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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Impulse Buy – Pentalic Traveler Black Sketch Book

I found this little Pentalic Traveler Black Sketch Book on a visit to a local art supply store.  It’s only 3″ x 4″ and was sweet to hold. I opened it and saw all the black pages, some drawn on by customers with metallic pens. It was love at first sight and a quick impulse buy.  I’ve had hours of fun using metallic gel pens free drawing designs.  If you’re interested in finding one of your own, here’s a link to their website where you can read about the different books they make: https://www.pentalic.com/traveler-pocket-journal/  They have a where to buy link. If you get one, show me what you do!   


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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.


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Book Binge

 

 

Group of handmade books

I’ve been on a bookmaking binge using black Artagain paper and Sakura Gelly roll pens.  At the first Illuminated Book Class I taught a lovely student gave me a blank small handmade book and I filled it up with gel pen drawings. I continued making books of my own, and started cutting and punching through some of the pages. It’s fun to see something evolve like this.  You never know where a technique will take you so it’s good to stick with it and see what happens.

The next Illuminated Letter Class is September 9th at Artistic Artifacts. Come along for the journey where I’ll be sharing all these techniques and more.

Shaped Cover

Shaped Cover

Shaped Cover

Shaped Cover

Shaped pages inside

Shaped pages inside

Gel Pens on black paper

Gel Pens on black paper

Gel Pens on black paper

Gel Pens on black paper


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Hand Drawn Decorative Papers

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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.

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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

 

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Freehand painting of designs with stencils

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen, Pencil and Paint on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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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.