Ever since she said YESSSS (almost 4 months ago)
I’ve been walking around with a big smile on my face.
We’ve been having “secret chat sessions”.
We’ve been brainstorming.
We exchanged ideas and concepts.
We started preparing, creating and writing
and we laughed.
BOY did we laugh a lot!

What is this all about, you might ask, and who is “she”?



“She” is Michelle!!!

We both have been bursting
to share this news with you
and today is finally the day!!!

Meet my co-teacher:
Michelle LaPoint Rydell

I’m pleased and proud to announce
that I will be teaching a new online
workshop together with Michelle.

Michelle agreed to be my
collaborator and partner
in crime for this new workshop.

It will be all about expressing your emotions through art journaling and
it’s called


Here’s the info about the class:

Mixed Emotions Online Art Journaling Workshop
October 22 – November 30, 2010
(12 lessons over 6 weeks; posted on Tuesdays and Fridays)

Click here to register!

You will create a minimum of 10 art journal pages together with a matching
folder to store your work.

Teachers: Marit Barentsen & Michelle LaPoint Rydell

Art journaling focuses on putting your personal thoughts and emotions on paper and you don’t always have to use words to do that! Even if you’re not a writer you can create meaningful art journal pages because an emotion can be expressed through a photograph, a color, a material or a particular technique. In this workshop we will explore one specific emotion each lesson, and take that emotion as the basis to create a personal art journal page. What does each specific emotion mean to you? You are encouraged to explore your inner world and your perception of your emotions and turn them into art journal pages. Each lesson also explains a different technique, step-by-step, through photos or an instructional video. The techniques are consistent with the emotion.

Techniques include gel medium photo transfer, paper weaving, writing meaningful journaling, using paint on the page etc. Inspiration videos stuffed with art, layouts, quotes and music will help to get the ideas flowing and set the creative process in motion. The lessons also contain printable collage sheets with photos, quotes and images for you to use in your work. You are challenged to explore your inner self and take a step further in your creativity. This is your opportunity to learn new approaches to self-expression. Do you dare to explore your emotions?

β€œMixed Emotions” includes:

  • 12 lessons with assignments in pdf format. Each lesson will focus on a specific emotion and an art technique that goes with it. Techniques will be clearly shown through photos or demonstrated on video. Both beginners and advanced art journalers will find pleasure in working with the lessons.
  • Access to inspirational videos to inspire you and help your creative juices flow.
  • Extra printable collage sheets with photos, illustrations and quotes to use in your work.
  • Access to a private group discussion forum where you may share, ask questions and interact with the teacher and other class participants.(Access will be activated a few days before the workshop starts or within 24 hours of payment.)
  • Access to group albums for posting your completed assignments and seeing what others have done. (Access will be activated a few days before the workshop starts or within 24 hours of payment.)


So now you know why I smiled a lot this Summer.
Heck – I still do!!! Can’t get the smile off my face!

I wish you all a happy day, with lots of smileys!

πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚Β Β  (see that Julie?!)

Je t’embrasse!

P.S. Remark for the people who received my newsletter:
please do NOT use the newsletter to “respond” – if there are
any questions about the newsletter or this workshop,
please send me an e-mail!

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26 Responses to “NEWS with a BIG SMILE!”

  • Petra Coolen Says:

    Yes! I am first to respond πŸ˜‰
    Two great teachers working together.
    I am sure this will turn out as a BIG success with a BIG smile πŸ™‚

  • Irma Says:

    Zucht, Marit, je maakt het ook wel errug moeilijk te weerstaan! Ook al is het niet de beste tijd van het jaar voor zoiets voor mij (of misschien daarom juist wel?) Hier ga ik dus even heeel serieus over na zitten denken.
    Van harte gefeliciteerd met het opzetten van zo’n mooie workshop…
    Lieve groetjes – Irma

  • Lena Says:

    Congrats girl!!
    Absolutely fantastic news!! You know I love your work and Michelle’s artwork is fantastic too so I think the two of you make a great couple teaching that new workshop!!
    I know it’s going to be a lot of FUN!!

