Wednesday, March 31, 2010

12 March 2010 journal page

Some Blog Love-
Old Sweet Song's burst of color
April is National Letter Writing Month!
I love this blog, Michelle My Belle (Found via Carla's blog)
Dolan Geiman over at Not Paper
I really want to try to bake this bread.
New tape over at Tapeswell
Visual motifs in Stanley Kubrick's films

Tristan's school break is next week so I signed us up for Carla's drawing class. I took a class with her a couple of years ago at Art Unraveled and had a ton of fun doing it. Anything that gets you drawing or being creative is a GOOD thing.

One Day A Year

Kung Fu Season 3 (yes, it's taken us several years to watch all of the episodes, but it's a series that I didn't want to end.)

In the news, and on my mind-
Poverty and Health Care in America
An American liberal looks at health care systems around the globe
Health and health care services in the poorest U.S. city

One thing that I am a firm believer in, is keeping things honest and real. Everything I blog about is something that interests me and that I think might interest others. I am not a believer in keeping things all sparkly, shiny and pretty. When I go to a blog, I want it to be as if I am in conversation with the writer of the blog. Yes, I want to see their art. I want to see their messy studios (not the prettied up versions you see in the magazines). I want to "talk" to them and to see what's brewing and stirring in their brains. What makes them unique. What makes them tick. One thing I've been disheartened with lately is blogs that say that they won't talk about politics (or what I call, "real life events") because they're not "interested" in them, or worse, they say that "they don't know enough to be able to comment on things or to form an opinion". If you're breathing, you have an opinion. I think in the time that we are living in now, it is more important then ever to sit down and talk with others-both in person and in cyberspace about what's going on in the world, in our countries and in our communities. Talks that are just that-talks. Not a left vs. right issue. Not a right vs. left issue. Not attacks. Not fights. Talks. I honestly believe that if we throw away all of the labels and finger pointing, most of us do want the same thing: Education, Work, Health Care, Friendship, Love and a good Quality of Life. How do we open up to these discussions if no one wants to talk about them or if we're all too busy labeling and attacking each other? How do we "talk" if we keep things pretty and not get down to the stuff that happens every day-both the good and bad? How do we open our blogs to be just more than fluff?

Food for thought.

Monday, March 29, 2010

10 March 2010 journal page

I am teaching my popular new pen class this Saturday at Zinnia in So Pasadena. For those of you whom have asked about it here's some things that we do in the class-

1. We explore a plethora of pens. The class comes with a huge 18 page handout that has detailed information on a variety of my favorite pens, important info on the pens and what they do. You also get to play with the pens hands on.

2. Collage prompts! Yes, we do some collage techniques (remember, my classes are never just "one" thing. I like to pack them with info) and I then give you journal prompts for those pages.

3. Journal Prompts! Bring your journal to class (or use the paper that I provide) and we will explore the pens ON the pages in a variety of ways.

4. Writing! Yes, I will demonstrate and let you experiment with some of my favorite ways to add text to the page. No, it is NOT a calligraphy class (those of you who know me know that I lack the discipline and desire to be a calligrapher), think of it as more like urban handwriting.

5. Did I mention a wee bit of painting and layering? Using paint, paper and pens? Yup, that's included too.

6. Fun? Did I tell you it's FUN? Trust me, it is.

I pack a lot into the class and I keep you busy. I also bring a ton of pens (I don't ever travel light). If you have questions, you can email me. To sign up, please contact the store asap as space is limited. I have the class coming up twice in the next month: Zinnia on the 3rd and the Art Bar on the 11th. I'll also be traveling and teaching it in No Ca, CO, MA and OR this year.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

9 March 2010 journal page

Having a quiet weekend (well, if I ignore the chainsaw out back...) at home.

I spent several hours yesterday cleaning my cupboard, the little pantry and a metal cart in the kitchen. The cupboard and metal cart held my paints. The pantry was full of stuff that I had been shoving in there the last year or so. Let's just say, now the pantry door is closed. The metal cart is empty. The cupboard has paints in it, but I can see everything and I know where it all is. I donated about a dozen bags of art supplies to the skid row journaling project. The only bad part? Now I have to clean my kitchen floor :P (living in L.A., we tend to get a lot of dust and dirt in this apartment). The good thing? I'll have a clean kitchen and a happy heart knowing that my supplies went to a good home!

I'm hoping to take a walk over to Melrose with my camera today and to get some journaling in at some point.

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend!

Friday, March 26, 2010

8 March 2010 journal page and Musings on doing the WORK in art

Some Blog Love-
One Artist Journal
Made By Girl

My friend Tracey is selling some goodies here. She's trying to raise some funds to take a workshop :) (I love Tracey. She gets uber super excited about taking classes so this will help to put a big smile on her face.)

I've been mulling over a subject that seems to keep coming up lately. I have to talk about it, or else I'm going to go crazy!

