Thursday, January 31, 2008

Pages from the library today:
I received a ton of new pens in the mail while I was in Scottsdale and mmmmm, are they good! JetPens never fails to deliver!!! I played around with several pens on this page and while you can't see all of them in the photo, I absolutely LOVE these pens:

Pilot Hi-Tiec-C n PINK! Yummy! It comes in different tip sizes. I am eager to explore the different nibs. The one I used is a .4

Uniball Signo Bit-Oh my! I think this is the *thinnest* pen I have ever seen. The company says it can write on a grain of rice and I believe it! I used the purple one on this page writing on the handmade paper. It's so tiny and fun to use for "little touches".

The Pentel Pocket Brush Pen is my favorite. I have been looking for EVER for a pen that writes like's sumi type ink with a tip that is to die for. I need more of these and I wish they came in colors but for now, the black is just my fave new pen!! They do take a few minutes longer to dry but working on a two page spread kept me busy so it wasn't a problem!! I am hoping they get the refill cartridges for these soon as I can see me using this pen a LOT. I have a big project I a working on but my journal is calling to me so I can use this pen again!! LOL I *heart* this pen big time!!!!

Uni-ball Signo BROAD white Pen-now you guys know I have been a BIG fan of the Uni-ball white pen for AGES. I've been using it for years before the Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze and the Souffle white pens AND the Sharpie poster paint white (waterbased pen) as it was THE only white pen that worked on acrylic paint and didn't stink to high heavens! The BROAD tip is one of my favorites. I am on the "please notify me list" when they are back in stock on jet pens...I frickin' love this pen.

I'm not generally a big fountain pen fan as I can never get the dang things to work BUT guess what?!?! This one does and on acrylic paint (thin not textured) too!! The Pilot Petit1 is too darn cute for words..and you can buy refills for it too. Make sure you keep the cap and the bottom screwed on tight when not in use!!

Uni-ball Posca Metallic Markers-OH these are TOO cool for words. I remember when a Local Mom and Pop Art store got these in a year ago and the price tag was too extreme for me to "play" with them but JetPens has 'em CHEAP-more than half of what the other store had them for. I used them on the page below to write the date and to outline Little Kelly :) In person the colors POP off the page. I love the metallic pink and blue!!! YUM!

And just because I am 33 going on 8, I HAD to try out the Pentel Supplio Nanotech Scented Pencil. Who knew it was safe to sniff art supplies? LOL. I am usually a black pen or colored marker type gal when it comes to note taking, but I was reaching for this pencil when I was writing up handouts the other day. Plus, it's PINK. What more do I have to say? It smells good, it's pink and it writes like Heaven...

Some other pens I got that I have not had a chance to play with yet-

Pilot Parallel Pens 1.5mm Nib-These pens are the BOMB! I love the color assortment and the way the color just flowssssss from the nib. They can be hard to find as most places sell out! I like the refill packs and if you get two pens in different colors you can "mix and blend the colors".

Dong-A Popcorn Pens-I am itching to play with these pens. They PUFF up when you heat them. I can't find my heatgun *yet* but I AM looking for it. They look like too much fun to resist!! Anything with the word POPCORN in it has to be good!

The COOLEST thing happened at the library today. We had been there for almost 2 hours when I noticed a girl about Tristan's age walking back and forth looking at my stash of "stuff" on the page. She stood behind me and asked "Do you speak Russian?" I told her No and smiled. She pulled up a chair!! LOL! She grabbed a chair and asked if she was bothering me. I said no and smiled. She started asking me questions about the hummingbird page, what I was drawing, if I had made the book, the pens I was using, if I was going to use the heart and butterfly stickers I had out, etc.. It was too funny. She must have sat with us for at least 20 minutes. She told me her Mom drew and that her Mom was a good artist (Mom was outside talking on the cell phone we could see her in the window). It was SO funny to have this little girl practically glued to my side entranced in art. Totally made my day when she asked (as we were packing up) if she ran into me again if she could make something for her Mom with me (I said yes). Like I said on the first page of the journal above (the one that says "once"), it's all about the little things.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Some of the samples I worked on while teaching my About Face class at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ. Jeane also has some ultra cool faces on her blog.
The one above is my favorite!

