1. Do you have recommendations for "just starting out supplies?"
I always hesitate to tell people what to purchase when it comes to art supplies because we all wind up liking different things for different reasons, but I can tell you that I am not afraid to use very budget friendly supplies. I started out that way in the art world and for the most part that has not changed. I do also use some more costly art supplies, but that came way later for me. When I first started out (and even now still) I pick up paper and brushes and even paint at my local big box stores and online. I like this paper and this printing plate for everyday mono printing and collage paper to use in my Art Marks™ and Pocket Journals™. I love these brushes for their soft heads and have bought them over and over again. This is a great and affordable paint collection that I started out using and still love. I only used this paper and this paint set when I first began making art marks with watercolor. Later, when you discover what it is you love about mixed media you can begin to explore higher end items and begin to add those to your collections as well- like this paint and this ink.
2. Do you ever take time off from creating?
Yes! And I am actually in the throws of that right now. I had so many big, big projects in 2017 that I am ready for a little hiatus. Does that mean I won't make art? Not at all. But it does mean that I will be spending lots of time off grid creating freely as the inspiration strikes me. This is how some of my favorite projects have been brought to life. Plus, having down time, where we create or don't create is what our artistic minds need to reboot. I will typically still create in my journal on a daily basis, but I will do much more out of the studio rather than in, like reading and theme parks and traveling and taking photos. We all need this down time. I believe it is super important to the creative process.
3. What are some of the most recent workshops that you teach online?
* I keep getting asked this question so I thought it beared repeating*
Scribblepedia™ which will launch in October on Jeanne Oliver's Creative Network is my most recent online workshop that is available. Early registration has already begun (you can read more and register here if you are interested) but you still have plenty of time to sign up if you are interested. I also recently co-taught in this little Pocket Journals™ workshop with Sandi Keene, one of my co-artists from The Documented Life Project- The UNplanner™ . You can access both of those classes as well as several others online here and here.