Blobimal Artist Books

Class Includes Lifetime Access, Instructor Feedback, Online Community, 60 Minutes of Video & More!

6 Lessons – $29.75 $35

Discover what a blobimal is! In this six-lesson class Carla Sonheim will take you blob hunting. You’ll create four small artist books using a combination of techniques and materials–watercolor, pencil, collage and more. This is one of Carla’s favorite “live” classes to teach and she’s excited to make it available online!

TEACHER: Carla Sonheim

Class Description

In this class we will construct four small artist books, with “found” animals as our main subject matter.

The irregularly shaped pages of each of the books will be constructed so that artwork from the subsequent and following pages will be peeking through… like a puzzle!

Book #1: We’ll start with layers of watercolor and then add layers of colored pencil, marker, ink, and more to create unique “blobimals” (“blobs” + “animals”) found only in your imagination.

Book #2: We’ll combine collage and drawing by collaging your “blob” shapes and then finishing your artist book with ink, white gesso, black paint, and a white paint pen (that’s it).

Book #3: We’ll combine collage, drawing, and words to create a story…

Book #4: We’ll create a “mini book.”


Class Itinerary

  • Lesson 1: Watercolor Beginnings
  • Lesson 2: Bind Three Books
  • Lesson 3: Book #1 Blobimals Mixed-Media
  • Lesson 4: Book #2 Collage + Drawing
  • Lesson 5: Book #3 Story
  • Lesson 6: Book #4 Mini Book

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  • Two 10×14-inch gessoed canvases or wood panels.
  • Paint: Student or better grade (Titanium White, Mars Black, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Sap Green, Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre)
  • #6 round acrylic brush
  • printers brayer
  • squeegee
  • Spounge paint tool for varnish
  • A water container–peanut butter jar, small bucket, etc.
  • Paper Towels
  • A paper palette pad or paper plates work well
  • Palette knife
  • Acrylic varnish: Gloss or Satin recommended
  • Small sponge brush for varnish

Carla Sonheim

Carla Sonheim is a painter, illustrator, and creativity workshop instructor known for her fun and innovative projects and techniques designed to help adult students recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating.

Carla is the author of three instructional art books, including Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun; Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop and The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone. In 2012 she co-authored Creative Photography Lab with her husband, Steve Sonheim. They live in Seattle, WA.

Nuts & Bolts

  • This class is now available as a self-study class.
  • Immediately upon class signup, you will receive access to the class videos and corresponding materials.
  • A private Facebook group will be available for you to (optionally) share your artwork and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. You may also email your teacher directly with questions or feedback.
  • You will have indefinite access to this class.