Geli Plate Printing, Coptic Stitch Binding, Felted Spirit Stones, and Felted Soap Added at The Painted Dog in Downtown Brunswick!

Long title, I know.  I’m trying my hardest to market free, and as well as free can be!  I am happy to report some fantabulous new class offerings at The Painted Dog, my sweet little gem of a teaching studio in downtown Brunswick, Maine.  I’ve just added geli plate printing, an amazing coptic stitched blank journal, felted soaps, and one of my all time faves: Felted Spirit Stones.  For more info than I give below, visit my classes page and scroll, baby, scroll!  That nearly rhymes.  I like it when I rhyme accidentally!  The classes I list are not necessarily in order, but it’s all there!  Bear with me, I’m learning as I go…

Geli Plate printing is taking place on Friday, Nov. 13th from 12:30-2:30pm.  This is also called monoprinting and is fun, quick, and easy.  We will experiment with stencils, cling wrap, lace, stamps, and more.  The craziest thing that I’ve ever printed on my gelatin plate is a doily.  It’s insanely cool.  I’ll never look at crocheted lace the same again…


Felted Spirit Stones is a 2-session class and will take place on Fridays in December, from 12:30-2:30pm. These are joyful to look at and to hold.  They’d make a great gift! They are about the size of a paper weight and very peaceful to stitch up.



Felted soap is another one of my favorite things to make.  It’s easy too, but you will get a bit of a forearm workout.  These make great gifts too. This class takes place JUST in time for the holidays, on Friday, December 18th, from 6-8:30pm.


I have also added a beautiful blank journal class, called Coptic Stitch Blank Journal with a Monoprinted Hardcover. I feel like this title is long winded.  But so am I!  This class will teach you how to use a gelatin plate AND how to bind using the coptic stitch method.  Sometimes this is called a chain stitch. Theres a cool bind-over-tape thing in the middle of the open spine which is really snazzy.  The binding will look like the one below, but your covers will be your own printing.




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WEEKEND WARRIORS: Saturday Zentangle and Knitting Added at The Painted Dog in Downtown Brunswick!

As we slowly wind our way into fall, I have begun to think about knitting and crocheting.  I love to knit during this time, especially fingerless mitts!  I also can appreciate the fact that many people have day jobs and only have evenings or weekends free.  So…..I have an amazing friend, artist, and knitting instructor on board to teach a knitting 101 class at The Painted Dog, my sweet little gem of a studio.  It’s Saturday October 17th at 10am.  Click on my classes page and scroll down for more info!



I have also added a Zentangle 101 Basics class on Saturday, November 7th at 3:00pm.  I love to doodle and even more so, love to shade those doodles and make them appear to have real form.   Again, check out that classes page for more info. Below is a very gray mandala filled with Zentangle doodling… But not yet shaded in…

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As I fervently juggle my tasks as of late (and drop a few balls along the way),  I will say this:  I love this new journey in my life.  This little teaching studio space fills my soul.  I’ve had 4 adorable kids’ classes and 1 awesome adult class.  I really love doing this.  I have found my little niche.  I can be creative, make a bit of income, and have my own little special place to do so.  I can be my own boss, make my own schedule, make a huge mess, and make my art.  I feel busier than ever but in a very good way.

Happy fall to all!

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Softcover Clothesline Book: A New Class!

Make a sweet, multi-signature book with me this fall.  In two 3-hour long sessions, I will show you how to make this chunky beauty.  During the first session, we will explore different mark making methods and painty surface design techniques, including stenciling, screen printing and stamping.  I’ve added new several techniques to this repertoire (if you done this with me before) which include doodling with fountain pens and India ink.  Since we only decorate one side of each sheet of paper, about every other page ends up blank.

For the second session, we will chop our papers in half and bind them using my own stab binding pattern and waxed linen thread.  The binding is my very favorite part and is quicker than it looks.  At the end of the second session, I will demonstrate how to collage meaningful elements (the scraps we save in our lives) onto several pages to make this a real keepsake.  This baby measures 6 inches tall, 1.5 inches thick, and about 5 inches wide.


Softcover Clothesline Book is offered once at my little gem of a studio: The Painted Dog!  Located at 13 Pleasant Street Brunswick, Maine, on the second floor of a building called The Title Company.  The cost for the class is $60 and includes all materials (about a 15 dollar value!).  Bring an apron and expect to get messy!

DATES & TIMES: Wednesdays September 23 & 30, 5:30-8:30pm

LOCATION:  The Painted Dog: An Art & Stitch Studio, 13 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine

Space is limited, email Mandy at or call 207.504.2438 to resister.


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Duncan’s Family Jewels at The Painted Dog!!!

So this new studio space, shared between myself and Rebecca Sweek, is not just one intended for teaching, it’s also the new home of Duncan’s Family Jewels!  This is Rebecca’s smartly named line of handmade bags, clutches, and the like, available for purchase here on Etsy.  (Duncan is the name of her beloved dachshund who can do no wrong).  She actually waxes the fabric herself before sewing these items and often adds an up-cycled belt for a handle.   Her most popular item is the large tote-style bag like the one below.



I love how she combines two types of prints for the exterior.  Rebecca really has an eye for great fabric marriages. Each bag is fully lined and quite rugged!



So when thinking The Painted Dog, also think Duncan’s Family Jewels!



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The Painted Dog: An Art & Stitch Studio Coming Soon!

I cannot contain my excitement any longer!  My very creative (and hilarious) friend and I are renting a humble and darling little studio space in downtown Brunswick, Maine.  She will use the space to stitch her wax canvas bags, clutches, and other creations while I will hold after-school art clubs for several age groups, along with art and craft classes for adults.  I have updated my classes page to reflect The Painted Dog kids’ class schedule for fall.

We’ve been busy with very important things, like what should our logo be? It needed to be playful, kid-friendly, funny (if possible), and inviting…Or non-threatening.  Our name reflects our love of dogs, so we came up with this cute little guy (or gal).  It’s probably a gal, if you know what I mean.


There’s been a lot of confusion over why we are showing the back end of the dog.  Like why not the front?  The cute face? Why the rear?

The only thing I can say, other than the fact that the image shows way MORE than just the butt, is that this frolicking doggy will be eye catching for sure.  We have almost zero dollars in our advertising budget, so this little gal stamped on a printed 8.5 x 11 informational poster will surely be an item of interest.  We probably should name her.  Any suggestions would be helpful.  She’s a dachshund.  Blanche? Dorothy? Rose? Sophia? Lucky?


I like to be open and honest when blogging and probably share a bit too much really, but I fully admit to having moments of horror, worrying about just how I will manage this new endeavor on top of all my other responsibilities.  I woke up in the middle of the night last night and couldn’t fall back asleep for a couple hours thinking about the staggering task(s) ahead.  I suppose it all comes down to time management and paramount self-care.  But do I actually have enough hours in the day for everything?  I will keep my current part time job running a small sewing, art, and craft classroom at my local Joann,  which I do love, most of the time!  Maybe 87% of the time.

Anyway, wish me luck.  And energy. Wish me energy!

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