Do you remember way back at the beginning of the month when I promised you more about the wonderful artists Alisa Burke? I hope you have been following her adventures on her blog – she is fresh and creative and her photography and whimsical nature lifts my soul.
Today I’d like to introduce you to two of her wonderful creations – a book titled Canvas Remix and her on-line classes.
Canvas Remix is a delightful primer on how to create a number of projects with Alisa’s signature layered graffiti and messy paint on canvas style. I absolutely love the way she uses canvas with abandon as a beginning for her art, rather than the end in itself. She begins the book with a great cheerleading “you can do it!” essay then digs right into the nitty gritty of how to apply the paint to the canvas. The pictures are easy to follow for those of us who seem unable to pay attention long enough to follow written instructions. The written instructions are also well done and clearly explained.
But that is just the beginning! With Alisa, a painted canvas is not a sacred thing. She’s not afraid to rip, layer, encrust, sew, and restructure her paintings into many a delightful object d’Art! She shows you how to create magnets, cards, monsters, and memoirs. She’ll lead you through the construction of art to wear jewelry, totes, and show you how to create boxes, pillows and tapestries.
My two favorites are the MESSY MONSTERS and the BITS and PIECES ORNAMENTS.
From now until Friday, if you leave a comment on this post or the first Artist Spotlight I wrote to introduce you to Alisa, you will have a chance to WIN a copy of this deliciously charming book.
Now, I had the great pleasure of taking a couple of Alisa’s on-line workshops. I’m always curious about how other people run their on-line courses in comparison to how things work over at QuiltUniversity.com where I teach. There things are structured and follow a simple format that hasn’t changed in a long time. It’s easy to follow and use. (Can you tell I like it?)
Guess what? I LOVED the way Alisa has things set up. She has great introductions to her work on her website so that you can clearly see what you will be learning in class. You can register any time and then have access to the course materials for pretty much as long as you need it. Unless it is a brand new course, in which she gives you one set of lessons per week, you have access to the entire course immediately through a password protected blog. You cannot download the videos or material but there is no need to – you can see it any time.
boards are collaged and paint is applied
This is the part I love – the lessons are written out, but the main teaching method is a long, long, list of video clips where you can SEE exactly how she does what she does. The prices are reasonable and I feel you get a plethora of information for what you pay. I took a class called Graffiti Chic. It did cover some of the same basics as her book but because of the video format I felt it was able to delve more deeply into the subject matter. It teaches you some of the same basics of applying paint to canvas. And knowing me, who chooses not to follow instructions too closely, I immediately pulled out artists boards instead.
words are written
Yes I’m a textile artist but there are times when I long for the almost instant gratification of applying paint to a surface and seeing a thing bloom into being in a fast and furious fraction of the time it takes to meditatively hand stitch my usual work. (boy am I into run-on sentences this morning or what!?) Anyway – Alisa gives you the feeling of permissive freedom to experiment with absolutely anything.
hand carved stamps and drippy paint were my next layer of choice
Alisa is so enthusiastic in her videos that it encourages you to simply play and experiment. My favorite thing to do. With paint, the fun thing is that you can just cover it up with yet another layer of paint if you don’t like exactly how things are turning out.
a toothbrush adds a splattering of black paint
So the fun thing about this project is – that this is just the background. You can keep going as far as you’d like to go. Alisa teaches you how to adhere embellishments to your painting, how to write graffiti letters, how to add photographs, etc. I’ve set this project aside for the moment as I ruminate on where to go next. I’m thinking of adding photographs of my ancestors and some vintage lace bits I have laying about. You can see that compared to Alisa’s work mine is monochromatic and practically subdued – but that’s one of the fun things. I don’t have to make my work look just like hers to learn these techniques. You can keep your own voice and learn from other artists.
So – I encourage you to head over to Alisa Burke’s site to check out the classes she has to offer. Perhaps stop by her blog to follow her many creative adventures. Be sure to leave a comment here for a chance to win a copy of Canvas Remixa. Please do check back on Friday to see if you’ve won – or make sure that I have a way to contact you.
LouBirdMay 6, 2010 at 1:15 am
I love how you give the techniques your own voice! I too am a textile artist but completely agree that sometimes the instant gratification of working with color on canvas is just the thing!!
JanMay 5, 2010 at 1:59 pm
Alisa's work looks great! After taking your class @ Paducah, I am looking forward to trying lots of new techniques in my quilt work- thanks for the opportunity to win her book–
SueMay 5, 2010 at 2:55 am
Thanks for introducing me to Alisa. I had not seen her work before. I *love* that graffiti style. It was fun exploring her class listing too!
lutgardgMay 4, 2010 at 4:46 pm
Looks like a great book, I'm going to check here classes too.
