Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mixed Media Workshop

Wednesday - November 30th 10:30 a.m. - noon

124 Strawberry Alley - Artifacts (Third Floor Workspace)

Cost: $25 per person (Payment required when you register. No refunds.)

Includes: step by step instructions, paint & brushes, Grafix Double tack paper adhesive, 8”x 8” wood panel and a lot of creativity.

Featured artwork: Two Turtle Doves

Register: at Hodgepodge, Artifacts in store or online

Please bring: Scissors + craft knife #11 blade

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fall is upon us and the weather is holding its' own. As the days turn cooler think about doing something creative for your home. Drop in Creative Corner at Hodgepodge in downtown Clarksville and pickup an art kit.

Currently available:
Angel Kit - includes materials, instruction, vintage wood frame and hardware. Perfect for your home decor or winter holidays. $24.95

Still Life Fruit Kit -*shown in photo* includes materials, instruction, vintage wood frame and hardware. Perfect for your kitchen or holiday decor. $24.95

American Bird Series Kit - includes prepared collage paper, bird print and instruction. Perfect for any room in your home or office. $19.95

Novella Journals - eclectic handmade journals from book covers. Personalize or give as a gift.

Blank Journals - 8 x 8 handmade journals with decorative paper . Personalize or give as a gift.

Enhance your artwork or journals with any of the mixed media papers, rubber stamps, dried flowers or embellishments!
prices range from $1.95 - $4.95

Coming Soon!
Speciality Art Kits - fun & attractive ways to decorate your home or work space.
prices range from $3.95 - $14.95

We also stock art supplies!

Thursday, August 25, 2011


With summer winding down and school starting Creative Corner @ Hodgepodge will be featuring Journals beginning September 1st (First Thursday Artwalk). Journaling is such a great way to introduce yourself to mixed media and other forms of art. Why? Because it is all about you and there is no editing!

Let's talk a little about journaling.... first of all journaling is not limited to writing, nope journaling can also be doodling, drawing, painting, pasting etc. See how easy it is to pull in mixed media?

What do you journal about? Well, it can be as simple as defining what color you feel like - and there you go, paint or paste in a color chip and you are journaling! More ideas to journal by:
numbers you heard in your day
wrappers from food you ate
favorite quotes
plants or flowers you saw in your day
"to do list"
opposites - here's one for you... draw, paint or describe the opposite of ice cream

See how easy to it is to get the mind working? Now, let's discuss where to put these lovely drawing, paintings, thoughts etc.

Traditional journals are good, but let's go outside the box for a minute. How about using a calendar - you know the ones with the month and a square to post your day. You could paste in some art, color, words and so on....
index cards are wonder - bind them together at the end of a week or month - makes a cool book
rolodex - another fun source
alter an old book

Well now that you have the form and content all you need to do is get started. Looking for a little visual inspiration? Come by Creative Corner at Hodgepodge on September 1st, Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and see some examples. Also available for purchase will be "Novella Journals" (vintage book covers made into eclectic journals), journal supplies and journal kits.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Button Tree

It has been a crazy summer! The days just seem to fly by (although they are very hot) and I am wrapping up a few big projects. Closure is always slightly bittersweet, satisfaction arrives with each completed project, but remorse can linger around knowing that this creative process is over.

The beauty of creating is just that, you can continue to create. So as I hand these projects over, the thrill of new things to come takes hold. My sketchbook is full with designs for art kits, workshops and new products for the art shop.

The next piece in the Historic Clarksville series will be available August 4th (First Thursday). Remember this series is limited and will not be repeated. As of yesterday, there were only two kits available of Franklin Street. Hurry in Creative Corner @ Hodgepodge and pick one up before they are sold out.

"Button Tree" is the first piece in the tree series. It will also be available on August 4th. This kit will include instructions, pattern, paper and buttons. You provide the 11 x 14 canvas, paint and adhesive (available in Creative Corner). In addition to materials in the kit you may add more embellishments and personal touches. This kit is fun because of the flexibility it offers.

