Thursday, April 16, 2015

Heading to Petaluma!

Mikey is holding down the fort here while Jen Crossley and I wing our way toward Petaluma CA tomorrow for Art Is You.  It's been a flurry of activity cleaning the studio, getting ready for friends for Artiscape and doing a major booth overhaul for Harry & Annies'.  Now 3 solid days of packing kits, picking up last minute supplies, washing clothes, packing, printing tickets, booking shuttles and cars.  Last minute hotel arrangements for one night in a sold out city has been horrific fun....

But Jen and I are laughing and amusing ourselves if no-one else!  And we CAN'T WAIT to see our students!  We've had so much fun planning!  Only 3 spaces left- for a one time only shot at our Birds and Blooms class live!  Come join us!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sweets for my Sweeties!

I am so very very appreciative of each and every one of you out there who has supported me in my art journey, reading my articles, buying my stamps or videos and taking my workshops.  Each of you has enriched my life, and re-energized my desire to create fun and meaningful ways of sharing my methods with you!

To celebrate all of you, and to say a big ol' THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!         I would love to be able to offer you a  special 20% off coupon on a very limited offer.

F&W is offering this fabulous kit of mine this month- (Only 100 available) and they are offering them at a fabulous price already- But use  KARIKIT20  at checkout for an ADDITIONAL 20% off!!!

               !!!Take a look at all the fabulous stuff you get!!!

Learn Kari McKnight Holbrook's techniques for gelatin printed journals in this exclusive collection!
This is the perfect collection of resources to get started making your own gelatin print journals with Kari McKnight-Holbrook. Get Kari's brand new DVD, Gelatin Plate Printed Journal, along with her best-selling classic video download Backgrounds to Bindings. Order today and you'll also get three Catalyst wedges for creating texture with paints and mediums, deli paper great for printing techniques, two Deco Art stencils and two of Kari's custom ultra-durable stamps that she uses in her new DVD.
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Gelatin Plate Printed Journal with Kari McKnight-Holbrook
Learn everything you need to know about gelatin plate printing from artist Kari McKnight-Holbrook-including how to make your own gelatin plate. Discover easy printing techniques using acrylic paint and a variety of tools and materials. Working with stencils, texture tools, and items found around the house, you'll learn how to print on a variety of papers. Then you'll bind those papers into a one-of-a-kind journal that comes together easily. In no time you'll be a master of gelatin plate printing!
Backgrounds to Bindings: Beautifully easy handmade books and art journals
Create "juicy backgrounds" and a plethora of different no-sew bindings for your handmade books in this nearly 2-hour long workshop! Masterful artist and book-binding genius Kari McKnight-Holbrook takes you through each step, including creating your own stamps made from flip flops to use in your book, developing a color hue for your backgrounds, and using rubber bands, paintbrushes, ribbon, and more to bind it all together!
Catalyst Silicone Wedges
Catalyst Wedges are ergonomically designed to fit in your hand allowing a direct interaction with your work. Designed for use with heavy-bodied paints, Catalyst is at home with oils, acrylics, and water-miscible oils. Clean-up is a breeze with Catalyst Blades and Wedges. The silicone is easy to wipe clean and is solvent resistant. This set includes Wedge Number 1, 4 & 5.
Logan Wrap-Sized Interfolded Deli Wrap Wax Paper
With 500 sheets per box, this Logan brand deli paper is perfect for your gelli & deli printing needs! The sheets are interfolded, so the next piece pops right up-no need to reach into the box. Each sheet measures 6" x 10 ¾".
Kari McKnight-Holbrook Stamps
ART SUPPLIES These flexible polymer stamps are exceptionally strong and durable. No twisting or distorting like with other clear stamps. They are especially designed to hold up to use with inks, watercolors, gouaches, fabric paints, acrylic inks and acrylic paints. Your collection includes the Grid stamp, measuring 8" x 10", and the Small Alpha stamp, measuring 4" x 5".
Andy Skinner Deco Art Stencils
Designed by Andy Skinner, renowned international mixed media artist, this new line of stencils was developed specifically with mixed media art in mind. These stencils are ideal for mono-printing, adding  texture and dimension, or layering designs for unique effects. Your collection includes the Whirlpool and Snake's Web stencils, each measuring 6" x 6".

Friday, February 20, 2015

Yup! It's lil' ol' me in Cloth Paper Scissors!

CLOTH-PAPER-SCISSORS-JAN-FEB-2015-DESIGNS-WITH-STENCILS-LETTERING-FABRIC-MORSo I've been hit by some challenges already this year- like finding out the CREATE retreats where I teach were going away- ( a significant chunk of my income, ) some health issues, my maternal grandmother breaking her hip and femur and the long recovery involved, and the worst was the loss of my paternal Grandmother.  I would have a pretty dim view of what 2015 was going to hold for me, if I hadn't had some wonderful balancing FABULOUS things happening!

