and all through the hotel not a creature was stirring except the crazy artist whose hotel room is overrun with art supplies and art books! Snip! Paste! Scribble!
Looking forward to the morning! In the meantime, I'm making myself at home. I promise I'll get some sleep!
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I'll be blogging from my phone the next few days and taking YOU along with me! I hope you're up for it!
Blog Love (LOTS of it!):
In the meantime, check out this astounding blog directory list from Seth over at The Altered Page. This will keep you busy for weeks! Huge kudos to Seth for posting such an amazing list.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
Several folks have called this page "creepy" but I remember exactly when I made it and how I was feeling at the time. For my birthday, David and Tristan took me for a ride through one of the woodsy areas outside of L.A. It's great to be able to find an image that fits right at the moment. I always try to work from what I have and I stress to my students use what's in front of you and don't spend too much time searching for the "perfect" image. Make it work.
Super excited about my classes at Frenzy Stamper this week. I finished the last of the new handouts last night and I can't wait to teach this weekend!!! I'm heading out to Kelly Paper (our local paper store, not my living room! LOL) to pick up paper for the books today.
I hope that your week is a GREAT one!
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Comment directed by a total stranger at a small group of us while we were art journaling at the Farmer's Market. We attracted many strange looks but we were having a blast with our books. A good day, indeed!
Now it's back to work prepping for next weekend's classes in Scottsdale. Solitary work but well worth it in the end when you have happy students who can just dive into their work.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Some things you should know-
-the pens are refillable!!!!
-always store the pens FLAT
-MAKE SURE YOU PUT THE COVER BACK ON TIGHTLY as it's a PAINT pen and it WILL DRY OUT if you don't
-the pens write on a variety of surfaces (check out the neon pink and yellow above that's on paper, tape and transparency.)
-It's a pump and shake system (similar to the Sharpie Paint Pens)
-You can change the tips (the pens are available in different tips sizes as well)
All in all, the pens are quite yummy. They're expensive but with care, they should last you a long time. I'm hoping to add to my collection soon!
More on the Molotow site here.
Friday, January 25, 2013
David and I started our day off at the Taschen store in Hollywood where we found the four books (that have been on our wishlists for awhile now) above on sale. Yay! I also bought a copy of Vidvinkel Magazine at Barnes and Noble to cut up.
We also trekked to Taschen in Beverly Hills but (luckily) they didn't have anything else that we were looking for. Since I was in the neighborhood, I hit Paper Source where I found some adhesive book cloth for half off. I picked up a couple of rolls for my classes in Arizona next weekend.
From there we headed towards Artist and Craftsman on La Cienega. They have an excellent selection of handmade and decorative papers for EXCELLENT prices ($3-5/sheet.) I picked up papers for my classes at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale next weekend. Hopefully my students will like them!
Last but not least was a trip to Book Soup. Nothing new but it's always fun to look and I love that shop!
Last night we trekked out to a couple of our favorite haunts and found some new treasures (as well as Uppercase magazine coming in the mail-yay! It's already time for me to renew and I WILL be renewing as I love that magazine. In my small opinion, it's the BEST creativity magazine on the market.)
When we got home, my mat board from Clearbags.com was waiting for me. Yay!
So this weekend will now be spent prepping all of the materials listed above for my Frenzy Stamper classes next weekend. I'm really looking forward to teaching there. It's always a lot of work to prep for a class but it's well worth it when I see the smiles on my students faces. I'm really looking forward to it!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Some don't like their handwriting. Remember, your handwriting is a part of you. There's something about the human touch on a page that you don't get when you cut out words or use rubber stamp letters. Your writing is a part of YOU. When my Dad died, I saved little bits and pieces of paper that he wrote his notes on. Those were my treasures.
Some are afraid that what they're writing will be read and misinterpreted by others. I always say that unless you're in a dangerous situation where writing your thoughts openly will put you in harms way, journaling both your good and bad IS extremely beneficial and healthy. We all have good and bad moments and it's nice to have a place to process them. I've often been asked why I write my thoughts so freely and openly. It's my journal and my hope is that someday someone will read them and think, "I've felt like that." or that my son will think, "Hey, Mom was human and she made mistakes and had good and bad days." Yet most days I am writing for ME and not for anyone else and I don't care who reads it. It's MY journal and if someone misinterprets what I am saying, it's on them. Not me. Journaling is about reaching out and connecting and sometimes it goes beyond just connecting with ourselves.
That said, there are always ways to hide your writing, too (if you don't really want it to be read.) Write first and then paint or collage. Write and then partially collage over it. Draw, doodle, stamp, make marks on top of your writing. Sometimes the simple act of getting the writing out and onto the page and then layering over it is all that is needed for some. I think that it's better to get it out than to keep it locked in.
