Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Dayna Collins does . . . an art exchange!

Several weeks ago I was invited by one of my arty blog friends, Kim of Merlin's Musings (Kim lives in Australia!) to join in a mail art exchange. Well, I thought she meant mail art would be swapped around between artists, so I said yes. Lo and behold, it was actually a chain letter kind of affair. You know the kind. You receive a letter with two names and you send something to the person at the top of the list, then you move the second person's name to the top and invite six friends to join in. This swap was no different, but I figured I could find six friends who would want to play. So, I sent a little art piece to a woman who lives in Portland, moved Kim's name to the top, and invited six friends to join in (warning them in advance that it was really an artistic chain letter). If all went according to plan, I would receive 36 pieces of art. Well, I haven't received 36, but I have received more than I expected!

I thought it would be fun if I shared some of the things I have received (besides what I've pictured here, I also received some handmade greeting cards, a Christmas towel, and a lovely silken potpourri pouch).

From Barb Pearson in Canada, I received this adorable card and a pin she titled O, Canada.

From Candace (who I've been in an altered book swap with in the past), I received this very cool mandalaesque collage, which is mounted on wood and ready to hang.

My friend Bobbie sent the invitation letter to one of her relatives in South Dakota, who cross-stitched this sweet little Christmas ornament, although I like the idea of celebrating PEACE year round, so I've hung it in my studio as a gentle reminder.

Kathyanne White of Arizona sent this fabulous little hand bound journal with painted pages and beads galore.

Chris Bolmeier, of Omaha (where my son now lives!), sent several goodies in her package. Including this cool collage . . .

. . . . a pile of her colorful business cards . . .

. . . . and a couple of her personal cards.

This creative use of leather? vinyl? leatherette? pleather? was created by Deborah from Florida.

And last, but not least, I received an original poster, AN ORIGINAL, from Mary Anne Radmacher. If you aren't familiar with Mary Ann, well, you should be. This gift was kinda like getting something from a rock star!

It sure is fun getting mail these days.

Artful Child's Play at the Studio

Two of my grandkids, Luke (5) and Ella (3), are spending a few days with us and earlier this week we headed to the studio where we met up with my friend Destree and her two kids, Devyn (5) and Olivia (6). We got the kids painting some cloth dolls and before too long, we just couldn't resist it and Destree and I had to jump in and paint our own dolls, too!

And then Howard saved the day (and our growling tummies) by magically appearing with PIZZA!

After pizza, Destree and I had a chance to visit while Howard entertained the kids with a few rousing games of Duck Duck Goose and Ring Around the Rosie.

We tried to get all the kids to line up for a photo shoot with their arted up dolls, but they (my grandkids specifically) were too hepped up to stand still after their wild game playing.

Holy Moley! New Classes Galore!

Resolve to do more art in the New Year!
Alley Art Studio is offering several opportunities to get creative in 2010. Here’s the lineup:

NEW! The Artist’s Way: Walking in This World
January 5, 2010 – March 9, 2010
Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

A 10-week program of creative recovery and art projects based upon the second book in Julia Cameron’s Artist’s Way trilogy. Walking in This World picks up where The Artist’s Way left off, covering such topics as Discovering a Sense of Adventure, Authenticity, and Resiliency. Maximum of six participants. $50 deposit due by December 30, 2009. It is not necessary that you have taken an Artist’s Way Creative Cluster in order to take this class. For those who have taken the Artist’s Way with me, please note that the weekly creative projects will be new activities.

NEW! Create a Vision Board
Saturday, January 9, 2010
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$35.00 (includes all materials)

Ready, set your intentions, GO! A vision board is a large collage of images and words that reflect who you want to be, goals and dreams you want to come true. By selecting specific images and words that represent your desires, you create a visual representation of the changes you want to occur in your life. We’ll start by doing a Mind Map exercise and then I'll provide piles of magazines, a board to use as your substrate, and gobs of glue. You bring an open and willing spirit. (Bring a salad to share, as we’ll take a break mid-way through the day to recharge our batteries.)

