Breaking All the Rules

Announcing Art-Xscape 2015 Faculty


I am so pleased to finally announce the faculty lineup for Art-Xscape 2015!  We have a stellar line-up of teachers for our second installment.  We have a wide variety of classes to pique your interest.  Visit the Workshop Gallery to get a look at the classes!

Carrie Avery

Jen Cushman

Cyndi Duncan

Pamela Huntington

Kelly Kilmer

Leighanna Light

Stephanie Rubiano

Val Studer

Art-Xscape 2015: Call for Proposal

It’s finally, finally official!  Art-Xscape 2015 will be held October 8-11, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Midtown.  The call for proposal will be sent out Friday, January 23.  We will accept up to 5 different proposals for 1 day classes in the following media:  book arts, collage, jewelry, assemblage, painting, sculpture, fiber arts, print making, and mixed media.  If you would like to be included in the call, please contact me.

Friday Night Event

Due to some technical difficulties with keeping the ice cream frozen, the Friday night event is being switched to a S’mores Bar!  The event staff provides a station that they create (fire and all!) with different toppings, chocolate, flavored graham crackers and marshmallows.  So bring on the chocolate and your trades!

It’s your first day at Art-Xscape

Art-Xscape’s venue is the Wyndham Garden Hotel and Woodward Convention Center, at 3401 South IH 35, in Austin, TX.  It’s one block north of the US71-IH35 interchange on the northbound access road at the intersection of Woodward and IH35.

If you are arrive on Thursday, check-in for Art-Xscape will be from 2pm to 5pm in the Lake LBJ room.  You will receive your welcome bag with several goodies, your class passes and lunch pass (if you paid for lunch), and your schedule.  You can check into the hotel any time after noon.  If you arrive on a day other than Thursday, you will need to arrive for check-in between 8-9am and go straight to the Lake LBJ room to check-in.

Class starts at 9am Friday, Saturday and Sunday and goes until 5pm.  You have an hour and a half for lunch starting at 1pm.  If you would like to venture out for lunch, there are a number of restaurants a short drive from the hotel.  The front desk is happy to provide driving directions and recommendations if you need them.

Thursday evening, the Art-Xscape opening reception starts at 5pm in the Lake Travis room.  There is a light meal served buffet style.  You will get to meet the faculty, see samples of their work and we’ll have a bit of fun.  Friday evening from 7-8:30pm we’re getting together for trades at our Ice Cream Social.  Saturday from 6:30-9pm, we’re holding our Art Market.  If you would like to sell something, get in touch!

The Art-Xscape office will be open daily from 8pm to 5pm.  You can place an order for supplies and pick them up in the office.   You can also purchase collage supplies and Art-Xscape swag in the office.

Don’t want to cart a bunch of art supplies on the plane?  We have a Jerry’s Artarama that has a good stock of art supplies, including paints, papers, brushes, glues, pens and more!  I confirmed they have stuck in the Yupo paper that Cathy Taylor’s class requires and Pinata inks.  There are Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Jo’Ann fabrics within 5 miles of the hotel, so you will be able to locate anything you would prefer not to cart from home.

Closer to the date, I’ll start providing weather reports.  Right now, we’re see-sawing between right at 80 degrees and 50 degrees for high temps.   We’re in the midst of a big drought, but have had a few showers.  You won’t see anyone more excited than an Austinite if we get significant rain while you are in town!

Art-Xscape Trades

We now have guidelines for two Art-Xscape trades!


First: Art Postcards

Create 1 to 5 Artist Postcards, 4″x6″, no thicker than 1/2″.  Label the back of each card with your name and email address.  Package each in a cellophane or clear plastic bag.  Turn your trades into the Art-Xscape office any time before Friday at 5pm.  For each postcard, you will receive a ticket.  Come to the Ice Cream Social on Friday evening and select a postcard by another Art-Xscape artist for each card you entered.  If you are not able to deliver them in person, mail them ahead of time to AnLiNa Designs, PO Box 514, Round Rock, TX 78680.  We’ll swap them out for you on Friday evening.

