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Hello! How is everyone doing?

Life has been hectic around here but it's all good! I've been busy working on getting my first online Mixed Media & Encaustic class launched! It was a fantastic success and I am so beyond grateful to have a wonderful class of artists! You should see the work they are already creating! Blows me away!

ONLINE Mixed Media and Encaustic Workshop opens Tomorrow!

Hi there!

I hope all is well! Just got back from a gorgeous weekend in the Oregon wine country with my hubby! We were celebrating our 12th Wedding Anniversary! We stayed at the most beautiful resort - The Allison Inn & Spa. Stunning! Highly recommend it!

But now we are home and it's back to business! I'm really excited too because my Online Mixed Media & Encaustic workshop opens tomorrow and it's full of wonderfully inspiring creatives! I can't wait to see what they create and I'm honored to be their teacher!

There is still time to sign up so come join us!!

Have a beautiful week!

xo,

Ivy

Extended Early Bird Price for my Mixed Media & Encaustic Workshop

Hello my creative friends!

I'm getting really excited because my Mixed Media & Encaustic Classroom opens in only 7 days!! We have a lovely big class full of wonderful artists! I can't wait to see what they all create!

I have some good news too...after several very kind requests to extend the early bird price...I have decided to do just that...how could I resist you guys!? :)

Our class is approaching 100 students but I think there is room for more! Why not? That's what I love about online learning! The more the merrier! We will form our own vibrant group of online creatives. So cool!

SO...if you missed the early registration price or have been on the fence, I encourage you to make the leap and come join us! Tell your friends! It's going to be a blast! Feeling a little apprehensive about Encaustics? Don't worry, I make it easy and you will fall in love with the process! I promise, all of my students have!

Over 4 hours of video instruction, 4 very elaborate and gorgeous projects, access to my resources and more! It's self paced so take it when you have time and guess what...no rush....because you have lifetime access to our beautiful online classroom and all the content!

ONLY $52! Not too shabby right? A fine way to kick off the summer!

To sign up...click the image below!

Can't wait to see you in class!

xo,

Ivy

MDAC Summit Exhibition 2015

Hi there! How are you guys? Hope all is well with you!

I'm starting my Monday out fully caffeinated and buzzing with excitement - Robin and I both got digital art accepted into The Mobile Digital Art & Creativity Summit in Palo Alto, CA! WOO! This is THE event for iPad and Mobile artists! Some really amazing artists are going to be in this show! I can't tell you yet...cuz it's still a bit of a secret but soon I will share some of them with you! ;)

We are so thrilled! Over 1200 entries of digital art were submitted and only 100 pieces were selected to be exhibited! These are our two pieces that were accepted...my crow lady...

"The Messenger" 2015 (created with Procreate, Repix and Stackables apps on iPad Air)

and Robin's beautiful self-portrait...

"Lovely duck show me the way" 2015 (created on the iPad using Procreate)

We can't wait to fly to sunny Cali and attend this exciting event in August! What a great honor and really a validating experience now that we are both teaching our own ONLINE DIGITAL ART CLASS - Paint & Pixels! Registration is open and we already have over 130 students from all over the world!!

If you haven't used your iPad creatively we invite you to check it out! You won't regret it and it can literally revolutionize your artistic practice!! We promise! If you are curious...you can also join us in the Paint & Pixels Info Facebook group. We are here to answer any questions! Come hang with us and see what our students are already doing with their iPads as they prepare for class to open in September! So very cool!

Have a fantastic Monday!

xo,

Ivy

Art Supply Giveaway Winner!

Good morning friends!

I'm excited to announce that our winner for the Whimsical Portraits & Dreamy Landscapes Art Supply Giveaway is:

Stephanie Cogburn Cotter!

Congrats Stephanie! I will be sending out your prize this week! Hope you enjoy using all your new Art goodies in this exciting online Mixed Media workshop!

Haven't signed up yet? Come on over and join us! Our ONLINE Classroom opens on June 23rd! This workshop is completely self-paced and you have lifetime access!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Much love,

Ivy

The Living Studio with Robin Laws

Hi there! Happy Friday!

Many of you know Jeanne Oliver for her abundant talent and her amazing online community for creatives but have you seen her latest Living Studio series! Such a fantastic addition to her site and a wonderful resource to other artists! The Living Studio free video series shares how other artists expand their creative practice outside of their studios and into their everyday experience!

Today my dear friend, Robin Laws is featured and you must go check it out!

She shares all about how she uses the iPad to not only create gorgeous digital art but how she incorporates it into here artistic practice as a learning and exploratory tool.

Her teaching video shows you how she takes a sketch from her easel, into her iPad to make corrections and changes and then how she applies that new knowledge back to the original sketch! Very cool!! Go take a peek!

Also, if you want to learn more about Robin and see more of her beautiful artwork visit her lovely website here.

