Thursday, May 31, 2012

Some of My Favorite Unmounted Rubber Stamps

I'm here in Fremont! I'm all set up and ready for the morning! I forgot to take a calm before the storm picture of the studio tables. It's always more fun when we get started and get messy any ways!

So, above is a photo of some of my favorite unmounted rubber stamps. I've had these for years. Some stamps from Ma Vinci's Reliquary, Anima Designs, Lynne Perrella, Teesha Moore, etc... Ma Vinci and Anima Designs are both still around and are wonderful companies. I've been hoarding these for years and I brought them with me to use in my new journal. I still prefer wood mounted stamps but I love stamps and will use them however I can get 'em!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summer Class Samples are (almost) in the Mail!

By tomorrow afternoon, all of my Summer 2012 class samples will be in the mail! They're heading to Ink About It in Westford, MA; the Ink Pad in New York City and Scrap2It in Fort Collins, CO. I'll be bringing my Art Unraveled samples with me for August! Looking forward to it!

Monday, May 28, 2012

27 April 2012 Journal Page

Busy day. A very good day but a very busy one. I'm sitting here typing up my handout for my A Compendium of Visual Delights class. It's nine pages and counting and I haven't even gotten to the part about collaging yet! I'm super jazzed to be teaching this class. I hope that my students love it as much as I do.

More soon. I promise. Tristan is sitting next to me cracking the whip every time I do something that is not related to my handout. I appreciate my son who can keep me focused on finishing my tasks!

I haven't had a chance to finish my 30+ journals that I've mentioned a couple of times here. I apologize. It looks like I won't get to them this week either (I'm leaving Thursday for No CA to teach.) I will definitely give a heads up when they are ready to be sold. I am about half way done with them. Again, I apologize!!!!


Howard Zinn on Memorial Day.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

26 April 2012 Journal Page

I've spent most of today prepping for my classes in Northern California next weekend. Paint was poured the other day. Today I tore up 10 books for collage ephemera as well as covers for the Listen to Your Heart class; cut over 50 pieces of matboard and 300 pieces of cardstock. I'm a little sore now. I still have to write my handout for Compendium of Visual Delights, print handouts and buy goauche (every student in the COVD class gets a set.) Now I'm off to shower, go for a walk (to get some dinner), play time in my journal, read and then movie time with David and Tristan. Hope your day is a good one!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Cover of My Latest Journal

More soon...
Still not done showing you the pages of my Compendium of Visual Delights first!
Had a GREAT day teaching at Zinnia in So Pasadena. Lots of fun, new faces.
I hope that you're having a nice weekend!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Kelly's Classes May-August 2012

Here's my list of classes for May-August 2012. I may add to this list. I'm ALWAYS looking for new teaching venues so if you know of any that may be interested, I'd love to hear.

Thank YOU for your interest!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Pouring and Prepping Paint for Next Weekend

I'll be honest, while I LOVE my job, I HATE pouring paint. Especially when it's warm. I spent the morning pouring acrylic paint into squeeze bottles (wide mouth bottles work best! I get mine from Nova Color.) I have a whole post here on acrylic paints, mediums and lots of tips and tricks for using acrylics in your work. 

We won't just be using acrylic paint in my Compendium of Visual Delights class but gouache and watercolor as well (anddd a few other things...) Luckily, the only prep work involved in that department is buying it! I finished the journal last night and I am bouncing off the walls waiting to teach it. 

This will be my ONLY paint/collage class for awhile. I've said it before and I'll say it again,  I do not have ANY plans to teach painting with collage in any other class at the moment. I am NOT teaching it online either. Just a heads up if you're on the fence about taking it!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Pens from JetPens!

