Sunday, May 31, 2009

May 27th journal page

Today is the last day of my A Prompt A Day for May, 2009. I will be putting up June's information tonight. I'm looking forward to it. May was a wonderful, wonderful group. I know June's group will be just as amazing.

I took Tristan to a free tabletop film making class yesterday at 826LA. I found out about the class via Andrew's post (here) and his trip to 826NY. If you don't know more about 826 National, find out about it here. It's a great organization with services for kids at seven locations across the country.

So, I walked around Echo Park for a wee bit yesterday afternoon. I took some pictures and mostly spent some time investigating the area. My journal was calling me. So, I spent an hour in my car with my small stash of a journal bag (I used Jeane's bag she made me as a journal bag. OH, HOW I LOVE THIS BAG!). I did 4 pages in about an hour. I had a blast! I work from my own prompts to give my students different ideas and ways of doing a journal page. I always take step by step, different idea photos for my online class so I was doing that sitting in the car. LOL It must have looked funny to anyone walking by as I was shooting down into my lap. I would have kept working, but 3:00 came quickly.

It was a very very good day!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I couldn't resist...

A friend and I were talking about Peter Wolf today. I remember seeing him at the airport a couple of years ago and from behind how he looked like Tim Burton. I was in line behind him and his wild black hair and doc martens. When he ever turned around, I swear I jumped 50 feet. NOT who I was expecting to see!!! He was on our flight and sat in the front. When we got off the plane in Providence, I said to my Dad in baggage, "Dad, Peter Wolf was on the plane with us!!" Dad said as loud as he could, "WHO'S PETER WOLF?" oy.

Runs in the family.

EONS ago-or so it seems, we were at Logan Airport in Boston with my family (parents and sister and my Grandpa). I was probably Tristan's age. There was a guy with a guitar case. My Mom says, "That's Livingston Taylor." My Grandpa SCREAMS, "WHO IN THE HELL IS LIVINGSTON TAYLOR?"

Yup. That's my family.

Darcy's Swatch Book

My friend, Darcy, commissioned me to make her a Swatches book. I hope she likes it!!

I do not need this. I do not need this. I do not need this.


I really do not need this, but the idea of a pink Buddha giving the peace sign makes me smile.

Last, but not least, I can't let this slide-California, you made me very sad that I live here yesterday. Damnit! WTF? Equality for all.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009


I now interrupt this regularly scheduled blog post for a book post.

Yes, a book post. Go, run, squealing from the room if ya don't want to read about any new books, fairly new books, or books that have planted themselves next to my bedside for no reason other then I love them-

Bazaar Style

along the same lines, Flea Market Style

I recommend,um, both.

Like I Give a Frock-I love the illustrations in this one and it's funny, too.
I've had my eyes open for a copy of Rob Ryan's book in my travels and I found one for $2 when I was in Scottsdale drooling over Tara McPherson toys at Urban Outfitters. $2, how can you beat that?!?!
Christine Mason Miller recommended The Gift and I've been reading that off and on lately and enjoying it. That being said, if you don't have Christine's book and you want ONE book from this list-you NEED hers.
Here's The Gift-

Here's Christine's book, her website here. I really can't tell you how much I love this book and think that everyone NEEDS it-
Last but not least, I was slow to catch the boat on this one, but I LOVE this-
LOL, so whomever Anonymous was that left a comment saying they need a book fix, I hope you're happy!! HEE HEE! 'cause everyone else is probably pissed that I put up another book list!
;) just kidding!

Friday, May 22, 2009

May 15th journal page

Some other stuff-

I love Souther Salazar.

I know I can do it myself, but how frickin' cute is this?

Kira is doing some cute videos over here. Love her work!

