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Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Donna Downey

I am BEYOND excited to announce that Donna Downey will be coming to The Inked Stamper! She is one of the main reasons I fell in LOVE with Mixed Media! I remember when I came across her blog, it was like a whole new world opened up to me...I knew I wasn't just a scrapbooker, but I had no idea where to start, finding Donna gave me the courage to come out of my paper crafting box and move into the amazing word of Mixed Media!  Her style is phenomenal, so full of texture that you just want to touch and be amazed by everything! I can not wait to take her classes and lucky 24 of YOU will fit in each class as well!
Registration will begin TUESDAY September 2 at 10AM! In shop will have priority, but we will be taking PHONE registrations as well.  For EVERY Donna class you sign up in until Sept 5, your name will be entered into a $25 Product Credit draw!!!

Donna Downey is a bestselling author, instructor and all-around creative force as a mixed-media artist. In 2000, she got into scrapbooking as an extension of her paper product and photography addiction. This was only the beginning. From working as a popular columnist for Simple Scrapbooks magazine, to traveling the world inspiring women to push the boundaries of their own creativity, to developing her first mixed-media scrapbooking line with Prima in the Spring of ‘09, Donna is consistently on the leading edge of taking creative risks the push the creative envelope and empowering others to do the same with their art.
As a mixed-media artist, Donna is a born experimenter, blending and transforming both traditional and unexpected items into meaningful pieces of self expression. A former elementary school teacher, she has synthesized her first love of teaching with her passion for craft and brings this to women via workshops at scrapbook stores and events, writing books, and through her popular blog and website.
Donna lives in North Carolina with her husband, and is a mother of three exceptionally blonde children, a chihuahua and one blonde dog.

Abstract Painting
Art mini series (3 canvases) - 5 hour workshop with Donna Downey
Friday October 17, 4-9pm

Paint looser, bolder, freer, lighter and more intuitively.
This workshop is an experience you will want to share. This intuitive painting workshop is designed for the beginner or those who wish to expand upon their existing skills. Versatile, fast-drying and easy to clean-up, acrylics are ideal for busy people who want to learn to paint. 

Discover your own style while as we explore experimental mark-making, painting and faux encaustic painting techniques to push your creativity and skills to a new level. Discover new approaches to creating expressive abstract art pieces to create your own mini series of art. Learn how to incorporate washes, layering, glazing, transfers and texturing as well as integrating color combinations and various methods of applying paint (besides brushes). There are no rules or mistakes in this workshop - just pure fun.
Supplies in kit:
• 8x8 (1) • 8x10 (2) • 8 oz. pouring medium • 1” flat wash brush • palette knife • spray bottle (1) • charcoal pencil
Supply List: • Favorite acrylic paints in colors you want to work in - (I recommend Golden fluid acrylic paints but they
are not required) - suggestion: brown & black in addition to favorite
colors • white gesso
• moulding paste • objects to make impressions – for example: lids/
caps, cookie cutters, glass jars etc. we will use these
to press into wet layer of pouring medium • heat gun & extension cord • baby wipes and towel • water container for brush • apron

PanPastel Painting
5 hour Workshop
Saturday October 18, 10-3pm

Whether you are currently using PanPastels, or have just begun to think about doing so, this class will teach you a few tricks. All you need is a desire to create and play and you'll leave with a beautiful finished painting ready to be displayed. Students will learn about PanPastel ready surfaces and mediums, explore basic sketching and image transfer techniques, color blending, building shape, Sofft tools and application of PanPastel color as I demo all my favorite tools and products and tell you why I love them.  Samples of my PanPastel art will be provided to use as a models, as well as demonstration on how to sketch, draw and transform simple designs into dynamic and colorful pieces of art. Ask any questions about what materials and methods i use throughout the day as I help you build your own unique PanPastel paintings. no previous PanPastel experience is required.
Supplies in kit:
• (3) Pastel Boards • (7) PanPastel Colors that include....
• Magenta Ex Dark • Magenta • Orange • Neutral Grey Shade • Perm. Green Shade • Bt Yell. Green Shade • Yellow Ochre
Palette Tray & Cover • Sofft® Painting Knife • (2) Sofft® Knife Covers • Sofft Sponge Bar • Sofft Angle Slice Sponge • (2) Inspirational Images
Supply List: Apron • Workable Fixative • Paper Towel • Baby Wipes • Inspirational Image - Optional

Water Color Whimsy
3 hours Workshop
Saturday October 18, 6-9pm

Learn the fun of painting with watercolors in this workshop and discover the vast range and flexibility of this media. Play with color as you learn how to mix palettes to put emotion and conviction into your painting by exploring, experimenting and developing your creativity as an individual. This workshop puts fun into the process of painting, along with enthusiasm and new techniques in an atmosphere that makes the beginning as well as the practiced painter feel welcome!
I will demonstrate with detailed explanations of all the “hows” and “whys” followed by individual attention to see that each student understands and feels successful. Come one, come all to this workshop, no drawing skills are needed!
(Your choice of subject of the “she girl” or “Eiffel Tower” will be provided, however feel free to bring an image of your own if you would rather. Remember that image will transfer in reverse so flip the image if needed before you print it.)
Supplies in kit:
• 11 x 14 canvas board • each student needs Gelatos Mist Maker Kit • 6 well palette • black and white image (she face printed backwards) • black and white Eiffel Tower collage (printed backwards)
Shared class supplies:
• full range of gelatos (1 set for every 4-5 students) • full range of watercolor pencils
(1 set for every 4-5 students) • “imperfection is beauty” stamp sets
(1 set for every 4-5 students) • “art is” 12 x 12 stencil (10)
Supply list:
• black stazon ink pad • medium (1/2” or smaller flat/wash) and large (1” flat/wash) paintbrush • baby wipes • heat gun and extension cord • Golden regular gel matte • spray bottle for water • water cup for brushes • Liquitex matte varnish (totally optional.
This is a finishing spray to apply to your finished piece)


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