Wednesday, March 28, 2018

embroidery hoop doodles

I don’t know about you guys but I get really burned out creating in a square! One of my favorite ways to create “outside the box” is to work in an embroidery hoop!

Simply stretch fabric in an embroidery hoop- I like bleached muslin fabric for drawing and doodling.

Grab a Sharpie and get creative with those doodles and drawings!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

NEW! june art journal alchemy retreat available

Ok friends, many of you have been asking when or if I will offer another art journaling retreat at my studio and many of you have also been asking for something in the summer! So I've added another Art Journal Alchemy Retreat in June to the schedule. Below are all the details.

ART JOURNAL ALCHEMY: Magic in the Mess
June 8-10, 2018
Details 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 pages! Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate artist, you will come away with tons of inspiration and new ideas for your art journal.


$650.00 Early bird special $550.00 until May 8, 2018.
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

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


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.


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

*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. Cost does not include dinner or any optional activities. 

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. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

a peek inside the art journal alchemy retreat

Over the weekend I hosted my Art Journal Alchemy Retreat and as usual I was left feeling SO inspired and honored to have the opportunity to teach and connect with another group of amazing women.

This retreat filled up pretty quickly and many of you have been inquiring about whether I will offer it again- I've been trying to clear my schedule and make room for another offering and tomorrow I will be announcing the date and details for another Art Journal Alchemy weekend retreat at the beginning of summer. Say tuned and in the meantime here is a little peek into our weekend!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

moveable drying rack

When it comes to my creative process, I always run into a reoccurring problem- I never have enough space for drying my wet surfaces, especially paper. When I paint, especially art journal pages, I end up with a lot of wet paper and recently I decided it was time to figure out a better solution (besides the floor) for drying.
I experimented with a bunch of ideas but what ended up working the best was using an old clothing rack on wheels.

I wrapped twine around the rods to create a whole bunch of space for drying.

And I use binder clips to attach all that paper.

This rack is working so great! I love being able to move it around my studio depending on the project. Sometimes it's the simple ideas that end up being the best solution!


Monday, March 19, 2018

last day of sale!

Hey friends! Today is the last day of my big SALE- everything in the shop is marked way down! You can head on over to the shop HERE to view everything.


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