JetPens sent me a $25 gift certificate to use in their store. I thought I'd try out a new case along with some uniballs in different colors and tip sizes. Here's what I bought:

Lihit Lab Teffa Pen Case - Book Style - Brown

Uni-ball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Ink Pen - Dark Blue Ink

Uni-ball Signo (DX) UM-151 Gel Ink Pen - 0.38 mm - Emerald Green

Uni-ball Signo (DX) UM-151 Gel Ink Pen - 0.38 mm - Pink

Uni-ball Signo (DX) UM-151 Gel Ink Pen - 0.38 mm - Lime Green

Uni-ball Signo (DX) UM-151 Gel Ink Pen - 0.38 mm - Golden Yellow

Here's the pens on plain, white paper:

Here are the pens on dried acrylic paint and gouache (ALWAYS make sure that your page is dry first as wet paint or acrylic medium can mess up a pen!):

They will also write on washi tape (not anything plasticy) but you need to make sure that they are given plenty of drying time.

Thanks again, Jetpens!

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Page in Progress

Here's how the page started with collage first and then various layers of paint were eventually added:


I'm taking a quick break to write this post and here's what the page looked like when I left it:

I'll be spending my Monday afternoon finishing up the rest of this book. After this page, there's only one page left in my Compendium of Visual Delights Journal. I'll show you the finished page soon.

I'm quite eager to teach this class! I haven't taught a painting class in a very long time. This is going to be unlike any previous painting class I've EVER taught (and I've taught a LOT of painting classes!) We'll be combining collage (paper, tape, etc...) with  acrylics, gouache and watercolor along with other mediums (pens, markers, stickers, tape, stencils, transparencies, rub-ons, watercolor crayons and more!) 

This is also the only mixed media painting and collage class that I have plans to teach at the moment. I have some other ideas on my plate that I want to focus on (that do not involve paint in any manner!)

I do not have plans to teach the class anywhere else at this time.

I hope to see YOU there!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Bidding Adieu to Hambly Studios

I am very sad for many reasons. It means Allison and others don't have jobs anymore. It means that one of the best scrapbooking companies around (the BEST papers, the BEST transparencies, the BEST rub-ons, the BEST stickers) is shuttering its doors. It also means the end of an era. 

Not only did Harry Hambly produce scrapbook papers but Hambly Studios has been in business for more than thirty five years. Harry Hambly used to design posters and stickers in the '60's. Harry Hambly was Corita Kent's printer. You can read more about it here.  

I always wanted to tour Hambly Studios. I took it for granted that they would be there "next time" every time I trekked up to Northern California. I'm heading there a week from Thursday and I'm not sure if they'll still be there. It would have been a wonderful experience, most definitely. 

In the meantime, I'm not stocking up (at the moment) or hoarding my supplies but I'm using them. I cut down a bunch of transparencies (into 3 x 4" pieces) for my upcoming classes. I have enough to possibly last me through summer. After that, well, we'll see.

By the end of 1967, Corita had begun working with the printer Harry Hambly in Santa Cruz, California. She sent her images and texts, swatches of color, and layouts on scraps of paper for Harry to decipher and print. Corita would then approve and hand-sign each one. No longer relying on hand-cut stencils, she could incorporate images taken directly from newspapers and later her own photographs to be transferred onto the screens. Harry Hambly remained Corita’s printer for the rest of her life.

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By the end of 1967, Corita had begun working with the printer Harry Hambly in Santa Cruz, California. She sent her images and texts, swatches of color, and layouts on scraps of paper for Harry to decipher and print. Corita would then approve and hand-sign each one. No longer relying on hand-cut stencils, she could incorporate images taken directly from newspapers and later her own photographs to be transferred onto the screens. Harry Hambly remained Corita’s printer for the rest of her life

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By the end of 1967, Corita had begun working with the printer Harry Hambly in Santa Cruz, California. She sent her images and texts, swatches of color, and layouts on scraps of paper for Harry to decipher and print. Corita would then approve and hand-sign each one. No longer relying on hand-cut stencils, she could incorporate images taken directly from newspapers and later her own photographs to be transferred onto the screens. Harry Hambly remained Corita’s printer for the rest of her life

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It would be nice if someone picked up the Hambly Studios brand name but I'm not sure if anyone would ever be able to truly replace them. Not too many companies are making products in their own studios by their own hand these days. They will be very much missed.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

How I Spent my Saturday

Working in my journal, of course! This is a page in progress. I hope to finish it tonight after dinner (sweet potatoes, kale and spinach. Yum!)

