21 SECRETS LIVE! Teachers

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21 SECRETS LIVE! begins January 15, 2014 and consists of 21 consecutive Wednesdays where your host Connie Hozvicka of Dirty Footprints Studio and one of the following teachers will be LIVE! for an art journaling workshop and fun!  

All the teachers in 21 SECRETS LIVE! have taught in one or two years of the previous 21 SECRETS! It’s such a joy to have them back teaching LIVE!

(Click on the teacher’s lovely names to be transported to their websites!)

Hi everyone! I am thrilled to be part of 21 Secrets LIVE! If we didn’t meet in my Three Little Words or Get Lost class in previous years of 21 Secrets, I am looking forward to getting to know you now. In real life, I live with my family in a quiet little village within chomping distance of New York City. In my imagination, I live in Artsyville — a jumbled up place where color runs wild and quirkiness abounds. I’m big into writing, lettering, traveling, discovering, and finding color everywhere I can. I love journaling because it helps me to capture the swirling chaos of life on paper, even if it is just in chunks and fragments. Can’t wait to meet you all and have some colorful fun!

Alma Stoller is a multi-media artist with a love for all things  handmade. She loves to sew, paint, crochet and embroider.  Her work has been published in various publications and she was featured on (HGTV) The Home and Garden channel.  She is passionate about making her own art supplies and canvases by recycling and repurposing, and she teaches several online classes and enjoys sharing her ideas with other. She lives in NYC with her partner, has two children Rose and Julian and two cats, Ariel and Wolfgang.

With a paintbrush in one hand & a glitter-gun in the other, Andrea lovingly mentors men & women who want to lead creatively abundant lives — and do ‘impossible’ things, with ease & joy.


“And in all things, seek out beauty through creativity, kindness, and service,” is a phrase that Ardith Goodwin lives by. Over a decade ago her path of being an elementary teacher was altered due to unexpected medical issues which in turn led her to embracing the call of becoming a full time artist, educator, and inspirational creative force as part of her healing process. Today, she is a founding member of the Art(ology) Gallery in Mobile, Al, an Art Specialist for grades 3-8 at St. Paul’s Episcopal, and an active teacher/workshop presenter to adults along the Gulf Coast. Mixed Media, Collage, and Art Journaling are Ardith’s specialties as well works in watercolors, acrylics, and illustration.


I am a creative soul for sure but I didn’t fully understand this until 2008 when I began my blog. There I found my place, along with many wonderful artists who inspired and drove me to be better and better. My real love is mixed media and I have been doing this most of my life, without ever really knowing there was a name for it. Mostly self-taught my art ranges from colorful and whimsical as in my doodle art work, to a little more serious mixing different mediums in my journals and art pieces on canvas. Since opening my blog I have been published in many Somerset Publications including Art Journaling, Artful Blogging, Somerset Life, and Sew Somerset to name a few. While still maintaining (for now) a full time job I get to exercise my passions by offering online classes in both doodling and journaling and by keeping my shop stocked with handmade items I create. I am always bubbling with new ideas and fired up to share all of these with you.


Host, Founder, & Director of 21 SECRETS LIVE!

My mission is to inspire Artists to deepen their connection to their creative source, trust their innate expression, and be fearless in living their truth.

I believe that Artists are not only here  to make things.

Artists are called to be the edge-walkers, the architects of a new paradigm of thinking-working-living.  Artists are the anointed ones–the connected healers and stewards of all things divine, wild, and free.

My work here at Dirty Footprints Studio is about helping Artists tap in and let go.



I, Dale Anne Potter, am a Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Coach, Speaker  who lives in a small town in SW Saskatchewan.  I ENJOY Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide!

I am inspired everyday by the world around me — nature, its textures, rhythms and colours, the materials at hand, fabrics, paper, found objects, and the movement of life — provides me with the ideas and enthusiasm to create new work. I quilt, paint, journal, stamp, collage, doodle, CREATE!
Art brings me JOY every day!!!


Diana Trout trained as a painter at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  Trout exhibits her mixed media artwork at galleries and shows. She has been teaching art journaling, bookarts and mixed media art since 1993 at various local and national venues. Her artwork and articles have appeared in national magazines and art zines. Trout’s book, Journal Spilling, Mixed Media Techniques for Free Expression is currently available.  Diana’s DVD, Playful Paper Backgrounds is available through the Interweave Store. 

Dion was born and raised beside the ocean in Australia where the treasure to be found in a rock was more valuable than the crown jewels of England. She grew up in a house filled with energy, laughter, and arguments over the bathroom.

After graduating college she spent several jam-packed decades traveling the world as a woman alone, exploring, sketching and writing about her life-changing experiences. She met her husband on the roof of the world, trekking to Mt Everest Base Camp. Two years later her daughter was born and four years after that, her son arrived, 16-weeks premature. Within the blink of an eye, Dion’s predictable and simple, art-filled life was turned upside down. Today, she lives in rural Iowa with her husband and two thriving children, where her attempts at growing a veggie garden have been disastrous.

