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Chopstick Journals with my mini collages.

Gull Harbor Art and Craft Show – was a two day event last weekend – Nov 7-8. It was in the firehouse meeting room and had fourteen vendors. When I went in to set up Friday night, I thought wow… this is a small group. How’s this going to work? Well never judge a book by its cover because people came ready to purchase. I grossed $240 in handmade journals, cards and a couple of original 11X14″ sumi-e. A big thanks to all who purchased my work. My only complaint:  I had a 6 foot table in the middle and there, honestly, was only about 2 feet between the table in back of me. The first day the two people in back of me flanked me – I was in the middle of their conversation all day; on Sunday I moved their chairs to one side and I was at the end of my table. By the end of the day I was out into the aisle because they kept shifting their chairs a little. Had lots of good conversation both days – a fun experience. The booth fee was $40 which is very reasonable for a two day show! I will go again next year if I’m accepted.

Yesterday’s fair: DuPont Winter Wonderland Holiday Bazaar
Wow, the organizers were incredible! It was held in the gym at the Pioneer Middle School, 1750 Bobs Hollow Lane, DuPont. I didn’t realize how big a space. A normal out door pop-up tent fit so I think it was 10’X10′. Of course we had the strongest rain storm of the season on Saturday but at least setting up Friday night wasn’t too bad. The booth fee was $30 and you had to pay for a one day event business license of $5.00. My set up looked so small that the next morning I dragged more things to set up. Despite the rain squalls there was a steady stream of traffic for most of the day. The organizers/volunteers were incredible. Coffee and muffins ready for us in the morning; lunch [croissant sandwich, bag of chips, beverage, cookie for lunch! I think there were forty vendors but… the advert says “Many vendors selling handcrafted items. Admission is $1 for adults” The person next to me had essential oils/aromatherapy [which smelt incredible], the person to my left had men’s clothing, there were t-shirts and mixed in with “handmade” wreaths, beaded jewelry, etc. It was a real mixed bag of vendors. I made the booth fee of $35 and only sold an additional $34.50. I let a child by a box for $4.50. I did talk up my classes and  I added an astounding 3,490 to my NaNoWriMo word count = 40,162
I might do this on next year. Maybe make some items for kids – like bubble wands…. One of the vendors said there was less people than last year but then it was a horrid storm – you wouldn’t believe the rain squalls.

My advice is scope out the various fairs before entering to see the quality of the wares and get a feel for the amount of people veiwing the event which of course, can change from year to year.

Block print cards ready for sale….

My next event is: The 5th Annual Lincoln Winter Market is scheduled for Saturday November 28th 11am to 5pm.
Last year I just made my booth fee but its downtown in Olympia and not far to drive. I for sure will make those bubble wands that I’ve been thinking about and maybe stencil on small canvass bags, have the journals and cards. This booth fee is $50 and I’m determined to get better sales as it was packed with people last year.
I have been accepted as a vendor for the TESC [the Evergreen State College] 3rd Annual Arts & Crafts Fair. I did that show last year and sold: a card! This year, I’m going to make some of my chopstick journals and price at $5.00. it will be a single sheet of cardstock for the cover and adhere a block print. I may try to make bubble wands for this as the TESC students are a wonderful wacky bunch = many hippies! This event is held on Wednesday Dec 2 from 11 to 5pm and will have over 90 vendors

The link below is for their Facebook page:

I have been accepted for this show: Enchanted Winter Faire – Olympia Waldorf School on Saturday Dec 5th from 11am to 3pm – 8126 Normandy St SE, Olympia, WA. I heard this was a “good” show and again it’s wise to have a wide price point… aiming for allot of $5 items.

I may have one other art class run but this fall was dismal!!!! One 6 week drawing class, one WC pencil Sat workshop, and a three week make simple books. I rewrote many of my descriptions and offered a few new classes for Winter schedule.

Zazzle: A reminder to everyone to always check Zazzle for their promos… Today’s steal: 50% off wrapping paper & tissue paper | USE CODE: ZSUNSTEAL109

the link below is to one of my Sumi-e on wrapping paper:…80867270211236

In checking my Christmas shop to find a sample of wrapping paper, this propmo is across the top of the Zazzle pages:

20% Off All Orders | Up to 50% Off Gifts – Make Their Christmas Morning! Ends Tuesday Use Code: SANTASCOMING

Keep arting folks!

