Hydro Dipping with DecoArt's Diane Vollner

Monday, March 15  |  2:30 - 3:15 pm CT (14:30 - 15:15)

Instructor: Diane Vollner, DecoArt Consultant

Instructor Bio: Diane Vollner is a water marbling artist based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She began her water marbling company, CoraVina, in 2017 and primarily focuses on marbling paper and silk. Diane finds marbling inspiration in everything from travel photography to edible art. She is drawn to vibrant colors and frequently encourages her audience to live colorfully. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America Digital, and can be found at www.cora-vina.com or on instagram @coravinascarves.

Session Description: Join Diane Vollner as she demonstrates the exciting new water marbling program from DecoArt. DecoArt has taken the guesswork out of water marbling with a simple, full-proof program. The Water Marbling Paints and Tools work seamlessly together to produce great results every time. Diane shows how fun and easy hydro dipping is and provides expert tips and interesting techniques to achieve one-of-a-kind artwork.

Workshop Category: Crafts

Difficulty Level: All Levels Welcome

Supplies Needed: DecoArt Water Marbling Paints, DecoArt Magic Marbling Medium, DecoArt Marbling Rakes, DecoArt Marbling Sumi Brushes, DecoArt Marbling Sticks, DecoArt Splatter Tool, DecoArt Marbling Tray, DecoArt Marbling Paper, and DecoArt Cleaning Paper

New Colours, Mediums and Brushes with Winsor & Newton and Liquitex Resident Artist Jimmy Leslie

Tuesday, March 16  |  8:30 am - 9:30 am CST (8:30 - 9:30) 

Instructor: Jimmy Leslie, Resident Artist/Director of The Fine Art Collective Education Program

Instructor Bio: Jimmy Leslie is painter, former college art professor and currently Resident Artist for the fine art brands Liquitex and Winsor & Newton. Jimmy also directs The Fine Art Collective education program for the brands in North America and works with the marketing team on assets related to new product development.  His paintings have been exhibited across the United States and reside in collections in the US and UK.

Of his personal work Jimmy says, "I am constantly trying to achieve simplicity in my paintings which continues to be a lifelong challenge".  When teaching Jimmy enjoys sharing the process of that challenge and seeking ways in which he can convey information to students in a clear and concise manner that helps them overcome stumbling blocks. Follow Jimmy on Instagram @jimmyleslieart

Session Description: Join Jimmy Leslie in exploring the exciting new Liquitex Matte and Iridescent Pouring Mediums and the new Cadmium Free colors from the Winsor & Newton Artists' Oil Colour range. Plus a look at the latest offering in Winsor & Newton brushes; the all new Artists' Oil Synthetic Hog! Jimmy will have lots of great information to share with your staff and customers on the development behind these latest offerings from Liquitex and Winsor & Newton.

Workshop Category: Fine Arts

Difficulty Level: All Levels Welcome

Supplies Needed: Winsor & Newton Cadmium Free Artists' Oil Colours, Winsor & Newton Artists' Oil Synthetic Hog Brush, and Liquitex Matte and Iridescent Pouring Mediums

Bob Ross Wet-on-Wet Technique with Specialty Brushes

Tuesday, March 16  |  2:30 - 3:15 pm CT (14:30 - 15:15)

Instructor: Doug Hallren, Certified Ross Instructor and Teacher Trainer

Instructor Bio: Doug Hallren was certified as a Bob Ross Instructor in 2003, and received certifications in the Bob Ross Floral and Wildlife techniques. Doug worked for Bob Ross Inc. as a Teacher Trainer from 2007-2018.

Session Description: Enjoy a happy little demonstration of the Bob Ross wet-on-wet technique with Certified Ross Instructor and Teacher Trainer, Doug Hallgren. You may know the Bob Ross technique for its use of the 2" Brush and #10 Palette Knife, but join this very special demonstration for an overview of how to use some of Bob's more specialty to brushes to create a happy little landscape.