Some feel that they don't have anything to say. EVERYONE has something to say (look at facebook. ;)) Journaling doesn't have to be about, "Today I went to work..I hate my boss...I went home, collapsed on the couch and went to bed." Journaling can be about any and everything. Everyone has something worthwhile to say and contribute. You don't have to write about your day to day business but what about little events that happened that put a smile on your face, a dialogue with something that you heard on tv or read in a book, unsent letters, lists, dreams, hopes, goals, thoughts that are on your mind that you need to process some more, etc... It's all good and it's all worth writing about. Even pages and pages of venting can do someone good if getting it out and onto the page helps them in some way.
I had horrid handwriting for years. I practiced and played on my journal pages. I've never taken a calligraphy class as I don't have the patience for it but I tried different pens, brushes and styles of writing and I found that the more I pushed myself and opened up, the more I liked what I was doing. Contrary to popular belief (at the time), I had nice handwriting! I'm still playing and experimenting with my handwriting and I'm having fun doing it.
Keep it up. Your journal is your place to experiment and play. It should be fun, a relief even and not stressful. It's not art that's meant to be hung on walls. It's art that's for YOU.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I always enjoy using images in different ways. I was told that this page was "weird" but I can look back on it and remember exactly how I felt when I made it and the feeling that I was trying to get across on the page. For me, it says exactly what I wanted (and needed) it to say. Isn't that what art journaling is all about?
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Looks can be deceiving. Create this surprisingly complex looking by quite easy journal with pages that flip and fold up and out. You’ve probably never seen anything like this before! The journal is also small enough to slip into your bag for on the go art journaling (I’ve worked in it on a plane, in a car, etc…) After we construct the journal, we will dive deep onto the pages spilling layers of color, texture, pattern, journaling and more. Walk out with your head spinning full of ideas and inspiration!
17th Stampin From the Heart Moments 12:30-4:30
SAVE THE DATES:
June 22nd and 23rd Ink Pad NYC
July 30th-August 3rd Art Unraveled Phoenix, AZ
September 25-29th Art Is You Petaluma, CA
I hope to see YOU there!
Monday, January 21, 2013
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Ever since we got home from our whirlwind East Coast Tour, David and I have been revisiting our favorite local bookstore haunts trying to see if there's anything amazing that we missed while we were gone. Last night at Skylight Books, I picked up "Darling: The Art of Being a Woman" and Anders Nilsen's "Don't Go Where I Can't Follow."
Darling was more than I usually pay for a magazine but I kept flipping through it and couldn't put it down. It's more like a gorgeous, over-sized book than a magazine.
I have been looking for Don't Go Where I Can't Follow since I first saw it a few years ago. At the time, I didn't have the funds so I didn't buy it figuring that I could pick it up later on. It quickly disappeared and went out of print. I've been stalking all of my local bookstores ever since Drawn and Quarterly announced that it was reprinting it, . Passing it by last night was not an option.
At Alias Books East the other night, I walked in to find David holding up a copy of Andre Breton's Manifestoes of Surrealism and smiling at me. I had just mentioned it earlier in the day to him. The clerk smiled big when I handed it to him. He told me that it had just arrived the other day and that he had carefully cleaned and covered it. While he wanted the book for himself, he said that he was happy that it was going to a good home.
What new books are on your shelf (or in my case, the ever growing pile next to the bed) these days?
Home from a good day of teaching! I loved seeing how my students interpreted the ideas in the class today! Even though I've been teaching for over fifteen years, I always get nervous when I offer a new class. I wonder how my ideas will translate and if the students will enjoy it. We had a little show and tell at the end of the class and it was fascinating to see how unique each book was, how bits and pieces of the students were reflected upon the pages. It never gets old!
I'm planning on relaxing tomorrow and enjoying the day with my family. February is going to be crazy busy (in a GOOD way) so it will be nice to have some time to slow down, work in my journal, read and relax.
Friday, January 18, 2013
One quick comment, if you send me an email or buy something from me, I am usually very prompt (always within 24 hours, most of the time unless I am teaching, on an airplane, driving, sleeping or in the shower) and answer immediately. IF you have signed up to take an online class from me and you haven't received an email from me, please check your spam box. IF it's not in your spam box, please email me and let me know. I am adamant about communication and I just want to reiterate that fact.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
|Another page from my Moments journal|
|Goodies in the Mail!|
The mailman dropped something heavy on my doorstep this morning: a surprise package from a friend, my "I love you" rubber stamp from Rubber Soul and my tape order from In the Clear.
I dropped off my samples for Friday and Sunday's classes at Stampin from the Heart last night. I apologize for dropping them off so late but they're there now!
