10 Oct

Mixed Media Art Journal Madness

I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly been inspired by Jen Hall’s Mixed Media classes. In fact, I think I am developing a bit of an obsession with this new (to me) art form.

Although I am very much still in the dabbling phase, already I am finding that I’m looking at my supplies and projects in a new light. I’m reorganising my studio and have been “investing” in masks, mediums and all kinds of other goodies. I’ve begun my first art journal, as this seems to be the direction my “art” is heading. I had to chuckle at even writing that sentence. This from the woman who’s high school art teacher once told her “clearly paint and brushes are not your thing”! I’m now kicking myself for the disinterest and am wishing I had listened more when she uttered explanations about “perspective and light sources”. Last night, I even dreamt about mixed media; so to feed my latest obsession I have been out and about this morning hunting down some great books on the subject.

I enjoyed looking through them so much I thought I’d share with you here.

bookreview_mixedmediatechThe first book is Mixed Media Techniques for Art Journalling, edited by Kristy Conlin (RRP $22.99). It is kind of a workbook and is jam-packed with information. Everything from testing materials and exploring colour to creating backgrounds, collaboration/round robin journals, and various techniques. There are more than 25 step-by-step demos and dozens of pages for planning, practicing and journalling inside the book itself.

My favourite project was in the chapter on making your own journals and covers. An awesome burnished metal covered album by the Creative Foundation’s Vicki Boutin. I’m putting this one on my “Must Try” list.

bookreview_creatingartThe second book is Creating Art at the Speed of Life by the very talented Pam Carriker (RRP $37.99). My head is still spinning from all the techniques and lessons in this book. It really is a bit of a workshop in a book. It covers seven important elements of art (probably the ones my art teacher droned on about): visual perspective, light and dark, colour, form, line, texture and shape. Basically a month long syllabus of art journalling elements, presented in a series of exercises. I particularly loved the chapter on achieving depth and dimension with grey and black and the section on creating pop-up pages.

Both books are distributed by Capricorn Link and could be ordered in at any bookshop.

So much to explore. I can’t wait to get brush in hand and start playing with paint. I’m not sure if it is the rebellious teenager, deep inside me, that wants to prove my art teacher wrong or the little kid who wants to just play with messy stuff; but somehow I think this is just the beginning of a brilliant obsession.

08 Sep

The Colour Series by Jen Hall

Last week, we gave you a sneak peek at Jen’s first class called Stamp. Today, we’re going to tell you a bunch more about it!

What if you could create amazing scrapbooking pages that burst off the page? Pages that were vivid with colour? Pages that showed confidence and were made with ease (and maybe a little mess)?

The Colour Series is a four-part workshop created by mixed media extraordinaire Jen Hall who will help you get the most out of your colours giving you the confidence to grab the brightest colours from your stash each time.

Jen Hall’s classes? Awesome. Colourful. Messy. Fun. Inspiring. If you wanna get messy, Jen’s your girl. I learnt how to embrace imperfection. And colour. And texture. — Julie N

I would never have thought Mixed Media is for me; it was just too intimidating. I don’t think I have been so excited about anything since I first discovered scrapbooking. Her classes are so much fun and so inspiring. Who knew getting inky could be so much fun! — Donna W

What if:

– you had someone leading you through the messy bit?
– you had someone encouraging you to use more?
– you knew where begin, paint, ink and all?
– you could be as expressive as you wanted?
– you gained confidence just by trying something new?
– you weren’t the only one feeling this way?

No longer feel guilty about not knowing where to start, how to begin or what exactly to do: Jen will be taking you step-by-step through her favourite mediums in this jam-packed four-week workshop. Now you can just create, without the need to think. Get messy and make something amazing.

Jen will infuse you with a need for colour. Before Jen my colour was limited to white, white and more white, now I use the colours of the rainbow and absolutely love it. I created scrapbook pages before Jen, now I create Art. — Lorraine B

These workshops have been designed to take you from the basics to some more complex techniques while building your confidence in your mixed media skills.

The Colour Series has four workshops titled: “Stamp”, “Spray”, “Water” and “Every”

Each workshop includes:

– Lessons to get you moving and confident in your chosen skill.
– Access our dedicated teaching spaces.
– Content delivered a variety of ways – video, downloadable handouts and step-by-step photos and detailed instructions.
– Beautifully designed handouts. Think magazine page-beauty.
– Exclusive workshop galleries where you can ‘show and share’ your creations.
– Ability to meet your teacher Jen and others doing the classes in our teaching spaces.
– Actual step-by-step, thoroughly detailed projects taking you from A to Z of each project making sure you get comfortable with mixed media.
– Email notifications from Papercut Labs when your workshop goes online – don’t miss a second of the workshop.
– A supportive, accessible environment to gain the confidence you want in creating your own art.
– Access forevermore to the teaching space, so you can learn at your own pace! (Or get a refresher.)
– A welcome video message from Ellen (Papercut Labs founder)

I was lucky enough to do a class with Jen Hall a year ago. As a sleep deprived, second time new Mum, I was slightly off the ball. Jen made things so easy to understand and didn’t make me feel silly if I had to ask her to explain again. Her unique, colorful and creative style is truly amazing. There is nothing she can’t do. I have now been lucky enough to do several of her classes including her mixed media ones. I am truly inspired by her. She has opened up a whole new Pandora’s box of creativity! Whether you are a seasoned scrapbooker or brand new to it, her teaching style will help anyone. — Megan B

So how much does all this cost?

For a limited time only, the workshops are $7.00 (AUD) individually, or buy all four for $25.00 (AUD). Workshops go on sale on Wednesday, 10 September.