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Create Abstract Portraits at the Etsy Labs

Jul 21, 2011

by Claire Comfort

If you missed Carla Sonheim’s drawing lesson at the Etsy Labs in February, this Monday is your chance to learn a new water-based drawing technique with the talented teacher, artist and author of the book, Drawing Lab. Find your own copy of Drawing Lab on Amazon or an independent bookseller near you. For this workshop we will be using a water-resistant ink to create abstract portraits with ink droppers on hot pressed water color paper. For more of Carla’s work, check out her Etsy shop and paper doll project from this How-Tuesday post.

About This Week’s Teacher
Carla Sonheim is a Seattle-based illustrator. Her work exemplifies her belief in artists’ need to experiment with materials and techniques. In her own words, “As I work on and complete each painting, I am struck by how similar this process is to my life in general. Starting with imperfect wood (we are imperfect as people), and using a wide variety of materials and techniques (work, relationships, art), we can transform the imperfection into something beautiful.” Carla has taught an online drawing course called The Art of Silliness, which helps adults and children tap into their own creativity by encouraging the happy accidents and outcomes that occur when we allow ourselves to play.

Where: 55 Washington Street, Suite 712 (7th floor) Brooklyn, New York, 11201.

When: Monday, July 25  from 4-8 p.m. with demos at 4:15, 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15.

RSVP here.

Webcast: For those of you who can’t make it in person, we’ll be doing a live demo via Livestream at 3:30 p.m. ET. You can check out the feed right on the Etsy Community page.

More Upcoming Events with the Etsy Labs:

8/1: Mouse Pincusions With Ellen from The Long Thread

8/8: Sew a Skirt With Brett Bara

8/22: Embroidery With Merriweather Council

Photo from last week’s Craft Night

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  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 9 years ago

    This looks like fantastic fun! I'll have to check out Carla's online class since I can't be there in person.

  • BodaciousBiddies

    BodaciousBiddies said 9 years ago

    I have this book! Love her style!!!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    I love Carla's philosophy on being silly enough to let go and create, some of the most wonderful things were originally 'happy accidents'. Sounds like a really fun lab!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 9 years ago

    Sounds fun!

  • Adeya

    Adeya said 9 years ago

    oh that looks like so much fun! Can't wait for the online stream :)

  • adoodle

    adoodle said 9 years ago


  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 9 years ago

    the art of silliness.... sounds like fun!!!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 9 years ago

    This makes my inner painter happy!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 9 years ago

    Sounds like so much fun!!!

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 9 years ago


  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 9 years ago

    Wish I could be there : )

  • mamif

    mamif said 9 years ago


  • PattieJansen

    PattieJansen said 9 years ago

    YES! Loosening up is so key to the creative process...Sounds like a great event! I'll look forward to checking out the Livestream edition...Thanks!

  • LuLusApple

    LuLusApple said 9 years ago

    I am so going to check out the online class! I bought her book when my daughter was doing home-school. She recieved art credit and I got to join in the fun! What a blast!

  • RueRenee

    RueRenee said 9 years ago

    Makes me want to get out my drawing supplies!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 9 years ago

    Looks like fun! Would be great to learn! Thanks for sharing!

  • AliceCloset

    AliceCloset said 9 years ago

    Sounds fun! Thank you very much for this lovely article :D

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 9 years ago

    what a great idea! love your work.

  • lenamiller

    lenamiller said 9 years ago

    I love the artist's approach. She seems such a happy and fun person that applies her philosophy to her art. I am going to buy her book for my granddaughter who is very creative and loves painting.

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 9 years ago

    great books

  • dekanimal

    dekanimal said 9 years ago

    Sounds fun!!

  • CreativeSwirls

    CreativeSwirls said 9 years ago


  • Tjentland

    Tjentland said 9 years ago

    I love these pieces! I can imagine the conversation between Lauren Castillo's "Grannies" and I can feel the texture of Hamjart's Sheep. They're all such fun!

  • StampersCraftsGifts

    StampersCraftsGifts said 9 years ago

    So cool. Great work.

  • FestivMotha

    FestivMotha said 9 years ago

    Love this style of art. Looking forward to catching this on Etsy Community! Thank for Sharing!

  • FindersKeepers17

    FindersKeepers17 said 9 years ago

    I took a class from Carla last year and she is a wonderful teacher! I am self taught in a lot of ways like she was with water colors so her techniques meshed well with my skill level. Her class on silly is great too! Definately take part in this you won't regret it!

  • Mouseblossom

    Mouseblossom said 9 years ago

    Love this :-)

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