Wednesday, July 26, 2017

creating with a kid- ice painting


We've had amazing summer weather (which isn't always the case on the Oregon Coast). It's been SUNNY and that means lots of time outside! A process that both Lucy and I are loving this summer is painting with ice. This is another kid's project that is just as much fun for the adults as the kiddos.

Start by filling the bottom of an ice tray with acrylic paint. 

Next, add water to the top of the paint.

We added popsicle sticks to some of the ice cubes and then placed the tray in the freezer overnight.

Then we popped those ice cubes out and got busy painting on watercolor paper.

This process is super fun because it forces you to work expressive, abstract and quickly before the ice melts. 

A great process for little (or big artists) that need to let go of perfection and overthinking!



You can find more ideas and inspiration for creating with a kid HERE

Monday, July 24, 2017

NEW classes from makewells!




You guys! I am so excited to announce that my dear friend Megan Wells of Makewells will continue to offer online classes on my platform. Megan's lettering classes have been such a hit that we've decided to offer another round of creative classes for the fall!

As many of you know, Megan is a crazy talented artist who has a gift for hand lettering. She is a painter, illustrator, surface pattern designer and author of Hand-Lettering, An Interactive Guide to the Art of Drawing Letters. Megan has worked with Haper Collins, Minted, Pottery Barn Kids, Peter Pauper Press and more! Her approach is to lettering is totally relaxed, creative and she loves to break the rules (which is why we get along so well)!

Check out the new line up of classes below!



Hello Color!
live Sept 13th 
$30.00 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $25.00
Register for class HERE

Say hello to color in this fun, approachable class that will open your eyes to see and use color in a whole new way – through exploring the basics of color theory with Megan Wells from Makewells.

Using acrylic paints, Megan will introduce you to color mixing, properties of color, and color schemes, all through fun, creative prompts and exercises. She’ll share her favorite tips, tricks and supplies, and take you on a fun color filled adventure while painting! You’ll learn to see color through new eyes, and walk away with not just a new understanding of color, but the tools to use color effectively in your art and life!





Creative Compositions

live Oct 4th
$30.00 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $25.00
Register for class HERE


Learn the rules of composition (so you can break them, of course!)  In this class, Megan Wells from Makewells will guide you through fun, creative projects that will lead you to a solid understanding of the elements and principles of art that make up strong compositions. We’ll play with a whole bunch of supplies and learn how to arrange compositions that will carry over into your painting, lettering, drawing, scrapbooking...whatever your creative outlet is!


Funky Florals
live Oct 25th
$30.00 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $25.00
Register for class HERE

Dive into painting bold, funky floral pieces and learn to unwind and let loose in this fun, creative class taught by Megan Wells of Makewells.  Flowers are packed full of inspiration for Megan, and she gives you an upclose look into her creative process as she let’s loose and creates. With flowers as our main subject matter, we’ll use a variety of supplies to create mixed media, funky florals!


Bundle of 3 classes
$80.00 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $70.00
Register for bundle HERE


The bundle includes all three classes:
Hello Color!
Creative Compositions
Funky Florals

The bundle costs $80 (compare to $90 for a savings of $10) We've got an early bird special for $70.00! If you are interested in taking all three classes, the bundle is the best option for you!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

creating with a kid: silly altered photos

Lucy has a GREAT sense of humor and loves jokes and pranks! So a favorite project around these parts is silly altered photos. There is something that feels a little rebellious about drawing on a photo, especially a family photo but it's a fun way to get silly and creative at the same time. 

We like to start by printing out a handful of family photos- portrait style photos seem to work the best for the process.

Then it's time to draw! Permanent pens and paint pens are perfect for drawing on the slick surface of a photo.

We like to keep things light and silly (nothing mean or inappropriate). 

From glasses to bunny ears to beards and freckles- Lucy loves transforming the photos into something totally wacky and weird! This is a process that always ends up in the giggles!




You can find more ideas and inspiration for creating with a kid HERE

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

possible opportunity!


POSSIBLE OPPORTUNITY!

Hey friends! I am putting "feelers" out there for possibility of connecting with a seamstress who is intereted in a little side gig! 


For the last 11 years I've been sewing canvas bags and pouches from my original paintings. Once upon a time, I was attending a wedding. I was wearing a little black dress and needed a colorful clutch to finish off my outfit. I couldn't find anything I liked in stores so I grabbed one of my paintings from the wall, ripped it off the stretcher bars and sewed it into a clutch. This moment changed my entire creative perspective and my business forever!! I went on to write a book about remixing canvas, I taught classes on "redefining" your art and I made and sold thousands of handmade canvas bags both retail and wholesale.


A few years ago I had to scale back on making bags and only release them in small batches throughout the year. But now I am looking at offering bags more often and in higher quantities. So I am looking for the possibility of hiring a seamstress. This is a little outside my comfort zone because I've been the doing all the sewing but I know in my gut it's time to look for help! I don't have all the details ironed out but I wanted to at least throw this out to you guys! In my dreams I would love to connect with someone in Pacific Northwest who is looking to make a little extra money sewing crazy canvas bags! 

Hit me up at alisaburke@gmail.com for more information!

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