Early Bird Registration Open for Mixed Media Play Date

The Mixed Media Play Date Registration is NOW OPEN and I am super excited to be among the AMAZING artist instructors who will bring you awesome lessons and inspiration throughout 2019!


I know some of you are excited and ready to sign up! GRAB YOUR SPOT NOW! Be sure to enter code: PLAYDATE at checkout to save 20%.

Don’t know what the Mixed Media Play Date is? This is a new mixed media collaboration intended to bring you endless inspiration, amazing fun, freedom in creativity and community like no other. Hosted by Tiare Smith, you’ll be immersed in happiness, gratitude and fun from day one. 

And if you think you don’t have enough time to create, if you don’t know where to begin, if your inner critic keeps talking and you need someone to lift you up and shut her up, if you need inspiration, or you simply want to find your own inner voice the Mixed Media Play Date is for you! Designed to teach, be a guide, inspiration and a friendly place for you to be yourself and thrive! Oh and AMAZING FUN and LIVE STREAMED MIXED MEDIA PLAY DATES!!!!

What are you waiting for?

EARLY BIRD PRICING good thru December 25, 2018. Just enter code: PLAYDATE at checkout to save 20%. Learn more and SIGN UP NOW for the Mixed Media Play Date 2019.

I can’t wait to create with you! I hope to see you there!

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Come Join Me For A Mixed Media Play Date

Are you ready to play?

I am so excited to share with you that I am a Guest Teacher in the Mixed Media Play Date 2019!  I am honored and tickled pink to teach and play alongside a group of AMAZING artist instructors!

 
 

And even MORE exciting news…

I can give away a 1 year spot in this amazing creative community.

Keep reading to learn more about the play date community and the giveaway!

In case you haven’t heard, let me tell you a bit more about the Mixed Media Play Date. This is a new mixed media collaboration intended to bring you endless inspiration, amazing fun, freedom in creativity and community like no other. Hosted by Tiare Smith, you’ll be immersed in happiness, gratitude, and fun from day one. 

And if you think you don’t have enough time to create, if you don’t know where to begin, if your inner critic keeps talking and you need someone to lift you up and shut her up, if you need inspiration or simply want to find your own inner voice the Mixed Media Play Date is for you! Designed to teach, be a guide, an inspiration and a friendly place for you to be yourself and thrive! Oh and AMAZING FUN and LIVE STREAMED MIXED MEDIA PLAY DATES!!!!

AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE!

I am exciting to be a part of this amazing initiative. I don’t have my lesson ready just yet but you can expect me to be your play buddy while throwing out all the rules of perfection and shoulds! We will play with color and lots of it! We will get messy and not worry about it. We will have fun with paper, stencils, paint, texture, and more! It’s all about the play and the fun!

Here’s just a few examples of my style

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Registration/Membership opens on December 1, 2018…

The fun will begin right away so be sure to bookmark this page so you can join the moment it goes on sale.

And now for the giveaway!

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The winner of the class spot giveaway is Kim Hine. Congrats and thanks so much everyone for playing along!

I am giving away a 1 year spot on Mixed Media Play Date to 1 lucky person! Yep a free spot for the whole year!

Entering the giveaway for a spot is easy all you need to do is:

  • Comment on this post and tell me one word that describes your creative style.

And for an extra entry be sure and enter on the class information page too! (just look for the box right before the artists bios.)

I will do a random drawing from the comments here and announce the winner on November 29th, 2018 here on this post! So be sure and get your entry in by November 28th!

You can learn more about the other amazing artist instructors here.

I hope you will join us!! It’s going to be fun!!

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P.S. And while you are here don’t miss out on grabbing a FREE ART PRINT!

Gratitude Junk Journal Workshop

What are you grateful for? 

We are all grateful for things but do you stop often enough to reflect on the everyday things? The everyday things are so important and make up our beautiful, messy, and sometimes complicated lives. Come join me and 9 other beautiful artists in November for a journey of reflection and gratitude in The Gratitude Junk Journal Workshop. I am so blessed and thankful to be a part of this class and can't wait to guide you through a lesson of gratitude.

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Gratitude. A feeling of appreciation or thanks. So simple, yet so mighty. It becomes mightier as we practice it in our lives. Growing it in a group makes it all the stronger. This journal will help to reinforce it and give us a great reference that keeps us grounded. Just imagine after one month how your attitude, those around you and your life will change. Change your heart. Change your mind. Change your life. A month of gratitude. A month of miracles….again!
— Tiare (Our Workshop Host)

Video sneak peek of my lesson!


