Monday, March 18, 2019

a peek inside my art journal




My latest online class Magazine Makeover is in full swing and I thought I would share a little preview of my art journal that is dedicated to only working over magazines. This process is such a fun way to play and practice using pattern, space, color and contrast!

Just a couple more days left to get in on the sale price for this this class and all my online classes! Link in profile






Monday, March 11, 2019

BIG sale this week!


Thursday is my birthday WOOHOO and it's a tradition around here to celebrate with a sale! All week long I've got everything in the shop marked down- online classes, handmade art journalsmessy pouches and more!

Head on over to the shop for all the good deals!


All online classes are marked way down.


I've got a fresh batch of homemade art journals on sale in the shop!


And a bunch of new handmade messy pouches.




Monday, March 04, 2019

creating in the space between


When working through sketches and doodles, never underestimade space, espcially the space in between your subject matter. My favorite way to work through a drawing (or doodle) is to make use of that in between space and fill it with colors and pattern.


I like to start with lines drawings. 
You could use any type of subject matter, even simple shapes will work!


Then I fill the space with all kinds of different colors and pattern (I love to use dots).


The color and the pattern in the space between the black and white flower drawings create a wonderful push and pull and immediately kicks up those simple line drawings!


Instead of putting your efforts into drawing your subject matter, try challenging yourself to instead focus your time and creativity on the space in between your subject matter.


Use you favorite supplies and colors and fill that space with areas of color, pattern, simple doodles, journaling, texture, etc.


If you use color in your line drawings, try selecting color that is contrasting from the colors that you use to fill the space.



Challenge yourself to fill all of the white space in between your subject matter.

Monday, February 25, 2019

2019 studio retreats



When I set out to plan my 2019 schedule I wasn't planning any studio retreats instead we wanted to take a little break and focus on some different goals. And to be honest, I was kinda bummed- teaching in my creative space and getting to spend time with so many of you in real life is one of my favorite things to do. And while we are in the midst of figuring out some big things in our life and business, I've decided to say what heck...and pivot a little bit with my 2019 schedule. I’m throwing caution to the wind and making time for two studio retreats in late spring/early summer. For now, this looks like the only time frame that works with my creative schedule in 2019 so here we go!

If you are interested in spending the weekend with me in my studio at the beach, learning all kinds of my messy techniques and concepts, I've got details below or you can visit my shop HERE for additional information. 

And not to worry if 2019 is not the right time for you, I’ve got big plans for retreats in the coming years!!



PETALS AND PAINT: A Floral Art Retreat
May 31-June 2, 2019
$700.00  Early bird special until April 30th
More information HERE

Join me in my studio on the Oregon Coast for three days of color and creativity! We will be immersing ourselves in my favorite subject matter- flowers. Throughout the three days, I will be demonstrating all kinds of my favorite techniques, tips, tricks and materials for creating beautiful and expressive floral paintings. From watercolors to acrylic paint, exploring color, layers, materials and working big and small, we will dive into all things floral. Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate artist, you will come away with tons of inspiration and new ideas for creating floral art.


REGISTRATION

$700.00 Early bird special $550.00 until April 30, 2019
Includes supplies, lunch and snacks all three days
Please note- we have limited space available for this retreat, if all spots are filled we will open up a waiting list.
Single day classes are not available.

If you have any questions about registration or payment you are welcome to send an email to alisaburke@gmail.com

For more information, details or to register, visit my shop HERE



ART JOURNAL ALCHEMY: Magic in the Mess
June 7-9, 2019
$700.00  Early bird special until May 1, 2019
More information HERE

Join me in my studio on the Oregon Coast for three days of creative mess making and exploration! We will be immersing ourselves in all things art journaling. Throughout the three days, I will be demonstrating tons of my favorite techniques, tips, tricks and materials for your art journaling process. From painting to collage, to free writing, printmaking, drawing, working in layers and more- we will embrace the magic that comes with creative exploration and making a mess on those page! Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate artist, you will come away with tons of inspiration and new ideas for your art journal.


REGISTRATION

$700.00 Early bird special $550.00 until May 1, 2019.
Includes supplies, lunch and snacks all three days
Please note- we have limited space available for this retreat, if all spots are filled we will open up a waiting list.
Single day classes are not available.

