Saturday, February 28, 2009

2/27 journal pages

My friend, Cindy Schaben took this picture-below-and asked me to art it up. So, I did ;)

We decided to get out of the house yesterday for a couple of hours. First stop, Amoeba Records in Hollywood where I was looking for anything by Your Heart Breaks. No luck (so I ordered online last night). Next stop was Porto's Bakery in Burbank. I can lick my lips just thinking about them. The BEST bakery, in my small opinion. Well worth the time we always stand in line waiting. Second to last stop of the evening (as the grocery store is just, well, boring. LOL) was my one of my most favorite bookstores, The Iliad in North Hollywood. I found a couple of books I had been looking for including Acme Novelty Library #18 and The Complete Dirty Laundry Comics. Worked on 2 pages last night (the ones above) and then hit the sack with Chris Ware's book. An evening well spent.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

2/25 journal page

I spent some time last night working in my journal. I worked on two pages. I'll show you one today and the other tomorrow. Most of my time this last week has been spent on my online class and prepping for my in person classes.

Stayed up reading Carol Tyler's Late Bloomer. David bought it for me a couple of years ago and packed it away somewhere. In his search for something, he found it. I am LOVING it. She's definitely an artist I am going to look for MORE of her work. Website here.


Does anyone out there know any program-or reason-why the tool bar -where the font, size, link, picture, etc... buttons are in blogger would suddenly disappear and the only thing you are left with is whether or not you want to publish in Hindi? I am above and beyond frustrated. I don't know if it's the ad block that hubby put on the computer OR if it's something my son downloaded playing video games, etc... It's only in blogger when I go to post pictures, links, etc IN a post that I have problems.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

music love...

I *Love* this band, Your Heart Breaks. This is an amazing video by Clyde Petersen.

Damnit! Blogger is wonky so I can't link.

Go here:



Blogger is not letting me post pictures or choose anything other then the font or if I want to post in Hindi! Argh!!!

As soon as I can post what I want to post again here, I will!!! Hopefully tomorrow (Wed), I'll have more luck...

In the meantime, a musical break...


new books...

Not one, but three tantalizing books are available in your local bookshop now:

Patricia Seggebruch's Encaustic WorkshopSheri Gaynor's Creative Awakenings
Ann Baldwin's Creative Paint Workshop
Three new books by three extraordinary women. Check 'em out.

Monday, February 23, 2009

some art from the weekend's classes...

I had a great time teaching this weekend at Zinnia and Millie Paper crafts. Above are some of the altered photos I created in class on Sunday. In the very first photo on the top left-the mannequin one, that photo was taken by my friend, Cindy Schaben (thanks Cindy). Isn't it cool?? She wanted me to alter it so I did and had a blast doing so!! I always like to create along side my students demo'ing techniques and the many ways of creating.

OK, on a different note, anyone watch the Oscars and wonder what the hell was going through their minds during the memorial portion of the show? I frickin' love Queen Latifah, but c'mon. She's really more important then honoring those in the biz that are gone? What was with all of the zooming in and out. They totally screwed up on several people including Cyd Charisse. Bad, bad, totally YOUR BAD, Academy!!! You f'ed that one up. It wasn't the best of shows, but I'm really disappointed with the Tribute portion-BAD. Oh, how I loved Sean Penn's speech...*hee hee* he's awesome.

Don't read tomorrow's post if you want to save $ and never buy any of the 3 books I'm going to mention...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

February 17, 2009 journal pages

The second and third pages of my new journal:New book alert-
Yesterday we went on our weekly trek to Meltdown Comics on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. I spotted a new book, The Garden of Eye Candy. It sure is! My jaw dropped when I saw it. "Oh shit..." I thought. I devoured it last night. The book is PERFECT in every sense of the word. It's the right size. The images are BIG and in your face and just so frickin' amazing. It's the kind of book that makes your heart go pitter patter when you see it, flip through it and that you must, under any circumstances, make it yours...It was my splurge.

FYI, Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale has the NEW Stampers Anonymous images in stock. Well, last I heard they were in stock..since they are super uber cool they might have flown out the door by now. I ordered 3 sets of the um stamps. Thanks again, Debbie!!!! I needed new stamps for my classes and these are perfect.

Don't forget, there is still room in my A Prompt A Day online class for March (and February). More here.-thanks.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Prompt A Day: Online Mixed Media Art Journaling classes Registration open for March

A Prompt A Day: Online Mixed Media Art Journaling classes

Registration now open for March!

