Sally Lynn MacDonald has been an avid mixed-media artist and instructor since 1998, when her first child was born. Subsequently, after the birth of twins, she quit her high-tech career at IBM to be home with her growing family. “This is when creativity became a survival skill!” she says.
Branching out from her experience doing executive information technology briefings and programming for IBM, she has been a professional instructor for several years, specializing in mixed-media techniques and multi-surface applications.
She doesn’t believe in the phrase, “I’m not an artist”, which she hears far too often from her students. She believes that each of us has to decide at the point that the words, “I can’t (paint, draw, sew, etc.)” whether or not we want to pursue the ability in question.
She has traveled extensively throughout the world as well as teaching workshops at stores and events throughout the United States and Canada. Her specialty is taking seemingly difficult topics and making them accessible and attainable.
She often mixes her love of creating and teaching art with her high-tech side – blending a love of handmade art with hybrid-digital media in what she playfully calls her ‘studio lab’. Every now and then her large-format printer is subjected to printing on a surface that definitely is not listed in the owners’ manual.
She is a maven for studio organization, using her abilities to use spreadsheets and databases to bring order from chaos. “It’s marvelous when the right and left brain actually work together in the studio!”, she says.
She owns a brand called Palettini™, including products are cling-mounted rubber stamp designs, licensed exclusively to Technique Junkies, rubber art textures with Carabelle Studios, face stencils with Art Anthology and printmaking tools with Gel Press.
Her most recent employment was with the C-Thru Ruler company, makers of the brands Déjà Views, Little Yellow Bicycle and ART-C Mixed Media products. As the Creative Director for the Art-C brand her focus was expanding the brand beyond its original Artist Trading Card focus to a larger canvas of Mixed-Media Jewelry and Art Journaling products.
She was the first independent contractor asked to be a member of the Copic certification instructor team, for which she developed a curriculum for both the certification and storefront workshops for the paper crafting market. She led the certification courses on the east coast of the United States and Canada for two years as a contractor for Imagination International. In 2011, she refocused her efforts on teaching consumers at the independent retailers and providing product demonstrations at mass-market outlets such as Dick Blick and large specialty outlets such as Lee’s Art Shop in the NYC metropolitan area.
She has previously worked for Prima Marketing, doing special projects and coordinating the artist-educator team as well as providing technique-focused blog posts.
She does sample and catalog work for several companies, including Faber Castell and Tattered Angels. In addition she has been a certified and/or endorsed instructor for:
- 7 Gypsies
- Art Anthology
- Blue Moon Beads
- Golden Artist Colors
- Graphic 45
- Helmar Adhesives
- Little Yellow Bicycle
- Ranger, and
- Tattered Angels
You may have seen her on a couple of nationally televised segments on HGTV’s popular craft series, ‘That’s Clever!’, as well as local television spots on News Channel 12 in Connecticut.
Her prior design team and guest blogger experiences include such wonderful companies as Cosmo Cricket, Hero Arts, Prima, Spellbinders and US Art Quest.
Sally Lynn and her husband Neil have been married for twenty-eight years and live in Sandy Hook, Connecticut with their three children, Brianna and the “Twinkies,” Cameron and Courtney.
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