Monday, December 31, 2012


This May, Memorial day weekend
-in Irvine I will be teaching 3 exciting classes at Create-sponsored by Cloth Paper Scissors-there are so many great offerings this year-RoAnn Mathias, JoAnne Sharpe, Chris Cozen, Ruth Rae and many more!Just a heads up-the site is now up!

 Here is the link to the website to sign up-workshops sell quickly so be sure to check it out this week
I believe the first day to sign up is January 8th
The way this conference works is A La Carte-just choose the classes and dates you want!

My classes are Hand Lettered T shirts-Thursday Night

Hand Lettered Prayer Flags-Saturday all day

Fascinating Fascinators!! Sunday Morning

Oh and will be vending and writing at the Artists faire on Friday night!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


I want to personally invite you to my home for a fun art night! I know a lot of you are out of the So Cal area but for my local friends I wanted to give you the first shot-there is limited space and I would love to meet you in person if I have not! We will create a beautiful canvas with collage and hand lettering-I know this is a crazy time but it might be the perfect opportunity to do something just for yourself-or gift the class to a friend!

A Casual Art Party and Trunk Show with Delicious Bites!
Friday, January 11, 2013 6-10 pm

Come party with us and unleash your inner artist at the studio home of lettering artist and author Lisa Engelbrecht! This is an affordable new kind of art entertainment where friends come together to paint, drink a little wine and discover their creativity in a fun-filled atmosphere. This is an upbeat creative class for everyone.
Not artistic? A little nervous? Don’t worry – I  will teach you step-by-step how to create a unique work of art. It’s easy, fun, and totally stress free. A great girls night out-this is something for everyone. However, the fun is first. The art is secondary.

 We will provide everything you need for the class including the canvas, paint, brushes, lettering and mixed media supplies.. you will create an amazing mixed media piece to take home. ( Plus we will  be serving delicious hors d’oeurves ) Bring your own personal style, your favorite bottle of wine or other beverage, and we do the rest.

(As an added bonus there will be a trunk show of the Artist’s handmade artworks in her studio.)

The Price is $45 which includes all supplies, a bit of bubbly and delicious small bites! ( My daughter Kristin, an excellent cook will be our chef du jour!) Space is limited! so sign up now- you deserve it!
You can sign up today on my website and click on the store tab.
Or you can send me a check to 6329 Mariquita, Long Beach, 90803-email me at
Due to the timing of this you must fill your own spot if you need to cancel. Thanks for understanding!

Saturday, December 8, 2012


My Art Spark Tutorial...

The Old manuscripts featured 20 Karat gold initials called Versals-they started the verses! You can easily reproduce these stunning shiny letters.
Here I’ve used my versals from the book Hand Lettering for Crafts by Sandra Salamony- but any intials could work.

Using bright colored or black paper sketch the outline of the initial lightly with a pencil. Then carefully fill it with a small brush and Duo Adhesive. You can get Duo Adhesive from Paper and Ink Arts, ( You can also use Mona Lisa Glue from Michaels but I like the Duo better. You’ll want to fill the initials with a LOT of adhesive-flood it once you do the outline.

Here’s how it looks when you apply the glue. It will be creamy white and cover the paper completely.

Now the hardest part-wait till it drys COMPLETELY CLEAR! During
the drying make sure nothing touches the glue-I always seem to forget and put another paper on top and that wrecks the surface! ( You can just reapply the adhesive if this happens)

                     The letters should look like this when finished drying

Now apply the gold leaf-I find La D’Ore at Michaels and art stores. It comes in many colors and variegated. It is super flimsy and light.

Carefully remove a sheet and place it on the adhesive, using your fingers to get all the nooks and crannies. Remove the excess with a foam brush

                              Using a soft cloth burnish the gold to a dull shine
                                 Voila!! Gold initials ( Or silver or copper)

                                      Here I have made a card using one of the initials

My son and I have put together a kit with all you need to make these initials right away!  It includes a mini jar of Duo Adhesive, ( You can make many initials with this small jar!)  3 sheets of assorted gold leaf, 4 quarter sheets of black Artagain paper, an exemplar of my versals, Small brush, and a foam brush. It is $18 plus $4.95 shipping, please order through my website under the store tab-

                                              thanks for giving my son a little project!

Monday, December 3, 2012


Its the Holiday Blog Hop!
My girls and I at ArtSpark are havin a Holiday Tutorial blog hop!! I will be up on Sunday with Easy Gilded letters-but tomorrow its the amazing Lyric Kinard, Lyric starts us off with a beautifully delicate snowflake pinwheel ornament! 
Here is the link and here is the schedule for the entire week!
Dec 4 - Lyric Kinard, Snowflake Pinwheel Ornament
Dec 5 Tracie Lyn Huskamp, Coming Soon! ,
Dec 6 Judy Perez, Speculatius-St. Nicolas cookies,
Dec 7 Jill Berry, Mini Book Ornament,
Dec 8 Traci Bunkers, Star Garland,
Dec 9 - Lisa Engelbrecht, Easy Gilded Letters for Cards