So this year I’m just feeling a little more loose & free with the idea of classes, teaching and hosting events in my studio. Instead of “formal” classes I’m going to have a few dates throughout the year where I open the studio, have out supplies for certain projects and let you come, create and play in a relaxed atmosphere!

web 2016 open studio schedule

I hope you’ll join in one or more of these sessions, as I determine future topics I’ll post updates. All dates are subjected to change.

Of course I’m always available to schedule a specific class for you if you are interested, you can see a list of possible topics right HERE. I have “add more topics” on my to-do list but haven’t finished that project yet so you might want to check back in a few weeks!


It’s back – Retro Friday!

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve done a Retro Friday post! And a long time since I’ve posted any Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s). SO…why not do both at once? Although most of the ATC’s I’ve done have been hand crafted I have done some digitally, which is what I decided to feature on the blog today – just for fun! With the exception of a card I created for a “Children” themed swap these all feature a variety of vintage photos. I’ve got literally hundreds of these vintage images to play with, it’s always fun to pull some out and get creative. Several of these cards had other little embellishments added to them after they were printed. I still have some of each design if anyone wants one or wants to do a swap I am up for it! Just leave a comment on this post or send me an email. Enough chatter…on to the images:

"be yourself" artist trading card © Lynne Medsker
"deliriously happy" artist trading card © Lynne Medsker
"joy of a child" artist trading card © Lynne Medsker
"men" artist trading card © Lynne Medsker
"stand up" artist trading card © Lynne Medsker

I have to admit the last one is my favorite!

If you are curious about ATC’s there is information about it on my website, as well as link to other sites with info on how they are made. I haven’t done an ATC class for a while but they are a really great activity for a group of friends, keep it in mind next time you & your friends are looking for something to do!

I hope to see many of you at the opening reception for my show in Plainfield this Sunday, have a great weekend!


Workshop ideas?

I need some feedback! I’ve had a request for another mandala class, which I plan on scheduling soon. I’m also thinking of creative collage workshop & an artist trading card workshop. What are YOU interested in learning or doing? Would you rather do it during the week or the weekend? Daytime hours or evenings? Do you prefer a day-long event or 2-3 shorter classes? Even if you don’t live close or can’t attend I would still love to hear your thoughts & ideas – share please!!

Thanks for the help!


Third collage series

"fresh" collage on paper, 5x5" (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

As I promised, today is the last collage post for a while. I seem to get on a tangent of one media and I don’t want you to become bored by the same topic over & over so the next few blog posts will be about digital art. Change is good!  These collage pieces were created on the background paper that used coffee & tea to create part of the design. You can read about how it was made by clicking HERE. The colors from the coffee & tea influenced my choice of other items to add to the composition, they all seem to have a more muted, natural tone to them, especially compared to the more colorful creations in my last post.

"perfectly simple" collage on paper, 5x7" (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
"keep it simple" collage on paper, 5x7" (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

This series yielded two 5×7 images and a total of four 5×5″ images.

"go with the flow" collage on paper, 5x5" (c) Lynne Medsker
"do more" collage on paper, 5x5" (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
"something cool happening" collage on paper, 5x5" (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

After cropping these (and a few other) compositions from the sheet of collage I had a nice selection of leftover scraps.

collage scraps

I sorted through those with an artist’s trading card (ATC) template and cropped out several cards – a few I would consider finished and others that will be great backgrounds for future use.

artist trading cards (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Just a reminder that the one-day collage workshop I am presenting on Saturday, March 20th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be here soon! The cost is $60 and includes all the supplies & mats for framing your creations.  The class size is small so be sure to sign up soon for this fun & creative Saturday!

And that concludes the blog posts on collage.  For now! 🙂 I feel like I’ve had more information to post than days to post it on lately.  I like it! I never want to feel like I am posting just because I should (although that happens occasionally!)

Flowing along,


From Leftovers to Art…

leftover pieces of collage on paper

As promised in my last blog post, I am featuring a few miscellaneous art pieces created from the leftover “scraps” of a recent collage project. After selecting and cropping out eleven 5×5″ collage compositions from a larger collage on paper creation, there were lots of smaller, miscellaneous pieces still left (pictured above).  I went through them with an ATC-sized template and chose four sections that I thought would make nice ATC’s (you can read more about ATC’s on my website by clicking HERE). I may add more embellishments to these before I declare them completely finished!

set of four ATC's (untitled) collage on paper (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

After I cropped out the cards I still had a nice size pile of scrap pieces left.  I laid them out in several arrangements and came upon one that I was really happy with so I continued to build on that. Using the basic assembly techniques that I use in my mixed media pieces I built up the composition in several different layers & heights, then added a few additional embellishments to vary the texture. Finally, I secured all the pieces in place.  If you’ve not noticed in previous creations I love uneven numbers, particularly the number three when I am creating art.  Many of my pieces have groupings of three items within them.  This one has several sets of three similar objects in it, which made coming up with a title easy!

