Capturing the moment and sensations is everything to me - my language is art. I paint, collage and art journal to figure out my past, my present and future. I scribble, spill, tear, paint and write to let the emotions out. I ask questions and work out my answers through colour, texture, patterns and dynamic connections between contradictions. I'm allowing myself to put together rough and smooth, bold and subtle, quiet and noisy. My work is a perfect reflection of my everyday reality - the colours and subjects reveal the connections that I make between my past and now. I worked with several manufacturers and retailers promoting products and designing them (stamps, stencils). My works have been published many times in magazines such as Somerset Memories, Art Journaling, Somerset Life, Somerset Apprentice, Paper Haus, Die Scrapperin, Histoires De Pages. I teach mixed-media in-person and online since 2011 and everyday I'm grateful for this opportunity to have my dream job. I run Everything Art Ltd together with my husband Jamie.
I've been a mixed media educator for many years now, I was trained at Ranger U in New Jersey by Tim Holtz, Claudine Hellmuth & Suze Weinberg to become a Ranger educator, running Creative Journey Workshops. I've demo'ed at Trade & Retail shows, done online tutorials & worked for Craft Stamper Magazine amongst others. I've owned a chalk paint company & have specialised in upcycling furniture with a twist (it doesn't just stop at paint!) and spent many (maybe too many) years in retail, combining training in interior design with it. I love experimenting with products, pushing their boundaries to see how far i can take it, to see how they react to other products and the effects that can be achieved. My work tends to be bright and bold, although i'm also known for grungy, earthy industrial pieces too, once dubbed the queen of distress!
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My name is Athanasia which means in Greek Immortality and I live in Greece. As a musician I love all kinds of arts. When I’m not playing the piano, I find myself at my desk making all kinds of mixed media projects. I love the limitless choices and combinations of mixed media techniques, not only with memories of my life, but also with emotions and ideas that I have in my head and want desperately to express! In the last five years I have been part of many great design teams and have been teaching classes all over the Europe. I’m very proud and happy to be teaching an online class here in Everything Art!
Cat Kerr is a Wife, Mother, Mixed Media Artist and Possibilitarian living in Central Florida. Her work has been featured in over 60 publications such as Somerset Studio, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Cloth Paper Scissors and many more. She currently teaches online and at retreats around the country. You can also find her on Season 2&3 of Make it Artsy on PBS.
Clare is originally from Lincoln which is a fabulous cathedral city in the north of England. She has lived in the mid-west of America since 2003 with her husband, two teenage sons and dog. Her workplace is the local library where she is a part time librarian which is good because she loves books. Most of the journals and sketchbooks she works in are handbound with vintage books as the covers. Clare can be found walking her dog in the woods and letting the ideas flow into her head which she will be continually jotting down either in a notebook or on her phone. She maintains her sanity and fitness by going to lots of pilates classes backed up by lots of cardio! She can also be found creating art on a daily basis, this fills up sketchbooks and keeps her creative well full. Favorite ways to make are gelli printing, painting with a sumi brush and ink, sketching with a fountain pen and watercolour painting.
Hello, my name is Danielle. I'm a mixed media artist who loves 90’s action movies and shortbread cookies. The first thing I ever painted was a bouquet of flowers on a piece of construction paper. I skipped in the house and gave it to my mom. I think that was when she saw that I was creative. I drew and painted very little growing up. It wasn’t until I got older and decided to become an artist. I went to art school and was trained as a painter. Traditional art was way too serious for me so I after a long break I came across a few paper crafting videos and I was hooked. I then moved on to art journaling and mixed media exploration. Today, my style is illustrative and playful. I mix my style with what I learned from years of experimentation. Painting women of color is very important to me because it brings me joy to see people of all backgrounds coming together. We fit like a beautiful puzzle. I love to learn new art techniques and share what I’ve learned with others.
I can't imagine my life without art journals. I never leave my house without at least one in my bag. (yes, usually there are more than one)
I always take at least two on my holidays. Travel journals are among my favourite ones in my collection. I've counted them all – there are 94 art journals. This includes three that are round robin ones travelling the country, two that I felt I had to purposely throw away some years ago and one that I left behind in a hotel room – I'm still sad about this one.I have been journaling ever since I can remember.
