Class Title Paper • Ink • Paint: Creating Sacred Soulful StoryCards
Poet, Printmaker, Bookbinder
One of the best parts of mixed media art is the fact that we get to use a variety of supplies and materials in our creative exploration. Join printmaker, poet, and storyteller, Kiala Givehand as she takes you on a most magical and fantastical journey to explore a plethora of mediums, techniques, and tools to create powerfully personal and expressive works of “art”. This workshop will explore both the playful and the sacred sides of printmaking from the lens of the monoprint (a form of printmaking that makes a one-of-a-kind print) using a variety of techniques that will help you bring the magic back to your creative practice. Using a long list of household items, random artifacts, paint, inks, and things we source while at the retreat, we will create a wealth of mono-printed papers, fabrics, and other hodge-podge items in service of leaving with a set of unique and expressive works of art.
We will build a visual vocabulary and end by writing narrative poetry that speaks to a few unique pieces as another layer of depth to our creative expression. Join Kiala and learn how to let go, free your energy, and tap into the potential of working with mixed media. If you are a fiber artist new to Mixed Media, you’re gonna LOVE this process that blends artsy with fiber and if you’re seasoned in Mixed Media but new to fiber you’re gonna find so many ways to bring stitching (hand and machine) into your creative toolkit.
Experience Level – from the new to mixed media explorer to the seasoned working artist. Everyone is welcome.
A limited color palette of 4 - 5 acrylic or craft paints + black and white paint. On May 1st, Kiala will send registered students a link to a video tutorial on how to pick your colors for the retreat workshop.
3 or 4 paint brushes
An apron or smock (optional)
A rubber brayer (soft or hard)
Your favorite pen(s) -- at least one that is a permanent black ink pen or marker
A water brush
A small cutting mat
An x-acto knife (separate the blade and holder for airplane travel)
1 pad of 140lb watercolor paper 9 x 12 (at least 10 sheets in the pad)
Kit Fee: $25 USD Your kit fee will be due to the teacher at the start of class. It is easier if you bring cash in the exact amount of the fee.
About Kiala:Kiala Givehand is a published poet, bookbinder, printmaker, fountain pen collector, and road trip warrior. She believes in surrounding herself with ordinary humans who live extraordinary lives and gathering with people who make her laugh and love uncontrollably. She lives a life intent on cultivating happiness and, along with her husband Damon, is the co-creator of the Sacred Makers Soul Retreat @ Squam Lake. She runs a thriving online school where she guides women through creative and spiritual awakening & reconnection. A double Capricorn, ambivert raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida -- she learned to appreciate and respect hurricanes, humidity, and the transformational powers of the sun, the moon, and the ocean, Kiala holds six academic degrees in various subjects from various universities, but the one that she cherishes most is her M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Poetry from Mills College where she fell in love with Book Art. Kiala is passionate about astrology, sacred geometry, mandalas, other ancient intuitive systems, and storytelling. She is on a mission to demystify creativity, spirituality, and handmade books in order to make them accessible to anyone who wants to gather their ideas, images, and stories in order to deepen their relationship with the Divine. Through online courses and in person retreats & workshops, Kiala teaches women all over the world how to find what makes them happy and pursue it without regrets. She is the multi-passionate creator of the Mixed Media Inspiration Deck, the visionary behind Pull Pen Paint, the hands behind The Book-in-a-Day YouTube series, a SoulCollage® facilitator, a Cave Canem fellow, a Voices of Our Nations (VONA) alum, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Connect with Kiala on Instagram to follow her online shenanigans.