Monday, November 18, 2019

annual early black friday sale!

It's a tradition around here to have an EARLY Black Friday Sale! And this year I've got lots of new handmade goodies in the shop on sale from Nov.10th-Dec. 3rd!

In addition to low prices, spend over $50 and receive a free 10 page digital paper download!

Below is a peek at some of the goodies on sale!

We've got a big batch of pottery, ornaments, art journal bundles and canvas pouches.

And we've got a whole bunch of class bundles on sale! Bundles are an offering that so many of you love and it's a wonderful way to grab a bunch of classes at a low cost!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

in the studio- holiday prep

I've been in holiday mode over, getting ready for our annual sale (Nov 18th - Dec 3rd). This is the one time of year that I load the shop with all kinds of handmade goodies and I've got a bunch of new designs and fun stuff coming on November 18th. Here is a little peek at all the creativity happening in my studio.

Friday, November 01, 2019

FLASH SALE! floral bundle!

Anyone out there in the mood to paint flowers? Wel, you are in luck! This weekend we have a flash sale happening! I've bundled four of my favorite flower classes together for $30 (compare at $60 for all four)! If you are interested in learning a variety of different ways to create floral art, this is the deal for you! 

Head on over to THE SHOP for more information or to purchase a bundle! 

Please note that we are not able to switch or trade out classes when we offer our flash bundles but know that we always have deals and sales around the corner!

Offer ends Sunday, November 3rd at midnight

FLORAL BUNDLE FLASH from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.


Flowers and acrylic paint make the perfect pair! In this class I will be sharing all kinds of really simple techniques for transforming your favorite flowers into expressive, beautiful and colorful acrylic paintings.

There is something so colorful and expressive about creating with pastels. In this class we will use my favorite subject: flowers, to explore a variety of wild and expressive ways to use pastels.

There is something so simple and beautiful about creating with ink. In this class we will use my favorite subject: flowers, to explore a variety of expressive techniques. From using brushes to found objects to items from nature, we will experiment with creating dynamic and bold floral ink brush paintings.

Flowers and watercolors make the perfect pair! In this class I will be sharing all kinds of really simple techniques for transforming your favorite flowers into expressive, beautiful and colorful paintings. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

creating with Jules: carved stamps

Carving your own stamps is easy when you get the hang of it and has a great result. It’s so fun to make something with readily available supplies and come up with something that has a professional looking result.

You’ll need:

-Stamp Carving Block (I use Renoir ezy carve printing block, but there are other brands that will work just as well)
-Lino cutting tool/s 
-Ink Pads in your chosen colors
-Grey lead
-Plain paper

Print out the template at 100%, place a plain piece of paper over the top and use a window or light box to trace the outlines of the designs in grey lead. Cut out each individual stamp design.

The easiest way I’ve found to transfer my designs onto a craving block is by placing the drawing face down and rubbing with the back of a spoon. The pressure transfers the pencil drawing onto the carving block. Make sure you rub all areas of the design, taking peeps as you go, being careful not to move the paper. Once transferred, you can use the greylead to go over any parts that might be a bit faint. 

Now it’s time to carve out your stamps! Remember, any part that you do not want to print you need to carve away, anything you do want to print needs to stay. Work carefully as if you accidentally carve out the wrong bit, you cannot fix it! If you’re new to stamp carving, practise on a piece before you begin carving your stamps. Try to carve away from the design elements (and yourself!) incase you accidentally slip. 

There are various brands of cutting tools. The speedball tool looks good although I have not personally tried it. I have a couple of old lino cutting tools that I use. I have a skinny one for detail and a wider one for removing larger areas of the block.

Once you think you’re happy with your design, test it! This is the fun part! press your stamp onto the stamp pad, making sure the whole design is inked up. 

Once you do a test print, you will see parts the stamp that still need to be cut away or refine. Carve and test again until you are happy with your design.

Then, get your paper and stamp the bottom corner with the designs using the photos as your guide. Stamp all around the edges making a border with the repeating ovals stamp. If the stamp is going to go over a part you don’t want it to, cover that part with a scrap of paper to protect it.

Now you have some pretty paper to write some good old fashioned snail mail!

Jules :)


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