The most fun since finger painting

Actually, “painting” with alcohol inks is a lot like finger painting. You don’t need to know anything to do it, you can get spectacular results with little effort, and it’s totally fun. That’s what I learned in just  a few hours with Cathy Taylor, the alcohol ink maven and author…

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Art-Making is Contagious

This is what I want to do in life: inspire grownups to express themselves—playfully. The first step, I think, is to change our vocabulary. Let’s get rid of the word “artist,” which makes everyone crazy and strangles our voices. I propose that we call ourselves “makers” and what we make,…

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Learning by Doing

“We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way.” John Holt That’s what I love about art workshops. Teachers—at least the good ones—demonstrate things they’ve learned and then let you explore on your own. Rosie Huart, who taught “gestural mark-making” at Art of the Carolinas this…

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Art is Where You Find It

Guest blog, written by Susan Fowler, a seeker, social activist and dear friend for 40+ years. I spent last week on the western shore of Lake Michigan with my sister, Marianne, and the rest of my family. The beach was our refuge from the usual stresses and strains of parents,…

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