Industry experts on creativity often encourage us to try something new in order to jump-start our sleepy creative energy. And if you live in or plan on being in the greater Arlington, Texas area May 31–June 2, 2012, you have a great opportunity to explore some new techniques you may not have treated yourself to previously. Three of our fabulous North Light authors—Quinn McDonald, Traci Bautista and Melanie Testa—are going to be spreading mixed-media goodness around at The Great American Scrapbook Convention.
While most of the educational opportunities at this event center around scrapbooking, I want to stress that there are still some really great beginning art opps here if you’ve wanted a primer on art journaling, watercolor painting, creating textures, adding doodles, making layered papers, applying color to metal and even taking better photographs and more. There is also great shopping on the show floor of this event, and you might find some new products to incorporate into your art—again, as a way to stretch yourself and try something new.
There are over 100 hands-on workshops at GASC, but here’s what you can take from Quinn, Traci or Melanie:
Mixed Media Techniques for Scrapbooking—Traci Bautista
Taking inspiration from Traci’s new book, Doodles Unleashed, you will be guided through a colorful and inspiring creative journey to explore painting, doodling and collage. You will create numerous mixed media pages that can be used to create art journaling cards for Project Life or for collage. You’ll work with handmade tools, stencils and spray mists to create unique backgrounds. Thursday May 31, noon–3p.m.
Stylistic Scrawls Art Journal—Traci Bautista
Explore painting and mixed media techniques on canvas to make a beautiful one-of-a-kind art journal. You will begin by creating a large graffiti canvas that will be converted to create a mini book/art journal. Learn interesting ways to combine photographs with art and simple collage ideas. Learn fun ways to design your own “washi” style tape. Experiment with techniques including painting and drawing on canvas. Work with various found tools for creative mark-making and play with creative prompts to develop your personal graffiti and lettering. Have fun playing with simple book binding techniques. Friday June 1, 8a.m.–11a.m.
One Sentence Journaling—Quinn McDonald
Want to create in a journal, but don’t know what to write? Already tried journaling, but hate to work from a list of prompts? Try something new and make your journal an imaginative play space you want to create in every day. Join Quinn McDonald, author of Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art for three hours of word and design fun. You’ll discover your very own magic words, and make a pretty masu box to keep them in. You’ll also learn some clever tricks to add design to your journal with simple tools—pens, colored pencils, ink sprays. We’ll also discuss how to go from plain to fancy with inexpensive material changes. When you leave, you’ll have several completed journal pages, a folder to carry them in, and techniques that will last a lifetime! Thursday May 31, 8a.m.–11a.m. and Friday June 1, 11:30a.m.–2:30p.m.
Surface Design Dalliance: Make Your Own Pretty Papers—Melanie Testa
Making your own rich sumptuous surface designed papers will push your scrap booking layouts to a whole new level. We will use stamps, stencils, acrylic paint and a heavy dose of spontineity to create papers that are as unique as we are. A discussion of color mixing and composition will round out your skillset. Join Melanie in some quick, rauckus surface designed fun! Thursday May 31, 8a.m.–11a.m. and Friday June 1, noon–3p.m.
Admission is $12 at the door, and for more registration information, you can e-mail: GASC@fwmedia.com or call: 1-877-746-9757 opt 3. See the Great American Scrapbook Convention website for other details.