Being a little girl spending hours cutting, pasting & drawing;
a shy teenager copying poems about unrequited love and collaging around them;
an art history student furiously writing down facts and reflections during my museum visits and art lectures;
a mom-to-be and then a mom squeezing out every available second to write, collage and paint about my new reality;
a hospital patient pouring my experience onto paper to survive another day;
and lately – all the time doing what I have always done – using images, colours and words to redefine myself, to understand my „new normal” and the transformation that I'm going through and to connect with this new me.
As you can see, I can easily tell my life story with my journals.
My name is Anna Dabrowska, also known as Finnabair. I was born in Warsaw, Poland, now I live in Ireland with my husband, Andrzej and my pets.
I'm a woman of many interests: a mixed media artist, art journaler and designer who loves new challenges, experiments and developing new techniques and skills.
I've been creating since 2007, started scrapbooking in 2008-2009 and mixed-media in 2009 when I got totally addicted.
My projects are texture and art medium-based: I make paper and canvas layouts, collages and altered art, tags, journal pages – and many more. I believe in power of recycling and up-cycling and just adore texture, paints of any kind and flea market supplies. Freedom, embracing creativity and being true to your inner voice is my main source of inspiration and creative energy.
I'm a full time designer and artist and as an experienced travelling teacher I offer a range of my own mixed media-based classes in collage, artistic scrapbooking, art journalling and more. I truly enjoy teaching and during my classes I focus not only on showing techniques, ideas and tricks but also I try to spread my love and enthusiasm for arts and crafts as I believe in therapeutic and liberating power of creativity.
I was born to be an artist, really. At the tender age of 4 I was pointing at clouds and fields of corn telling my Mom how beautiful they were. I am still taken aback by either of them, their shapes, movements and the beauty light creates within them.I have been a full time artist since 1996 and still pinch myself that this is what I get to do for a living. Inspiration, creating and teaching has taken me across the United States and now Worldwide thanks to the online market. I love painting, photography and realism. I dabble with writing, colored pencils and watercolor. I challenge growth, learning and myself daily. But most of all, I live to inspire others, enjoy an artful life, and try to create something each and every day.My husband John has been a constant supporter and love of mine since I was 15 (where does the time go?). Our family is completed with Captain Jack and Princess Sophie (shih tzu/bichon mix puppies, well they are really 9 now but still puppies to us) and over 80 fresh water fish tanks. Yes, you read that right, 80 fish tanks – nuts right? We live on 10 wooded acres surrounded by nature, a pond, flowers and so many beautiful gifts hidden to discover. It’s a little slice of heaven honestly and there are days I still can’t believe I live here.
My name is Iris, I am a London-based mixed media artist. I live in the heart of Bloomsbury with my beautiful family (husband, 2 kids & 1 cat).My passion is art journaling for self-expression and self-discovery. I love inspiring people to look further and go deeper through art, so they can really follow their inner creativity. You can often find me at my art desk pursuing my many arty interests like art journaling, abstract painting, playing with art supplies and making mini journals. Currently my favourite art supplies are: fluorescent pink everything, ultramarine blue, off white & teal paint, Daniel Smith watercolours in Lunar Black, a brayer, black fineliner and red pencil.
Jane LaFazio been a full-time artist since 1998, and in that time, she has cultivated a wide range of skills as a painter, mixed media, quilt artist, and art teacher. She’s known for her fun-loving, creative teaching style, and providing a relaxed supportive environment in the classroom. She teaches her own drawing and watercolor workshops online (JaneLaFazio.com) and is on the faculty of Sketchbook Skool (“Beginnings” semester) and at art retreats internationally. Her artwork has been featured in Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Quilting Arts magazines many times, and in Danny Gregory’s An Illustrated Life, and in numerous books. Jane design stencils for StencilGirlProducts.com and has been a Quilting Arts TV twelve times. She is featured in the instructional DVDs “From Art Journaling to Art,” “Layered & Fused Applique Quilts: From Fabric Scraps to Recycled Circles” “Wet Felting Essentials for Fiber Artists” and “The Small Art Quilt” available on Amazon.