Registration is open now.
Be sure and grab early bird pricing though October 22nd! (that's a $10 savings)

Class starts November 1st!


I'm giving away one spot in class!

To enter for a chance to win a spot in class all you have to do is comment below and tell me one small thing you are grateful for today! You have until 5pm CST on October 13th to enter. I will randomly draw a winner from the comments and announce it in this post on October 15th. Please be sure and include your email address in the comment so I can contact you if you win.

Be sure and share with your friends! Let's spread the gratitude love!

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Thank you to everyone who left a comment! I loved all your reasons for being grateful and were so touching!! I am truly blessed and grateful to be a part of this wonderful little online art community!! Winner will be announced October 15th right here on this post. Entries to giveaway are now closed but feel free to continue commenting.

Update... the winner is...

Deanna Heitschmidt

Congratulations Deanna! You won a spot in the Gratitude Junk Journal class. I will be emailing you soon with details.


Artist blog hop 

Meet the other wonderful artists! I know you will love their work. You can find them at the links below during the blog hop!

October 4 - Sherry Canino
October 5 - Cristin Stevenson
October 6 - Natalyn Bradshaw
October 7 - Jackie Barragan
October 8 - Nicole Edgecombe
October 9 - Tiffany Goff Smith
October 10 - Cindy Gilstrap - YOU ARE HERE
October 11 - Kymona Tracy
October 12 - Deanna Jinjoe
October 13 - Tiare Smith


We can't wait to see you in class! It's going to be a wonderful month of focusing on gratitude and making fun messes in our junk journal!

With gratitude and love!

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Mermaid Fun with StencilGirl

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Summer is here and so are new Mermaid Stencils by StencilGirl. Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out all the fun projects on this StencilGirl Creative Team Mermaid  Madness Blog Hop!

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I had so much fun playing with the new Love Mermaid stencil by Cathy Nichols . After playing with some ideas I decided to make a summery pillow. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and if you make a pillow I would love to see it. Just leave me a comment with your link or tag me on Instagram.

Supplies Needed:

Mermaid Stencil, Fabric Paint (any brand will work), Mini Mister or small spray bottle if paint is not already in a bottle, Neutral Cotton Fabric, 2 printed fabrics that coordinate, Embroidery Thread, Embroidery Needle, Embroidery Hoop (optional), Straight Pins, Sewing Machine (you could also hand stitch), PolyFil stuffing.

Let's get started!

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Cut a piece of neutral fabric a little bigger than the mermaid. I cut mine the size of the stencil which is 9x12 inches but you can do any size. Using a fabric paint in a sprayer, spray through the stencil. I used two colors of Dye-Na-Flow paint. I already had this paint in my stash and just put a little in a mini mister. You can find fabric paint in spray bottles at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Let paint dry or dry with a heat gun.

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Pick out a coordinating background fabric and cut to your desired size. I cut mine about 2 inches bigger than the mermaid piece of fabric. Pin your mermaid to the background fabric.

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Stitch you mermaid to your background fabric. I used a coordinating thread and used a simple zig zag stitch. If you don't have a sewing machine you can hand stitch.

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Insert your piece into an embroidery hoop and start embellishing some of the stencil lines with embroidery thread. I used a simple back stitch with a variegated DMC thread.

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Here's detail of her tail. I used a blue green variegated DMC thread. Have fun with this step! You can add detail to all the lines or just highlight some of the lines.

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Now pick out a fun fabric for the back of the pillow and pom pom trim to coordinate with your piece. Cut your background the same size as your front piece of fabric.

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Pin your pom pom trim all the way around the front piece of fabric as shown. Note that the pom poms face in towards your piece.

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Stitch your pom pom trim to the fabric with a straight stitch. You have to stitch fairly slow to make sure your pom poms don't get stuck under the stitching.

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This is what your pom pom trim should look like after stitching. Be sure and remove the pins.

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Pin the back fabric to the front fabric right sides together. Line up the edges. It will be lumpy because of the pom pom trim. Pay close attention to your pom pom trim and make sure the pom poms don't get pinned in your edge seam.

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Straight stitch around the edge and leave an opening at the bottom that is big enough to get stuffing and your hand in. It helps to sew slow so that the pom poms don't get into your straight stitch.

