Registration Open for Diane Culhane’s New Online Class, “Doings of a Doodle”


Doings of a Doodle
with Diane Culhane
2-Week Class; 6 Lessons

Class Dates: April 21 – May 2, 2015

“Doings of a Doodle” with Diane Culhane! from Silly U on Vimeo.

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Doodle your way into a big painting!

Doodling is really just mark making… marks that happen when you are otherwise occupied.

These marks that flow from you naturally while you are doodling can be an expression of your style, like your handwriting. In this class we will look at our doodles as resources; treasures from which we can create full-sized paintings.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a doodler, the exercises and techniques in this class will give you a fun way to tap into your personal style.

We will:

– Dig for treasure/doodle
– Observe & Arrange & Study
– Make folded books for doodle-ready surfaces
– Copy your images with hand/eye coordination
– Scan & enlarge your doodles
– Add color combinations with colored pencil & acrylic paint
– Create compositional grid paintings, and
– Create a Large Do-o-dle Painting!!

I hope you will join me!

Buckets of Joy,

Diane Culhane




Click HERE for more details. Thank you!

“Flower Crazy Mini” – Online Class

Flower Crazy Mini – Online Class from Silly U on Vimeo.

Three-Lesson Class with Carla Sonheim
Drawing, Watercolor, Mixed Media • $25

Class Dates: April 7-10, 2015



I’ve had many requests to offer a shortened version of the original 5-week class, “Flower Crazy.” Well here we are! “Flower Crazy Mini” is three-lesson class (we will layer with watercolor, markers and other media to create four imaginary flower paintings). Class runs April 7-10, 2015, with commenting through the following weekend.

Cost: $25

Click HERE for more information!

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Your itinerary:

Lesson 1: Flower Blast
flower vocabulary with markers, colored pencils, transparent watercolor layers


Lesson 2: Imaginary Flowers
mark-making with watercolors, white ink, pencil

Lesson 3: Flower Bursts
Fast and loose with watercolors, gesso, pencil


Praise for the original “Flower Crazy“:

I have been somewhat of an online class junkie in the past year and must say [Flower Crazy] is the best one I’ve ever done!” — Anne

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Make “Imaginary Creatures” With Me!



I wanted to remind you that “Imaginary Creatures,” a mixed-media online class, begins tomorrow. It is one week long, and is packed full of watercolor and mixed media techniques. Just $35!

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All of these images were made using techniques from this class. Join me! Details HERE.

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This is a repeat session of the original class. If you have previously taken Imaginary Creatures and would like to join the fun again at no additional cost, please email me. Thank you!

What the Bearmouse Said


Recently for my Spark! class I gave the assignment of “Chasing Rabbits.” By this I meant they were to give themselves permission to spend time in life and in the studio just “messing around.” (Which, I truly believe and know to be true, is an essential part of the creative life!)

In my preparations for the class I did what all of us do, I “Googled” the words “chasing rabbits.”

Second on the list was a youtube video of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” ( One click and I remembered the song.

(But, unlike Steve from the other room who was singing along, l didn’t know the lyrics.)

So I googled those, too!

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White Rabbit
Song by Jefferson Starship, Jefferson Airplane

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don’t do anything at all
Go ask Alice
When she’s ten feet tall

And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you’re going to fall
Tell ‘em a hookah-smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call
Call Alice
When she was just small

When the men on the chessboard
Get up and tell you where to go
And you’ve just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving low
Go ask Alice
I think she’ll know

When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen’s off with her head
Remember what the dormouse said
Feed your head
Feed your head

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But… here’s to “feeding” our heads!

Seattle Artist Amy Hevron’s Kickstarter Project

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Hi everyone!

I wanted to tell you about a Kickstarter project I just supported by Seattle artist Amy Hevron.

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I met Amy several weeks ago at the SCBWI conference in NY and her beautiful work really stood out during the Portfolio Showing evening… Since she lives in Seattle, we had coffee last week. She’s wonderful, of course, and is holding a Kickstarter Campaign to self-publish her first children’s book, “Charley and the Yellowstone Sprites.”

I just wanted to pass along the info in case you are in need of a cute children’s book about bison, Yellowstone and sprites (and want to help a truly talented person get her first book published)! CLICK HERE for more.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Wrapped Animals


This weekend I  made these three wire-and-fiber wrapped animals… super fun to make, and the stars of my next lesson for 2015: Year of the Spark, the online class I’m co-teaching with Lynn Whipple this year.

The class has been a wonderful experience so far — the participants are brilliant and inspiring! Carolyn wrote today:

Cannot tell you how much I am enjoying being a Sparklet.  I have done more art in the past month than I managed alone in a year.  Many thanks for a great course.

If you wanted to join but didn’t, it’s not too late to join us! Click HERE for details.




I had the best day today… a perfect day! Slept in, made some fabric-wrapped animals (will show soon), worked out, went to the thrift store, and now a movie at home with Steve. And a beautiful day in Seattle, too.

How about you?

Wood Burning Tool Giveaway!

woodkit Hello and Happy Valentine’s Day! Steve is out of town so I’ve torn my studio apart in an effort to clean out a bit. Before Christmas I tested something for Walnut Hollow, and they sent me this “Creative Versa-Tool” wood-burning kit… but I already have one! So I’m giving this away. And, while I’m at it, I might as well give a self-study online class to go with it (Wood Burning for Mixed-Media Artists). Click HERE for those details. (If you’ve already taken the class, enter anyway… you can gift it to a friend if you win!) Please leave a comment below for a chance to win these two things. I will pick a winner randomly tomorrow, Sunday, February 15th at 9pm PST. (Another 1.5 hours to enter for a chance to win Fred Lisaius’ “Winter Watercolors” online class, which begins Monday! Click HERE. Also, I have put up more originals on etsy this evening. Click HERE for those. Thanks!)

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Winner was #24, Arly!

Arly wrote: “Thank you for generously giving me a chance to win!”


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