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Watercolor and words

I have been writing up a storm… I participated in April and July Camp NaNoWriMo… wrote three stories and have corrected my Nov 2015 NaNoWriMo…

Then it was summer classes at Olympia Parks, Arts and Rec – 10 of the 12 ran.

Finally posting some new art – Win 10 automatically updated and killed my scanner software. Found  the disk last night and stayed up to 2pm after writing to 12:30 to scan some art. Slowly correcting images from light leaks. My camera died a long time ago so its the iPAD or the scanner…

Here’s some recent art:

Evergreen Mandala

© 8/2016 Ellen Miffitt


Sacred Tree

© 8/2016 Ellen Miffitt


Tree Meditation

© 8/2016 Ellen Miffitt

These were created in my age 12-16 Watercolor Techniques and Textures class this summer. I had the best kids ever in the older students offerings – very focused and inspiring. I cut a stencil for the various trees. Spattered WC over two of them and the third I traced and painted using WC and watercolor pencils. When dry I used these beautiful stencils to ink the design on top.

Will post more later back to writing
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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 www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit

 

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

Mandala workshop

Facilitated a private workshop on mandalas from 7 to 9 yesterday.
They had created a prior mandala and as always its fun to see how differently they come out. after they shared, I gave them a handout, talked about my process and showed them my samples.  The subject came up of not being able to render a perfectly symmetrical design especially when doing a 8 rad design. There are computer programs for doing that but I feel my little inaccuracies are important because I’m not a machine.  I’m not perfect; I’m human and slightly flawed as I work on life’s lessons.
After the intro,  we all sat and worked on our new mandalas.

I used a couple designs I had used before [stylized Echinacea and the butterfly].  the two hours flew past.
Once home and after walking the dogzzz… I spent a little over two hours adding the color.

This is almost finished. Need to decide what I’m doing in the lower section and mount it to another paper.
Tomorrow I’ll photograph the other two mandalas that I finished today that were pictured in prior post.

sweet dreams
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Mandalas

Worked on a couple mandalas today…
I started this one a long time ago. I was using the “root” from a stencil I had made before.

I outlined the trees and worked on a root design. I’m not happy with the roots – I will rework it. Probably
affix another paper on top of the current center.

I colored the “sky” background with watercolor pencils but didn’t add the water to blend them yet…
It’s on Bristol paper so I have to use a light hand with water or use a blende pen.

This second mandala I had cut the “doves” from two different white textured scrapbook paper.
I mounted the main green patterned circle onto mat board to raise it up from the purple pattern base paper
which is mounted on black paper to give it a half inch border.

I used star brads and brushed gold brads. Last but not least I added two small one inch squares of foam core underneath
where the wing shapes come close together to raise up the edges a little higher.
Keeping the design simple.
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Mandala Workshop Photos

 

Here was the description of my recent mandala workshop:

Event Type: Adult Program Age Group(s): Adults Date: 3/29/2014 Start Time: 1:00 PM End Time: 3:00 PM

Description:

 Mandalas are ancient symbols that use principles of geometry and symmetry to focus attention. Create your personal mandala with art instructor Ellen Miffitt using paper and embellishments. All basic materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring mementos such as photos, badges, ribbons and other keepsakes. Miffitt is an Olympia-based artist with over 40 years’ experience. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lacey Timberland Library.

and the longer info for the flyer included:

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. The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self.” Using principles of geometry and symmetry present in nature, along with your own personal creativity, you will come away with a design that represents yourself.  Your mandalas may contain radial symmetry with 2 to 12 sections radiating from the center or have an asymmetrical design. This should be a time to let go, to play with color and design, and to have fun.

I was so excited with with the participants designs.  This is a series of a design’s progress.

working on the design

below   finished

I ran around and tried to snap some quick photos between helping folks with their design questions so many images are a little wonky

 

this person was going to finish at home…

I suggested trimming the white edge, adding an outline in gold and then mounting the piece on a mat board putting foam core under it to raise it up.

cut her own stencil

middle phase

I wish I had time to take a finished photo of this one. Very inventive use of design elements.

garden beginning

 

this was so “sunny” bright. thinking about the upcoming gardening season.

this person wrote and wrote filling the mandala shape [stream of conscious writing]. Then added all those curving shapes in green and then in pink. It looked like a flower when he was finished.

I had purchased a bag of wrapping paper which was enjoyed by many. In the center, she placed a photo of a bird nest. She had a great quote that she was going to write onto the photo along with a small bird painting the size of a quarter to balance the design.

lovely focal point… other circles were added and the artist was going to use line work once the design was complete.