For $25 each month, you will receive a prompt a day. I've set up a special page just for the group! Starting March through March 31st, I will post (to the site, open to students only) a prompt of the day. The prompt is actually three prompts:




Each prompt will contain a supply list and detailed instructions on how to make at least ONE journal page a day. I will also demonstrate how I followed the prompt by showing pictures of my own page a day along with the prompt. These prompts can be used not only for art journaling but also for other mixed media art: canvas, altered books, ATCs, boxes, books, etc... It's actually THREE prompts a day rolled into ONE journal page. So for the month of March, you are receiving 93 prompts.

Each paid student (for that month) will receive a file of the whole month's worth of class documents (photos and instructions). This file will be posted on the group's site before the end of the month. I can also email it to you if there are problems.

The idea of this project is to inspire you to create something daily! It's like taking a class with me but receiving one prompt a day!

You don't need a lot to do this. If you've been following my blog, you have an idea of the work that I do. If you've taken a class with me, you know my style! I like to give my students an idea to make a page and then I love seeing how everyone translates that idea to make it their own!

This is a new venture for both my regular students and brand new students!! It's open to everyone from beginner to advanced.

Basic supplies are:
A Journal or paper
PVA bookbinding adhesive OR Gel Medium (I like Soft Gel Gloss) or even a glue stick (I like coccoina, avery, scotch-anything labeled permanent). In my journal, at home, a glue stick is my adhesive of choice!
Acrylics-my basic colors are Hansa Yellow Medium (or Azo yellow medium), Quinacridone Magenta, Phthalo Blue, Titanium White, Paynes Grey, Titan Buff and Burnt Sienna-with these colors you can make any color (I like Nova Color but whatever your favorite brand is, will do.)
Gloss or polymer Medium (mix 50/50 with your paints to "extend" them and make them last longer. Do not buy what they label extender as that extends the drying time)
1" chip or bristle brushes
a few favorite pens-mine are: Sakura gelly roll glaze, Sakura Souffle, Latte and sweets pens, Zig Vellum and Writer pens, Faber Castell Pitt Pens (brush stroke, black), Sharpie Poster Paint pens (water based), Micron pens, uniball do not need all of these! Just a pen that will write on paint and paper!
water container
waxed paper
paper towels or old rags
bone folder
metal ruler
Paper ephemera-collage papers for background and focal, images

Also, please note, I do not want you to have to go buy anything for the class. Use what you have. If you do not have these specific colors of paint, use what is in front of you: Yellow, Red, Blue, etc.. You will get a different look but I really want to stress using what you already own and what's in your studio (or closet, or art bag or wherever you work from!)

I am a firm believer in using the art journal as a tool. It's a place where not only you can express yourself, but you can also form your ideas for various projects and let them develop onto the page. 99.9% of my artwork is done in art journal form.

You will be able to upload your own photos of the pages that YOU create from the prompts. There is a discussion forum where you can ask questions and talk to other group members.

I am always available to answer your questions and to help!

The prompts and ideas I give lend themselves to a variety of media: canvas, atcs, art journal pages, artist books, cards, altered art and MORE.

This is all NEW material. Even if you've taken every single one of my 300+ mixed media classes, this is something new. You will get new ideas and techniques!

I do not show the journal pages from the online class on this blog. The material you are getting in the class is fresh and new. Exclusive to students.

Each month has NEW and DIFFERENT techniques then the previous ones. The classes are geared towards ALL levels of experience: Beginner to Advanced. Use the prompts to inspire you to make art daily in some form OR work at your own pace and make art when you can.

The prompts are not at all related to the month posted. They stand on their own.

Interested? Use the button below! Questions? Drop me an email at

Sign ups start NOW. Class starts March 1st. I do not pro-rate classes. They are on a month by month basis only beginning the first of each month (at $25 a month). You can sign up for the month of March any time before the end of March (please note: if you sign up late in March and you want to start a new month, please note that with your payment and I will not log you in for March but for the month you request). Please note that at 8 p.m. on the last day of the month is when the class ends. At that time, I will remove all members who are not staying on to the next month and then remove the month's prompts. I will then add new members and add the new prompts for the new month.

You do not have to do exercises on a daily basis either. You can log in and do the exercises at your own leisure. It's also your choice if you lurk on the site or actively participate. Remember, at the end of the month you will receive a file (posted on the group site before the end of the month for you to print out and save) of the whole month's prompts, techniques and photos of my samples to print out and save (please play nice and do not share. Please only use for personal use. :) Thanks.)

No refunds after March 1st for the month of March. Thanks.