Let's say, "Billie" wants to be an artist. Billie sees amazing art online, in books and magazines and thinks "I want to do that, too." So, Billie goes out and buys art supplies. Billie takes the art supplies home and plays around with them a bit, but gets discouraged after a few attempts and thinks that things aren't "working". So, Billie decides that she needs to take an art class. Billie takes the class, but Billie doesn't like everything that she did in class. She's still new to the art. She doesn't understand why her work doesn't look exactly like what she sees in the books and magazines. Why? So, Billie beats herself up over it and puts away her art supplies and decides that she's not an artist and that she can't do it.

What's wrong with this story? Why did Billie "fail"? Was it because she gave up? No, though, that's part of it. It was because she didn't realize that she needs to do the WORK in order to make it work. Billie didn't realize that she has to learn technique. Billie didn't realize that she needs to learn what works and what doesn't in order to make it work. Billie was overwhelmed with all of the pretty pretty out there and didn't realize that in order to succeed as an artist, she also has to fail some times.

I've noticed that a lot lately. People compare their work to this person or that person. People take a class or learn something and immediately want to master it. They don't realize that, just like with everything else in life, things take time and they take hard work and dedication. How do you succeed as an artist? You WORK. You learn everything you possibly can learn. You take the techniques and ideas and you make them your own! You do the WORK required. You make good pages and you make crappy pages. You make pages you love and pages you hate. That's the beauty of working in a journal. You can go back and see how you've changed over time. You can go back and see what works and what doesn't work. You can see what you like and what you don't like. This is why I'm a huge advocate of working in a journal and leaving everything IN the journal and not ripping things out.

So, don't put down your paint brushes. Don't throw away your glue sticks. Don't give up. Do the work. Do some more work. Push and prod. Keep at it. Do messy pages you hate. Finish the page and turn it, move onto another page. Don't look back. Look forward. When you finish a few pages or the book, then go back and assess what you like and what you don't like. Stay positive.

You can do it. If I can do it, you can, too. Just remember, it takes hard work and a lot of effort, just like everything else, to be an artist.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Johnny Maestro

Johnny Maestro
passed away on Wednesday. For my 16th Birthday, my Dad surprised me by taking my family (Dad, Mom, my sister Erin and me) to Fishkill, NY in the Fall of 1990. He wouldn't tell us WHY or WHAT we were going to do. I still had no clue what we were doing there sitting in the theater listening to and watching Johnny Maestro sing. It wasn't until I heard MY name followed by the song, "Sixteen Candles". I was embarrassed when he called my name and asked me to come up and get an album from them on stage. Eeps. (I was the shy and quiet kid, so having someone sing to me and mention my name onstage was a bit embarrassing). I looked over to see my Dad beaming from ear to ear. Dad's not beaming today. He's sad about the loss of one of the greatest voices and nicest guys. So, thanks Johnny-and Dad-for the memories.

8 March 2010 journal page

I used Jane and Jeane's stencils on this page. I used a Copic Marker to outline the edges in black. Then I used my Stabilo Woody Crayon Pencils to color them in. I blended and 'smooshed' the crayon pencil in with an old rag. Then I let it dry and used a gold sakura gel pen on top. I wrote using a Sharpie water based white extra fine poster paint pen.

If you're interested in taking my pen class this Saturday in Santa Monica, please contact the store asap to sign up!

Blog Love:
Jennifer New's blog Really, where the hell have I been that I missed this?
Curbside Treasure
Be Dream Play

Films Watched:
Written On The Wind
The Tarnished Angels

"So the Republicans lost. But the problem is that the Democrats won--and in this case, that means the passage of a piece of legislation that will do more harm than good for most people in the U.S." Some info on the newly passed health insurance bill (note how I do not call it a health care bill, because that is not what it is)

"Our job as citizens is to honestly assess what Obama is doing. Not measured just against Bush, because against Bush, everybody looks good. But look honestly at what Obama's doing and act as engaged and vigorous citizens." Howard Zinn

Monday, March 22, 2010

8 March 2010 journal page

Had a great time teaching this weekend. Thanks to my fabulous students and to the Gang at Zinnia and Stampin From The Heart. I am teaching my infamous pen class this coming Saturday in Santa Monica at The Urban Craft Center.

I am looking for a tiny rubber stamp (preferably one that is mounted) that says

I tried etsy but I really dislike their new search feature where everything comes up! Eeps! Thanks in advance.

Thanks for the two cents on the stencil post. I will get to it and have one up asap!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

7 March 2010 journal page

I am at Stampin' From The Heart today teaching from 1230 to 430 if anyone needs me. I'll be flinging paint, stitching pages, and have glue covered fingers. I can't wait.

