Thursday, September 30, 2010

20 September 2010 journal page

Those of you on the West Coast know how it's been the last few days. I've been getting some work done but trying not to move too much. My butt has pretty much been parked in front of our a/c (which, sadly, doesn't really do the trick when it's above 90 out). I've done an awful lot of reading. I've read three books in the past 4 days:
Bone China
Love Burns
The Days of Abandonment

All Europa Editions books. I love and collect their books. If I see ones I've read on sale for a buck or two at the used bookstores, I buy them and give them away. Love their books.

Blog Love:
The Tears of a Clown (disclaimer, this is my husband's blog)
Kimberly from Trampoline
Messy and Brave-one night only
DIY bath bombs!
Love John Waters. Love.
Interesting, a tv schedule from 1939.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

19 September 2010 journal page

Keeping an eye out for this book.
Update: I was told by two blog readers (thank you both!) that the new Lark publication that I mention in the link above, Lark Studio Series: Handmade Books is not a new publication. Instead it is a smaller, more condensed version of their 500 Handmade Books publication that was published in 2008. I already own 500 Handmade Books and I love it. It's one of my favorites. I really wish publishers would not reprint work like they do, without alerting the public that the content has already previously been published. So many publishers do it again and again, taking a book (or a series of books), changing the packaging, the name of the book, etc... and market it as a "new" book. Not cool. I'll keep an eye out for the book, but I won't be buying it.

Blog Love:
bring back snail mail!
Flea Market Ephemera
I want to make this
Art Journal Love
Fabulously inspiring photos
Owl Love
Martha posted a fabulous link to a shop for those of you living in Canada...
I've posted about this collage pool flickr group before, but just in case you missed it the first time...

Sunday, September 26, 2010

16 September 2010 journal page

Pull back the journaled on transparency (I wish Hambly still made these. They are my most favorite transparency ever.)
Blog Love:
Le Love
Edible crayons?
a Thousand Stories
a print a day
Hope's reply
River Garden Studio
Free Spirit Knits

Friday, September 24, 2010

14 September 2010 journal page

More doodling, drawing, playing with my pens. More taking snippets of things (rub ons) and not using the whole thing. More "What if?"

Have spent the week working my derriere off on my Pen Work class that debuts this Saturday at Zinnia. Can you tell that I'm super excited about it?!?!?! Working on a new class means buckling down, stirring the soup pot of ideas and picking out only the finest and most ripest things to share with my students. *Rubs hands together*

Blog Love:
Top 10 Bookstores in the U.S. (I disagree with a certain store being on this list. I have my own list of stores that I love to shop at in Los Angeles here. I am working on compiling a list of favorite bookstores beyond L.A. that we have visited and cherish.) Do you have a favorite in your city?
Here's a list of the Top 10 Comic Book/Graphic Novel Stores. (Really?!?! The store is on THIS list too? You've got to be kidding me...That said, I totally agree with Comic Relief and Floating World being on this list. Quimby's is a Mecca that I will someday visit. Meltdown and House of Secrets are great stores, as is Golden Apple Comics).
Speaking of books, I really really want this book. It's on my wishlist.
Carrie Strine's NYC home
A study of butterflies and moths
Thinking of signing up for this class...
Recycled Studio Love
A Visual Delight

Thursday, September 23, 2010

13th September journal page

Another page that shows how much I don't like tape (giggle). Nah, not me.

I love how the tape I had on hand matched the colors in her dress.

Speaking of tape,
YES!!! Ginko Papers has even MORE new tape!! Make sure you check out all of the pages especially pages 2 and 3. I'm swooning over the new designs.

I'm working on a blog post that lists favorite stores in the Massachusetts area. I would love to hear from YOU. Where are some of your favorite places to "get the goods" (handmade art, art supplies, books, antiques, etc...)? Thanks in advance!

FYI, The West Hollywood Book Fair is THIS Sunday!

Blog Love:
Another blog that I love
World Peace Day
Orla Kiely book
Peanut. Butter. Chocolate. Pillows.
Ooh, a new food blog! (New to me!)
Apartment Dwelling in the 21st Century

Monday, September 20, 2010

6 September 2010 journal page

Who says that doodling has to be just for kids, or even just for girls? Dawn Sokol's new book, Doodle Diary is the perfect size book for your on the go art moments. It's fresh. It's colorful. It's inspiring. It's inexpensive. It's a fun little book that you can toss in your purse with a small handful of favorite pens and work on it while you are in line at the post office, at lunch, waiting for a movie to start, etc... I know what my nieces will be receiving for Christmas! My only complaint is that it's Doodle Diary for girls...hopefully a book for boys will be next on the list. :) (UPDATE: Dawn says that there WILL be a book for boys in 2011. Yes!) In the meantime, my copy is in my purse along with a tiny set of $2 gel pens from Dick Blick. Guess who's been having fun with art on the go? My plan is to use the book now as is and then cut it up later to reuse it later in my regular art journal!

