Art Is You Recap (2016)

This year’s Fall Art Is You Mixed Media Art Retreat has come and gone! I’ve blogged about this event many times over the years.  It’s truly an extraordinary event filled with laughter, creativity and friendship. I’ve never been to a more welcoming group. Click here if you’d like to read about prior events.

This was my sixth year attending and my third year teaching. I taught a full day workshop called Dress Up Your Desktop. We created master boards and then cut them up into smaller pieces to adorn binders, clipboards, notepad covers, etc.

Mixed Media Art Retreat Attendees

Art is You 2016 - finished projects

These ladies were a joy!  Not everyone wants their name mentioned, but they know who they are, and I thank them for spending the day with me.

Dress Up Your Desktop!

Here’s a peek at the samples:

Art Is You Mixed Media Art Retreat 2016 - Marjie Kemper - Dress Up Your Desktop mixed media class

It’s fun to go to a meeting or conference toting unique items like these. No more boring office supplies! I brought tons of supplies for everyone to use during the class. It always tickles me to see which stamps, stencils, and dies everyone chooses.

Art Is You Workshop with Marjie Kemper

What’s fascinating is not just their choices of tools, but also color decisions… and how creative each one is in her own right.

Art is You 2016 Dress Up Your Desktop class with Marjie Kemper

Basically, there was color everywhere!

Color everywhere at Art Is You 2016

Student Work – Altered Clipboards, Beautiful Binders, Fanciful File Folders, and more

Here are some of the pieces Arlene made:

Arlene's Art - Dress Up Your Desktop class

And some of Carole’s:

Carole's Art - Dress Up Your Desktop class

Ellen was with us while worried about family back home. Hurricane Matthew was doing a lot of destruction during the Retreat. I’m so glad she was able to get there safely and create these beauties:

Ellen's Art - Dress Up Your Desktop class

This next artist doesn’t want to be named, but said I could share her work:

Student Art - Dress Up Your Desktop class

Patricia wowed us with her altered clipboards and binder covers:

Patricia's Art - Dress Up Your Desktop class

Be sure to get on the Art Is You mixed media art retreat mailing list to find out where they’re going in 2017 and beyond. The retreat is held in multiple locations in the USA and Australia.

In the meantime, please check out my online mixed media class with Craftsy.  It’s called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects. It comes with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee!   Newsletter subscribers receive an automatic discount code for the class, so sign up here for the newsletter if interested. Here’s a 2-minute preview video:


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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Thanks Marjie for a class filled with fun and learning!
    I have been slowly stockpiling paints with 50% off coupons!

  2. Oh wow, looks like a completely inspiring class and the ladies did amazng work!! I love the idea of creating a set like this, – you have just inspired me to have a go at something like this!!

  3. Alicia Willis says:

    What a great idea. How fun.

  4. QUE J AIME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. OH WOW! Marjie these are amazing and I love your set. I would love to make something like this… I have done your class in Craftsy at it was my fave. I would love you to do another online class to do something like this. <3

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Val! I am working on some online courses and will keep that in mind. Have a great day!