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Second: Altered Altoid Tins:

Alter 1 to 5 Altoid Tins.  Label each tin on the back with your name, address, and email address.  Pack them carefully for your trip and bring them to Art-Xscape.  Turn your trades into the Art-Xscape office any time before Saturday at 5pm.  For each tin, you will receive a ticket.  Come to the Art-Xscape Art Market on Saturday evening and select a tin by another Art-Xscape artist for each tin you enter!  If you are not able to deliver them in person, mail them ahead of time to AnLiNa Designs, PO Box 514, Round Rock, TX 78680.  We’ll swap them out for you on Saturday evening.

Art-Xscape Art Market


Art-Xscape will host an Art Market on Saturday, April 5, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at the Wyndham Garden Hotel and Woodward Convention Center in south Austin!  If you are interested in vending at the Art Market, Art-Xscape is now accepting applications.

The Art-Xscape Art Market is open to artists and designers wishing to sell their work.  To present the best mixed-media art shopping experience to our attendees and the Austin public, vendors are required to submit an application including descriptions and photos of proposed items for sale.  Vendors will be notified if they are selected to vend within two weeks of submission of application.   Vendors will be assigned one table on a first-come, first-served basis, with tables open to Art-Xscape attendees from January 31 – February 27, 2014.

You can find the application on the Art-Xscape Vending page.  Please submit applications via email to AnLiNaDesignsDolls (at) gmail or by mail to PO Box 514, Round Rock, TX 78680-0514.  Vendors are not required to pay the booth fee until notified of acceptance.  Fees may be paid by check or via PayPal.

Art-Xscape Faculty Profile: Lynne Perrella

Lynne Perrella is a mixed media artist, author, and workshop instructor. Her interests in art include collage, mixed media painting, assemblage, one-of-a-kind books and art journals. She has written five books on mixed media, and makes regular contributions to paper arts publications. She is on the editorial advisory board of Somerset Studio Magazine. She hosts art workshops throughout the United States and abroad. For more information and inspiration, please visit

Lynne is teaching two classes for Art-Xscape 2014:  Radiant Icon Portraits and A Face in the Crowd.  There are only five spaces remaining in Lynne’s A Face in the Crowd Workshop at this time. 


AnLiNa Designs:  Lynne, please describe your artistic journey.  Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?

Lynne:  I have been an artist since the age of five. Why “five”? My earliest memory of making art was transforming an empty appliance carton into a space ship. Probably not with a lot of success, but with a lot of enthusiasm. My goal is to get up every day and tackle whatever task is at hand with that same kind of childlike enthusiasm. So far, so good.

AnLiNa Designs: Are you a full-time artist?  When did you make the leap?

Lynne:  Art is my lifelong passion, and has been my sole career. After art school, I began as a fashion illustrator, transitioned into graphic design and corporate communications, had interesting diversions along the way designing packaging, needlepoint, posters, rubber stamps, and more. I have been self-employed for my entire career, except for a brief time as an art trainee when I first arrived in Manhattan in 1967. I eventually began devoting my time to keeping an art journal, and through this process, uncovered the Fine Art side of myself that had been simmering for decades. That is my next frontier.

AnLiNa Designs:  Describe your process for beginning a new piece.  Where do you find ideas?

Lynne:  Where do new ideas come from? Everywhere! My biggest stimulation is color. I might spy an interesting color in the corner of an envelope, in the form of a postage stamp. Or maybe I will drive past a huge field of yarrow, spread out under a cobalt sky. I keep big binders full of color inspiration in my studio. Not only is a wonderful “spare time” project, but it is a fool-proof source of inspiration. Try it! Buy the largest 3-ring binder you can find, and start gathering visual flotsam and jetsam, based on color. I can almost guarantee this will become one of your “go-to” fun studio projects. I never pre-plan a piece, and feel that lack of planning is my hallmark. It keeps the work fresh, and full of surprise. Juan Gris said “You are lost the moment you know the outcome.” I live for moments in my studio when a piece has taken a direction that I could have never planned for, and now it is my job to keep up with the merry-go-round.

AnLiNa Designs: Do you have a muse?

Lynne:  I would rather have a mentor than a muse. And luckily I have had a number of great mentors in my life. And am always on the look-out for more.

AnLiNa Designs:  Describe a day in your studio.

