A sparrow's journey through this crazy, beautiful life...

Friday, August 21, 2015

Festive Soul Food 2015 ONLINE Mixed Media Art Class


NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!!!
$32
http://communitythrive.com/festive-soul-food

~ 3 Head Chefs: Mystele Kirkeeng, Heather Santos and Jeanette House
~ 9 Sous-Chefs & 1 Celebrity Chef!
~ 3 content rich video instruction mixed media lessons per week for 1 month
~ Each artist’s favourite festive comfort food cooking recipe
~ All downloadable videos
~ Classroom access through Dec 31, 2015
~ Access to a private Community Thrive group on Facebook

Friday, July 24, 2015

Joy Bird

I had so much fun making this guy! As I got into the painting stages, a friend asked me to make a bird as a gift she could give. I showed him to her and changed the color scheme to what she was looking for. I would never have picked these colors on their own, but I LOVE the way it turned out! His wings are attached with wire and dangle freely... such a fun project! Thank you to my customer!


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Documented Life Project Featured Artist


I am super excited to have been asked to be a part of the Documented Life Project this year! Thanks for joining me! I love the movement with this project. Exploration and discovery... doing what you love and keeping some records of your life along the way. Here is the challenge prompt for this week:

May Theme
Touchy Feely (Texture)
May 16
Art Challenge:  Modeling Paste
Journal Prompt:  "Rise to the Occasion"

I am a texture freak. I LOVE it. Modeling paste is so much fun to play with. Some brands also call it molding paste and there are different types you can get. For working in a journal, you will want to use FLEXIBLE modeling/molding paste so it won't break off your page over time. The occasion for my page is my birthday, I'm turning 42. Supplies and more pics are below!

After you watch the video, come hang out with Mystele and I at Community Thrive, our online art community. We have just set up U Thrive (University Thrive), a totally new learning experience with new instructors, classes and even one on one mentoring! You seriously don't want to miss this!!! There are both free and paid classes available along with art challengesart swapsfree demos,Stash Talk and other features and opportunities to encourage each other and grow together... to Thrive!

Music in this video was generously provided by Kristen Nelson.



Click image to enlarge.







Supplies used: Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste, Liquitex Acrylic Ink, Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Ink, Adirondack Alcohol Ink

Thanks go out to Lorraine Bell and the rest of the DLP team for inviting me! Check out more projects on their blog!



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

U Thrive Instructor Sarah Trumpp

Sarah Trumpp from Wonderstrumpet is one of our wonderfully weird instructors teaching for a short time in U Thrive's Flourish 201. In her class called "Fly Your Freak Flag," you'll work with Sarah to unleash your inner freakyfreaks.
But there's more! In Flourish Beyond you will get some one on one mentoring with her! Meet her in this video and come over to Community Thrive to read all the details about her classes!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Announcing U Thrive AND Two New Mini Classes from Me!!!


Mystele and I have HUGE news at Community Thrive! We have been working long and hard on a new course setup at Community Thrive. A whole new learning experience with new instructors, classes and even mentoring! We are just bursting with excitement about it! We have launched the new U Thrive! We have set it up into four different levels, Electives, Flourish 101, Flourish 201, and Flourish Beyond. You can read all about it in our newsletter that just went out or you can head straight to Community Thrive and read about it there.

I am also releasing two mini classes that I'm excited about as well! In the past year or so (as of this writing in May 2015), I have become absolutely enamored with clay. I have done tons of research and experimenting and PLAYING! These little classes are a result of my early experiments with polymer clay. These are simple, inexpensive necklaces that make beautiful handmade gifts. It’s so fun to experiment with color combinations and different shapes of pendant trays. Click on the images below to find out more and register.



Friday, May 8, 2015

In my journal...

A photo posted by Heather Santos (@heather.santos) on


A photo posted by Heather Santos (@heather.santos) on

Monday, May 4, 2015

May Flowers...

Our art swaps and art challenges are up and running at Community Thrive and I'd love it if you'd come check it out! This  month, I've played along with the art challenges there and will be sending this little piece home with our random winner for May.



Friday, May 1, 2015

Owl and Bird Pendants

Fun double-sided pendants I made recently. Each one has an original mixed media painting and collage. The silver ones are just over an inch square and the copper ones are an inch and a half square. These are available in my online shop as well as at The Vault Arts Collective.



Monday, March 2, 2015

Updates at Community Thrive!

Mystele and I have been putting a lot of work into our online art community, Community Thrive. We upgraded the platform in January and have been adding lots of new features. It has really become a place with lots of stuff to do. We also just released out latest newsletter that is FULL of all the new features and happenings at Community Thjrive. We are just so thrilled with all that's going on! Take a peak at it HERE.


Our March Art Challenges opened today and I've released my latest video response to one of them.



This is the piece I create in the video above and it will go home with a random challenge winner at the end of the month.






Saturday, February 21, 2015

Soul Food 2015 Lessons

My first Soul Food 2015 lesson went live on Monday, which means I can share it here! It's a fun and simple little lesson. The whole class has been so fun with great projects and an awesome community. You can find out more and sign up here: www.soulfoodclass.tumblr.com.



Today, I'm busy recording my next lesson! Here's a little sneak peek! I'm having a blast getting it ready for you!


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

February Art Challenges at Community Thrive

We've done a lot of sprucing up over at Community Thrive and I'd love it if you'd come check it out! This  month, I've played along with the art challenges there and will be sending this little guy home with our random winner this month.





Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Soul Food 2015 Head Chef Mystele!

It's finally time to gather in the kitchen for Soul Food 2015! Registration is open! You do need to be a member of Community Thrive in order to register for the class, but joining Community Thrive is free. You can find out more details about the class on our blog and register for the class over at Community ThriveWe  hope to see you in the kitchen!!!




Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Soul Food 2015 Head Chef Jeanette House!

It's finally time to gather in the kitchen for Soul Food 2015! Registration is open! You do need to be a member of Community Thrive in order to register for the class, but joining Community Thrive is free. You can find out more details about the class on our blog and register for the class over at Community ThriveWe  hope to see you in the kitchen!!!



Friday, January 16, 2015

The Documented Life Project 2015

I'm thrilled to announce that I have been invited to be a guest artist in The Documented Life project in 2015! This project offers weekly prompts to document your life through art. You can learn more about it in their community. There is a great lineup of artist that you can check out here!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know... ME!



It's finally time to gather in the kitchen for Soul Food 2015! Registration is open! You do need to be a member of Community Thrive in order to register for the class, but joining Community Thrive is free. You can find out more details about the class on our blog and register for the class over at Community ThriveWe  hope to see you in the kitchen!!!