I hope that your weekend is going well. I'm looking forward to teaching tomorrow. Yay!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Orly Avineri's One Artist Journal

Regular blog readers know that I'm a book nut (that might be an understatement.) So it's no surprise how excited I was to hear that Orly Avineri had published a book of her art journal pages. I ordered a copy as soon as I heard about it. It arrived yesterday and while I haven't had much time to read it yet, I've flipped through it several times. It's honest. It's fascinating. It's chock full of art and words. It's real. It's amazing. It's everything that I have been wanting to see MORE of for a very long time.

Orly's book is NOT a how-to book. It's a book that nourishes the soul and fills the inspiration well. It will stimulate and delight. Don't expect any step by step instructions here. It's all Orly in book form.

I've been saying for years that while I LOVE art books, I am quite tired of the number of how-to books. I'm not knocking the how to books. Not at all. I'm just saying that I think that our art form deserves a greater respect than it's being given. Why should our books be limited to the craft section? Why should they only be published if it's a step by step guide? Why can't it be a visual feast of image, thought and process? Why can't our books be inspirational instead of guidelines? These are the thoughts that often go through my head whenever I visit the bookshops and see a new book on the shelf. 

In my world, there is room for BOTH kinds of books: how-to and art books. I am hoping that Orly's new book will start the trend. She has me thinking about it again, most definitely.

If you're going to buy it (and I really recommend that you do! You won't be disappointed!!!), please make sure that you go through her shop (here) as opposed to Amazon as she will receive a MUCH, much higher royalty (a couple of bucks vs. Amazon's pennies.) She will also have copies available at her workshops in So CA.

Orly is giving away a copy of her book on her blog. Leave a comment on Orly's blog and she'll pick a winner on May 25th.

Blog Hop
Please visit these artists, check their work out and see what they're saying about Orly's new book!

Jill Berry    
Have a great weekend, folks! I hope that you find some time to create and nourish your soul!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Working on...

30+ journals to sell. I can't wait to post these but they're still far from done! Lots on my plate lately and this is the first time I've been able to sit down and work on them. I love going back and reworking journals. I hope that when I post them that you'll enjoy them, too.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

New Books!

Happy Mother's Day to all of the Moms out there!

I'm vegging in my pjs today and just relaxing. I'll be reading the books that you see above. I picked both of them up this weekend at Barnes and Noble. I was shocked to see Susannah Conway's book, "This I Know" on the shelves at the Grove. Both books were in the self help section. I've been waiting for over a year now for Susannah's book so I was very excited to be able to hold it in my hands. Marney K. Makridakis' book, Creating Time, comes highly recommended so I was happy to snag a copy of it! 

The three books highest on my WANT list right now are In Wonderland, Francesca Woodman, and 1000 Artist's Books

Deborah Putnoi (whose work I adore) has a new book, The Drawing Mind, that also looks really good! I've added it to my want list.

What art books have you bought lately? Which ones are at the top of your wish list?

Saturday, May 12, 2012

How I Spent my Saturday

A good way to spend the day. Don't you think?
(Huge thanks to the gang at Banana Rose in Westlake Village. It was a lot of fun and I can't wait to do it again soon!)

Friday, May 11, 2012

20 April 2012 Journal Page

I enjoy collageing on top of transparencies. I added some pen work, paint, rub-ons and tape here. I had a lot of fun layering onto this page. It's like a puzzle trying to work it out and make the pieces fit the right way.