Blog Love:
I can't wait for this book to come out!
Salmon and stripes
Naomi Ito
Tiny mail love
Funny how I don't like to eat mushrooms, but how much I love looking at them...
Art bag envy
A glimpse at the Exquisite Book
I love the garlands
Paper dresses
Jane, you ignorant slut made me the comments, too.
Kisses to you!

Yumminess to make and savor.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

3rd September 2010 journal page

It's been a crazy, busy 10 days. We said our goodbyes (for now) to Mom yesterday and put her on a plane. She's already scheming as to when she'll be back. I'm playing catch up. My little monkey (you know, the 13 year old boy who is taller than me) is sick. I have 2,000 pictures to sort through. Art Unraveled applications have been sent for 2011. Now I have to start booking classes for next year. Already?! It feels like 2010 just started....Crazy, I know.

Blog Love:
Everything is a remix. A must watch.
Ahh, another reason to love Godard.
Karenann's postcards
A Picasso book to keep an eye out for
Absolute collage lust
Keep an eye out for this magazine. More here.
Namaste Journal Cover
If you haven't already, please bookmark this blog.
Boyfriend Book
Jennifer Tatroe
Top 20 Fabric Resources
Fabulously amazing
Fried Apple Cakes to make
I love when Judy posts (who doesn't?). I want to try this delicious recipe she posted about.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

1st September 2010 journal page

Another page where I asked myself "What if?" What if I took a stencil and used it along the top of her page running down into the focal.

I am a wee bit behind on everything. Mom is in town until tomorrow. We've been busy, busy, busy! I'll spend the rest of the week playing catch up. If I owe you an email, I am NOT ignoring you. I'll get back to you asap!

I did manage to update my Fall class schedule for September with descriptions and pictures. I'm teaching my popular Tape class this coming Sunday at Stampin From The Heart. Catch it while you can! More info here.

Heads up! Two of my favorite publishers are having sales:
Drawn and Quarterly
Top Shelf

Blog Love:
Betsy Walton
Bookmark this!
Orange you lucky!
Totally cool!
Sara Morante
Colorful and LOTS to see!
Happy Doodle Land
Belle & Boo Tape on my wish list!!!
More etsy art to love

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

28 August 2010 journal page

It's been a quiet, mellow last few days. We've been keeping somewhat close to the house. Sunday we visited a local farmer's market. Monday, I stayed home in my pjs (yay!) while Mom and Tristan went for a walk. Tuesday, we trekked to Glendale. Tristan wanted to go to the Lego store. We all wanted to go to Porto's (best bakery in So CA, in my opinion).

Blog Love:
If you are in So CA, you must go to this show!
Artgirl Island is full of inspiration (and she posts daily!)
Mary Alyssa Block
I. am. in. love. More here. and here.
Cigar box turned washi tape dispenser
Travel Gift Tags
One of these days, I'd like to take a workshop by this woman!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

28 August 2010 journal page

Pull the layers back to reveal a page about making bread (not banana or cornbread, but whole wheat bread) for the first time!
Question of the day: If you were going to trek up/down along the Coast to No CA from Los Angeles, where would you go? What would you see? Where would you stay? What would you do if you were on a tight budget? Inquiring minds would LOVE to know! Thanks!

Blog Love:

Spilled Milk #3 is out!
What are you afraid of?
Mail Envy
Janet Hill
Sculpture Collection
Around the studio
Lucy is back!
September is...
Feeling Bookish

Films Seen:
Los Angeles Plays Itself David and I attended the Sunday night screening of it at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. It's the second time we've seen the film. We really enjoyed seeing it on the big screen AND staying afterwards to listen to director, Thom Andersen, answer questions from the audience. I thought it was even more intriguing the second time around after seeing several of the films from the documentary. Definitely one to scope out to see, regardless as to whether or not you live in Los Angeles!

Friday, September 03, 2010

25 August 2010 journal page

Fun things about this page are:
I rarely use purple.
I didn't notice when I was attaching the Hambly transparency (orange) that the girl's sunglasses are orange.
Who says you need to use a label as is? I cut down the above one from Paper Source to fit my needs!
The ribbon is stapled to the page. It lifts up (though there's nothing underneath it), which could be perfect for hidden journaling.
I love folding over my tape (onto the other side of the page) so it's like a little surprise that peeks onto the next page.

