Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Art Class and WOYWW #156

My workspace is full of watercolor experiments inspired by Marah Johnson's art classes.
Last Friday I attended 2 fantastic art classes led by guest artist Marah Johnson at  The Inspiration Station scrapbook store in Connecticut.  This was my first visit there,  so I was excited to see the shop and take part in a classes that were all about watercolor techniques.  The first class, A Compendium of ATC's,  was a lesson in making several different types of Artists Trading Cards, and the second class, The Art of Whimsical Drawing,  focused on using doodling in artwork.  These are a few of the ATC's that I started last night, using water color paper and Twinkling H2O's, and adding doodling with a white gel pen. The one in the top right corner is the finished one I made in class.  She explained how to make the flowers, and then gave us random book pages to look through and find some interesting quotes to add to the ATCs.
Our second project was all about doodling.  We used old book pages again,  and drew a fish, a bird and a face, adding lots of patterns and details with pens and watercolors.  After looking at Marah's art journal, I was inspired to start my own, and this is my first page.   I've seen so many interesting art journals on the WOYWW desks, and decided to take the leap!  Marah is a great teacher, and travels all over the US leading workshops.  If she is ever in your area, take her class.  Your can read more about her on her blog, and you can see lots of other workspaces over at the Stamping Ground.  I'm trading ATC's, so let me know if you'd like to trade.

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Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Hi Barb
    I'd love to trade ATCs with you! Let me know your address - there is an email link on my blog. I love your first Art Journal Page. You are a quick study! Sounds like a fabulous course. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Happy WOYWW Birthday to you Helen 83

  2. happy woyww, great projects, look like fun classes. great colours. mark. 91

  3. what beautiful ATC's!! Happy WOYWW. Helen#8

  4. Fabulous ATC...have a good week, Hugs May x x x#4

  5. Very sweet ATC's.
    Judy #51

  6. Hi Barb - I adore your bird doodle!

    I thought I commented on WOYWW day, but it doesn't seem to be here. Gah! I get to send you an ATC but there's no email link in your profile. Please pop on over to my blog and click the email link on the sidebar to send your address. :)

    Susan #118

  7. This looks so beautiful Barb. I love how cheerful colours you have chosen.

  8. Hey really good work, love it. What sort of white pen do you use? which ever one I get it just doesn't keep working and it is frustrating. I so love white pens to I think they have declared a private war against me using them. LOL

    Happy 3rd Anniversary WOYWW
    Eliza #140

  9. Ooh I love your cards and your doodling - I'm big into doodling myself atm after buying a couple of books on doodling for papercrafters. :)

    Thanks for sharing and happy WOYWW anniversary!

    Ali #86

  10. how fabulous ATC lessons and WOYWW all in one !! Yes please love to swap, I'll email you, I'll do a surprize one too! just trying to catch up on last weeks'll be todays soon!!
    ((Lyn)) #92

  11. Hello Barb
    I don't know what happened to my first comment, it's disappeared but I'm glad you popped by to look at the Doodly Birds.
    Your bird is lovely he is like the exotic cousin of the Lancashire Doodlies. Well done and if you still have an ATC to swap I would like to do that with you.
    Can you email me your address.
    Lynn x x