Here's to a very good weekend all around! I'm off to veg! Happy Friday, folks!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

18 April 2012 Journal Page

Thanks everyone for the comments on yesterday's paper post. I know that I've been very spoiled having a Kelly Paper just a few minutes from my house and being able to order what I need (especially for classes) at a moment's notice. Hopefully I'll be able to find something in the same price range as the Wausau 140lb that I can order on a regular basis that behaves just as well. I didn't have time to play with paint on the new paper yesterday so I'm hoping to get to that today. 

Alas, I didn't have the time that I wanted to finish up my journals that I plan on selling. I'm going to get to them next week (definitely!) There are over 30 journals in all shapes and sizes that I'll be listing and selling here on my blog. I've been busy with classes lately and a few other things that I had to put them on the back burner. My sincere apologies for those of you who have been waiting for me to post. I *WILL* give you a heads up before I list them. Thanks again for your patience.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Paper Woes

I enjoyed coloring the focal image and stamps above with Glaze and Souffle pens. I always find coloring to be very meditative. This page is layered, baby, layered! Paper, tape, paint, stamps, pens, all that jazz! I didn't think that I liked this page at first but I'm really happy with it. It says everything I want it to say and I love the layers.

So those of you who follow my blog and have taken my classes know that my paper of choice is 140 lb wausau exact index. I've been using Wausau paper for fifteen years now. I use it in almost all of my classes. I make almost all of my books with it. It is My Paper of Choice. 

Can you imagine how I felt on Monday (which turned out to be the Day from Hell Where Almost Everything That Could Go Wrong Went Wrong) when I called Kelly Paper and told them that I needed to order 100 sheets of 3051A (I know it by heart) and their response was that product has been discontinued. I almost keeled over. Then he told me that the Wausau paper mill had closed two months ago and I DID keel over (I apologize Mr. Kelly Paper Man for the few expletives that I uttered. They weren't directed towards you!) Um, did I mention that I was teaching a class on Wednesday and that I needed the paper um, by Tuesday in order to cut it and get it ready and that again, this was MONDAY? The guys at Kelly Paper were on the job! At first they recommended a Lynx brand paper (100# weight) but it was out of stock. He told me they'd call me back with a replacement. I went into panic mode and scoured the net as I waited for his return call.

Yesterday I picked up 100 sheets of Accent Opaque in parent size sheets as well as a ream of Lynx 100# in 8 1/2 x 11". I have not put anything to it other than a glue stick but I hope to test it out at some point today. (I just got home from teaching and haven't had much time to do anything other than eat dinner, check email and now work on this blog post.) 

I did find out (thanks, Terri K!) that Neenah papers picked up the 140 lb wausau and that they still have it in large parent size sheets (as well as 8 1/2 x 11".) So, all is not lost. However, Kelly Paper says that you can order it but only as a CASE! That's 500 sheets of paper!!!! Um, I live in a little apartment. Where am I going to PUT THAT? I'm going to call The Man in Charge of Ordering For Kelly Paper tomorrow and see what I have to do (that's legal) to convince them to carry the 140 exact index in large (and small) sheets on a regular basis. Mr Manager of My Local Kelly Paper was not convinced and said that the 100 lb weight was "good enough." Well, he has never thrown paint on 140 exact index paper now has he?

I am now an Artist/Art Teacher on a Mission.

I want 140 lb cardstock at an affordable price (I pay around $.60 or so a sheet for the large parent sheet sizes. I don't want to raise my class prices because of this!)

I want it local. I do NOT want to have to mail order my class paper. That's a LOT of paper, folks.

I want it in stock on a regular basis. 

This is my list of demands! I will let you know if they've been met!

(and yes, I already know that I'm weird. Thank you.)

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

New Paper Love!

Today was Run Around Like a Loon, Pick Up and Prep Supplies for Classes This Week Day! I found the above beauties at Artist and Craftsman on La Cienega. I love buying paper from them. $3 a sheet (for a full, parent size sheet!) Great selection, too! I hope my students love them, too!