Workshop Categories: Fine Arts, Oil Painting

Difficulty Level: All Levels Welcome

Supplies Needed: You'll need the Bob Ross line of specially formulated landscape oil paints, Liquid White basecoat, and a selection of the more specialty Bob Ross landscape brushes including the 1" Round Brush, 1" Round Foliage Brush, 2" Soft Blender Brush, #6 Filbert Brush, and the Halfsize Brush.

Uchida Product Tour 2021

Tuesday, March 16  |  2:30 - 3:15 pm CT (14:30 - 15:15)

Instructor: Simone Collins, Chief Content Marketing Officer

Instructor Bio: Simone Collins loves creating and will try any DIY project as long as it doesn’t involve glitter. She’s been involved in the craft industry for over 12 years as a designer, store manager, website editor, Chief Content Officer for a major online publisher, and now owns her own full-service digital marketing agency specializing in the craft niche. Her agency works with some of the biggest names in craft, giving her first-hand experience into what works online for craft brands and keeps her busy creating new strategies for websites, social, and emails. When she isn’t helping craft businesses grow or making things, she loves cooking and baking up treats for her family in Chicago.

Session Description: Come meet all the new products from Uchida of America for 2021! We will give you a detailed look at our new products as well as some of our fan favorites. Check out all the awesome things our pens and markers and what they can add to your next project. Whether you love mixed media, scrapbooking, drawing, or hand lettering, we have products you are going to love and the best part is that all our pens and markers have multiple uses. Consumers love the versatility of our collections and with this session, you will learn all the key features that can be used to market them yourself or use them in an upcoming class. You are going to love this product tour, so just sit back and enjoy.

Workshop Categories:  Fine Arts, Home Decor, Mixed Media, Papercrafting, Party/Special Occasion, Scrapbooking, Other: Hand Lettering, Planners & Journaling

Difficulty Level: All Levels Welcome

Supplies Needed: No supplies needed.

All About Watercolor!

Wednesday, March 17  | 8:30 - 9:30 am CST (8:30 - 9:30)

Instructor: Franz Spohn, Illustrator and Instructor

Instructor Bio: Franz Spohn is  a multi-talented artist that has hosted  PBS Series "Eureka!", illustrated numerous children's books, created custom Gumball Murals and taught printmaking at Edinboro University. Today, Franz continues to share his passion for art with students across the globe, hosting virtual workshops  and teaching artists of all ages new techniques for expanding their creativity!  

Session Description: Franz Spohn will teach you all about watercolor in this session. Watercolor is delivered in a number of different ways; Pencils, Pans, Markers and Tube of Liquid. Franz will guide you through the unique characteristics of this dynamic medium and the myriad of ways you can use them. He will also ease the confusion around paper choice and selecting the proper accessories.

Workshop Category: Fine Arts

Difficulty Level: All Levels Welcome

Supplies Needed: Watercolor Pencils, Pans, Markers, Liquid Tubes, Paint Brush(es), Watercolor Paper, Towel or Paper Towels, Water

East Meets West: Mixed Media Projects with Karen Elaine

Wednesday, March 17  | 2:30 - 3:15 pm CST (14:30 - 15:15)

Instructor: Karen Parsons, Creative Consultant

Instructor Bio: Karen Elain is an artist, author, and teacher with a passion for origami. Her creative workshops, classes, and product demonstrations are fun, friendly, and informative. Karen has been a creative consultant and product designer for the art supply industry for over twenty-five years.