Drop by Creative Corner @ Hodgepodge and get creative!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Art Kits

Creative Corner @ Hodgepodge in downtown historic Clarksville, TN is not only an art supply shop but also a place to gather inspiration and creativity. We are offering limited additions of art kits, each kit comes with instructions and the components to complete a piece of mixed media art.

At this time we have the Franklin Street Scene from the Historic Clarksville Series. These are
8 x 10 panels with collage resources included in each kit. You will receive a hand drawn print of Franklin Street, portion of Clarksville map and Clarksville facts. Following a handful of easy instructions you may complete your art in the ease and comfort of your home. There are only about eight of these kits left.... better hurry.

Next month's Historic Clarksville kit with be Public Square. You may ask for to reserve one at Hodgepodge (again there will only be a limited number released). Prepayment is required ($15)

Also in the art shop are four beautiful American Bird series kits. These pieces finish out to about 11 x 14. The kit is comprised of a vintage ledger page (the background), an American bird print and embellishment resources. If you are a nature lover and like to fill your home with original art, these kits are for you. They are reasonably prices and frame out beautifully.

Please come Creative Corner @ Hodgepodge and see what you can create and gather for your home.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Whew! The art shop is officially open! Thank you everyone for your help and support, especially with my knee limitations. Kendall, Crystal, Jennifer and Patti.... many thanks for helping me carrying things up and downstairs. Becky H. as always thank you for helping me pull it all together at the end. And Paige for her long distance help and support. Jane and her superior food from The Lovin Spoonful....yummy. And of course my family, the quiet little elves who work hard and always support me.

It is my hope that everyone will embrace this heartfelt art shop in downtown Clarksville and it may continue to grow for years to come. Please drop by and check things out, while you are there shop in Hodgepodge and ARTifacts, both tremendously inspirational shops for you and your home.

Thursday, June 30, 2011


There are so many things I am grateful for, however the basics are never taken for granted, like being able to walk. Unfortunately, I have had a lifetime of knee injuries. I would like to say that it is just one knee due to some interesting sporting event, but this is not the case. Both knees have been a medical mystery for years, dislocating, tearing tendons, ligaments and just plain inflammation for not apparent reason.

So once again I find myself in a position of dependence. I know how fortunate I am to have two daughters that jump in and pick up my life carrying on as if it were nothing. They have been incredible, driving me, feeding me, teaching my classes and taking care of my every need. I feel so humbled to have these two wonderful young women as my daughters.

My extended family that shows up at the hospital and waits with me for hours, thank you. The phone calls and e-communications are so appreciated.

And my dear friends that have also sat with me, talked with me and listened to me. I am truly grateful.

I cannot express my gratitude enough for everyone's help through yet another knee incident.
Thank you and I love you.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Workshops and Art Shop

This summer has been such a busy time with teaching mixed media and opening the art shop. Regretfully, things get put aside - such as this blog. But the good news is, things are started to level off. Or perhaps, I will tell myself that and attend to the lovely world of e-communication.

So here we are, a tiny (but heart-filled none the less) new art shop to open in the beautiful historic area of Clarksville. The entrance is on Strawberry Alley or you may shop your way through the fabulous Hodgepodge (off Franklin Street) and enter up the stairs. Please plan to drop by on the night of July 7th (5-8), browse around and let me know what items you would like to see in stock. Creative Corner @ Hodgepodge will offer art supplies and inspiration geared towards the mixed media artist. Don't know what that is? Well come on by and lets talk about. We have mixed media kits that you can take home and create art. Also if you saw my FB post you see that I will be stocking unique ephemera from nationally known artist like Teesha Moore. Yummy! Yummy!

