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Photos of CREATE New Jersey


CREATE New Jersey was so much fun! I had a great time teaching three days- here are some photos of my classes :


Had a great time with my 20 students in the Texture Heaven Art Journal Class, mono printing, stamping, embossing – playing


So many beautiful pages – and everyone was quite busy experimenting


Loads of Acrylic Paint was used during all the classes


And of course every class had to opened with a funny face of mine ;) – here the “It’s All About The Layers – Art Journaling Class”


My sweet students were able to get over those faces and made beautiful art journal backgrounds and pages in this day long class…even with a broken a/c and 90 Degrees in the room …




It was wonderful to get to know so many of my students during the three days and also see how they were connected, some made friends during the class, some have been friends for many years (college room mates, being in the same guild) or mother and daughter, siblings together on a fun creative outing :)






And it was wonderful to see my stamps and stencils used by my super talented students.







Lot’s of wonderful smiles in my class – you girls were awesome!


The last class I taught saturday night was not “Walk like a zombie” as this picture might indicate …rather “Texture Galore  Canvas” and loads of texture we created :)


It was a small class with 12 students which was fun …it gives me more time to walk around and talk to students ;)




and they had quite some exercise going back and forth between demos


And it was also fun to have a special student in the class ;) you would think she was sick of me spending so much time with me ….and yes…she behaved and was  a great student ;)



I also took some classes and had an amazing time in Natalya Aikens class, where I learned how to  manipulate photos in photoshop and then print them out on all kinds of different fabrics, like organza, silk etc. Super inspiring and totally out of my usual scheme …I mean fabric…hello!


And I took a class with Diana Trout – love her -what a great personality and it was fun to be forced outside of my usual box in my art journal and collaging approach. That is btw the reason why EVERY person who teaches should once in a while take some classes …it is good to be in the student’s shoes and see how this feels.



And it was fun to bump into my legendary artist friend  Suze Weinberg at the Artist Faire at the event


and as mentioned I enjoyed every single minute and all 500.000 meals (or so it felt) at the hotel in which we were trapped without a car with Julie Fei Fan Balzer 



I am looking forward to my next CREATE events I teach at in Dallas – September 17-21


and in Seattle October 22-26



I hope to see some of you there – I promise we will have loads of fun !!!

Have a gorgeous day



Comments (4)

  • julierig


    Forgot to login before posting above. Hope to take another class in the future!!


  • Julie



    I sat right next to Maura (who I so enjoyed spending time with!!) and I feel the same way. Really loved the class, the chance to meet and play with all kinds of fun art materials. I am glad you posted pictures and thanks for all the ideas and inspiration!


  • Maura


    It was so FAB to meet you in person!!! That alone made my create experience the best! I had so much fun in your class learning about acrylic paints, which I really had not done much with, but am inspired to do more. (Even bought more supplies and paint colors to play with) thank you, thank you for a wonderful class, and for sharing your talent with us!!


  • Sue Clarke


    I love that pic of you and Julie with Suze, did you all call each other and decide to dress in the same colors? ha ha
    Gorgeous art journal pages. It seems like I’m working in my art journal way more than making LO’s these days.


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CREATE Mixed Media Retreat in Dallas, Texas

Wohoo- I am going to Texas! I have never been there- so, I am very excited to teach classes at the CREATE Mixed Media Retreat in Dallas, Texas – September 17-21, 2014.

Here are the classes I am teaching:

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Date & Time Price Materials Fee
Friday, September 19• 9am-4pm $152 $15
Skill Level: All Levels Technique: Bookmaking & Art Journaling
You will leave with… a load of knowledge about paint media and techniques and various finished pages in your art journal.
Description: Create depth and dimension by adding several layers with different paint and other media to achieve intriguing art journal pages. Learn about different media and playfully explore how to express yourself in your art journal. It’s all about the layers—so come and join us!
Students Should Bring: Please bring 5-8 different colors of Acrylic Paints as well as Black and White Acrylic Paint, (Liquitex) Matte Gel Medium, (Liquitex) Gesso, a white and a black journaling pen, a water jar, brushes in different sizes and formats, a fashion magazine, 2-3 cosmetic sponges, an old credit card, a water mister, baby wipes, a paper roll, a craft mat, optional deli paper, a brayer, an apron, scissors, palette paper, a heat gun, and an/your Art Journal. I use a Ranger Dylusions Journal but you can also use a Strathmore Mixed Media Sketchbook – whatever you prefer to work in.
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Date & Time Price Materials Fee
Saturday, September 20 • 9am-4pm $152 $15
Skill Level: Intermediate Technique: Collage & Assemblage
You will leave with… a beautiful finished home decor item and lots of knowledge of techniques that you can apply in future projects.
Description: We will create a wonderful home decor canvas using Acrylic Paints, Stamps and Templates as well as Embossing Media and create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
Students Should Bring: Please bring 12×12 inch big stretched and pre-gessoed Canvas, 5-8 different colors of Acrylic Paints as well as Black and White Acrylic Paint, (Liquitex) Matte Gel Medium, (Liquitex) Gesso, a water jar, brushes in different sizes and formats, 6-7 cosmetic sponges, a water mister, baby wipes, a paper roll, a craft mat, a heating gun, an apron, scissors, palette paper, black permanent inkpad, versamark embossing pad
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Date & Time Price Materials Fee
Saturday, September 20• 6-9pm $89 $25
Skill Level: Intermediate Technique: Printmaking & Surface Design
You will leave with… a finished texture art journal and lots of technique ideas for future projects.
Description: Create wonderful texture pages with monoprinting, stenciling and stamping techniques, encrust them with different Embossing Media and bind them together in a beautiful tactile art journal.
Students Should Bring: please bring 3-4 colors of not too thick Acrylic Paint- I prefer Liquitex Soft Body 4 pieces of lettersized sturdy white cardstock or sketch book paper, (Liquitex) White Gesso, Brayer, Rubber Brayer, Black Permanent Ink Pad , Versamark, Heating Gun, 6-7 Cosmetic Sponges, Baby Wipes
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Date & Time Price Materials Fee
Sunday, September 21 • 9am-12noon $89 $20
Skill Level: All Levels Technique: Collage & Assemblage
You will leave with… a wonderful tactile canvas that serves as a home decor item.
Description: In this workshop you will create a stunning and unique canvas that will be a wonderful home decor item. Learn how to create dimension and texture with tissue paper, items of daily life, acrylic paint, lace, burlap, and gesso. Learn how to reveal the interesting and eye-catching texture with acrylic paints, art bars and acrylic inks and add some fun stamping techniques on top.
Students Should Bring: Please bring 12 x 12 stretched primed canvas, 5-6 different acrylic paints – colors you like, black acrylic paint, pencil, 2-3 sheets of plain white 12 x 12 cardstock, water jar, brushes in all sizes bristle and round, apron, cosmetic sponges, baby wipes, scissors, black journaling pen, White Gesso (Liquitex) , Matte Gel Medium (Liquitex)

I hope I will see some of you there! You can register here
Have a gorgeous day


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