  • Jenneke Says:

    CONGRATS girls!!!!!
    This just HAS to become a huge success, two such talented ladies teaching a workshop together!!!

    Keep on smiling, Marit!!


    PS. Seriously thinking about joining this class!

  • Chris Aiton Says:

    Congrats! what a super team you guys will make – I know the class will be incredibly inspiring!

  • Kimberly Says:

    How fun and completely EXCITING! Have fun with that! xoxo

  • Michelle Rydell Says:

    Yeayyyy!!! I’m so excited about our class! We are going to have a lot of fun! Thanks for the kind words Marit!!!

  • Michele H. Says:

    WOW! That is super exciting! Congrats to both of you πŸ™‚

  • phinner Says:

    awesome! two of my fav artists teaching together!!! that’s gonna be some class!!! πŸ™‚

  • Mirjamc Says:

    congrats to you both!!! super leuk trouwens om de eerste nieuwsbrief te ontvangen…de workshop wordt vast een succes!!!

  • Viv Says:

    Awesome news, Marit! And what a great partner to join you during this workshop!
    Looking forward to this new class πŸ™‚

    Love Viv

  • ~*~Patty Says:

    how VERY exciting dear Marit!
    Two are better than one or so the saying goes πŸ™‚
    I am sure you two will be a dynamic duo!

    All the best to you sweet Lady!

  • Jeanet Says:

    WOW! Geweldig nieuws Marit!!Dat gaat een super leuke class worden!!
    Ik kan me voorstellen dat je met een big smile loopt!Gaaf hoor!
    Ik ga zeker meedoen, hoewel ik nog de Art History class nog niet af heb….ahum… mijn oma zei altijd:’je moet altijd iets laten liggen tot morgen’
    Beste advies ooit πŸ˜‰

  • Glenda Tkalac Says:

    That’s awesome Marit!! With the two of you teaching that’s going to be one amazing class!!! You guys rock the art journaling!!!

  • yyam Says:

    Congrats on your fabulous news Marit! It’s so great that two talented people get together to teach their passion!!!:)

  • Danielle Says:

    I got the newsletter!! I saw that Michelle is co-teaching with you!! How fun is that???

    Awesome news for both of you!! That workshop should be great!!

  • Thinkie Says:

    leuk, je bent er maar druk mee, al die online classes! πŸ™‚

  • Hanneke Says:

    Dat klinkt wel heel aantrekkelijk zeg!!!! Jij en michelle zijn volgens mij een superteam, allebei zoooooo creatief!!!!

  • Monica Says:

    i’m so excited for you! the workshop sounds fabulous.

  • Denise Says:

    Wow.. that’s fantastic news!!!! Congrats!!!!!

  • Maja Says:

    Gefeliciteerd Marit. Leuk voor je dat Michelle mee doet!De workshop wordt vast weer een succes. Misschien schrijf ik me weer in. Tenminste… ik wil graag maar als ik dan net zoveel werk als de laatste tijd, wordt het niks. Groetjes en veel plezier morgen in Heesch. Ik kan helaas niet…

  • Jocelyn Says:

    Oh Congrats to the two of you!!! I so want to take the class….I will sign up…hoping that I will not be out due to my surgery!!!! I adore both of you!!!


  • anne Says:

    very, very exciting!! an art journaling dream team!

  • Dani Says:

    OOOHHH! How neat – I really need some funds, this sounds so lovely!

  • miruspeg Says:

    I love that you have a big smile on your face Marit. Such wonderful news.
    May happiness always follow you around, you totally deserve it my friend.
    You are a breathe of fresh air and your art journaling is out of this world.
    Keep shining…keep smiling
    Big hugs
    Peggy xxxx

  • merryheart2 Says:

    oh how fun. i know this class is going to be awesome. i’m planning to take this one! i have been super busy taking care of my Mom right now, but she seems to be getting better everyday.
    i’m excited for you both. and for me, if i get to participate.