Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fall Frolic with Kari McKnight Holbrook!

I have to admit, I think my first love is paper - and anything that sticks to it.  That probably goes back to when I was a kid, road tripping with my parents.  I always packed my train case ('natch!) with pens, pencils, (snacks, of course), crayons and a book with clean, white pages.  I got busy before we were even out of the driveway!
So when Kari McKnight Holbrook comes to town,  
November 8 - 10, 2013
I can't wait to pack my - slightly more sophisticated - colored pencils, gel pens & sticks, metallic anything and the

Kari is so generous, kind, talented and uber-creative!  We are so lucky to have another nationally-known artist - Kari who teaches at CREATE, Art and Soul, Art Unraveled, Artiscape - at a local venue, SmittenDust Studio (257 S. Bridge St., Dimondale, MI).

Our goal is to offer an exciting, national-caliber, quality art event, yet keep the costs down to local level pricing.  No kit fees!  

Thank you for supporting a local venue so we can keep attracting cool artists!

Here's what Kari is teaching in November:

From Frumpy to Fantasy
Friday, November 8 from 10 - 4:30, $80

Eyes are windows to the soul, and the key to an interesting painting. We will look into what give faces spark and life. 

No previous drawing or painting skills are required to create a painting full of magnetism and energy.  With a bit of magic we’ll create beautiful painterly, charismatic faces.  
3D embellishments adorn our beauties, giving them a sensual allure that captivates and charms our viewers.   

This is a brand new workshop- first time offered anywhere!  

Supplies you will need to bring:

Apron, water container, a few paint brushes, A canvas OR canvas board (At least 8 x 8), gel medium, scissors, Exacto knife and cutting mat.  A few colors of fluid acrylic paint, A small selection of embellishments.  Baby wipes.  A large selection of different faces will be provided, but you may bring your own if you wish- (Toner and at least 2 copies of the image at least 6 inches tall.)  

Power Word Deck
Friday, November 8 from 6 - 9, $45
Feel your handwriting keeps you from art journaling? Don’t like the look of your handwriting?   No more worries! No drawing or calligraphy skills required!  
This stress free class is the perfect for a Friday night intro to creating your own unique and beautiful writing style to incorporate into your art pieces!  You will learn how to make your own tools to ease this process.  

Kari’s step by step demos and visual aids make it all so simple and enjoyable. Once you’ve created the masters, you can copy and resize and seamlessly incorporate into your future projects in a blink of an eye! 

The bonus to this workshop are the sexy tips and tricks that enable you to use your writing on canvases and journals without risking beautiful backgrounds you’ve already made!

Supplies you will need to bring:  scissors, pencil, kneaded eraser, Twin Tip Sharpie

Gelli Printing Joy
Saturday, November 9 from 10 - 4:30, $85
Gelatin printing is quickly becoming one of the keystone building blocks of the entire mixed media movement- jump in now and join the fun!  Kari will walk you through all the steps, unlock all the secrets about how to make your own printing plates, how to use them, and what to do with the wonderful stash of papers it creates!  
Monoprints without a press!!  This is a stress free, joyful class, that will inspire your work for years to come.  True to Kari’s nature, she will share new ways to use your stamps and stencils.   

Kari will be bringing her own line of polymer stamps for all to use and enjoy in this workshop.**A special bonus of this class is we will also explore printing Christmas and holiday cards, tags and wrapping papers**

Supplies you will need to bring:

Apron, baby wipes, a brayer to use in paint, a few colors of acrylic paint, small bottle matte medium (liquidy), scissors

a Gelli plate, please bring it.  
IF YOU DO NOT have a Gelli Plate, PLEASE let us know at the time of registration.  We'll have a gelatin printing plate made for you to use during class.

IF YOU WANT TO BUY a Gelli Plate, you may use the coupon code KARI13 for 15% off at USARTQUEST 
(And USArtQuest is a Michigan-based company, I might add!)
IF YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT A GELLI PLATE IS please email Dusty (your secret is safe with me) at 
 Relic Rings and Things
Saturday, November 9 from 6-9, $37

Unearth the rustic beauty of polymer clay! 
 We will explore mold-making, using found objects, vintage jewelry and recently discovered treasures to enhance our rings/pins/button covers and barrettes. 

No previous sculpting or jewelry making skills needed.  
Angels Among Us
Sunday, November 10 from 10 - 4, $80
Celebrate the holidays with your own happy little angel!

These canvases are sure to become a favorite.
Kari’s tips and tricks make it easy for anyone to create these charismatic creatures - even if they’ve never played with clay before.  
The glazing techniques give the canvases a richness and depth, accentuating the wonderful patterning and personalities.

Supplies you will need to bring: 

All supplies provided, other than an apron and a smile!

NOTE: Email with your class choices.  Once we receive your choices, you'll receive instruction on payment. 

Limited Enrollment.  A non-refundable deposit holds your spot. Here’s the scoop:  We are expecting full enrollment for these workshops, and are taking students on a first-come, first-serve basis.  To reserve your spot in the class, please send the deposit now. 

Please contact Dusty DeHaven for registration.

Need lodging?  Check out this Centennial Farm bed and breakfast - The Legend Inn, located in the countryside of Dimondale.

Request a reservation by calling 517-646-6765 or e-mail

October Class Schedule

Classes at SmittenDust Studio 257 S. Bridge St., Dimondale
Contact Dusty DeHaven at
or visit  for details!


Sunday, Oct 6, 1-4 Craft 911! Join new friends and see what people are working on!
No rules, no expectations, no cost! Bring a snack to share.

Saturday, Oct 12 , 1-4
 Intro to Chalk Paint with Dusty DeHaven, $50 This paint could change your life! LOL!  No priming, prepping, or stripping.  Amazing!  Bring a wooden birdhouse, spice rack, cigar box, or like item to work on.  Includes paint sample to use and keep.

Thursday, Oct 17, 5:30 – 7:30 Tanglemania join Jane Reiter, $5 for this inspirational session.  Please bring refreshments to share.

Sunday, Oct 20 1-4 - Eye Spy Halloween Watch Fob with Dusty DeHaven, $35 Eye spy with my little eye…Part creepy, part cool, part Steampunk, this pendent is created with new Crystal Clay, doll’s eye and watch parts.  Supplies included.

Tuesday, Oct 22, 6-8 and Wednesday, Oct 30, 1-3 – Intro to Zentangle with Jane Reiter, $43 Think you can’t draw?  Not creative?  Let’s chat after this class!  Supplies included.


Thursday, Oct 24, 5-7 Lansing Arts Council Member Mixer  Join the Lansing Arts Council!

Saturday, Oct 26, 1-5 Painting Primer with Barb Hrlanivich $70, It’s time to think like a kid! If you want to learn to paint, this is your class! Join well-known and super-supportive local artist as you learn the basics of how to paint – and important steps that come before - with Barb.

Sunday, Oct 27, 1-4 Smitten-Style Journal with Dusty DeHaven, $45.  "My journals do not hold secrets.  They are a roadmap from the rearview mirror."  A little acrylic paint, stencils, embellishments and you’ll be ready to add adventures into this beautiful journal.  Cost includes journal and use of stencils, paint, embellishments.