The one on the right here reminds me of something Dan Clowes might do.
I'm off to teach tonight at Stampin' From The Heart. It's a brand new class I'm debuting "Glazed".

Articles of interest that I've read/listened to over the past 24 hours:

Monday's Democracy Now which talked about the death of Indonesian dictator and mass murderer Suharto-possibly the best show they've ever done.

The 240 TravelRule if you're stuck...

Oh joy of joys, James Jean's XOXO Preview here.

Ahhh, and for all of you copyright afficiandos, one of the best damn things I have ever read on the "copyright law" here.

Keep tabs on the badge status here. It is after 9:30 pm (PST) Wednesday night and she's dropped to 5th place. We need to help push her back into the top 4!!! PLEASE help and pass the word on!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Home again home again...from Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale! I had a *blast*!!!! I absolutely positively 100% completely adore teaching at Debbie's store-everyone there is wonderful and wonderfully talented!! Jeane has some most *awesome* art on her blog here-make sure to check it out!!! It was great seeing everyone including Jeane, Jane, Gwen (!! you still surprised me!!), Nancy, Judy, Linda to name a few-you guys are a ton of fun and extremely talented!!!!! I *love* seeing how people interpret the exercises we do and you guys blew me away!! :) We also had a great time Friday night with Debbie at the 5 & Diner (I love that place for omelettes). Debbie's always great company and tons of fun!!! Then, on top of it all- Saturday night we spent time with Jeane & her mom, Jane and my Mom, Jane and Tristan at Bucca de Bepo in Scottsdale (OMG! I am still shaking my head and laughing at the "party" who sat across from us). We had so much fun giggling and talking art that night (Thanks again Ladies!!)

Speaking of being blown away, here's a small sample of what I picked up while shopping at Frenzy Stamper. I don't have photos of everything as several stamps I have already put in my "class" collection as we used them in the workshops over the weekend (including stamps of Frida, Dia De Los Muertos, more Celtic stamps-I am collecting them at the moment, some really cool alphabet/number and journal stamps!!!) I'm always in need of new goodies for workshops and Debbie NEVER fails to amaze me!!! She's got damn good eyes and always has the latest, greatest and best in the store:

I am looking forward to going back to Frenzy Stamper in August when I teach at Art Unraveled!!! Woo hoo! I can't wait!!! THANKS DEBBIE!!!! I Loved it! You guys ROCK!!!!!!

My friends Annette & Kara twisted my arm hard enough (*snicker*) and I stopped at The Paper Studio. Annette-this is your stash! It was the only store I had time to hit other then Frenzy **Heart** Stamper:
Um, yeah. I got my paper fix, in addition to my stamp fix and I'm set for paper 'til oh, August...
Did I tell you that Mom &: Tristan also had a wonderful time hanging out? I have one sad little boy sitting next to me at the moment (Nana left on the plane today). This is them in Santa Monica as we jumped out of the car to snap some pictures:

I'm a wee bit tired and resting up tonight and tomorrow morning. I am teaching a new class at Stampin' From the Heart on Wednesday (yes, tomorrow) night and then on Saturday I am trekking down to the Stamp Addict in San Diego & then back to L.A. for Sunday's class at Stampin from the Heart in L.A. Did I tell you next weekend I am going to another favorite out of area store, Stampers Warehouse in Danville? I can't wait!!!!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

3 journal pages from yesterday-two were done at the library and the last was done at home:

(Stencils are Coffee Break Design). The pens were from Jet Pens...except for the Black Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze which I bought at one of my local stores that I teach at...

I *love* the above image of the man and woman. It's by Emil Nolde, who was an amazing Expressionist artist -not the brightest in his political thinking (he was a dumb ass supporter of the Nazis-make sure you read what Hitler thought about modern art).


Ooh check out the cool blog here! I was lucky enough to win a gorgeous piece of jewelry from Kim (Thank you!!)


Don't forget Bernie!!!