Once you've signed up, I will personally send you an invite to join the group. You have to sign into the group (using your own information: email address and create a password, etc..). It's up to you, if you lurk and stay anonymous or if you want to fully participate.

ALSO: There will be a FREE give a way. ONE lucky person per month will receive either a handmade journal made by me OR one of my collage packs (these are of my choosing). The value of the journal is $40. The value of the collage pack is $45. The winner is chosen on the last day of the month. ONE winner per month. Winner randomly selected.

Please note if you are signing up for February OR March, or both!-Thanks! Note: January's Prompts are available as a PDF file for $25, as well.

journals, sharpie poster paint pens and what not...

Bye Bye, old journal, old friend...
Hello new journal! Greetings, my new friend!
One little tip, always put your contact information on the inside cover of your journal...just because you never know.
First page. I did end up adding a little butterfly to the top right hand corner...just 'cause I felt like it.
A couple of things-
Yes, Sharpie discontinued their poster paint pens (say it ain't so, we love the water based pens!). Hmmm... should artists of the world unite!?! Should we initiate a letter campaign?

My friend, Amy in TX maintains a COOL blog. She's got some fun give aways planned. Make sure you stop by and visit her often. Bookmark it!

This story on PA Judges getting kick backs for putting youths in privately owned jails really got me po'd last night.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


I wish I could say it wasn't so...I am NOT Happy...quite pissed in fact. Sharpie Water based poster paint pens have been discontinued. They obviously did not ask US, those who LOVE the pens.

Here's the email I received today:

"Thank you for reaching out to us and for your support of Sanford products. Unfortunately, our Sharpie® Poster Paint Markers are no longer available and there is no exact replacement at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. However, you may want to try getting older stock from (800)-970-7367, (866)-900-6275 or Ellsworth (800)-765-4031.

We are continuously evaluating new and old products to fulfill your needs, so our marketing and product development teams appreciate your input. Additionally, your inquiry has been sent to our consumer insights team for further investigation. We are always looking for ways to better serve you and your comments are an integral part of this process.

Sanford makes a wide variety of high quality writing instruments, office organization and art products. We invite you to browse all the brands Sanford manufactures at to discover another great product from a trusted brand that will satisfy your needs.

If we can be of further assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact us again." to piss and moan about it.

Other poster paint pens I use are elmer's poster paint pens. My favorite pens are the Sakura gelly roll GLAZE-here and here and SOUFFLE pens. I also adore the SWEETS and LATTES from jet pens.

the last pages of my january 2009 journal...

David always likes to make me special cards depending upon the day or's my valentine's day card. i glued it into the journal and folded it so you have to open it to see it full scale.I thought about decorating the flap but I kinda like it now the way it is...I might have David draw on it.Here's the last page in the journal:
A short time ago I entered a contest on the Rag & Bone blog. I was one of three winners of a journal. I can't wait to work in it! Thank you, Rag & Bone!!!! They make THE BEST handmade journals out there. Yum.
I stayed up until 3 a.m. last night reading Watchmen. Needless to say, I woke up this morning and stayed in bed until I finished it. Loved it. I'm hesitant to see the film though as you know it won't be the same...The book is good-very, very good. It's Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, though, so why shouldn't it be?

Monday, February 16, 2009

last of the journal pages from this book...

Just a couple more to go...I'm actually done with the journal. I have a new one bound and ready to go that I am itching to work in. I am very happy and thankful that it's supposed to rain today and that it's a holiday-yay!!!! Time to work and play-yay! AND a day to stay indoors and in my pjs. Double yay!I bought the coolest book tonight at Family on Fairfax. It was in the back in the 50% off bin. I couldn't resist and almost squealed (yes, I'm that much of a geek). It's called KATJA TUKIAINEN WORKS. Originally $45 marked down to $22.50. Very happy, indeed!
Last night I was reading Cartoon Brew and they were talking odd thermometers that are tied in to cartoon characters. Of course I have to read the comments and one comment says that the funniest tie-in is the hello kitty vibrator.
Of course I had to go google that and holy shit-how funny is that?
AND there are pictures to boot-not of anything gross just the vibrator AND it says 'i heart hello kitty' of course you do
! My fave is the picture of the woman using it as a shoulder massager...sure...Yup. Gotta love weird merchandise and who in their right mind would think "I've got it-a Hello Kitty vibrator!". What's even funnier is that David asked if the Hello Kitty stores sold it and I said "HELL-O Kitty!" and Tristan cracked up. He has no idea what the hell we talking. "What's so funny?" "I'll tell you in a few more years..." Wouldn't that be funny if they sold it in the stores? Right between the stickers and bed pillows.