Monday, September 28, 2009

In Grants Pass heading towards San Francisco

Ahhh, what a fabulously wonderful weekend. Huge huge thanks to Art On A Lark, Marci and to my wonderful students for a fun, art filled weekend!!! I can't wait to come back! Those of you in the Pacific Northwest are VERY lucky to have such an amazing space for goodies, workshops and art making!!!! I promise to show you pictures soon!!!!

On the agenda-San Francisco, Berkeley, home and then Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale!!! Busy but having fun!!!

Oooh, can't wait to see THIS book.

The new Doris 27 zine out now!

Still taking sign ups for October A Prompt A Day!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

In Hillsboro, OR

Looking forward to my classes today and tomorrow at Art On A Lark! It's a new venue for me and I'm very excited about it!!!!

Mom, Tristan and I had tons and tons of fun today. We drove from Grants Pass to Portland, OR.

We stopped and shopped at-
Reading Frenzy
Things From Another World

I'll show you pictures next week! Trust me when I say, when you are in the Portland area, you NEED to go to these stores. I could easily have spent all day just at those three stores.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Prompt A Day: Online Mixed Media Art Journaling

(Above are ten worth of my APAD journals from January through October. All FULL, finished books).

Registration now open for October


WHAT YOU GET-Painting, Collage and Journal prompts DAILY. 93 prompts for the month of October!!!!!!

COST-$25 per month, more info below

SUPPLIES-Use what you have on hand, do not buy anything!

WHO IS THE CLASS OPEN TO? Anyone and everyone!


October 31st


I’VE BEEN KEEPING A JOURNAL FOR YEARS WILL I LEARN ANYTHING NEW? YES, I also am working from my own prompts and it is a wonderful kick in the pants!!!! It’s surreal as an instructor to be working from your own prompts and ideas, but I am loving it and I now have seven journals from 2009 solely from my work in this class.

I CAN’T DO THIS EVERY DAY, DO I HAVE TO KEEP UP? NO. The prompts are designed so you can work at your own pace. You can download the info from the site at your own convenience. The prompts are set up, too, so they don’t take a ton of time and yet you ARE learning something-lots, in fact. I am a FIRM believer in 15 minutes of art a day! It keeps ya sane!

DO MEMBERS SHARE THEIR WORK? YES, but you do not have to if you don’t want to. Many members upload photos of their journals to the site. It is a wonderful way to see other people’s pages, work and their take on the prompts. Which translates into even MORE ideas! At the present moment, there are over 2,361 pages from members on the site for you to view.

DO YOU GIVE FEEDBACK? I give encouragement, feedback, ideas, and more. I never criticize. I never judge. I LOVE seeing what my students make from the prompts. It is the BEST part of the job. My students are AMAZING. I am on the site daily checking in, answering questions and looking at your work.

I heard there were freebies in the class every month? Yes, I’ve added a monthly collage sheet. I also give away a journal or collage grabbag to one student each month. I also post in addition to the prompts ideas, advice, shopping information, answer any questions and much, much more.

HOW DO I SIGN UP? Click the paypal button at the bottom of this blog post OR to the top right hand side of this page under A PROMPT A DAY.

WHAT ARE YOUR CREDENTIALS AS A TEACHER?-I have been teaching mixed media art for almost 12 years now. I have taught all over the U.S. as well as in Canada and Mexico. I have taught at several of the major art retreats. My work has been published in several books and magazines. I teach every weekend, if not in Southern California, then elsewhere. I have over 300 classes to choose from. I have a lot of students who have been taking my classes on a monthly basis for many years. I love what I do and I am thankful that I have the best job in the world!

For $25 each month, you will receive “a prompt a day”. I've set up a special site just for the group! Starting
October 1st through October 31st, 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 detailed instructions on how to make at least ONE completed 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
October, you are receiving 93 prompts. September's handout was 57 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
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.
October's A Prompt A Day Class starts October 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 October any time before the end of October (please note: if you sign up late in October and you want to start a new month, please note that with your payment and I will not log you in for October 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 31st of October, I will remove all of the October prompts and the members who are not staying on and replace them with the new November prompts and members. Members staying on will just remain on the board.)

Remember, before the end of the month you will receive a file (posted on the group site 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
October 1st for the month of October. 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
October or another month-Thanks! Note: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August and September Prompts are available as a PDF or word file for $25 per month, as well.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Remember Janice Lowry

"I'll never die, I'll live forever!" (upon hearing that her journals would be accepted into the Smithsonian.)

