I've always enjoyed being creative, so one of my favourite websites was Hobbycraft. One day, as I was browsing, I came across some new product ranges I'd not seen before. One of these was by Tim Holtz, distressed/altered/grunged guru to many who enjoy altered / mixed media art. I fell in love with the edgy style of his products, so scoured the web for more.
I came across a great art and craft supplies website Artist Trading Post . They had a section featuring workshops they were running, lead by a lovely lady called Anneliese Bates.
Anneliese is Ranger certified, which means she went to America and trained under Tim Holtz, Suze Weinberg and Claudine Helmuth directly. When she's not running them for Artist Trading Post, Anneliese runs her own workshops under the name Creative Journey Workshops.
In May of this year Anneliese ran a workshop based purely on all things Tim Holtz. When I saw this I had to book a place on that weekend workshop! I'm glad I did, it was so much fun. Very friendly and relaxed. Regardless of how experienced or artistic you are, all are welcomed, encouraged and supported. So began my love affair with altered art / mixed media art, I was hooked!