Monday, May 07, 2012

15 April 2012 Journal Page

Here's another page where I used a Crafters Workshop stencil along with some Glaze and Souffle pens. The Glaze and Souffle pens have a tendency to bleed under the stencils. The trick when using them is to go really, really slow as you outline. I outline first, remove the stencil, let the ink dry and then color them in. Sometimes after I'm done coloring them in, I'll outline them again to make the line more dramatic or in case I've colored over the line that's already there. You can also outline with a fine tip pen (I love the .35 rapidosketch pen (I prefer the rapidosketch to the rapidograph) as well as the latte pens for this), remove the stencil, let the ink dry and color in with the Glaze, Souffle or any other pen.

I'm super excited to be teaching THREE classes this week:
You can find out more information here. Samples are in the stores and online.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

11 April 2012 Journal Page

I had a great weekend teaching! Huge thanks to all of my wonderful students!! 

Above is another one of my favorite pages. It's no secret how much I love layering especially with pens. One of my favorite things to do is to color things in. I used an orange Sakura Souffle pen to color in the flowers along the top left of the page. The pens I journaled with are Sakura Souffle, Sakura Glaze, .35 Rapidosketch pen and a white uniball signo.

Short but Sweet Blog Love:

Saturday, May 05, 2012

9 April 2012 Journal Page

This is one of my favorite journal pages. I really had fun with this one. I love the flowers peeking out from behind the layers of paint and pens. I'm really enjoying playing with color and layers in this book.

We had a great time this morning at Golden Apple Comics on Melrose. We were able to get all of the Free Comic Book Day Comics that were on our list. Everyone left with a big smile on their face! They're moving again and we're happy to know that it's still within walking distance. PHEW! 

I'm heading out the door soon to teach a private class. I'm looking forward to it. I'm trekking to Simi Valley tomorrow and that will be a lot of fun as well! I am very, very lucky to be able to do what I love!!

I hope that your weekend is going well!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

New Books

This week is turning out to be a bountiful one for new books. On Tuesday the mailman brought me the latest Paumes book, Paris Deco Ideas. I scored big time at my favorite used bookstore last night (Iliad in North Hollywood) with two books (one of which I've been waiting to find in my used bookstore travels and the other hasn't even come out yet!)

Paris Deco Ideas- It's no secret that I am a huge fan of these little books from Paumes in Japan which I can't even read. The latest title isn't an exception. I LOVE the new size (they've shrunk the book down and plumped it out. It's so dang cute in its new little square size.) They've also changed the layout of the photos. There are more larger photos (on average no more than three to four photos per page though the most on a page are six) and fewer words. It cracks me up that the chapters are in English yet the majority of words in the book are in Japanese. It is everything that I love about Paumes books: pure. eye. candy. 

 Instant Love: How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids-I was super excited to find this book last night (the weird thing is that I went to the shelf specifically looking for it, knowing that it wasn't out yet and it was sitting right there.) I have not had a chance to actually read it yet but I have flipped through the book several times. I LOVE the photos and am hoping that the book gives me some new ideas on ways to look at picture taking. I am also stalking the bookstore shelves for Susanah Conway's upcoming book, This I know.

Masters: Art Quilts-I've been waiting to find this book in my travels and for $10 last night I couldn't leave it there. I am a big fan of the Masters series and this one doesn't disappoint. I am not a quilter nor do I work with fabric but I love seeing ideas and translating them into something that I can do with paper. This book is pure inspiration and I can't wait to find a spot on my bookshelf for it.

Interested in seeing what new books I'm keeping an eye out for? Here's a link to my Amazon wishlist. What new books are you excited about?

Wednesday, May 02, 2012


I'm still working on those journals that I have to sell. I'm hoping to list them sometime next week. I'll give you a 24 hours notice before I do.

I'm hoping to pick up:
to name a few.

Our local comic shops are:

Check out the list of events at various shops here (even if yours isn't listed, check with them as it's also held outside of the U.S.)