Art Camp at Home #5 – Carla Sonheim Online!

After a week off for Spring Break we are back at it again! Art Camp at Home resumes with a couple of weeks featuring sites with a variety of online mixed-media art classes.

This week we feature Carla Sonheim’s Online Classes page. Her next ‘live’ class is DRAW and registration is now open.Carla Sonheim

Here is what Carla says about herself:

“If you don’t know me, my name is Carla Sonheim and I am an artist and author of several instructional drawing and mixed-media books. I’m known for my projects and techniques that help adult students recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating!

Carla has several types of online classes.


  • For this year she also has a year-long class that can be joined anytime within 2014.

Year of the Fairy Tale

  • There are also Visiting Artist classes with artists featuring everything from Abstract Art Making to Zentangles, including Steve Sonheim with Photography classes.
  • She also has Self-Study classes, which are classes she has run in the past and are now available for you to take with little or no instructor and classmate participation at a lower cost.

Also Carla has a number of free tutorials that will give you a sense of her teaching style so you can see which of her classes are for you.

The best way to keep up with which classes are current is to sign up for her newsletter once you get to her site!

“I have taken both in-person classes and online classes with Carla. Both have been jam-packed and intense! I come away with my head buzzing with new ideas and techniques and a sense that I too, am an artist. I don’t know which of these is more valuable!”  – Lori Wostl, Art Camp for Women

It appears that her classes run from $25.00 to $198 for the year-long class. (That’s less than $4.00 a week.)

Lori Pouring Champagne

As always your questions and ideas  are welcome – please use the comment feature. If you include an email addie – you will be answered personally.

And if you are nearby – let me know and we may enjoy that glass and that class together.


Art Camp at Home #4 – Spectrum! Ten Months of Holistic Art Journaling!


For the next few weeks we are running a series called Art Camp at Home. We will be scouting out online workshops of interest to artists and art entrepreneurs alike just in case you missed them – and posting them here.

Spectrum is a collective of 30+ holistic-minded artists, healers and visionaries
that have come together to offer a 10 month online workshop
in which you will create a visual field guide devoted to awakening, exploring, deepening & celebrating the innate wisdom within YOU.



 11 Monthly Downloadable Guides Containing Workshop Content and Inspiration from 30+ Contributors, (including video, audio, and written instructions) delivered right to your inbox each month, beginning on March 1, 2014!

You will also receive…

  • Membership to the Private Spectrum Facebook Community
  • Membership to the Spectrum Flickr Gallery
  • Three LIVE (private) SPREECASTS  for the Spectrum Community
  • and more. For more indepth information go here to the Spectrum Site.

Click here for a taste of the themes that will guide your journey – scroll down a bit.

To read about the individual workshops and instructors click here.

You can register any time (again you will need to scroll down a ways) through out the 10 months, but don’t delay – get started today!

Lori Pouring Champagne

As always your questions and ideas  are welcome – please use the comment feature. If you include an email addie – you will be answered personally.  And if you are nearby – let me know and we may enjoy that glass and that class together.

Artist in the Spotlight – Becky Nunn of Nunn Design

BeckyPic2One of the best parts of Art Camp for Women that you can’t see is that we meet many amazing women artists. Many of these women also have a kind of pioneering entrepreneurial way about them which we also greatly admire. Since we are fairly small we can only hire so many artists every year and scheduling etc also weeds out many others.

Our Artist in the Spotlight this week is Becky Nunn and we are very pleased that everything worked out for her to come and teach for us this fall! (Oct. 8-11)

We want to let you get to know the woman behind  Nunn Design, Becky Nunn. So get a cup of tea and settle in for a good read and to get acquainted.

ACFW: Becky, thank you for taking the time to put this interview together for our readers.

ACFW: Please share a little about yourself. Where did you grow up and what were early influences on your work? Where do you live now?

Becky:  I am the 7th out of 8 children born into an Italian/German Catholic family.  My father was a high school biology teacher and moved his young family to Southeast Alaska in the 1950’s.   I spent my childhood playing in the woods and on the beach, so I’d say that nature has been one of the most early influences of my work.

