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Workshops, Open Studio & my new book!

I wanted to let everyone know about some upcoming workshops that I'm teaching in Lincoln, Nebraska and also in my studio in Lawrence, Kansas. I'm also having an open studio the end of March. So if you are in the area, please come by and take a gander at my goods.

My new book, The Art Journal Workshop, will be in stores the beginning of May. I'm so excited about it and it's already getting some great attention. As I'm sure you guessed by the title, it's about art journaling (AKA visual journaling). It has foundation information on how to get started, and how to use various materials, then it dives into 20 different journaling exercises. The book comes with a companion DVD that shows me doing 6 of the exercises in time-lapse photography. To give you a little taste, I'm including one of the videos for you.

Here's a list of my upcoming events:


Printable Matter Workshop by Traci Bunkers

Printable Matter Workshop by Traci Bunkers

Printable Matter Workshop by Traci Bunkers

March 19th: Printable Matter Workshop
at Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE
(download pdf brochure of my workshops at SCC for registration info)

Discover the world of experimental printmaking using ordinary & not so ordinary tools! I have honed my repurposing and upcycling skills to come up with an almost endless supply of things to magically turn into unique printing and stamping tools. This is your opportunity not only to see in person and to learn hands-on how to create these tools from things around your house and inexpensive items, but also how to put the skills to use. Learn to use various monoprinting methods, including building your own printing blocks to create multiple layered pages through repetition and patterning. After developing the book cover in the same experimental printmaking manner, we’ll alter the book to house our pages in a hinged format, making it a book like you’ve never seen. These techniques and tools can be used as backgrounds that are a spring board to take your artwork to the next level. When finished, your Printable Matter will be a unique printed book that is a work of art in itself, the groundwork for an artist book or visual journal, or a valuable reference book for future printmaking projects. To make it easier for you, there is a $5 materials fee to cover the special materials and other items used in class to create the stamps.

This class is for everyone. No art experience necessary!

The Maiden Voyage Art Journaling Workshop by Traci Bunkers

The Maiden Voyage Art Journaling Workshop by Traci Bunkers

The Maiden Voyage Art Journaling Workshop by Traci Bunkers

March 20th: The Maiden Voyage Workshop
at Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE
(download pdf brochure of my workshops at SCC for registration info)

A visual journal combines various aspects of mixed-media and written word to personally express oneself. This workshop is for anyone who is intrigued with visual journaling, but feels like a deer in the headlights, not knowing how to even start to visually express themselves, or feels like they can't do it because they don't have the skill or art background. Don't worry, I'm here to guide you. I'll take away the fear and obstacles and open up a new world for you, teaching you everything to get you started on your new journaling quest. Starting with conquering the blank page through playing with paint, stamps, and collage, we'll get our hands moving to free our minds and quiet the critic. Then I'll gently guide you to the next level: journaling. I'll teach you how to combine mixed-media and imagery with text for your own unique visual expression. This fun and light-spirited class will initiate you into looking inward for visual, self-expression and is for anyone regardless of art background. It would also be a good refresher for a visual journaler who feels like they are in a rut. Techniques to break through blocks to get you moving on your voyage will be covered, as well as different journaling prompts to get you started looking inside for what needs to be expressed.

This class is for everyone. No art or writing experience necessary--Just a willingness to be open to creative and personal exploration.

Bonkers Open Studio

March 26th, 1-4pm, Open Studio
1313 Elmwood St
Lawrence, KS 66044

My arthouse is in the backyard. Go through the gate and across the side porch on the south side of my house.

Please come by and see my goodies. Who knows what surprises I'll have in store for you. But for sure I'll have a new yarn that I've hand-dyed and some new spinning batts along with my other hand-dyed spinning fibers & yarns, rubber stamps, and hopefully even some handmade books!

The Secret Life of Me 2-day Art Journaling workshop by Traci Bunkers

The Secret Life of Me 2-day Art Journaling workshop by Traci Bunkers

The Secret Life of Me 2-day Art Journaling workshop by Traci Bunkers

The Secret Life of Me 2-day Art Journaling workshop by Traci Bunkers

April 2-3: The Secret Life of Me 2-Day Workshop
at my studio, Lawrence, KS

$195 early bird registration until 3/18
(includes lots of supplies for in-class use)

($100 deposit to register, $95 balance due 3/18/011)
Price is $250 After 3/18
This is an intimate class with only 8 spots, so don't wait to register!

We always look outside of ourselves for the answers, but we already know everything that we need to know deep within. We choose not to believe it, don't trust ourselves or just haven't acquired that personal awareness.

While using visual journaling as a portal for personal expression, I'll guide you through exercises in your journals, combining art making and writing to gain personal insight and clarity. We'll clear out the cobwebs and shine a light on those dark shadows. Questions will be asked. While listening to your intuition and quiet self, the answers and hidden truths that your secret-self already knows will be revealed. This exploration will help you gain understanding, opening the doors to personal power, growth, and self-realization.

The book you use in class for exploring your secret life can be a journal you are currently working in, or a journal ready for a fresh start. A sketchbook, journal, or an old book that you have salvaged will work fine, as long as it can hold up to painting the pages. Bring a book that resonates with you to make it easier for you to work in, and to continue wanting to work in when you return home.

The workshop will begin with me teaching you how to prepare the pages in your book with gesso, collage and paint. I'll also show you easy ways to use the various media to get artistic results, and also how to incorporate photos and other elements into your journal page.

For those unfamiliar with visual journaling, it is personal expression created through art-making and writing. No art or writing experience is necessary for this workshop, just a willingness to be open to creative and personal exploration. The process is the importance of the journey, not the final product.


I'll also be teaching some workshops at Art is You in Petaluma, CA in September, and at Journalfest in Port Towensend, WA in October. I'll be sending out more info on those later.

I've got some new products for art journaling that I'm excited about. I'm in the process of making some free mini-workshop videos on how to use them. So I'll let you know when I've got all of that ready to show!

Hang on, Spring is on the way!

best,
Traci Bunkers
Bonkers Handmade Originals
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