canvas corp brands karen bearse creative crew interview

Karen Bearse – Featured Creative Crew Member

We are back with our Canvas Crew Brands Creative Crew interviews – a series of features in which you find out a little bit more about our designers: what they like, what inspires them, their favourite CCB product. It is a fun way to get to know the people behind the scenes who share their inspiration with us on daily basis.

Today, let us introduce to you… Karen Bearse.

canvas corp brands karen bearse creative crew interview

Where do you reside? 
I live in the suburbs in Virginia. The fun thing about my area is I am close to the city, museums, shops, crazy traffic but right down the street is a horse farm. Lots of trees & Starbucks. It is a great combination.

Describe your design style….
That is a tough one. My style changes like the weather. I am very product & technique driven so it really depends on what I am playing with. Grungy, distressed, tons of texture, and shimmer with metallic. Maybe bohemian chic?

Who or what do you give credit to inspiring your creativity?
I think the key to creativity is to create. The busier I am working on design team projects, designing classes & demos the more inspiration just comes to me. I know I am in the zone when inspiration hits while driving, grocery shopping or watching a movie. Sources that have nothing to do with my art but suddenly I get a new idea. The key is to write it down or just as quickly the idea is gone.

canvas corp brands karen bearse creative crew interview What inspires you most today?
I find it is so easy to be inspired with all the social media that surrounds me. Instagram is a big one. That snapshot of a project often sparks an idea or gets me working on something. The key is to stop scrolling before I get overwhelmed. It is easy to look at one too many projects, and feel like there are too many possibilities. Usually what I am working on turns out completely different than the inspiration, it is just a great starting point.

What is your favorite Canvas Corp Brand Product? and why? Just one please!!!!
My favorite has to be Glimmer Mist. I have been playing with it since it was released. It was the first mist out for years and even with all the others out there I still reach for it first. Such depth of color and combined with the shimmer- heaven! The colors blend beautifully together. The funny thing is, one of my big goals was always to be on the Tattered Angels Design Team and here I am on the Creative Crew.

We asked Karen to share with us her favourite project.

canvas corp brands karen bearse creative crew interview

Why is it your favorite?
This was the final book making class of my year long, monthly art journal class. My group of anywhere from 6-20 woman playing and socializing using different products and inspiring, helping each other. It was a wonderful experience. The design was tricky figuring out how to put the book together as I like to use different substrates every month. This cover has tons of bits & pieces covered in shimmery, rich Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. Teaching this was a huge challenge but the ladies did great and we all completed our books.
canvas corp brands karen bearse creative crew interview
Do you teach and if so tell us a bit about what you teach, where you go and some of your favorite places?

I love to teach and demo. My long term goal is to travel teach around the world. To be honest, the only thing holding me back from going for it is the business side. All those yucky numbers!!

I am the happiest doing…..

Art journal or altered art. Although lately I have been making mini albums. When I hit that spot where there is no room left on my craft table and ink is flying, ideas flowing & I can’t work fast enough to get it all on the page. I end up working on a 6″x 6″ spot of clean on a table covered in a rainbow of chaos. That great creative frenzy.

My favorite place to be creative…..
My “studio”. I keep calling it that hoping one day it will magically become that clean organized ‘where do woman create” spot. It is my dining room space but filled to the brim with 15 years of product housed by Ikea. Every time I get rid of something it becomes the best needed item 2 weeks later. Maybe my New Years resolution?
canvas corp brands karen bearse creative crew interview
Tell us one cool detail about your studio or craft space…
My studio overlooks my garden & the forest behind my house. I have become a bit of a gardener so that I have color popping up at different times of the year. Deer, fox,turtles and that annoying, hibiscus eating squirrel wander by at anytime. I even have hummingbirds right outside my window.
Tell us one thing fun about you we might not know…

I love quoting movies & TV. Most conversations I have with people include a movie quote. A lot of times it just goes unnoticed but I have become besties with gals who pick up on it and do the same thing. Love a good movie quote!

Share with us anything about your creative life that you feel would inspire others….
When I teach, especially art journal techniques I tell my students. Your work will have a case of the ugglies, but you can do this. There is a learning curve. Don’t be afraid or intimidated. Like anything in life practice is the key, love the process and you will get results. In art, quite often, the less perfect is the more beautiful. My favorite thing to hear from my students is “I can’t believe I made this”, and “I can’t wait to play more at home”. Helping people find their confidence is very rewarding.
To see more of Karen’s work, please visit her Facebook, Instagram and blog.
See you next time when we discover arty secrets of another Creative Crew member.


Canvas Corp Brands is the home of Tattered Angels, 7Gypsies and Canvas Corp (Canvas Home Basics). We are a manufacturer of surfaces, paint and vintage reproductions coming to you from Springdale, Arkansas.

'Karen Bearse – Featured Creative Crew Member' have 6 comments

  1. April 4, 2017 @ 7:48 am Susie Bentz

    Love all the texture, color and SHINE on that cover! You are a great teacher – always so encouraging! I learned the most important thing about playing with mixed media from you – if I don’t love it, that just means I am not finished with it yet!


    • April 10, 2017 @ 9:39 am karen bearse

      Aww thanks so much Suzie for those awesome words!! You are a wonderful student, very coach-able and so darn talented! Glad you took the time to read this!


  2. April 4, 2017 @ 10:56 am Redanne

    Here’s looking at you kid! Just had to say it Karen, it is the only quote I can remember…. Great to learn more about you and what inspires you in your art. Your journal is fantastic! Anne x


    • April 10, 2017 @ 9:40 am karen bearse

      Haha that is very appropriate! Thanks for taking the time to read my article!


  3. April 4, 2017 @ 11:39 am eileen hull

    Thanks for sharing your creative journey Karen! Love your work…


    • April 10, 2017 @ 9:42 am karen bearse

      Thank you so much Eileen for taking the time to read it. I love your work & your products too!!


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