September 21, 2014

100 Days of Collage

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To get back into the groove of making something with my hands every single day, I started a new creative project this week :)

I'll be busy making 100 collages in the next 100 days, and I'd love for you to join me!

There are no rules - or you can make your own - and I'll be limiting the time spent on my collages each day to 30 minutes or less.

This project is completely free and it costs nothing to take part!

All you need is a pair of scissors, a glue stick, and a stack of newspapers, magazines, old books, wrapping paper, or any other papers or other lightweight materials  you have around the house.

The wonderful thing about collage is that you don't need any "art experience" at all!

You don't need to be able to draw or paint or sculpt or sew! For collage, you simply cut up papers, patterns, and images, and glue it all down in a way that pleases you.

Sound like fun?

Have a peek at the collages I've made so far this week...
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Beginnings, Day 1, #100daysofcollage - quote by W.H. Murray
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For the Wild at Heart, Day 2, #100daysofcollage - quote by Tennessee Williams
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New Lands, Day 3, #100daysofcollage - quote by Andre Gide
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The Unknown, Day 4, #100daysofcollage - quote by Alexandra David-Neel
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Never Too Late, Day 5, #100daysofcollage - quote by George Eliot
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Good Armchair, Day 6, #100daysofcollage - quote by Henri Matisse

As you can see, I'm enjoying incorporating favorite daily quotes into my collages - but you can choose to approach this however you'd like.

Each day, I'll be posting my collages on Instagram here using the hashtag #100daysofcollage.

When you click on the hashtag #100daysofcollage over on Instagram, you'll see collages from around the world too!
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As the days grow shorter, it's a great time to get started on a creative project for the remaining months of 2014, don't you agree? 

To get lots of detailed collage techniques and prompts, step by step tutorials, plus tips from international collage artists, you can also check out my 30 Days of Collage online course - but the #100daysofcollage project is completely free and open to everyone!

I wish you lots of happy collage creating this autumn + I can't wait to see what you'll make!

Don't forget to share on Instagram or Facebook with the tag #100daysofcollage so that we can all find your lovely new collages and see your work in progress :)

If you start now, you'll be finished by the end of this year... Just grab a sketchbook, some paper scraps you have at home, and let's go!

Hugs from Berlin,

xoxo

Stephanie

September 19, 2014

Summer Adventures in Poland + the Baltic Sea

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I needed some adventure this summer - preferably by the sea - and many friends told me that Gdansk, Poland was a lovely coastal city... And they were absolutely right, it is gorgeous.

The Old City of Gdansk was 90% destroyed during WWII. After the war, the city was carefully reconstructed stone by stone using historical photographs and drawings. The beauty of Gdansk today is a testament to the strength and willpower of the Polish people to rebuild their city, a process which took decades.
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Gdansk had a magical atmosphere in the early morning light
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while everything was quiet and the shadows fell across the historical facades.
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The evening light was equally rich and glowing +  this was the view from my apartment window.
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I adore the sea, and even though the water was quite cold, I always find the salt air and sun refreshing.
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One day we took a ferry ride over to the Hel Peninsula
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where we spent another day playing in the sea and sand
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and we were greeted by a fantastic sunset upon our return to Gdansk.
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I loved the Polish pierogi dumplings - filled with mushrooms, cheese, spinach, pork, sauerkraut, and potatoes - all so good!
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On our final days in Gdansk this colorful knitted tree made me smile -
and of course my sweet girlies too!
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After a short weekend break at home, I was off again - this time with adventures of my own...
I visited the car-free island of Hiddensee, Germany which was very peaceful and relaxed,
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and the historic town of Stralsund which has charming historic architecture
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in the typical Hanseatic style.
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There were also colorful, little cottages to discover in hidden courtyards
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and big fancy historical boats in the harbor
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some with regional names :)
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In Stralsund, I discovered a knitted door! 
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I thought this was quite a fascinating display, and it made me wonder who lives there?
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The next stop on my Baltic Sea adventure tour was the city of Binz on the island of Ruegen.
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Here I found clean, wide beaches to wander along
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cute white wicker beach chairs to protect one from the wind
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and this super cool lifeguard tower from 1968, designed by East German architect Ulrich Muether.
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The streets of Binz are lined with old-fashioned wooden Victorian style houses
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with lots of fine "gingerbread" details and windows.
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Some looked almost like little fairytale villas, fancy and cozy at the same time :)
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I hope you've enjoyed my Baltic Sea tour today!

