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. 

five things - my week at a glance

1DECLUTTERING TODAY

…because it feels good  

I always feel good when I do my Spring cleaning. I am a big Spring cleaner nut. I love the feel of starting over fresh with things tidy and organized and decluttered. I often find myself musing over the things that I have saved over the years and wondering why this would be the year that I could let it go. No matter the reasons, it feels good to straighten things up this time of year. It is like an internal clock goes off when the Spring arrives.


2PREPPING TODAY

…because it is time to film  

I have a few things in the works that need to be filmed over here and so I am busy prepping a bigger area for those projects. I am huge stickler when it comes to lighting and this room has been calling to me for three years now. I was finally able to re-configure another area of my home so that I could use this lovely lighted space for all of my filming and photographing sessions. I had great light in the adjoining studio but only a very narrow table surface near the window to create, so this helps..


3EXPLORING TODAY

…because I am living this year  

I love exploring all of the areas around us when the kids are home on school breaks. Today we went to one of our top spots, Epcot. As a Florida Resident it pays to be a annual pass holder and we really take full advantage of all the pass has to offer. The Flower and Garden Festival is one of our all time favorites. Along with all the festival has to offer there is this small but fabulous aquarium to wander through. We loved all of these seahorses the most.


4CHOOSING TODAY

…because I love my word  

I chose the word THRIVE this year. I actually chose the word for one month last year during The Documented Life Project and loved it. The word has prompted me to focus on how I live my life and how I choose to do things now that make me happy in the moment. I want to live like that for the entire year. Honestly, I want to live like that for always. As I work on documenting my story through my word this year this quote says it all.


5PAINTING TODAY

…because I heard a story  

I heard a story the other day. One of true and honest to God bravery and soul searching. Someone whom I admire and love deeply told me the story and it stuck with me. I am not entirely sure why but I just can’t shake her story. In it, she shared a tiny bit of artistic knowledge that resonated with me somewhere inside and so that came out in the form of this micro painting today. Art can be and is so healing- if only we give it the chance to show us that it can be. 

studio storage - a collage box

 I love using a wide variety of collage paper in all my work. Whether I am working in my art journal or on a large project I always reach for these interesting and detailed pages. I keep a big collection of papers, everything from vintage book and text paper to sheet music to scraps of inspiration from magazines to my own original mono prints. My papers were always filed away and neat and tidy but it didn't make using them easy.

I used to keep everything for collage paper. Every napkin, brochure, cool piece of mail art. And I was of the thinking that I needed to keep my collage papers large enough that I could easily  sift through them as I was creating. One day I realized two things. One, I had way too much paper and was reaching for the same few handfuls over and over, and two,  I was limiting myself to viewing the papers as a whole only.  When I use it, I like the collage paper to form some of the details in my work,  so I needed a new approach for how I looked at and how I stored my papers. 

I began the re-organizing process by slowly sorting through all of my favorite collage papers and choosing those few different varieties that I reach for most often. Once I had a good size stack I began rooting around the studio for a container to hold them all. No more file folders. I found a cool wooden box that wasn't serving a functional purpose and loved that it was open topped so that I could easily look through it when I was creating. When it came to resizing my papers I didn't give myself time to overthink it. I just blindly began tearing each large piece of collage paper into smaller pieces that would fit into my box. I fastened similar papers together with a binder clip and added each stack to the box. 

Now when I am creating I can reach for my collage papers and easily flip through each stack to find just the right scrap. No more oversized pages meant less time fretting over which corner I should use. Now I have much smaller pieces that I can view as the detail pieces that I am looking for when working with the collage papers. I love it. It is functional and pretty. And it is most definitely a time saver. Do you use collage paper and if so how do you store it in your creative space?

15 Minutes of Mixed Media™

15 Minutes of Mixed Media™ is an exercise in making time for art.
You can use the 15 minutes any way you choose
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*practice new techniques
* experiment with the color wheel
*perfect a favorite medium
*experiment with your tools

15 Minutes of Mixed Media™ has never been about beautiful finished pages. It has always been about just making time to sit down and create something.

Earlier this year I began sharing the 2017  15 Minutes of Mixed Media™ project. I will be adding all of this years videos to the archive as well, so remember if you miss any you just have to look for the 15 Minutes of Mixed Media™ button on the left sidebar. If you are new here and are looking for all the details on the FREE 15 Minutes of Mixed Media™ project just click on the button below to read more and find out what it is all about. 

  • I BEGAN WITH A MONO PRINTED PAGE IN MY RECYCLED JOURNAL
    Starting with a bit of color always makes the process flow more smoothly for me. I like to use mono printed pages because they offer me big blocks of random color and just enough organic detail to give me a springboard for creating.
     
