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Gelli Printing to Art Quilt in One Day

3/24/19 10am-4pm
The Bishop’s Ranch Art Center
5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg CA
$125 (includes a tasty Ranch lunch and all materials)

The morning will be devoted to creating a stack of fabric mono-prints made on small 4x6” soft gel print plates that I provide. I’ll show fun and easy print techniques using botanicals, stencils, and texture tools. You will print on a variety of pre cut fabrics that I’ll have at the ready. After lunch you’ll use your stack of little prints to create a quick fabric collage composition using EZ steam II on felt and finish it with free motion quilting or hand stitching. Don’t worry if you haven’t done much art quilting all you need is a curious, creative mind.

I’ll provide all the fabric and print materials. You will need the following:

  • Rotary cutter and small cutting matt (if you don’t have a small matt I have some to share)
  • A pair of fabric scissors
  • Your sewing machine with a free-motion foot (make sure you know how to set your machine to free-motion stitch before you come to class)
Or
  • Embroidery thread in a variety of colors and embroidery needle.
To register email me at artist@lisathorpe.com.

Stamp Carving for Fabric or Paper

4/17/19 1:30pm-4:30pm
The Bishop’s Ranch Art Center
5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg CA
$50 (includes all materials)

Spend the afternoon discovering the joys of creating your own block stamps for printing patterns on fabric or paper or both! You’ll learn fun and easy carving techniques on soft rubber blocks. You will create 2 stamps during the afternoon: the first is a small practice one to learn how to use the tools and get comfortable, the second will be larger (up to 3x4”). You will have a chance to print using both ink and paint to print on fabric and paper. You will take home your stamps to use again and again in your mixed media art making. No experience necessary, and all the materials are supplied so just come and explore!

To register email me at artist@lisathorpe.com.

Encaustic Collage Weekend

5/4-5/19 begins 10am Saturday ends 2pm Sunday
The Bishop’s Ranch Art Center
5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg CA

Cut-Glue-Wax-Embellish. That’s it, that’s encaustic collage. Come to this fantastic Playshop with me and enjoy two days of creative process and go home with a stack of your creative products. No experience is needed just a willingness to experiment and play. I’ll have my stash of art papers, embellishments, wax and tools. Saturday morning I’ll demonstrate the techniques in making a collage with important gluing tips and then applying the encaustic wax encasement. You will be set loose with plenty of time to create small wax-encased collages on wood panels, I’ll be there to offer guidance and demo tricks and techniques. By the end of the weekend you’ll carry home a bundle of art pieces to share and enjoy.

Instruction ends on Saturday at 4pm so the late afternoon and evening you are free to enjoy the beauty of the Ranch and the Art Center will be open for you throughout the evening for you to continue your exploration. Sunday there is more time to apply what you’ve learned, and I’ll share some finishing tips to add shine and bling!

To register visit the programs page at bishopsranch.org.

Marbling on Fabric

5/15/19 1:30pm-4:30pm
The Bishop’s Ranch Art Center
5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg CA
$55 (includes all materials)

Spend the afternoon discovering the wonders of marbling on fabric! I will demonstrate how to make the thickened water base, how to mix the acrylic paints so they are light enough to float on the thickened water and how to manipulate the paints in different ways to make a variety of marbled patterns. You will experiment with small pieces (6x10”) fabric, and by the end of the afternoon you will have 8-12 marbled pieces to take home and play with.

To register email me at artist@lisathorpe.com.

Encaustic Collage Day

9/8/19 10am-4pm
The Bishop’s Ranch Art Center
5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg CA
$130 (includes all materials and a delicious Ranch lunch)

This workshop is great as an introduction to Encaustic Collage, or for experienced mixed media artist, to expand your skills. I’ll demonstrate the techniques in making a collage with important gluing tips and application of the encaustic wax encasement. Your piece can be embellished by making marks in the wax and adding color and finishing with Dresden and leafing foil. You will have plenty of time to create several small wax-encased collages on wood panels, I’ll be there to offer guidance and demo tricks and techniques. By the end of the weekend you’ll carry home a bundle of art pieces to share and enjoy.

To register email me at artist@lisathorpe.com.

Spirit Guides and Guardian Angels

11/2-3/19 begins 10am Saturday ends 2pm Sunday
The Bishop’s Ranch Art Center
5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg CA

Mark your calendar Registration through The Bishop’s Ranch not yet open.

We all need a little extra help sometimes, someone in our corner to boost our confidence, our spirit or even our defiance! So why not make your own custom icon, your own imaginary saint or spirit guide? Perhaps you need your very own Patron Saint of Serenity, or how about the Guardian Angel for the Earth, or maybe you need a Spirit Guide to Adventure? Whatever kind of guide you need you can express yourself through this two-day mixed media workshop. Your Saint can be serious or silly, meditative or magical it’s up to you!

I will provide a mix female faces, both animal and human to choose from as well as hand and basic body patterns so you don’t need to worry about your drawing skills at all. Lisa will demonstrate how to design your Guardian Angel using the printed images and decorative papers she provides. This collage technique is at once flexible, forgiving and fun. This workshop is great for beginners who want to explore mixed media art more and practiced artist who want to express themselves in a new way. Everyone will go home with a custom “icon” created on an 11x14 canvas panel. All materials are provided but, you mixed media artist out there with a big stash of art papers should bring them along this might just be the workshop you bought them for!

To register watch the programs page at bishopsranch.org.

Want to build your own creative playshop with friends? Contact me to find out more. Private lessons more your style? No worries, I do that too! email me at artist@lisathorpe.com to find out how.