This summer I loved unplugging and spending time with my family in Poland -
but it was also good to be on the road by myself for a few days too.

I realized that I truly need to see the ocean at least once a year,
and since the Baltic Sea is only a 3 hour train ride from Berlin,
I'm planning to make these trips to the sea a regular practice :)

How were your summer adventures this year?

Greetings from back in Berlin,

xoxo

Stephanie

August 8, 2014

Berlin Art Workshop: Creative Ladies from Around the World

Hi there! I wanted to catch up with you today and offer a special sneak peek "behind the scenes" at our first Berlin Art + Adventure Workshop!

Just a short time ago, an amazing group of talented ladies from Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, and the US all met up here in Berlin for a colorful, joyful celebration - and it was such a delight to meet them all. (The next international group is coming in September + you can join us here.)
My talented friend Christine Gerlach, co-creator of Rosenrot Berlin, did an incredible job of making beautiful, handmade decorations to greet and welcome participants as they arrived in our light filled, historic Berlin studio.
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Christine's decorations added just the right touch of color and festivity to put us all in a creative mood.
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We worked really hard to make the studio cozy, comfortable, and inspiring...
and we even added a "reading + resource corner" full of books and journals with loads of collage and mixed media art ideas and examples.
photo by Martina Rehberg-Kortner - www.deliciousdesign.de

photo by Martina Rehberg-Kortner - www.deliciousdesign.de
A special thanks goes to Christine for being such a great help throughout our Berlin Art + Adventure Workshop week.
What a lovely group of creative ladies we had visiting the studio from all corners of the globe! 
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You can see how concentrated everyone was working,
and there was a productive, lively atmosphere during our studio mornings.
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Of course we took time out to eat delicious food during our studio breaks too :)

Ximena Jurado Llosa was our gifted chef from Ecuador who treated us to healthy, gluten free, vegetarian lunches each day.
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Among Ximena's specialties were the glorious gluten free desserts she prepared freshly for us - little edible works of art to enjoy.
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photo by Elke Colle - estudios de cococita

photo by Elke Colle - estudios de cococita
We had an adventurous time seeing Berlin during the afternoon - including going on a river boat tour, walking along a section of the former Berlin Wall, sampling ice cream, drinking coffee, taking a neighborhood stroll, and visiting several top art galleries and museums, which featured works from ancient times to classical modern and contemporary.
photo by Martina Rehberg-Kortner - www.deliciousdesign.de

photo by Martina Rehberg-Kortner - www.deliciousdesign.de
Our evening meals in Berlin were very special together, filled with lots of laughter and good times.
After all of our busy art making and touring in Berlin - using materials we collected here and there...
we painted and glued and cut and collaged...
with lots of creative energy and happy spirits...
and by the end of the week, we had a gallery wall full of beautiful creations.

On our final studio morning, we took the time to have a closer look at everyone's mixed media work, while enjoying a homemade Sunday brunch.
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So much great, unique artwork here! Each piece was thoughtfully created with an individual sense of style and expression.
I'm so very proud of our lovely group of international women for their bubbling enthusiasm, kindness, generosity, and talent!

Thank you all for making the journey to Berlin, and what a pleasure to celebrate your art + creativity.

p.s. - **From September 3rd-7th, we'll be having our final Berlin Art + Adventure Workshop for 2014 - and there is exactly ONE spot still free!**

For more details about this year's Berlin Art + Adventure Workshop - and to read what the participants had to say - click here - and I'd love to meet you in September!

xoxo
Stephanie

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