I currently live in Port Townsend, WA on the Olympic Peninsula with my husband of 20 years and my two daughters ages 9 and 6.


Example of a Resin Pendant she will teach at Art Camp.

ACFW: What other cultures and experiences have influenced your art?

Becky: After I completed high school and prior to collage/art school, I spent a year in Italy as a foreign exchange student.  The natural beauty of Alaska and the classic beauty of Italy really had a big influence in the style of art that comes out of me naturally and with ease.

ACFW: What is your art media of choice, do you consider yourself a mixed-media artist, a jewelry artist, a fabric artist or all of the above and more?

Becky: My training is in design, graphic design.  Since my training was prior to computers, I was trained to really think and solve problems creatively.  I’d say I am a product designer and entrepreneur with jewelry being my current obsession.

ACFW: At what point in your life did you become interested in making art?

Becky:  I can’t remember when I wasn’t creating something.  Literally.  I kept myself entertained for hours on end making stuff as a child.  Taking bark from the trees and drying it, painting it, gluing a pin on the backside.  It just is something that I have always done.

ACFW:Was there a certain point when you decided you were primarily an artist?

Becky:  I’d have to say I still really struggle with calling myself an artist.  I feel comfortable calling myself a designer, or product developer.  I’d say in the past 2 years I’ve really started to feel as if I was “good enough” to be a jewelry artist.

ACFW: Did you receive any formal art training?

Becky:  In graphic design, which like I said, was really about problem solving and creativity.  Over the years I have taken a lot of classes to enhance my skills.


Another example of what you will learn at Art Camp.

ACFW: Why did you start making and designing jewelry?

Becky:  I have dabbled in jewelry many times over the years.  I designed a collection of jewelry for the gift industry in my early 20’s, but it never took off.  I then went on to develop stationery products when “recycling” was just becoming known.  After selling that company, I started working with metals and jewelry components, but this time I released it into the scrap-booking industry.  After that product line rode its course, I started to work with jewelry findings that would allow creative mixed media artists the ability to make wearable art.

ACFW: Why do you design and make jewelry now?

Becky: I make jewelry findings now because I saw there was a need for it in the marketplace.  I didn’t set out to “have a jewelry findings” line, I was just lucky to have stumbled across it and the market responded.  But the sad thing is, I very rarely wear jewelry.  Something about growing up in Alaska, I just never got in the habit of adorning myself.  Too many layers coming on and off – I just never could be bothered.

AC4W: Who are your favorite jewelry designers and why?

Becky: I look at so much jewelry…I love it all.  I could never say.

Sample of the Earrings you can make at Art Camp this fall.

Sample of the Earrings you can make at Art Camp this fall.

ACFW: What kind of jewelry are you currently working on?

Becky:  Adding color and texture to metals.  Incorporating fibers, fabric and leather into the pieces.  Love my exploration with epoxy clay.  Oh my, there just isn’t enough time in the day.

ACFW:What is the best thing that has happened to you because of jewelry design?

Becky: I have met some really wonderful people as a result of jewelry.  I feel really blessed to have collaborated with so many designers, craftspeople, artisans, product developers.  It has been my relationships that I treasure so very much.  I also just love beauty, all types of beauty. I just can’t get enough of it.

ACFW: Do you have any off-the-cuff tips for beginners? Women that would like to become full or even part time artists?

Becky: I hate to be so typical, but Nike really has the best trademark.  “Just Do It”.  Just start somewhere and commit yourself to it.  Commit to learning all that you can, but then there comes a point where you just have to start “doing”.  I see so many artists that want to know all of the answers before they get started.  It just doesn’t work that way.  You can’t know everything.  You just have to begin and keep beginning over and over again.  Just when you get it right, more than likely, you will begin again on something else.

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You can make a set – or not…

ACFW: When you get stuck with your work – do you have any tricks to get unstuck?

