I've been getting together with some friends and new acquaintances to do some life drawing. I like it but it's frustrating, only because of my own lack of skill. I really need a class with a teacher to give direction and instruction. I am getting better, though. Because when it comes down to it, consistency and devotion are how you get better.
This drawing is just a bunch of drawings super-imposed on each other.
I'm excited to announce that I'll be participating as a JumpStarter in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2014, run by Nathalie Kalbach. CJS is a one-of-a-kind community event designed to inspire your creativity.
Need help getting your creative mojo going in 2014? CJS can help. Throughout January, participants get 23 videos from 21 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists. You will learn new techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other mixed media artists and scrapbookers.
Still sketching...this one is with the Dermatograph china marker. The blue is also a Dermatograph (I bought all the colors I could get my hands on!). The background is acrylic and my Spilled Hearts stencil from The Crafter's Workshop.
I love printmaking of all types, and wanted to branch out and try something new. Recently I taught a local class on collagraph printing. It's more difficult than Gelli printing and gives a different look...and oh my, it is fun!
On this page, I glued the actual printing plate itself (the heart is the plate):
This page has one of the prints I made from the above plate:
I recently treated myself to a set of Conte pencils (and a pad of kraft paper), and now I've been using them on everything. Love, love, love them! They're hard to sharpen, you need to sharpen them with a knife or you blow through the whole pencil b/c the lead is so fragile (like a pastel pencil).
Jenni's lovely December kits arrived on my doorstep, and it is full of Christmas goodness and cheer. I opened the kits and pulled out the stencil...and then my mind went cuckoo and the stencil was all I could think about. I made about 8 backgrounds with it, I love it SO very much. So my pages this month focus on that awesome star stencil. Be sure to check out the galleries for wonderful inspiration!
Whew. Well, I've been teaching so much that a lot of what I have to share right now are samples I made in class. I really need some art time of my own. Hoping to fit that in this week. I did do some life-drawing on Monday, which was fun. It was uncomfortable, not because of the live model, but because of my own lack of skill. I saw improvement in just the few hours I was there, though...proof that practice helps!
Here's a class sample journal page in my Dylusions journal...
Things have been so busy here. I feel like I can't think straight. I've been teaching so much, working on big mega deadlines. I'm almost at a breaking point, honestly. I need to take some time and make art for me, art that has no purpose other than expression. I haven't done that in ages.
The gelli print below started as a "cast off" print--one that I used just to clean off my plate. It ended up kinda cool, though, don't you think? Feather stencil is by Jenni Bowlin Studios.
I'm honored to be one of the gallery artists in Seth Apter's new book:
Seth is a generous, giving artist who delves into the "how" and "why" of artmaking. He is great at asking questions that make you think, and also dissecting the mystery of art into doable tips and activities.
Plus, his own art is hecka cool.
You can check out his blog for all sorts of eye candy and features. See if he's teaching near you (but be warned, his classes almost always sell out quickly).
Thanks, Seth, for having me be part of your new book!
I started these two collage pages months ago. Every now and then I flip to them and add something--some stenciling, some bits and bobs. Then I flip away, leaving them still unfinished. I am kind of enjoying this slow process, just adding to them when the mood strikes.