Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Halloween Everyone!!!!

Today is my favorite day of the year! I'll be super crazy busy today. I have a class at the Urban Craft Center in Santa Monica. November's A Prompt A Day starts tonight after 8 p.m. so that means I'll be uploading new prompts and taking care of business for a few hours between 7 and 10 pm then it's time to watch some of our favorite horror films. I'm not sure exactly what we'll be watching but here are some of my favorites-

Dellamorte Dellamore aka Cemetery Man


Some favorite Halloween films here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

October 19 2009 journal page

I dug out my polaroid camera and snapped a picture of my street during the rain that we had a wee bit ago. I am hoping we get more rain again soon. Right now we have a lot of wind with no rain in the forecast.

If you don't know about Uppercase magazine by now, you should. It's one of, if not THE BEST, magazines out there. I am very excited about their Camilla Engman book that is coming out soon.

Check out this cool online 'zine, Nicola Diary!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Prompt A Day November 2009 Now taking sign ups

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

Registration now open for November


WHAT YOU GET-Painting, Collage and Journal prompts DAILY. 90 prompts for the month of November!!!!!!

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!

November 1st

November 30th


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 2,139 photos of journal 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
November 1st through November 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 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
November, you are receiving 90 prompts. October's handout was 53 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.
November's A Prompt A Day Class starts November 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 November any time before the end of November (please note: if you sign up late in November and you want to start a new month, please note that with your payment and I will not log you in for November 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 November, I will remove all of the November prompts and the members who are not staying on and replace them with the new December 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
November 1st for the month of November. 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
November or another month-Thanks! Note: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October Prompts are available as a PDF or word file for $25 per month, as well.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Totally and completely in love...

I have become more finicky about what books I buy. I won't buy anything sight unseen anymore unless it's something rare that I know I won't ever see in a bookstore. In my small opinion it's about damn time we start having more books published filled with mixed media art instead of solely how to books. When will our art form actually be recognized on it's own?

I have been waiting for Scraps by Elsebeth Gynther and Christine Clemmensen to arrive at the local bookstore. It turns out I've been waiting awhile for Scraps to be published in the U.S. I remember seeing it online but the exchange rate from Denmark to the U.S. just too cost prohibitive for me at the time.

Scraps packs alot in it's 128 pages. It's FULL of art. It's FULL of inspiration. Yes, there is a lot of how to but it's not your typical how to book. It's now one of those books that says you must do this and here are the images and everything precise that you must use. It's more my stye of how to, meaning, it's more "here's a plethora of different ideas you can use and adapt to your own style". Perfect! I haven't read the book yet only flipped through the pages several times. It definitely has earned a place on the shelf.

Elsebeth Gynther's blog

Christine Clemmensen's blog


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sick and tired...

Long story short, I woke up Thursday and didn't feel quite right. Thursday afternoon, I felt like a mack truck had hit me, backed up and hit me again. Rinse and repeat. I've spent the last few days in bed except for the few times I just couldn't take lying down any more and headed for the laptop. I haven't even touched my journal, while my body doesn't want to do anything my brain is saying "do a page! do a page!" When you just want to lie down and sleep it's hard to listen to your brain. I had to postpone all of my classes this weekend. I'm very sad about it, but what can you do when you may have the flu and you're me? You stay in bed and rest and stay the hell away from everyone else! So, that's what I've been doing. I swear I slept about 19 hours yesterday. I love to sleep but this is ridiculous.

In the meantime, please check out my friend Roseann's blog. She's selling some cool collage packs. Roseann's packs are amazing. We have similar tastes and she has the neatest stuff.

Also next Sunday I will be at The Santa Clarita Craft Lab for the first time! I am very excited about it. You can find out more info here

Next Saturday, I may finally get to go to the San Gabriel Postcard Show. I have always wanted to go but have always been working the weekend of it. I'm not sure if I will definitely get to go or not, but it is one of the ideas I have had for a fun birthday day!

I also want to hit Zinnia for the 350 show!

We shall see what happens...