I never met Janice, but was a huge admirer of her work from afar. Her assemblages. Her JOURNALS. Oh my God, her work. All of it. Layers and layers and layers. So many stories. Such rich colors. So real. So true. So honest.

Janice, you will be very very much missed, but you won't be forgotten.

Janice's website
Janice's blog

3 September 2009 journal page

One of my favorite things to do with my journals is to just play. I'm constantly asking myself,

"What if?"

What if I try this? What if I try that?
What if I glue an old book page down?
What if I put tape over that old book page?
What happens if I collage on top of the tape on the old book page?
What happens if I take a hershey kisses paper and glue that down?
What happens if I don't want to write and I want to let the imagery speak?
What happens if...?
Try asking it yourself with your next pages.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A few more days and I'll be in Oregon

I'm looking for very old cemeteries in No CA and OR that are worth stopping by for cool tombstones, etc... Actually, any place cool to take pictures is what we're looking to do! Mom loves taking pictures (especially of scenery). Huge thanks to everyone for the recommendations of places to go and things to see.

There is still room in my workshops at Art On A Lark. Please click here for more info.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Another September 2, 2009 journal page

David and I watched a film the other night. One that I had ordered over the 'net for his birthday and it took almost FIVE months for it to arrive. I ordered two DVDs for his birthday, ordering in early May for David's July birthday. Well, the first DVD took over a month to arrive. From there on, it was a game. We didn't receive a copy of the supposed second DVD until mid June. They finally sent us a DVD, but it didn't have the whole film on it, only about ten minutes of it and the name of the film on the cover. Then they sent another DVD with the WRONG film on it completely, not the Tashlin DVD we had ordered, yet it had the same cover AGAIN. Their email communication was HORRIBLE. Long story short, we finally received the film about a week or so ago. I was in shock. I never expected it to arrive. Was it well worth the wait?


Is it a film that's hard to see?


It's one of those films where if you get a chance to see it, jump on it. BUT whatever you do, do not order from the company where we purchased the DVD from...or else you will be waiting a very, very long time for it.

What was the film? The First Time, 1952, directed by Frank Tashlin.

Speaking of damn good films not available on DVD, if you have cable you *need* to tune into TCM this Sunday, September 20th.

A Thousand Clowns

Set the TIVO folks, if you're not going to be home. It's worth it. Trust me. One of my favorites and one that I'm hoping they put on DVD soon. I need a copy of it.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

September 3, 2009 journal page

I am crazy busy with prep work. Next weekend I am teaching at Art on a Lark in Hillsboro, OR. Mom arrives Wednesday night and we're driving up there on Thursday. We'll get back home sometime late Monday or Tuesday (depending upon what we decide to do and how things go). We're home until Thursday, when we jump in the car and head on over to Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ. In between prepping for my eleven in person classes (five of which are brand spanking new), I am also working on my sample pages and typing up my online October A Prompt A Day class. All this while helping Tristan with his homeschooling online program. Crazy, me? Nahhh....I am VERY excited about trekking to OR and meeting new friends. I can't wait to see my friends in Scottsdale!!!!!! Busy busy is good!

A certain little jelly bean has been begging me to put these pictures on here. Here are his creations-
David, me, and Tristan have been Lego-ized.
"Our house" complete with two floors, one BIG art room (he knows how to make his Mom happy), a library, solar panels, a bathroom with an indoor waterfall and more. I want to know if he can pull this stunt off in real life.-
And no, this isn't what he does 'in school' but after school or on breaks. Mom loves paper, creativity and Boy. Boy loves Legos, creativity and Mom. Not in that order, I hope. ;)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Alphabet and Number stamp sets for sale

I am selling a limited number of Alphabet and Number Rubber Stamps. You can snap these together to form word and/or number combinations. You can also use them individually. I've snapped them together and stamped them out (see above).

If you are in the U.S., I am selling these as a set only for $20 which includes shipping. You will receive one set of alphabet and one set of number stamps.

The size of the stamps is about 1/2" stamped. They come in a little cardboard box. You can use them with any kind of ink pad.

To order, you can email me at

Please don't forget the address you would like me to ship these to.

Remember, I only have a limited amount of these and once they are gone, I do not have any plans to reorder at the moment.



