Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Doodle Amour class at French General

In a couple weeks, on Saturday, February 9th, in the afternoon,
I'll be the lucky girl teaching a doodle lettering class
in the fabulous atmosphere that is French General in L.A.

My generous friend Kaari Meng, warmly supported by her sister, mother, and daughter, concocted this idea with me one lovely evening last summer in France.

To honor French General, I added a few French ribbon swirls to my doodle lettering and outlined a ribbon heart for Valentine's Day and put them together for the February class which we've called "Doodle Amour".

Photo by Debby Schuh at French General's Sunday Soirée

The class will focus on how to turn your handwriting into doodle lettering similar to mine, with examples and demos and hands-on practice.  My class sample, including more doodled pages sewn together as a small booklet, is on view at the store.

If you're in the L.A. area, it would be my pleasure
to share with you my new-found love of doodle lettering.

Because learning is beautiful, n'est-ce pas?  And since I'm still learning, too, I expect to learn so much from all those in class with me, for I believe the best artistic expression is always a two-way street.

Late-night doodling in my bedside notebook :)

According to Molly, there are still a few openings in the class, with details listed under Workshops on the French General site.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Home from CHA 2013, Anaheim

Having generous creative friends with mad skills is so awesome!
Especially since my first visit to CHA revolved around their efforts on my behalf.

Although she couldn't persuade me to jump right in with a designer table,
my new teaching buddy Eileen Hull, one-of-a-kind Scoreboard die designer for Sizzix,
invited me to CHA as her guest to help with her Sizzix booth and class.
I couldn't have asked for a more gracious introduction to the event than I received at her side.  Although I had expected simply to observe and learn, Eileen, who knows and is respected by everybody there, generously toted me around to all her favorite creative people.

Colleen Baxter's fabulous Glass Effect Gel spiderweb at the Viva Decor booth, CHA

And just before Eileen and I left for CHA, my super-talented friend Amy Powers decided to whip up a new business card for me,
using some of my doodles for her Inspired Ideas ezines.
It took making a new midnight friend at Kinko's to get the cards printed, but it was worth it.  It was so much fun to hand them out and watch people smile at my little colored birds.  And to watch those whose products I love tuck my cards into a special place for the next step.

I'm still basking in the wonderful bustle of it all -- and I haven't uncrossed my fingers yet!

CHA 2013, Anaheim