11 posts categorized "Rocks"

September 13, 2018

Zoey Frank :: Studio Crescendoh :: FEB 8-10 2019

Composition Through Still Life
3-dayWorkshop :: February 8-10, 2019
with Still Life

207 N. Broadway Street, Suite L
Santa Ana, CA 92701


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Join artist Zoey Frank for a 3-day workshop where we will learn to compose still life painting where we will consider the geometry of the arrangement, viewpoint and balance to build a painting that is structurally considered as a whole unit. We will do compositional sketches and also make changes to the setup as we go to find the movement through the piece. Focus will be places on satisfying and accurate drawing, value and color relationships. The workshop will be taught through lecture, demonstration and critique. 


Materials List: Each participant is asked to bring the following to the workshop:

  • Palette: I use a hand-held wood palette, glass backed with mid-tone grey paper works well too
  • Palette knife
  • Paper towels
  • Medium cups
  • Jar for turps (two old condiment jars work well)
  • Turpenoid or gamsol (odorless)*
  • Linseed oil, or medium of your choice-I've been liking Winsor and Newton painting medium
  • Artist tape
  • Viewfinder
  • Paint box or tackle box to hold everything
  • BRUSHES: Bring a wider variety if you have them, but I would recommend at least the following:
    • Filbert bristle (sizes approximately no. 1, 4, 6, 10)
    • Filbert or flat, sable or synthetic mongoose (2, 4, 6, 8)
  • PAINTING SURFACES: One painting surface around 16x20 inches. Create a beautiful surface to work on ... like a panel or a smooth canvas. Prep your surface before you arrive with gesso, sanding between coats. Even if it's pre-primed add at least an extra coat of gesso. Also bring small surfaces for compositional studies (around 4 pieces that are 8x10 inches). Small pieces of un-stretched canvas, primed paper, or something similar, tone these a very light shade of grey.
  • PAINT: My current still life palette looks something like this list below. Bring a wider variety of paints if you have them, any artist grade brand is acceptable:
    • Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Cad Yellow, Cad Orange, Cad Red, Alizarine Crimson, Raw Umber, Ivory Black, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue, Cad Green
  • STILL-LIFE OBJECTS: We will each be setting up our own still life to paint from. Bring in a box, objects to work with as you consider the formal qualities of the objects: their shape, color, pattern, and the variety in size from one to another. You might want to bring something to put underneath or behind the objects as well: an old board, tiles, patterned cloth, colored paper or any other interesting surface. We will be painting around life-sized so think about the objects you are bringing in relationship to your canvas size. Objects could be centered around a theme: maybe objects from the kitchen, from your desk, or all the items you would use to transplant a houseplant. They can be meaningful, or visually interesting, or incredibly mundane!


 *For those flying into the studio (or for anyone who would prefer to not travel with turp and oil), the studio will have Gamsol and Linseed Oil available for you to use so no need to worry about that.


  • Arrive & Settle: 9:00 :: Time for students to arrive, settle in.
  • Class Segment A: 9:30-12:00 :: Class time with Zoey who will demonstrate and guide the 1st part of class.
  • Lunch & Stroll: 12:00 PM :: You can choose to brown bag it or take a stroll to one of the many hip and artsy eateries in the historic Artist's Village in Santa Ana, like Chapter One, and The Gypsy Den.
  • Class Segment B: 1:30-4:30 PM :: Class time with Zoey who will guide the 2nd part of class.
  • Clean-Up & Depart: 4:30-5:00 PM



  • Due to limited class size, the spot for this class is transferable but payment is non-refundable. Please read about this policy in our Studio Policies.

Please read class policies for Studio CRESCENDOh here. By purchasing this class, you are agreeing to abide by the class policies.

February 8-10, 2019
PRICE :: 425


May 08, 2013

Doodled Rocks with Washi Tape Tutorial DIY

Thought I'd show you what I've been making lately ... with rocks, washi tape, and a white gel pen. Doodled Rocks with WashiWashi is really the leader, as I just stick rocks with pieces of washi that I like and then react to the washi on the rocks with a white gel pen by adding little doodles and marks.

Doodled Rocks with Washi TapeFor the one below, I cut the thicker washi with the fun chevron patterin in half lengthwise and let the pattern in the tape guide the entire design.
Rocks with Washi TapeGift toppers. Paper weights. Favors. Hostess gifts.

Rock on. :)

Jenny Doh

March 29, 2012

All About Doilies on Plaid Craft TV

Check out these rocks.
Not quite. They are actually Mod Podged.

Jenny DohI had a GREAT time teaching this project and also learning about projects made with Plaid's Stiffy with the cutest creative duo: Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza for Plaid Craft TV. Check it out:

Many thanks to Steve, Cathie, and the entire Plaid Craft TV crew!

Plaid Craft TV

November 30, 2011

Love Grows Here :: DIY Rock+Wire Place Card Holder Tutorial

How to elevate your table setting with just a few rocks and wire ...

DIY Place card holder tutorial

The things you will need: Rocks, wire, wire cutters, needle nose pliers.
DIY Place card holder tutorial
Wrap once, twice, three times.
DIY Place card holder tutorial

IMG_2490Wrap up and twist, twist, twist at base.

DIY place card holder tutorial
Leave a length un twisted and then twist twist twist again toward the top.

DIY place card holder tutorial
Fold twisted top down and shape into a heart.

DIY place card holder tutorial
Twist remaining lengths and use needle nose plers to get a nice curly center.

IMG_2498Type message or guest's name onto paper and insert into the wire wrapped heart.

DIY Place card holder tutorial

Easy peasy.

Happy crafting. :)

August 23, 2011

Crocheted Rock Stamping Tutorial

I've been playing around with my crocheted rocks.

IMG_0109Turns out that they can be inked and stamped to make the coolest little marks.

IMG_0108Perfect for adding special effects to journals and such.


Happy creating. :)

June 16, 2011

Rock On :: 06.16.11 :: A Tatted Flower Grows

Check out my latest rock.

Jenny Doh
I shuttle tatted a small pink flower with three picots ...

Jenny Doh and then added a scalloped strip of text page followed by dots and dashes of white gesso applied with the point of a pencil. The same concept was applied to shuttle tat the tiny little pink butterfly at the bottom right corner. So fun.

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I love when tiny can make such a grand statement.

Happy tatting. :)

May 26, 2011

Rock On :: 05.26.11 :: With Crocheted Scallops

Rock wrapped with crocheted scallops.

Jenny Doh

Jenny Doh

May 24, 2011

Rocks of Love for Zinnia Customers

In anticipation for my upcoming book signing at Zinnia's in Pasadena, I've been having lots of fun creating a special gift with purchase of Signature Styles, for Zinnia patrons ...

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Jenny Doh I love Pasadena ... and I'm so honored to be hosted by the good people at Zinnia's. The Mister, Monica, and Andrew will be joining me and we hope to see you there!

I'll be bringing plenty of rocks so even if you can't make it this Saturday, if you are in the Pasadena area, I hope you'll pick up your signed copy of Signature Styles (with a free handcrafted rock) at Zinnia's!


May 23, 2011

Rock On :: 05.23.11 :: A Flower Grows

My latest rock.Jenny Doh

Jenny Doh

Jenny Doh
Materials: rock, craft wire, sheet music, Mod Podge, vintage white button.

May 22, 2011

Rock On :: 05.22.11 :: Embellished with Paper & Buttons

My latest rock.

Jenny Doh Embellished with paper, buttons ...

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and little dots and dashes made with pens and paints.

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Rock on. :)

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