Getting ready to head out to Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ. I am SO excited and can't wait!!!

I won't be updating my blog until I get home some time early next week! In the meantime, MAKE ART! PLAY! Have fun in your art journals!!! Looking forward to seeing my friends this weekend in Scottsdale!!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A page I created yesterday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr who would have been 79 years old on January 15th. The quotes on the page are from his "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" speech in April 1967.

Getting ready for my classes this weekend at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale. I'm REALLY looking forward to it!!!! We're leaving Thursday morning. If you see a rental car with two crazy redheads and a cute 10 year old boy-wave hi! ;)

Off to the library this afternoon-more journal pages to do!!

Monday, January 21, 2008

I am channeling my inner Martha Rich Book:

I had a lot of fun with this book! I started it last week while teaching my "About Face" class at Stampin From The Heart in L.A.. I did the rest of the faces yesterday at the Art Bar while teaching /demo'ing. (I always make something in class as it helps me to teach and show people the techniques I am talking about!)

I still want to do more "backgrounds" on the pages, but so far here you go:

I thought she kinda looked like a drag queen, but one of my students pointed out "Peggy Bundy!"

I want to be Maira Kalman if I grow up...

They're totally different then anything I usually do and it was a ton of fun playing with these faces! I tried to make them really different-and all redheads! A Book of Gingers!!

Met up with my friend Adriane yesterday for breakfast at The Gypsy Den before my class yesterday. It was a blast. Adriane not only is an amazing artist but also a good friend. We don't get to hang out together too often due to both of our crazy schedules so yesterday was really fun!


The schedule for Art Unraveled is UP! Any workshops you see with "Kelly Kilmer" are very good and I highly recommend them.

Oh MY! Decisions decisions!! There are lots of workshops *I* want to take with artists like: Judy, Carla, Katie, Traci, Leighanna, Doris, Anne to name a few...and there are many more to choose from-some new faces I don't know about but LOVE the art!!!! DECISIONS!!!! You have until registration opens on February 15th!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Harvey says you guys ROCK! Bernie's A Place to Bark is in second place thanks to wonderfully big hearted people like YOU and YOU and YOU...(Above picture copyright Bernie Berlin and awwwwwww isn't he so cute??)

Please, please, please, if you don't know about Bernie and A Place to Bark, the amazing animal rescue she provides for our four footed friends, please stop by and visit. Please consider donating $10. If every person contributes just $10 Not only will it help out Bernie and the animals BUT it will increase Bernie's chances of winning the Network of Good Grant for $50,000 that would help what she does. Check on the badge progress here.

Thanks for listening to me ramble on and on about this but Bernie is an inspiration for us all-the power and love of what one person can do! We're all capable of so much and Bernie is a glowing example.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Journal Pages Revisited...
I used my new Jet Pens (Latte, Uniball signo the really THIN one that I love). I also realized I have a ton of rub ons (books, paper, pens and rub ons are what I collect I guess. Some people buy shoes. I buy art supplies. Some people buy new bras and frilly garments. I buy books. Of course I only buy when the rent and bills are paid and if I have money left. DUH!!) SO I am digging out my rub ons and putting the flat sheets in ONE place (a clear case I have) and the "packs" of rub ons are in a drawer at my beck and call.

Not much new! Interesting day that started nice and early thanks to the city of West Hollywood and the workers in front of my house before the sun even comes up...(too early for me at 6:30 a.m. On A Saturday!!) For some reason the city of West Hollywood has been working on our street for oh, forever now. Every other block on my street is sectioned off for several hours a day and they work on it. I have no idea what they are doing since no one tells us and the guys are um, interesting, to talk to so I kinda avoid any talk other then "Hey, can you please move the cones? I'm leaving." OR "Hey! Could you please move the cones? I'm going -in there-as I point." One guy yesterday wouldn't let me in. He just kinda dinked around and finally walked over to the cones and I said "I am going in there." He said "Oh really?" "Yes, really. I live there." He said, "You do?" I got kinda huffy and said "I wish I didn't, but I do." and he laughed and moved the cones... (Hey, gotta keep you updated on my life!) SO, they started nice and early at 6:30 a.m. while it was still dark out...on a Saturday. Interesting. These are city workers too and last I checked there was a law about noise before 8 a.m.

