Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Magic in the Midwest

Karel Cline, former West Liberty High School art teacher (who just so happens to be my mom!) retired 22 years ago, but that hasn't dampened her passion for all things Art. If anything, it's sparked a deeper quest, more open and spiritual. For the last 4 years, she's held an adult art class in her home, where she has been teaching her fellow students how to draw by using different sides of their brain, composition, line perspective, shading and dimension, painting with watercolor and acrylic -- the classic techniques -- and her passion caught on in them like wildfire.

My travel journal, paints, and ephemera.
Back to Iowa this week to see my family, I had the luck not only to join the class, but also share with them what I do. Feeling all kinds of inadequate  and insecure about my crazy miss-mash of visual journaling (there are FOUR art teachers in that class!), I pulled out my journals, pens, paints, stencils, and ephemera and did a demonstration. Then I showed the beginning steps of making travel journals.
In a flash, they were off and running!
Karel Cline's first travel journal.
These are some of the classes pages in progress!
Quick sketchbook drawing will be a full page.
Piecing together pretty paper and vintage sheet music.
This pretty painting on left counters the found images on the right.
What a fun carrying case!
Sun stamp, paint pens, and photos, oh my! 
Gesso painted on the white page, pressed with the blue -- gorgeous!
Dr. Martin's water color ink in writing.
Glueing down images and words.
Paint and confetti sprinkles.
Vintage lace from an estate sale!
I was thrilled to be there, honored to be taken seriously, and giddy with their openness and willingness to embrace something so different. It was magic!

***What's next?***
Gather & Giggle! Join us Friday, August 24, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. for our monthly crafting date. Suggested donation of $10 at the door, though if it's your first time, please be our guest!
We're joining the fabulous Etsy crew's suggestion in their nation-wide craft party! We'll make postcards with the "Wish You Were Here" theme!
Email for details: Info@Doodlebugheart.com or at Meetup.com 

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