If you have any questions about registration or payment you are welcome to send an email to alisaburke@gmail.com

For more information, details or to register, visit my shop HERE


MY TEACHING STYLE

I've been teaching art since 2004 and while I have a formal education in fine art, I love to break the rules! As a teacher, it's my mission to share simple techniques that artists at any level can use to create bold and colorful art. I also like to cram as much creativity as I possibly can into my classes! My goal is to inspire my students and provide new ideas, techniques, live demonstrations, one on one support and the space to make creative discoveries. One of my favorite parts of teaching live, is the having the time to connect with my students, get to know other creatives and answer questions about art, life and business.


ABOUT MY RETREATS

Retreats are held in my art studio in Seaside, Oregon.

We do not provide lodging or transportation services.

Seaside is a small town and regardless of where you are staying, everything (from the beach to downtown to the grocery store to my studio) is within minutes (driving) of each other.

The Oregon Coast has very unpredictable weather that can change at a moments notice. Some of our activities could change or may depend on the weather but be assured rain or shine- we will be having lots of fun together!

If you need recommendations or have any questions about class content, travel, lodging or the area feel free to email me at alisaburke@gmail.com.

*There is no supply list for my classes. To keep things simple and easy for you- I provide all supplies. If you have favorite supplies (pens, brushes, watercolors or paper) feel free to bring them but they are not required.

Cost of class includes supplies, lunch and snacks all three days. Cost does not include dinner or any optional activities. 


THE OREGON COAST
It is so exciting to have a creative space to open up for my classes and retreats! My studio is located in my fabulous hometown of Seaside, Oregon – a lush coastal community with miles of beautiful pristine beaches and vivid ocean views. Seaside is a small coastal resort town surrounded by nature’s wonders: Elk wander freely in our yards; seals mingle with the surfers; gray whales and dolphins graze offshore; tide-pooling at dusk; beach combing after a winter storm unearths treasures washed up from far-off lands half a world away. It’s a combination of the historical past (near Lewis & Clark’s final destination) and quaint modern coastal community. The vintage 1920’s promenade boardwalk skirts the Pacific Ocean for a mile and a half and in the summertime the town is buzzing with activity. This is my hometown and the magnet that has been pulling me back North for so long. It’s been my greatest dream to offer classes and retreats in Seaside, Oregon and to share the wonders of the Oregon Coast with you. 


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

creating with ink and water

One of my favorite ways to challenge myself creatively is to limit my supplies.


My favorite type of supply for creating simple designs is using a water soluble pen. Currently I am loving the Kaküno Fountain pen from Pilot’s Ensō Collection. The pen comes in a kit with one black and one pink pen with replaceable ink cartridges and two finely crafted nibs that are perfect for drawing illustration. Paired with a brush and water, these simple materials will go a long way in sketching and are perfect when you don't have the time or space to use paint.


A line on a page is just a line...




But when you add water you can dissolve that line and pull away pigment to use for shading.


I typically start with a line drawing. I use both light, airy lines while also incorporating bold lines throughout my sketch.


Then I use my brush to dissolve those lines. I pull pigment away and then use that pigment to shade, add contrast and bring my line drawing to life.


After a little practice it becomes an easy alternative for paint!


Using the Kaküno Fountain pen I start with a simple line drawing.




What I love about using the Kaküno Fountain pen is that it has the smoothest ink flow and you are able to get stroke variation by changing the pressure and the way you are holding the pen. I used the fine nib (.44mm) and it enabled me to achieve really delicate lines and details
Then I go back into the drawing with a brush and water.


I dissolve those lines with my brush in places where I want to add shading.


The more water you add, the lighter that pigment will become.




I like to work back and forth in layers, adding more lines to the top of my shading to darken up some areas.




Using a fountain pen for drawing is new for me but I’ve got to say that the Kaküno Fountain pen has quickly become a favorite supply for this process.  The result is a really dynamic drawing created with few supplies!


Right now, Pilot is offering 20% off Kaküno Fountain pens, as well as the entire Ensō Collection, when you use code 20ARTIST on Amazon.com.


Thank you to Pilot Pen for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

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