art marks - part 2 - Days 1-5

I am so excited to be sharing my Art Marks Journal  with you again! This marks the first week of Part 2 of Art Marks. I couldn't be happier with the response to Part 1! You all are so amazing and shared so much inspiration with us all the first 30 days. I was tickled to find out that so very many of you were clamoring for another challenge, so here we go! 

As a mark making artist I never tire of challenging myself to create with a single prompt as a springboard. Some days I might share a literal interpretation, other days I will let the art dictate what happens- that is the beauty of creating what you love. Don't forget that we will be using the same hashtag as for the first challenge so that we can continue to share and chat in the social media communities. 

I hope you are enjoying Part 2 of 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. 

interview with Nat Kalbach

Last year I was asked to contribute some artwork and a few words to Nat's upcoming book ARTFUL ADVENTURES IN MIXED MEDIA, which is due to be released later this Summer. I was honored and thrilled to join in on the fun as Nat is an amazing and talented artist. Although we had chatted many times online via email and Skype it wasn't until January of this year that we were to meet for the first time at Creativation in Phoenix, Arizona. I loved her immediately and found her to be warm and funny and so easy to talk too, so when she asked me to do an short interview for her upcoming publication I said yes. 

Join us as we chat about : mark making, not being 6 feet tall, the bad way I free motion stitch, finding inspiration around me and maybe even a note or two on being an elf! 

I am so much more comfortable behind the scenes. Being on camera is not my favorite place to be and this year has forced me to step out of my comfort zone a bit and engage face to face on numerous occasions. It is still a little scary for me. I feel like a deer in the headlights and yes it shows. But it is who I am. And having Nat as a host made the experience a super fun one. I so appreciate her kind words about letting go and just doing it. Have a peek yourself here and don't forget to check out Nat's amazing book ARTFUL ADVENTURES IN MIXED MEDIA which is on pre-sale now on Amazon. 

A big happy thank you to Nat for allowing me to join her in ARTFUL ADVENTURES!

art marks - part 2 begins today

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

make it artsy tv - airs today!

Today I am sharing just a few small peeks into the what will be shared in the new series as seen on Make it Artsy TV!

Head over to makeitartsy.com to and choose the TV LISTINGS tab to find a channel in your area. The full episodes will also be available at markitartsy.com . And don't forget to share the inspiration on social media with your art pals too! 

studio time - exploring alcohol inks

I love alcohol inks and use them all the time in my art journal and when I am creating a painting or mixed media piece. I began to wonder if I could use them to dye ribbon and decided to give it a go. 

First I wet some ribbon and added several drops of different shades of alcohol ink. I have done this technique with a variety of other dyes and with a light touch I am able to get the results I want without creating a lot of mud. I was hoping for the same with the alcohol inks.

Next I added some alcohol blending solution to the ribbon and gently scrunched the ribbon up. The results were not mud, but they were not what I expected either. I lost many of the cool shades of color and ended up with a piece that was mostly warm in tone.

The ribbon dried a few shades lighter in color and remained mostly warm, but a tiny bit on the muddy or grungy side for me. It isn't what I was hoping to achieve but I do like the soft shades and will find a use for this piece in one of my weavings I think. 

What are you exploring in the art supply world right now? Have fun and happy creating! 

my word journal

This year I am living my word. I am thriving. Only a few months into the year and I feel like the way I do things has shifted. This is going to be a good, good year. 

I am creating my project the beat of my own drum as I follow along with Ali Edwards One Little Word Project. I am using much of what I learned and created in and for the unPLANNER™ as a basic template and loving  my journal so far. Did you choose a word this year? I would love to hear about how you are living through your word. Happy Creating!

art marks - part 2 - another 30 day challenge

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Well I am here to say a big THANK YOU for your awesome response to ART MARKS A 3 0 DAY CHALLENGE part one. Your kind words, encouraging comments and emails, and AMAZING photos on Instagram and Facebook took this small challenge and sent it viral! You all asked for more, so after a few weeks of creating, here it is  ART MARKS A 30 DAY CHALLENGE - PART 2. 

A FEW MORE DETAILS

  • CHOOSE A JOURNAL YOU LOVE AND ENJOY WORKING IN
    I will be working in a tiny handmade journal with assorted sized pages created from scraps
  • THINK ABOUT CHOOSING A JOURNAL WITH MORE THAN 30 PAGES
    I hope to continue this exercise long after the 30 day challenge has ended
  • CHOOSE A WINDOW THAT WORKS FOR YOU & SET THE TIMER
    This is more about the art and less about the rules- choose a window of time that works for you and the journal size you have selected and make the minutes counts.
  • A FEW EXAMPLES TO GET YOU STARTED - YOU CAN TWEAK THEM AS YOU GO
    4 x 4 Journal - 1 page spread -Set timer for 10 minutes
    8.5 x 5.5 Journal - 1 page spread - Set timer for 15 minutes
    8.5 x 11 Journal - 1 page spread - Set timer for 20 minutes
    9 x 12 Journal - 1 page spread - Set timer for 30 minutes
  • SHARE THE CHALLENGE & SPREAD THE INSPIRATION AROUND
    I will be sharing my art journal challenge pages on my blog, randomly. I want this to be less about keeping a schedule and more about creating. I will also be sharing on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK and welcome you to do the same. We have all experienced the joy of creating and sharing art with others, so let's spread the inspiration around!

FIND YOUR MARK

  • SCOUR YOUR WORK TO FIND YOUR OWN UNIQUE STYLE
    My marks may not be your marks. If you find yourself creating the same marks over and over again you have found YOUR OWN mark! 
  • USE THIS DAILY EXERCISE TO MAKE ART THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
    Remember no rules, just creating what love
  • PRACTICE WHAT YOU LOVE
    If you find a technique you love, use it! Do you gravitate toward a specific color combination? Those are your key colors. Love collage work? Then collage your way through the 30 days. Do what makes YOU happy! 
  • STILL FEEL PARALYZED BY THE BLANK PAGE?
    Use my sample set of marks below to get you started. These are my favorite go to marks. Practice with them, alter then, and tweak them to make them your own. Trace them, cut them out or use them as a review sheet. It's up to you! Use the button below to download a sheet for yourself and a friend! It's FREE! 

I hope you will join me for PART TWO of ART MARKS - a  stress free, just have fun with art marks daily challenge! Happy Creating! 

woven envelope pouch

CREATE A SIMPLE ENVELOPE POUCH IN MINUTES USING A COLORFUL WOVEN PLACEMAT

I picked this pretty placemat up at my local dollar store. In just a few minutes I was able to stitch into a colorful and handy envelope style pouch. Don't want to use a machine to stitch up your project? Try using colorful yarn or embroidery floss to hand stitch the edges. 

Large brads are a simple tool to use for your closure. Gently poke the tines in between the woven stitches and secure on the back/inside of your pouch. Tie on a piece of ribbon and wrap to secure.

I USED SUPPLIES FROM MY STUDIO STASH - SIMILAR TO THOSE LISTED BELOW

placemat . clips . brads . ribbon

 Now stuff it full of your favorite art supplies and off you go. Happy Creating.