Thanks to all of you for coming over to My YouTube Channel and visiting last week during #LoveSummerArt. Here are some flowers for you. Do you see something in the photo that doesn't belong?
Just testing your cognitive skills. Honestly, I made so many videos last week that a break was in order. And then I got a stomach virus but am feeling much better now. Just in time to go to Vermont and hang out with this bunch.
Gotta love the group selfie. Do you know of any printing service that prints out 2" or 3" square pictures? The smallest I found were 4".
Speaking of cognitive skills, who's got a coloring book? This is a HUGE trend. And I like it. I pulled out my colored pencils and went to town on this one from Mid-Century Modern Animals. I got one for a family member with Alzheimer's. It's supposed to be super good for your brain.
Are you still reading?
There is a block of time in summer when the studio is super hot and I hate to run the ac. Because it just feels so wasteful, ya' know? I've been spending time on the sadly neglected administrative side of my business. Not much to show or tell. PLUS some super-secret stuff. And a huge pile of art supplies on my dining room table.
I'll ramble to a close now. Because it's summer and the crickets are chirping. The fan is blowing back and forth. There is that richness to the air. Syrup-y. It's unbearable during the day but the dark makes it mysterious and, sometimes, I've dreamed that I live in the jungle. Once I even thought there were monkeys outside in the trees. But it was only a car alarm.
I'll be "gone fishing" in Lake Champlain until next week.
BUT POTENTIAL BURGLERS NEED NOT COME BY HERE!!! I HAVE A VERY BIG AND STRONG 20 SOMETHING SON WHO WORKS AT A BEER DISTRIBUTOR WHILE FINISHING COLLEGE AND COULD WHUMP YOUR BUTT. and a cat. (who's a real big whiner).
I'm going to try some scrapbooking later on this summer. Or probably Autumn. Yikes! We better hurry up and drink all the Sangria, wear out our flip flops and stare idly off into space before that.
I was going to re-read East of Eden but I can't find it. Dang. That is my favorite book of all time. Has anyone read Go and Set a Watchman?? I don't think I could bear to have my Atticus Finch a bigot. My favorite fictional character: flawed. And what the heck does that title mean? OK, done :) A post for the Unruly Posts category. I love putting stuff here. It feel rebellious.
I came upon a new product recently from Ken Oliver called Color Burst. Well really, could you resist?
This is pigment powder, finely ground and immediately dissolved in water. Or, I suppose any other matrix. Pigment powders have been around for as long as color as been used in paintings. When I think about it, I've used dry dye powders to color pages and paprika.
I'm thinking of many ways to use these powders but here is my initial exploration. I think this is a lotta bang for your buck art supply at $5 a bottle from Ellen Hutson. Supply list is below.
I've heard that Stampin Up's Wedding Dress white pigment is really great. I'll get some and let you know.
Three cheers for summer flowers! I love 'em: smelling, looking, watching them sway in the breeze, painting and drawing. How 'bout you?
In today's video I'm using Inktense (or watercolor) pencils and water soluble markers: Distress, Tombow and the new Zig Clean Color Markers. Together they make a bit of magic. Since the watercolor pencils are soluble and the markers are wet, well they are a good couple.
I come in at the end with a brand new product call Color Burst by Ken Oliver (linked below via Ellen Hutson). They are superfine pigment powders that react with water. I suppose they could be added to any base matrix. I seem to recall using pigments to create oil colors in school. Anyhoo! They sure are a blast.
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In today's video I'm in my art journal with a new-to-me supply: Ranger's Paint Dabbers. I found them convenient and easy to use. This is a great way to go for new painters and even the old hands may want to keep a few in the art journal kit because of their convenience.
They are very matte when dry so will be easier to write, draw and collage over and the pages won't stick together as they can sometimes do with acrylic paints. You can always use the cheapest craft paints from the craft store and cosmetic wedges! Sorry for repeating myself in this video. For some reason, there were a LOT of takes on this one :) Enjoy!
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I was going to show a picture of the thre huge bins of paper in the classroom side of my studio but REALLY? you've seen it before.
I keep all of this "stuff" that comes into my life: old books, papers, maps, sheet music, etc. in big plastic bins. I just stuff those great big ziplock bags with as much as they can take and keep the bags in the bins. When I have a class or need some more fodder for myself, I grab a bag and sort, cut, punch and throw a bunch away.
In the studio, things are a little different. These are papers that I make and use for specific projects. Although there's some "stuff" in there too. You can read that post here.
I love using punches to make usable pieces for my journal. Some stuff is left in big pieces to cover an entire page (or painting) too. Here is an affiliate list of my favorite punches. I don't have them all but someday! I really like the EK Success brand because they have a great profile for storage and work very well. I've collected most of my punches with my Big Box Store coupon. But I appreciate your using my links!
This Friday, July 17 through Monday, July 20, arts, crafts and arts&crafts content creators come together for an Hashtag Event. For those of you my age-ish, think: Virtual Happening.
I will release a video a day for those four days. If you have any ideas of what you would like to see, please share below.
How to participate: Go to YouTube, starting 7/17 and type
into the search bar and dozens of videos in all sorts of media will come up. Please help us up by hitting that Thumbs Up button and, if you like the content, subscribe. Your Thumbs Up's lets YouTube know that you are watching and enjoying and thus, helps the content creators keep going.
I'll post the videos over here too.
If you are a content creator, let me know in the comments below.
I had a truly lovely and moving experience today. In Trader Joe's freezer aisle. With a total stranger. There we were, choosing between talapia and salmon and
StrangerLady: I wish I'd eat like this all the time Me: Ya know what? I decided that in my 60th year I'll just Love Myself Unconditionally SL: Yes! I'm 60 too! We've got to be healthy. That's it.
We part ways at the dairy aisle and I grab some eggs. Next thing I know ...
SL: Will you pray with me? Me: (thinking: whoa, then: why not) I don't really pray but, yes. I'd like that.
She takes my hand and begins to talk quietly, thanking her God for putting us on the same path today. She said that even though our spiritual practices were different, we loved the same. It was ... quiet and lovely. It was a truly beautiful human moment. We hugged each other and let it go. I'm still feeling the magic.
I had a reminder today. There are opportunities for joy around each corner for joyful connections. Sometimes I'm "so busy" that I miss stuff. What started (and continued as a harried, busy day) had a peaceful puddle of love splashed right in the middle.
*I LOVE Flow Magazine. I've been drooling over it online and gifted myself the Papers Lovers edition over the winter. Packed (Packed!) with the most beautiful papers, very fresh and modern. I recently found an issue at Barnes & Noble. It's loaded with inspiration and lovely illustration.
Over the winter, I discovered Spectrum Noir markers on sale at my local craft store. I started collecting and playing with them in a painterly way and love the results.
Copie, SN and Sharpies are all alcohol markers, I'm not sure about all of the differences are between the brands. SN has a chisel and fine point, Copic has a brush and fine point and Sharpie has different pens with bullet or fine tips.
I've been using these markers on Yupo paper. They pool a bit and if you use lighter colors over darker, the lighter color "pushes" the darker one away. It's a cool effect. I love those little watercolor-like edges around the pools (of course).
I decided to make Project Life format cards for my journal. I trimmed the cards to 3"x5" (or so) and rounded the corners. With the big chisel end of the marker, it's easy to print words that are meaningful to you. If you want to stamp, use pigment ink.
This was a fun project. You could also use glossy photo paper. It doesn't work as well as the Yupo but well enough. Try Sharpie markers too. Let me know how they work!
Enjoy the video. Scroll down for a supply list and special note.