Ephimera, Dolls, Sacred Hearts & Art Journaling … what more could you ask for?

Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Clarissa Callesen‘s art studio in Ferndale Washington. Inspiration and creativity was in abundance everywhere you looked!

I took a few photos to share the visual experience with you, but honestly the pics won’t do it justice!  Seeing her work in person has made me even more excited about the classes she will be teaching at our upcoming Spring Art Retreat in Harrison Hot Springs!

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This month her work is being featured in the Art Journaling magazine by Stampington & Company and a wonderful video about Clarissa and her doll creations has been released. Clarissa and her work are both magical!

Make sure you register by January 25th to join the fun experience of taking Clarissa’s and other fabulous Artists’ workshops at our Spring ‘Into the heART’ Art Retreat!

All SKILL levels welcome!

CLICK HERE to REGISTER Today!

CLICK for WORKSHOP, accommodation & price info

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What is she up to?

It’s time to check in with your workshop Instructor, Clarissa.

She cannot wait to meet you!Clarissa Callesen

Friday May 23, 2014

Saturday May 24, 2014

 

 

 

 

All SKILL levels welcome!

CLICK HERE to REGISTER Today!

CLICK HERE for WORKSHOP, accommodation & price info

NOTE:  REGISTRATION closes January 25th, 2014

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Package price includes:

  • SWAG bag filled with creative goodies to swoon over!
  • 3 nights accommodation at Harrison Hot Springs Resort, B.C. (May 22-25, 2014)
  • Welcome night reception (hors d’oeuvres)… where the TRADES happen!
  • Breakfast each morning in the Lakeside Cafe
  • Lunch 2 days (Fri & Sat)
  • Dinner Friday evening
  • Two 6 hour classes (one on Friday & one on Saturday)
  • Strolls on the sandy BEACH
  • Use of the Natural Hot Spring Pools (located on site)!
  • Handmade VENDOR Market (open to the public) Friday Night!
  • SHOW & TELL Saturday Night in the Cascade Ballroom!
  • NIGHTLY creative gatherings to create, giggle & greet new and old friends.
  • all taxes and hotel staff gratuities

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Workshops:

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It is TIME!

REGISTRATION is NOW OPEN!
http://creativefinds.ca/apply/spring-2014-retreat-harrison-bc/

WORKSHOPS available for all skill levels

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Show a lil’ love…..workshop # 11 is here!

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WORKSHOP “Our Sacred Heart” with Clarissa Callesen

Each and every one of us has a heart that is sacred. A heart that loves, cherishes, protects, and hurts. Join me in creating an assemblage shrine to our beautiful and perfectly flawed hearts. We will be covering lots of techniques to alter and age new wood. We will cover the myriad of different ways to connect objects for assemblages. Through sculpting, painting, and distressing you will take everyday objects and turn them into a beautiful reliquary to your heart. I believe in embracing the grunge and cherishing the haphazard. This is both a project and technique based class which you will leave witha unique piece of art as well as skills useful for many different projects.

BIO: Clarissa is the creator of Strange and Wonderful Things, which is truly the best description of her work. She is the rescuer of tacky dolls and forgotten trash, with lots of laughter, hard work, and magic those items are reborn. Through her eclectic, mysterious, and surreal work she tells stories about the joy and tribulations that is the human experience. Clarissa teaching style is down to earth and fun, believing there is always more than one solution to a problem. Embracing the grunge and cherishing the mistakes are two of her primary philosophies. Clarissa brings her diverse experiences as a tattoo artist, functional potter, and gallery owner to teaching and sharing her true love the world of Mixed Media art. She exhibits throughout the Pacific Northwest at art festivals and selective galleries. She has been published in Linda and Opie O’Brien’s book, Who’s Your DADA? Written several feature articles for Art Doll Quarterly, and has been published multiple times in Somerset Studio. For more information, check out her blog at  http://clarissacallesen.blogspot.com/

Supply List:

