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a Retreat to Nature for the Creative Mind

Natural inspiration abounds - bring your camera

  Are your batteries running on low?  Need a creative recharge? Can't commit to a two day or even a one day workshop right now? Contact me to arrange one of our 3 or 4 hour programs, on your schedule. Bring your friends and share a few hours in a supportive environment with creative and like-minded individuals.   

May 2017

Mother's Day Alert  

Make her something or take a class with her!



Itty Bitty Acrylics

Itty Bitty Acrylics    Kay Brathol-Hostvet

Colorful acrylic paint is one of the most versatile of art mediums! We'll be making several tiny paintings-your choice of either abstract or representational-on small canvases in this three-hour workshop. A tiny easel to display your masterpieces is included. All supplies are provided; no art experience necessary. Extra canvases and easels available at retail cost. Please wear paint appropriate clothes (smock, etc). Friday, May 5, 1 - 4 $70







Mosaic Stained Glass student work

Cone Flowers

Stained Glass Mosaics        Jackie Hefty  

Create the effect of stained glass and learn the art of mosaics by creating a glass-on-glass art piece. Learn the basics of mosaics including design, tools, cutting, adhesives, and grouting.  Sat May 6,  and/or  Sun May 7  1-4  $55/$15 materials (sign up for both days for a reduced rate, two afternoons for $100/$20 materials)             

Mosaic Stained Glass Supply List

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Paired Needle Bindings

Paired Needle Binding



Paired Needle Binding Jackie Hefty

It just sounds difficult, not really so hard, but it gives you bragging rights! You will be sure to impress your friends or family with your bookmaking skills when you show them this creation. An exposed stitching design on the spine of the book resembles a herringbone pattern.  This book is designed to lie flat when open which allows for ease in drawing or writing. Makes a great gift! Previous book making is recommended, but not required. Minimal supplies are necessary to continue making beautiful books at home. Class sizes are limited.    Fri May 12,   1 - 4:30    $65/$5 materials (Assorted papers will be available for purchase if you need for your signatures, see supply list for more information.)

Paired Needle Binding Supply List




Suminagashi Samples

Assortment of Suminagashi papers






Suminagashi - Eastern or Asian Marbling Technique

 A decorative paper technique with uses in bookmaking, collage, scrapbooking, letterpress printing and card making. Also great for decorating boxes, Sunday's class !  Subtle use of swirling colored inks on thin Japanese papers. Minimal supplies necessary to continue at home.  Sat May 27  1 - 4   $65/$10 materials 


Suminagashi Supply List

***  Please note a change in dates, in place of Friday/Saturday for Suminagashi/Decorated Boxes, these will be offered on Saturday and Sunday.  *** 



Decorative Boxes with lids
Decorative Boxes with lids

Decorative Boxes 

Personalize as desired, using commercial papers or decorative papers that you've made in previous workshops. Examples shown are using Paste Papers, Saturday's class on Suminagashi papers would also be good choices. Create unique boxes for mementos, jewelry, loose change, etc.  The examples shown are using paste papers and card stock.  You may start with an existing small jewelry box to cover, while learning some basic box formation techniques.  Little investment required to continue at home.  Sun May 28,  1 - 4:30    $65/$7 materials fee

Decorative Boxes Supply List






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Oak Buds

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