I am happy to say that I almost done putting together, fine tuning, tweaking and adding projects to my growing collection of projects for the upcoming launch of my next DIY "in your own space at your own pace" Random Creative On-line Workshop.
Random Creative was "born" after my blog admission to you a few months ago that I was going to embrace my "I work like a pinball machine" tendency and my realization that just because I might hate “dislike” a technique or process does not mean you are going to (and the same goes for the things I LOVE to do)
I have been working on a LOT of techniques, ideas, projects, editing way too many photos and yes, even making a FEW videos for you to go along with the DIY on-line class.
For those of you who are not familiar with my "Trailer Park Martha Style", when it comes to me and on-line classes, I am NOT a technical "Bells and Whistles" kinda girl. With me, you will be directed to a password protected class site where you will get the facts, the instructions, lots of PDF files to download, tons of photos and even a little "blah, blah, blah" from me...(lucky you!)
If you have never taken one of "on-line "classes,Doodle 101 and Doodle, Too!classes are always open and available for registration (and a GREAT tool for the upcoming Random Creativeclass, just sayin.)
Now if, by any chance you are going to be in Pennsylvania next week, we will be dabbling a bit in Random Creativeness at Grove's, so you might want to call Staci and sign up..
if you are in So.California and feel like spending a portion of Sunday, August 21st with me, we will also be dabbling in a bit of Random Creativity at Pages from the Heart (in their NEW LARGER location!) in Monrovia...
So now what???
Make sure you are signed up for my newsletter (click the word newsletter up on the left in the sidebar) so that you can not only find out where else I will be teaching in-store "Random Creative" classes but also to be FIRST to know when the On-line Class is available....eeeek!
I needed to take time to experiment and just try new things.
I needed to cut, trim, trace, tear, shred, scan, re-size, re-do, un-do, over-do, love, like, hate and even crumble up things to get things where I wanted them to be...notice I DID NOT SAY "get it to be right" because, remember, there is no right or wrong way of doing things when you are creating art.
Well, there is, but you know what I mean. I have been working on the next part of "Doodle 101" for a quite a while now and the reason it is taking so long is because in order to effectively teach, remind you to relax, color outside the lines, not worry about what papers you are using, inspire you to just "glue it down" and remind you that it is not going to look just like mine, I not only needed to write instructions and edit photos, I needed to go through each process, get messy, create inspiring prompts and learn how to enjoy the process...even when I don't.
My class & teaching style has completely changed and I am anxious to get out there and share it with you. It is going to be fun, challenging, inspiring and messy. I keep saying that word "messy" because it is, but it is all worth it.
The last thing I want to do it stand at a podium, on a stage or "up front" because I like to be in the creative mode with you. It is too easy for me to be the teacher and tell you "not to worry".."just tear this.." "simply lay it out" yadda yadda yadda...because I am JUST LIKE MOST OF YOU when it comes to creating. When I am the "student", sitting at a table full of creative souls ready and anxious to create, I become a little fussy with my own process.
I USED to be like that, but I have practiced and practiced and practiced for the past year or so on how NOT to be so fussy, how to step outside my box, doodle outside the lines, drip paint on something and be okay with it!
No more "messing up"..just creating creative a mess!
I even push myself to "TRY" other things that are not necessarily "my style" in order to learn a new technique, to enjoy the process, to free up a little mind space, to get out with other creative souls and just create.
If you are going to be joining me at one of my upcoming classes, you need to remember that creating things is my passion. I put my heart and soul into it and many times I get a little chatty, really goofy, a tad dorky and excited over dumb things like felt, buttons, dollar bins, embroidery floss, ledger paper, the color "Barn Red", manila tags and muslin bags, you know...stuff like that.
Let this be fair warning...me, standing in a rack of quilts, REALLY excited about being in Pennsylvania and hand dyed felt..and flannel
I also need you to take a look at a few things about upcoming classes...
The new classes are often going to be messy, in a good way. DO NOT GET YOUR NAILS done the day before class. Schedule your appointments for the following day.
Leave your "perfection" at the door. We are going to push against the forces and struggles (we put on ourselves) to get to a point where we can all relax and enjoy the time together!
most importantly remember that just because I "created" a project and "wrote" the instructions does not EVER mean you have to do it that way..in fact, I would much rather you create a project the way YOU want to. I know (well, I keep telling myself this) that I will never be able to please everyone, but my hope is that you will always learn something to take with you.
that is about it, well for now. I am really excited about all of the new classes and I hope that you will have an open mind and heart to how I want to inspire you..
Take a look at the sidebar to the left for upcoming classes and stay tuned for "Doodle, too", oh and if you are not already on my newsletter list, please make sure to click here or the word "Newsletter" up there on the left (right underneath the "Facebook icon".
and..I am REALLY excited to "proof" the final artwork for BRAND NEW STAMPS that go along with these classes.....
(that's a BIG hint)
anyways....last night I started editing photos and typing instructions for my "Online" version of the classes (with different projects, duh!) and thought, I should show you a little peekity peek peek peek...cause they, yes "they" make me so happy (looking at them now as I type!) and maybe, if they make you happy...then shoot...we can allll be happy!
Look at that one closest to you....she is a "Chicken named Faith" funny, huh? That's me. Reminds me of sitting in the airport in Atlanta waiting to board a plane to Africa and thinking "It is much easier to have FAITH then to be BRAVE"
anyways...it is all part of Doodle 201 "Paint...Paper..Ink" and if you want to get the info on this class make sure you sign up for the newsletter...
are you ready for a self intervention on you? This doodle was inspired by the lesson at church yesterday and it absolutely coordinates with what we are doing in the Brave Girls Soul Restoration class. A "self-intervention" and it is good...tough in ways, but good..and needed.
I am going to suggest to you all that you save the change you find in the bottom of the washing machine and by April, when they release this class again, you use all of that change to take it the Soul Restoration!
In Creative news...I just finished working out all the details for the first two classes of 2011 that I will be teaching. I will be at Scrapbooking Made Simple in Valencia, CA on Saturday, February 12th teaching TWO classes..
The first class is called "Love & Adore" and we will be using the Circa line from Cosmo Cricket. Come create & play with just about EVERY one of my new Sizzix die's...as well as glitter...burlap..ink..cardboard...tags...trims..
The Second class is called "Our Life" and features several of the Teresa Collins lines all combined together to form an accordion book that we adhere to a block of wood...I taught this in Pennsylvania in November and LOVE this class.
I will be sending out a newsletter this week so be sure to watch for it (or sign up if you want to get the info!) okay..off to start a brand new week...glad you are starting it with me!