Workshops - love the energy I get from the students! I am currently teaching with CSA at APSU (mixed media) and Watkins College in Nashville (again mixed media). Take a look at some of the nice work the students have created. We have been working with overlaying pattern tissue, found poetry, altered book pages, collage sheets and oh so much more.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The "to do list"

As much as I like to use technology, I still revert to the handwritten "to do list". I have tried inputting information into my phone, ipod, ipad and laptop - but forever seem to go back to my black and white composition notebook, traditional method of handwriting my daily task. The best thing is that I am okay with this traditional habit. Power to traditional methods!

One of the best thing about opening an art store.... the supplies. Yes, they are arriving boxes and boxes, yummy. I am also enjoying the sample packs from manufacturers. If you have taken one of my workshops you know I talk endlessly about two companies in particular; Grafix and their Doubletack Film and Ampersand's Claybord, the ultimate multi-media panel (I didn't coin that phrase it is on their package).

Ampersand also has a product called Stampbord - oh yes this is the most amazing stamping and crafting surface (again I didn't coin that phrase it is on their package). Stampbord comes in different sizes and shape. I like the Stampbord Bags - they offer a variety of shapes and sizes that are great for a magnitude of things. Needless to say, Stampbord products will be available in the art shop (Creative Corner at Hodgepodge)

I will post some photos - later - remembered the camera forgot the cord.

Check out the Ampersand website -

Thursday, May 26, 2011

All Things Good

Zapped by time.... here I am reflecting back on previous months. The winter months were filled with mixed media workshops and snow. Yes, even in the south snow abounds; short winter days were filled with cold temperatures and lots of snow. However in my cozy studio, creativity hummed along. I enjoyed many cups of coffee with my downtown neighbors and friends. We put aside winter's woe and looked ahead at all things good.

Spring teased us along many days with breaks of sunshine and tempting temperatures. Unfortunately she also brought her thrashing rain and tornadoes. But once again, I plowed along and looked at all things good.

And good things are here, my daughter and son-in-law returned to the States after living in the UK for two years. It is wonderful to set eyes on them more frequently and to have them within driving distance. All things are good.

My grandson has finished fifth grade and is moving on to middle school. A big jump in his life and mine. With his elementary school within walking distances of my house, I have had the pleasure of seeing him after school for the past two years. I will miss his young energy, sense of humor and all things good.

The coffee pot isn't the only thing percolating in my downtown studio, me and Paige King at Hodge Podge have partnered to open an art shop, dubiously named Creative Corner at Hodge Podge. Creative Corner will offer art supplies and creative kits. The kits are a new product line from Lime Juice - vintage creativity with a modern twist. Creative Corner will be located in the back of Hodge Podge - street entrance 124 Strawberry Alley. This endeavor is still a work in progress (opening date is tentatively set for mid June) formal announcements and press releases to come... in the meantime we truly appreciate everyone's support and future business. This little project has consumed my days but I know all things are good.

Paint Life Grand has been booked solid and is rolling quietly along. I have throughly enjoyed this slice of my life, meeting new creative people. Last night's paint party was at the home of Joy Roberts, featured artwork was the Roxy. Joy is a dear friend and I always enjoy spending time with her. Anyone looking for a creative evening or afternoon, let me know. You can book a painting party or mixed media, contact me for detailed information.

All things good....

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April 28th Workshop

Mixed Media Workshop
Thursday - April 28th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
124 Strawberry Alley - Artifacts (Third Floor Workspace)
Instructor - Kimberly Santiago 931-206-0368
In this workshop you will learn technics in assembling pattern pieces, folding paper and working with color wash backgrounds.
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Cost: $25 per person (Payment required when you register. No refunds.)
Includes: step by step instructions, Grafix Double tack paper adhesive, 8”x 10” wood panel.
Featured artwork: Retro Apron
Registered: at Artifacts, Hodge Podge in store or online
Please bring: Collage resources - anything such as letters, maps, colorful magazine ads, book pages, decorative papers etc.
watercolors and brush
Modge Podge - matte adhesive or Matte Medium
Brush to apply adhesive
Scissors + craft knife #11 blade
Black Sharpie - fine point and ultra fine point
1” Plastic Putty Knife or old credit card

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Spring 2011

When I returned to the art world full fledge a few years ago I made a promise to myself - to balance my time and keep all overwhelming thoughts at bay. This pledge has helped me maintain my dedication to teaching, sharing art and nurturing my own creative soul.