 

ocean stencil design

bird design 1

 

 bird design 2

 

bird design 3

 

 

Stars and stencils

 

fleur de lis focal point

 

Then to my surprise one participant at the end came up and said I have a gift for you…

her friend casts these sculptures and she paints them but they’re only to be given as a gift. I was so surprised at such a lovely and thoughtful thank you for teaching a workshop.

 

Keep arting,

 

2014 started out interesting as far as all my Olympia Parks, Arts & Rec classes have all been canceled so far – only a few had a couple people signed up most had 0 enrollment. Check online to see the next batch starting in February:  Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation, 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia, WA 98501  (360) 753-8063  www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit

However….  both classes at Panorama Retirement community are running.
Then, I was called for two In-Service days at the alternative elementary school this month.
Acrylic class:
Today my acrylic class participants at Panorama voted unanimously to keep going in Feb.!      I forgot to bring my camera to take in progress photos. I didn’t finish my demo because I was so busy going from one to the other.  There are only 5 people but it keeps you real busy. The two hours fly past!

acrylic demo

I was showing them how to use molding paste [white tree shape] and a gel with sand… to be finished next week.

Bainbridge Arts and  Crafts:
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts had a cancellation for the two artist demos in February at the retirement homes so they called me
AND….
they asked me to bring up 8 to 10 new whimsical Sumi-e for their rental program. Plus I can bring up new cards as well.
Mandala Workshop:
I have arranged a Mandala workshop at the Lacey TRL for Saturday March 29th 1 to 3pm.
location: 500 College Street SE, Lacey, WA  98503-1240   360-491-3860

Japanese New Year’s celebration:

I printed Sumi-e cards today for the Saturday Japanese New Year celebration. I have original Sumi-e cards as well… keeping it simple and low prices. I hope to encourage sales by keeping low prices on cards and small prints.

Watercolor Pencil demo :

watercolor pencil demo

This was the start of a watercolor pencil demo for Monday’s class – we were working on trees and sky plus they tested their pencils colors.

Spring Art Walk:

signed up for Spring Arts walk at the Urban Onion… that’s in April!

Zazzle: Thanks for all the sales on my various studios… I’ve been adding new images to them as I make them.

with all this & that 2014 is looking a whole lot better!
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Can’t believe we’re almost into November!  I still have a few classes to run in my Fall Class Schedule.  I mostly teach at Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation, 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia, WA 98501, (360) 753-8063  www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit

There is plenty of parking across the street from the Olympia Center as well as street parking.

Please pass the word on – teaching is my job and like everyone those bills need paying!

Illustrating your interests Tuesday November 5th to December 10th from 6 to 8pm

Comprehensive drawing skills are taught in conjunction with participant selected subject interest. Participants have the opportunity to design long term projects while also be taught the skills needed to express themselves visually. A variety of media will be used: graphite/pencil, charcoal, pastels, pen & ink, colored pencils, watercolor pencils and a variety of paper in accord with the media to illustrate the subject matter of their choice. Developing their unique style of illustration from stylized to realistic will be emphasized.    $98         #17368

Participants – be thinking about what subject matter you want to illustrate.  We will be working from magazine or book illustrations, your own photographs, or other images.  Ages:      16 and up

Art inspired by Words:  Monday November 18th to December 16th from 6 to 8pm

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…  Ages:  16 and up $79         #17369

 Saturday Classes

Curve Stitching: Saturday November 9th from 9 to 1:00pAges:      16 and up 

Curve Stitching is a creative, practical activity with a strong mathematical background. Have no fear…  participants will start with simple easy patterns to create designs. These “stitch-by-stitch” thread patterns make a beautiful symmetrical design suitable for meditation.    $29         #17360

Artists Sketchbook  Project 2014 – Saturday  November 23rd from 9:00am to 3pm  Ages:      16 and up

Pages are created incorporating pencil, embroidery floss, art paper, paint, gesso, inks, crayons and other media. These can be adhered in the sketchbook for the 2013 Sketchbook Project [http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject] or used to create a personal journal or a record of a particular event or holiday. Construct book pages using collage, stitching, windows, flaps, found objects, threads, beads and embroidery to create richly embellished pages. If you have an idea for a book, bring items you may want to put in your book/journal to use as inspiration – photos, dried flowers, leaves, tickets, letters, post cards, interesting poetry or prose, or any other kind of printed memorabilia.  Material list provided at registration.  $39         #17362

Journey to the Center, Personal Mandala   Ages: 16 and up Saturday December 7th   from 9am to 1pm 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 Tibetan and Native American, as tools for centering and healing. In this workshop, we explore the history of mandala patterns and create our own personal mandala, using oil pastel, colored pencil and collage. Using principles of geometry and symmetry present in nature, along with your own personal creativity, you will come away with new knowledge of yourself. This should be a time to let go, to play with color and design, and to have fun. All supplies included in class fee – list of embellishments to be provided.  $29         #17361

 I have sent my proposals to the director for Winter 2014 art classes – lots of fun things to do to forget the rain and gray…

 

 

Now where has February gone?

