Friday, May 19, 2017

OOAK Guest Blogger Maura Hibbitts

Hello everyone! I am excited and honored to be here with you today! I’m Maura Hibbitts and I live in upstate New York near the Adirondack Mountains, and I’ve been creating since I was a little girl sitting out under the tree in the backyard, drawing and coloring with crayons. I’m retired from teaching science, and have turned to my art passion full time, especially mixed media. 

OOAK Artisan Showcase Maura Hibbitts Guest Blogger

When I asked Shelley what she wanted me to do, and she said do something colorful, well that gave me free rein to use my imagination and lots and lots of color. We share a love of all things green, so of course that fit into my plan! Our local motel, The Blue Moon, always puts up great seasonal quotes on their sign, and recently since we are all waiting and waiting for spring here, this is what they have on the sign - “Live Life in Full Bloom.” 

I decided to create a canvas using this idea for a friend who is retiring from teaching, and I thought this was a great quote for her next life adventure.
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I built up layer upon layer of color, texture and design by using modeling paste, opaque and transparent paints, stencils and stamps. Maybe you are like me and don’t know when to stop, but I’ve learned paint can cover a multitude of things, and you can redo a layer if you need to! I change my mind a lot as I work too, and while painting the girls, I thought - hey this could be my friend and I, so I’ll make her hair pink (her fave) and mine green (my fave).

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Isn’t it funny how we think we have our idea all figured out, but somewhere in our brain ideas are still working away and pop out…well, at least that seems to be how mine works, LOL!

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If you would like to see the tutorial of this project, please visit me at TwoCraftingSisters.

Thanks for being our guest Maura, I love your COLORFUL design! ~Shelley

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Happy Fox with Roberta Laliberte

Hello artsy friends, you are in for a real treat if you love cute wildlife and mixing art media! If you are all in then I would like to introduce you to The Happy Fox! 

The Happy Fox OOAK Artisan Showcase Roberta Laliberte

Yes, he really was happy, no joke. If you would like to see the source photo I used for inspiration you can find it on Pinterest right HERE

 I also chose a colour palette from my COLOR PALETTE BOARD  on Pinterest. 

Another great place to find awesome reference photos is on PEXELS.  It's a great resource for free stock photography which is something you have to watch out for if you were to ever sell your work. The copyright owner may have issue with you using their photos. 

Without further ado, click the play button and sit back and see how I created ‘The Happy Fox’.

Well I sure hope you enjoyed my video lesson as much as I love creating it for you!

Thanks for stopping by!  Come back again next week to see more of our fabulous design team creations!

Ever After mixed media workshop Roberta Laliberte
Hey guys! Shelley here.
I wanted to tell you that Roberta was also teaching this summer in the online class EVER AFTER hosted by Tamara Laporte from If you love fairy tales, magic and mixed media art then this online class is for you! Each teacher is also offering lessons on style development as well. Registration opens May 17th and if you click on THIS LINK , you can sign up for the email newsletter and get priority access to early bird prices when registration opens. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Splashy Shoes with Jean!

Welcome all, I want to show you all my new shoes!! Just like a kid when they get new shoes! Only now I am older and designed my own shoes.
These started as a plain white pair of tennies, add in some Dye-na-flow paints, Fantastix brush tips, and Pentel Gel Roller for Fabric. This project was a blast to make and using the Fantastix as markers made coloring the random sections very easy and fast. The hardest part was allowing the colors to dry to avoid color mixing. I then just doodled all over them. Doodling goes way back for me it took me a long time to believe my doodling could be art! Now I doodle on everything and anywhere. I even took them to the coffee shop where a few of us meet to draw! Oh, and they were a big hit!

I dabble in a lot of medias and strive to do different! Yes I will wear these shoes, right along with my 3 year old granddaughter who has a close to matching pair!
Life is too short to stay in the lines! so I draw my own lines!!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Design Team Member Feature: Jean Stambaugh Peter

I hope everyone is enjoying the spring so far!  I know I can't wait for the warmer weather to settle in!

OOAK Artisan Showcase Jean Stambaugh Peter

Every month, we will be featuring one of our Design Team members and their social media channels, and this month we are featuring Jean Stambaugh Peter!  Just wait till you see what Jean has in store for us in her project post on Tuesday!  You will love her project, I promise!

Jean does all kinds of creating, and designs fabulous things!

As you can see from the pictures, Jean creates in all kinds of mediums.  Mixed media, jewelry, fabric, and more!

OOAK Artisan Showcase Jean Stambaugh Peter

You can see Jean's work 

On Facebook:

On Instagram:

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On Pinterest:

And on her blog!

Each month on the first Tuesday, you will find one of Jean's fabulous projects right here!

I am leaving you with more of Jean's beautiful art to peruse, and until next time, happy crafting!   

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mixed Media with Leah

Hello everyone, I am here to share a mixed media piece with you today.

I created this piece using black gesso, Tim Holtz Distress Crayons, acrylic paint, Prima Marketing Paintables (watercolor paper pad) and some flowers and embellishments from my stash.  Of course, I used several stencils and colors in this piece, I am learning to put my stencils to good use!

I am calling it "Dreams and Dedication", and I think the quote is very appropriate for me right now :)  

This project started out as a 6x6 piece of watercolor paper, and grew into an 8x10 mixed media piece on wooden art board.  I loved being able to keep adding to it until I felt it was just the way it should be.  That's what appeals to me about mixed media and assemblage (another form of art that I absolutely adore).