Now as I edge towards the beginnings of spring, I start to hear the "hum" of new projects on the horizon. One of these projects is a collaboration with artist Lisa Bebi (I am just thrilled). Lisa's beautiful art arrived the other day and was met with much gratitude. As soon as I opened the package I immediately knew this collaborative effort was meant to be. Her positive energy and engaging personality was relayed and evident within the art.

What's to come? I will share photos of this collaboration in future blogs while posting the ebb and flow of creativity as it emerges.

So begins my process..... I ponder, look out at the world and think this good, this is very good.

And thank you Lisa for believing in the possibilities.

Mixed Media Workshop

Thursday - March 24th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

124 Strawberry Alley - Artifacts (Third Floor Workspace)

Instructor - Kimberly Santiago 931-206-0368

In this workshop you will learn technics in paper piecing, working with layers and decollage.

Information - or

Cost: $20 per person (Payment required when you register. No refunds.)

Includes: step by step instructions, Grafix Double tack paper adhesive, 8”x 8” wood panel.

Featured artwork: choose between Orange Phlox or Bird Two

Registered: at Artifacts, Hodge Podge in store or online

Please bring: Collage resources - anything such as letters, maps, colorful magazine ads, book pages, decorative papers, tissue paper, pattern tissue, etc.

Black Sharpie - fine point and ultra fine point

1” Plastic Putty Knife or old credit card

Modge Podge - matte adhesive or Matte Medium

Brush to apply adhesive

Scissors + craft knife #11 blade

Checkout the photos from the 2/24th workshop on my FB.

Hope to see everyone there!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Workshop February 24th Thursday

In this upcoming workshop, I am offering a new process in mixed media called paper piecing . The workshop is scheduled for February 24th, Thursday - 6:00 PM - Artifacts (third floor work space) 124 Strawberry Alley - Clarksville - TN. Cost per person $20. Featured artwork: Bird #1

Paper piecing is a unique way of developing images with collage resources, such as; maps, letters, decorative papers, book pages etc. This process is designed in the same manner as traditional quilt making; using your collage resources to personalize the artwork.

Questions? Please feel free to contact me at:

You may register at the following site:

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Book Review - Journal Spilling

During the course of an interview with Rice Freeman Zachary, I mentioned something I had recently read about one's inner critic. The source of my comment was from Diana Trout and her book Journal Spilling. Diana heard the podcast a few days later and contacted me about doing an "exchange" review. She would create a project or two from my book, Collage Playground write about and I would do the same from her book Journal Spilling. I was thrilled and honored. First of all, because I am inspired by Diana's work and secondly I love to see readers create the projects in my book. Yes, weird as it may sound, I relish seeing art projects and inspiration from my book. Please keep that in mind... and send me photos of art you made or sites where I can view them.

Well back to reason I am here today, a review of Journal Spilling by Diana Trout, published by North Light Books, F + W Media

thoughts that come to mind after reading Journal Spilling

the ease at which Diana brings journaling into our busy day

throw down some paint


spill words

approaching journaling in a manner of comfort and simplicity

words spill - literally

like pieces of a scrabble game, the letters on the tray, become words on the board

no limitations

encouraging your process, do you like, write words, paint or collage


art techniques to experiment with

I have never meet Diana Trout or spoken to her, but I feel that we are friends; contemporaries in the world of art-making and writing. Diana brings people together through workshops and her book, Journal Spilling. Encouraging them to creatively express their thoughts with journaling.

