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Spread 179 – Listen to me & Photos from my trip to Whidbey Island August 10, 2014

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Spread 179 – Listen to me

4 to 9 Aug 2014

Vintage and personal images, acrylic paint, vintage fabric, gel skin transfers.

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Leaving Mukilteo on the ferry

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My home away from home.

The Steves’ Inn at the Dr. W. L. White house Established in 1894.

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Another shot of the Steves’ Inn.

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A deer walking the grounds of the Steves’ Inn.

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 A morning walk on the pier on Whidbey Island.

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A shot from my class at the Pacific Northwest Art School. John, Orly, MaryAnn & Pam.

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A shot of the Seattle skyline with Mount Rainer from Queen Anne Hill.

I spent two and a half wonderful days on Whidbey Island. Two days of teaching at the Pacific Northwest Art School teaching my art journaling class, “Personal Images”. I had a wonderful assistant Pam who drove me where I needed to go, fetched our meals and Lisa Bernhardt, the director of the school has created a wonderful place to teach. I can’t wait to go back. Whidbey Island is so picturesque and quaint. I stayed with my hosts the Steves’ at their 120 year old inn. I had a lovely, very comfortable room.

After I was finished I spend a wonderful day and half with my dear friends John and Tim at their home in Mount Lake Terrace. Monday we spent the day creating and just free art journaling on our own, with some wonderful friends. The top spread, “Listen to me” was started there, and completed here at home.

Spread 178 – My Spread for John’s RR book. July 30, 2014

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Spread 179 – Journey of Friendship

30 July 2014

Vintage and found papers, tracing paper images, personal images, matt medium, Nova color paints, Tim Holtz distress inks, matte varnish, gel pens, Sharpie china marker.

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Journey of Friendship – center spread.

30 July 2013

Vintage and found papers, tracing paper images, personal images, matt medium, Nova color paints, Tim Holtz distress inks, matte varnish, gel pens, Sharpie china marker.

This is my spread for John’s Round Robin book. This Round Robin is about to come to a close. It was fun participating in these. This week I am preparing for my class in Whidbey Island at the Pacific Northwest Art School.

Click on the images for a larger view.

Teaching in Whidbey Island – Personal Images in Art Journaling – August 2-3, 2014 July 23, 2014

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Spread 177 – Deep Sea

2014

I am excited about my upcoming class on beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington at the Pacific Northwest Art School.

I am teaching my class Personal Images in Art Journaling August 2-3, 2014. The class is filling up. Here is my class description:

We all have images that we are drawn to, photographs and images that are personal to us.  It could be a certain animal, even a chair, or childhood photos we are drawn to.  In this two-day class we will explore our own personal images.  We will explore why and what makes these images important to us. Using layers of paper, and paint, and our pens we will explore, reveal and conceal pages that are meaningful to you.  We will explore image transfers to layer.  It is really all about you, your words, your images, your colors, and your markmaking.  We will spend our days making your art journal pages uniquely about you.

You may sign up here.

Spread 178 – My Journals Are Not Pretty July 11, 2014

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Spread 178 – My Journals Are Not Pretty

10 July 2014

Acrylic Paint, Black Gesso, Matt Medium, Vintage and personal images.

These are my journals, they are not pretty. They hold my truths and my stories. I tell them until I don’t need to tell them any longer and they have no power.

Spread 176 – No More Vagueness July 3, 2014

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Spread 175 – No More Vagueness 

21 June 2014

Black gesso, white gesso, Nova Color paint, vintage papers, tracing paper image.

The past is over. The present is this point in time to be enjoyed and lived. My future is filling with lots of artistic opportunities.

This spread was completed in Orly Avineri’s art journaling workshop using Orly’s Subliminal Skull Stencil.

My Los Angeles art journaling class at Make Art in LA  is now full. My two day class in Widbey Island at The Pacific Northwest Art School is quickly approaching, you can find information here. Join us!

My Spread for Terry’s Round Robin Journal. July 1, 2014

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My spread for Terry’s Round Robin Journal.  The inside portions of the journal are flaps that fold.

Vintage and personal papers, comics, cardboard, tracing paper images, Nova Color paint, matt medium, card board, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, matt varnish.

June 25 2014.

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The inside flap.

I am in a round robin group. Each journal is handmade. This is my spread for Terry Garrett’s journal. Enjoy!

Spread 173 – My People June 20, 2014

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Spread 173 – My People

18 May 2014

Nova Color paints, image transfers with matte gel, matte medium, cardboard, matte varnish, Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

As I prepare for another weekend spending time with other wonderful creative art journalers at Orly Avineri’s June art journaling class. I think about the people, my people. They get the real me. They understand me. People I feel most at home with.

This spread was created in Orly’s May class.

Also you can join me on Saturday July 19th at  Make ART in LA for my new art journaling class:

Finding Yourself – Join us for a day of exploration to discover YOUR style in art journaling. Working with copies of childhood and/or family photos and other images you feel a connection to such as a tree, a chair, or other special object(s), we’ll use paint, paper, pens, markers, found objects, and image transfer techniques to enhance your layouts. This workshop is all about developing and exploring your unique voice through style, color, image, and words. For everyone, all skill levels.

It is a wonderful value at $100.00 for about five and a half hours of art journaling.

Seth Apter’s Buried Treasure 2014! June 11, 2014

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Buried Treasure

It is time for Seth Apter’s Buried Treasure! I chose one of my favorite posts from one of my favorite events of the past year. I chose it because it involves some of my dearest friends Orly, Seth, Terry, John, Irene, and many more from my wonderful art family.

