Have I mentioned I love to take classes and workshops. I am not sure what exactly it is, the camaraderie, the travel, or learning new things. Yes, yes and yes!!
Well one of the people I have admired on-line is Teesha Moore (www.teeshamoore.com). She is out of the northwest US and does amazing art journaling. She organized an art journaling retreat for years called Artfest but the last one was back in 2012. I never had the opportunity to go, sigh! She has also developed an on-line private blog that you can subscribe to for artistic inspiration called the Artstronauts Club. It is $5/month with a post every other day. They can include videos, tutorials, links, free downloads and just good overall eye-candy for inspiration! Can you tell I am a fan?!?
I heard through the Artstronauts Club that she was getting back in the game and a smaller retreat was in the planning stages. I watched . . . I waited . . . . (impatiently) . . . . and then the dates were announced, it was to take place two weeks before the biggest trip my husband and I have ever been on is planned. Logic might say, well it is bad luck and poor timing . . . maybe next time. But nooooo . . . I immediately called my BFF and described the situation. This was an emergency! I ask for her help . . . talk me out of wanting to go! Her response, if the dates coincide with her spring break (she is a teacher) we should go, if they don’t coincide we don’t go. Well, eureka, it coincided!! I love that she is always ready to jump into adventures with me!! And her approach seemed to make perfect sense to me, better than flipping a coin!
The retreat is called Artfest Rising. We sent our money in the day registration opened. While it is completely sold out and there is a waiting list, and you can find out more about it on Teesha’s website. Yeah, you will be jealous, I know!
One of the requirements was to have a journal completed for the event. Everyone is to have the same basic journal and each class will use a two-page spread (brilliant!). It is a big sucker, 11 x 15-inches. I, of course, being the overachiever I am, added pages before and after for my own notes, memories and mental fodder. And of course I had to have a cover!
The cover was a piece of canvas I painted as part of yet another class I took in Maine a few years ago called Big and Bold, an abstract painting class taught by Katharina Drexel Keoughan and Joy Vaughan (www.katharinak.com). It wasn’t quite the right size for this large journal so it was cut and pieced together with black leather. The cover was then lined with fabric and pockets were created (an old duvet cover I kept because I liked the pattern). I was so psyched that I used things I already had, what a concept!!
The large format is quite intimidating. But this year is all about jumping outside of my comfort zone, so here I go again! Have you done something that pushes you out of your comfort zone yet???