I first purchased this book last summer and read it cover to cover. I was so thrilled with it’s content and began journaling for the first time in many years. The ease at which Diana takes the reader into the journaling process is liberating. One of her many talents is, that she does this without boundaries or stiffing rules.

But I am getting ahead of myself, let’s start at the beginning. Diana welcomes you like you were old friends, meeting for the millionth time to have a coffee and chat. You feel relaxed and encouraged by her straightforward writing. The layout is just as straightforward, presenting an idea or technique --- inspiring you to take it and run with it!

The book unfolds in a “divide and conquer” manner, breaking down obstacles before becoming an issue. Diana gets you warmed up, gathering your supplies and before you know it you are spilling. I found the exercise on page 12, Time to Spill, a great starting point (photo).

One of my favorite sections is about taming the inner critic. Diana nails this chapter with humor and wit. It is definitely worth reading and helpful in many ways. Her treatment of the inner critic, pushes us to recognize the overpowering effects of negative thoughts. But she doesn’t leave it there, she show us how to create and tame the critic. This information itself is worth buying the book!

Like the general population, I am intimidated by “self portrait” projects, however Diana’s easy instructions made the project fun and enjoyable. (photo)

Diana takes you under her wing throughout the book explaining and demonstrating a range of art techniques. These page filling processes, like watercolor are ideas that stay with you and are helpful to overcome the “white page syndrome”. She explains the benefits of trusting yourself and letting go. Towards the end of book, there is a section on creative aid, so that you are never without quotes, words or ideas. (photo)

Overall this book contains all the necessary elements for journaling. The page layouts are logical and easy to follow. Diana’s writing style is witty and sincere. I will continue to reference the book and highly recommend it for anyone interested in creative self-expression.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Adventures in creativity

As the snow silently drifts down, I am grateful to be warm and busy. I am packing up some art to send to Katie Beswick at Grafix. She will be showing several of my pieces at CHA, Craft and Hobby Association, January 29th - February 1st in California at the LA Convention Center, Booth 2414. If you are not familiar with CHA, it is a craft show for companies involved in the art and crafts industry. I am honor that Grafix is representing my work. Their product line is a mixed media artist dream. Double Tack Mounting Film, this archive double sided adhesive, is fabulous for adhering collage materials to art. I have never been disappointed in its performance or ability.

I also love using adhesive back transparency sheets, they go through the printer easily and adhere without curling or bubbling. This was the product that pulled together project Bandana in my book Collage Playground and also featured in Paint Box 52 Weekly Projects (Tonia Davenport, F + W Media).

Another product that can another layer of detail to your art is Rub-onz Transfer Sheets, this product enables you to make your own rub-on transfers. The three leaves in art piece X Y Z
were made by pressing leaves and then copying (Kodak AIO printer) onto the Rub-onz Transfer Sheets. The process is very simple and the rewards are tremendous.

Check out this line of products online at or in your hometown arts or craft store.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Let the creativity begin...

2011 - the beginning of the year is always an exciting time; planning my schedule, anticipating projects, workshops and fun that awaits.

Here is the creative forecast:

January 20th - 7:00 - 9:00 PM, The Village Deli, Paint Life Grand - featured artwork "Big Red Flower". Sign up is open, $35 per person includes all supplies, take home a 16 x 20 gallery wrapped canvas.

To date - January 29th - Art Show, Austin Peay Downtown Gallery, 116 Strawberry Alley, Clarksville TN, the gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday noon to four, free. This show features Project 2020, an exciting ongoing collaboration with the future high school graduating class in the year 2020. Drop by the gallery, take a gander and please email me your comments.

February 17th - 7:00 - 9:00 PM, The Village Deli, Paint Life Grand - featured artwork "Pink Heart". Sign up is open, $35 per person includes all supplies, take home a 16 x 20 gallery wrapped canvas.