Mixed Media Dream Florals - Art and Soul Retreat - Colorado Springs, CO


Mixed Media Dream Florals
with instructor Caitlin Dundon
Art and Soul Retreat, Colorado Springs, CO
Sat - Sun, May 30 - 31st, 2020, $340

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Join mixed media artist, author, instructor and calligrapher Caitlin Dundon for a fabulous, energizing and inspirational 2-day workshop for beginners, intermediate and advanced artists! We will start with the basics of your background substrate working with collage versus painted and black or white or tinted gesso. Work on sheets of watercolor paper or bring your favorite canvas or wood panels.

The workshop will cover the basics of simple collage but then take it steps further. We'll use a variety of papers for collage using acrylic soft gels with an overview of the difference between matte medium, soft, regular and heavy gel. Students can work with a “Dream Floral theme or choose to work with abstract imagery or another theme of their choosing. We will explore image collage working with both silhouette with patterned paper, techniques for incorporating color xeroxed imagery and painted imagery.



 Discover the magic of layering in mixed media using a variety of techniques:

  • gesso washes
  • sgraffito and mark-making
  • sanding back
  • using non-brush wedges/tools for painting
  • acrylic soft gel collage
  • tinted gel collage
  • rubber stamping with gesso, paint and permanent stamp pads 
  • stenciling with paint and gesso
  • reverse stenciling
  • stamped and collaged papers
  • crackle gel
  • color glazing
  • hand lettering, stamped and collaged lettering

Students will benefit from daily handouts and critiques with helpful tips for individual problem solving for layout, color and texture. Finally, the class will review a variety of drawing/ink pens/brush pens and fine brushes for adding details like outlines, line work and lettering including dip pens, Pitt pens/Microns, China Markers, Posca pens and Golden high flow and acrylic ink.

There are no mistakes in this workshop. One of the best things about this 2-day workshop is the chance to play and explore with abandon in a safe, encouraging space. Often brilliant discoveries are made when you just create and don't think about what you are trying to achieve.

Materials Fee $20 paid at beginning of class includes:

additional colors acrylic paints (heavy body and high flow)
black gesso
collage papers (novel newsprint, tissue paper, rice paper, mulberry paper, decorative paper)
rubber stamps and stencils to share
acrylic glazing liquid
paper plates
makeup wedges
tools/wedges to share
crackle gel
China Marker
FW white acrylic ink, High flow black, brown, blue
Posca pens
tracing paper
graphite transfer paper
Caran D’ache white pencils

Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

qty. 6 sheets, 11 inch x 14 inch hot press watercolor paper (like 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico) or OPTIONAL bring 4 sheets of watercolor paper and 2 qty. 11 inch x 14” canvas or wood panels
water container
assorted brushes for acrylics (instructor recommends 1 inch flat or mop brush and quarter inch flat, plus smaller pointed brushes for detail work)
paper towels
baby wipes
8 oz. jar of white acrylic gesso
8 oz. jar of acrylic soft gel in matte, gloss or semi-gloss 
2-3+ colors of acrylic heavy body or fluid acrylics
ball point pen
Optional: bring your own floral reference for inspiration (color laser printed photos (not inkjet), calendar page, magazine photo etc.), bring your own assortment of decorative papers to collage, rubber stamps/stencils, heat tool

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About the instructor Caitlin Dundon is a Seattle mixed media artist, professional calligrapher and instructor with over 20 years of experience. Known for her signature style of calligraphy combined with her colorful paintings, she creates custom pieces for individuals and corporate commissions. She’s been published and written articles for Somerset Studio and Art Journaling magazines and been featured in the international calligraphy publication Letter Arts. She has taught at mixed media and calligraphy conferences throughout the United States and Canada including Art &

Soul, Art Unraveled, Art is You, Letters of Joy, Ghost Ranch, Mendocino Art Center, the University of Washington and Upward Bound. Her art has also been licensed for printing and manufacturing and has been sold at Target, Walmart and Kohl's. Her new book, The Painted Word: Mixed Media Lettering Techniques (Schiffer Publishing, 2019) has been receiving rave reviews. Order a copy now.


"Caitlin Dundon is not only a gifted artist, but a wonderful and generous teacher. She is friendly and upbeat, and offers a "way in" to creative expression for everyone, no matter what level of art experience one might possess. Caitlin is our Artist-in-Residence for 2019, and we feel so lucky that we get to offer monthly programs that feature her fantastic talent and her consummate professionalism." - Sibel Golden, PhD, Executive Director, NW Creative & Expressive Arts Institute

"The instructor and class pace is relaxed, allowing students to explore - she even encourages "mistakes!" - Dawn D.

“I loved how this class walked us through everything and that Caitlin made her rounds to help figure out where our strengths and weaknesses were. I think Caitlin does a great job as an instructor! She obviously knows what she is doing and while she has many years under her belt, she still understands the beginner struggle and how to help people improve." - Aleeza A.