I’m Jolene - 40something psychotherapist and mixed media art journaler. I live in a quiet village in East Sussex - the south east coast of England, and alongside my private practice, I run creative and personal development groups and art journaling retreats.I am not a selling artist, my works are more my way of reflecting and working through life issues. However I am someone who finds great pleasure in inspiring other. It would be difficult to precisely describe my style - as I am less involved in developing things to sell and more involved in supporting others to gain the sense of achievement and personal “wow” factor that comes from dipping in to those creative bones ! The fact is that we have become a world that does not loan itself to easily think creatively, and I believe this is to our detriment - that muscle in your brain needs as much a work out as your legs.I hope that you will enjoy my class, and that it will steer you to also discover how amazing you already are.
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I see the world in layers of textures, colors, details and stories; hope, cheerfulness and wonder. I find meaning and discovery in the littlest of moments. Sitting down with simple supplies, I move pieces around, taking time to notice the details. Noticing helps me to know when a piece is complete. This exploration allows me my own authenticity again and again. Art is my soul-filling place and I go to it each day. I teach by exploring techniques that are mindfully healing. Expressing feelings, using papers, paints, threads and words. I have the gift of showing others how to put away self judgement and create from a spirit - filled, peaceful place.
Kiala Givehand is a published poet, printmaker, bookbinder, fountain pen collector, and radical nomad. She believes in surrounding herself with ordinary humans who live extraordinary lives, gathering with people who make her laugh & love uncontrollably, and living a life intent on cultivating happiness.A double Capricorn, ambivert who grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Kiala learned to appreciate and respect hurricanes, humidity, and the transformational powers of the sun, the moon, and the ocean. She holds six academic degrees in various subjects from various Universities, but the one she cherishes most is her M.F.A. from Mills College where she found and fell in love with Book Art. Kiala says... "Stories connect us and highlight what is unique about us. I've always been a storyteller, relying on words to convey feeling, energy, and information. Learning to make handmade journals changed how I connect & communicate and gave me a way to empower others and encourage them to share their stories. The scribbles in my journals always begin or end with words. I add color and imagery to visually share how I see the world. Art can look multi-layered and complex while being extremely simple and approachable. I use paper, color, mark making, and wordplay to create tangible versions of my stories in hopes of inspiring you to do the same. This is why I teach!"
Laly Mille is a french mixed media artist living in the Loire Valley of France. She finds joy in not only bringing beauty into this world through her art, but also in nurturing the creative longings of others through soulful online classes.
Like many who discovered art at a later age in their lives, I have never been to art school nor had any formal training in art. In fact, my early education couldn't be farther away from anything that resembled "artistic" or "creative". After graduating in Accounting & Economics, I returned home to Malaysia where I so much as worked 6 hours in my dad's company and ended up totally convinced that the 9-5 managerial job was my calling. And so I pursued my first love ... the Stage.
After many years dancing, singing and creating fantastical worlds on stage whilst earning decent money, I did what my heart wanted me to do next ... fall in love and start a family. And although the stage will always have a special place in my heart, I am now a mother to 2 of the most amazing little girls and a wife to the most steadfast, loving and encouraging man.
When I began writing this Artist's Profile, no words could come out because the question of "what art do I make?" kept whirling in my head and I just couldn't pen anything down without being cliche about it. But when I finally decided that an Artist's Profile need not be about her art, that's when the words started to flow.
So here it is ... my profile ... my little journey prior to how I finally fell into the world of making things with my hands. What I make reflects my experiences in life, my emotions, my feelings about certain things, my stories and of course, the many worlds that reside in my imagination. So when I say "I make art" ... it just means that I am manifesting bits and pieces of me in a more tangible form.
I am Marieke Blokland, an artist, designer and illustrator from the Netherlands. In my online art journaling and mixed media school BloknoteAcademy I sell fun online art workshops and e-courses. Art journaling is a huge passion. In my art journals I love to play with art supplies and express myself visually. My quirky work is often graphical and illustrative. Sometimes raw, sometimes cute and often a little edgy. An art geek is what I call myself, as I am very fond of modern art and design, trying to absorb as much art as I possibly can. I currently love the art from Picasso, Francis Bacon and Grayson Perry a lot. But I can also feel really inspired by watching a Tim Burton movie, old Japanese woodblock prints, African masks, folk art, children's book illustration and street art.
