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Create With me

 

Creating with me

Spring has come and gone here in the Pacific Northwest, and now we are deep in the midst of summer. After a very hot spell,  trees are already shedding a few yellow leaves, they sprinkle them on the grass and seem ready for the Autumn rains and cooler nights.

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River Garden Studio

Late in May I taught a beautiful workshop with Tonia Jenny, here at River Garden Studio called  Archetypal Expressions. This photograph was taken in the garden under our Maple Trees in late May.

Susan Lehman's art in progress.

Susan Lehman’s art in progress.

For two days we worked and played outside learning and creating symbols that were meaningful in our life. We worked with cement, wood and paper writing, drawing, carving and printing.

Joan Madden's art in progress.

Joan Madden’s art in progress.

Tonia Jenny's art in progress.

Tonia Jenny’s art in progress.

Last weekend I taught two workshops in Arizona at Art Unraveled.

My first workshop was called The Alchemist’s Book of Treasures and my student’s work was thoughtful and creative! I love teaching this workshop because of the stories each creation tells.

Student Artwork from The Alchemist's Book of Treasures

Student Artwork from The Alchemist’s Book of Treasures

Art by Jan.

Art by Jan.

Susan's artwork.

Susan’s artwork.

These are some of the books made by my students in A Book of Trees, one of my favorite workshops and subjects! My students were lovely, so creative, and I love the way we all bonded from the very first moments, trusting, laughing, sharing and joyfully creating.

Student Artwork from A Book of Trees.

Student Artwork from A Book of Trees.

Deb's pages.

Deb’s pages.

Amy's pages.

Amy’s pages.

Now I am happily nestled at home, moving from studio to garden and enjoying my world… there is time for everything again. 

If you love the art that you see here, and want to learn how to incorporate found objects into your art… 

My online workshop,

Victory Shield’s

and Wisdom Keepers

is having a Big Sale right now!!

You can read more about it here…

Art Pieces by Christine, Ann, Teressa, Susan and Diana

Art Pieces by Christine, Ann, Teressa, Susan and Diana

 

A Quietness in the Cold

  

December comes quietly this year.

Soft rain and snow.

The ground is still not frozen.

Today there is a pause in the wind.

 A sigh.

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In the quiet I think about the last year.

So much amazingness.

So much to be grateful for.

Mostly that my book, Storytelling with Collage, was published by North Light Books and I think people are loving it as much as I loved working on it.

My Pathways and Wanderings online workshop was a huge success and I am now working on another one called

Victory Shields and Wisdom Keepers 

I am always pushing myself to learn more about the filming and editing process.

I am always growing. 

I traveled and met some wonderful people

and taught at some incredible venues.
 

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But what I’ve been thinking about is what it comes down to, what really matters and what really stirs your heart… 

are the people you love and the home you have created.

Those who you always come back to. The people who make you smile.

The place where you are yourself.

Where you can recharge and are free to be creative.

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So what I wish for you and for myself are…

A warm home and people to love. 

(and perhaps a few dogs or a cat)

A place to create.

Windows to gaze out of.

And a mixture of

some quiet times

and some love-filled moments

to make your heart sing.

This is what really matters.

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And may you love all of these moments with all of your heart.

 

  

My New Website

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I am thrilled to announce

that My New Website

is Now Launched!!

And I would really love for you to visit me there…

http://www.roxanneevansstout.com/

My incredible website designer is

Cheryl Stockton

from Stockshot Studio

She's been so wonderful to work with! 

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My River Garden Studio blog will stay up,

so you can still see all my posts…

but I will be writing on the new blog from now

on my website.

 

 

 

 

 

Wildland Creatures, New Stencils Designs

  

I am excited to announce the Release of my New Stencil Designs…for StencilGirl!

Let me tell you a little about them…

My Wildland Creatures are a part of a new series that include the birds, fish and animals that I love to watch and include in my artwork. I hope that you will love to use my new designs in your art as well!

These animals are a part of my life in the Pacific Northwest.

Each stencil design represents an animal that I love. I have even written legends to go with them to inspire you in your art making. You can read more about my Wildland Creatures on StencilGirlTalk

I have walked the fields where the horses and cattle roam, climbed over rocky cliffs where the rams once thrived, waded in the ocean water with the fish and watched the hawks fly.

This is my Inspiration…

These stencil designs can be used as a focal point or a background…

or both.

They are wonderful in a painting or collage or a page in your art journal. Pan pastels, distress inks, permanent inks and gesso are my favorite tools for stenciling.

The emblems that go with each creature symbolize their characteristics and the passage of time. I really enjoy mix and matching them with other stencils.

