Creative Soul-Journs: in person Workshops

Welcome Creative Adventurers!

The simple act of being creative has many sociological as well as physiological benefits. When we gather together to create something beautiful, even when done independently, a connection is built between those gathered (soul+Spirit) and a type of communion experienced.

We were Created to create! …simple and true.

Putting brush to canvas, sewing pages into a book, or transforming a picture in a journal brings focus, peace and an enhanced sense of well-being. Do you work at a stressful job? Long to find time for yourself? Need to experience more community? What more perfect way to do that than by attending or hosting a Creative party!

My Creative Venues:

@thenest = My place! 433 E. St. Clair, Almont, Michigan 48003 – could be inside, in the garden, or….who knows what the future will hold 🙂 hopefully a garden studio

@teemi’s country blooms = 16209 Dryden Rd. Allenton, Michigan 48002 – the studio of a friend. She has extensive gardens that lend to the earthy nature of my classes….very inspiring indeed!

Here are our most current offerings:

summer 2019 classes

AUGUST

sip n sign blakes

8/8 6:30-9:00 ~ Sip & Sign: Flower Plank Sign ~ $48

Invite your friends, sip your favorite beverage and enjoy step-by-step instruction from an experienced artist on painting your own wood sign!
Each guest will hand paint their own sign and no 2 signs will be alike. Guests will receive all supplies with their ticket including boards, stencil, paint, brushes and more! Each guest will be able to take home their completed sign that night!
The class is open to men and women 21+ and each ticket will include all supplies, instruction and 1 drink of your choice.
Tickets are limited and will sell out fast!
@Blake’s Orchards & Winery (Armada) *Thank You Everyone for creating such beautiful glasses!

monoprint magic in the garden

8/17  ~ Nature’s Alchemy: monoprint magic in the garden@thenest (Almont) Saturday 10:00-3:00 *Lunch is provided – $65

Printing on unusual substrates or with unusual items can really take your art journey in new directions. In this class you will explore all the different ways to gelatin print . From feathers to wood, fabric and items from nature – the exploration never fails to amaze! You will Create (2) one-of-a-kind pieces from fabric and paper that functional as well as beautiful. The first is a nature printed journal for which you will gather leaves, flowers and other items to use in your printing. Your completed journal makes a unique gift, or a wonderful personal journal for your morning muses, pictures, or art jumping off point. 

Your second project is a unique piece of fabric that you will sew into the project of your choice. A tote, pillow cover, cosmetic or art supply pouch, are just a few of the options available to you. The will be bag hardware, zippers, rotary cutters & mats as well as a sewing machine to make your project come to life.I will be there to teach you the process as well as guide you in the project of your choice. Class size is limited, so register early. You can do that HERE

A healthy lunch is provided. Please let me know if you have special food needs by emailing me at lisaellenart@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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 8/31~Stitching+Books: the Story of You@the nest (Almont) 10:00am-1:00pm   *a light snack will be provided  – $35 

Remembering is vital to who we were, who we are, and who we hope to be one day. We need to see how far we’ve come, the path we’ve walked, before we choose wisely the next steps to take. Laying that all out before us can help to keep perspective, to feel again those things that can so quickly be left behind.  A scent, a color, or a tactile piece can help to jog those memories. That is what this class is about.  Creating a piece that represents the YOU that you want to remember, or help someone else to.

Engaging in the process of creatively gathering those items and stitching their memories into place meditatively, will infuse your piece with meaning and history.  A linen base will be provided for your “story” and the other supplies needed to attach your memories such as threads of various colors, needles, glue or other mediums to complete the various processes you will learn, such as photo transfer techniques.  The piece is created flat and will be cut and sewn together like a book, or rolled up as a scroll (see picture) You will be using a shared sewing machine, but are welcome to bring your own if you like. We will also be creating “WORD pictures” with a vintage typewriter to lend to that memory feel. For the scroll book option, you will need a vintage spool which I can provide for $10 extra, or you can bring one to use. This is not necessary to complete the project, but does make for a unique presentation of YOU. They are available at antique markets and amazon, etsy or ebay. But I am willing to get you one if you like:)*for this class you will need to bring some of your own, meaningful pieces to include in your book.

This may be:

  • Pictures -preferably printed out on printer paper or cardstock for using in a phototransfer (ink jet is ok, but laser print is better)
  • Fabric Pieces -from clothing, blankets, or other personal items that hold memory to you
  • Lace or Handkerchiefs – or other vintage items you love (buttons, tassels, etc)

Register for this class HERE     Don’t forget to come back to this page to add in the vintage spindle if you want it,  HERE before you check out on paypal

SEPTEMBER

9/19 ~ Autumn’s Thankful Pumpkin Canvas – more info coming soon @Blake’s Cider Mill and Winery (Armada, MI)

9/21~Small Sanctuaries: Eco Dying & Meditative Stitching    @Teemie’s Country Blooms 10:00am-3:00pm *lunch included – $65

Wandering in the garden, for me, is a soul-filled practice. Using the things I find there lends deeply to that. Creating texture, color, and pattern is all a part of the eco-dying process that you will learn during this natural workshop. From that process you will create a one-of-a-kind quilted piece that sits atop a small bench made from vintage apple crates.

