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.

Mixed Media Art Membership Group

Have you heard about the Mixed Media Art Membership Group? It's a monthly membership that I host that includes facilitated learning through a Project of the Month (with closed-captioned video instruction), Themed Challenge of the Month, a live Zoom Create-Along Session where we all work on our art together, and lots of resources such as the Project Vault, Technique Vault and Resource Library. Best of all is the supportive and inspiring community we enjoy in our private Facebook Group and the gated private forum on the site where I host the videos and resources.  

The group is only open for new members a few times a year, so please add your name to the waiting list to be the first to know when the doors open again. Click here to add your name to the waiting list.

Mixed Media Art Membership Group

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Have a great day!



  1. Carole Monahan on October 22, 2016 at 8:08 am

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

    • Marjie Kemper on October 23, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      My pleasure! Thanks for sharing your day with me.

  2. Astrid Maclean on October 21, 2016 at 4:03 am

    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!!

    • Marjie Kemper on October 21, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Can’t wait to see what you create, Astrid!

  3. Alicia Willis on October 20, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    What a great idea. How fun.

    • Marjie Kemper on October 21, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Thanks, Alicia!

  4. bernath on October 20, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    QUE J AIME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Marjie Kemper on October 21, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Merci, Bernath!

  5. Val on October 20, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    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 on October 24, 2016 at 11:49 am

      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!