Blog Love:
In The Making
Helen interviews Seth
Mark Todd
Katie's journal pages
Timi Tiles sneak peek
Happy Party Garlands
Moomin Love!
Filmless photos
LOVE these lunchboxes!

Films Watched:
Star Trek Season 2

Happy Weekend, Everyone! LOTS of blog love coming up this weekend!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

October 22-24th Workshops in Fremont, CA

I am very happy to announce that I will be teaching three workshops (including my new two day workshop) at a private studio in Fremont, CA October 22-24th.

Interested in signing up? Questions? Please 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.

The Schedule is:

Friday, October 22nd
10 to 2 p.m.
Devotional Book

followed by from 3 to 7
Made By Hand: The Fundamentals of Collage

Saturday, October 23rd
10 to 6 p.m.
AND Sunday, October 24th
10 to 2 p.m.

Kelly's Workshops in Fremont, CA Oct 22-24, 2010

Friday, October 22nd
10 to 2 p.m.

Devotional Book

In this workshop, you will create a small and personal hard cover book made entirely by your own hands. We will spend some time binding a journal utilizing a simple and elegant looking stitch. Then we will unfold upon the pages learning mixed media paint and collage techniques while exploring new ideas. Want to make a small book that you can take with you on a daily basis? This is the class for 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
Made By Hand: The Fundamentals of Collage

Made By Hand: The Fundamentals of Collage

In this workshop, you will learn some of my favorite quick and easy composition and design techniques. Learn how to bring together background papers and focal images in various ways, creating unique and expressive pages. These are fundamental techniques that can be applied to a multitude of media.

Please bring your journal to class if you have one, or the instructor will be supplying paper for you to work on.

Supply list: journal (see above) 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) OR a few of your favorite glue sticks

Saturday, October 23rd
10 to 6 p.m.
AND Sunday, October 24th
10 to 2 p.m.


Yearning to jump into the mixed media world of paper, tape, pens and more? Can't get enough of color, imagery and texture? Want to learn some new ideas to get your art groove on? In this unique two day mixed media art journaling workshop you will explore a myriad of hands on technique through both guided and self play. You will create your own luscious journal built with your own hands from scratch. We will then dive into the pages exploring color, paper and texture. Think pages that are layered, luscious, rich, and uniquely yours. Learn a variety of different mixed media techniques, tips, tricks and ideas. Think bookbinding. Think collage. Think color. Think composition. Think design. Think layers. Think unique. I guarantee that your creative muse will be bubbling over with new ideas after this class! You won't want to put your brush down!

I have always wanted to teach a special weekend workshop on mixed media journaling. When I offer a workshop, I like to teach ideas that can apply to a variety of mixed media art. You're not just learning art journaling, you're exploring creativity and learning techniques that can be applied to all forms of artwork whether you're painting a wall, a canvas, making a book or even jewelry! You learn how to call the muse out, to have her sit by your side and play. You'll learn how to overcome artists block. You'll learn how to stimulate your creative senses with paint, paper and more. You'll learn to love your journal and how inviting it is to work in book form. I promise I will share as many tips, tricks, ideas and techniques that I have learned in a lifetime of keeping and working hands on in a journal. You will leave class with a book whose pages are filled with new ideas and bursting at the seams. More importantly, you will leave class filled with the inspiration and the knowledge that yes, you are an artist and a person whose ideas, beliefs, moments and life are worth documenting in the pages of a book. If I can do it and love it, so can you.

This is a class geared towards all levels: both beginner and advanced.

Fully detailed instructional handout included, as always!

Please note, unlike two day workshops with other instructors, in my classes BOTH days are chock FULL of NEW techniques and NEW ideas that you will explore hands on in class. I just you to know that all of the techniques do not happen in day one and that day two is a play day.
You WILL work and learn both days. Yes, you will have time for guided play. You will walk out with a fully bound book with pages layered and ready to go and with several pages completed. You will walk out filled to the brim, and bubbling over with inspiration and creative excitement. You will walk out hand in hand with your Creative Muse!

Each student who signs up for this unique two day workshop, will receive a goodie bag chock full of surprises FREE (valued at over $50), as a thank you gift from Kelly.

Supply list: Scissors, selection of favorite collage ephemera (background papers and focal images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, bottle of tacky glue, container to hold water, 1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), several glue sticks (if you prefer working with them, as I do. I will also have gel medium for you to use.)

Please note that the teacher does not travel light and will have a plethora of supplies including rubber stamps, collage ephemera and more for you to work with. It is, however, nice to bring your own small selection of collage ephemera to make the journal more unique and personal to you!

I hope to see you there!