theresa mARTin

mixed media art

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Results – Noir Magic Class at Artistic Artifacts

Great class!!! The photos of the works in progress says it all. Enjoy.



I learned so much from my students! Thank you.



Coming soon – Noir Magic Class January 20, 2018

Some of my books and the book blanks ready for class

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Noir Magic: Lettering, Flora and Fauna with theresa mARTin
Saturday, January 20, 2018
10:00 – 2:30 pm, ½ hour lunch break
Artistic Artifacts, 4750 Eisenhower Ave Alexandria, VA 22304

If you’ve taken the class in the past and want to bring back your pens, ask about a discount on the materials fee.

All Supplies Provided! Back in the days when monks transcribed books by hand, Illuminated letters were the enlarged first letter in a page or paragraph, often enhanced with decorative elements, flora, fauna and or mythological creatures. In this popular class, learn a variety of mark making techniques to create a modern take on these classic papers. The metallic and color pens against the black paper produce a WOW effect from even the simplest designs. Theresa will guide your through her process and provide a large variety of lettering examples from books to be inspired by (and trace if desired). This is a meditative and fun process requiring no drawing experience  — anyone can doodle a repetitive design! You will leave class with hand made designs perfect to frame, use in book arts or as a greeting card, and more. $48 workshop fee and $20 materials fee, which includes a pack of 10 gel pens plus a white and a gold gel Uniball metallic pen (yours to keep after class!) and the following for use while in class: gold ink, black paper, metallic pencils, woodless pencils, metallic paints, stencils, punches and more. Visit Theresa’s blog here and here to view student work from previous sessions of this class.

About the Instructor: theresa mARTin is a mixed media collage artist and a graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design. She is a frequent contributor to Stampington Magazines, with articles and artwork appearing in Somerset Studio, Art Quilting Studio, Somerset Apprentice and Somerset Digital.

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Illuminated Letter Class – June 10, 2017

The second Illuminated Letter class with theresa mARTin will be held at Artistic Artifacts on Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10am to 2:30.  In addition to working on letters, you will receive everything to make the collage in the photo above. Included too, is a small blank book like the ones in the top of the photo.

Sign up is  —> HERE. All materials you will need are included in the price of the class ($68.00). You will leave class with your own custom hand made design perfect to frame, use in book arts or as a greeting card. Join us!


Hand Drawn Decorative Papers


Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

I’ve fallen in love with Sakura Gel Pens. While working on ideas for a decorative paper and collage class (Sign up here) I got hooked on working with the pens combined with Koh-i-nor woodless color pencils and have made a lot of paper in preparation for cutting the pages up for collage.  These photos show some of the results.

The class will be three hours on Friday mornings for six weeks beginning January 30th 2015 and is to be held in McLean, VA. Even if you are experienced in doing this type of work, the class will provide time to work with a community of like minded persons.


Pen and Pencil on Black Paper



Two pieces of painted paper with string in the middle for texture



Freehand painting of designs with stencils



Pen and Pencil on Black Paper



Pen and Pencil on Black Paper



Pen and Pencil on Black Paper



Pen, Pencil and Paint on Black Paper



Pen and Pencil on Black Paper



Pen on Black Paper



Pen and Pencil on Black Paper



Pen and Pencil on Black Paper



Pen and Pencil on Black Paper


Pen and Pencil on Black Paper



Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

Patterned Paper and Collage Class description:

Create your own unique patterned papers for collage with paint, drawing, stamps and stencils. Learn layering techniques to create beautiful, unique, hand designed paper. By sewing and gluing, we will create layered effects and interesting juxtapositions. You will use the papers you have designed to create small collages and Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). Suggested materials to collect for use in class: old handwritten letters, interesting weathered old book pages, paper bags, odd bits of patterned paper you may have or find, bits of fabric, yarn, thread, old calendar pages. Instructor: Theresa Martin

To join me for the Patterned Paper and College Class, to be held in McLean, VA, go HERE.