Saturday, January 31, 2009

Sneak Peak!

So excited that I have been really productive and have a handful of new purses that I will be adding to my etsy shop tomorrow!!  Heres a sneak peak of a few!

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Hip Hip Hooray!! 

And this year it is in June 24-28th and at Reed College in Portland, OR. 

Not only will be teaching two classes this year- 

Registration starts February 25th!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

CHA Highlights

So I am back from my short jaunt to Anaheim for two days at CHA and a fun filled two days it was! It was jam packed with tons of stuff to see, people to say hello to and lots and lots of walking! Just a few highlights-

Created a colorful purse to take with me TO CHA
 (I always create a fab purse to take to ALL OCCASIONS)

Catching up with Ruth Rae and Kelly Snelling at the F&W booth. These two gals are a BLAST!  Check out their lovely book A Charming Exchange.

Getting to catch up with Traci Bautista who was promoting her line- 

Kelly, Tonia, Me, Traci and Ruth

Seeing Tonia Davenport at the F&W Booth doing demos from her SUPER COOL book 

Running into the lovely Lisa Engelbrecht at the Rockport booth promoting her book-
I snagged some of her make and takes- funky fill letters- that am going to embellish at home.

Finally meeting Candice Marquette in person- she is soooooooo much fun, super duper hilarious and SO crafty!

I am SO bummed that I missed meeting Linda Woods at the Barnes and Noble booth someday I will meet her in person!! Time totally got away from me and by the time I started to head over (which was a LONG walk) I ran into major traffic where it seemed everyone at CHA was waiting for Paris Hilton. (I have already complained about this enough but lets just say I am really annoyed that someone who has been in jail and has a sex tape can somehow get a line of kids crafting products- but WHATEVER!)

I am also super bummed I missed Claudine Hellmuth's demos but I was able to check out her products at the Ranger booth and must say that I am definitely going to try out her Sticky Back Canvas- since I make use of all things canvas- it is on my list of materials to try ASPAP!

I am totally exhausted but will post some more CHA highlights tomorrow!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Another Day

Another day has come and gone!!  Thankfully I was able to get tons of stuff done- finishing prep for CHA, making some new purses to eventually post on Etsy, finishing some custom orders and actually catching up on some DVRed shows! I am heading off to Anaheim for two days to attend CHA and will be spending the day tomorrow roaming, browsing and connecting with friends ( and enjoying a little down time on my own).  I will be staying connected from the road and hopefully will have fun stories to share.  If you happen to be attending CHA come visit me at the F&W Booth on Monday at 1pm- I will be doing a book signing and demo and will have some fun little giveaways!  

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Tips for Painting on Fused Plastic

I have received more questions regarding my CPS article on recycled handbags- about painting on fused plastic. Depending on the paint that you use and the way you treat the surface, your paint can flake but there are ways to create a colorful and layered surface on the fused plastic and ways to keep it from flaking.

Here are a few tips that I can offer-

1. Use silkscreen ink in place of paint. I have had the most success with no FLAKING and will typically paint my first layer and then painting on top of it with either acrylic paint or even paint with the silkscreen ink. Speedball makes a great affordable ink in a lovely variety of colors.

2. Don't limit yourself to just painting on the surface of your fused plastic- try painting on canvas or fabric and the cut out shapes or strips of your painted material and sew it directly onto the surface of the fused plastic.

3. Try the opposite- cut up your fused plastic and use strips and shapes to sew onto canvas or fabric.

4. Try using permanent markers in place of paint to journal or draw all over your fused plastic.

5. Paint the surface of the fused plastic and fuse another clear piece of plastic over the top.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Art Unraveled 2009

I am happy to announce that classes are up on the Art Unraveled  so if you are interested in taking a class from either myself or gaggle of SUPER talented artists please go check it out!! I am happy to be teaching two brand new classes and would love if you joined me!

There is nothing more energizing and liberating than working big and this class will introduce you to working larger than life with canvas and paint. Forget about being confined by the size of your surface and start embracing what it feels like to get inside of your paintings. We will experiment with working on the floor to the wall to reaching, crawling and stretching around our large canvas to get up close and personal with the creative process. You will learn a variety of messy and beautiful painting and collage techniques to use on a large surface. Alisa will share a number of useful exercises for creating a large composition - from free writing to using graffiti to finding your artistic voice, be prepared to go big!!!

A unique clutch made entirely from recycled materials and covered in messy paint is the perfect accessory for any artist. From fusing plastic bags to transforming junk mail to altering cereal boxes- this class will challenge you to rethink your materials and supplies and will introduce you to different ways to create “mixed media fabric” that can be painted, sewn and transformed into a unique and one of a kind clutch handbag. Come prepared to learn lots of quick and easy ways to make over household trash with paint, freewriting, sketching,and all kinds of simple but colorful techniques.  This is a two part class that will include both mixed media/painting techniques and sewing!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Cereal Box Clutch- Demo

Since my article on recycled purses (made from fused plastic bags and spare trash) came out this month in Cloth Paper Scissors, I've received lots of inquiries about making a cereal box clutch.  Well here is a quick tutorial!!

cereal box
variety of acrylic paint
sharpie pens
sewing machine
decorative button

Start by flattening you cereal box and then covering it with paint- mix your your paint on the surface and don't be concerned with perfection- let yourself be really MESSY! 

