Saturday, July 26, 2014

Kids gettin Crafty at MoJoy Studios!

We have really in truly had some of the funnest classes in the MoJoy Studio this summer!  These pics are from Camp Creative which was week long camp where the kids took home projects every day! This is JK on the day they were doing royal portraits of themselves.
We had several parents ask Emery how much she helped with this project, because the finished products were just so dadgum good!!
Actually, Emery didn't help at all.  She had a white board where she drew HER example, and showed some basic shapes.
For example, they started with a "U" for the general face shape.  They added shoulders, and hair, and were given a few options for style of crown.
Here we have Madi and Ellie, the inseparable duo!
Pretty impressive, dontcha think?!   And from a couple of 6-year-olds!
We had a helper this week to help the younger ones specifically, as they sometimes tended to lag behind.  (Check out the white board!  Had princesses AND princes!)

I would walk over every once in a while from MMPT to see how things were going.  In case you didn't realize, I have opened the MoJoy Studio, directly across the street from my two West Monroe therapy buildings.  So, all day long, I ramble between my three fave places.  It's a pretty inspiring week, if I do say so myself!
Here's the long view... It's a long narrow workspace.

On the same day, where kings and queens and such were the theme, they did watercolor dragons!  I loved the variety. Proud mama moment... Ellie's is the second one from the bottom on the left side.  :)
Oh wait.  Here you have a close up.  I LOVE that she spontaneously now adds little doodles, i.e. as the scales on the top of the dragon.  She has informed me that those are cherries on that tree.  In case you were wondering.
They also painted castles.  And the kids' artwork was so varied!!  This is Ellie's.  I think she likes to use black as much as I typically use in my paintings.
Pretty sure these are Madi Boo's.
Julia Kay's finished products.  LOVE em!
And look at this one.   It ended up so awesome.

I posted this inspiring quote on Instagram and FB one day last week.  I think it is pretty appropriate for this post.  I am teaching a lot of new classes in the studio this year, as well as bringing in guest artists to teach fun new techniques!  (Suzy taught Zentangle-inspired art/ The Art of Doodling this morning!)  So, if you are one of those who think , "I can't do that.  I don't have an artistic bone in my body", blah, blah, blah.... I have this to say....

Be fearless!!  Sign up for a class.  Do something new!
First Saturday of every month will be open studio.  10 bucks to be around other artists who are trying new things.  There are projects you can purchase in the studio to try or you can bring something you have been wanting to try and get help while in there.  For more info, call 318-884-8334, and ask Emery all about it.  OR.... you can find out more about upcoming classes on our website which will be up and running VERY soon!  We send out a newsletter twice a month, so if you want to receive that, please send a "sign me up" email to  or I think there is even a spot on the top righthand side of this blog where you can sign up to get the newsletter.  It'll keep you in the loop!

Have a great weekend.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Creative Lettering 1.0!

Well, the MoJoy Studio is up and crackalackin!  We've been hosting classes, having ongoing kids, teens and women's classes, and are getting the place ready for real live shopping come the fall shopping season... all handmade items!  

This blog is dedicated to all the women who took my Creative Lettering 1.0 class.  This is Emery.  She teaches at my studio, and has always had a bit of a mental block to using her own handwriting on her canvases and artwork.  
I'd say it is time she kick that phobia to the curb!!  She has done got "mo-merized!"
We had a fairly decent sized group of women who met every Tuesday night for four weeks.  I had to start by teaching them that their handwriting would not look like mine.  Period.
But then again, if given the choice, how many of their children or grandchildren would choose a canvas with my handwriting on it over the exact same canvas with their own writing?!  NONE!!!
The above is Crystal's mixed media canvas.  ANd to be honest, this is the point at which I am usually passed the canvas, and asked, "MO, PLEASE write this quote on it for me."  It's because most women just don't think they can do their own writing.  It was this reason that I felt this class was necessary.
This was our final project!  Each week, we had assignments, and this was our last night together.  We put it all together on a canvas. Suzy, above, was rocking it out with hers!!
And would you look at Pam's?!  She was the world's worst about NOT wanting to paint words.... wait til you see how hers turned out!!
She did a GREAT job!
How cute is this little canvas?!  One thing is for sure... we don't go home with the same canvas.  Not even really a similar canvas!!  Each person does her own thing!!
I think Most Improved might have to go to Jennifer!!  She really practiced her letters!!  Everyone had a notebook to work with at home.  There were assignments, and Jenn took them to heart.
I was so proud of her.

She and Lisa, below, drove TWO HOURS, one way mind you, to take this class!!  They are also coming this Saturday to Suzy's The Art of Doodling class.  If you're interested, this will be a fun one to take!! It'll be 10:00am -12:00 pm on Saturday.  Then, we are all doing lunch together somewhere!  BONUS!
Now did Emery's turn out fabulous or WHAT?!
And here is my protege', Jennifer!
And voila'... the whole group!!  Anna Lea, in the front,third from left, had a lot of experience with lettering with markers, but wanted to learn to use brushes and paint. She succeeded.
Who is that peeking out on the right?!  Well, I do believe it is JinJin!!
Let's do a play by play, shall we?!
Jennifer from Alexandria.
Anna Lea, the letterer.
Marion, the science teacher.
Jodi, WAY more talented than she gave herself credit for!
Lisa, who gets the most committed award!!  Four hours on the road after a full day of work!!  That is serious moxie!
Shanda, a newbie to the MoJoy experience.
Suzy, who made this for her sister in law.
Crystal who I think surprised even herself.
JinJin who used to paint all the time, and who needs to get back into the habit again!!
Pam... told you it was good!
And Emery.  Who can now add letters/ words to her canvases!
this was a pretty great class.  And I've had quite a few requests for Creative Lettering 2.0, so be watching for that in the fall.  I enjoyed teaching it.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

and thats a wrap! Ellie's Bday Pt. 3

To complete our birthday bash, Mary Allison got up the next day and went to get the overnighters donuts and kolaches.
And as soon as everyone was picked up, I decided it would be a good bonding day for a special little seven year old.
We went to Ulta (Nana gave her a gift certificate there) and Miss Thang got a new haircut.  Actually, just a little trim.
ANd we hooked back up with her good friend, Isabella, and we did the mall.  I do the mall about twice a year!!  So, I hope she appreciated it!
I thought this was downright hilarious.  Especially, the way Ellie is posing like a mannequin!
And of course, we had to rent one of those gigantic buggies and take turns letting each girl ride in it.
Finally, we rode the carousel, ate pretzels, and went home with lots of school clothes.  It was a good, good day!!