Nov 14, 2014

Get Your Hands Dirty!

Make 2015 your messiest year yet!

If you can't get started doing something creative; if you're afraid to try; if you are tired of just "looking" at all the fabulous art supplies you've bought over the years that never get played with, think about taking a class.

If you want to dive in for free(!) you can start with the wonderful Documented Life Project. This is an ongoing, online community of artists and beginning artists alike who support each other's efforts while working through some fun and challenging art journal prompts. There's no obligation and you can move along at your own pace. A private Facebook group allows you to interact, get feedback, encouragement and of course...inspiration!

For those who prefer a live experience and the camaraderie of a great group of creative and crafty folk, a class at The Ink Pad may be just what you're looking for. We've been honored to host so many talented and generous artists and teachers over the years. There will be some surprises in store for 2015, so keep checking in!

Whatever way you go on your artistic journey, the most important thing to remember is do not fear! Over the years we've been privileged to witness countless people who surprised themselves by the amazing art they've created in class. If you have an artful passion, if you need to express yourself creatively, don't be afraid to try. It could be just the spark you need to keep your creative flame burning...

Check out photos of some of our students' fabulous creations and remind yourself that you can do it too...It's time to get your hand's dirty!!

Susan's lovely lettering
A colorful work in progress
Lettering, doodling, coloring!
Karen contemplates her next move on her art journal page
Colored pencils & paper...What could be better??
White on black Zentangle
Who says you can't draw!?!
A gorgeous altered book page

A marvelous mixed-media creation
Learning to layer
Artfully documenting the day
Well loved, well used supplies
Students' show & tell
At the end of the day...Lots of smiling faces!

Nov 11, 2014

Albert Knew What He Was Talking About!

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.  Albert Einstein

Hard to imagine anyone who has taken a class at The Ink Pad this year would argue with Dr. Einstein about this! Indeed, we've had an amazing year hosting incredible artists who have ignited and awakened so many of us with their talent and generosity.  Here's a look at some of the highlights:

Michelle Ward showing off her incredible cardboard journals

Dina Wakley talks color!

Master Mail Artist & Bookmaker, Jennie Hinchcliff

Julie proved everyone can draw!

Nathalie's classes are joyful!

Aug 13, 2014

Yes. You CAN Draw....

....and on Sunday, July 27th, Julie Fei Fan Balzer proved it to two dozen 'doubters' who didn't believe they could! Take a look inside class and see for yourself what was created!

Julie's own uber-cool, hand painted brush cases!

Inspiration can be found anywhere!

Happy Teacher!

Happy Group! Inspired and ready for more!

Apr 10, 2014

Random Creative Fabulousness

Sometimes it's fun to go theme-less and just blog about random stuff. That's what we're about today.

Take a look at some recent happenings at The Ink Pad and all the creative people that make us tick.

So imagine how we squealed with delight when we received this little package of goodness from the incredibly lovely and talented Jennie Hinchcliff at Red Letter Day

  • Happy Artists. We LOVE them.
Here's a little peek at some of the happy faces after a day of creating art with Jessica Sporn

Ava wasn't comfortable about using paint and canvas, but look at the amazing piece she created!

Karen and her uber-fabulous mermaid collage

Beautiful Violet always happy to be making art.

Teaching makes Seth Apter AND his students very happy!

Smiles all around when Nathalie and Julie come to share their talents with us.

  • Cute Cards. Who doesn't LOVE them??
These are all from Lawn Fawn and you'll be seeing the stamps arriving in the shop very soon. We think these are absolutely adorable. C'mon, you know you love them, too!