Dion’s art is well known for its color, sparkle, and shimmer. She draws most of her inspiration from nature and will use its many faces to fuel her work. Her journals and sketchbooks are filled with luscious, shimmering pages – treasured expressions of her endless adventures which she shares on her blog, and her fine art can be found in galleries and collections around the world.

When not creating art, Dion’s main focus is on writing and teaching. Her master classes and workshops are always filled to capacity, and her online classes are hugely popular. Her gentle, nurturing, teaching style has helped fuel the creativity of so many budding artists.



Gretchen Miller is a Registered Board Certified Art Therapist and who practices in Cleveland, Ohio specializing in youth, women, and families impacted by trauma, domestic violence, and grief & loss. In her own art and creative process, Gretchen enjoys finding inspiration, creating positive energy, and discovering transformation by working in mixed media, collage, altered art, art journaling, as well as organizing art exchanges and creative collaborations. You can learn more about her work, art, and interests on her blog Creativity in Motion.



Hali Karla is a holistic artist & healer, supporting others in the navigation of their intuitive rhythms of creativity, relationship and body, as potent pathways to enhancing all facets of life and experience – body, mind, spirit, place, energy. She is a truth-seeking advocate for the transformative power of wholehearted Presence, creative process and collective wisdom, holding circles and workshops for women, and offering glimpses into her own practice and contemplations at HaliKarla.com.


Jane Davenport is a widely exhibited & licensed artist, prize-winning author, Art Journal Evangelist and very popular teacher of  creative workshops. Jane is most often found in her Studio nestled in the koala strewn woodland at her dream house, ‘The Nest’, in Byron Bay, Australia’s most easterly point.
“My passion is teaching women how to defy their creative gravity. I believe in delight, hard work and abundance. I love to be inspired and to inspire ( every noticed how one leads to the other?). I draw, I paint, I photograph, I art journal,  I write, I film. I empower.   And I share. OH! How I LOVE to share.
I make art from my imagination and love encouraging others to do the same. It may look like I teach drawing and painting to my thousands of students… but what I am really doing is sending artistic confidence rocketing into the upper-inspirationsphere.” 
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is a painter and mixed media artist.
Julie is the co-host of Scrapbook Soup TV (PBS) and has appeared several times on Quilting Arts TV (PBS) and hosted the “Artist to Artist” segment on Scrapbook Memories TV (PBS).  She has also appeared on Crafting at The Spotted Canary (PBS).  Julie’s hour-long instructional DVD “Collage Fast & Furious” was released in July 2010 by Interweave.  She released two more hour-long instructional DVDs in 2012: All About Faces and Stamp-Making Adventures.
Julie’s book Carve Stamp Play will be released by Interweave Press in Fall 2013 and is currently available for pre-sale.
Julie has had artwork and articles published in many magazines including Cloth Paper Scissors, CPS Pages, CPS Studios, Quilting Arts Gifts, Quilt Scene, Creating Keepsakes, Better Homes & Gardens’ Scrapbooks Etc., Memory Makers, Scrapbook Trends, Somerset Memories, Somerset Digital, scrapbooking m.m. (Sweden), Scrap Art Zine (Germany), Scrapbooking & Beyond, Simple Scrapbooks, Histoires de Pages (France), books by Leisure Arts, F&W Publications, and Lark, as well as multiple e-zines. She writes the “Adventures in Arting” column for Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine.
Julie designs stencils for The Crafter’s Workshop, stamps for Impression Obsession, and has several other products in the works with other companies. She also consults on product development.
Julie hosts the bi-monthly “Adventures in Arting Podcast” along with her Mother, Eileen Hsü-Balzer.
Julie lives in a tiny apartment with a big art studio in the middle of New York City.  She is a graduate of Brown University.
Kate lives in the north of England with her husband, two children, several small animals and a dog! In real life she is a school teacher, but in her free time she loves to play with paint, inks, rubber stamps and anything else she can get her hands on! She has been creative all of her life but a passing interest in cardmaking and scrapbooking  led her into mixed media art and eventually art journaling. She has been on several design teams, most recently Stampotique (USA) and Dylusions for Ranger. She has written regularly for Craft Stamper magazine (UK) and has also been published in several Stampington magazines including Somerset Art Journaling, Artful Blogging, Somerset Studio, Stampers Sampler, and Somerset Apprentice. Kate has made four DVDs on the subject of Art Journaling which were published by Traplet (UK) but have sold internationally. She has a passion for teaching and sharing her ideas and techniques, and holds regular classes in various locations. She also loves social networking and blogging, and sees this as a great way to inspire and to be inspired. She describes her style as colourful, quirky, honest and a little off the wall!



little pockets filled with color and flare.
days ago. dancing in this girl’s memory.
simple. lemonade summers. hot chocolate winters.

this girl telling those stories she collected
and stuffed deep in her pockets.

believer of the simple.
maker of the color.
owner of the laughter.
teller of the story.
growing up. girl.



Lisa Renee Wilson is an Awareness Artist who practices a creative integration of life and art.  She offers space, encouragement, and guidance to others seeking greater peace with life as it is.  Learn more about mindful art practices at her site, BeingBreath.com.