Session Description: Learn how to utilize the best of both Asian and Western art materials to create gorgeous mixed media projects, from collages to handmade cards! Join Karen Elaine for a fun and inspiring demonstration featuring easy mixed media techniques that anyone can do. You'll walk away with fresh ideas, craft tips, and novel product recommendations you can share with customers for projects they are sure to love! Covered:

  • Basic Sumi-e: bamboo stalk on Japanese rice paper
  • Western media on Japanese rice paper
  • Oil pastels and watercolor on Mineral Paper
  • Collage landscape using paper painted with sumi ink
  • Art journaling: paper on paper with nori paste
  • Color lifting on mineral paper with stencils
  • Beautiful watercolor cards with sumi ink leaf silhouette

Workshop Category: Fine Arts, Mixed Media, Papercrafting

Difficulty Level: Fundamentals: working with new product or understanding baseline techniques

Supplies Needed: 6H: Rice Paper Pad, KY2: Sumi Ink, CA series: Orthodox Calligraphy Brushes, CC series: Bamboo Calligraphy Brushes, JB series: Kumanofude (Japanese brushes), NOP36: Niji® Oil Pastels 36 color set, JMP: Mineral Paper Pad, NNC18: Niji® Watercolor Set, NWC36: Niji® Aquarelle, Watercolor Palette, KWB series: Niji® Waterbrushes, BH series: Hake Brushes, NP: Nori Paste, NPWC21: Niji® Pearlescent Watercolor 21 color set

Easy Cardmaking Techniques that Wow!!

Wednesday, March 17  | 2:30 - 3:15 pm CST (14:30 - 15:15)

Instructor: Alexandra Stapleton, CEO - Maker Forte

Instructor Bio: Alexandra Stapleton-Smith, the multi award-winning Blogger turned CEO, is the creative brains behind Maker Forte. Her motto is collaboration over competition and she has a passion for innovation within the industry.

Session Description: In this class you will learn how to create the most amazing easy watercolor cards, layer stencils, craft with our unique double-foilable Ephemera, and elevate basic supplies in a technique class that your customers will say WOW to. Join Alexandra as she demonstrates some of the latest Maker Forte releases and how you can integrate them into your store education program to increase sales. Whether you are a Retailer, Designer, Digital Content Creator, or Distributor; there is something for everyone within this class.

Workshop Category: Mixed Media, Papercrafting, Party/Special Occasion, Scrapbooking

Difficulty Level: All Levels Welcome

Supplies Needed: Stamps, inks, stencils, basic tools, foil, ephemera, paper, cardstock, adhesive, and a paper trimmer.

Subtle Shading With Stamps & Watercolor w/ Lydia Evans

Wednesday, March 17  | 2:30 - 3:15 pm CST (14:30 - 15:15)

Instructor: Lydia Evans, Creative Ambassador

Instructor Bio: Lydia Evans lives in Buckley, Flintshire, North Wales, Uk with her husband and their two little ones. She has a degree in English and Media and always wanted to be a children’s TV presenter when she was younger. She has always been crafty, ever since she can remember she has been cutting paper and sticking things. She got into stamping through scrapbooking, she started scrapbooking in 2009 when she had her little boy and then wanted to take her pages further and make her own patterned paper, stamping helped her do just that. Her passion is for CAS-style cards, she sometimes likes to add lots of techniques into her cards but there is always a clean look about them. Lydia has been published in a number of magazines, teaches card classes, and represents Altenew on UK's Create and Craft channel.

Session Description: Join Lydia, Creative Ambassador at Altenew, as she shares wonderful tips and useful tricks in creating two beautiful cards using various stamping and mixed media supplies. This workshop will showcase our latest and the greatest products that lots of crafters already love in creating lovely projects that everyone will be sure to love!

