Sunday, August 18, 2013

Art and Soul Portland Coming Soon! Blog Roll Begins!

Some of us Art and Soul instructors are having a blog roll to celebrate the upcoming Art and Soul Retreat. I get to be first! I'll be telling you about my classes and offering a giveaway. Here's the lineup of all the blog roll participants and blogs:

 August 20: Clarissa Callesen 
August 21: Liz Kettle
 August 22: Jen Crossley
Barbara Worth Rainey 
August 23: Jill Berry Blog:

Some of these folks are having giveaways so check them out and learn about their upcoming classes!

 I'll be teaching:

 You’ll learn to create magical collages in an exciting and productive workshop! I’ll guide you through:

Mixing luscious layers with re-inkers, acrylic paint, and glaze medium

Using alcohol inks, stencils, handwritten text, a variety of papers

Three fun methods of adding photo transfers to collage

Choosing the best images for your collages

Composition tips for making your chosen images pop and for creating a balanced collage

Combining paint and papers to add mystery to your pieces

Enjoying and building on so called “mistakes”

Sealing your collages with a variety of mediums and adding finishing touches

 All levels welcome and I'll provide lots of individual attention! You'll leave with two or more gorgeous pieces and the knowledge to continue to explore your mystery collage creations at home. 

9:00 - 4:30, Monday - Sept 30

Wabi-Sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature; of accepting natural cycles. It's simple, slow, and uncluttered, and reveres authenticity above all. We’ll honor ourselves and go with the flow as we create a set of eloquent, mysterious, and gorgeous abstract pieces. The word “abstract” doesn’t have to scare you! I’ll show you how to let delightful accidents lead you to creating with a playful spirit. You’ll discover the magic of beeswax in creating layered and fascinating paintings. You’ll experiment with using oil paint, papers, and ephemera with beeswax to create rich, complex textures.

This is a time to enjoy experimenting, adding on and scraping off, and letting your inner free spirit guide you!

 Tuesday, October 1 9-4:30

You’ll be amazed how easy it is to create gorgeous papers in the wabi-sabi style. I use my paper cut or torn up for collage, for book covers, and for backgrounds. You can cover boxes with your papers and make 3-D elements with them. You'll use mulberry paper, richly colored re-inkers, alcohol ink, and acrylic paint, used teabags, rubber stamps, bleach and acrylic glaze medium. You'll learn how to make your paper both flexible and strong. You'll leave with a collection of delicious one of a kind art papers!

Tuesday October 3  6:30-9:30 PM

Would you believe you can create a whole body of work in one class? You can! You'll make about nine tiny, exquisite collages, learning how to use composition, color and theme to create a variety of pieces that blend harmoniously. I'll provide individual attention and ideas as desired. You'll mount these 3” square collages on a canvas or wood panel that you have painted or papered to set off your collages. You’ll leave with your own mini art gallery: a rich, finished work of art.

Friday, October 6

Leave a comment on this blog to enter my giveaway!
I'll need your email in the comment so that I can contact you if you are the winner. The winner will receive two goodly-sized sheets of my hand-decorated wabi-sabi paper!

Hope to see you at Art and Soul!


linda said...

I would love to attend this workshop, but alas... I live in MAssachusetts and have neither the time nor means {sigh}...

I love your work and have done some wabi sabi digital pieces, both photos and digital painting Here:

my email is and I'd love to have a piece of your amazing paper.

Dragonfly said...

Hi Serena! I took your wabi-sabi wax class a couple years ago at A&S, and still use many of the techniques. Thank you for sharing your creativity. Pamm H.

Serena Barton said...

Linda, I love your wabi-sabi pieces! I've shared your link on my wabi-sabi blog. May I share one of your photos--credited of course!

Mary Stilwell said...

Oh Serena, you are doing some amazing work these days -- and your classes rock! Put my name in the hat for the wabi-sabi papers, please. My email is


Jen Crossley said...

Your work is just stunning Serena

Sandra Strait said...

I'd already signed up for my classes at Art & Soul before I became aware of your work, but I hope to take one of your classes at another time. I'm in love with your work!

Mitzie Crider said...

These look really exciting. I would love to take one of your classes. And/or win the paper! Thanks for the opportunity. My email is

Dragonfly said...

Ooops! forgot the email:
dragonflyartist {at} gmail {dot} com
Pamm H.

pupton said...

Serena, Have a great time at A&S! I went a couple of years ago to the one in Virginia. Couldn't take as many classes as I would have liked but it was a blast! Maybe one day, again!

Janis said...

Brand-new to your site! Looks like a fun giveaway.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Kerimae said...

I'm going to my first ever A&S and am so excited! Would love your paper!

kerimae at aol dot com

lulu moonwood murakami said...

Your classes look so fun! It would be wonderful to win some of your gorgeous paper!

Janet said...

Hi Serena - I done several classes with you at Art and Soul and have a fantastic time every time!!! This line up looks fantastic!!! I love your paper and encaustic work especially.

Having the chance to win some of your hand painted papers would be amazing!! I've been making handmade books recently and would LOVE to incorporate some of those papers in it - if I could stand to cut them up! lol! Thanks!

linda said...

Hi Serena. I'd be honored for you to share any of my photographs.

Gill said...

Can I enter this fabulous giveaway from the UK??

Serena Barton said...

Gil, You are welcome to enter, but I need your email:)