Art Family  from February 16, 2014

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Seth, Orly & I

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Seth & I at in my back yard.

The boys

Brian, John and Terry

My Walks Journals

My two handmade journals created in “If Walls Could Talk”.

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Our journal stack in my home.

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 Our journal stack in Orly’s home

I had a wonderful vacation a week ago spending 6 days with Terry Garrett from Minnesota and John Arbuckle from Washington. We spend a lot of time creating art, sharing wonderful food and laughing, and sharing stories.

I also had the wonderful good fortune to spend time with Seth Apter from New York. I was able to host Orly Avineri’s and Seth’s wonderful class, “If Walls Could Talk” at my home for two days, making and creating handmade journals. I was able to take the class again with Terry and John over the weekend at Orly’s home.

Previously I had only known Seth from our communications online. We have always supported and encouraged each other’s art for several years. I was thrilled when Seth asked me to submit art for his newest book, “The Pulse of Mixed Media:Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed.” Spending time with Seth was very easy and comfortable, like talking with a long time friend. It was such fun taking being in Seth and Orly’s class. Seth and Orly are passionate, caring, artists and instructors.

It has taken me some time to come down from the high of such a shared experience. What I came away with was the deep sense of family. Chosen, creative, artistic family. It was a deeply moving, emotional experience. It will be interesting to see how it changes each of us and our art.

Seth’s post regarding the classes here.

DeAnne Williamson’s post regarding the class here

Terry Garrett’s post about our time together here

John Arbuckles post about our time together here

 

Spread 0172 – Join Me June 4, 2014

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Spread 0172 – Join Me

18 May 2014

Nova Color acrylic paints, black gesso, cardboard, Golden fiber paste, Sigano white gel pen, Micron black pen.

I am a solitary creature by nature, yet there is something very special about joining like minded art journalers for a day or two of art journaling as I did in the creation of this spread from a class with Orly Avineri. You have four opportunities to join me in art journaling coming up.

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I am teaching two new one day classes in Los Angeles at MAKE ART IN L.A. hosted by Barbara Buckles.

Finding Yourself – Join us for a day of exploration to discover YOUR style in art journaling. Working with copies of childhood and/or family photos and other images you feel a connection to such as a tree, a chair, or other special object(s), we’ll use paint, paper, pens, markers, found objects, and image transfer techniques to enhance your layouts. This workshop is all about developing and exploring your unique voice through style, color, image, and words. For everyone, all skill levels.

Men Only – Gentlemen, join us for a day of journaling through paint and collage. Art journaling is private; it’s just for you. It’s not about outcome; it’s about the process of creating to express yourself. For beginning and seasoned artists alike.

Finding Yourself – Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 10:30-4:30 – $100

For Men Only – Saturday, July 19, 2014 – 10:30-4:30 – $100

MAKE ART IN L.A. is a wonderful new teaching venue in The Loft at Liz’s, located upstairs above Liz’s Antique Hardware, 453 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angles, CA 90036.

If you have any questions regarding classes email me at bkasstle@icloud.com.

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2 Day workshop at the Pacific Northwest Art School – Whidbey Island, Washington

I am excited to announce I will be teaching at the Pacific Northwest Art School on beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington. I will be teaching my class Personal Images on August 2-3 2014. I am excited to be joining my friends Orly Avineri and Terry Garrett who will also be teaching at there as well, click on their names for their class info and dates. You can find my class information here. If you have any questions regarding the class email me at bkasstle@icloud.com

Personal Images:

We all have images that we are drawn to, photographs and images that are personal to us.  It could be a certain animal, even a chair, or childhood photos we are drawn to.  In this two-day class we will explore our own personal images.  We will explore why and what makes these images important to us. Using layers of paper, and paint, and our pens we will explore, reveal and conceal pages that are meaningful to you.  We will explore image transfers to layer.  It is really all about you, your words, your images, your colors, and your mark making.  We will spend our days making your art journal pages uniquely about you.

 

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I am excited to be teaching my first online art journaling class and to be one of 21 teachers joining together for the Fall 2014 21 Secrets Art Journaling Workshop!

Internal Artifacts

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INTERNAL ARTIFACTS 

Come and explore art journaling as tool for a deeper understanding of ourselves. We will unearth and explore the links and connections of our past and present. Writing prompts will reveal and challenge some of our long-held beliefs. Using our personal images we will uncover the secrets of our self. Layering writing, collage, paint, mark making, we will develop deeply personal pages which express your own intimate style. We will explore image transfers for layering. Join me in the creation and excavation of found papers to make your own handmade papers to layer in our journals. Learn techniques to challenge and build your skills in our visual language. Be willing to be vulnerable and express yourself truthfully and openly, in your journal. It is all about you! Wont you join me in lively marking making, collaging and painting to celebrate the joy of expressing ourselves through our pages?

You can go to the 21 Secrets Fall 2014 link here to sign up.

Spread 0171 – Past/Present in my Journals May 28, 2014

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Spread 0171 – Past/Present in My Journals

17 May 2014

Nova Color paints, personal and found images, matt medium, black & white gesso, Sharpie wax pencils, Micron black pen.

A spread from one of Orly Avineri’s classes. I have come to a place in my journeys with my journals that the past is in the past and the present is very much in the present. I also find it can be very naturally fluid.

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