Lynne:  I go to the studio every day. Every day. Even weekends. I don’t go with a plan, I just GO. I always know that something good will come as a result of going to the studio. It doesn’t matter if I produce something amazing, or just putter. It is the act of going to the studio, and being faithful to that practice that matters. Few people realize that part of becoming an artist is establishing a work ethic. They think that art is play. But like all things of importance, art requires dedication and a strong sense of ethics.

AnLiNa Designs:  Do you have plans for your art in 2014?

Lynne:  I have just been notified that my request for a solo exhibit has been accepted. I have been doing some new/abstract work for the past two years, and this exhibit will give me the opportunity to show what I have been doing, outside my comfort zone.

AnLiNa Designs:  Congratulations!  Do you ever participate in collaborative art projects such as Round Robins? 

Lynne:  A few years ago, I invited a group of favorite artists from all over the country to come to the Northeast and see an amazing exhibit of Russian Icons. We also booked a studio space and worked together. We discovered that we really loved being together, so we continue to get together every year, in a different location. To provide some extra “glue” for the group, we sometimes do a collaboration on a topic that is mutually interesting. This year, our collaboration is on the topic of “Adornments”.

AnLiNa Designs:  Do you participate in a regular art gathering such as a critique group?

Lynne:  Although I love the process of gathering with like-minded artists, I am (at the heart of it) a solitary person. I love the solitude of my studio, and I feel that my time spent there alone is the key to making new personal discoveries. Someone once said that “talking about ideas uses up all the oxygen”; and I find that is true. Most of the time, the ideas I am thinking about are beyond words, and they can only be expressed in actions. I guess that is why I go to the studio: To find out how to express what is inside me.


AnLiNa Designs:  What is your favorite part of teaching?

Lynne:  My favorite part of teaching is having the privilege to be part of a discovery process with a fellow artist. I love seeing the flash of curiosity or the excited body language of someone who has just made a major discovery; and I also appreciate seeing the searching curiosity of someone who is fearlessly finding their own answers. When I meet with a group of artists in a workshop, I feel that I am with my tribe. When I describe my workshops, I usually include the phrase “For Seekers and Adventurers” – To me, that phrase perfectly describes the artists who sign up for my workshop.

AnLiNa Designs:  Thanks so much Lynne!

To find out more about Lynne’s workshops, visit her Art-Xscape page.

Art-Xscape Faculty Profile: Stephanie Rubiano

Stephanie Jones Rubiano is a native Texan who graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M at Galveston with a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology. She worked as an environmental scientist for a major drilling company in Houston, TX for five years after that. She has now chosen art as her career path. She is a mixed-media artist who creates dimensional works within shadow boxes using a variety of uncommon objects.

Her love of nature and fascination with Victorian photography is apparent through her combination of antique photographs and real butterfly or moth wings collected from sustainable sources. Bits of vintage text illustrate her irreverence for straight-laced Victorian society and lend a whimsical air to her pieces. Stephanie’s inner science geek is assuaged by writing the scientific name of each butterfly or moth specimen on the back of the box next to her signature.


Stephanie teaches workshops at national art retreats and has had work shown in galleries and boutiques across the United States. She is also an emerging artist on the art festival scene. In October of 2008 she participated in her first nationally-ranked art festival, the Bayou City Art Festival in Houston, TX and placed 2nd overall out of 300 national artists. Her work has graced the covers of magazines and books as well as been the subject of articles and how-to projects. She lives with her husband and daughter in Austin, TX and can be contacted through

I met Stephanie on a flight from Seattle to Austin in 2012 and talked with her about my idea to launch Art-Xscape.  She was very gracious with her thoughts and support and I’ve enjoyed getting to know Stephanie better, as I’ve been a collector of her work for a number of years, purchasing smaller pieces through the Austin holiday market scene at places such as Blue Genie’s Art Bazaar and the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.  I’m thrilled to have Stephanie teaching two workshops, Bodacious Butterfly Babes and Enviable Encaustic Panels, at the inaugural Art-Xscape!  To learn more about her workshops, visit her Art-Xscape page.  To see more of Stephanie’s work, visit her website.

AnLiNa Designs:  Stephanie, where did you start your artistic journey?  Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?

