I can't tell you how much I needed this class. How much I needed to fill my own cup, to paint and just see what happens. Thank you, Katie, for being a gentle soul and for helping me find pieces of myself again.
I painted like a wild-woman...I started EIGHT (yes, eight!) journal pages and did six pieces on loose watercolor paper. Some of what I did, I love. Some of what I did I don't love. BUT, the process is what is important, not the finished product. And the process rocked the casbah. I'll share some of what I did over the next few days, if you don't mind.
This was a quickie, on loose paper. Listening to layers and responding.
I used some of the exclusive JBS paper in the kit for this gal's hair. Other materials I used are: china pencil, Neocolor II crayons, stickers from the kit, flair from the kit, acrylic paint, the chevron stencil from the kit.
Guess what the theme is for July JBS kits....travel! I was so thrilled when I saw the kits. I love to see the world, it's a passion of mine.
I made a couple of scrapbook pages and a couple of art journal pages...the kits are so easy to use. Love that! And....can I mention, an EXCLUSVE chevron stencil in the main kit? Swoon. I used it on almost everything.
Yes, dropped out of sight again. I have been at the tail-end of a whirl-wind few months, and just couldn't keep up the pace.
A huge thanks to all who have come to classes over the last couple of months. I love, love, love being with "my people"--what my hubby calls my "art people." You all truly inspire me and it is a true pleasure to watch you create art. And a big thanks to all of the store owners who invited me to come and took such great care of me: Lori & Linda at Ink About It, Patti at The Queen's Ink, Maura at My Heart's Fancy, Carolyn at The Crafty Scrapper, Deanna at Clipper Street, and Barb at Bizzy B's.
I've been traveling & teaching so much that I haven't spent much personal time in my journals at all. I've missed it. I am looking forward to sitting and expressing and allowing the stresses and the joys of the last few months to spill out.
One thing I have been doing is "100 Faces." I first heard about this from Carla Sonheim, where she recommended drawing a face a day for 100 days. When I teach my face drawing class, I always mention Carla's idea to students and I encourage them to set a personal goal to do it! A couple of Facebook groups have sprouted up from it, and it's so fun to see everyone's growth and excitement.
I have been playing along in Dawn Sokol's book Art Doodle Love: A Journal of Self-Discovery. Her book is a colorful journal with pre-printed backgrounds and lots of prompts to get you doodling and drawing and putting yourself down on paper. It has been so easy to throw it in my purse & just pull it out and draw in it when I have a chance. I'll share some of my faves in the next couple of days.
Hi...I'm partcipating in the PaperHaus magazine blog hop today. Here's a message from the magazine:
to the PaperHaus Magazine Summer Delight Blog Hop! We are excited that
you are hopping with us and we would like to thank you for hopping
along. We are celebrating the release of the Summer Issue of PaperHaus
Magazine! There is SO much inspiration, techniques, projects, and
exclusive artist interviews inside. Not only that, but it’s an issue
filled with amazing Mixed Media projects from people from all over the
world. We hope you enjoy flipping through the pages as much as we
enjoyed putting it together for you. Below is the link to the summer
issue. Give it a browse, and then come back to hop to the other blogs.
Every day in June on the PaperHaus Blog (www.thepaperhaus.com), there will be amazing inspiration and tutorials. Be sure to stop by.
Here's a peek of one of my projects in the magazine. I was given a color scheme to work with, which I can find challenging. As soon as you tell me I have to use something, I start not wanting to use it! But the colors were lovely and my pages came together really easily.
I used all the usual suspects...Dylusions inks and stencils, acrylic paint, Stabilo ALL pencil, Neocolor II crayons, modeling paste, The Crafter's Workshop stencils.
3. Catalyst Brushes by Princeton. They have a great spring and are inexpensive. Love 'em. I bought my first one in January when I was at Whim So Doodle in St. Pete, FL. Now I have quite an assortment.
4. Stabilo Woody Pencils. They're like my favorite Stabilo All pencil, but they're fatter (they're made for little kids, I think). They write & color well on paint (yay), are water soluble, and have lots of fun colors.
Did you know there's a Facebook group for my book? The artists in the group are working through the page challenges in the book...lots of inspiration posted: Art Journal Freedom Fans....Click Here
And, Cynthia Fawcett created a FB group called 100 Faces after being in my face drawing class this past weekend. The artists are trying to draw one face per day for 100 days: 100 Faces Challenge...Click Here
I believe both groups are set to private, but the group administrators will approve memberships if you request to join.
Hi, friends. I was doing so well with daily postings, but then I fell off the bandwagon. Since March, I have been in Norway, Holland, England, North Carolina, Australia, Toronto, Oklahoma, Westford, Mass, and Anaheim. I stil need to go to Baltimore, Waxahaxie TX, and Vancouver this month. I've even woken up in the morning a few times and not known where I am. Crazy!
Plus, this handsome fella graduated in the middle of it all:
Needless to say, I don't know what is up or down or sideways. I'm home for a couple of days, so I will get back to blogging. Plus, I'm participating in a blog hop on Thursday! Woot! More soon.
I was dinking around on Pinterest and enjoying some art that had very distorted faces. It inspired me to draw these. They're ugly, but I guess that's the point. It's fun to exaggerate the features and see what happens.
Try drawing something and distorting it. It may not end up beautiful, but it will certainly be interesting.
I came across these pages that I did a few weeks ago, and they make me smile. I was feeling stuck. So that's what I journaled about. Sometimes we feel like every page needs a pound of paint, or every page needs every trick we know. That's not true, sometimes it's good (and therapeutic) to do some quickies. Just express what's in your heart at the moment and move on.
The page on the left says, "stuck." And the page on the right says, "Imprisoned by my lack of skill." Have you ever felt like that?
Was playing with fluorescent Golden paint. Fun stuff. Forgive me for not typing out all the products I used...my sinuses are killing me and I am just too tired. Spring allergies are killing me! Plus, I'm allergic to dust and it's been windy here. Wind + Arizona = dusty, dusty, dusty. It's all the usual suspect on this page, though...nothing different.
Last page from my 2-hours-in-bed-with-JBS kits-journaling-session. (Scroll down to the May 1 post to see all the materials I used on these pages.)
Have you tried journaling in bed? You should. Bring a few supplies and just do it.
Orange & blue = favorite color combo!
That orange tag was screaming to me, so I
tore it in half and then drew in the rest of
the tag with my pencil. The circle juice top
was a great addition on top. I used Louise's
feather stamp underneath all of it.
Can you believe I did six pages in two hours? Some of them are simple...but I like that. We dont' have to do every trick we know on every page. The point is EXPRESSION. Sometimes a few marks are all you need.
I have to say, Check Advantage is an awesome company. They have been such a pleasure to work with! And, my checks & address labels are on sale this week...you can use the promo code SAVE2DW to get $2 off.
Alright, here's page number five! (Remember, to see the materials I used on these pages, look for the first post in the series, dated May 1.)
She's a little moody...maybe she had jet lag
like I did when I made this. Ha. I started this one with Lou's
feather stamp (again, "inked" with
water and Neocolor II crayons). Then I drew
right over top of the stamped images. I used
the wood shapes in the kit to give her a
I tell ya, I was on a roll when I did these pages with the May Jenni Bowlin Studios kits. I love it when the ideas flow and you just have fun creating. (See last week's post about all of the materials I used on these pages...just scroll down.)
I loved the vintage advertisement in the
Antiquarian kit. I cut out the smiling sun
and collaged it over the runny color (which I did with Neocolor II crayons and a water brush). Next
came the scribbles! I added the pink scribble over the purple color, and I added the pencil scribbles around the sun. I cut out the plane from
one of the vintage images in the kit, and
added the red star. I think I am in love with
those red stars. I need about a million more
I'll share page number 5 tomorrow! Told ya I was on a roll.
Here's the third page from my journal-frenzy with the awesome Jenni Bowlin Studios kits. (Remember to check the post below about all the materials I used on these pages.)
Those bugs in the antiquarian kit? Swoon. To
create this page, I glued one bug on the top,
and a torn bug underneath it. I used my blue Stabilo All pencil to draw in the rest of the torn bug.
Then underneath those two I drew a pencil
version of the bug. I added some shadowing and extra color with the Neocolor II crayons and the water brush. The only journaling I
needed on this page is "Buggin." It
says it all.
Look for another page on Monday...have a great weekend!
Here's the second page I made using May's JBS kits. (See my previous post for all the gory details about the materials I used on the page.)
This page is a note to myself. I started this page
with some of the vintage papers in the
Antiquarian kit (can you see the train paper
and an airplane peeking through the color?).
Then I added stamping with Lou's stamp. Next
came the bug and star. Finally I drew over
all of it with the Neocolors. The airplane was positioned
funny...it gave my girl a weird mustache...so
I scribbled over it with a white Neocolor II
crayon. I cut apart one of the phrases in the
Antiquarian kit and glued it to her
forehead...dance the polka!
You all know about my love for Jenni Bowlin. First of all, she oozes talent. And she's adorable. And so, so nice. And she puts together such great kits.
I saw my box waiting for me when I got home from Australia. I'm fighting some killer jet lag, but I couldn't resist opening the box. I knew I wanted to journal, so I grabbed a few supplies and sat on my bed to create. I enjoyed the process immensely. It was a challenge to use only what I had with me, but I felt creatively inspired and I made SIX pages in the matter of about 2 hours. Seriously. I am going to share them with you over the next week or so and give you my thought process behind them.
Here's what I had with me to use:
My JBS kits...the main kit, the Antiquarian kit, and the mini album kit.
My box of Neocolor II crayons.
A few Stabilo All pencils in various colors.
Fudeball 1.5 black pen, and a Faber-Castell white pen (the big one w/ the bullet tip).
Ranger glue stick. (BTW, I love the Ranger glue stick. It actually GLUES things down, unlike other glue sticks on the market.)
A water brush filled with water.
My vintage ledger journal. (Did you know that Jenni sometimes puts vintage ledgers up for sale in her "Flea Market" section? Check it often, they sell out fast.)
Nope, no spray ink and no ink pad. I did long for spray ink a few times, but I resisted the urge to go get it.
There's one thing you must know first. The main kit has a hand-carved feather stamp, done by the amazing and talented Louise Nelson. You need it. Trust me. I about fainted from excitement when I saw it.
This page started with the feather stamp.
Because I didn't have an ink pad with me, I
wet the stamp with my water brush and then
scribbled on it with the Neocolor II crayons.
It gave a very watercolor look to the
stamping. I added the yellow on the right
with the Neocolors, also. I scribbled first, the used the waterbrush to dissolve and pull the color. I did the polka dots with the white Faber Castell pen. Then came the
vintage image, which I couldn't resist
altering a bit. The red stars were a perfect
addition and gave the vintage image a strong grounding element. Last came my journaling. Colorful, and I love the message...to LEAP.
Last week I had the chance to teach at the awesome Pages 2 Scrap, and then spend a few days in beautiful Sydney with my hubs. It poured rain during one of my teaching days...we even had problems with paint drying! But the weather was gorgeous while we did our touristy stuff. I really loved Australia...can't wait to go back. Next time I'm going to bring the fellas & do surfing lessons, and then also go up North to see the Great Barrier Reef.
The beautiful harbor:
Famous Bondi beach...the water felt great:
I got to pet this koala, even though he looks like he's avoiding me:
The view of Sydney from Taronga Zoo:
My middle fella was really concerned that I would be bitten by a Sydney funnel web spider. I did see one at the reptile park...but there was never one in my shoes. :)
I drew and painted this girl on a piece of watercolor paper. Then I cut her out, cut her in half, and glued the halves down on different journal pages (backgrounds that I had already done). Try it...it's an interesting visual effect.