Friday, October 16, 2009

The most happiest place...

may not be that place in Anaheim but a candy store like shop in South Pasadena called Zinnia.
You need to make sure when you are in a store like this to look up, down and all around.
You never know what you may find (the next two pictures are of the FLOOR).Would you believe this is the door of the bathroom?
A week from this Saturday, on October 24th at 3:50 p.m. Zinnia will allow the public to purchase the artwork below (350 pieces total!). They hope to have the whole teaser preview show up by next Wednesday so you can make note of what you want and where it 3:50 p.m. I know there will be a feeding frenzy! Thankfully, the family of my friend Shoshanah (of Hannah Grey fame) allowed me to steal away Shosh while they went and had fun meeting a certain famous Mouse and riding in the front of big aluminum tubes. After a delicious breakfast at the Original Pancake House in Anaheim, we took our boys to the Lego Store in Anaheim. I'm not sure who was more impressed the boys or the adults! I witnessed at least two adults, possibly three, delighting in the purchasing of lego toys for themselves. Before dropping Tristan off at home, we also stopped by The World Famous Golden Apple Comics on Melrose. A quick stop at Starbucks for tea and then on to South Pasadena to Zinnia where we were oohed and ahhed with the treasures that are abound there. We also hit a local yarn store and the antique store across the street from Zinnia. A quickie stop at the Evil M Store for some more yarn for Shosh. Our last shopping stop of the day was at Kino Buy It All, I mean Kinokuniya in Little Tokyo. Um, warning!!! THEY HAVE THE M-T MASKING TAPE from Japan and you won't believe the prices OR the selection. I was enthralled. We ended our night at Coldstone eating ice cream and watching the fireworks across the street from the Big Theme Park. It was a very very fun day and the only sad thing is that I probably will now have to wait a very long time before I see Shosh again! Though our wallets may be grateful for that!
Special thanks to my family and to Mike, Grandma and the Ever Delightful Grey for letting the Mommies let the hair down and have a Girls' Grand Day Out!

Monday, October 12, 2009

sometimes it's the little things

I don't know what made me add "promise" but I did, and I like it a whole lot more now.

October, in addition to being my favorite month is also Spooky film month. We watched "Vampyr" the other night. Loved it. 1932 classic German horror film. We started the month with Ed Wood which isn't spooky but oh so appropriate for October (plus it's one of my favorite films.) Hmm... I wonder what's next on the list of films to watch this month. I am in the mood for some Argento and also Dellamorte Dellamore aka Cemetary Man! Tristan wants to watch Nightmare Before Christmas.
Maybe some Lon Chaney, too. Decisions, decisions.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Inside cover page of my new journal

The weather is hinting at rain next week in Los Angeles. *Rain* I am clasping my hands together and turning my head to the sky scouting for it. It feels like it. It feels like Fall. This is the time of year where I am most happiest. October is my month. Fall is my season.

Tristan and I dropped off my panels along with Jane and Jeane's panels at Zinnia yesterday for their 350 Carbon Event (on 10/24). The new shop looks FABULOUS. Tristan could have hung out all day playing with the shop kitty (soooooooo cute). You MUST stop by and see Joe's exhibit that is currently up. The shop is full of cool Halloween goodies. Zinnia also has tape!!!! IN STOCK! Lots of tape from Tapeswell. The store is chock full of color left and right. I must have walked around the store about 12 times and I still hadn't seen everything. I can't wait to visit again. I am eagerly awaiting 3:50 p.m. on the 24th. It's not just because I turn 35 that day. It's the day and time when they will open the gallery up to show off the yummy art panels that artists from all over the place have donated to the 350 Carbon Event. Art on your birthday is a very very good idea, indeed! Especially art that goes to a good cause. You can preview the show a couple of days before it opens and the art is for sale. Don't wait though because once the art has been sold, it's outta there!

Also thanks to Terry G. for telling me that Alisa Golden's "new" book that I mentioned yesterday is not "new" but a republished book from a couple of years ago. I thought the title sounded familiar.