Catching up and checking in...

Friday, July 3, 2015

Hi friends,

I can't believe it's been so long since I posted!  As they say, time flies!

I wrapped up another semester with all A's, earning a spot on the Dean's List.  I'm proud of all my efforts.  This semester I finally hit a place where I have moved beyond thinking "why the hell am I doing this to myself" and feeling really glad that I went back to school.  By this time next year I will be all finished (finally!!!).  Besides course work, I work for the head of the Art Department and have had some really cool experiences and opportunities this past semester.  This summer I have even worked on setting up our new silkscreen studio for the fall.  I already know that the fall and spring will be nothing short of incredible.  Oh and I'm now the Vice President of our Art Honor Society.  What was I thinking?  Did I forget I have a life outside of school?

I have some upcoming classes at Roadhouse Arts.  Hope you will come and take some classes with me!  Sign up on their website:

The Fabulous Fabric Book!

Carrie Avery - Mixed Media Workshops at Roadhouse ArtsIn this workshop we will explore mixed media techniques on fabric.  NO SEWING REQUIRED!  We will dye, paint, collage, and apply image transfer techniques on fabric while creating a canvas book.  The book will be sewn using a simple stitch that can be used on a wide variety of bookbinding projects.  Come prepared to get messy and have fun!  All techniques can be adapted to the students own personal color palette to ensure that the project will reflect each student’s own style and preferences.
It is recommended that students bring an apron and wear clothing appropriate for painting and mixed media work.  All other materials will be provided.
1 session 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
No prerequisite – beginners welcome!
Dates: Friday 7/10/2015,  Sunday 12/13, 2015

Fire and Ice: Using Metal Solder with Resin

2 sessions 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Fire-and-Ice-PendantIn this two-day, two-part workshop we'll combine resin and solder to make an embellished metal tin and wearable book necklace. On day one, we'll dive into the uses and application of two-part resins.  We'll make several pieces and learn about the many techniques suitable for resin. On day two, after the resin has set overnight, we'll learn a flooded solder technique using lead free solder wire and small butane torches to create textured metal for incorporation in our pieces. All materials will be provided - just come and have fun!
No prerequisite – beginners welcome!
Dates:  Thursday and Friday, August 20 & 21, 2015


Little Bitty Glass Journal

Glass-Book-2In this workshop we will construct an itty bitty glass soldered journal. It will be bound with a multi-needle Coptic stitch, which can be used to make a multitude of book styles. This great little piece of art will be constructed with covers that have a window showing through to the inside of the book. Instruction includes soldering with a soldering iron and a butane torch. Join us for a day of fun!
1 session 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
No prerequisite – beginners welcome!
 September 27, 2015

Sacred Heart Art Book

Students are encouraged to bring an X-acto knife with a NEW blade as well as an apron to class.  All other materials will be provided.Carrie Avery - Mixed Media Workshops at Roadhouse ArtsIn this workshop we will transform an old hard back book into a work of art.  We will “alter” the book by cutting, painting, burning, and collaging it thus transforming it into something new and giving it a new life.  Techniques covered in this two day workshop include metal repouss√©, creating antique finishes with acrylic paint, altering and distressing books, working with and incorporating unique materials into mixed media collage work, and so much more!

2 sessions 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
No prerequisite – beginners welcome!
Saturday and Sunday, 11/7-8,2015

Art Prints and Journals with Gelli Plates

In the process, we'll learn a wealth of information to use on all our mixed media projects, including: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 notebook into a personal and unique art journal.

    • - 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!
Dates: Thursday, July 9, 2015,  Sunday, October 4, 2015

I am also thrilled to be teaching at Art Xcapes in Austin, Texas this fall.  
Art-Xscape is an intimate, mixed-media art retreat in Austin, TX, the Live Music Capitol of the world.  Art-Xscape 2015 will be held October 8-11, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Midtown in Austin, TX!

Visit their website:

Making Artist Prints with Gelli Plates

Sunday, October 11, 2015

In this workshop students will learn the printmaking process of making monoprints and layering them to create one of a kind art prints.  While making prints, students will also learn about various products such as acrylic paints, gels, and mediums.  We will be creating prints and papers suitable for various paper arts, as well as creating a simple canvas covered art journal.

Fire and Ice – Using Metal Solder with Ice Resin

Friday – Saturday, October 9-10, 2015

In this workshop we will cover how to use my most favorite combination of materials- resin and solder. This is a two day and two part workshop. On the first day we will cover the use and application of a two part resin. We will make several pieces and learn about the many applications of resin. The resin will need to set overnight. On Saturday we will return and learn the flooded solder technique. This involves using lead free solder wire and small butane torches. By the end of this workshop you will have made and assembled a metal tin and a book necklace. All materials will be provided.

If you've read to the end of this post, then first pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself.  That was no easy feat!  Besides all of this artsy yumminess, I have yet ANOTHER endeavor that I am currently engrossed in.  This one is secret for a few more weeks.  Let me just say that I'm super, SUPER excited about it and will share more details as soon as I am able.  

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