First, I've been able to see friends and family that I haven't seen for a long long time due to my schedule.  It's been lovely catching up.  Next, I've been able to just create and play.  For myself, with no end result demanded.  I can't tell you how important that time is to refresh my skills, my artistic soul.  I have been creating for so long for workshops, for articles, for commissions.  That's all lovely, but at times you feel as if it boxes you in rather than makes you feel creative.  What I'm doing now is making me so happy and refilling my well of creativity.  It is spawning new ideas faster than I can write them down in my journals.  And oh yes I am filling journals for the inevitable dry spell that will come. 

And some SUPER fantastic happiness coming to me from the good folks at F&W!  Way back in September last year I worked on an article for Cloth Paper Scissors, and woot woot! It's in the January February issue of Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine!  If you've never picked up a Cloth Paper Scissors magazine- you are really missing out!  It never fails to inspire me, and the only disappointment is that it's bi-monthly, and I would LOVE it if it was monthly!  Can't get too much of this goodness!  Here is the CPS link if you would like to grab your own copy- you can even digitally download if you like!  A super shout out of thanks to my beautiful niece Morgan for being my model!  A quick snappy on the cell phone became a beautiful painterly mixed media portrait!

Next, the Craft Daily Shows I filmed out in Ft. Collins last November have hit the airwaves!  And I am so pleased to say they are being given very kind and favorable reviews!  The first one out the gate coincides with the Cloth Paper Scissors article!  So if you liked the article, you can watch the workshop, digitally download it, or if you are like me and like to have a hard copy, you can purchase it here! Here's what F&W has to say- 

Mixed-Media Faces Made Easy

By Kari McKnight-Holbrook
Become a master in portraits with these simple and easy techniques to incorporate faces in your art journaling and collage art. Artist Kari McKnight Holbrook will show you how to turn black-and white photocopies into masterful portraits. You'll learn how to layer various mediums to create shadows, highlights, and depth on faces, and ways to incorporate soft, natural colors. Add your portrait to a painted canvas, add embellishments, and your artful faces will come alive.

So as you can see, 2015 is getting pretty exciting!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to one and all!  I am shaking off 2014 and lunging headlong into 2015!   I am running non stop these days it seems.  I have been so very busy lately!  I opened a booth at Harry and Annie's in Washington Court House, Ohio, where antiques-uniques-rust and whim rule the day!  Having such fun, I am set to open a second booth on Saturday!  But it has required major time shift.  I am still unable to be on the computer more than 5 minutes at a time due to my ear problems.  That inner ear stuff can take so many weird personalities!  

I have been hounding poor Mike to death to drive me to 50 errands a day it seems! A trip to the ER and a seperate trip to the Dr threw my tightly packed, carefully alloted schedule out the window. Grandma Waller is home with my Mom and Dad- just up the drive.  She is making great strides toward being independant again- but 90 year old bones-hips in particular take their time mending.  She sold her home, and bought a beautiful new condo.  Imagine our surprise when after the sale we found it turned out to be friends of my friend Shelly who were selling:). Small, but beautiful world.  Made us all feel good about the situation!  I met the ladies today, and they were so very lovely, and it seems an instant connection to new friends!  

Grandma McKnight is losing ground.  Her poor body is withering away with the ravages of advanced alzehiemers.  A brutal and insidious disease.  Today Dad went in only to find she had developed pneumonia overnight.  Odd that many many others on that wing have developed it in the last couple days too.  More than a coincidence me thinks.  We've been having issues- and we check in on her every day, but who knows what happens in the wee hours of the night.  

Due to my inner ear, and still dealing with the eye situation somewhat- I've been restricted to resting for a few days.  I find that sitting on the couch painting is just as much rest for me as sleeping!  

And FINALLY today- I was able to pick up a copy of Jan-Feb Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine to check my latest article!  I am so tickled about it!  I still get a thrill seeing it on the news-stands!

More on that front tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A little something just for me! Polymer Fairy Houses

So, I've been running non-stop this year, and haven't had time to make many of the ideas rattling around in my head- so I took a day, and made something just for me!  (Well, something I've been wanting to make, and something that I could share with Sculpey too.)  As many of you know, I am on the Sculpey Design team.  They are a wonderful company to work with, and I enjoy all the challenges they give us!  They have been really a great source of inspiration for me, and I hope to share the fun with all of you!

I am fascinated with tiny.  Small is BIG right now.  Gnome homes, fairy homes, fairy furniture, fairy doors.  But I have loved fairies since I was a little girl.  I always liked small.  Barbie furniture, elf furniture, sleeping bags, elf toys and elf gardens.  I loved to re-purpose things even then to make tiny things.  Spools and clothespins were always handy, lids and sewn little cushions and tables and chairs.  Oh and tiny containers!!! Sigh....

