art because that is how I approach life. I have always been drawn to collage and painterly surfaces, so to me it is a natural progression that my art evolves into a combination of both. I often work with images that are true to me, the house form, childhood toys, because as an artist and a mom, it is what I hold near and dear, my kids and the day to day journey of life.
I use found objects and old wood in my work because I love the history and the sense of purpose things have. I am always on the hunt at yard sales and flea markets for that imperfect piece to combine into my art. I believe it is the used and discarded objects in life that often hold the most beauty, I like to combine those pieces with my art, often the challenge is in finding the object. I totally believe in the AH-HA moment, when you see something in a different way or different light than others, perhaps some of this goes hand and hand with the fact that I have been teaching elementary school art for 21 years. Childrens art is a huge inspiration to me. My art classes are run studio style, I believe in supplying children with quality materials and show them. as artists how to use and take care of their tools. I am fascinated by 3-D work and 2-D work. I love to work with plaster, Celluclay , mediums, wax etc. and combine these surfaces with paint, wire, nails and fabric. I am ga-ga about large hardware stores, wandering the aisle for non traditional art materials (always buy good paint though) for instance did you know water putty in the plumbing aisle can be used as a sculpture material?
I believe accidents are a good thing and often push you in a new direction. I think the world still holds surprises and new ways to do things. I believe self discovery/play are indeed vital pieces of the artist puzzle. I am most happy walking around in paint splattered clothes, drinking an ice coffee. I have two teenagers, Harly and Connor who make me laugh each day. I am thrilled to have been published several times in the mixed media magazines, Cloth Paper Scissors and Somerset Sutudio. Please check out my blog for more bits and pieces of my work and life.
I am basically a self taught Fabric and Fibre Textile Artist living near the coast in the south east of Australia on a property with my husband, Jeff, Lilly, our poodle, our little herd of Angora goats and chickens, orchard and vegi garden. My foray into the world of mixed media artwork stems from the many years of working with fabrics, textiles and fibres.
35-40 years ago I began spinning, primitive weaving, dyeing with Australian flora and fauna, knitting, crocheting and patchwork. My first quilt, the classic Log Cabin, started me on the road to crazy quilting and fabric experimentation. I taught classes in crazy quilting for 8 years which is where my passion for collecting new, old tattered, torn, exotic and textural fabrics and fibres as well as antique and vintage laces and embellishments, began.
Along with my healthy addiction to vintage art and photography and 18th century art, particularly the pre-raphaelite era, I became inspired to create fabric and paper collages, bags, cards, books, etc. using these items and now more recently fabric lace books and journals. I am currently enjoying the use of upcycled and natural fabrics, clothing, vintage laces, fibres of silk and mohair, sari ribbons, rusted metal items, jewellery and fabric embellishments in my creations. My mixed media artwork has also been very much influenced by my beautiful environment with native Australian birdlife and my huge garden of roses and exotic trees.
Terri Heinz loves to work with paper, glue, paint and scissors, throw in some vintage sheet music and other vintage items and she is a happy camper! She delights in working with new techniques and sharing them with others. Terri loves to teach and finds the virtual classroom perfect for sharing. She calls herself the Jack of All Trades and Master of Fun as she loves to work in so many different forms of creativity. Her mantra: If youre having fun you are doing it right! To Terri, Joy is the most important ingredient in any creation.
My love for art began at an early age. For the past thirty years I have had the privilege of, locally and nationally, sharing and teaching drawing and painting, for adult and children's classes. I also have had some of my works published along the way, both in the form of books, pattern packets, and in several art magazines Discovering mixed media and journaling have been a large part of my creativity in the past year and a half. My hope is to continue grow as an artist and share my passion along the way.