Finally corrected three of my new digital images and loaded them to Zazzle, Redbubble and Fine Art America. I’m way behind on correcting and/or loading images to these POD [print on demand] sites. I have created 283 of these drawings since mid December 2014 when I bought the app for the iPad. As far as POD – Zazzle and Redbuble have changed they way the add image to products is done and I was very cranky because it just doesn’t make sense.   It seemed easier before to find where to create new products.

Still enjoying Art Set Pro Edition….

Hide and Seek with Mouse

© 10/2015 Ellen Miffitt -NLS

Orange Tiger Kitten and Mouse wear their Witch Hats

© 10/2015 Ellen Miffitt – NLS

Not a Very Scary Carved Pumpkin

© 10/2015 Ellen Miffitt- NLS

I hand printed 40 more prints today from four holiday blocks that I carved last year… tomorrow will adhere to blank note cards.

Time for ZZZZZZZzzz – more arting tomorrow.

Long time since I posted any poetry or writing exercises – my poems ebbed during the long dismally hot summer… back in the swing.
I have signed up for NaNoWriMo [National Novel Writing Month] again and am working on character sketches and thinking about what they want to do.
That’s why I’m working so hard on my prep for the holiday shows so I can relax a bit and write like the wind come November.

Here’s some info and writing resources from NaNoWriMo:

A tour of “The NaNoWriMo Library”

November is nearly upon us, and we’re busy putting the final touches on this year’s “NaNoWriMo Library.” Sure, it’s an imaginary place, but that doesn’t mean the stained glass, warm amber light, and enticing smell of books is any less real… Here’s an orientation for this creativity-filled space:
The Reference Portal — Get guidance from published authors on your pressing writing questions. Our NaNo Coaches are porting in for a #NaNoCoach tweet-chat on Wednesday, October 28 at 4 PM PDT (Your Time Zone).

The Community Bridge — Whether your loved ones are near or far, bridge the distance by writing your stories together. Invite someone you know to join you in noveling this November.

The Commitment Tree — Carve out your commitment to your novel. Award yourself the “Tell the World” personal achievement badge after publicly declaring your creative goals.
The Visioning Tower — Want to see your story come to life through art? We’re pairing 30 NaNoWriMo 2015 participants with 30 designers who’ll create cover art to reflect your amazing visions. Take part in the 30 Covers, 30 Days project now.

National Novel Writing Month
3354 Adeline Street
Berkeley, CA 94703

I have been sooooooooooooo busy this summer and fall chores leading to producing items for upcoming holiday fairs, I have not had time to upload new artwork [photos, block print images, collages, or digital drawings] on my various print on demand stores. As far as the pastel digital drawing of cats, I’m closing in on 300 drawings for the year…

Print on Demand URLs:**** 

I did get this message the other day from Zazzle: Welcome! You have accrued over $1,000 in lifetime Zazzle earnings, qualifying you for our ProDesigner program at the Bronze level. The sales are fairly steady; for most of the year, there is a purchase of a product with one of my images every few days. A big thank you to all who purchase on these sites.

I am going to facilitate a one night class in the winter quarter about pros & cons of POD stores. For instance, it’s taken a long time to reach a $1,000 in commission. One thing to keep in mind with POD stores – they are always offering promo discounts [as much as 50%] so as an artist I can earn as little as ten cents for a post card sold with my art work image or more depending on the item.

Class Description:

Print on Demand companies, like Fine Art America, Zazzle, RedBubble, Cafepress, etc. are flourishing. Typically you create a shop front and choose what to display your work on. No physical products are created until it sells. Products include (canvas, prints, t-shirts, mugs, home décor, and so on) within their marketplace. Spend an evening learning the Pros, Cons & Risks of placing your images on a POA shop. Olympia Parks, Art & Recreation Feb 22, 2016 from 6 to 8pm

Back to preparing items for the holiday fairs!

