Two Workshops at Two Hands Paperie

Two Workshops at Two Hands Paperie

You don’t have to be an artist
to enjoy creative time!

Take a break from the busy-ness and learn new ways to integrate creativity into your everyday life. I’m offering two classes at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, Colorado to give you a start! These intimate, relaxed workshops offer how-to steps, time to practice, and take-home guides.  Not in Boulder? See flexible class options and invite me to offer a workshop in your shop, museum, organization, or community!

A Notebook for All Things 

Saturday, October 12th, 1:00- 4:30 pm
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Journaling can be practical or expressive, or both. In this class we will explore and experiment with approaches you can use for art, nature, diary or travel memoir, and planner journals. We’ll look at the kinds of techniques you can use to reflect mindfully, capture observations, record thoughts, and plan  important events.We will create and use a customized multi-purpose notebook with materials from Make My Notebook. You will take home the journal and a guide with suggested exercises and prompts.

Hands-On Fountain Pens 

Friday, November 15th
3:00-5:00 pm
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I am a blogger and have written 7 books, so I have lots of experience with digital writing. When I want to think more deeply about what I am writing, create a message that won’t get stuck in an inbox, or when I want to sketch and doodle, my choice is a fountain pen. I love being able to choose inks and nibs, and avoid adding disposable pens to the landfill. Don’t be intimidated– modern pens are easy to use! Come learn to write with a fountain pen. You will also learn how fountain pens work, and how to maintain them so you can treasure a pen for years to come. 

Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn is out!

Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn is out!

Design, conduct and assess collaborative learning in academic and professional settings.

You can purchase a print or e-book version of Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn. Find it on the Stylus website, and don’t forget to download the Taxonomy of Collaboration icons you can use to map your project. You can also find it on Amazon or from your favorite independent bookseller.

Journaling World Watercolor Month

Journaling World Watercolor Month

Yay! It’s World Watercolor Month!

Every July the energetic Charlie O’Shields invites expert and amateur watercolor artists to paint in response to daily prompts. The goal of World Watercolor Month is to create 31 paintings in 31 days.

When people post their work on social media, or directly into the Doodlewash site community (my preference) they appear in a collective newsfeed. You can see how others responded, and make comments. The result is an interactive global community art fair!

Enjoy the digital edition of my World Watercolor Month art journal! I am participating for the second time. This year I am creating a World Watercolor Month art journal. In addition, I am working on a summer travel art journal, but more on that in another post!

Day 1

The prompt was Primary Colors. Of course red, yellow, and blue are primary colors, but  since the natural world often inspires my painting, I select and blend my watercolors to reflect the Colorado landscape.

Day 2

The prompt was Sunny Sky. After an unusually gray spring and early summer, illuminated leaves are most appreciated.

Day 3

Painting on the patio is our idea of Family Fun! This one includes torn painted rice paper collage with watercolor and brush pen.

Day 4

Painting on the patio is our idea of Family Fun! This one includes torn painted rice paper collage with watercolor and brush pen.

Day 5

Loose and free, the Day 5 prompt, sounds like a Colorado theme! Our streams and rivers are the result of snow pack cutting loose– they freely rush over rocks to make a dramatic and beautiful flow. I tried to represent a fast and free river in this two Day 5 contribution.

Day 6

For the Day 6 prompt Window View, I am sharing a little painting based on my recent experience of taking a train from Boston to Philadelphia. We had a window seat in the cafe car, and watched towns, woods, farms, and water go by.

Day 7

The prompt for Day 7 was Shiny Things. At this time of the year its the sunshine-y places that inspire me. This watercolor sketch is from a shiny day at Grand Lake, Colorado.

It is free to participate, but any funds generated through donations or sales of very cool merchandise go to the Dreaming Zebra Foundation to provide art opportunities and supplies to kids.

Interested in journaling? Registration opens soon for workshops in Boulder, Colorado. See summer offerings!

Time with Writers: TAA Conference

Time with Writers: TAA Conference

This week I’m participating in the Textbook and Academic Authors Association conference in Philadelphia!  I will live-blog on MethodSpace to share ideas I glean from presenters and attendees.  After the conference I will post a summary of my own presentations, with links to resources.

TAA is an association of and for writers from all disciplines. You can find my monthly TAA Abstract blog posts here.

Get Creative! Workshop Options

Get Creative! Workshop Options

Does your group, organization, or business
need to get creative?

My creative interlude workshops are based on three principles:

  • We need time to refresh our minds and spirits. We are collectively under stress from a tumultuous time and information overload. We spend too much time looking at screens (this from a digital geek!) and not enough time using our hands.
  • You don’t need to be an artist to benefit from a creative experiences. We focus on process, not the product.
  • You can do it! Start with some basic techniques, play and have fun!

Consider offering one of the following classes, or work with me to develop one that meets your specific needs.

Hands On Fountain Pens. Did you know Americans alone throw away at least 1.6 billion disposable pens every year? Learn the basics about how to buy, use, and maintain refillable fountain pens. Experiment with writing and drawing.

Wish You Were Here: Art Cards. Creating and sending small paintings is fun for you and will make the day of anyone who receives it. Learn watercolor and writing techniques that will make your cards stand out in a pile of junk mail!

Start Journaling. From to-do lists to life observations, journaling can be practical or reflective. Learn a variety of styles including bullet, art, nature, memoir, dream, and choose the ones that fit your life now.

Paper-Paint-Paper: Multimedia Collage. Who doesn’t remember the fun of cutting and pasting? Try a grown-up version with rice and decorative papers, and watercolor paints.

Contact me to discuss options for class length, size, supplies, and of course costs! Write to jsalmons[at]vision2lead.com.