A NEW CREATIVE SPACE ONLINE

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I believe that creatives are happiest in an environment that inspires them.  Changing my home decor seasonally makes me joyful and finds its way into my art in color and patterns. 

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It is time to take the same approach to my online home raemissigman.com  The clutter has been removed and new organization reigns.  You will find colorful inspiration on crisp white backgrounds while navigation is streamlined for ease of use.

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You will no longer find a blog on my site. Inspiration comes straight to your inbox in the form of my newsletter. No more slogging through pages to find the post which interests you or missing out on important announcements.  You can easily find these in 2 places: my newsletter and Instagram where there is a lively community sharing and encouraging each other. 

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Join my housewarming and explore the new site.  I hope to see you there !

summer reruns - pretty dye projects

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Have fun re-exploring my favorite Summer Re-Runs with me! And don't forget to check out my workshops for even more creative and colorful explorations. 

right now - 3 things that matter

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Today I am taking the time to stop and remember that the simplest things in life are often the most important things.

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Painting seems to be the way I am working things out these days. I love my art journals. I love my notebooks. But painting sets my heart free in a way other creative outlets do not. I have learned a few things about myself and painting. I like to work big. I like to walk away. A lot. I like to cover things up. I like to make a million marks, and then I like to make a million more. And I know that all of those things I do for a painting are what calm me and allow me to put my brain in neutral for a short time. I don't think I make masterpieces. I don't care if I ever do. I just want to feel good...and painting my way does that for me these days. 

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Believing in this guy is top on my list. He has done so much, accomplished so much, to get where he is today. I know I am all the things a mother can be for him right now- proud, happy, worried, excited. And he tells me he is glad I am proud and happy. He tells me that I should worry less and that I should be even more excited for all that is yet to come. But what he really needs, what he really wants, is for me to believe in him. And I do. I know he going places, I know he has a firm grip on his world. I believe in his dream, I believe in his abilities and I believe he is happy. This is the best gift I can give him right now.

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I made a note to myself today to make art that makes me happy.  When we make art that makes us happy we are making a difference. When we share art or even teach art, we are reaching people in a way that matters to the heart. I have learned this first hand over the last few years. Sharing even the tiniest of ideas or words can ignite the best in people. It can encourage them, motivate them, make them believe they can create the way they have always wanted to create. Having a community that allows you to share with and inspire one another is what sets the art world apart. Every day I hear from people on how art has changed their lives. I know this and I believe it because it has changed mine as well. So make a note to make art that makes you happy.

sketching things out

Sometimes I like to just sit down and sketch something out. Lately I have been really working hard at practicing faces on a regular basis. Confession: I almost never see them through. Nine times out of ten I get to the painting stage and things just fall apart. But I will keep working at it and try to practice more often. For now, she makes me happy. Happy Creating to you all!

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It always amazes me when I work so long on a painting, especially one that is as small as this one, and see so little progress in the grand scheme of things. There are no less than five different full canvas layers on this one so far... and I know just looking at it that this painting is far from finished. I will keep at it, but for now I know I need to just walk away. I see a lot of white paint in this one's future. Happy Creating to you all! 

exploring new tools

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a set of Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks and I have been playing around with them today. I love how you can use them dry or wet. I tried wetting the paper and scribbling in the water and loved it. Then I tried dipping the tip of the stick in the water and scribbling with it that way.

The color was more intense and easier to control using the second method. But to tell you the truth, I really loved all the mystery that came with letting the colors and marks flow once they hit the water on the page.

So far I have practiced over poster board (on the glossier side) and watercolor paper. The posterboard was more forgiving but the colors looked better on the water color paper. I will have to explore these tools further as I think they are pretty dang cool! 

I will have to explore these tools further as I think they are pretty dang cool! 

my simple pottery

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Last Summer I was lucky enough to work with a teacher at my son's high school and she let me play around with her pottery wheel and create a few pieces. It was so very awesome and I am chomping at the bit to find somewhere that I can go to make more! This Summer I was able to go back to the school and glaze my pieces.

I really wanted them to be pretty and perfect but in reality it was my first time and they were "perfectly imperfect". I thought about adding bright colors and dressing them up that way, but then I decided to just do what I do best and explore the tools that were in front of me.

I chose to experiment. I tested the bounds of the glaze and began mixing colors, I tried adding in a resist effect using a wax crayon,  I explored paint like spattering techniques and I did what I do best- I made my art marks.  It was so much fun and while my pieces are far from glamorous or even what I wanted them to be, it feels so so cool to have thrown the clay onto the wheel and have made them with my own hands. I am grateful for the adventure and am checking it off of my bucket list. I am embracing the quirky shapes and colors of something that was created with my own hands. I am admiring those amazing artists  that make this look simple, their dedication to their craft is a true and admirable one that I am learning to appreciate with a newfound awe. I am in love with this primitive craft.

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I can't wait to try this again someday. For now, I will fill my primitive like bowls with all sorts of pretty art fodder! Happy Creating to you all!

Scribblepedia - Begins today!

Today is the day! Let's get ready to explore text based mark-making with its power to transform color and layers into deeply personal mixed media art. I will be creating over at Jeanne Oliver's Creative Network so join me there or read on to find out how to sign up now! It's easy!

Define your creative art story letter by letter with text based mark making. Join author, artist and mark maker, Rae Missigman, as she guides you through the process of adding words, text and letters to deepen the impact of your mixed media pieces while interjecting them with your personal style. Create inspirational reference projects to quickly jump start your pieces and paint a colorful multilayered mixed media canvas where you leave a personal set of marks that define your work as uniquely yours. We will delve step by step into the process of layering, defining and marking in the wildly colorful style Rae has made so popular.

 I am happy to be sharing a new and upcoming workshop with you called Scribblepedia! Early registration begins today, August 2, 2017. My new workshop will be hosted on the lovely and creative network of my amazing artist friend Jeanne Oliver.

 
Scribblepedia will begin October 2, 2017 and I will be sharing more details and some sneak peeks as we get closer to the launch date so stay tuned! 

If you are new to Jeanne's creative network here are easy steps to get you started…
1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).
2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.
3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.
4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.
5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.
6. All of our courses are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience. The best part is that you have lifetime* access on all new purchases! Pretty awesome if you ask me.
*As long as we manage the creative network