Monday, June 27, 2016

new class watercolor blooms and a GIVEAWAY!

Hi Friends! My next online class Watercolor Blooms goes live next Monday, July 4th and today I have a tiny peek and I am giving away 5 free spots in the class. Scroll to the bottom of this post for a chance to win!

flowers from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.

You can head on over the shop HERE for all class details and registration


Leave me a comment
Tell me your favorite flower
I will randomly select 5 winners and announce them at the bottom of this post later this week 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

free coloring page for you!

I've got another free coloring page for you guys! I hope you are enjoying these weekly downloads! Happy coloring!

Download HERE

P.S. I've got a little flash sale happening on one of my most popular online classes! Mandala Magic is now marked down $15 to $10 for the rest of the week. You can find all the details over in my shop HERE

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

art journaling in the wild with mary

There’s something about summertime that always gets my wanderlust heart aching to explore + adventure + just get out of normal routine. Fields of wildflowers, the sounds of crickets and rushing creek water, sunsets and full moons, cool night breezes and wide-open roads…hello inspiration!

Whether we are exploring our own backyard, or road tripping across the state- if there’s one thing I must bring with me, it is a small bag of art journaling supplies! Just the essentials…but enough to let my soul out to play, record, and document beauty + inspiration as we journey. 

Bringing my art journal along on our adventures really helps me to slow down and take in the beauty that surrounds. It is the surest way to re-fill the inspiration tank and come home with new ideas and a refreshed spirit.

Before I became a mama, I used to bring a TON of art supplies with me. But these days, juggling diaper bags and snacks and of course, the baby(!) has really made me identify which supplies I can live without. It is so incredibly freeing to create with just a few favorite supplies!

I like to keep mini stamps, tiny pots of acrylic paint, paintbrushes, a brayer, pens, pencils, glue, and washi tape in my bag. It may take you a few trips to decide exactly what works for you, and that’s okay!

The next time you’re packing your bags for an adventure, I encourage you to bring along some of your favorite art journaling supplies, and create in the wild. A sunny meadow, a riverbank, beside the ocean, on the forest floor – or even in the passenger seat of your car! Tag us in your photos so we can see you in action!

You can check out more guest posts from Mary Wagering HERE

Or you can find Mary:

Over on her website HERE 
Her shop HERE
Instagram HERE

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

a batch of canvas pouches in the shop!

Once upon a time (like 10 years ago) I was attending a wedding. I was wearing a little black dress and needed a colorful clutch to finish off my outfit. I couldn't find anything I liked in stores so I grabbed one of my paintings from the wall, ripped it off the stretcher bars and sewed it into a clutch. This moment changed my entire creative perspective and my business forever!! I went on to write a book about remixing canvas, I taught classes on "redefining" your art and I sold thousands of handmade canvas bags. A few years ago I had to scale back on making bags- I just couldn't keep up with the demand . 

These days I still make them just in smaller quantities and I am happy to announce that I have a fresh batch in the shop HEREThey always sell out fast so get em' while you can!

Monday, June 20, 2016

frequently asked questions- how do you make time create?

I get all kinds of email and asked TONS of questions about all sorts of creative things and once in a while I will take the time to answer many of the frequently asked questions here on my blog!

Something I get asked A LOT is advice about finding and making time to create. I've got a lot of experience under my belt, under all kinds of circumstances when it comes to creating and today I am sharing some of the best tips I can give for making time in your schedule for creativity.

make time to create from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.

love what you do from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.

find small chunks of time from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.

keep those supplies on hand from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.

take an honest look at your time from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.

incorporate your art into your life from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.

Have a question you want me to answer? Feel free to leave a comment or email me

To read more about my journey as an artist-

jump start a creative career- HERE

taking a leap into full time artist- HERE

coping with creative burnout- HERE

coping with failure- HERE

how to keep your work authentic- HERE

the art of chasing a dream- HERE

managing life and a creative business- HERE

the art of setting goals- HERE 

the art of blogging- HERE and HERE

the things I haven't shared- HERE

stronger than I ever knew- HERE

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

in the studio: watercolor blooms

I've been hard at work filming all kinds of new online classes and currently my studio covered in watercolor floral paintings. I'm having so much creating my next class Watercolor Blooms simply because I love anything that involves flowers! Here is a little peek at what I've been up to.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

tie dye chair

I've had my eye on tie dye and Shibori furniture for a while. Our living room is a relaxed mix of boho and beach inspired decor and I thought a tie dye chair would go great! But there is no way I was going to spend the money. So the next best thing in my world is to figure out a way to make my own!

My inspiration
source: 1 2 3 4

I grabbed a white cotton sheet, a few packages of Tulip One-Step Dye Kits in blue and got busy creating some yardage of dyed fabric.

I used two different techniques. I can't go as far to say that these techniques are 100% Shibori but I did my best with limits on my time and materials. For one piece of fabric, I used an accordion fold that I bound with rubber bands. The other piece of fabric I made ring patterns by gathering up a handful of fabric and binding it with rubber bands- I filled the entire surface with these rings.

I followed the directions for the one step dye and let my fabric sit for about 6 hours then washed and dried it!

The result are some really fun pieces of blue fabric that have that tie dye/Shibori vibe I was going for!

I have an old chair that belonged to my grandparents that I keep at my studio. I have plans to some day have this chair professionally upholstered but not any time soon! So I brought the chair home and used No-Sew Fabric Glue to make a couple of temporary and simple covers for the cushions and ruffle. 

While the chair is nowhere near perfect, I LOVE the beachy and relaxed vibe it adds to our living room!


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