As an artist, writer, and art journaler, Natasha works with students, private clients and businesses using art and writing to help them find their authentic creative voice and bring their inspiring ideas to life. Founder of Creative Nachos – an imaginative playground – she uses a playful, intuitive, unique process both in her classes and in her private work to assist people in becoming true storytellers.

Natasha is a regular columnist for Sprout magazine and has published original pieces in national publications such as Family Circle and Latina, online venues such as MediaBistro, Dirty Footprints Studio, Wild Sister, Sacred Circle Creative Life, and physical spaces such as the Library of Congress. Having designed delicious, art journal-esque sketchbooks for the Sketchbook Project, she believes it’s now time to finish an original, artsy novel and prepare for her brand new e-course, The Midnight Masquerade, coming in September 2013.



rachel awes is a psychologist, author, + art playgroundist ~ who listens to the beauty + strength in peoples real stories.

My name is Rachel Whetzel. I specialize in creativity and mixed media art through thrifting, up-cycling, re-purposing and new design. I have had the privilege of being published in several Stampington Publications, and am a contributor to Seth Apter’s newest Mixed Media book, “The Mixed-Media Artist: Art Tips, Tricks, Secrets and Dreams from Over 40 Amazing Artists” slated to be published later this year. I am the owner of A Year in the Life of an Art Journal and Monday Mugshots. I love breaking rules, and I’m married to a cop. (is that like a double negative?) When I’m not obsessively refreshing my Facebook page, I like to create things with thrift store findings and things other people call the J word… (that’s JUNK) When I’m not creating things, I’m neglecting my housework, spending time with my family by the River in the summer, playing horseshoes with the kin folk, cheering too loudly and possibly cursing at my kid’s games, and milking my goats. Not necessarily in that order, except for the neglecting house work part.
Rae Missigman is a mixed media artist with a passion for repurposing found items and turning them into something beautiful. When creating, she loves combining paints, dyes, paper mediums, and textiles – including a large collection of vintage fabric and wool.

She dreams of her having her own brick and mortar store filled with well loved, repurposed items that she will share with the world.  She lives in St. Cloud, FL with her supportive husband and five lovely children. 
Roben-Marie Smith might still be plugging away as a public relations consultant, had the charm of mixed-media not lured her away over a decade ago.  Today, she experiments with many craft and art forms, including mixed media, art journaling, sewing, digi designing and more. She likes to laugh but sometimes takes things too seriously. She doesn’t like wearing shoes, is a loyal friend, is afraid of heights, is an introvert who works hard to be an extrovert and one day would like to say that making things for others is her job!
In addition to designing products, Roben-Marie shares her love of mixed-media art, handmade journals and more through her inspiring blog, Every Life Has a Story, offering video tutorials, step by step how-to’s, give-aways and workshops. 
She has been published in a number of magazines and books and most recently her art appears in Journal It! by Jenny Doh and published by Lark Crafts. She relaxes by reading, watching romantic comedies and football and spending time with her husband of 23 years.
She is also very involved with her church and assists her husband as they work with the teenagers weekly in their home. She has also traveled to Panama, El Salvador and Romania for mission work. 
Roben-Marie is the owner of Paperbag Studios, LLC which offers a full line of rubber art stamps.  
Traci Bunkers, author of The Art Journal Workshop, Print & Stamp Lab, and Print It!, is a passionate mixed-media & fiber artist who loves rusty things, glitter glue, old books to cut up and cheap cameras. Since making her own books and art journaling have been a long time passion of hers, she always feels better after getting her art on by slapping some paint down and working in her journal. Through her one-woman business Bonkers Handmade Originals, she sells her nifty creations such as original artwork, hand-dyed spinning fibers and yarns, original rubber stamps, mixed-media supplies, handmade books, and kits. She has been teaching workshops across the US since the early 90s and has branched out into online workshops.
Violette is an artist, author, workshop instructor and Creative Spirit who has a passion for Art journaling and sharing that passion with others.  She loves to nurture creativity in women and teens and help them to see their light.  In doing so shows them the way through art. It’s all about transformation,  growth and becoming more and more of who you are.
Violette is the author of the art journaling book “Journal Bliss” Creative Prompts to Unleash your Inner Eccentric”.  She’s appeared in a number of books including “Living the Creative Life”, “The Right Brain Business Plan”, “The Sketchbook Challenge” and “Creating Time”.  She’s authored the Teens Dream Journal DVD. Her work has been featured in a number of magazines including: Cloth Paper Scissors, CPS Studios, Create with Me, Somerset Studios, Altered Couture, Scrapbooking and Beyond, Creative Homes and more.
Her funky magic cottage has been featured on numerous TV shows including Weird Homes and most recently on Shaw TV Go Vancouver.
When Violette is not creating art or teaching workshops she can be found walking in the woods, hugging her favourite tree, walking on the beach, kayaking or playing with her grandkids Sam, Toby, Cillian and Leium. 
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