Marjie Kemper is a mixed media artist and Certified Ranger Educator whose hands are usually colored with ink and paint. Her current passions are mixed media art and art journaling. Sheteachesartclassesnationwideandonline,andoffersbusinesscourses for those who’d like to teach their passion to others.Marjie's been published in numerous industry publications. She enjoys all forms of creative play and expression, particularly through art journaling. She is a firm believer in art’s capacity to nurture each of us along our individual paths.
My name is Marta Lapkowska (Maremi's Small Art). I was born and raised in Poland. I am currently living in Ireland and have been for the last thirteen years. My inner soul is truly a creative person. Since I remember I have loved art and craft, playing around and experimenting. I enjoy all kinds of art expressions but my most favourite would be art journaling, mixed media and small forms of assemblage art. My biggest passion is sharing love for creating with others, encouraging and inspiring each other through videos on my YouTube channel. I am very grateful for having a chance to be able to walk next to beginners in their creative journey. There is no better reward than seeing others spreading their wings. For the past six years creating is my way of living - so far it's the best journey I could have imagined. Love, Marta xx
Mou Saha is a coloring book author, mixed media artist and an avid art journaler who has been widely featured in craft publications, appeared on TV shows and taught workshops around the States, abroad and online for Creativebug, Big Picture Classes, Online Card Classes, Donna Downey Studios and more. She has also been a brand ambassador for Faber-Castell for almost a decade. Mou lives in Chester, New Jersey with her family and loves to sketch daily.
Shhh!!! I have a creative, little secret. I am enamored with the creative process!! Smitten. Bewitched. Transfixed. Painting after painting, I am mesmerized by the artistic excursions that begin with the simple, elemental building blocks we call "marks". The simple act of making a mark, whether with line, color, or collage, helps shine a light on what captivates our hearts and minds, giving voice to our stories. I just can't get enough!! I abstract my subjects from what may seem like an unruly, dissonant mess of marks, color and texture, but, to me, it's the most fantastic playground of imagination and sight. And for someone like me who never expected to be an artist, these playgrounds are always my ღ wonder works ღ. My prayer is that the art that comes out of my life will renew your sense of wonder in the midst of a world that has so many dark places.
Sasha is a freelancer from Ukraine, currently living in Poland. She has been creative since very young age being raised in the family of photographers and actors. Sasha is a classic example of a “scanner” personality and often tries new creative things. She started art journaling in 2016 and has never stopped ever since. She loves mixed media, collage, watercolors, sketching, you name it.
My name is Shawn Petite and I’m a mixed media artist living my dream of creating every day and my passion for art has been with me from childhood. I've been teaching and painting for over 30 years in many different mediums, but found my art soul mate in mixed media. I’ve been published in several magazines, been part of Donna Downey’s Artist Gang/Brand Ambassador and Deco Art Media Design teams. I produce my own line of stencils and create soulful and informative workshops on mixed media.But most importantly, I try everyday to encourage and inspire. To show love with my paint brush. To leave my little corner of the world a better place.My favorite quote: I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. " Maya Angelou
Tanyalee Kahler is an art journaler with more than five years’ experience messing around with paint and other mediums. She is a social media consultant by day, an artist by night and a magazine publisher on the weekends. Her love of all things creative drives her to experiment and make art at every available opportunity. Tanyalee loves teaching online classes, and this class is her fourth collaborative venture. She is inspired by many artists, but particularly those whose techniques head in the abstract direction. Her love of encouraging artists around the world led her to publish an art magazine called Brush Magazine. This bi-monthly publication celebrates artists around the world and has a focus on art journaling, mixed media art, techniques, and inspiration.
Tina Walker is a creator, wanna-be photographer, and dog lover. ♥ Art keeps her sane and is a retreat from her daily career responsibilities. She loves all things mixed media, including art journaling, assemblage, and book making. She believes mixed media is a perfect discipline, encompassing multiple products, mediums and design techniques. Her project selection and medium choice are always changing and you will frequently see her hosting on-line collaborations and challenges. She is a frequent contributor to Stampington and you can find more of her art on her blog, A Dog’s Life. When she isn’t creating, you will often find Tina perusing local Antique stores looking for project inspiration. She loves to marry the old with the new.