I am passionate about the need to create original works and to find new and unique ways to embrace paper and inks. I get no satisfaction from copying designs that I’ve seen in books / magazines or making an assembly line of mass produced cards. My process of creation begins with a journey exploring a world of colour combinations, discovering intermingling patterns, and emphasizing various textures. My personal fulfillment and joy comes from the originality of the completed creation.
My primary love is paper. Since childhood, I have had an obsession with scissors, glue, and paper. Although, I have no formal art training, (as art wasn’t considered a “real job”) crafting has always been in my blood. After college, I began working as an elementary school teacher where I taught first grade for 5 years. I entered the teaching profession where my creativity could serve a purpose in the classroom. I am currently a full-time artist. (with the total support of a loving husband) I love to create anything from cards & scrapbooks to sewing projects. I have also explored knitting, painting, jewelry making, as well as altered art projects.
The day that changed everything was the day my sister, Janet offered to buy the cards that I had planned to give her. Without her encouragement, I never would have had the motivation to try to begin to sell my cards. With her support and faith that my cards were good enough to sell, I took the first steps.
I began to seriously consider the possibility in November 2008 as an unlikely dream. All my life, I had only wanted to create things and crafting is where I found my joy. The process of creating is where I find myself. Art is what I do and do it with my whole heart and soul. Art & Soul Designs was born. By June 2009, I had 3 local florists
Thanks for stopping by. I do hope you enjoy exploring my website and that you like what you see. Paper & ink inspirations from me to you.
Karen Sessions :o)
My other paper-crafting passion is scrapbooking. Family photos are arranged in a creative layout using pretty papers, embellishments, journaling, and one’s artistic flair. By recording one's past, one preserves family memories and makes a record of events and people important to you. Story telling your life's journey is rewarding.
Three of my layouts were featured in ...
I wanted to acknowledge some very influential people in my life and extend special thanks to those who have encouraged and inspired me.
Without your combined energies and love,
Art & Soul would be just a dream.
I love you all dearly.