New Class - Hacking The Color Wheel

New Class - Hacking The Color Wheel

I am over the moon excited to announce I'll be teaching in Hacking The Color Wheel with 13 other talented ladies.  It is hosted by Kiala Givehand and we can't wait to get crazy with color!  I'll be teaching in Session 2 but I do hope you will take advantage of the full class! Both sessions are going to be amazing! In these courses we will focus on how to use colors in a variety of ways. From color wheels and swatches, to mono-color studies, color mixing, and crazy color combinations, these classes are all about how we can use color to create a feeling, a mood, and/or a story about our past, our present and our future.

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Altered Book Flower Fun


You guys know I love creating flowers in my art journals. They are just such a happy subject and put a smile on your face!I am super excited to announce I have a new class at Big Picture Classes and it's all about playing with flowers in an altered book art journal. Come join me in Altered Book Flower Fun as we have fun playing and getting messy with paint, ink, pens and more. It's really all about playing and just having fun! I hope to see you in class!


Exciting News and a Giveaway!

StencilGirl Creative Team 2015-16

I am so excited to share that I was asked to be a part of the wonderful StencilGirl Creative Team! I can not wait to get started sharing their wonderful stencils with you and all the creative things you can do with them.

I am honored to be among a group of very talented and inspiring women! Please be sure and check out the StencilGirl Talk blog for fun and inspiring tutorials every week. I'll be sharing there soon.


I also wanted to share an Artsy Dori student with you that I am so proud of! My biggest reason for teaching online creative classes is to hopefully inspire people to create. Anna, from Artful Stories, was so inspired from the Artsy Dori Workshop that she has made multiple Artsy Doris! They are BEEEUTEEFUL oh my goodness they are to die for!

Here's just one of the Artsy Doris that she created and is giving away! Yes, I said giving away! I am so tempted to enter the giveaway. LOL

To enter, first head over to StencilGirl where Anna has an inspiring post waiting for you and all the details to enter the Artsy Dori giveaway.  They are truly beautiful notebook covers!

I am so blown away and proud of all my students who have shared their work. It truly makes my heart happy to see all the beautiful notebooks being created. And if you are wanting to create your own Artsy Dori, your can check it out here.


Come On An Art Journal Journey With Me!

TJW 2016 Teacher Image Cindy Gilstrap

How would you like to go on an amazing creative journey with me in 2016? I would love for you to come along! I am tickled pink and honored to be a teacher in The Journey Within: A Year of Handmade Art Journals with book maker, Kiala Givehand and 16 other amazing artists. The class starts on January 1st and goes for the entire year.

Each month, Kiala with teach you how to make your own handmade art journal, give you prompts, tips, and techniques for filling the pages. There are 6 core artists along with guest artists each month that will be sharing their take on the themes and prompts, and their art journaling process.

To kick off this amazing course, Kiala has created a book for December and asked each guest artist to give her a challenge to complete during the month.

Today is my challenge. Here’s what I asked Kiala to do:

I believe it is so important to make time for creativity. So for this challenge watch my Fast Forward Art Play #3 from my blog post, Just Create.


Pick two techniques that I show and use in any way you want. Focus your page around the word Journey to kick off this wonderful Journey Within.

I encourage you to try the challenge I gave Kiala and leave a comment with a link to your art so I can see your awesome work!


Make sure you check out each wonderful artist in the December Blog Hop challenge. They have got some great challenges for Kiala for the month of December before class begins in January.

HERE'S THE LINE UP December 1 -- Mimi Bondi -- December 2 -- Cindy Gilstrap -- Junque Art Studios December 4 -- Tiare Smith -- December 7 -- Julie Baker-- Creatively Onward December 8 -- Amanda Trought -- Reality Arts December 9 -- Andrea Gomoll -- Cre8tive Cre8tions December 10 -- Nicole Piar -- December 11 -- Lisa DeYoung -- Mountain Mermaid Studios December 15 -- Kelly Johnson -- Wings, Worms, and Wonder December 16 -- Tori Weyers -- December 17 -- Sadelle Wiltshire -- Tangle Vermont December 18 -- Barb Owen -- December 21 -- Hali Karla -- December 22 -- Yuko Miki -- Honeyberry Studios December 23 -- Lisa McLoughlin -- Lisa McLoughlin Art December 28 -- Virginia Simpson-Magruder -- Kentucky Girl Designs December 30 -- iHanna --

What about you? Are you ready to take the challenge? Join us for this amazing adventure and have your most creative year yet. CLICK HERE to learn more and sign up for the class.

I hope you will join us on this JOURNEY! It is going to be so much fun!