Summer Classes

Summer is a wonderful time to take classes. Even with kids out of school, there are fewer stresses in life, and the urge to create is strong.

I’m teaching two classes this summer, and would like to see you at either one.

July 19, 2014. Blue Twig Studio, Colorado Springs.

Monsoon Papers: Ink, Water, Words.

You’ll create two sheets of Monsoon Papers, then use them to build an accordion folder or a stitched pamphlet (your choice) of pockets, fold-outs, faux stitching,FolderInside-300x169 and scraps of wisdom—small designed pieces of paper on which you’ll write favorite quotes–and tuck into place. You can also add quotes directly on the folder or flaps. At the end of the day you will have a journal packed with quotes and cleverly designed, tucked-away notes!

When: July 19, 2014

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monsoon Papers

Monsoon Papers

Where: Blue Twig Studio Classes   5039 N. Academy Blvd. Colorado Spring, CO 80918

Register: At Blue Twig Shop website or call 719-266-1866.

Blue Twig Studio will send you a supply list. If you do not receive one, please contact me at QuinnCreative AT Yahoo DOT com

August 9, 2014 Frenzy Stamper, Scottsdale, AZ

Easy Does It: The Shipping Tag Journal

Date: August 9 (Saturday) 2014

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Frenzy Stamper. 7064 E 5th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

To register: Call Frenzy Stamper (480) 946-0007

Supply list: Frenzy Stamper will supply a list. Or, contact me at QuinnCreative AT yahoo DOT com


tagbookDescription: Create a useful, flexible journal using shipping tags. How flexible? It can be a travel journal or mail art. Postcards or bookmarks. Create separate tags and then sort them by date, by color, by theme.

You’ll spend the morning learning techniques to use with the shipping tags–painting, collage, choosing a theme, using ephemera you have. Knowing what to keep and what to discard.

During the afternoon, you’ll make as many pages as you want. You’ll do some writing exercises and have fun creating new ways of exploring journaling.

You’ll create some mail art for yourself and for others, and when you leave, you’ll have learned a new way to journal that is so flexible, fun, and fast you will never be without shipping tags again!

–Quinn McDonald is an outsider artist and a certified creativity coach. She is teaching only two classes this summer, and would love to meet you at one of them.

Catching Up on News

Instead of a thoughtful, long post on a deeply meaningful topic, I’m catching up with news. I’ve done two thoughtful articles in two days, and I couldn’t make it three for three.


Sycamore bark, gel medium and ink on Monsoon Papers.

Sycamore bark, gel medium and ink on Monsoon Papers.

The newsletter: It’s going to happen–soon!  I’m going to use Mail Chimp, which will allow you to subscribe and unsubscribe without my having to do the administrative work. And it will look like a designed newsletter, not like every other email you receive. But yes, it will be email. I’ll announce it on the blog with a link to my website, where the sign-up page will live. If everything works well, it will happen in the next 10 days.

The poetry class: Will start in early August. I know a lot of people go on vacation in August, but that may be the best time to start a poetry class. It will be six weeks long. We will not focus on traditional poetry forms (sonnets, epic poems, elegy, renga) except as definitions. We will explore shorter forms, like haiku, quatrains and quintains. We will practice imagery, metaphor, personification, allusion, rhyme schemes, line length, and punctuation. We’ll write poems and pieces of poems. Like collage, pieces of poems are scraps that can be combined to form surprising word images.

Registration will open on my website on July 1, with payment though PayPal or check. There will be a notice on the blog.

Using Yahoo Groups. The poetry class will be run on a Yahoo Group. After looking at many ways to do it, the Yahoo Group is a place that is private, has no ads, allows for each person to post, comment, and participate at the level they want. It makes sense for a writing class.

Paying it Forward: I haven’t taught an online class in a long time, but always  donate part of the price of the class to a charity. This time, the donation will be to Heat Relief, a group of City employes who use donations to supply the homeless with fresh drinking water in our broiling summer. The city has turned off most of the public drinking fountains, and many homeless adults and children die of heat stroke and lack of water. This is a grass-roots organization, so I will use the money to buy the water and deliver it to one of the locations. (Yes, it will be plastic bottles, and yes, the bottles are picked up by other volunteers for recycling.)

Madeline Island Class: I’m doing some give-aways to people who attend the class in Madeline Island, Wisconsin on July 22-26. I know it is expensive, so there will be four prizes, drawn throughout the week:

1. A month of free creativity coaching. Once you experience it in class (each person will experience at least one session that week), you will fall in love with the process that helps you free yourself from your sticky story and live the live you want. (A $324 value)

2. Two $50 gift cards; one each to Dick Blick and Daniel Smith.   That should help you continue working on what you started at the retreat.

