Encaustic Hearts

We will create 2 unique styles of Encaustic Hearts in this hybrid workshop. The projects are easily adaptable once you learn these techniques, and you can use them again and again with different shapes, sizes, colors, and papers!

  • Prerequisite: A basic encaustic set-up – revisit “E” is for Encaustic in the Collage Alphabet, or get instant access HERE.
  • You will have lifetime access to pre-recorded lesson and Zoom replay and downloadable materials.
  • Supply list and first project will be posted by January 30, 2023.
  • Zoom session will take place Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 1:00 pm Central time




Crash Course – Daily Art Challenges

Are you ready for Februllage? Did you start a 100 day project? Are you working on 365 somethings? In this Collage-Lab Crash Course, we are going to share tips and ideas for making it through a daily art challenge successfully. We will plan, prepare, and set out on a path to success!

We got together on Zoom and shared tips, tricks, and techniques that will help you prepare for Februllage or any creative challenge. I’ve attached the official Februllage 2023 Prompt Calendar.


Here’s a copy of the slideshow to DOWNLOAD.

Here is the List Version (and alphabetical list) of this year’s Februllage prompts to DOWNLOAD.


ICAD – Index Card a Day Challenge – June & July each year

Paris Collage Collective – weekly challenge

365 Somethings

Mixed Media March Minis – coming in March at Collage-Lab

Treasure #Trovember – create a mixed media collage in 30 days, one step at a time – November on Collage-Lab


Collage Vision Board Gathering 2023

Thank you so much for registering for the Collage Vision Board Gathering!

Here’s the replay of our Zoom session:


Your Vision Board

It doesn’t have to be beautiful, it just needs to be functional.

You can sketch out a rough draft, or you can create intuitively.

Where to start?

Picture your “best life” – what would it look like if ALL your dreams were to come true?

Be flexible – things change. Even priorities change. Go easy on yourself, especially when outside forces get in the way.

There are a few different styles to create your vision board. You can mix and match and improvise. Make it your own. Use your own style.

1 – basic vision board with words, images, colors, patterns

2 – all words, inspirational phrases, etc

3 – grid

4 – quadrants – if you like to work seasonally, or quarterly

5 – start with word of the year, embellish

Can also break down into MONTHLY FOCUS Board – use Cheap Dollar Store Calendar.

Vision boards can:

  • Motivate
  • Inspire
  • Keep you on track
  • Help you prioritize

Possible areas to include:

  • Health
  • Career
  • Relationships
  • Creativity
  • Financial


  • Laminate and keep handy on wall or desktop
  • Crop sections and color copy
  • Reduce size and color copy for portable reminder
  • Frame it

Remember that your vision board doesn’t have to be pretty – just functional. Make it something that you want to look at! No one else has to see it!

If you are having trouble getting started, try to picture your “best life” – what would it look like if ALL your dreams were to come true?

Remember to be flexible – things change. Even priorities change. Go easy on yourself, especially when outside forces get in the way.

Once you’ve created a vision board, don’t just stick it in a drawer. Find a way to keep it handy.

You could get it laminated at an office supply store.

You could crop different sections of it and print color copies.

You would reduce the side and make a small color copy for a portable reminder.

You could frame it and hang somewhere that you will see it.

Additional Resources:

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Find Your Artistic Voice by Lisa Congdon

Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk by Danielle Krysa

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

DAILY CHALLENGES AND OTHER CREATIVE HABITS – work best when they are simple, achievable, and you have a way to stay accountable.

  • Februllage – every February, series of collage prompts, sponsored by Edinburgh Collage Collective
  • #365somethings – see hashtag for ideas
  • ICAD – Daisy Yellow Index Card A Day Challenge – June and July each year
  • Treasure #Trovember – sponsored by Collage-Lab, a series of daily prompts that result in one completed mixed media collage at the end of 30 days – each November
  • The 100 Day Project



Here are a few suggestions from a previous Collage-Lab Book Club meeting:

Alphabetica: An A-Z Creativity Guide for Collage and Book Artists by Lynne Perrella

An A-Z of Visual Ideas by John Ingledew

Collage Brain by Lynn Gall

Collage Techniques by Gerald Brommer

Collage: Contemporary Artists Hunt and Gather, Cut and Paste, Mash Up and Transform by Danielle Krysa

Drawing in Black & White by Deborah Velasquez

If You Can Cut, You Can Collage by Hollie Chastain

If You Can Doodle, You Can Paint by Diane Culhane

Launching the Imagination by Mary Stewart

Once Upon a Piece of Paper by Andrea D’Aquino

Print with Collage and Stitch by Val Holmes

Project Collage by Bev Speight

Rex Ray by Griff Williams

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Tack Down Tuesdays by Laura Lein-Svencner

The Collage Ideas Book by Alannah Moore

The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman

The Collages of Jonathan Talbot by Deborah K Snider

The Reluctant Artist  by Karen Kinney

True Colors: A Palette of Collaborative Art Journals by Kathryn Bold

Urgent 2nd Class by Nick Bantock

What to Give Up for Lent That’s Not Chocolate by Brenda Bogart


Now is the time to start preparing yourself for the Zoom. Start reflecting on what you learned about yourself in 2022 and start thinking about how you envision 2023. Think about goals, dreams, wishes, desires, and how you can make 2023 your best year ever. (I’ve included a worksheet to help you organize your thoughts.)

Start collecting magazine images and text for the vision board projects.

Here’s what I look for (you can just pull entire sheets from a magazine, or cut out images and text). I look for:


Download the suggested supply list and the worksheet. You will also be able to watch the replay here.

Here’s to a creative start to 2023 – I can’t wait to meet with you all on National Vision Board Day!

Added Dimension

Welcome to Added Dimension!

Schedule and supply list are posted below.

You will have access to replays and all provided resources for 12 months following the last Zoom session.

Please EMAIL me if you have any questions!

Treasure #Trovember Challenge 2022

New prompts are released at 1:00 am Central time! No daily reminder emails.

You do need to mark each day complete before you can view the next day. When you have completed all 30 days, you will get a super-duper Certificate of Completion, suitable for framing!!!


Here’s this week’s replay:

Regarding décollage: Jen shared Instagram artist @butternutcollage – I’d also suggest looking on Insta for the hashtag #decollage – lots of great work there. If you are in Collage Alphabet, “D” is for Décollage gives you several techniques to create this look.

LAYERS!!! Part 1 – COLOR!

Here’s the Zoom replay:

Thanks to everyone who joined me today for week 1 of Layers. I hope you had fun experimenting with color.

Here’s the link to our new Facebook Classroom Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/collagelabclassroom I’d love to see what you created today in the group. Please use the hashtag #layers when posting.
Let me know if you have any questions – email is always the best way to reach me.

Collage & Encaustic Virtual Summer Camps Session 2: Collage Papers

Session 2 will be starting July 1st, with our weekly Zoom sessions taking place on:
Friday, July 8
Friday, July 15
Friday, July 22
Friday, June 29
Zoom sessions will be 12-2pm CDT (Chicago time)
All Zooms will be recorded and available to watch whenever you’d like.
The other sessions are all prerecorded lessons, with techniques and projects. These will be released throughout the month of July, with lifetime access.
Upon completion, you may download and print a fancy-schmancy Certificate of Completion! Thank you for being here – please email me with any questions!