So as a way of rewarding myself for not overeating this holiday season, I headed for clay.  I spent a glorious fairly uninterrupted day making these little fairy cottages.  Just for me.  They serve no purpose, other than to make me happy.  And they do!

If you would like to make your own fairy cottage, I spell it out step by step, with tons of photos over on the Sculpey Blog.  Jump over if you wanna see!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

What I've been up to lately!

It's been a whirlwind of travel and business upheaval! I no sooner get home from travelling and teaching, and I open a hearbreaking email that CREATE has chosen to no longer put on it's retreats.  Which really suck, as I love love loved them!  Great professionally run retreats.  Maggie Reinholtz, Sally Slack and Jeannine Stein, and before her Jenn Mason hold the bar high for anyone wanting to put on a well run event!  They all worked so very hard, and it just burns my biscuits that some suit somewhere didn't appreciate how life-changing these events can be, and can just axe a fabulous program!

That being said- if you want venues to continue in your neck of the woods yall- you have to attend in large numbers!  Bring every friend, sister and cousin you can round up!  Next year, I'm already slated for Dublin, OH, Minneapolis, MN, Stamford CT, and Petaluma CA.  You can bet those venues will fill immediately with their limited seating!

So, as teaching is a huge part of my income- I spun my wheels for all of 5 seconds, and jumped at an opportunity I have had on the back burner.  I have always wanted my own space in an antique/art boutique.  My favorite place is "Harry & Annies" in Washington Courthouse OH.  (Bonus, it's side by side with my Mom's favorite place "Memories Gate".)  Because I have been on the road so much, it's been an impossible dream.  So- I made a call, signed a contract, and began gathering art and antiques I've had around the house for a long time.  I also made a few purchase at a local auction or two, and when I was on the road to TN to see family.

Mike hasn't been able to get down to see his family for about 2 years, so after a couple days home (not near enough to unpack) we loaded up the car for a week in TN.  A great time was had by all, Mike, his Mom and I went to several thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales, and I found wonderful bargins for my shop space!  At night I would work on paintings and developing future classes for next year.  We ended the trip with an early Thanksgiving dinner!

We headed back up to the cold northern tundra, and on the way, stopped in to visit with the stellar gang at DecoArt!  I have been playing with their new Media line for several months now, and could not be happier with what I have discovered.  The new mediums and the new fluid acrylics are really something!  I will be posting more on that soon!  (with some videos!)  After an awesome tour of the factory, and realizing the line was so much more vast than I realized, I couldn't have been floating anymore!  My brain hurt all the way home with ideas!

The next day, we ran down to Harry & Annie's and set up the booth, taking a full blazer and a full pick up truck.  It felt good to get the shutters out of the garage!  Racing home, we realized we had to stop at the grocery- usually not a problem, but oh-la-la it was Wednesday night...5:30 pm Wednesday night before Thanksgiving.  You can figure how that went!  One poor woman was asking Mike how long she would have to thaw her 21 pound turkey before she could cook it the next day...I think she almost cried.  Mike being the kind heart he is, took her over and showed her the fresh turkey breasts, and told her 2 would feed her guests....Home to make pumpkin roll and fresh cranberry sauce...

Thanksgiving came and we had a wonderful day!  Grandma Waller was able to make the car trip in fine fashion from the nursing facility where she is recovering from a broken femur.  Uncles and Aunts stopped by, and hearty games of SLAP were played!  Food was eaten, thanks was given and the day ended way to quickly.  Poor Mike had to go in to work early in the day, and ended up working a 12 hour shift but at least he got dinner first.

The day after Thanksgiving was spent at home, organizing, and unpacking and making art.  No shopping was done!  It was delightful!

The next day was back to my booth, as things had wonderfully sold, and I needed to add inventory!  After that about 15 errands were completed, and several to-do's marked off my list!

Now I am happily catching up on life.  Organizing and hoping for a slower pace, where I can enjoy family and friends! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Inspiration on the road!

So I was going to post a little project I had designed while I was away on a visit to the family. However, on a stop to rest our legs at the Berea KY Arts and Craft center, I ran across the most fascinating artists polymer cane work!  Artists James C. Rich and Diana Smith Thomas's work bewitched me.  I don't know them and have never met them but I looked and looked and looked at their beautiful work, and made an agonizingly difficult decision of which pieces to purchase.  I finally settled  on this beautiful delicate pink pair.   If you want to see more you can visit their web site at or you can visit their facebook page at

I love love love finding new polymer clay artists, and their beautiful work, and I am THRILLED that it was SO available and SO visible at a wonderful travellers rest spot!  Maybe we as artists need to find more unexpected places to show our work:)