The meditative process of slow stitching as well as the gathering of nature stuff and vintage artifacts helps you to unwind and let go of the expectations of daily life and simply be one with the natural world around you. With gentle guidance, peaceful nature sounds, and inspiring surroundings, your choices all come together to create a sort of sanctuary of meaningful objects and pattern that will be a place of retreat for years to come. Class size is limited, please register early HERE

Lunch is provided – please let us know if you have special dietary needs by emailing us at lisaellenart@yahoo.com

Your personal CREATIVE SOUL-JOURN is totally customizable. Just give me a call @ 586-242-6131 or email me @ lisaellenart@yahoo.com to plan your next Art Adventure with your tribe!

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Gatherings:

Community is an essential part of who we are. the time we spend together is so important to how we communicate and see each other as valuable and loved. Gather some friends (6 to 10 is ideal!) and host a bookmaking party, or explore the joys of gelliprinting, intuitive painting and collage!  For more information, call me (lisa) at 586-242-6131, or email me at lisaellenart@yahoo.com

Here are some ideas for a gathering:

BOOKMAKING:

Coptic stitch binding – Explore this ancient process of binding pages together into a book. This beautiful chain stitch creates a wonderful gift, or the perfect sketchbook to work in on the go. 

Handmade Japanese bookpaper and bindings – In this class you will create your own book paper like the Japanese artists of old. Suminagashi (Japanese marbling) techniques will be taught as well as a side sewn binding with decorative variations. These are both beautiful and functional works of art. 

Junk journals – use what you have in this “going green” class. Do you hate to thrown things out…especially paper, bags and cardboard? Learn how to utilize your “JUNK” to make one-of-a-kind books that will reduce your personal footprint in this world.

Handpainted refillable book – For this class you will create a unique painting on muslin that will then be used as book cloth. The book will be constructed in a way that you can add and substract pages to your liking, and needs. The pages can be taken out to work on flat, or replaced with whatever substrate you wish to work on for that day.  A great book for the traveling artist.

Gellipaper inspire journals – Monoprinting with a gelli plate is fun, wonderfilled, and addictive….but what to do with all of those pages once they have been created.  make a book of course! In this session you will learn how to take all of those colorful papers and create something unique that can be used as a scrapbook, journal, or art jumping-off point. These are a versatile and fun way to art.

GELLIPRINTING:

Gelli outside the box – printing on unusual substrates or with unusual items can really take your art journey in new directions. In this class you will explore all the different ways to gelli. From feathers to wood, fabric and items from nature – the exploration never fails to amaze! Create one-of-a-kind pieces of fabric and other elements that can be used to make functional items such as bags, shirts, journals, or wall hangings.

MIXEDMEDIA: 

Intuitive LIFEcircles – The Circle is a symbol of completeness, whether referencing a journey, year, or life cycle. In this session, we will explore how this symbol connects to you as an artist, soul-journer, and child of the Eternal. Using the intuitive painting method you will develop a painting/collage that speaks to who you are and where you are going.  This intensely personal class will help you to discover something about yourself by letting go of perfection, expectations, and letting your circle happen.  (This class is best with under 10 attendees and is less an opportunity for community, and more a chance for introspection. 

Painting your Soul – Do you know what your soul looks like?  It is speaking to you all the time…are you listening? This class will guide you through the steps of creating your own personal story symbols that you will use to paint your story. What emerges will be an intuitive look into your soul. Who you are. What you like. What inspires you.  It will encourage you to become who you were created to be.

Painted Canvas bags – As a person who loves function as well as beauty, I am always creating with a purpose. This is one of those classes.  You will create a unique painting on loose canvas and then sew it into a functional bag. This class is two sessions to allow for curing of the canvas. this can be done on two separate days or in one day with a lunch break in between.  Please indicate your preference at the time of scheduling.

The color of you- finding your creative self – The colors you like, love, and choose can say a lot about who you are.  In this class we will use color intuitively to create a personal painting that expresses your inner you, Engage the inner child through free expression with brushes, canvas, fingers and even some out-of-the-ordinary tools. Truly a unique experience for all levels of creatives.

Travel Journal Mayhem – Remember that trip you took last summer? Have you recently unearthed all of that ephemera you collected along the way? Why not gather it all in one place and create a unique viewing experience of those memories.  Many techniques will be taught through the process of gathering, organizing, and creating a travel journal that promises to please. Collage, paint, mark making, sewing….nothing is off limits here.  This class is the perfect all day experience to allow for practicing your technique before putting it to use in your journal. Plan to print pictures ahead of time to integrate into your books.

Interested in hosting a gathering? Email me! lisaellenart@yahoo.com. Or talk to me if you would like to discuss your own ideas for a party: 586-242-6131

*Times and costs for the classes will vary depending on several factors including the number of attending artists, supplies needed for your choice of class, abilities of the creative seekers, and how in-depth you would live to delve. We can discuss that! I will work with you to tailor your gathering to your groups needs.

I look forward to creating with you all 🙂

Have a blessed day and a creative week! ~lisa

 

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