After recovering from all that summer teaching, September was full of canning [salsa, pickles, relish, etc.] and freezing veggies….

As far as art classes this fall – unfortunately only one 6 week class and one Saturday workshop ran!

I’ve signed up for three holiday fairs and maybe a forth so now I’m finally after a long hiatus in full production most days.

Hand printed close to 200 prints from my various blocks[ 30] that I’ve carved over the last few years… adhered to blank note cards. Sent some to Confluence Gallery in Twisp, WA [Rainy Day Crow] and a variety to Bainbridge Arts & Crafts on Bainbridge Is., WA.

the little boxes below are paper mache that you can buy in craft stores/amazon, etc. I painted them with acrylic, sprayed the inside with glitter [horrid smell ], glued on trim around the bottom part. Just need to collage on the tops…

I have been making chopstick bound mini journals [almost 50 are finished]. They’re the size of a folded piece of copy paper. I glue two sheets of cardstock to make the covers a little sturdier. Next fold ten pages of trimmed 65# paper for the pages [equals 20]. After paper punching holes, thread with ribbon and tie the chopsticks in place. Adhere art on cover [Sumi-e, watercolor pencil drawings, collages, or block prints] and bag…

Sumi-e below – waiting for chopsticks to dry from staining:

collages below:

I will also have small art [ those 4X4″ mixed media on canvas, matted Sumi-e, & maybe the PMC jewelry] as well as little wooden boxes that I intend to woodburn. I have two weeks to get them done having various thoughts about designs – like make up your mind… Also have small wooden ornaments to either paint of woodburn.

Keep Arting…

Gull Harbor Art and Craft Show

Time and date: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 7; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 8.

Location: 5046 Boston Harbor Road, Olympia.

DuPont Winter Wonderland Holiday Bazaar

Time and date: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 14.

Location: Pioneer Middle School, 1750 Bobs Hollow Lane, DuPont.

Description: Many vendors selling handcrafted items. Admission is $1 for adults

Enchanted Winter Faire – Olympia Waldorf School

Saturday Dec 5th, 2015 from 11am to 3pm – 8126 Normandy St SE, Olympia, WA


waiting to hear from:

The 5th Annual Lincoln Winter Market is scheduled for Saturday November 28th 11am to 5pm.

location: 213 21st Ave SE, Olympia, WA

Zen Ink Class samples

Catching up with another summer class exercise samples – Zen Ink as in doodling but this style of ink doodling has a well know copyright name that shall remain nameless…
This is a landscape that is almost finished…

Hills and Dales  © 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

Flower Gardem  © 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt  Ink pen design of multiple flowers colored with color pencils.

Fall Pumpkin  © 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

Did this exercise with adults once but I colored in the doodles after I made the designs within the pumpkin sections and leaves. There are many “line” drawing that are copyright free online. This often helps with students of any age that might not have ability to draw an object.

Name Doodle  © 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

The first project I had the students make was their name. I had started this in an adult doodle class and finished it between checking/advising the student’s work. I was amazed at the talent the kids exhibited.

Black and White Mandala  © 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

When creating these type of repitious patterns small mistakes happen. The whole idea is to just left it flow. No predrawing and no erasers – there is a freedom in letting little mistakes be there… over time, skills with the pens increase. There are many mandala blank designs online that can be downloaded for doodle exercises and are copyright free. Hint: work on a smooth surface. the table had slight pattern and I got a few extra bumps.

Cats in Boxes  © 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

The exercise is to create a whole series of different shape boxes. Doodles could be whatever you fancied. One girl did Manga drawings, another flowers….

Owl  © 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

The exercise was to draw a simple outline of a animal and then create the doodle patterns within the simple outline. I had started this owl in the adult class. The 12-16 year old classes were three hours long and they worked the full time on their doodles.

I bought pickle cucumbers so I’m going to slice and dice for awhile before bed and make Bread and Butter Pickles tomorrow!

scanned art work that I did when working with the older kids age 12-16. They were fun to be with and they liked to see what I would come up with on each exercise in the recycled collage class.

Orange Moon

© 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

Orange Moon is a torn/cut collage landscape from discarded watercolor paintings.