Stamp, scratch, swipe your way to color and texture!

Once all of your layers are dry and to your liking, trim it to the desired size- I like to trim off the folds and edges.  

Decide what kind of shape you would like- I folded it as simple as possible- like an envelope.

Paint the inside (or backside) with a solid and thick layer of paint. Let dry. 

Sew both sides with the sewing machine- I love the look of messy stitches so have fun with zig zag or fun straight stitches down the sides.

Sew a decorative button to the bottom front and then a looped ribbon for the closure 

Disguise your ribbon closure with a scrap that was cut off when trimming you bag- sew it over the top of where your ribbon is attached and go wild with stitches! 

There you have it! A purse made from a simple cereal box- 
Hopefully you will think twice about what you throw away!!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Vicious Circle

I am exhausted! I have been cleaning and organizing my studio in preparation for Jo Packham's visit on Wednesday for a photo shoot for Where Women Create.  After lots of time spent going through boxes, supplies, artwork- I cannot believe HOW MUCH CRAP I HAVE!!!! But I am happy to say that I succeeded in getting everything all ready.  There is nothing like a clean workspace to inspire me and in typical Alisa fashion I got to work this afternoon and created yet another mess to clean up- its a vicious circle!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

And the Winner Is......

Yippeee Judy Wise!!  I will send you an email and then get going on creating  a custom clutch for you!!!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Creative Block = A GIVEAWAY!

Update: I am in the middle of trying to finish a project so I am extending the giveaway until Sunday morning- I will drawn name then- in meantime continue to leave your amazing comments...I am so inspired!
Argggghhh...I seem to have hit a creative block tonight and its bad timing because I have a deadline creeping up on me.  SO instead I am chillin' on the couch with my two handsome boys! I am hoping my inspiration will return this weekend (it kinda has to!). 

So instead of working I am going to offer a custom clutch giveaway- YIPEEEE.
Leave me a comment letting me know what inspires you by tomorrow evening- I will draw a name and the winner gets a custom clutch (colors, words and images are your choice!!!)

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Bye Bye 2008

I have jumped into the new year head first- YIKES! I have been working on a few different projects with a fast turn around that I have to keep under my hat but will hopefully get to share sometime soon! They have been keeping me busy, busy busy! But it was so wonderful to have time in Oregon (where I do my best thinking) to relax and reflect on this last year and the many wonderful opportunities, goals met and lessons learned. I cannot believe the amount of stuff that I actually pulled off in 2008 and made it through- finishing my book and making my way through the ups and downs of it all, teaching and traveling (while working my full time job), transitioning from four years of living and working with college students (and living rent free) to purchasing our first home (in Southern California at that!!) remodeling our new home, getting a new day job, and the list goes on and on. I’m not gonna lie I am kinda glad to have 2008 behind me- I have named it "the year of transition" and conquering it has given me lots of hope for 2009. 

So with a new year I have a number of new things going on (and this is just a preview!!)

Check out my latest article in the Jan/Feb issues of Cloth Paper Scissors on making handbags out of recycled materials- yep my love of trash is coming in handy! If you are looking for a project that will cost you close to NOTHING to make- you will love it!

I will be at CHA at the end of January promoting my book and doing a demo (with some REALLY fun make and takes) at the F&W booth!  Would love all of you to stop by on  Monday, January 26th at 1pm to show support!!!! (and if there are any fellow artists or authors out there who will also be attending- I would love to connect- 
community= inspiration!!)

I will traveling to Cleveland in Feb to film a segment for Quilting Arts T.V. and also filming for an instructional DVD- SUPER EXCITED!!

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The rumor is that airfare to Europe is coming down in 2009 and this might be the time plan a trip!! I would love to share a week full of inspiration, creativity and making a mess in Italy!! Inspired by my book Canvas Remix I will be teaching kinds of SUPER fun techniques and one of a kind projects!  

I will be teaching at Art Unraveled in August 2009 classes will be posted in January and registration starts in February!

I am excited to announce that I will be teaching at ArtFiberFest in June 2009 and this time it will be held in my good ol' hometown of Portland, Oregon on the campus of Reed college- SO EXCITING!!!  Not only will it be AMAZING to participate in this amazing retreat but also have the opportunity to travel home to Oregon. Classes will be posted in Feb so check the website for more info!

Looks like I will be having a trunk show here in Southern California with my purses and as soon as I have more info...I will share!

Lots more to come so stay tuned!!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

One More

One more round of holiday vacation pics because they are just too pretty and I already miss Oregon!


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