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Happy Monday everyone,

I hope you had a fabulous weekend!

It is an indoor kind of day today.   What did you do to celebrate your Monday?

Keep smiling & creating, Nicci

…… & it felt damn fine!

Happy Tuesday Everyone, 

I almost copped out on my walk this morning. I had to ask myself “Is this what you want out of life?”, “Do you want to stay as you are, age as you are?”. Hell no, was my response. I stood up to myself & it felt damn fine. We have to stand up to and for ourselves. We are our own worst critics, worst enablers, worst spokesperson.

ENOUGH! This is my time.. Heck, this is YOUR TIME!

Are you happy with your lot in life? Is this what you dreamt your life would be? Do you enjoy and/or get a feeling of purpose from what you do everyday?

In some aspects of my life, I do. In others, ….not so much.

I LOVE my family & would not change them for the world.

I LOVE my job. I am an Artist & a teacher of art.

I LOVE that I was born into a country that lets females express themselves.

What do I want?

I want to feel better. I want to look/feel healthier. I want to feel desirable. I want to share my art & creativity with more of the world…..and more than any of those…. I want to help other people smile.

This is it! Our one ride on the merry-go-round. Some of us get to ride longer than others, but in the end….. THIS IS IT!

What do you want to accomplish before your ride is over? What makes you happy?

Keep smiling & creating, Nicci

Welcome to my ART VLOG!

It seems to be a time for re-birth, renewal, i.e. no more fear for a lot of my friends this month…… including myself. This change has been growing, and defining itself within me for the past 7 or so months. There is a NEED for a new branch to venture out onto in this crazy life.

When I do something like this, I always tend to jump in with both feet at once. I know, crazy Gemini woman, right? lol

Therefore each weekday (M-F) I will begin by getting in my 7,000 + steps, a good morning welcome on my vlog, followed by some form of art or another creative adventure 🙂 .

JOIN ME by subscribing to my youtube channel TODAY!

Keep smiling & creative, Nicci

Time to GET your ART ON!

Nothing helps you transition into Fall better than a classroom full of creativity, laughter and similar souls!   TODAY you can sign yourself or your kids up for one (or more) on my juicy workshops! I cannot wait to have you JOIN the FUN!

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SEMIAHMOO ART SOCIETY: South Surrey Rec & Arts Centre

(14601 – 20th Ave, Surrey, BC.)

To register call (604) 501-5100 or CLICK here and type SSRAC in the search.

My upcoming ART CLASSES for Adults

Date: Tuesday Jun 14   (Part 1)
Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm

Cost: $28.00 + tax

Date: Monday Jun 20 (Part 2)
Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: $28.00 + tax

Instructor: Nicci (Dot C.A.) Battilana
What to learn how to make your very own unique stamps for your art journals, card making, etc?

JOIN US for this fun workshop!

No previous carving experience is necessary. In this workshop we will be working on basic shapes and images. In a later class (June 20) we will work on carving words & short phrases.

SUPPLIES to bring to class:
– art journal (page size approx 8’x10′) (FYI: Instructor will be using a Dylusions journal) or plain paper to sketch out ideas on and test your stamps with.
– craft sheet
– paper towel
– 1-3 of your favourite ink pads
– tracing paper
– pencil & eraser
– a fine line or medium point permanent black marker.
– X-Acto blade
– cutting mat
– clear tape
********PLUS********
Maggie will be taking orders for the following supplies at the shop. Therefore please contact her ASAP to place your supply orders for:
– Speedball Linozips Safety Cutter (set/5) ~ designed for the safer ‘pull’ method of carving. (if unavailable, Maggie will be ordering in the stamp carving set, which have ‘push’ blades).
– Speedball speedycut rubber blocks (size 4×5.5)

or Safety-kut blocks (size 4×6)

** Please note that we will be talking about carving/cutting safety prior to any stamp creation in this class. Nicci Battilana and/or Country Lane cannot be held responsible for any harm that may come to you while taking this workshop. **

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Date: Tue May 31
Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: $28.00 + tax
Instructor: Nicci (Dot C.A.) Battilana
SUPPLIES to bring to class:
– art journal (page size approx 8’x10′) (FYI: Instructor will be using a Dylusions journal)
– 1 page in your journal with NO gesso prep work 🙂
– Acrylic PAINT: black
* Dylusions: Fresh Lime, & vibrant turquoise
* PRIMA Art Alchemy in ‘metallique green olive’ & ‘metallique steampunk copper’
* Dina Wakely MEDIA paints in: White (fine tip applicator), Ruby & Blackberry Violet
– Tim Holtz Distress Crayon in Walnut Stain,
– Tim Holtz Distress ink pad in ‘Walnut Stain’ or ‘Vintage Photo’ .
– Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Black Soot
– Tim Holtz Distress Spray in fossilized amber
– Tim Holtz small rectangle stencils in steampunk clockwork & the harlequin pattern.
– Fineline applicator filled with fluid black acrylic paint (fine tip, 20 gauge/0.5 mm)
– Elegant Writer pen in 2.0 with black ink
– KROMA crackle or other thick white crackle paste
– heat gun
– craft sheet
– baby wipes
– water container
– variety of paint brushes including a fine liner
– paper towel
– STICKLES in ‘Diamond’ & ‘Black Diamond’
– palette knife or scraper
Date:           Thursday June 2
Time:           10 am – 12:30 pm
Cost:           $28.00 + tax
Instructor:   Nicci (Dot C.A.) Battilana
SUPPLIES to bring to class:
– art journal (page size approx 8’x10′) (FYI: Instructor will be using a Dylusions journal)
– 1 page in your journal with a layer of gesso prep work 🙂
– col-erase sketch pencil
– china marker pencil in black
– water colour crayon in light blue
– Acrylic PAINT: black, light blue & brown
   * Dylusions: Fresh Lime, & crushed grape
   * PRIMA Art Alchemy in ‘metallique green olive’ & ‘metallique steampunk copper’
   * Dina Wakely MEDIA paints in: White (fine tip applicator), & Ruby
– Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Peeled Paint
– Elegant Writer pen in 2.0 with black ink
– STICKLES in ‘Diamond’ & ‘Black Diamond’
– KROMA crackle or other thick white crackle paste
– palette knife or scraper
– heat gun
– craft sheet
– baby wipes
– water container
– variety of paint brushes including a fine liner
– paper towel

Please call the shop to secure your place!
Country Lane
#102-17665 66a Ave
Surrey, BC V3V2T8
(604) 574-9088

 

This SUNDAY * SUNDAY * SUNDAY from 2-4pm!

Come see me at the Good Day Sunshine Cafe

in South Surrey between 2 & 4pm on May 15th!

PICK UP one of my collectable 1″ ART pins while checking out my fun’n’fabulous Welcome to Wonderland ART SHOW!

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