Oh! Speaking of noise-"Favorite Neighbor" has been hammering off and on since 9:30 pm last night. Trying to "fix" his "door" that the two "girls" kicked in. Hmm... That's what he told the cops-that the "girls" kicked the door in. Um, actually, HE kicked in the door himself when he lost his house keys. How do I know this? Hubby saw him do it. LOL I shake my head.

Other then that the day has consisted of me receiving the nicest email that just made my day (thanks J & J!!), making french toast for my favorite boy in the whole wide world, making cake (For my two favorite Men in my life! One of those men is going to be 11 in a couple of weeks-EEK!!!), getting some work done, and that kinda stuff. I've been in my pjs all day (gotta love that) and I've gotten everything done I needed to do except housecleaning-I'll do that next week before Mom arrives. It's supposed to rain Monday-Wednesday so that's my excuse. Har har. Tomorrow I am off to The Art Bar to teach my Face class. Next week I will pack my bags and trek to Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale-I can't wait!!!


So sad Allan Melvin died. A.K.A. Sam The Butcher. A.K.A. Magilla Gorilla. A.K.A. Barney on "All In The Family"...I used to watch all of those in re-runs growing up as a kid. Who didn't love Sam the Butcher and all of his wonderful advice? And Melvin did cartoon voices and lots of the tv I grew up with...

Friday, January 18, 2008

More Journal pages-

I had a GREAT time the last 2 days with my friend Venita from Fort Collins, CO. I picked her up this morning and we hit Paper Source (I was very well behaved especially since I'm going to Arizona next week and need not only gas money but funds for Frenzy Stamper and Paper Studio. Tristan can I eat. I don't need to. *wink*). LOTS of talking this morning. I dropped her off at the airport. (Anyone know WHAT was going on at LAX this morning?!?! There were LAPD cop cars at EVERY terminal. VERY weird. I've never seen it like that before!!) It was a blast seeing her and I'm looking forward to seeing her in November at Artists' Nook!

I finally got my Teesha journal booklets yesterday. My original set was lost in the mail (I still think my mailman or a neighbor is reading them) and so Taryn was kind enough to send me a replacement set. I haven't had time yet to really sit down and look but they do look like a lot of fun. I like the size (I have been thinking small for my zine too and this is a cool size for your purse or art bag!)

I bought David & I the Twin Peaks box set for Christmas. I *love* that show. It's always been one of my favorites. We watched the pilot for the first time in eons a couple of days ago. Why don't they make TV like this anymore? Well, these days they're not making ANY TV, right writers (waving at *you* and honking her horn as I drive by the Studios!!)

In other news, Dreamhost still has my $ and haven't refunded it yet. Thanks Dreamhost! Thanks for billing me twice for services not due until May 2008 and May 2009. I appreciate it! Update: I checked my bank account on noon on Saturday and the $ was finally being "credited".

Oh yes, the journal pages above were all made at *drum roll, please* the local library. Yes, you too can make journal pages at the library. All you need:

A glue stick (I like the "permanent" kind)
Metal ruler (rip rip tear tear)
Stuff for the pages
Pens your favorite pens (like Jet Pens, maybe?)
Baby wipes for all your gluey hands
...don't forget to clean up after yourself when you leave. I churned out about 7 pages while I was there this afternoon.

Teaching my About Face class this Sunday at The Art Bar...there's still room, FYI! :)

VERY interesting book mentioned on today's Democracy Now! Gotta scope it out at the local library...I know LAPL has it...

Update!! OMG!! OMG OMG OMG!!!
Holy crap!! It's 8:30 pm. Our "Favorite Neighbor" just got home. I'm sitting on the 'puter trying to get work done and two women come up the stairs VERY loudly in their heels. They start banging on "favorite neighbor's" door. He opens it and one of the women asks him where her money is. He says he doesn't have it. They go back and forth. The women both leave SCREAMING at the top of their lungs "I want my Effing money! You stole from me! I'm a single mother!" etc... My mouth has hit the floor completely. Hopefully he will be gone soon...cross your fingers!