Enjoy your weekend!

xo,

Ivy

 

 

 

 

 

Art Playdate with Jane Davenport

Hello friends,

Hope your Summer is off to a fabulous start! As you know I've been super busy with my two online classes! It's been such a rewarding experience to build these and launch them! Thank you for all your support!

So, I'm gonna do a bit of a flashback to April when I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Ms. Jane Davenport! Out of the blue she contacted me via Facebook and told me she would be in Portland in the Springtime! She would be visiting with her friend Diana Rast and we immediately made plans to have a little Art Playdate!

My dear friend Robin helped me prepare the studio for the event! Thanks Robin!

Of course I wanted everything to be perfect!

We started the morning with fresh coffees and some laughs! Jane and Diana were both totally adorable and so much fun!

I felt so lucky to host them!

Then we headed to the studio to get a jump start on the project I had planned for the day! We were going to be doing mixed media collages and paintings on plaster and then using encaustic wax on top! Fun fun!

Jane had to get an antler selfie!  ;)

We had a beautiful lunch on the lake!

Then back to the studio to finish up! Jane and Diana both completed beautiful pieces!

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It was such an amazing day! Thank you Jane and Diana for coming to spend the day with me!

On that note...I must share with you Jane's latest online workshop!

It's all about the beautiful art of Figure Drawing! Jane's lyrical line work and bold colors make for striking and graceful figurative work! Plus, with her background in fashion illustration she has tips and tricks you don't want to miss!!

Check out this great promo video for the class!

Looks so fabulous right? Go sign up here.

Okay my creative friends...I'm back to work!

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo,

Ivy

An Art Supplies Giveaway!

Hello there!

So I gotta say...I had never really done giveaways on the blog before the one we just did for the Paint & Pixels Workshop...and well...they are SUPER fun! You can expect more of these from me in the future! I love the excitement of putting together a fun package and seeing who wins! :) Good times.

SOOO....I've decided to do one to celebrate my upcoming online Mixed Media & Encaustic workshop - Whimsical Portraits & Dreamy Landscapes!

Check it out! I've gathered up lots of goodies to give away! What a great start to the class and we all LOVE new supplies right? :)

All of these items are on the supply list! Yah! Included in this package will be --- A Ranger Heat-It craft dryer, a bottle of linseed oil, two Faber Castell Gelatoes (white & black), a set of Reeves water mixable oils (love these), a gorgeous set of Japanese Hake Brushes (used for encaustic wax) and a 1 lb. bag of encaustic medium by R & F!! Woo!

There are ONLY TWO DAYS left for the early bird pricing of only $52.00 and I need your help to spread the word!

To enter to win this lovely bundle of art goodies you simply have leave a comment about what your all time favorite art medium is PLUS share about the workshop on one (or more) of your social channels....i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram etc. Let me know how and where you shared and each time you do, I will enter you name again into the drawing! Pretty easy right!?

I will be drawing the winner on Saturday June 13th! So stay tuned to see if you won!! Can't wait to wrap up this box and ship it out to a lucky creative friend!

Thank you all for helping me share this event! You guys rock!

xo,

Ivy

 

Making Friends with Encaustics

Hello lovely people!

Hope your weekend was fantastic!

I've been busy preparing the online classroom for my Mixed Media & Encaustic workshop and I'm getting questions about Encaustics and what you need to start.

So let's talk Encaustics - yeah...it sounds pretty serious, a little scary and slightly dangerous but I'm here to put your fears at rest! In my personal experience, I have found that working with this magical medium has been incredibly enjoyable, very experimental and basically tons of fun!

I wanted to share the Wax Set Up video that will be in the online class. My hope, is that seeing this will help you guys feel more comfortable exploring wax! You just gotta try it!

 

and here is what I use in my simple, yet effective set up...(the clay tools are for carving which I'll be showing you in the workshop.) I've included some links below if you feel like shopping! ;)

Surface thermometer * Mini griddle * Clay tools * Encaustic medium * Hake Brushes

For fusing I use a simple Craft Heat tool...

Great encaustic books to check out:

And I recently discovered some great videos on YouTube by a very talented encaustic artist: Nancy Crawford

Check out her YouTube channel here.

Here's one of her quick videos...

So my friends, I hope this helps you make friends with Encaustic wax! This medium truly blends so beautifully with so many of our supplies and adds another level of dimension to your work!

I encourage you to check it out and of course I would love for you to join me for the online Workshop.

Our early bird pricing ends on June 12th! So don't miss out! Class opens June 23 and is self paced! You will have lifetime access too! :)

Let me know if you have any questions!

xo,

Ivy

NEW Online Workshop - Whimsical Portraits & Dreamy Landscapes

Hello creative friends,

Hope you all enjoyed a lovely long weekend. We got to the Oregon coast and had a beautiful time!

So...many of you may remember the Mixed Media Workshop I had back in December...it was such an amazing experience but I had several requests to re-create it online. I'm excited to announce that I FINALLY did!

It is open for early registration NOW (only $52!!) and the classroom opens June 23rd.