2014 Classes with Liz Kettle and Ruth Chandler

Check back often as we create new classes for you!


We teach in Colorado Springs, CO, 

on the road in a town near you and a few exotic locals!


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Art and Soul in Portland OR, Kansas City MO, and Va Beach VA


East Coast in May, 2014

Liz and Ruth are both teaching our most popular classes:

Stitch Journeys,  Indigo Shibori, and Modern Hand Stitch

at  Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria VA

this May 5-7 immediately following the SAQA conference.


Colorado Springs Studio Classes are held at Cottonwood Center for the Arts and Blue Twig Studio


April Classes in Colorado Springs

Play Lab at Blue Twig Studio

Play Lab 4/26/14 10-12 $25

Mediums & Pastes with Liz Kettle

This is part of the Play Lab series and is designed for the beginner artist.

Just what the heck are all those mediums, gels, pastes and potions used for? In this month’s Play Lab we will demystify the mediums and show you their magical capabilities.

All supplies are included. Just bring an apron.

Register at Blue Twig Studio

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delectable papers and fabrics

at Cottonwood Center for the Arts

sunday | april 27 | 10 am to 5 pm | $110

Discover the delights of creating your own unique papers and fabrics with a combination of gelatin plate mono-printing and screen printing. Gelatin plate printing is a fun and easy method of mono-printing that results in surprises and delights. We will use both the traditional gelatin plate and the new Gelli Plate. Create unique textures and patterns using found objects (aka-junk), stamps, stencils and resists or masks.


Screen printing uses a fine mesh screen to create graphic images on fabric or paper. We will explore traditional screen printing as well as thermofax screen printing techniques. We use some of the same found objects, stencils and resists to create a one of a kind delectable cloth or to layer on top of our gelatin printed fabric.


Class supply fee of $20 covers paints, papers and tools, gelatin plates and screens. The only thing you need to bring is 2-4 yards of PFD fabric or washed and ironed muslin. Mottled or patterned fabrics work too. Give those ‘what was I thinking fabrics’ a new life! If you want to work primarily in paper bring your favorite ones to try. *$20 is payable to instructor upon first day of class


register now: delectable papers and fabrics ($110)




Stitch Journeys with Liz Kettle

at Blue Twig Studio

Three session workshop April 29, 30 and May 1

Register at Blue Twig Studio

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 Do you hear the siren song of all those fabulous specialty threads urging you to take them home to play with? Do those same luscious threads leave you frustrated and annoyed?

Do you have a head full of creative ideas but just aren't sure how to get the look you want? Do you want to feel confident in your skills when you sit in front of your sewing machine? Then this workshop is for you.

In this comprehensive workshop you will gain mastery of your machine and free yourself of any stitch fears you have. You will develop the confidence to tackle any thread and fill your creative tool box full of fabulous techniques. This class is for beginners and up. You do not need a fancy machine with all the latest bells and whistles. You do need a basic understanding of your machine and the ability to drop or cover the feed dogs.

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What Students say about Stitch Journeys:

"If you get the opportunity to take it, RUN-DON'T WALK to sign up to attend it! Liz is a fabulous teacher who shares her experiences of what works for her and why but encourages you to reach out and experience with all of these mediums and textures on your own."  Susan-Fairfax VA

"This is a 'Must Have' class. If you really want an understanding of threads and its relationship with your sewing machine this is the class to take. Out of all the classes I have taken over the years, this was by far the best." Gwen- Washington DC


May Classes in Colorado Springs

Play Lab at Blue Twig Studio

 5/24/14 - 10am-Noon - with Liz Kettle $25

Stencils are fun and easy to use for instant texture. In this Play Lab we will try out different ways of applying color through stencils and play with a plethora of other materials you can use with stencils. 

This is hands-on with all supplies are included. Just bring an apron.

Play Lab is about learning about the various products and techniques in the Mixed Media art world. Each month will be a different tutorial and play time to experiment.


mixed media collage at Cottonwood Center for the Arts
instructor: liz kettle
saturday | may 31 | 10 am to 5 pm | $110

Learn all the secrets of creating great mixed media collages in this one day workshop with Liz Kettle. Collage can be a bit mystifying and scary! In this class you will learn how to create a background, super simple image transfers, the secrets behind layers, and tips on how to use paper in a textile collage. Easy hand stitching and some simple embellishments along with some sassy or serious quotes personalize your masterpiece. You will finish a 10”x 10” collage ready to take home and hang.

10” square canvas, Acrylic paint in your favorite color, palette, Soft or regular gel medium, Kit fee: $10 for images to transfer (two methods), fabrics and papers for collage, glitters, glues and threads for stitching. *$10 supply fee payable to instructor upon first class.

register now: mixed media collage ($110)


June Classes in Colorado Springs


Play Lab at Blue Twig Studio

6/28/14 10-12noon - with Liz Kettle  $25

Sprays with Liz Kettle

Splotches, splatters and drips galore. Discover so many ways to use sprays that are quick and easy. Al supplies are included, but don’t forget your apron for this Play Lab.


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