Quilter BethMay 4, 2010 at 4:21 pm
I LOVE this technique and would love to add his to my arsenal of surface design techniques. Thanks for sharing.
GloriaMay 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm
Looks like fun. Techniques that are new to me. Going to check out her blog now. Thx for this posting on her work and the chance to win a copy of her book.
PamMay 4, 2010 at 11:59 am
I have seen her work and she is a terrific artist. What a great book
janettestitchesMay 4, 2010 at 10:47 am
Great blog, great books, I'll be back!
GMYRMay 4, 2010 at 3:54 am
That looks like a great informative book. Would love to win one!
ChinaDollMay 4, 2010 at 2:27 am
Great stuff. I am from Melbourne Australia. We like to think of ourselves as the graffiti capitol – but I am too 'old' to do it for real. Alisa's method is a great (and legal)way for me to indulge my graffiti spirit. Would love to win her book! Cheers Sue
shmutskyMay 4, 2010 at 1:52 am
I'm so glad to get an introduction to Alisa's site and work. Looks like so much fun! Thanks for telling us about it.
Elizabeth in NMMay 3, 2010 at 11:08 pm
Love Alisa's work. It is definitely fun to play with fabric and paint!
RuthMay 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm
I'd love to win Alisa's book. I follow her blog and her work is so inspiring.
Rndi NervigMay 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm
I've been following Alisa's blog for a long time and I'm always eager to see what she's up to. I've thought about getting her book but that's as far as I've gotten, and I really want/need to take one of her classes because I really like her style.
BTW, I just got your book in the mail today and I can hardly wait for work to be over so I can start digging into it. I love the format.
quiltdogMay 3, 2010 at 9:54 pm
That looks like alot of fun!
JudiMay 3, 2010 at 9:30 pm
This looks fun. I bet that you can loose track of time while doing this. Thanks for chance at the book.
FulviaMay 3, 2010 at 9:14 pm
I have been a fan of her work for a long time and I think she is as beautiful as she is talented … so there! Thank you, Lyric, for the chance to win her book.
ktMay 3, 2010 at 8:36 pm
Way cool! I want to win this! I've been busy carving and playing with my eraser stamps. I see all sorts of ways to incorporate them and the book will provide more.
KristinMay 3, 2010 at 8:07 pm
This looks interesting – thanks for sharing. I'd love to win the book!
JeannieMay 3, 2010 at 7:55 pm
I have been a fan of Alisa's for a while and love the freedom in which she creates. Thanks for such a wonderful review of her book and classes and the the opportunity to win her book. Sigh, the Amazon wish list grows longer! LOL!
Laura Ann BeehlerMay 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm
Thanks so much for offering this chance to win her book! Thank you even more for introducing Alisa to me! I will have to do more research on her and her art. Thanks again!
Sharne's Bit 'n' BobsMay 3, 2010 at 7:08 pm
I would love a chance to win this book, I really admire her work
pcoxdesignMay 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm
I am going to have to investigate this book! My 8 year old daughter has fallen in love with Graffiti and I have going around finding books and such to help her get started! Thanks for the heads up on Alisa's book!
SabrinaMay 3, 2010 at 4:46 pm
Oh looks like great fun! I'm a mixed media kinda woman so this is wonderful! Gracias for the opportunity to win a book and for sharing your fun!
NinaMay 3, 2010 at 4:26 pm
I am always looking for new fun techniques. Thanks for the info and the chance to win!
Jane LaFazioMay 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm
Alisa rocks, and I loved seeing your take on her graffitti instruction.
Lynn MajidimehrMay 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm
Alisa's book sounds wonderful! I love playing in other medias besides fabric too!
Lynn WeathersMay 3, 2010 at 2:41 pm
Thanks for the introduction to Alisa. I am considering taking her hand carved stamps course. I can't commit to anything right now though. This is the last week of the semester and next week is finals. After I get all my grading done and grades turned in for my students then I can sign up for a class for myself.
Alisa's book looks really fun! Thanks for an opportunity to win a copy.
LisaMay 3, 2010 at 2:30 pm
Wow! I love graffiti art and I'm so glad it finally has a voice! Alisa's work is fabulous. I love what you have done with her technique!
Andes CruzMay 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm
Book looks amazing 🙂
Carol DeanMay 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm
What a great prize! 😀 Her work looks like so much fun; I would enjoy exploring this further…with her book.
jmquiltsMay 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm
I just found your blog yesterday (where HAVE I been??) and look forward to more.
Love seeing Alisa's book and your pictures are great. I love the canvas & paint look!
Thanks for the contest!
KarenMay 3, 2010 at 1:12 pm
wow, i really admire alisa's work and would love to win her book!! 🙂 thanks!
CarolMay 3, 2010 at 1:05 pm
oooohhh! So fun! Thanks for the opportunity!