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Color Crush Workshop in Coventry, UK for Art Workshops

Last weekend my friend Birgit Koopsen and I taught our 3Day Color Crush Retreat for Art Workshops in Coventry in the U.K.

We had a wonderful group of 34 super talented and sweet ladies creating an art journal from scratch.

Birgit and I both love color but we both have a different style and we set the mood by putting a lot of colorful stuff out.

we started with some color theory and color exercises and some ink drawings and stamping.

so many happy faces – it was such a great group.

Look at all those colors!

Aren’t those gorgeous? The second day we did a lot of gelli printing techniques

Now if you do not call this a yummie color crush!

And we even had a short session for making your own foam stamps outside- the weather was great…who says it is always raining in the U.K?

And a lot of the new Art Foamies were used as well

And of course there was a ton of opportunity to buy some stuff …always love seeing the ArtFoamies, most were gone after 3 days.

It was wonderful to see Tali, Tsila, Iris and Hedi from Israel again -it is so many years ago that I met them when teaching in Tel Aviv. Thanks for coming all the way to the UK to join us.

The third day we started the day off binding the book and adding the covers. I don’t think Hazel and Shirley were really as scared as they look like in the photo when Birgit explained how to add the covers- LOL

After having the book all together we got a treat.

The food for the event was plenty some and so good and on top of that Sue, B, Leroy, Debbie and Pam made all of us feel really pampered during the whole retreat.

And then it was all about finishing up some pages and showing how we layer on top of our backgrounds

 

And…seeing a lot of the ladies with my book “Artful Adventures in Mixed Media”  made me super duper extra happy. I know I am a dork but it really does!

Since I came home this week I feel so energized and inspired- it was such a wonderful retreat. Thank you so much to all of the wonderful students who joined us, for Sue for inviting us and to her and her staff for taking great care of us and to my wonderful friend, partner in crime and very tall co-teacher Birgit! It was amazing.


If you weren’t able to join but would like to take a workshop with me check out my In-Person Classes. I will be teaching at the Queens Ink in Maryland  and at Runaway Art and Craft Studio on November 4-5 and December 2 -3 in Oregon. And if you are interested in taking a workshop with me and Birgit – we are coming back to Syracuse July 20-22, 2018 for a three day fun retreat – so safe the date.

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  • karen bearse

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    Looks like it was a lot of fun with tons of ink flying!

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  • Tania

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    I had such an amazing time, and learnt so much from you two,hope to attend another one of your workshops in the future 😙😙

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      It was so good to see you again Tania- hope to see you soon again <3

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Looks like y’all had a blast with foamies, food and fun!!!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      It was really fun …the food of course helped- LOL- gotta have food !

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  • Ally

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    It was such an awesome weekend- wish I could do it every weekend!!! X

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      It was wonderful to have you!!! Hopefully soon again!

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  • Natalie Jane

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    What an amazing weekend :)
    I cannot wait to finish my book with all the techniques I’ve learned and of course to use YOUR FOAMIES!!!

    Until next time – you and Brigit are a great teaching team xxx

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Natalie it was so wonderful to finally meet you – and you are so talented -rock on with it!!! See you hopefully next year again :) <3

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Color Crush Returns! Birgit Koopsen and I in the UK, Oct 13-15

I’m super excited to announce that I will once again be joining with my good friend Birgit Koopsen to teach Color Crush! We will be bringing this 3 day art journaling workshop to Art Workshops in Coventry, England and hope to see you there for a long weekend of all things COLOR: theory, technique, play, and lots of laughs.

Check out the great time we had at Color Crush in Syracuse this past spring:

Join us and learn how to make the most of color in your art Journaling and beyond!

 

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  • Susana

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    I wish I could go to Coventry!

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Photos of the Color Crush Workshop OOAK in Syracuse, NY

WOW …what an amazing 3-day Workshop organized by OOAK and held by my sweet friend Birgit Koopsen and me.

Color Crush was the name of the workshop and 21 super sweet, sharing, caring and fun students joined us for this retreat!

Friends attended, Friends were made and

the first day was all about color theory and exercises to work with color and get it really down :)

It was a great date with color and pattern

and even if some of the exercises forced some of our wonderful students to get out of their comfort zone…the spirit was upbeat and color crushing.

Look at all these smiling happy faces.

The second day was all about …well Color of course but also Mono Printing. Because knowing your colors really helps getting the results you want.

We marbled …and…

we mono print painted just a little bit…since this is usually a full day class.

And created fun backgrounds. And for some …it was the very first time mono printing- YEAHHH.

We composed some beautiful collage material and made some cleaning tasks artful and enjoyable ;)

And late in the evening of day two, when all the students were gone to dinner …Birgit and I sneaked in to have a happy look at this colorful classroom. We might have been like little kids in the candy store seeing all the work.

On the third day we bound an art journal together out of all the single pages we worked on so far and started finishing up some of the pages

It was pretty cool to see the group combining Birgit’s and my techniques with their own style- so inspiring and stimulating!

Look at the well used ArtFoamies and StencilGirl Stencils!

And here is our group – minus two who had to leave earlier – with their favorite pages in their art journal!

Thank you so much for coming to Birgit’s and my Color Crush workshop. It was a real pleasure to spend so much time with you creative souls and get to know you better! You inspired me a lot and I couldn’t wait to get back into my studio, it was such an uplifting time. Thank you also to Shelley from OOAK and her awesome team for inviting us and organizing this great event! And last but not least a big hug to my friend Birgit – love co-teaching with you and looking forward to our new plans ;)

Hope you enjoyed the photos of this workshop! If you want to know where I teach next- check out my In-Person Class Schedule – in the next couple weeks.

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  • Linda Fernandes-Bailey

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    great three days of fun and learning and friendship and food….love all these photos! Thank you

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      It was so wonderful to have you Linda- and you rocked the class – you are my stitching queen ;) Thank you for coming!

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  • Mary Harrell

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    Thanks to you and Birgit for a fun and artsy weekend!!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you so much for coming Mary! It was such a pleasure to have you and spent time with you!

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  • Sherry Canino

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    Thank you so much for such a fun and creative weekend !! xoxo

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  • Denise

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    Looks like so much fun! Love all the art

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      It was so much fun- you would have loved it a lot denise!!! Hope you are well!

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  • Birgit Koopsen

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    <3 <3 <3

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