This is the back of my current Dylusions journal. I was using it as a palette (I tend to put paint anywhere around me when I need to). When I was done, I had a big blob of black paint sitting there. I took a brush and spread out the paint into this quick painting. Now I kinda love it!
Well, the last few weeks have gone by in a whirlwind. I was blessed to teach at Papirfest in Stavanger, Norway, Art From the Heart in Harrogate, England, and De Craftorij in Ede, Holland. I was home for 2 days and then left again to teach at Donna Downey Studios in North Carolina.
I love teaching. I love sharing what I do. I hope that comes through when you take a class with me. The artists in my classes have been truly fabulous! It's a privilege to watch them learn and create art.
I'm rubbish at teaching and taking pictures at the same time...so if you have any pictures of any of these events, email me and I'll post a few of them!
My hubs and fellas met me in the UK for a a few days. England has something we don't have here in Phoenix, and that is called weather! ha. Mother Nature still thought it was winter time, so we had lots of cold temps and snow. That didn't dampen our fun, though! Our friends, dismayed at our Arizona clothing, loaned us fleeces to go under our jackets. And we had to buy wellies to keep out the slush and snow.
Here's a fun comparison. I took this first photo in 2007:
This month I could not stop using the Antiquarian kit. The ephemera in it is outstanding! I noticed it's sold out...you really should subscribe so you don't miss out. The stencil is in the main kit...love it! Be sure to check the DT galleries for loads of ideas.
Vintage ledger. Remember to check Jenni's Flea Market Finds section of her website. She recently put up several ledgers!
Vintage Ephemera from the Antiquarian JBS kit.
Fudeball 1.5 pen.
Sharpie water-based white marker in extra-fine point.
This week my doorbell rang, and a man smiled and handed me a beautiful vase of flowers. They were from Check Advantage...how sweet is that? My oldest son just got a checking account...I told him he could order my checks. He asked me if I designed any "manly" ones...heh.
My oldest fella (who's a senior this year, waaaa) plays the French horn in the marching band. As the horn section leader, he instituted a mantra that served them well: stand above the crowd. I'm proud of him for that.
Stand out...rise above.
Dylusions Creative Journal by Ranger
Stencils from The Crafter's Workshop
Neocolor II crayons
My silhouette mask stencil & mask from The Crafter's Workshop
Sue Altman and I have been friends for a number of years now. We're both docents at The Phoenix Art Musuem. In fact, we're from the same docent class (it takes 2 years of study and practice to become a docent, so you get quite close to your classmates). Sue is a textile and fiber artist and has been published in Sew Somerset many times. She's also a jewelry artist...take a look at these pieces she made for me! She downloaded and printed some of my art work (including the cover of my book...can you spot it?). Then she made the print-outs into these amazing necklaces and earrings. When she brought them over, I couldn't believe my eyes! So gorgeous. I just wanted to share her talent with you. If you're interested in her jewelry, check out her site. I'm sure she'll take custom orders, too.
It has been so fun to see my book, Art Journal Freedom, landing in your hands. I so appreciate all of you who have bought my book. It's been a thrill to get your emails & positive encouragement, and to sign your books.
Recently I got all of the journals and pages that appear in the book back from North Light (my publisher). It was fun to hold the art again and remind myself why I am so passionate about Art Journal Freedom.
Why did I write this book?
Because I want you to feel good about your art. I want you to have the freedom to express yourself confidently and strongly. If you make something you're not thrilled with, I want you to be able to figure out what's wrong. I want you to grow as an artist. I want you to make your mark on the world.
I taught a class at Whim So Doodle last month where I had people trace faces onto their artwork. This was the face I traced when I demo'd...it's by Terbywonder Moritz. Mine looks a little different than his because I have a different hand. Tracing is a good option for getting imagery into your journals. Just remember to give proper credit if you're tracing someone else's artwork. Often I'll write right on the page who the artist is. Try tracing images from magazines, books, etc.
Art Doodle Love is a journal that prompts and nudges you to create, to think, to express. The pages give you a headstart--they have color and quotes and words from which you can springboard your creativity.
I flipped the book open and it landed on a page that said, "Today I learned...". Immediately I started thinking about a few things that happened today, and I grabbed some paint and a pen and started adding my mark to the page.
Love the result. It came out so easily! Then I flipped to another page, which invited me to start scribbling. I scribbled on a face...
I flipped the page again and the journal invited me to use the drips on the page as a starting point. I did this:
I really enjoyed working in Dawn's book. Whether you're an experienced art journaler or new to art journaling, this book is serious fun!
I did some art journal pages with the Jenni Bowlin Studios February kit. The exclusive stencil is such a great little pattern, so easy to use. The really great thing is I have so much of the kit left, I can easily make 4 to 6 scrapbook pages!
As I was clicking around my computer searching for a specific image file, I came across this gal. I don't remember posting her...and I went back a few pages on my blog and didn't see her. Maybe I'm just missing it, I dunno. But here she is! If I did post her, well, here she is again! hee hee.
Dylusions Ink Sprays
Stencils from The Crafter's Workshop (Julie's Blazonry, my Spilled Hearts)
Well, it's really happening. Word on the street is that my book has hit the publisher's warehouse, and is currently being shipped out! YAY! I received my author copies on Friday, and Amazon has an "in stock" date of Feb 5.
The awesome mixed-media art/papercrafts/scrapbooking/sewing shop Whim So Doodle in St. Pete, Florida, managed to get a case overnighted to them while I was there. What a thrill! They sold out quickly, a BIG thank you to all who bought my book and had me sign it.
People ask me all the time where to buy it. Ask for it at your local art/stamping/scrapbooking store! I know many stores have ordered it to have in their shop...buy it from them and support them. You can also get it online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and The North Light Shop. [The link below has my affiliate code.]