Please visit here to read more about them and visit here to see them in the StencilGirl Products Shop

 

Wildland Creatures, New Stencil Designs

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I am excited to announce the Release of my New Stencil Designs…for StencilGirl!

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Let me tell you a little about them…

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My Wildland Creatures are a part of a new series that include the birds, fish and animals that I love to watch and include in my artwork. I hope that you will love to use my new designs in your art as well!

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These animals are a part of my life in the Pacific Northwest.

Each stencil design represents an animal that I love. I have even written legends to go with them to inspire you in your art making. You can read more about my Wildland Creatures on StencilGirlTalk 

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I have walked the fields where the horses and cattle roam, climbed over rocky cliffs where the rams once thrived, waded in the ocean water with the fish and watched the hawks fly.

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These stencil designs can be used as a focal point or a background… or both.

They are wonderful in a painting or collage or a page in your art journal. Pan pastels, distress inks, permanent inks and gesso are my favorite tools for stenciling.

The emblems that go with each creature symbolize their characteristics and the passage of time. I really enjoy mix and matching them with other stencils.

Please visit here to read more about them and visit here to see them in the StencilGirl Products Shop 

 

 

That Time In Between

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Mandala with Blessing Sticks from Art Unraveled…

These are the days between midsummer and late summer. Here in my perch above the Klamath River the flowers are reaching as tall as they can before they go to seed.

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I am nestling in the way I always do after I travel… especially when I teach. I have been to Colorado where I taught with my dear friend Leslie Marsh in the vacation home of my other dear friend Hasty Pearl, (Laura Roberts). Such an inspiring setting with rugged cliffs above the jubilant singing Crystal River. And such inspiring students as they created with all of their hearts and soul. See photos of Crystal River book arts here.

 

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Pages in Progress by Marline

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Student Artist Books

And I taught in the mountains where I helped raise money for the wonderful Klamath Outdoor School… this is the land of blue-green spring water and ponderosa pines, long lush grass, wildflowers and butterflies. This workshop included nature walks and talks by my friend, Marjorie Glass, a wildlife biologist. We slept in a big yurt and the stars were amazing. Please see photos of "Nature in the Mind's Eye here.

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Artist Book by Christine

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Kandis Artist Book Pages

And lastly I taught three workshops at the amazing Art Unraveled in Phoenix, Arizona where I was welcomed with open arms, encountered my first Monsoon and realized again just how strong the pull of art Is. Please see photos from my three workshops at Art Unraveled here.

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Artist Book by Helen

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Artist Book by Chrissie

In each place I got to spend time with old friends and new and be amongst other women who know how important it is to nourish themselves. 

One of the things I love the most about teaching is when I walk away from someones worktable and then return after awhile the amazing surprises I encounter!

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Victory Shield by Laura

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Blessing Sticks by Helen

To Find Your Art

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Summer days,

mornings filled with wonder.

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Sleepy afternoons,

daydreams with wings

and stars that smile.

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I awake each day to find my art,

to hold on to it 

and then let it go.

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To find myself,

and then relax into being who I am.

To find your art
 

This is what I am learning.

 

 

Summer Bundle Sale

Due to popular demand my

June Bundle Sale

is now a

Summer Bundle Sale!!June Bundle Sale

  

 

 Because my two online workshops

 

The Thread That Weaves

and

Nature Journaling

 compliment each other

so delightfully…

I'm offering a bundle discount so you can enjoy both!

Bundled Workshop Price:$106.00

(Your savings is $50.00)

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Videos and blog posts will guide you through each project, with space to share and communicate with me and fellow classmates.

 

You will love these workshops!

Art and Nature Collage

Student artwork inspired by nature.

 

I've tailored the lessons so you can enjoy the process whether you are brand-new to the world of art, or even if you are a seasoned professional!

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Student Artworks 

 

 As always with my online workshops, go at your own pace as we observe, discover, and create together, finding inspiration in nature and ourselves.

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All About The Thread That Weaves

A wonderful opportunity for you at any level of experience with mixed media, my online workshop The Thread That Weaves provides instruction and insight through videos with accompanying blog posts.

The rich content of the class leave your hands full of gorgeous art you created yourself.

Like all of my online workshops, once you register, you always have access to the videos and  groups, and access to the blog for two years. After that you can email me and I will put you back on the list of readers… 

The course is divided into four weeks of projects where you can go at any pace as we make a small book from pages we fold, enforce, and collage over in fun, new ways.

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Kim Henkle's lovely pages…

Through the weeks, we explore a variety of materials to use, and we create backgrounds, make a mini book, experiment with collage, and learn techniques to attach, embellish, and stitch different items. As we weave our way through the course, we discuss design, composition, and focal points.