Monday, September 14, 2009

Another September 2, 2009 journal page

Tristan and I finally saw Ponyo yesterday. We loved it. It's the first Miyazaki film I've seen IN English. I prefer to watch his films in Japanese with subtitles. I sat there thinking of Liam Neeson whenever the character of Fujimoto opened his mouth (and I love Liam Neeson, so don't get me wrong). I just have issues with the large number of Hollywood actors who are cast as voice actors when they are clearly not. I would definitely buy this on DVD in Japanese.

My friend, Jill, added some more wallpaper packs to her etsy shop. They won't last long at the price she has them at.

FYI, I'll be debuting a NEW class this Sunday at Stampin' From The Heart in L.A. You can click here for more info and pix, too!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Making a To Do List for Portland, OR

I'm gathering up a list of things to do and see in Portland, OR. Does anyone have any must see things? Also looking for fun places, bookstores, comic book stores, zine stores, paper stores, toy stores, etc...? We're going to be in Hillsboro (I'm teaching at Art On A Lark), but I'm hoping on Friday to trek into Portland for a bit. We will be driving up from L.A. so if there are places along the way that you'd suggest, I'd love to hear it!

On my list so far-
Reading Frenzy
Voodoo Donuts

I'd love to hear other ideas-thanks!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

2 September 2009 journal page

We survived our first week of home schooling via an online program. It's been a lot of work, but Tristan seems happy (if he's happy, I'm happy). One thing that I'm not happy with is the amount of testing (we know who to thank for that.) Every day, Tristan has to log into a site and take tests in both math and English. The testing that they do isn't even about anything that he has been studying that day, or even previous lessons. It doesn't count towards his grade. It doesn't give him any bonus points for anything. It's frustrating, especially when it's an added hour on top of all of the other work he has to do. Frankly, it pisses me off.

Yay! I sent in my proposals for Art Unraveled 2010. One more thing checked off of my To Do List.
Double Yay!

I received a copy of Imaginary Windows #4 in the mail the other day and quickly read it that night. I'm sure you know this already, but I love zines. I'm a sucker for a cute well written zine and this one is definitely cute and well written! Sign me up for more, I'm smitten!

My FindTape masking tape order arrived and I'm one happy customer. Give me something colorful and made from paper and I'm smiling. Give me some of that tape, more paper, my glue stick and some pens and I'm ecstatic.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Back to school...

Tristan starts his first day of school today! We're homeschooling him through CAVA, through the K-12 program.

I finished The Elegance of the Hedgehog. I *loved* it. I was very sad and teary (okay, the flood gates were open wide) the last two chapters. I am now reading her second book, Gourmet Rhapsody. When I'm done with that, I may go back and read The Elegance... again!

Saturday, September 05, 2009

You don't have to take my word for it...

One of my favorite childhood television shows went off the air yesterday, after 26 years on the air. I remember watching Reading Rainbow when I was 8 years old. We were living in Weymouth, MA at my Grandpa's house on Colonial Road. I would sing the theme song (it's in my head now as I write this). I loved Levar Burton and trusted him with the books that they would talk about on the show. If Burton recommended it, I needed it. If one of the kids at the end of the show recommended it and they did a good job with the review, I needed it. (How many other TV shows had kids MY AGE recommending reading material?) I watched the show pretty much every time it was on, for years. I would sit enthralled for the full 30 minutes it was on (though it always felt much longer). It was like visiting with a friend and having such a good time, that you didn't want to go home.

I remember running to the library with lists (scribbled from the episode I had just watched) of books that I needed to check out. I didn't ever *ever* just take out one book. I took out dozens of books. I was the kid buried under a pile of books as she walked out of the library. I'm still the kid buried under piles of books in my little apartment.

Then, I grew up.

I had a baby of my own. One day, I turned PBS on and there was Levar Burton, just as if he had never left. He still had a smile on his face. He still was honest and real about teaching kids to LOVE reading. Not to read. No, he didn't teach reading. He taught something more important, the LOVE of reading. The DESIRE to read. The idea and notion that if you put a book in a child's hands, it was opening up a whole 'nother UNIVERSE for that child. You trusted him when he said, "But, you don't have to take my word for it." You did. You took his word. I did. I still do when I hear the theme song. It's like the 8 year old in me is off and running to the library, with her list in her hand, singing to herself, "Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high. Take a look, it's in a book. Reading Rainbow. I can go anywhere. Friends to know and ways to grow. Reading Rainbow."

More on Reading Rainbow-
NPR's story yesterday

I signed the petition to bring Reading Rainbow back, find out more here.