An Amazing Art Journaling Journey Starting Soon!

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It's almost here and I can't wait! I am so excited and honored to be a core artist in The Journey Within - A Year of Handmade Art Journals with Kiala Givehand. Just look at this lineup of artists! What? That's what I said to myself when Kiala invited me to join this group of beyond amazing women! BEYOND AMAZING! I'm still pinching myself!

I'm honored to be among this group of truly beautiful creative women!

1. Lisa DeYoung 2. Virginia Simpson-Magruder 3. Julie Baker 4. Barb Owen 5. Sadelle Wiltshire 6. Andrea Gomoll

7. Kiala Givehand 8. Tori Weyers 9. Hali Karla 10. Tiare Smith 11. Yuko Miki 12. Lisa McLoughlin 13. Vivienne McMaster (an Exclusive Interview)

14. Mimi Bondi 15. Kelly Johnson 16. Nicole Piar 17. Cindy Gilstrap (That's Me! Still pinching myself!) 18. Amanda Trought 19. iHanna

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I hope you will consider joining me on this amazing journey in 2016 where we will learn how to make 12 different handmade art journals, learn mixed media art techniques, explore our creative hearts, and more! Believe me these talented women have some amazing things in store for 2016.

I can't wait to learn from all these wonderful artists. The class is going to be jam packed with so much inspiration each month.

And if you bring a friend along on the journey there is agenerous friend discount! How cool is that? And it's always more fun to go on a journey with a friend! It starts in just a few weeks, so I hope to see you there!

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P.S. I'm still pinching myself!

Ever Wonder How To Create Beautiful Mixed Media Layers?

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Years ago I found my love of mixed media art and art journals. When I first started, creating layered backgrounds was a mystery to me. I couldn't seem to get past the fear of the "blank page" and when I did get over the fear, I couldn't seem to get past the first layer.

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After lots of practice and inspiration from other mixed media artists, I finally came up with my own easy steps that I use to create my quirky style of bright mixed media backgrounds. These steps are super simple and I use them all the time. They are steps that can be repeated with different colors, products, and tools to give a unique look every time you create a background.

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I love that the backgrounds are all unique and that you can use them is so many different creative projects. Are you ready to learn how I create my backgrounds?

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Well I'm super excited to announce I am teaching my first online class, Mix It Up Layer By Layer at Big Picture Classes. I have been a long time fan of Big Picture and when they invited me to teach I was beyond tickled pink! I am honored to be one of their new instructors.

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In class we will be having fun just playing and getting messy with paint, stencils, ink, pens and more! In 8 instructional videos I will take you step by step trough my process of creating backgrounds and then show you several ways to use your backgrounds. We will also be making a completed project out of our backgrounds that is super cute.

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My class is live today so I hope you will join me in the classroom. Big Picture Classes has a wonderful site with talented teachers in many areas. So if you aren't already a  BPC member I highly recommend you check it out. They offer a FREE trial period to check it all out. Your membership includes access to almost 100 awesome classes and counting.

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Big Picture is also celebrating their 100th class coming up so they are offering any new members a chance to win a free year membership! Whoop whoop. You can't beat that! So what are you waiting for? Go check out the classroom and if you join my class be sure and introduce yourself in the group. I can't wait to see you there! We are going to have so much fun!

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