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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Greetings friends,

You may have noticed that I haven't posted much lately.  I wanted to check in with you all and tell you what's going on in my world.  This year for me has been about change, adapting, and finding myself all over again as I turned 40.  I've always tried to embrace the fact that change is inevitable and essentially what life's all about, but some change is easier than others.  I was already thinking towards the future and making changes, but when Stamp Antonio closed it affected me more than I wanted it to.  Although I love to teach I began to wonder if I was on the wrong path, for one thing I no longer had a local place to teach.  There have been other changes too- hubby graduated and started a new job, family health has been an issue...all adding to chaotic feelings.  I also went back to school.  For a while (entirely too long for me!) it was up in the air what I was going back to school for.  Programs and requirements kept changing but now I'm on the path to (eventually) earning a Master's Degree in Art Therapy.  Right now I have to go back and take courses that were not required when I was in school many moons ago.  I'm taking a full load this semester including science and math which is proving to be quite challenging (who makes artists take PHYSICS???).

I haven't been participating in the Paper Wing's blog hops or doing much posting at all lately.  I'm leaving all of that up the the uber creative design team.  I'm still around though, working in the background and coming up with new ideas and possibilities for Paper Wings.  I truly appreciate the support and encouragement from of those of you who shop and order Paper Wings products.  It's you that have kept me going this year.  You keep me inspired and driven.   You all mean more to me than you could possibly know.

I have also now found a new local place to call home.  I was contacted by the incredible ladies who own Roadhouse Arts about becoming part of their teaching staff.  Roadhouse Arts is in Bulverde, a short drive north of San Antonio.  They offer amazing workshops and even bring in nationally known artists.  My first workshops are coming up October 10-11.  In 2015 I will be teaching quarterly.  The workshops offered at Roadhouse Arts are a full day experience.  The full day workshops all you to become fully immersed in the techniques and will allow us to fully appreciate and embrace the learning process.

Here are the workshops:

Art Prints and Journal with Gelli Plates

This full day workshop will introduce us to the printmaking process of making monoprints on paper and fabric. We'll layer them to make a one-of-a-kind art print, and make papers and prints suitable for all kinds of paper arts projects, including transforming a store-bought canvas cover into a personal and unique art journal.
In the process, we'll learn a wealth of information to use on all our mixed media projects, including:
    • - How to use gels and mediums with acrylic paints
    • - The basics of art journaling
    • - How to create texture on a Gelli plate with a variety of objects
    • - How to combine multiple techniques in one print
    • - How to do a simple bookbinding stitch
You won't want to miss this fun day of mixed media play!
1 Session - 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
No Prerequisites - Beginners Welcome!
Workshop Fee: $79
Materials Fee: $25
Date: Friday, October 10, 2014

The Art of Bookbinding

Instructor: Carrie Avery
Bookbinding is a timeless artform and in this one-day workshop, we'll experience firsthand the satisfaction of making a one-of-a-kind art journal from start to finish. We'll create personalized covers using simple monoprinting techniques, then learn how to use bookbinding tools and techniques to stitch papers together for a unique journal all our own.
Among other things, we'll learn:
    • - How to use bookbinding and paper crafting tools
    • - How to create unique hand-printed covers
    • - A variety of bookbinding stitches, including the Coptic stitch, how to sew over tapes, and how to weave threads
Come play with us as we create handmade art journals, albums, and sketch books!
1 Session - 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
No Prerequisites - Beginners Welcome!
Workshop Fee: $79
Materials Fee: $25
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014

You can register on their website or by calling (830) 438-1884
Hope to see and or hear from you soon!

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