A place for all creatives

Your voice matters!

Welcome to Canary Rising! I’m Crystal Marie, an artist, author, and instructor working primarily in collage, mixed media, and encaustic wax painting,

My process is intuitive. I come to the table with an open mind and an open heart. Aside from the technical decision-making required to get me started, I’ve learned that my best work comes when I get out of my own way and allow the work to tell me what it wants to be.

It sounds a little obscure and mysterious, but what it all boils down to is giving yourself permission to follow your own creative curiosity to discover that everything you really need to know about creating a great composition is already there inside of you.


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Creative Voice! 

I believe that artists, like Canaries, are sentient beings, sensitive to the world around them. Each one has a unique and beautiful message to share. 

I call my process intuitive. Tapping into that place inside where the truest, most authentic, version of my own unique self resides. 

Canary Rising is my virtual studio, where there is always a seat at the table for you.

Come on in and fly! 



+    Join the Table    +    Spread Your Wings     +    Discover Your Voice    +    Create Your Truth   +    Fly    +   

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Where creativity has a place to show up and be seen, A safe, encouraging, creative group - and it's free!

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Ready to spread your creative wings? Find our full schedule of courses here.

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Join The Nest

Where members dwell on the deeper concepts and techniques as they grow their creative wings.


Momigami Seminar

Momigami Seminar was recorded live during one afternoon gathering online where I presented both the traditional method and the contemporary method of the ancient craft of Momigami.

Both methods produce tantalizing texture and interesting design in the surface of the paper, but each very distinct from the other. I walk you through the ins and outs of each method and inspire you with some unique new ways to approach the craft.

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Client Love

"It has a kind of ripple effect outside of just an art-making workshop."

Judy Granlee-Gates

"Crystal Has an amazing way with words, which lays the foundations...so the work you see is just the flowering, the roots go incredibly deep and touch the soul...Life changing. Truly transformational."

Mariateresa Aiello

"It has been so amazing and inspiring to be part of this Shields class, from your generous, value packed lessons and pdf's to such interactive participants!"

Jane Evasiuk

Make + Write + Sing + Fly

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