Blog Love-
I need to direct you over to Jane's blog, See Jane Run. Jane is Mother Extraordinaire to Jeane. Jeane and Jane are the co-creators of some ultra fabulous stencils that if you haven't heard me rave about, you need to go to both blogs and check out what they have been doing with them. Jane (Fabric)
Jeane (Paper)
though I know darn well both artists dabble in both mediums! Oh, if their names sound familiar, it's because they were both COVER girls for a magazine or two!

Is anyone interested in a blog post on where I get my stencils? (This would go on my sidebar along with my pen and tape post).

Films/TV Watched-
Star Trek Tholian Web
Wings of Desire

If you sell on etsy or ebay or if you use paypal, you might want to read this!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Teaching in Fremont, CA May 21st-23rd

I am very happy to announce that I will be teaching five workshops at a private studio in Fremont, CA May 21st-23rd.

Interested in signing up? Email Kelly for more info!

Payments for the Fremont, CA workshop must be made in advance. Due to the fact that the teacher is traveling from Los Angeles and must prep for the workshops in advance, there are no cancellations allowed. No refunds.

You may send someone else in your place if you are unable to attend the workshop, or you will receive a kit for the class. You can either pay via paypal (see button below) or send a check or money order. Once you've signed up for the workshop, you will be sent the address and directions to the workshop location. If you have ANY questions you can email me. I will also give you my cell phone number so you contact me.

Fremont, CA Workshops May 21-23rd

Friday May 21st

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kawaii Book

Kawaii has a couple of different meanings in Japanese, and precious is one of them. It is also used to define many of the various kinds of decorative designer packing tape. In this class, you will get to dig deep into my collection of decorative tape. You will create a one of a kind book with a fun stitch! You will then dive right in learning new and unusual mixed media and collage techniques. We will be incorporating TAPE onto the pages as we go. If you’ve never used decorative tape before, this is the class for you! If you have a passion and a love for deco tapes, then this is also the class for you! If you're itching to create a fun new journal from scratch, this definitely is the class for you!! All are welcome! IF you have your own personal tape that you have been itching to use, please bring some to class. But please note, that the teacher does NOT travel lightly and has several huge bags filled with goodies for you to use and enjoy in class.

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes)

Followed by-

from 3 to 7 p.m.

Addicted to tape!

Love collage? Have you been caught buying up rolls of tape and you’re not sure of everything that you can do with them? In a bit of a sticky situation? Looking for some new ideas of what you can do with one of the hottest art supplies around? Look no further! In this class we will explore a myriad of techniques, tips, tricks and ideas that you can do with decorative tape. Learn how to layer fun and colorful backgrounds using what some call stickers, but what most call tape! We will explore masking tape (not the old stuff, but the fun colorful stuff available in many different designs and colors), decorative tape, and more! Walk out of class with your head spinning with ideas, and a smile on your face.

Optional-You can bring your journal to class to work in, or the teacher will be supplying paper for you to work on.

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes)

Saturday, May 22nd

10 to 2 a.m.

The Journey

Many of my students know that I like to vary the size and shape of my journal to ‘keep me on my toes’. In this class you will create a tall, narrow hardcover journal using a special stitch! After binding the book, we will fill the inside pages with paint and collage learning new mixed media techniques. You will walk out of class with a unique handmade book with layered and textured pages created entirely by you!

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes)
Followed by-

from 3 to 7 p.m.

Everything you wanted to know about pens(!) and more...

Are you a closet member of PAA (you know, pen addicts anonymous)? Do you hoard pens? Do you want to learn different things that you can do with your pens? Are you stuck in a rut using the same black gelly roll glaze pen again and again? Are you curious about which pens you absolutely need? Wondering what works with your mixed media projects and what doesn't? Look no further. Most of you know, I don't travel light to my classes. In this class, I will be bringing ALL of my pens for you to play, learn and explore HANDS ON. We will not only work with the pens and learn what works, but we will be creating mixed media collage pages ("and more"). We will be using the pens on our newly created collaged pages. You will explore different writing techniques as well (think Urban Calligraphy style!)-yet, this is not a calligraphy class! YES, we will learn everything about pens (and more). YES, you will explore and play with different writing styles and techniques on your newly created pages. YES, you will walk out with a pile of completed pages and tons of ideas. YES, you will be inspired. YES, you WILL have fun!

Optional-You can bring your journal to class to work in, or the teacher will be supplying paper for you to work on.

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes)

Sunday, May 23rd

10 to 2 p.m.

Spirit Journal

In this workshop, you will create a layered canvas covered, hand bound artist’s book. You will be making a journal from scratch using a quick and easy sewing method. Also create special pockets for your hidden, favorite treasures. Learn new mixed media techniques for the pages utilizing background and collage techniques. Work hands on to create your own unique artist’s book! This was one of my favorite classes many years ago that I’ve revised, revamped and brought back FRESH and new! It was well loved then and I guarantee you’ll love this all new, updated 2010 version!

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes)