Plaster and Wax 101 {Last Days For Early Registration and a Giveaway}

I love how wax transforms your art and takes your creativity to a whole new level.

While I was in Mexico last fall I had the privilege of meeting, creating and becoming friends with Kathie Vezzani.

I loved watching her create and the freedom she had with color as she painted.

I asked her to come and teach on my site before the retreat was over and I am so excited her course is now less than a month away!

Here is a peek into what her course will be about…

Plaster and Wax 101 {portraits illuminated from within}


Mixed media artist, Kathie Vezzani, loves to share her love of all things plaster and wax. Join her in a 2-week course that will take you on a playful journey of creating in plaster and encaustic wax. This is a beginning course that will introduce you to the basics of using these two mediums, including safety procedures and tools.

Plaster is a luscious, absorbent surface that begs to be scraped, carved, sanded and painted. A very old, raw medium used to make the ancient frescoes we see in Europe, Kathie will take you on a journey to paint your own masterpiece. She will go over the basics of painting a face, show you how to paint a “pretty face, “ then using her own style, show you that you don’t have to paint realistic faces that conform to the rules.

When finished, she will show you how to apply layers of encaustic medium to make your painting seem illuminated from within, adding oil paint to soften the edges or add splashes of color.

Adding, removing, distressing and layering, so many possibilities when working with plaster and wax!


This two week course will begin on May 19th!

The content is available for one year.



The course has an early registration price of $29.  After May 1st the price goes to $35




This course is available for one full year.




I wanted to do a fun giveaway to celebrate Kathie’s first solo online class and also to remind you that there are only days left to get the early registration price.


Kathie wanted to give one of you an original encaustic painting and I want to give one of you a box full of Kathie’s  favorite encaustic supplies!

How about that giveaway?


Kathie is giving away one of her original encaustic painting valued at over $100.


I am giving away Kathie’s favorite art supplies valued at over $130.00


To enter for a chance to win the original painting or the art supplies please leave a comment on this post sharing what medium you want to learn to use next.




For additional chances to win the painting or art supplies you can do the following (just remember to come back here each time and tell us for additional chances)…




*Tweet about the new course



*Facebook about the new course



*Pin the course to Pinterest



*Share the course on Instagram


*Blog about the course



I will announce the winners of the original painting and art supplies next week!



Registration is now open!


 Early registration price is $29



The price will go to $35 on May 1st.




You can go directly to and register for the course by clicking HERE.




(this will put you instantly in the course and you will be ready when class begins)

How Each Of Us Can Make A Difference {a circle of women helping women}

How often do we see things around us and they seem too big to change?

How often have you wanted to do something and you just don’t know where to start?

We can sometimes forget that change begins with ONE.

We can sometimes forget that our daily choices can make a huge impact in the lives of others.

I am so excited to tell you about a beautiful new collaboration project with my dear friend Melody Ross and  Full Circle Exchange.

The best part is that you can be a part of it too.

This project is all about empowering women locally and globally to rise above poverty through sustainable economic opportunities.

This is about giving women a real job that can make them a real living and can get them back on their feet to fly!

Beginning TODAY at Walmart you will find a full line of beautiful product made by and for women.

{Gift package giveaway #1}

The women that have made this line of products have already been paid to create them and do not have to wait for the product to sell to be paid.

What we want is to sell out of these products so quickly that we can do this again and again for these women!

{Gift package giveaway #2}

I want you to watch these videos and if this project connects with you to go to Walmart and purchase the cards, scarves, mugs and give them to the beautiful women in your life.

This are not just gifts.

These are stories.

These are stories of women and the freedom they are creating!

{Gift package giveaway #3}

{Gift package giveaway #4}

To read more about Denise in the above video click HERE.
To learn more about the heart and creativity behind this project click HERE.
{Gift package giveaway #5}
We want to spread this project all over social media and we would love your help!
We are giving away FIVE gift packages to thank you for sharing.
To enter:
1) Leave a comment on this page telling us about a woman that made an impact in your life.
2) Share this post on Facebook
3) Share this post on Twitter
4) Share the product on Instagram
5) Pin the product on  Pinterest
6) Blog about the project
Each time you do one of the above you have an extra chance at winning a gift package.  Please come back each time and let us know!
Thank you for sharing and I am excited to go make some purchases myself!
Here’s how you can get involved:

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  • Between April 22, 2014 and May 11, 2014, visit Walmart to shop for your Mother’s Day gifts at the special ‘island’ display of beautiful gifts designed by Melody Ross and partially assembled by in-transition women.
  • You’ll find beautiful, meaningful, affordable, high-quality gifts that you will be proud to give.
  • Purchasing these products opens the door for future contracts with major retailers to carry similar lines, ensuring that job creation continues and flourishes.
  • Other retailers are watching this campaign to see if supporting future campaigns makes economic sense for them. In a nutshell, if we can quickly sell out of these products, we will get their attention. YOU CAN HELP MAKE THAT HAPPEN by shopping and spreading the word!




Make Brave Girl Truth Cards
Truth Cards are little playing-card-sized works of art that we invite you to make. Send them to Brave Girls Club and we will get them into the hands of at-risk and in-transition women…building the circle of sisterhood around the world!

Be Courageously Foolish {Don’t always be the voice of reason}

{Print handed out by Shannan Martin at Hope Spoken}

I love a good adventure.

I grew up in Illinois, went to college in Alabama, moved to Colorado, moved to Washington DC and later moved back to Colorado.

When I visit any place that I connect with I am instantly on Zillow or looking at property.

I have a bit of a gypsy heart and I like that about me.

I also work hard, consistently show up to do what needs to be done and I am responsible with this life Kelly and I have created with our children.

Between the two of us I am the one with the crazy ideas and sometimes Kelly reigns me in and other times I am given the green light.

While I was at Hope Spoken I had some sweet conversations with my dear friend Shannan Martin.

Many of the things we talked about would later echo in her small group talk that weekend.

Maybe this message is for you and for a call that is upon your life.

Maybe this message is for you because you need to support someone else doing something crazy in your mind.

Shannan’s message was about changing their whole life to follow the Lord’s call on their life.

It was different, it was scary, it wasn’t always supported or understood, it was constantly changing and many could think it was foolish.

What might look foolish to one is complete freedom to another.

What might look like irresponsibility to one may be the hands and feet of Jesus that no one else is doing.

What Shannan talked about is being open to whatever the Lord has in store for you and be courageously foolish!

Courageously foolish.

I am not talking about a million things that you could read into this.

I am talking about…Shannan was talking about…being open to whatever the path is the Lord has for you.

Most likely it doesn’t look like what you have envisioned. Go with it. Let it change you. Let it change those around you.

If you have those in your life that want to do crazy things that you don’t understand (not self destructive things) how about not being the voice of reason.

This is hard.

Really hard.

How about loving them more than you don’t understand their decision.

How about asking how you can help them?

How about asking them what they need to make that dream a reality?

It isn’t your choice anyways.

What if more of us were being “courageously foolish” with the gifts, dreams and desires the Lord has given us?

What is more of us were able to cast off the “voice of reason” and just love each other and support each other?

This is good stuff friends.

This is the stuff that changes relationships, your church, your town…your life!