Leaf Nymph

© 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

Leaf Nymph was made from sewing pattern tissue paper and a hand cast face.

Painted Spheres

© 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

The paper for this design was scrap scrapbook paper and hand stained paper [acrylic paint]. This design is on a 16X16″ black paper but I can only scan most of it.

Butterfly Weaving

© 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

Anothe design from scrap scrapbook paper and I emphasized using weaving as part of their design. This design is on a 16X16″ black paper but I can only scan most of it.

I’m almost finished with the chopstick books I’m making. All I have to do is cut the ribbon and thread through paper punched holes to keep the chopsticks in place. I may cut up Leaf Nymph, Painted Spheres and Butterfly Weaving as well as other older collages/artwork to decorate the cover of these simple books.

The cooler weather has me reenergizing and starting to work on lots of started projects!

Wonderful to be focused again..,

SHELTON  PARKS and REC Fall Art Class   

     Registrations must be made by filling out the program registration form and paying.  The form can be found at  All classes will be conducted at the Shelton Civic Center

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This is a list of my Fall Classes offered through Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation – Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia, WA  98501


Travel Sketching with Watercolor/Pencil
Ages:  16 and up
Do you wonder why we rarely relive our travels through photos? Perhaps because taking a photo requires so little investment of one’s attention. Artistic journaling slows your pace, as you observe a scene for at least as long as it takes to sketch it. Journaling is solely for pleasure – it doesn’t require that you be an accomplished artist. Regardless of skill level, you’ll be amazed how quickly your drawing and watercolor skills improve – within hours! We’ll sketch around Olympia’s Percival Landing and by the end of the workshop; you’ll be dedicated to journaling! Supply list available online or at registration.  Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa            Sept 12  9:00am-1:00pm   $29         #3038

Special Effects Watercolor
Ages:  16 and up
Each week you will learn and implement a special effect to your watercolor painting-of-the-class-day. Increase skills and have fun experimenting with salt, wax paper, and more. Participants supply their watercolors and watercolor paper. Supply list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Tu            Sept 15-Oct 6       6:00pm-8:00pm   $49         #3026

The Art of Seeing: Beginning Drawing
Ages:  16 and up
This class has been designed to help the beginner see the world with new eyes through the act of drawing. Each week, exercises will challenge students to question what they think they know about their subject and really begin to experience their subject through intense, direct observation. The primary goals of this class are to give the beginning drawer tools for visual problem solving, confidence in the handling of drawing media, and most importantly to inspire joy, meditation, and awareness through the act of seeing. No prior art experience is required. Bring a soft pencil (4B is good), an eraser and a sketch pad no smaller than 8 x 11 to class. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
W            Sept 16-Oct 14     6:00pm-8:00pm   $59         #3031

Enticing Your Personal Writing Muse
Ages:  16 and up
This creative writing class will develop your vibrant writer’s voice by letting the words flow, stream of consciousness style. Two twenty minute writing exercises with nonjudgmental sharing encourages writing from your heart. Pen or pencil and a spiral notebook are all you need to begin this creative journey! If you wish to use an electronic device, please be sure the keyboard doesn’t make “typing” sounds. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Th            Sept 17-Nov 19    6:00pm-8:00pm   $109       #2900

Finger Painting on the Moon
Ages:  16 and up
Jump start your creative side! Awaken the muse within no matter how dormant you may feel your muse is. With activities designed to lead you gently into a creative space, everyone will enjoy this adventure. We will work with a variety of simple materials and explore how to develop our playful personal voice. The fun projects will help you overcome the fear of the blank page and find ways to start a series or develop a theme. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa            Sept 19  9:00am-2:00pm   $39         #3011

Handmade Paper for Embellishing Holiday Projects
Ages:  16 and up
Not only is making homemade paper a fun experience for you, but it’s a good way to recycle waste into wonderful possibilities such as envelopes, greeting cards, artwork and more.  Making paper is a fun way to express your creativity and homemade papers are the perfect additions to holiday greeting cards, gift tags, wrapping paper and more! A supply list with directions for making a simple mold & deckle and press will be mailed with your registration confirmation. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa            Oct 10    9:00am-1:00pm   $39         #3041

