theresa mARTin

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Former student work from Noir Magic Class – new class coming soon.

By Mary Kay

By former student Mary Kay

I’m always thrilled when a student takes what they’ve learned in class and builds on it.  I encourage students to make what they learn from me their own.  A former student shared this image with me of the work she did in the weeks after the class was over. WOW, right? Join us for the next class.

Marking with the gel pen on black paper is a wonderful meditative process.  I’ve tested a lot of gel pens, metallic pens and paper and provide the best of in class.

Information about the upcoming class in Alexandria, VA is below and the link to sign up is HERE.


Noir Magic: Lettering, Flora and Fauna with theresa mARTin
Saturday, July 27, 2019
10:00 – 2:30 pm, ½ hour lunch break

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) and other inspiration material, including her own work. 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. New in 2019! For a $10 cash fee payable directly to Theresa on the day of class, you may purchase a 3 in. x 4 in. pocket journal with 160 acid-free black pages to journal in! Visit Theresa’s blog here, here and here to view student work from previous sessions of this popular class. Her blog also features views of filled pocket journals here as well as here for inspiration!


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Coming soon – Noir Magic Class January 20, 2018

Some of my books and the book blanks ready for class

Click HERE to enroll.


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.