Boys are funny, especially my boy. I had to go to the post office on Tuesday. I picked up Tristan from school and off we went to the PO. He wasn't overly enthusiastic about going to the PO. He has been happy though because I have been letting him sit in the front passenger seat the last few days. Any ways, we get to the PO and he's walking in front of me. I swear I saw the light bulb go off in his head. "SIMPSONS STAMPS!" he yells and RUNS off and into the post office. I have never seen a 12 year old boy SO excited to go to the post office. Too bad they didn't come out with postage stamps of Cartoon Network stuff, more comic book and other things that he loves more often, eh? ;)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Prompt A Day June 2009

My journals from January through May 2009 working on my A Prompt A Day prompts. I now have five finished journals.

A Prompt A Day: Online Mixed Media Art Journaling classes

Registration now open for June

For $25 each month, you will receive a prompt a day. I've set up a special site just for the group! Starting June 1st through June 30th, I will post (to the site, open to students only) a prompt of the day. The prompt is actually three prompts:




The prompts are not just slap paint down, glue a piece of paper down and write something! Nope! That's not how I operate. Each prompt is different and unique. Each technique can be applied to ANY form of mixed media art. For the painting prompt, I offer a variety of ways to layer and apply acrylic paint to the page (trust me, there are thousands of different looks one can achieve with paint). For the collage prompt, I offer a myriad of composition and design techniques on how to use background paper and focal images to bring together a coherent page. For the journaling prompt, I offer a nudge, a guide, a thought of something that affects each and every one of us and a little kick in the pants to write it out and get it onto the page.

The prompts are easy and fun. Some more of a challenge then others. My goal in this class is to get you working, thinking, and stepping outside of your comfort zone. My goal is for you to open your journal, paint, play and express yourself.

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 June, you are receiving 90 prompts. May's handout was 61 pages long.

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 a 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. It is an interactive site where you choose to actively participate or to remain quiet. It is a nurturing site and an extremely SAFE group. Members are thoughtful and kind and gracious with comments. We are looking to learn and share here, not to judge. All levels are welcome from beginner to advanced.

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.

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. June's A Prompt A Day Class starts June 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 June any time before the end of June (please note: if you sign up late in June and you want to start a new month, please note that with your payment and I will not log you in for June but for the month you request). Please note that at 8 p.m. PST 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. (So, on the 30th of June, I will remove all of the June prompts and the members who are not staying on and replace them with the new June prompts and members. Members staying on will just remain on the board.)

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.)

Please note-

The prompts and forum I've set are up posted to a ning group I've created. Ning supports Internet Explorer 6 & 7, Firefox 1.0, 2.0 & 3.0 and Apple Safari. If you're using a different browser, it might not be compatible. Please email me if you have ANY questions.

You need to make sure that cookies and JavaScript are enabled on your browser.

If you have questions on how to enable javascript, or if you have questions or problems regarding the ning network, please click here for a mini tutorial via ning's site. Here's a tutorial on how to enable cookies. It's easier then it sounds, trust me!!!!

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

Once you've signed up, I will personally send you an invitation to join the group. You have to sign into the group (using your own information: email address and create a password, etc..).

The extra bonuses-

FREE collage sheet (available on the site for you to download, save and use for personal use only) each month!!!

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 June or another month-Thanks! Note: January, February, March, April and May Prompts are available as a PDF or word file for $25 per month, as well.

May 9, 2009 journal pages and home again...

I'm home from teaching at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ. I had a GREAT time. Huge huge huge thank yous to Debbie and the Gang at Frenzy. I can't wait to do it again!!!!!!!!!! Debbie, you rock!!!!!!!!!

I also wanted to give a huge shout out to all of the lovely ladies who took my classes including-
Jane, Jeane, Jennifer, Barbara, Renee, and Penney
and those without blogs-Nancy, Lorie, April, Ayesha, and Leticia! I hope I didn't leave anyone out!!

THANK YOU all and I can't wait to see you again SOON ;)

My next out of state teaching gig is in July and I will be heading to The Artists Nook in Bellvue, CO. Woo hoo, to my Colorado Gang-I can't wait!!! I will be sending samples this week to the Artists Nook!