"3+3+3" mixed media/collage, 8x10" (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I assembled this in a different orientation but once it was finished I turned it all four directions and decided I liked the way it presented facing this direction.  I am sometimes surprised at how the finished product ends up, but as long as I’m happy with it ultimately that’s all that matters. Seems like there’s a life lesson in there somewhere too – looking at all sides of a situation – but I’ll leave that for you to muse on instead of spelling out my thoughts on the subject.

Eyes open,


More ATC’s from CO

After the Artist Trading Card workshop on Thursday I left open the table and supplies to make cards and anyone that stops in to visit while I am working is welcome to make one (or more!) while they are here.  I’ve had some takers and gotten to trade cards with several visitors as well.  Yeah for participation!  Here are a couple of photos of the tables & materials (plus there are a few other boxes of goodies sitting around the room for people to root through).

While I was taking these photos I took some close-up shots of the alphabet stickers and of the tiny pieces in this scrapbooking box…I’ve been having fun playing with them in Photoshop, but that’s for another post!  During our workshop on Thursday I had time to create a few new ATC’s as well.  Here is a sampling:

thawing ATC (c) 2009 Lynne Medsker
"thawing" ATC (c) 2009 Lynne Medsker
grow ATC (c) 2009 Lynne Medsker
"grow" ATC (c) 2009 Lynne Medsker
blossom ATC (c) Lynne Medsker
"blossom" ATC (c) Lynne Medsker
dance ATC (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
"dance" ATC (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
pocketful of blessings (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
"pocketful of blessings" (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

I must be ready for spring!  I didn’t notice how many flowers I had used until I just put these images on here. 🙂  It is that time of year so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that flowers are sprouting in my imagination.  Happy spring to you!


Recap, days 7 & 8

Hello again from Breckenridge!  The last couple days have gone by quickly, I can tell that my time here will be over long before I am ready.  I can’t believe I have been here over a week now! Yesterday/Wednesday I started the day off being a bit domestic, cleaned up the apartment area, took the bus down to the store to stock up on groceries, and ventured out to the laundromat.  I can’t say that I have missed the days of taking laundry to the laundromat but it was relatively painless (and more expensive than I remember!).  I am still just captivated by the views in this beautiful little mountain town.  As I was standing waiting for the bus to pick me up at the grocery I snapped this shot across the parking lot.  Sure doesn’t look like the view from the grocery store at home! After I returned from all my errands I got to work in the studio.  The two mixed media pieces I’d been working on were still waiting on me so I determined what finishing touches they needed and then began to mount them onto the matboard.  I am really happy with them both and I’ve gotten lots of positive feedback from the visitors that have been in.

river rocks #1 (c) Lynne Medsker
'river rocks' #1 (c) Lynne Medsker
river rocks #2 (c) Lynne Medsker
'river rocks' #2 (c) Lynne Medsker

The arts district is very busy here and yesterday afternoon they were having an opening for a children’s art show so I wandered over there to see the exhibit and meet some more of the local artists, teachers and supporters.  It was a very nice show with works by over 100 kids being shown.  There was a nice variety of mediums that they had used and all the artwork was inspired by local history.  Very cool! After that I returned to the studio and began playing with a couple new projects.  

I had heard of “junk journals” through an Indy based altered art group and, although I missed the demonstration on how to make them, it had been in the back of my mind to attempt my own version while I was here.  I’d been saving empty packaging, scraps of paper and similar items that were destined for the trash and/or recycling bins so I started planning how I would create two journals from the materials I had saved.  I ended up with a small version (squarish, maybe 4 or 5 inches?) and a midsized version (perhaps 5×8 inches?).  I got the larger one bound and a few pages covered with gesso before I called it a day.  That made it easy to get started today because I had the projects underway.  🙂 Throughout the day I continued to gesso the pages and also covered some with tape, metal or decorative papers to make the invidual pages.  I took some photos of both pieces progressing…perhaps I’ll post them tomorrow.  Today was a day with open studio hours so I had several visitors in & out throughout the afternoon.  Today was also the day of the artist trading card (ATC) workshop!  It ran from 5 to 8 p.m. and we had 5 people here making cards. There were many other events and activities going on in the area this evening so I appreciated the people that took time to come to the workshop. The evening went by quickly with good company, good conversation, a few snacks to nibble on and lots of creativity.    

I was invited to attend a workshop on Saturday afternoon that a textile artist is presenting (we’ll be making scarves!) and that evening is the “Second Saturday” artwalk with my studio space being one of the stops.  I am looking forward to both those events.  I will have all day tomorrow to play in the studio…even MORE to look forward to!  For now I am going to sign off & get into my cozy pajamas.

Sweet dreams!