Becky: Give yourself time to let it unfold instead of pushing through.  Put it aside and start something else when you feel it isn’t working.  I can’t tell you how many times that I have sat down to do a body of work and the first 2 or 3 pieces just take me forever.  But then, piece after piece just comes at a rapid pace after that.  Maybe it is me getting into the grove.  The natural pace of my own creativity unfolding.  I don’t know, I have just learned to work with it instead of fighting it.  Oh, and I allow myself the time.  Creativity doesn’t come on a timeline.  It can be encouraged by a deadline, but it really has to have time to evolve.

ACFW: Do you have particular habits that you think support your art practice?

Becky: I tend to like to work in big chunks of time.  I will work for a full week solid, 14 hours a day, then be done for a while.  I ride my creative muse when I have her and let myself restock with inspiration once I am spent.  I tend to work at home at my kitchen table.  I really like being home.

ACFW: Do you have other jobs other than making jewelry/art?  If so, please give us some details.

Becky: I have a wholesale company that creates products for the craft and beading industries.  Do you really want me to go into all of that?  It is kind of boring.

The Nunn Design Team having an art day together.

The Nunn Design Team having their quarterly art day together.

ACFW:  Why do you teach?

Becky:  Because I love it.  I love inspiring people to create.  To show them how they can create such beautiful things with such simple techniques.  It is so very satisfying to see someone break through the limiting beliefs they may have around creativity since childhood.  I don’t know about you, but I grew up with the belief that “art is for those who are talented”.  We all are talented!

ACFW: Do you have a particular method or slant on teaching others to make art?

Becky: I think my background as a graphic designer really helps me organize information in a clean and concise way.  I think the key to education is clean, clear no nonsense guidance.  I feel I have that to offer to students.


Simple but Stunning – You too can do this!

ACFW: Do you have a community of artists in your everyday life? If so, how did you develop a sense of community with other artists, and how do you support your art colleagues?

Becky: I do, starting with my great team here at Nunn Design.  We as a company did the book, “The Artist Way” by Julia Cameron last year.  That really helped us come together as creative individuals.  I also work with each of my staff members to have them be a featured designer here at Nunn Design.  It is a way for me to work with them and help them explore their own creativity, which really adds a lot to our product development.

I also have become friends with many other artists as a result of my company.  It is so much fun to travel and be introduced to so much talent!!

ACFW: What do you think about residential artist retreats and workshops?

Becky:  Taking time out to create is essential.  I myself need to do it to stay inspired and connected with others.

ACFW: Where would you like to be in 5 years as far as your art making?

Becky: I feel like the past 12 years I have been throwing the paint onto the canvas (sort of speak). I think these next 5 years will be really refining and fine tuning everything that has occurred up to this point.

ACFW: Becky, again thank you so much for doing this – we cannot wait to meet you in person this fall!

Thanks to everyone reading this – don’t miss the opportunity to take a class with the master – she doesn’t get the time to teach very often!



Jewelry Making Tutorial by Nunn Design

Follow the easy step-by-step instructions below to make yourself a beautiful and unique ring.


Clay Ring Image and Supply List

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Dinner with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and A Tutorial for You!

Julie, Lori and Lorri

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Lori W. & Lorri F.

We are in the very heart of winter here in Colorado and since Groundhog’s day was a bust – we had to get up to some other mischief.  We heard through the grapevine (aka her blog) that Julie Fei-Fan Balzer was going to be in Colorado to do some work on her book (to be released this fall)!

Being big fans, we arranged to meet up with her for dinner – how fun is that?

We had a relaxed and fun dinner – chatting and laughing throughout as always seems to happen when women meet up to talk about art and life.

Julie was so generous, giving us insights and telling us tips about blogging, publishing, writing, arting and being an entrepreneur that we thought we would share her with you.

Julie’s blog is a continual and enormous wealth of mixed media knowledge and inspiration. For inspiration and ideas for your valentine cards I found this tutorial of hers.

And as an extra bonus valentine – here is a quick (as in fast) video showing her doing about a jillion little techniques you could use in all kinds of mixed media art pieces.

Using these two inspiring articles of Julie’s – we are pulling out every paper, paint, and ribbon that we have that is red, pink or lacy to see what we can come up with for our sweethearts.  And we can laugh as another snowy weekend stares us in the face.