The Thread That Weaves has additional projects involving collecting, writing, and photographing in ways that enhance each week's lessons.

I respond quickly and am easily accessible through the group blog and e-mail. Discussions and suggestions are more than welcome in the blog so everyone can benefit from the conversations that spring from this course.

We can share our work on Instagram at

thethreadthatweaveswithroxanne

or #naturejournalingwithroxanne

This workshop connects like souls from around the world – one more golden stitch that makes it irresistible. 

 

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All About Nature Journaling

Whether you already love it or you want to try observing, writing, drawing, painting, and photographing outside, Nature Journaling online offers new ideas and techniques. You'll collage in conjunction with nature and wildlife and create gorgeous projects that include found objects.

The course enriches creativity and vision and fosters greater observation of the natural world, helping you be more at ease with writing what you see and feel, freeing you to be more perceptive and reflective.

I've constructed the course to be for all levels, so first-timers and experienced artists alike can reap the benefits of the beautiful content and inspiring lessons. 

Each week's projects include experimenting with painting, drawing, writing, collaging, mixed media, and often photography. Throughout the workshop, we will take a closer look at and play with flowers, leaves/twigs/grasses, butterflies, trees, and birds. We also ecodye in the garden and make a beautiful accordion book to hold our observations and creations. Gorgeous pictures and inspirational quotes accompany the lessons, blogs, and videos.

As with all of my online workshops,

I want to help you find your magic and make each project uniquely yours.

Go at your own pace – there is plenty of room to return to a portion or to repeat as many times as you like!

Plus, once you register, you continue to have access to the lessons, blogs, videos, and groups forever after.

This online workshop pairs naturally with another, The Thread That Weaves, so I've created a discounted bundle option for those of you who would like to take both classes!

For your convenience, I have added a Buy Now Button below. 

Bundled Workshop Price:

$102.00

If you want to purchase just one of the workshops, they are their regular price on the individual post.

 

A Case of Curiosities in Taos, New Mexico

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A few days ago I returned from an amazing retreat that I taught with Seth Apter from The Altered Page.

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I'm still basking in the glow of Taos and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House where our retreat was held.

 

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From the first moment we arrived there was magic. We all noticed it, Seth and I, our students, and even the staff. They said that we brought an alchemy to the house. We were enchanted.

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I loved teaching with Seth. We broke up our teaching days by one of us teaching in the morning, and one in the afternoon. This worked beautifully. We had both created brand new projects just for this workshop, and all of them would fit into our "cases of curiosities." 

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My heart is full of images of the beautiful creations our students made with us. Each unique, each magical just like they were.

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We took many field trips!

Our favorite's were to to see Annie Coe who is one of my featured artists in Storytelling with Collage.

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And to visit Leighanna Light's and Thomas Ashman's studio!

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It was so exciting for all of us to meet these amazing artists in person!

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A special thanks to Bonnie for working with us to make this workshop happen, and to all the staff at Mabel's for taking such beautiful care of us! We can't wait until next year!

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I am also very excited share that I have a post featured on the Cloth Paper Scissors Website, where I share more thoughts about this workshop, My New Book and my Live Webinar on March 31st!!!  

Crystal River Book Arts

Crystal River Book Arts

June 24th-26th

2016

Redstone, Colorado

$450

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Three days of ecodyeing, stitching, collaging and being pampered with Roxanne Evans Stout and Leslie Marsh at the beautiful Redstone, Colorado, home of Laura Roberts, (also known as Hasty Pearl)!

With Leslie, students will learn to ecodye – coaxing beautiful prints onto paper and fabric for their books using leaves, heat and water. They will bind the fruit of their efforts into a wrapped felt book using gathered sticks and a very simple binding.

Roxanne will share her many collaging and stitching secrets with participants, filling the pages of their books with stunning nature-inspired pieces of art.

While we're busy creating, Laura will spoil our socks off in the all-out way she's becoming known for. An excellent cook and hostess extraordinaire, she will leave us all smiling and full of her yummy treats.

The workshop fee includes everything necessary to complete the 6.5" by 5" book similar as shown.

It also includes lunch and more delicious snacks than we could possibly eat.

June is the perfect time to be in Colorado.

We hope you can join us!

Dates and time:

June 24-26,2016

9:30-4:30

Location: Redstone, Colorado

(details to come with registration)

Price: $450

(non-refundable, but transferable)

Register for this workshop on 

Leslie's blog here:

Crystal River Book Arts

 * Supply list to come after registration!