Holiday Block Print Cards
Ages:  16 and up
Learn techniques for the relief printmaking process using the flexibility and ease of a linoleum type material (soft Kut). Block printing is a simple technique of carving into the surface using special tools to make a relief design that is then inked and printed for cards. This process is an excellent way of producing simple line designs. Instructor will provide many sample designs or students can create their own designs for holiday cards. All materials and supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Tu            Oct 13-20              6:00pm-8:00pm   $35         #3016

Art Inspired by Words
Ages:  16 and up
Art projects will be inspired by words. Poetry, a descriptive passage or a quote will be used as a starting point for participants’ illustrations. Conversely participants have the option of writing after completing the art project. Art techniques/media will vary and include the following: watercolor, watercolor pencils, pen & ink, scratch paper, Sumi ink, etc. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
W            Oct 21-Nov 4        6:00pm-8:00pm   $45         #3039

Paint the Holiday, a Snow Scene – Acrylics
Ages:  16 and up
Come paint a simple landscape featuring a snow scene with step by step instructions. Participants provide their own materials. Materials list will be provided at registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Tu            Oct 27-Nov 3        6:00pm-8:00pm   $29         #3025

Make Art, Make Books
Ages:  16 and up
This hands-on class will focus on combining simple book structures that would be great as holiday gifts! Easy to learn bookmaking such as the Japanese stab binding stitch book will lead students to understand the formal qualities of the book. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Tu            Nov 10-24             6:00pm-8:00pm   $49         #3024

Introduction to Mandalas
Ages:  16 and up
The word “mandala” is a Sanskrit word that is over 2300 years old translated as “circle” or “sacred center.” Circular patterns have been used throughout time in many cultures, including the Tibetan and Native American, as tools for centering and healing. In this workshop we will explore the history of mandala patterns and you will create your own personal mandala, using water color pencil, scrapbook paper and your embellishments (buttons, feathers, shells, etc.). This should be a time to let go, play with color and design, and to have fun! Most supplies included in class fee. Suggested embellishment list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa            Dec 12   9:00am-2:00pm   $45         #3040

OMG – I can’t believe that March was my last post…  somewhere along the line from Nov to May, I really fell down a deep hole. To be honest, it was a struggle to put food on the table. Please no food bank advice – we don’t each much of what is given out at out local food bank.    Out of 17 classes offered through Olympia Parks, Arts and Rec only five ran. That with limited art or blank note card sales created a real low. With that said, lets move forward….

Wow…. It’s September 2nd! what a wild and crazy summer. Thirteen of my 14 kids art classes ran. Between the heat and the 6 hours a day, plus prep at home, and buying supples, I crashed last week. I was exhausted. I’m thinking far less hours next summer – for instance 9 to 11:30 for the 12-16 year olds and 12:30 to 2pm for the 8 to 12 year olds. Most of the older kids were incredible – they came in ready to learn and create. I made art work along with them. I will scan and post soon…

all six pieces that I entered into the WA State Fair Fine Art Exhibit [formerly Puyallup Fair] have been accepted. The reception is on Friday the 11th.
The pieces include: two mini 4X4″ canvas mixed media [Nocture and Blue Moon], two 11X14″ Sumi-e [Cat Zen and Serenity] and two mixed media on stretched canvass – 16X20″ [Departing Heart and Green Man, Forest Spirit].

The two mixed media pieces that I created for the Confluence Art Gallery in Twisp WA were finally delivered after the level 3 evacuation was lifted because of the wildfires  and the gallery could safely reopen.

“Celebration of the Horse” at the Confluence Gallery in Twisp, WA. The Confluence Gallery will give a percentage of the proceeds to the non-profit organization Methow Valley Riding Unlimited (MVRU), which offers a therapeutic riding program among others. However, all artists will receive their full commission for works sold during the exhibit.
The Horse

© 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

Twilight  (C) 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt {please note – colors are slightly off on this image.]

My camera has died so learning to use the iPad to take photographs.

Back to arting despite a bumpy Spring and full summer teaching schedule.


Keep arting –



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