3. Three packs of Strathmore Ready-Cut paper, the kind we will use in class. There are 25 sheets in a pack, so three people will be able to create a lot of inner hero pages when they get back home.

The combined value is just over the price of the class, and while i could not afford to give a scholarship, I think this will be a nice way to thank people for coming. You can read about the class here. You can register here.

Upcoming in-Person Classes: I’ll be teaching these three classes at Arizona Art Supply in Phoenix. It’s at the Southeast corner of Indian School and 16th Street. Each class is divided into two sections. The morning section explores the technique, the afternoon is spent making projects with the technique. Register for both morning and afternoon and get a discount.

Saturday, July 13: Monsoon Papers  10:00 am – 4:30 pm.  Make colorful  Monsoon Papers in the morning. Use them for art journaling, folders, photo mats, or envelopes. Then make two accordion folders with your paper in the afternoon.  Read about details or register. Class size is limited to 12 people.

Saturday, August 10: Paste Papers 10:00 am – 4:30 pm.  Learn an easy and beautiful surface-decoration technique using colorful art paste. Then collage postcards with your paper. Registration will be available on my website after July 15.

Saturday, September 7: Loose-Leaf Journaling 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. Create your personal 3-ring binder, then fill it with art journal pages, using different kinds and sizes of paper. I’m very excited about this class–loose-leaf journaling is an exciting new approach. And of course you can keep your poetry in this journal. Registration will be available after August 10.

Remember the tree bark? I pressed it and used it in a collage made with ink, gel medium and Monsoon Papers. That’s the illustration for today. The bark worked particularly well. I have also pressed eucalyptus tree bark, and it presses well, also.

—Quinn McDonald is a creativity coach and teacher. She loves doing both.


Two New Classes from QuinnCreative

Two New In-Person Class Series

1. Creative Master Mind Group: Starts JaN. 10 2011         6 pm – 8 pm,   12 consecutive Monday evenings.

If you are working on a creative project and want both support and accountability, consider joining our Creative Master Mind group in Central Phoenix.

The group will be limited to 8 members. Each gathering will begin with an around-the table report of each members’ work in the past week. Members may show, read, or discuss their work.

No “fixing” or “help” may be offered unless the member specifically asks for suggestions or ideas.

After the reports, there will be a continuing creative activity that creates a continuing thread throughout the 12 sessions.

The gathering will end with each member setting an intention for the coming week.

Co-facilitated by Quinn McDonald and Bonnie Barnard, this small, close-knit class is designed to help you make meaning and move ahead in a specific creative project. No work will be done on the project during the meeting. Instead, the group holds a space for possibility, encouragement, and creative growth for each member.

Price: $35 per class. Price includes art supplies, although you are welcome to bring your own additions.

Questions? To register (or to sign up for the next class) contact Quinn McDonald.

Pitt Pen on Arches Text Wove. © Quinn McDonald, 2009

2. Art Journaling for Beginners and Others

Treat yourself (bring a friend!) to an art treat in 2011! Explore art journaling–whether you’ve done it before just want to find out about art journaling, this class will answer your questions and let you take home real journal pages to work on.

I’m a certified creativity coach, so you will experience coaching as well.

When: 4 Wednesday-morning sessions. January 12, 19, 26, February 2, 2011.

Time: 10 am to noon

Where: West Valley Arts Center in Surprise.13243 N. Founders Park, Surprise     AZ 85379

Phone the Center: 623-935-6384

January 12: Oh, The Possibilities!

  • What’s a journal, really?
  • You can buy, you can make, you can alter, you can explore!
  • Making room in your life for art and words
  • Getting over fear and getting started (Yes, you are going to be making pages right away!)
  • Developing a practice of words and art

January 19: Getting Messy

  • Create a pamphlet journal
  • Using collage in a journal
  • Solving sticky problems
  • Show and tell

January 26: The Haunted Perfectionist

  • Making mistakes, fixing mistakes
  • Exploring paint and gesso: acrylics, watercolor, inks
  • Using different wet media in a journal
  • Show and tell

February 2: Adding Pages Everywhere

  • Designing and using an accordion journal
  • Making meaning, making art
  • Adding and removing pages in any journal
  • Stand-alone and add-in accordion journal
  • Show and tell

To register, phone: 623-935-6384, the West Valley Art Center.

Price: $75 for all 4 classes, $65 if you are an Arts Council member. No supply fee, but there is a short supply list for you to bring to class.

Questions? Feel free to email me (Quinn) with questions. Want to know more about Quinn and raw art journaling? Go to my art website.