Art Marks - Days 6-10

I hope all of my fellow mark makers are having a great time using this simple challenge as a quick and easy way to explore what their favorite marks are when creating. I know that I am enjoying working small and incorporating my go to marks. It is a joy to work with no rules and I am finding that the creativity is flowing as a result! Keep sharing. I am loving it! 

I beginning to see a pattern in my marks already and I like it. I know they are simple. Organic. Very basic for sure, but I love them. I love the way they make my pages look and feel with all their texture and counting goodness! (Um. Yes. I love to count)

I hope you are enjoying this exercise in finding your own unique marks. I can't wait to see what you are creating. Don't forget to use the hashtag below on Instagram so we can share with and inspire one another. Want to join in? It is never too late. Get all the details HERE. In case you missed it, you can get the free downloadable prompt list by clicking the button below. 

Exploring Gelatos®

I love exploring new tools and mediums in the studio.  Today I am sharing a little project that I created while playing with Gelatos®. This is a really cool medium that is super blendable which is a bonus for me because I love mixing color.

I love how intense the colors are with these and yet you can create a more transparent look by moving them around with gel medium. Adding the gel medium works as a double bonus because it seals the Gelatos® allowing you to work over the top of them with pens, pencils and more. 

Watch how I create a miniature canvas in no time using just a few scraps of collage paper, some Gelatos®, gel medium and a handful of mark making tools. These would make cute tokens that you could tuck into some mail art for a friend! 

I do not get paid to share my thoughts on art making tools of the trade, I just enjoy exploring what they can do for me when I am creating in the studio. Sometimes these experiments end up being just that, experiments. Other times I find that I have created something that I love and can share. Do you work with Gelatos®? What do you love most about them?

Creativity In Fast Forward

I am loving this time of year when I am still ahead of the game on all fronts. I love feeling like I have all the time in the world to make art and play in the studio. I am on a mission this year to stay ahead of things, to take on less of  the stuff that doesn't matter, and to share as much inspiration with you as possible- even if that means sharing my creativity in fast forward. 

I never worry about having hours to create because I know that is never going to be a reality for me. I have a big family and a busy life outside of the studio but I don't  think that means I have to give up making A R T. I make my minutes count. Minutes. That's all I need. Whether I am working small and getting a lot down or working big and adding layers as I go, I use the few moments I have do what makes me happy- making my
M A R K. 

I think it is important to see A R T for what it is- a freeing of ourselves. I didn't love art when I was always worried about doing what was trendy or trying to make art like the awesome work I was seeing on the world wide web. I had to take a giant step back and remind myself that if I didn't do what made me happy, what I was good at, what mattered to me then I was never going to love A R T.  Don't be afraid to make art work for you. Work on your time, with the tools you enjoy, doing what  Y O U  L O V E. Happy creating!

hey it's my birthday giveaway

FIVE LUCKY WINNERS will each receive TWO randomly selected 4 x 4 Seaside Harbor Collection stencils! All ten stencils in this collection are pretty cool so I think everyone will be happy this birthday!

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LEFT TO RIGHT: 1. Sea of Grapes & Fort Hill 2. Shoreline & Seaside Lavender 3. Pickleweed & Bittersweet 4. Boundaries & Sea of Skiffs and 5. Harbor Side & Travel Note. *CLIPBOARD NOT INCLUDED*

I will randomly select 5 winners on January 25th and will notify the winners via email within two days of the drawing. Oh! and the icing on this birthday cake? I will be throwing in some other artsy goodies and the shipping is on me! Open to all of my US and International readers! 

Art Marks - Days 1-5

Hello Fellow Mark Makers! I hope that this first week of the  30 day challenge was a creative one for you all. I am having the best time creating my own unique marks in a cute little hand bound journal I made just for the challenge. My book only measures about 3.5 inches by 4 inches and the pages are a fun and random assortment of scraps, including canvas, tags, book paper and even fragile vintage papers.. My favorite thing about the journal itself? Each page is a different size and so I can see the previous days marks peeking through when I turn the page. What kind of journal are you working in for this challenge?

I know it has only been a few days,  but this is what the challenge has taught me so far. One, I love working small. It is so rewarding. I don't have to worry about having hours to create, a few minutes is all I need. Two, this mark making has spurred my journaling habits. I am not exactly sure why but I am finding myself writing things down and I like it. And three, I LOVE MARK MAKING!!! Who is with me on this?

I hope you are enjoying this exercise in finding your own unique marks. I can't wait to see what you are creating. Don't forget to use the hashtag below on Instagram so we can share with and inspire one another. Want to join in? It is never too late. Get all the details HERE. In case you missed it, you can get the free downloadable prompt list by clicking the button below. 

My Creative Jumpstart Lesson is Live

 I am excited to be sharing my Creative Jumpstart lesson with you all today! (if you haven't seen the previous lessons yet you will want to check them out here- Nathalie has an amazing line up of artist instructors this year!)

If you haven't jumped in yet it's not too late! I love this collaborative worshop so much because you get to download each video lesson! You just need to register and download the videos before November 2017. That means you can enjoy, create, and learn at your own pace! AND you will get to interact and be inspired by a world wide gathering of other artists who will be learning alongside of you! You can read all the details here

art marks 30 day challenge begins today

Just a reminder that this starts today! So, Let's get creating. Let's get sharing & let's leave our mark! 

five things - my week at a glance

1LOVING THESE TODAY

…because who wouldn’t  

There is something wonderful about well loved, well used art tools. I have glued these back together so many times, the heads popping off after soaking too long in water that is too dirty. But these dilapidated brushes and that dirty paint water mean that I am spending time doing something that I love. Creating. I am embracing the importance of doing what I love this year- and that means gluing these brushes back together for a long time to come. 


2SENDING SNAIL MAIL TODAY

…because it feels good

It feels so good to get something special in the mail. Something pretty or different or unexpected. A little package or a decorated envelope has the power to brighten a persons day and bring a huge smile to their face. For me, sending someone a bit of a special delivery mail feels just as good as receiving it myself. Just knowing that I will make someone’s day is enough to bring a big smile to my own face, and the postman's as well! 


3.  WONDERING TODAY

…because why don’t we

There are so many beautiful and magical moments that happen during the Holidays. Moments that stick with us and touch our hearts to the core. I am wondering why we don’t share in these moments more often during the year? Why do we reserve such important moments for just a few weeks out of the year? Why don’t we just celebrate these moments all the time? I, for one, think we should. 


4.  WORKING HARD TODAY

…because good things are coming

I am spending lots and lots of happy and colorful hours in the studio these days, working hard on a new art book that I will be sharing with you later in the year. I love learning new things along the way about the process and have been blessed to be working with some amazing people too. It is amazing how quickly the time passes when you are busy creating something that you really love. Look for more peeks along the way!


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5.  MAKING MARKS TODAY

…because oh I love them so much

I love making marks so much. I have mentioned here before that the whole process of mark making has a calming effect on my soul. Something about the repetition is so soothing. And I love that a few simple, organic marks, applied in a unique way, can convey a person’s style so simply, yet boldly. I will be using this tiny art journal for ART MARKS - 30 DAY CHALLENGE. Want to play along? You can find more details HERE.

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