Two new online courses

Good morning,

It’s sunny today and windy. I can see the trees with their wonderful fall colours moving with the wind. All those reds, yellows, oranges and greens moving in unison. 2020 is giving us a fantastic fall season. No snow in the horizon! And the temperatures are wonderful for this time of the year!

I’m sitting in my studio today, being grateful for the changing seasons, thinking about trees – I have some ideas for a new piece, and uploading new workshops to the website. Care to join me?

The first one is another 3-hour session of Sophisticated Monoprinting with Stencils and Masks to take place on October 24th, Saturday (for those who are working and cannot attend workshops during the day) at 9:00 a.m. MST. In this workshop, I’ll show you how to use a gelli plate to make one-of-a-kind prints using your own designed stencils and masks. The supply list is not too extensive: a gelli plate or plexiglass plate, a soft brayer, some paints (fabric or acrylic) and some fabric. A few pieces of thin cardboard, and an x-acto knife and you are all set to go! This is not a messy technique but you’ll need to cover your table with plastic to protect it. A supply list will be shared after registration.

The second course came about after the Transfer Artist Paper – TAP course I taught this week. People seem to be at their wits’ end when it comes to editing photos to use in their work. Expensive and complex photo editing software comes to mind and we all tend to shy away from it – me included.

A few years back I was looking for an alternative to using photo-editing programs, and, much to my delight, I discovered that there’s a lot you can do using PowerPoint: removing backgrounds, changing colour, adding artistic effects, turning a photo into black and white, etc. etc. etc. The range of editing choices in PowerPoint is amazing and it suits my needs when I’m working with images.

In the 1.5 hour workshop, I’ll be sharing with you my screen and working on a photo or photos to show you what can be achieved in a very short time and without a huge learning curve. The workshop is scheduled for October 27th, at 9:00 a.m. MST.

All the imagery in the pieces above has been edited and manipulated using PowerPoint. I hope you’ll join me to find out how simple it is to do.

In the meantime, stay safe and keep creating!

Ana

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