Taylor, pack your bags! There will be an empty apartment soon-I hope, I hope, I hope!!!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

These were unfinished on my blog the other day. I finished them tonight at the library...I've been to the library twice this week. It's a great place to get art work done-and a lot of it. Not only did I finish these two pages from the other night but I also started the one below with family pictures to hopefully address the issues I have about my Aunt's death.

That's my Aunt Joni in her Easter Best standing outside the door...with my Mom and my Uncle Jack standing on the inside. Not sure where I'm going with this but should be an interesting ride...
On to good news, I spent some time this morning with one of my Fort Collins' buds, Venita Hawkins-Bird. We had a BLAST!! We started our morning off with some breakfast at the
Firehouse Cafe in Venice. This is the second time I've been here and it still as good as I remembered it from when Tristan was in a stroller and my Mom was there with me. Venita and I chatted and chowed down on some good food (me: omelet and potatoes. Venita: spinach pancakes and potatoes). Afterwards, we headed on over to Sweetpeas and Snapshots which I hadn't been to in a long time but thought Venita would love it-and she did. They were having a great sale on 12 x 12 paper, so I picked some up (I always need paper and stuff for classes so the sale was an added bonus!!). Next stop was Dick Blick on Santa Monica Blvd. I had yet to see the inside of the new location and running into my friend Kat was an added bonus (Hi Kat!!)! Venita and I had a great time walking up and down the aisles talking about a collaborative project we are going to work on. I walked out with some canvas panels and 4 parent sheets of papers. For some reason, I have a hard time going hog wild at Dick Blick. There's never much that I 'need' that I can't buy at Nova Color. Last stop before driving Venita back to her hotel for work later on was at Gene de Chene bookstore. It's one of my favorite bookstores and Samantha always has some cool finds in the store. Venita and I had fun checking out various tomes and knocking books over (oops). I'm looking forward to seeing Venita again tomorrow morning before she heads on back to Fort Collins. I miss my Fort Collins buds and am looking forward to my trek there in November! Venita is an extremely amazing artist (not to mention a FUN FUN FUN!! Person to be around.) She's working on a website and as soon as it's finalized, I'll add it to my links on the right. :)


Oh! And lastly, if you are so gracious to take the time to leave a comment on this blog (be it good or bad), please be courteous enough to actually sign the comment and not just leave it "anonymous". Thanks. I'd appreciate it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

It followed me home today, seriously. His name is Winsome. Isn't he cute? I couldn't resist. I picked him up and put him down several times. I even bought a bunch of stuff and then left the store and came back *just for him*. He was made by a local So Pasadena artist.

Zinnia in Pasadena had a TON of cool things in there today...stuff like this:and stuff like this:
and more stuff like this:
and even MORE stuff like this:
and yup, this is from Zinnia too:
I *really* wanted to buy art from Joe Carrion who teaches and works at Zinnia. Joe has some of the most amazing canvases I have *ever* seen. I wanted all of them. Eeps! If you didn't know, Joe designed stamps for Stampers Anonymous. If you don't have them, you need them.

If you haven't been to Zinnia, you *need* to go. Tamara does the most amazing job not only filling the store but decorating it and making it an extremely open and welcome environment. I LOVE going there-it's one of my favorite home away from homes!!
I am still kicking myself for not bringing my camera today!! The store looked SO good (as always)!!

1040 Mission St
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 441-2181

OH! And look what else arrived:

My Jet Pen Order! WOO HOO!! I LOVE my new pens. Thank YOU Kara K. for getting me into some serious trouble. I am very very happy with the pens I ordered. I tried 'em all out. The tips are smaller then the Glaze and Souffle pens (which I *heart* extremely much). I am seriously slapping my hand to avoid it from going to their website and buying even MORE pens in colors I don't have. I hate ordering online but oh I LOVE Jet Pens. Those Pilot Latte Pens are some seriously cool kick ass pens. (Um, I ordered 3 sets). I wish they came in black.

