Valentine Workshops

I was really lucky to be offered the chance to teach not one, but two workshops in DC! It’s a great time of year for mail and being creative. People still really love to make valentines, which is great!

My first workshop was at Melissa and Lisa’s store, Analog. We had a table full of people, including three ladies who none of us had met before, thanks to the publication in Express! We made up corny phrases based on our materials (i.e. camera image with caption “I hope this develops into something beautiful”), had fun with googly eyes, and created lovely things for the special people in our lives.

I also brought some props, and everyone was able to pose for a Fuji Instax photo. Some people even added them to the cards they were making!

These ladies were card-making-machines! Check out these beauties!

My second workshop was at Art Enables, which is a great space for Outsider Artists. My old job collaborated with them sometimes, and I was so excited to be able to help them out for their 13th anniversary celebration.

There was lots of snacks, and tons of people came! It was less structured than the workshop at Analog, but people ended up being really self-sufficient, which was fantastic! I was really busy during those three hours, so I don’t have many pictures to share from that, but I promise that the work people made was gorgeous.

For each of the workshops, I made individual bags for the participants. They included heart mazes, die cuts, confetti, buttons, children’s valentines, a journaling tag, yarn, canceled postage, blank envelopes, stickers, and more. As far as communal supplies, I also offered googly eyes, rubber stamps, washi tape, glitter glue, heart punches, ribbon, card stock, vintage cards, novelty baggies, and the opportunity to create your own envelope. It was overwhelming, but a ton of fun! Thanks to Shannon for coming with me and helping me with set-up! And to all the wonderful staff and volunteers who helped in every way possible.

Don’t forget that Art Enables offers a workshop every month. If you’re in the area, you should definitely check it out!