Tattered and Frayed

Art Journal Class

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Printmaking. Stencils. Fabric Dying. Embroidery.

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are REAL, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are REAL you can't be ugly, expect to people who don't understand. -The Velveteen Rabbit

I love old things. Vintage lace. Old pages. Beautiful books with history. Distressed metal tins. Objects that are well loved. Painted pages. I am feeling inspired by tattered fabrics that have started to fray and unravel. There is a haunting beauty and textural loveliness to found fabrics and old vintage lace.

Tattered and Frayed. Art Journaling Class. Book binding. Leather distressing. Fabric dying with coffee and tea. Mono-printing papers to use for collage. Embroidery. Creative Prompts. Color palette building. Expressive mark making. Stitched collages. Stencil art and prints.

This class is a collection of all of the things that I am feeling inspired by at the moment. I love gathering old fabrics and stitching them all together into an art journal. We will explore printmaking and creating beautiful papers to use in collages. I will be playing with my new line of stencils with Stencil Girl. We will dying our own fabrics with coffee and tea. This is fabulous if you love the distressed vintage look but don't want to spend money on old fabrics. In fact, many of the coffee dyed fabric that I created for this course looks exactly like the pieces of vintage lace that I picked up at the antique market recently. You can't tell the difference! We will be doing embroidery and creating a unique piece at the end of the class that you can hang on your wall.

Materials and Supplies:

  • Gelli plate for monoprinting
  • Leather for cover
  • Book binding kit (Check Amazon)
  • Leather dye
  • Watercolor paper
  • Arches printmaking paper
  • Found and vintage papers
  • Coffee and Tea for fabric dying
  • Chiffon, silk and lace for dying
  • Acrylic paints
  • Loose canvas sheets
  • Gesso
  • Paintbrushes
  • Artist gel pens
  • Chalk pastels
  • Oil pastels
  • Stencils (Wendy Brightbill stencils or other)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needles
  • Vintage lace
  • Vintage ephemera
  • Mark making tools (pencils, pens, markers)
  • Artist board
  • Cold wax medium *optional
  • Sewing machine *optional

Your Instructor

Wendy Brightbill
Wendy Brightbill

My name is Wendy Brightbill and I am somewhat of a creative wanderer, an artist who enjoys exploring a multitude of mediums and styles. I love messy child-like play especially when it involves paint. I picked up a paintbrush after a car accident rearranged my brain from a closed head injury. I believe that there is healing to be found in art making and getting lost in the process. I try not to treat my art as being too precious, and yet, I am deeply committed to my daily creative practice. Art making is a little like breathing air for me. I can’t live without it. I am also a mother to three beautiful girls and a wife of 17 years to my biggest cheerleader. I have lived in Colorado for all of my life. All I ever needed to know, I learned from being a kindergarten teacher for four years. I just turned forty and I am finding this new found super power of saying no to the things that don’t bring me joy or peace.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts January 14th, 2019. But you can join at any time. It is a completely self-paced online course - you have unlimited access to all of the content.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
How is this course different from your other art journaling classes?
There is always some overlap in my classes, but this course will be different because we will be diving into printmaking and fabric dying, which is something that I have never taught before now!!!
Do I need your stencils to participate in this course?
Yes and no. I will be creating some really fun painted pages with my stencils. But you can also just use any stencils that you have sitting around. You can make your own stencils or use found objects to create your prints.

This course is closed for enrollment.