These are the pens I bought:

Pilot Latte Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - White

Uni-ball Signo DX UM-151 Gel Pen - 0.28 mm - Black

Pilot Latte Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - 10 Color Set

Uni-ball Signo Angelic UM-120AC Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - Pink Ink

Uni-ball Signo DX UM-151 Gel Pen - 0.28 mm - Brown Black

Uni-ball Signo Angelic UM-120AC Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - Red Ink

Uni-ball Signo Angelic UM-120AC Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - Green Ink

Uni-ball Signo Angelic UM-120AC Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - Yellow Ink

Uni-ball Signo Angelic UM-120AC Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - White Ink

I think I am set for pens for life. I am banned from any stores until my credit card recovers from these last two adventures.


In other news, Tristan's dentist appointment was today. Well, what I found out was part ONE of THREE dentist appointments. Huh? I guess this is a "new thing" 'cause I have never heard of this before. It's got to be one of the stupidest trends I have ever heard of. I take Tristan out of school early to go to the dentist. We arrive nice and early so I can fill out the appropriate paperwork. At 3 on the dot, Tristan's name is called. We go into a room and the assistant tells me they are going to take X-Rays today and starts filling out a card. She gives me the card and it says "EXAM" on it. She tells me to take the card to the front and make the appointment for next time. My reaction is "Huh?" and I wink at Tristan and walk to the front desk. I give the woman the card thinking it will be for a follow up in 6 months. She says I have two dates to pick. Um, ok. February whatever and February whatever. What?? I say. Well, she tells me that today they do the x-ray. Next time is the exam. Then there is a third appointment for cleaning or fillings. I feel my blood pressure start to boil (it's been ready to burst the last couple of days). "WHAT?" I say again. She repeats. I ask her what happened to having everything done in ONE visit. I tell her I had to pull him out of school early just for this appointment. I ask her what with kids do who have 9 to 5 jobs? *sigh* Nothing I said mattered. We are scheduled for part Two and Three next month. No dentist was seen today. Nada on the braces. Tristan's dental insurance sucks (I am thankful though that he has it-for now...He's the only one in our family of 3 that does have it.). The plan that he has-there aren't any kids' dentists...except for this one and every one we've seen I haven't been happy with. See why it's stupid things like this that just make me bang my head against the wall and pull a Nancy Kerrigan.

Off to find a happy place! Looking forward to meeting up with one of my Fort Collins buds, Venita tomorrow! I LOVE the Fort Collins Gang!!!!
I started these 2 pages yesterday while waiting for my *eeps* five loads of laundry to be done at the laundromat while the clothes were on the 'dry' cycle. (I hate the laundromat and only go there if I haven't done the laundry and we're down to the last pair of clean underwear and when I go there, EVERYTHING gets washed).

I bought two books the other day, books #5 and #6 for the year: Get a Life (LOVED This book-LOVED it) and My Most Secret Desire (I Love Julie's style but this one isn't for everyone...LOL) Vincent Price's The Book of Joe (which I read over a decade ago and just adored it so much...I am re-reading it now) came in the mail and became book #7.

Tristan has a dentist appointment this afternoon. I have my fingers crossed that all will be well and good things will happen (he needs braces, I know...I need to figure out how to plant a money tree in the back yard). I am hoping to stop by Zinnia while I am in that area as I have not been there in a while...Lots to do today and I haven't even showered yet...I'm off!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

COME ON BERNIE!!! You're almost there!! A Place to Bark is in the top THREE! Woo hoo!!
If you haven't helped out and donated $10, now's the time to do so!!!!

(above picture copyright Bernie Berlin)

For those of you that don't know Bernie. Bernie's not only an extremely talented artist, but also one of the biggest hearted human beings you can possibly ever meet. If there are angels on Earth, she's one of them. She lives, breathes and just devotes 110% of her every waking moment to our four legged friends. This would be a huge dream come true for A Place to Bark. Please please consider helping!! Please pass this info on to anyone who may be interested. THANKS!!!!
Read more HERE. DONATE here.