Stephanie:  My interest in art and creating goes back as far as I can remember.  I recall, in first grade, that I got in trouble for adding curlicues to all of my letters on a Halloween poem project I made for my mom.  It was a present, and I wanted it to look fancy!  I was always coloring (nothing like a new box of 64 crayons with a sharpener at the beginning of each school year!), stitching or sculpting.  I participated in coloring contests whenever I came across them (and actually won prizes a few times!) and made gifts rather than purchasing them.  I LOVED my sewing classes in junior high school.  Then when I turned 15, I discovered marine aquariums and my career goals shifted from art to marine biology.  I carried that right brain/left brain dichotomy up through my senior year in high school where I was enrolled in Art IV Honors and Biology II Honors!

AnLiNa Designs:  I know you are a full time artist now.  When did you make the leap from part-time to full-time?

Stephanie:  I did work for my parents full-time when I moved back to Austin 6 1/2 years ago, participating in juried art festivals and teaching art workshops on the side.  It was a huge moment for me when my mom took me aside one day and told me that she and my dad could see how much my art meant to me and that I should try to do it full-time with their blessing.  That was three years ago and I haven’t looked back. I definitely work harder than I ever have, but my soul is very happy.  My mom always said you should do things that feed your soul. 


AnLiNa Designs:  It’s wonderful that you have found your calling.  It definitely shows in your work.  Describe how you start a new piece.  Where do you find your inspiration?

Stephanie:  I receive my inspiration from the myriad of antique photos I collect, along with the bits and pieces of antique objects that I find in my wanderings through antique stores.  I honestly never know if it will be a photo or object that will trigger an idea.  Many times i cut out lots of photos, then start laying out my boxes, adding and subtracting as i go until the final arrangement speaks to me and lets me know it is complete.  Some assemblages can happen in minutes, others take months as I wait for them to guide me.  I never go in with an exact idea of how something will turn out in the end.  That would ruin the surprise for me!

AnLiNa Designs:  Do you have a muse?

Stephanie:  I can’t really say that I have a particular muse because so much appeals to me and inspires me.  I am always on the lookout, though…

AnLiNa Designs:  I attended your first open studio event in your home studio this winter.  I have to say, your studio is INCREDIBLE!  I can’t imagine not being inspired there.  Describe a day in your studio.

Stephanie:  My day starts with getting my 9 year old daughter ready and off to school, then checking emails, Facebook, and then a little (or a lot of time!) on Pinterest.  I have downloaded a lot of music to my computer (a very eclectic collection, I might add!) and it plays all day long.  I have to have music on while I am working.  These days I don’t have a lot of time for creative play since I need to make inventory for art festivals and galleries, but on those days I do get to play, I wander around my studio room, picking and choosing items that I want to work with in my assemblages.  I don’t really work in my studio room anymore…it has become a place for all of my “stuff”.  When people walk into that room for the first time, they either think it is a magical place…or they want to call that show “Hoarders” and report me!   On the days that I get to work with encaustic wax (which I do on my stove in my kitchen!), I just wake up happy because it is such a wonderful medium to play with. 

AnLiNa Designs:  You’ve had a big year in 2013, getting juried into the Bayou City Arts Festival. How do you follow that up in 2014?

Stephanie:  I think in 2014 I will still make my butterfly boxes and such, but I would like to explore more with textiles and encaustics.  I have several ideas that I have been carrying around in my head for a while now.  I am also working on marketing merchandise with my artwork on it and planning some online courses…as soon as I can figure out how to video everything and edit it.  I am not the most tech savvy person around…


AnLiNa Designs:  Do you participate in collaborative projects such as Round Robins?

Stephanie:  I have participated in collaborative projects in the past, but don’t really do them any more.  However, I did participate in a Christmas Ornament Swap in 2013 that was a lot of fun!  I was invited to participate and agreed because it seemed like a pretty nifty thing to end up with 5 fun ornaments! 

AnLiNa Designs:  Do you participate in a regular art gathering, crit group, or other face to face meeting for the purpose of discussing art or creating it?

Stephanie:  I don’t participate in a regular art group gathering…that would be fun…

AnLiNa Designs:  What is your favorite part of teaching?

Stephanie:  My favorite part of teaching is the interaction with my students.  I come to the table with information to share and they throw it right back to me with their unique ideas on the project.  I love the creative energy that manifests during these times and the camaraderie that develops.  Some of my best friends were students in my workshops and I am forever grateful for that opportunity to have found them.