Workshop Category: Fine Arts, Mixed Media, Papercrafting

Difficulty Level: All Levels Welcome

Supplies Needed: Scalloped Ornaments Stamp & Die Set, Tie-Dye Motifs Stamp Set, Diamond Stars 3D Embossing Folder, Cardstock- Classic Crest Solar White, Jet Black, Ink (Obsidian, Pastel Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Burnt Red, Icy Water, Winter Lake, Marshland, Sea Forest, Mangrove Root, Embossing), Pure White Embossing Powder, Glue TapeFoam Tape, Die Cutting Machine, Heat Tool, Acrylic Blocks

Great to Good...to Whatever

Thursday, March 18  |  9:45 - 10:45 am CT (9:45 - 10:45)

Instructor: Mark Golden,  CEO and Co-founder of Golden Artist Colors

Instructor Bio: Mark Golden, CEO and Co-founder of Golden Artist Colors, began the company in 1980 with 4 employees, his father Sam Golden, mother Adele and wife Barbara. Originating in a cow barn on his parents’ retirement home in rural Columbus, NY, the company made and delivered custom paint colors for artists in Manhattan. GOLDEN’s staff of full-time Employee/Owners is now 220, with facilities in Columbus as well as Norwich, NY. GOLDEN sells its products in over 60 countries.

Session Description: Join Mark Golden and Barb Schindler for a discussion on the state of our business. Our employee owners are all in – all producing paint – and yet still not enough! How we can work together to maximize stock levels and growth amidst continuing supply chain challenges.

Workshop Category: Fine Arts

Difficulty Level: All Levels Welcome

Supplies Needed: None

Transfer Me - The World of Addiction

Thursday, March 18  |  2:30 - 3:15 pm CT (14:30 - 15:15)

Instructor: Shalini Mittal, Creative Head  

Instructor Bio: Shalini Mittal is the creative head of Dress My Craft and the brain behind all the products in the company. She has been there in the crafting industry for about 12 years and had been running a craft store since then. With Dress My Craft, she has got a lot of revolutionary products. In the year 2020 January she had done many classes along with their team of designers with AFCI education and they were a great hit. This time, she is doing a virtual class to do some value addition to your existing products.

Session Description: Join Shalini Mittal for her amazing and endless ideas which are super quick and get results within few seconds.....yes in seconds. This session is one of its kind as it caters to the needs of all the crafters. So whether you are a cardmaker, scrapbooker, mixed media artist, art journalist, hobbyist, decoupage artist, home decor person. This session will help you to create wonderful projects. If you run a store, you would get an amazing push to your sales of existing and nonmoving products. This session will inspire you to start crafting all over again if you were on a break.
Don't miss this session for the best fun ever... we promise!

Workshop Categories: Home Decor, Mixed Media, Papercrafting, Party/Special Occasion, Scrapbooking

Difficulty Level: All Levels Welcome

Supplies Needed: Transfer me sheets is the only main product and the rest could be any product from stash.

Mini DYI Floral Hoop with Beth Kingston

Thursday, March 18  |  2:30 - 3:15 pm CT (14:30 - 15:15)

Instructor: Beth Kingston, Craft Expert

Instructor Bio: Beth is the resident On-Air Craft Expert on the Home Shopping Network and over the past ten years she has built a relationship of trust and reliability with viewers that has resulted in over $45 million in sales for her brand partners. In August 2020 she launched her own paper crafts collection (Kingston Crafts) which is sold on HSN and on www.kingstoncraftsshop.com. She is also a host on Hometalk TV and has partnered with brands like Crayola, Cricut and JoAnn to share do-able craft projects to millions of consumers. She blogs at thekingstonhome.com.

Session Description: Join craft expert, Beth Kingston, for a fun demonstration on how to make a Mini DIY Floral Hoop using Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac, Zip Dry and our newest product – Multi-Purpose Adhesive Spray.  These are some of the best adhesives for paper crafting, as they are fast drying and don’t wrinkle paper.  With Spring quickly approaching, this easy DIY will make the perfect addition to your home décor.  We can’t wait to craft with you!

Workshop Categories: Home Decor, Mixed Media, Papercrafting

Difficulty Level: Fundamentals, All Levels Welcome

Supplies Needed: Zip Dry 1oz, Fabri-Tac 1 oz, Multi-purpose Adhesive Spray, Wreath Ring, Faux Flowers, Cardstock Paper, Ribbon, Scissors, Glitter