  • Heart shaped found objects: beads, frames, charms, valentines, etc
  • A backing board for your heart: and old piece of wood, a book cover, a shallow box, etc
  • Small amount of collage materials (text and patterns are my favorite)
  • Small tube of E6000
  • An assortment of Acrylic paints (reds, browns, oranges, pinks, black, and white)
  • Paint brushes make sure to include a detail brush.
  • A palette for paints and a water container
  • Extra buttons, charms, old jewelry, and misc found objects for embellishing your heart

Optional Supplies:

  • Dremel and extension cord if you own one
  • Extra or different sized wooden heart blanks
  • Heat gun and extension cord

Kit fee $10 includes:

  • One 5”x 5” wooden heart blank
  • 2 small wooden heart blanks
  • Apoxie sculpt
  • Walnut ink,
  • Gesso
  • Construction adhesive
  • Tools to share

  Student registration BEGINS Sept 21, 2013

3rd WORKSHOP unveiling for Into the heART!

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 WORKSHOP “Steampunk Sally” by Clarissa Callesen

Friday May 23, 2014

Steampunk is a sub genre of science fiction based on proposed future that used steam as a primary energy source as opposed to electricity. The idea of Steampunk is really fun conceptually, but the best part is the FASHION: Goggles, leather, watch gears and parts, Victorian clothing, and stripes are just the beginning! By recycling an already constructed doll, you can skip right to the fun part. No sewing, no stuffing, no patterns, just decorating, dressing and embellishing. Using gesso and texturing we will create a unique “antique” texture as a base for a hand painted artistic face. I will demonstrate how to make a mini Steampunk essential, goggles out of empty watch faces and inner tube rubber or thin leather. I believe in embracing the grunge and cherishing the haphazard which will help create a space for each of us to follow our muses. This is both a project and technique based class which you will leave with a unique piece of art as well as skills useful not just for art dolls but for assemblage work in general.

BIO: Clarissa is the creator of Strange and Wonderful Things, which is truly the best description of her work. She is the rescuer of tacky dolls and forgotten trash, with lots of laughter, hard work, and magic those items are reborn. Through her eclectic, mysterious, and surreal work she tells stories about the joy and tribulations that is the human experience. Clarissa teaching style is down to earth and fun, believing there is always more than one solution to a problem. Embracing the grunge and cherishing the mistakes are two of her primary philosophies. Clarissa brings her diverse experiences as a tattoo artist, functional potter, and gallery owner to teaching and sharing her true love the world of Mixed Media art. She exhibits throughout the Pacific Northwest at art festivals and selective galleries. She has been published in Linda and Opie O’Brien’s book, Who’s Your DADA? Written several feature articles for Art Doll Quarterly, and has been published multiple times in Somerset Studio. For more information, check out her blog at http://clarissacallesen.blogspot.com/

Supply List:

  • A found doll preferably cloth bodied with a porcelain head and hands. (Don’t get caught up in original looks. It will all be transformed: the uglier the doll the better. Sources: thrift stores, yard sales, discount stores, attics)
  • Fabric glue, small container (I strongly recommend Beacon Adhesives Fabri-tac Permanent Fabric Adhesive)
  • A small bag of fabric scraps. Tulle, stripes, lace, etc
  • Material for hair- yarns, ribbon, chain, string, etc
  • Small pieces of thin leather or rubber (inner tubes work well)
  • Material for hair- yarns, ribbon, chain, string, etc
  • An assortment of watch gears and parts
  • Two empty watch cases to make goggles
  • Buttons, charms, old jewelry, misc found objects for embellishing your doll
  • An assortment of acrylic paint for face painting make sure to include a white and a black
  • Paint brushes: a medium, a small, and a TINY detail brush
  • A palette for paints and a water container
  • A long embroidery needle and a curved needle
  • Embroidery floss in both a dark and light color
  • Scissors
  • Heat gun and extension cord

Optional: Tiny brads for embellishing and thin copper for making hats

Materials fee of $5 to cover use of: Gesso, Walnut ink, Construction adhesive, E6000, Aluminum foil, Wire, Grinding stones, Tools to share

  Student registration BEGINS Sept 21, 2013

Retreat PACKAGE pricing to be advised this SATURDAY!