AnLiNa Designs:  Thanks Stephanie! 

Stephanie’s teaching two workshops at Art-Xscape 2014:  Bodacious Butterfly Babes and Enviable Encaustic Panels. 


Art-Xscape Faculty Profile: Pamela Huntington

Pamela Huntington is a mixed media artist with a background in fiber arts.  As her interests grew,  the Connecticut Studio in her home expanded to encompass most of the first floor of her home.  Encaustics in the kitchen, art journals and customs books on a big table in the main room, fiber arts in a sewing room and digital arts transformed from old images and photographs in the study.  She collects vintage and antique pieces, loves to try new techniques and incorporate them into her designs.  Her publications credits include, Belle Armoire, Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studio, and Somerset Gallery.  She has taught at Art Fest, Art Unraveled, Art-is-You, Art and Soul and Paper Cowgirl.  Her work is in galleries, shops and juried shows.  When not working she is likely to be outside on her 15 acres with her dog.. enjoying the inspiration of the woodland.

Pamela Huntingon is teaching two classes for Art-Xscape 2014: Tattered and Frayed Album and Spun Cotton Ornaments.  You can see the information on Pamela’s class on her Art-Xscape page.  You can see more of Pamela’s work on her website.

AnLiNa Designs:  Hi Pamela!  I’m so happy to have you on the faculty for Art-Xscape 2014!  Tell me, where did you start your artistic journey?  Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?

Pamela: I don’t really remember a time in my life when I did not create some form or art. Certainly, it has changed over the years as more mediums and new techniques were learned. But the basic desire or need to create has always been with me. 


Even as a young child, I spent time sewing, drawing, painting and trying all different types of art. But, no I did not know that I would be an “artist”.  My career took many different paths, from working as a journalist for newspapers to writing for advertising agencies. Over these years, I kept making art, but it was not my main career until later.

AnLiNa Designs:  Are you a full time artist?  When did you make the leap?

Pamela:  My full time art career began about 13 years ago, when some changes in my life allowed me the freedom to pursue the thing which has always mean the most to me.

AnLiNa Designs:  Describe your process for starting a new piece.  Do you know before you start exactly how the piece will turn out?


Pamela:  Most of my work begins with a concept.  I work in the studio in my home, which allows me a lot of flexibility on when I choose to work and how long. Once I have the idea in mind, I choose the sub straight or container I want for the piece. I love using specimen boxes for work, pulling collected objects, paper, tiny dresses and old books from the shelves..the piece begins to develop. I never finish a piece in one day, leaving it over night or even for days while I ponder the design. Often it will change many times before the final creation.

AnLiNa Designs:  Describe a day in your studio.

Pamela:  A day in my studio can be glorious or torture… if all is flowing well.. creating will flow and time will pass, an hour will seem like seconds. On the other hand.. there are some days..when I have to slog through the work and it just does not come easily. On those days, I usually leave the studio and do some digital work.


AnLiNa Designs:  Do you have plans for your art in 2014?

Pamela: 2014.. my plans are to create some new work, I love doing gallery pieces and seldom have the time to make these bigger works.. so that would be nice. I have a DVD out and would love to work toward a book and another DVD.

AnLiNa Designs:  Do you participate in collaborative projects such as Round Robins?

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Pamela:  I do very occasionally do round robins… but often I do one-on-one swaps..which is my preference.

AnLiNa Designs:  Do you participate in a regular art gathering, crit group, or other face to face meeting for the purpose of discussing art or creating it?

Pamela: I talk to artist friends almost daily, but none live in a proximity where we can get together and talk face to face.. it would be nice though!


AnLiNa Designs:  What is your favorite part of teaching?

Pamela:  My absolute favorite part of teaching is being with the student artists.. they teach me so much and I am grateful for each time I am with them.

AnLiNa Designs:  Thanks Pamela!


The Art Market

Details for the Art-Xscape Art Market are now available.  Information on shopping at The Art Market will be updated as it becomes available.  If you are interested in vending, please visit the Art Market Vending page.  Applications to vend will be accepted starting January 31st for Art-Xscape attendees and February 28 for Austin area artists.