Started a new mandala while I was facilitating a mandala class at a retirement community in Lacey WA. Only had 3 participants so was a nice quiet afternoon working with them and on my on project once they were well underway.

For mine, I cut five circles out of the Bristol substrate. Next I cut five pieces of scrapbook paper that featured stars, sun motif and a nice brown for the earth in the center. I have lightly traced the Fir trees in place. will work on the tracing paper to figure out the root design. I’m thinking of cutting trees and the roots out of paper… moving toward having depth and shadow from slight increase in height of cut outs.

start of mandala

here’s another mandala – I reworked to strengthen the outer colors as the center is too strong… Still thinking it through. Have a Celtic knotwork border I’m working on. I may cut the main design [Firs & center] out entirely and mount on something else… ideas are percolating.

Fir Forest

here’s a third mandala called Fir & Maples that I posted a “how-to” on Feb 9th… think I will add details with sepia/walnut ink to both tree designs to unify the overall design .

Fir & Maple Forest

 

Mittzz C cat is hogging the typing surface ^..^

ellen

Here’s the description for my mandala workshop…  Most participants finished three small pieces.

Introduction to Mandalas  Ages: 16 and up Saturday June 2 from 9 to 3 pm  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 Tibetan and Native American, as tools for centering and healing. In this workshop, we explore the history of mandala patterns and create our own personal mandala, using oil pastel, colored pencil and collage. Using principles of geometry and symmetry present in nature, along with your own personal creativity, you will come away with new knowledge of yourself. This should be a time to let go, to play with color and design, and to have fun.

 

These were the tree projects that they completed…

Word Spiral:

Color background with watercolor wash – using a writing exercise to prompt, start in center; write in clockwise direction all the way to outside edge. [stream of consciousness writing]

4 Rad [Quarter] Design:

Design one quarter of a four quarter circle.  Using a light box, trace the “pie” design section in all four quarters on the base paper. Select a color schemes: Warm [red/yellow/orange] Cool [blue, green, purple] earth tones [green, yellow, tan, gray, umbra, ocher, ect.]

4 to 8 Rad Geometric Collage:

Using a variety of papers [color/patterns] create 4 to 8 geometric shapes [circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, ovals].  Design a pattern for one or two “rads” include overlapping.

Below is the collage that I started using a metal shape for the circle shapes. Think the metal piece was from an egg poacher.

plan the design

I was able to trace and impress a line for the tree shapes and leaves.

Took a long time to cut out the “open” shapes and started to color the tree trunks and leaves. May use a paper punch on the “loops” or may play and make it look like knot work…  not sure for now.

am thinking of mounting the watercolor paper mandala design onto this scrapbooking paper as a background. still a long way before finishing…

It was a good day for an inside class as light to medium rain squalls kept rolling in. The classroom has a great view of Percival Landing and West side hill/sky line.

stay well and keep creating…

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So embarrassed but I was not the only artist handing in their project for the fundraiser. I had so many ideas and then the remodel took over… tackled the children’s table and chairs last Saturday/Sunday with touch ups on Monday, dropped off on Thursday…

chair before and chair on the right during the blue spray painting. I covered my new washer and dryer with cardboard but… wonder if that will come off. Well, now I have an arty washing machine!

table top design before addition of  fabric circles and pearl spray.

cut circles from the fabric and adhered to the scrapbook paper radial design.

Celestial fabric covers chair seats and I made a back/front panel to cover the animal in sets.  Left the pearl and glitter sprays slightly drippy and/or uneven in coverage mimicking the variation of the fabric design.

Here’s a link to the Chair Affair website…
since I just turned in my children’s chair/table set last week, it may not be posted there yet. http://www.chairaffair.org/  the website does have links to the last two years of this fundraiser.

Here is the information about the fundraiser:

Please join us for our 3rd Annual Evening Auction at the Museum of Glass, with the most creative and unique one-of-a-kind chairs, designed by the area’s most outstanding artists.

Enjoy viewing and bidding on the gallery of chairs, while partaking in a wonderful selection of  hors d’oeuvres along with complimentary wine and beer.

All proceeds from this auction go to the NW Furniture Bank to further their mission in helping to restore hope, dignity and stability in our community by recycling donated furniture to people in need.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 6th. To register, go to our website at chairaffair.org or mail your payment and registration form to NW Furniture Bank,PO Box 307, Wauna, WA  98395-0307.