Visual Journaling – A Life Collage
Create a Hand Bound Visual Journal
Saturday, January 23, 2010
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$50 (includes all supplies)
Stampin’ Cat Studio in Salem
To register, call Stampin' Cat at 503-390-2553

We will spend the day making a beautiful 8 x 10 hand bound journal. You will design and create the covers for your journal from a sheet of luxurious Thai Kozo paper, to which you will apply Adirondack ink using plain and textured brayers, and rubber stamps for added oomph. After designing and preparing the paper, I will walk you through the process of binding your journal, filling it with three signatures of a combination of special papers. Beads and buttons will be added as final embellishments. Your finished journal will have 36 pages, which means you will have 72 pages to make art on! No previous art or bookbinding experience is required. (Bring a sack lunch or walk down to Lifesource and pick up lunch, as we’ll have a 30-minute break during the day to get reenergized.)

Collage Up a Storm UNDERGROUND: Don’t Think, Just Do As You’re Told
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
6:00-9:00 p.m.
$20 (includes all supplies)

You will start with your visual journal or a piece of canvas board and transform it into a personal piece of art. You will be guided through the process of creating a collage using a variety of papers, paints, materials, and embellishments to create a collage full of dimension and interest.

Fanciful Dream Houses
Saturday, February 20, 2010
1:00-4:30 p.m.
$40 (includes all supplies)
Stampin’ Cat Studio in Salem
To register, call Stampin' Cat at 503-390-2553

Fanciful Dream Houses are based on the idea of a nicho, a miniature shrine, traditionally used to contain relics or sacred objects, often used for household altars. For our purposes, we are going to make a fanciful little nicho, using a metal house-shaped box with a glass door, known as a Dream House. On the outside, we will add color using paint or alcohol inks. On the inside, we will add images, words, text, and photographs. There is room in the little house to add 3-D items such as charms or jewels. I will also bring transparencies so we can embellish the little glass door. The Dream Houses are designed to stand up or be hung, so I will bring charms for you to attach to the outside if you choose to hang your Fanciful Dream House. Come play with me!

The Artist’s Way Creative Cluster
March 16, 2010 – May, 18, 2010
Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

The Artist’s Way is a 10-week program of creative recovery and art projects based upon Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. Creative Clusters offer a supportive, nurturing exploration of living a life filled with creativity. Whether you desire to be a writer, painter, dancer, musician, or you just want to be more aware of your world, the Artist’s Way will help you open the door to your creativity. $50 deposit due by March 10, 2010.


Your facilitator, Dayna J. Collins, is a recovering creative who has successfully guided others through The Artist’s Way for the past four years. Dayna is a certified counselor and leads expressive arts workshops in Portland and Salem; she is a collage and mixed media artist, and is the founder of Alley Art Studio.

For more information and to see class samples, please visit my website: Alley Art Studio

Contact Dayna:

Registration information: To register for classes held at Stampin' Cat Studio, contact the Studio directly. For all other classes, contact Dayna. Your space is reserved when your payment is received. If minimum number of students not met for a class, your class registration fee will be refunded in full. For The Artist's Way, if you need to cancel, your $50 deposit will be refuned only if your space is filled.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Homeward Bound - Aloha

Our Hawaiian vacation is coming to an end and Friday morning we will begin our journey home. I'm doing this final blog post from Kauai, tying up some loose ends and sharing our last couple of days.

A fun store, Bambulei, a mix of vintage and new.

We stumbled upon a great little vintage and thrift store on our way to a beach on the west coast.

Ahhh, tropical flavored shaved ice over vanilla ice cream . . . and a little tour of the north shore.

A fantastico dinner at Postcards Cafe in Hanelei.

This morning we woke to discover a Hawaiian Monk Seal on the beach just a short walk from our room. The seal slept on the beach for the entire day!

A lovely final day by the pool . . .

. . . . followed by a final meal at Cafe Coco!

The last of my beach treasures!