  • I LIKE TO USE TOOLS IN AN UNORTHODOX WAY SOMETIMES
    Don't limit yourself to using your tools solely for what they were intended for. I can't stress enough how often I pick up a tool and use it in a non-traditional or unorthodox way. I grabbed a decorative brayer today and loaded it with a fluid paint from my palette then used it to create very loose and watery like prints on the page.

  • I LIKE TO SUBTRACT JUST AS MUCH AS I LIKE TO ADD TO THE PAGE
    So putting color down is one of my favorite things to do, but with the clock ticking I find myself  adding paint and ink quickly. For this reason I will sometimes put down too much color or end up mixing colors that just don't work for me. For this reason I always keep a mop cloth handy and quickly pull up the color as I lay it down. This also helps speed up the drying time as I create alongside of a timer.  

  • I LIKE TO USE LOTS OF COLLAGE PAPER
    Sometimes collage paper, while awesome for getting lots of marks and pattern down quickly, can be difficult to add in quantity when you are creating with the timer running. Drying time is a big factor when collaging. To help with this process I like to use lots of deli and tissue paper collage pieces. They require little adhesive and blend almost seamlessly with the background. 

  • I OFTEN USE THE SAME THREE MARK MAKERS
    When I am creating without the constraint of a timed daily exercise it is much easier to peruse my tool box and choose from a wide variety of mark makers. With the clock ticking I typically stick to the same handful of go-to pens and pencils. My top three? China Markers, White Gel Pen and a #2 Pencils (look for my favorites in the supply list below)

    •    4x4 PICKLEWEED STENCIL
    •    MAKE UP WEDGE
    •    HEAT TOOL
    •    PENCIL
    •    SCISSORS
    •    PAINTBRUSHES - flat, angled
    •    CHINA MARKERS
    •    WHITE PEN
    •    BALLPOINT PEN
    •    PAINT PALETTE
    •    TISSUE PAPER 
    •    DECORATIVE BRAYER  
    •    GEL MEDIUM
    •    METALLIC MARKERS  
    •    MUSLIN CLOTH 
    •    ACRYLIC PAINT COLORS - tealdiarylide yellow, quinacridone magentatitanium, green gold, ultramarine, reflex rose.

REMEMBER TO IGNORE THE RULES & JUST HAVE FUN.
ENJOY THE PROCESS & HAPPY CREATING.

five things - my week at a glance

1REFLECTING TODAY

…because I did it  

It is hard to imagine that just a handful of months ago I began writing a book. While the task has been on my bucket list no less than forever it never seemed like a dream to see it come to light.  Now that I have finished my rough draft I feel a great sense of both relief and happiness knowing that I have accomplished my goal. I hope that I will have the vision and insight to tackle the process from a different view point one day. 


2NOTING IT TODAY

…because this stuff matters  

I have always been a person who writes things down. About a million years ago I wanted to be a writer. I even wrote for my college newspaper and had several things published over the years, but noting what is important and meaningful in our daily lives matters just as much as any article on hot news. I want to look back one day and know that I made a record of the moments that make up my simple but oh so happy daily life. 


3MIXING IT UP TODAY

…because I love color  

Sometimes I love mixing things up a little bit by working on a big canvas and playing with lots of color. I am a paper person mostly- working in journals makes me really happy, but adding color to a canvas and exploring my love of layers and mark making on a grander scale ignites a whole different kind of inspiration. There is something freeing about anything goes on a canvas because you can always cover it up! 


4EXPLORING TODAY

…because I had the day  

I was so so lucky to be able to head out to Utah this past week and in doing so I was able to let my best friend aka hubby tag along. He and I had a full day and a half to explore and found ourselves in Park City one day. I had been to this little town on a previous adventure but was super happy to finally share the quaint, village like experience with my better half. The view, the food, the ducking in and out of shops and museums  were best shared with him.


5SHARING TODAY

…because I love this stuff

 I had so much fun at the NAMTA trade show working as a guest designer in the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Booth. While just as exciting as Creativation, this show has a different atmosphere and I was lucky enough to meet another wonderful group of artists, vendors and store owners. Demonstrating how to create colorful mark filled art never grows weary and I was happy to be a part of such a busy fun filled three days. 

make it artsy tv

I am very excited to announce that I will be a guest of Julie Fei-Fan Balzer on the  Make It Artsy Series 200 which will begin airing across the country March 30. To view full episodes and find loads of other inspiration check your local listings by going to Make It Artsy TV and click on TV Listings.

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Being on the set of Make It Artsy TV was so much fun - a whirlwind of prepping, creating, filming and connecting with lots of creative souls, like the amazingly talented  Mystele Kirkeeng, Andrew Thornton and Joe Rosella. Feeling so happy to have been included in such a fantastic experience! Don't forget to check for all the full episodes beginning March 30!