I am just beginning to learn my way with mixed media, but I love anything that allows me to make something colorful and that makes people smile.

You can see more of my work at my blog:

OOAK Artisan Showcase will be featuring the wonderful art works of various artists on our new Design Team, and we will also be featuring OOAK members every month, doing product recaps and featuring guest designers!  If you are interested in any of these things, please follow along with us!  You can also contact us if you have further questions, by emailing me (Leah) at or Shelley (our fearless leader) at

This Friday, we will be doing a Design Team member in-depth feature of Jean Stambaugh Peter!  She will also be introducing her project next Tuesday, so we hope you will join us again!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Another Introduction :) Design Team!

Hello everyone, Leah here with some fabulous news!  Shelley and I have put together a talented design Team to help her market OOAK Artisan Showcase :)

We have five regular Design Team members and we are also looking for guest bloggers!  If you are interested in guest blogging, please let us know at

Our new Design Team members are:

Leah Tees, Artist
Coordinator of Marketing and Design, OOAK Artisan Showcase

Hello everyone! I have been addicted to art for as long as I can remember, and my history with art is varied! I have created jewelry, worked with wood, been an acrylic painter and instructor, worked with oils and watercolors and been a paper crafter; art and color are my escape and my heaven. I am excited to be leading this talented team and to be working with Shelley Graham Turner, who has been a friend since my jewelry-making days:)

  Jean Stambaugh Peter

 I have been doing art for as long as I can remember, I have always had a creative streak, and have been a creator of many arts all my life.  Starting when my children were young, doing flower arranging and tole painting.  My tastes and styles have evolved through the years, dabbling in and perfecting many mediums. I spent 20 years designing and creating my own style of jewelry, which has led to the recent passion in Mixed Media. With this style my works include almost anything, including repurposing many items others would consider trash. I have lived in Hobbs NM for the last 10 years with my husband of 36 years, Gary.  I am a member of the Llano Estacado Art Association and have served on the board for 7 years. Most of my time is spent creating art, and spending time with my family. My favorite art buddies are my grandchildren.   

Sharon Harkness-Dobler

I am an American ex-pat from Cincinnati, Ohio now based in Germany. I am a self-taught artist, sewer and doll maker. Art has been a staple in my life since childhood. Some of the earliest memories of my art journey include receiving a sewing machine that sewed with glue as a Christmas gift, making stamps carved out of potatoes...I got into real trouble for that one. Oh, and I can't forget about the sandals that I made out of cardboard. Yes, one could say that my love of art has taken me to some very creative places.

My goal is to create art that brings joy. I enjoy painting and illustrating my figures and placing my dolls in situations and surroundings that reflect moments of happiness, mediation, reflection or in communion with nature. My art is a reflection of how I see myself.

Jenn Engel

I am a Mixed Media Artist and Art Journaler from Pennsylvania. I have been painting and journaling for as long as I can remember, butit wasn’t until these two creative outlets came together that I truly found my artistic voice. In 2013, I started my YouTube channel, Mixed Media Jenn, so I could connect with like-minded people, share my journey and hopefully inspire others. As an introvert, sometimes I can’t find the words to express myself, which is where art comes into play for me. My art speaks for me when words fail. I just want to encourage and inspire others to express themselves in whatever form they can! When I am not working (as a home health care aide) or studying (I’m also a full-time student working towards my bachelor’s degree) I can be found in my studio covered in paint.

Roberta Laliberte 

I am a mixed media artist from Manitoba Canada. I teach to an online community as well as integrated arts education in schools across Manitoba. 
I love exploring new mediums and surfaces as well as tiny moments in everyday life that define who we are.

Each of these artists has a unique and vibrant talent that you will get to experience every month on the OOAK Artisans Showcase blog. Starting Tuesday, May 2, and continuing every week. We will also be featuring OOAK members and their art once a month, doing   product recaps and full DT member features. We hope you will come back and visit us soon :)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A New Hello! OOAK is alive and well ;)

Hello everyone, I am excited to introduce myself to you!  My name is Leah Tees and I have been helping Shelley Graham Turner at OOAK Artisan Showcase.  I am here today to tell you what we have been up to!  Some very exciting things are happening at OOAK.

First, Shelley has been very busy working on the new studio space in Utica, New York.  There is painting and furniture placing going on there like crazy, lol.

New Location Sign OOAK

Shelley has also been busy planning art workshops!  

OOAK Workshop Color Crush 2017

In March she held a three-day workshop in Syracuse, NY.  The workshop was taught by fun artists Birgit Koopsen, from the Netherlands, and Nathalie Kalbach, from New Jersey :)  Both of these ladies create wonderfully colorful pieces of art.

Blue and Teal Color Crush

 This looks like so much fun, look at all that color!

Pink and Orange Art Color Crush

Shelley's granddaughter Tori showed up on the last day to take some wonderful pics of all the great artwork being created :)

Art Stack Color Crush

Another fun workshop is in the works for July, featuring Elizabeth St. Hilaire from Paper Paintings.  Elizabeth will be instructing participants on collages! She does such beautiful work, I have been perusing her website!  I am very much looking forward to seeing the pictures from that workshop as well!

Elizabeth St. Hilaire Paper Paintings Workshop

If you would like to register for this workshop, please go to the OOAK website :)

Stay tuned for more great things coming your way soon!  I'll give you a little hint.....

Hahaha, and that's all you're getting from me...wink, wink, grin ;)  See you soon.