Paint, Play, Explore with Rae Missigman!

mark making

Paint, Play, Explore with Rae Missigman!


Rae Missigman
Rae Missigman, mixed media artist and instructor, is known for her vivid colors, intricate layering, and signature repetitive art marks. As an instructor, Rae strongly encourages all artists to trust themselves to fearlessly do what they love. She champions a bold voice, continuing education, and finding inspiration in the everyday.
  • Rae Missigman Day 1
    September 10, 2021
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Rae Missigman Day 2
    September 11, 2021
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Rae Missigman Day 3
    September 12, 2021
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Paint, Play, Explore!

Creating is a gift. If I can use that gift
to make others smile then surely I have
left my mark on this world.
— Rae Missigman

Spend THREE WHOLE DAYS making your marks with the Queen of Mark-Making! Lunches, snacks & drinks provided each day.


Morning: Unboxed: A Repurposed Journal rae missigman

Come paint, mark, and etch alongside me as we create a journal that boasts a richly painted and art-marked cover complete with chunky recycled signatures. As we build the book, we will talk about color, repurposed tools, layering, art marks, and how allowing our work to unfold organically can teach us more about how to recognize ourselves in our work. As we create alongside one another we will learn to embrace the movement in our work as we explore layering color with my favorite mark-making techniques. Paint your way into new ideas as we unearth the secret to painting in reverse, and practice the art of covering things up. Watch as, layer after layer, your journal comes to life and you discover the joy of working small. As a bonus, you will create a box that complements your journal and can hold all of your favorite art tools for easy on-the-go creating!

Afternoon: Mark Making Techniques in Mixed Media

You will learn how to explore the joy in creating marks that dance across the page in a symphony of color and movement, adding life, texture, and detail to your work. I have a developed a unique style of mark-making I call ArtMarks which are featured prominently in my art pieces, and are the subject of my new book Paint, Play and Explore: Expressive Mark Making Techniques in Mixed Media. These marks have become my unmistakable signature and I am ready to share my process with you. I will demonstrate the step by step processes composed to develop your individual mark-making style and you will learn the system I use, the tools I favor, and my go-to colors and brands to construct a reference library that you will revisit again and again.


Morning: Painted Papers – Layering with Style rae missigman

I love creating my own collage paper and always reach for my stencils when I begin to create a new stack. Often times I will use my Gelli Plate® to layer paint and stencils to make busy colorful papers, but there are times when I need paper fast! In this workshop I will be sharing my favorite tips and tricks for creating papers that are just as colorful and busy as those I create using my Gelli Plate® but can be created in just minutes with nothing more than paint, stencils, and a handful of household items. The bonus to this method is the papers have a lovely distressed finish on them making them one of my favorite collage papers ever! Once we have created a juicy stack of painterly papers we will explore my top three ways to put my collage papers to work for me.

Afternoon: Creating Collage Papers with Gelli Plates

rae missigmanAre you curious about the art of mono-printing? Would you like to know how to put your printing plate to work for you? In this fun hands-on workshop, we will learn how to create simple, beautiful monoprints that you can build up and break down into detailed collage pieces. Do you wish to build layers of color and marks without creating mud? Are you interested in taking your monoprints to the next level? Whether you have explored the art of printing before or are new to the technique this workshop is for you! We will explore color swatching exercises, the concept of simple minimalistic prints versus busy layered prints, and the art of pulling the details out of our prints. Come discover why my printing plate is the favored tool in my studio!


Morning: 15 Minute Art Journaling – Finding Your Voice in your Marks

Do you ever find the idea of creating stressful? Do you fear the dreaded blank page? Do you wish there was a way to get started that allowed you to let go and create like a kid again? I will share my popular and favorite way of jumpstarting my creative process. Creative warm-ups are a great way to get inspired and spark new ideas! After years of creating to the tick-tock of a timer, I have learned that a clock can be the perfect tool for making getting started successful. As we create alongside one another you will learn to let go of the rules and embrace the process. You will ignore words like finished, pretty, and end result and instead explore artistic techniques like layering, mark-making, and texture. You will push aside the fear of starting from scratch and experiment with creative foundations that make starting simple, easy and fun!

Afternoon: Art Marks: Inspiring Prompts for Art Journaling

rae missgiman As artists, we tend to stick to what we know. We gravitate to what feels natural, and we take comfort in the familiar. But what about the practice of trying new things? What about exploration and experimentation? What about the growing and stretching that gets us thinking creatively? It’s easy to become stagnant in our own art explorations, but attempting something new is often difficult. We tend to push it aside to work on things that come easy, things that we have mastered, things that make more sense to us. To help me overcome the fear of the hard stuff, I have learned to dedicate time to the straightforward tasks of both practicing what I enjoy and digging in and doing the more difficult work. In being committed to growing and stretching as an artist, this sometimes means taking my craft and turning it inside out. It means examining it under a microscope. It means breaking it down and building it back up again to be different and better and unique. This can be a fun and easy exercise in keeping your artwork fresh and unique—if you know how to begin. Using 10 of my favorite prompts as catalysts, we will dive more deeply into the creative process of art journaling and explore unique ways to get creative and STAY creative.

Rae will collect a $25  kit fee the first day of class and provide special goodies you need for the workshop. 

Students, please bring:

3-4 of your favorite acrylic paint colors and/or inks

3-4 of your favorite stamps

6-10 of your favorite stencils – store-bought and hand-cut, if you have them (we will have some to share, too)

A black inkpad like Stazon or India Ink

A favorite journal with artwork in it (look book or magazine will work if no journal)


Etching tool (could be anything; crochet hook, awl, stick, pencil, or nail file, etc.)

Gel Medium

Gel Plate or Gelli Plate – 8 x 10 or around that size

Glue Stick

Mark makers – your favorite pens, pencils, paint markers, etc

One (1) set of alphabet and/or number stamps (share with your tablemates for different fonts)

Pouncers, Smudgee, Makeup Wedges or a similar tool for stenciling and painting on paper

Repurposed tools like: Mascara brush, key card, twig, straw, elastic bands, etc.


Small water mister or sprayer

Yellow scraper, art scraper or hotel key card

Your art journal for trying new techniques, swiping paint, and taking notes



These are truly OPTIONAL. We will have some to share. Bringing your own just cuts down on wait times.

An awl or punch

Color wheel

Crop-A-Dile hole punch and eyelet setter

Derwent Inktense Blocks

Heat tool

Small Paper trimmer – we will have large ones for sharing

Washi tape

As always, lunches, as well as snacks & drinks, are provided. Chocolate is an Art Supply at Ephemera Paducah!

The minimum needed to make this class is 15; the maximum is 20. The minimum age to participate is 16, 14 & 15-year-olds allowed with an adult who is also registered.

You may Hold Your spot with a $199 Deposit. The balance of $330 is due before August 1, 2021, and can be made via this link: Workshop Balance Payments. Not paying in full by August 1, 2021, will result in the loss of your deposit and class seat.

Before registering, please familiarize yourself with our Cancellation Policies.


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