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Before you turn your pillow right side out be sure and trim the corners off so the corners turn nicely.

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Turn your pillow right side out through the hole you left in the bottom. It should look like this. If your fabric is a little wrinkled you can lightly iron it before you stuff it.

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Stuff your pillow with polyfil to the desired fullness. Then hand stitch your bottom opening shut.

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And now you have a fun mermaid pillow for summer decorating. Have fun with this project. If you have any questions don't hesitate to leave them in the comments below. I can't wait to see what you make.

Be sure and check out StencilGirl for all the new Mermaid Stencils.


Win A Mermaid Stencil!

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Don't forget to stop by all the other Creative Team Members blogs to check out their fun mermaid projects and to enter to win a mermaid stencil. Comment on this blog or any of the others by noon CST on 7-16-17. Winners notified by email on July 17th. Good luck!

StencilGirl Creative Team Mermaid Madness Blog Hoppers

Sandee Setliff

Belen Sotelo

Torrie Gass

Sherry Canino

Cindy (You are here)

Kiala Givehand

Carol Baxter

Janet Joehlin

More mermaid projects from Gwen Lafleur, Karen Gaunt, Tina Walker, and Louise Nelson can be found HERE.

Be sure and check out original mermaid projects from the designers HERE.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you will come back and visit soon!

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New Class - Hacking The Color Wheel

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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.

Join the creative rebels as we journey together through lessons on bookbinding, color theory, techniques, mixed media spreads, and projects that will push the boundaries of color, art, and journaling.

There will a live kickoff on June 9th...how fun is that!! There will be more live sessions once class starts along with recorded video lessons and handouts.

Take advantage of the Early Bird pricing for the Session 1 and 2 BUNDLE here. Session 1 starts June 11th and Early bird pricing ends May 15th. Come join us! You can find all the details here.

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Let's Celebrate Valentine's With a Workshop Sale!

Happy Heart Day everyone! To celebrate the day and spread the love, my Artsy  Dori Workshop is on sale for just $20 through 2/18/17. (Normally priced at $34).

This fun mixed media workshop is a great way to create a unique cover for your art journals, traveler's notebooks, planners, and more! Come create with me with 27 detailed bite sized instructional videos. You can check out all the details HERE along with a preview video of the class.

I hope to see you in class!

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Altered Book Flower Fun

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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!

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Artsy Dori Workshop Sale

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One of the reasons I started this little online creative space was to encourage others to make time for creativity. I truly believe everyone is creative! My first self hosted workshop that went live in November was a great leap towards that goal of inspiring others. Thank you to all the sweet peeps that have purchased my workshop so far and trusted me to lead you in a creative journey. I have been blown away by all the wonderful Artsy Doris you have created! And for a short time (through tomorrow 6/21) the Artsy Dori Workshop is on sale! You can find all the details right here that includes a preview video. Keep creating everyone! It's a beautiful thing!

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Having Fun With Color

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Do you sometimes struggle with getting past the blank page? I know I do. For the longest time I thought it was just me. But I now know all artists struggle with the blank canvas at times.

One way I get past the blank page is to just start adding color. I have multiple techniques that I use to accomplish this but I am super excited to show you a fun and easy way to do this as a contributing teacher to the Just Add Color class at Big Picture Classes! This is a wonderful class taught by Jasmine Jones and Wilna Furstenberg and 15 other talented contributors (and me).

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I had so much fun creating my lesson for Just Add Color. Class starts tomorrow and I can't wait to see all the wonderful color ideas. I hope to see you in class!

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Inspired By Nature

Where do you get your creative inspiration? Are you inspired by other artists? A trip to the fabric store? Pinterest? The list can be endless and we all get inspiration from different places. I find myself being inspired by nature a lot!

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Come join me for my March lesson next week in The Journey Within. I am so excited about the upcoming lesson! The Journey Within is a year long workshop hosted by Kiala Givehand that includes some amazing artists which I'm still pinching myself that I'm rubbing elbows with them.

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It's a lesson on Taking Cues From Nature. It's a lesson that comes from my heart and I talk about how nature inspired me to create this art journal page and how I work intuitively in my art journal.

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This is a video lesson and I  show you multiple techniques that I use on a regular basis to create my art journal pages. It's not to late to join The Journey Within. You have plenty of time to be inspired by all the wonderful lessons.

I hope you will come and join the fun!

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