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Brenda Brown

Brenda Brown

I have designed and created things all my life. Even as a child in primary school, I can remember designing patterns and images for my cross stitching, and it was my Mum who taught me how to knit and to use a sewing machine As I got older I loved observational drawing and studied oil painting at college. Being a full time primary school teacher prevented me from having too much time to explore my creative side whilst I was working but since retiring I have been able to have the luxury of designing, creating and making in my work room much more. I love all things vintage, shabby and timeworn and designing projects that I can share through my blog or teach at workshops. I am a DecoArt Helping Artist and Tutor and a member of the Mixed Media Design Team. The DecoArt media line of paints and mediums are my go-to materials to work with and I love experimenting with them and using/mixing them with other products. Having worked through a variety of artistic genres over the years mixed media has definitely become my style taking me all the way back to my college days.

Candy Colwell

Candy Colwell

Hi, I’m Candy Colwell. I live in the heartland of the United States. My husband and high-school sweetheart, Vic, and I have two wonderful children and four precious grandchildren. I have always had art in my life. I love expressing myself through my art. I started out as a paper crafter and have really found my passion in mixed media art. Probably as with most artists, I get bored quickly and am always looking for something new to expand my creative curiosity. Mixed media is the perfect genre for me as it is always changing, always new and different. I tend to gravitate to dimensional art, texture and detail in my work. Be it vintage, grungy and distressed, steampunk or something soft and shabby, I love it all!

My art has been published in print and online magazines as well as various websites. I am an educator. I not only love to help students create something but explain how and why products react the way they do. I am probably best known for my lengthy pictorial tutorials on my blog. This way, I can not only teach in a classroom setting but also online. I try to be a versatile artist; creating anything from dimensional home décor pieces to art journal pages. I am so honored to have done design work and guest artist spots for some wonderful companies. I so love being a part of DecoArt’s Mixed Media Design Team and Andy Skinner’s Creative Team. I pinch myself all the time to be sure it’s real! Thank you DecoArt for allowing me to be a part of your “family”. This is a truly amazing place to be!

Catherine Scanlon

Catherine Scanlon

Creating art is a lot like riding a bike or driving a car -- even when you haven't created for a long time it's an instinct that lives within you, just waiting for the right moment to explode on a scrap of paper, canvas or whatever you can get your hands on. Catherine Scanlon, a life long artist; has spent most of her adult life creating -- but in the times that her creativity has gone into hiding -- it has always emerged days, months and even years later; more creative, more bold and sometimes even better than ever before. While she has spent many years working in the paper crafting industry, these days you will find her hitting the books and creating art on the side. She's gone back to college full time to learn some new skills in Communications and New Media that are going to jettison her art career to new levels!

Catherine also creates Paintable's ArtPlay Coloring sheets and other fun items with AdornIt as well as adding to her extensive line of stamp designs for Art Gone Wild.

When people ask me what my favorite color is, I tell them all of them. I mean really, who can choose?

Claudia Neubacher

Claudia Neubacher

I have been creating since I could first hold a pencil. "Plumps" were the first creatures that filled my drawing sheets and gave me that wonderful feeling of being an almighty "creator". They actually were clumsily drawn circles with added strokes all around that resembled the legs (or arms?). But to me, they were my first creations, and that filled me with immense pride and happiness. Today, about 46 years later, I find that I still have moments when I feel like that...they are more seldom, of course...and therefore even more precious to me. And isn't this what being creative really is all about?

France Papillion

France Papillion

Meet France... from Belgium.

After discovering scrapbooking in 2001, France became a full time mixed media artist in 2010. The mix of soft grunge, color and rusted embellishments are the main ingredients of her tags, hand binded books, altered art and art journaling.

To tell her story, she likes to play with inky techniques, just like a writer juggling with words. In her classes and tutorials, these techniques based on product knowledge, allow her to offer a comfort zone to the participants, while guiding them to reveal their own creative self-confidence.

She uses her experience as a middle school teacher to share what lies close to her heart: the spark of creative enthusiasm!

Sharing is such an important part of art to her, that in November 2011, she started a video series on YouTube called 'Journal on Monday'. We celebrated the 100th episode in August 2014 with over 24k subscribers and till this day, a new video is added on a regular basis. Over the years, France became an established traveling instructor and published designer who had her work exhibited in art galleries. From February 2013 to June 2017, France designed signature stamps for Stampotique Originals. In January 2018, she launched her own stamp brand, Illusionary Artists, in collaboration with fellow DecoArt Artist Andy Skinner.

Kate Crane

Kate Crane

Kate lives in the north of England UK, in a rural location with her lovely family. She works part time as a school teacher but also teaches many mixed media and art journaling classes. She has always been creative but discovered mixed media in 2008 and her passion for messy, colourful, expressive art continues to this day. She has regularly written for many art and craft magazines in the UK and also in the USA. She has published several DVDs on the subject of art journaling, and has also been published in various art books. Kate has been involved in various collective online classes and she also films her own online classes, details of which can be found in her Etsy shop. A keen stamper, Kate has designed her own range of stamps for Stampotique Originals (USA).

Maura Hibbitts

Maura Hibbitts

I've joyously jumped to the right side of my brain and love playing with color. It all started when I was a kid sitting under the tree in the backyard drawing, but now my muse inspires me to work in mixed media and steampunk.

I especially like to use my imagination when creating my art and am often inspired by books I’ve read or places I’ve traveled. I enjoy life with my family in the Adirondack region of New York, and am blessed with a beautiful view of the mountains outside of my studio area (a corner of our living room). Travel, gardening, and reading make me a happy camper, and I am still fascinated by clouds and rocks from my years teaching earth science.

Shawn Petite

Shawn Petite

I'm a mixed media artist living my dream of creating every day and my passion for art has been with me from childhood. I've been teaching and painting for over 26 years in many different mediums, but found my art soul mate in mixed media.

I produce my own line of stencils and create soulful and informative workshops in mixed media. You can see more of my art, workshops and stencils at www.shawnpetite.com. You can also find me on Instagram and Facebook

My favorite quote: "I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou