I got to spend yesterday in a class by Andrea Matus deMeng. Had tons of fun, was a great experience to paint and collage and learn her process. My piece isn't finished yet, but I will definitely share when it is. It's a 5-foot scroll!
I know many of you have been patiently waiting for me to finish a new online class. I am 2/3rds done with a new one...a face drawing/face painting class. I'm hoping to finish it next week.
I taught a face drawing class at Art Unraveled on Saturday. Most of the class didn't have any drawing experience, and by the end of the class they were seriously rocking it out. Seriously.
Here are a couple faces from my doodle book...have a good Tuesday!
Ah, it's August. The Jenni Bowlin kits this month are full of fab colors and textures...corkboard and chalboard, anyone? So fun, cute, and trendy. I did a couple of scrapbook pages and a couple of journal pages.
I was teaching a mark-making class at The Occasional Artist last week, and I was talking about making marks with unusual implements. I unscrewed the lid off a bottle of Distress Paint and used the lid to draw this face. Fun how cool something will turn out when you least expect it!
Alrighty, here's another new stencil. Yay for Four Ferns! I think I'm going to keep one of these intact, and then get a second one to cut apart. Isn't that a good idea? I love the way these look when they're layered together.
Ask for my new stencils at your local scrapbook, craft, art, or stamping store. They're available for wholesale through The Crafter's Workshop.
I've got a new white apron. I'm sure it will stay pristinely white forever. heh.
I've got a new easel...in the space where my fellas' computer used to be. There's SO much more room in here now that I've rearranged things. HUGE thanks to Shannon for helping! Really the room needs to be gutted, painted, carpet pulled out & concrete floor sealed...but I don't have time for that. So Shannon helped me rearrange and purge. I also have new computer desk...it all works much better and I think I threw away 8 big black bags full of crap.
Can you tell I have a HUGE to-do list and I'm procrastinating? Aack!
I'm not keeping count at all...typical of me. If it involves numbers, I don't do it.
As a reminder...I'm doing lots of these faces in Art Doodle Love by Dawn Sokol. It's a fun little book with preprinted backgrounds and prompts to give you a jumpstart. It's really fun to draw on the pages.
Here's a peek of my new stencils, releasing next week at Summer CHA with The Crafter's Workshop. I have seven new designs:
Do you think you can figure out which one is which from these peeks? For my samples I made scrapbook pages, art journal pages, and gelatin prints. I used Dylusions ink sprays, acrylic paints, modeling paste, and spray paint. Fun! I'll be back to share full projects during CHA week.
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.