Happy birthday, Art!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Hard to believe that it's that time of year (already!?) when I go crazy for Valentine's Day stuff. I'll be on the quest for pinks, creams, XOXO's, L O V E stamps and the like. I rarely ever buy holiday stuff but for some reason, Valentine's stuff makes me go ga ga. I'll share some of my collection within the next week or so.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
A lazy Sunday that I've been looking forward to for weeks now. It's after noon and I'm still in my pjs and fuzzy bathrobe. I'm off to work in my art journal that's been calling my name. I'll be posting in progress pictures to my instagram page.
Films to recommend:
Blue-watched it last night and it's visually stunning and inspiring
Night Watch-Started watching it in Boston. I need to get the DVD.
Reverb Remix-something to consider in 2013
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
Mary asked: "...Unbound pages? I have recently come to the same decision as I am interested in exploring more kinds of paper and techniques. Are you planning to bind the journal at some point? Are you creating on the back side? Do you have a size preference for this new format? Inquiring minds want to know."
I'm not planning to bind the journal. It is what it is, a portfolio of single, unbound, different size pages. I did work on both sides of the pages (front and back.) I never have a size preference for any of my journals. I like to make each one different in size, shape and construction depending upon my mood at the time.
I had in mind when constructing this journal that it would be good for various purposes:
-An on the go journal with pages that I can add at my own leisure. The portfolio holds everything in nice and tight so you don't lose pages. It also allows me to make different size pages as well as to add postcards, photos and other found objects without attaching them to the pages. It's a container full of moments of my life!
-mail art: make different size postcards and keep them in one place until you're ready to send them out!
-daily inspiration collages: display them around your home or office. Give them to friends and family! It's a great way to keep, display and rotate your artwork.
-portable travel journal pages: instead of lugging a heavy journal, just bring a few pages, the portfolio and you can make pages from ANYTHING as you travel.
-mini size it! Make an ATC (artist's trading card) size or postcard size portfolio. It's adaptable so that you really can make it ANY size or even different shapes.
-sew pages in! Yes, you can sew pages into the book if you'd like.
I could go on! The possibilities really are endless. I hope that this inspires you!
I'm debuting this class next month at Frenzy Stamper and I'll also be teaching it later on in the month in Fremont, CA. I'm eager to teach it and see how my students translate the ideas!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
|First Page of the Moments Journal|
A quick reminder that I have some upcoming workshops in Monterey (this month), Scottsdale and Fremont (next month) as well as a few local workshops. You can find out more information about all of my upcoming workshops here. I am also actively looking for more venues across the U.S. as well as closer to home. It's getting harder and harder for me to find teaching venues as more and more shops close. I'm a big fan of supporting Mom and Pops as much as possible!
My latest online class is buzzing with activity, Marvel: Your Precious Life is now going on and our first facebook chat will be this Friday. I'm not closing registration at all and the workshop is completely work at your own pace. You can sign up at any time here. I'm really enjoying seeing what my students are working on in the class, it's always my favorite part of teaching (seeing how folks translate the ideas and make them their own.)
My bags are all unpacked but the house is a mess and things are in piles. I'm trying to ease my way back into my daily routine after being gone for two weeks. I'm not one for New Years Resolutions (I don't have to wait for January 1st to make a change) and the like but I do know that I want more walks, more reading, more art, more homemade things in my life in 2013.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
|Here's the inside back cover of my "Connections" journal|
|Connections Book Closed|
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Heading home today. I'm going to miss my family especially my little nephew. Leaving is always hard.
Above is the last journaled page in my "Connections" book. I'm working in two different journals at the moment trying to see if I can multi-task with two very different formats and styles. I like to try new things with my work and it will be interesting to see what happens!
Instagram link to pictures from our trip to Boston yesterday.
Off to play with my nephew before we leave. Later, gator.
Monday, January 07, 2013
Our last day in Boston was a full one. We headed into Downtown Boston and hit a slew of bookstores. Also hit Rugg Road Paper (not like it used to be) and Black Ink. I loved walking through the Boston Common. It's so pretty. There are a ton of pictures on my instagram page.
Sunday, January 06, 2013
Saturday, January 05, 2013
Friday, January 04, 2013
Had a great time in New York City. I posted a few pictures to Instagram. Took a ton of photos on the regular camera and hope to have a post about it soon. We hit several bookstores and walked everywhere. It was a very nice time and I'm grateful that we finally had the chance to get there.
Happy First Weekend of 2013!
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
On the train to New York City for 24 hours. Here's my absolute bare bones journal kit. I also have napkins to glue on as well as wipe off excess glue and burnish with. I can toss/recycle them as I go.
In the ziploc bag are background papers, collage ephemera, stickers, glue stick and three pens.
Not much but it keeps me sane!