My first class Circle Jounal is being released today at a reduced rate with a Facebook group. See Class Trailer below.
Lesson 1: Painting & Markmaking. acrylic paints, color mixing, markmaking with stamps, stencils, alternative items. (5 videos, 2 pdf's)
Lesson 2: Fold & Stitch your Maze Book. The possibilities are endless with this type of book. Make a mistake? No problem: stitch, cut, tape your way to a new bookform. Handstitching, machine stitching techniques and ideas are included (2 videos, 2 pdf's).
Lesson 3: Line, Collage, Gesso & Paint. (8 videos, 1 pdf). Get the low down on using paint, gesso and portfolios. Creating your own stamps is simple if you've done the brainstormng on symbols. Includes creating foam stamps and symbol drawing.
Lesson 4: Embellishments. (7 videos, and a bunch of pdf's). Includes tabs, blender pen transfers, simple lettering, and other embellishments).
Sign up and begin anytime you'd like. A total of 22 videos and a bunch of pdfs: one for each of the four lessons, plus symbol drawing, words to transfer, a tiny maze book zine.
This is a LOT of information: a painting primer, a mixed media primer, art journaling primer: much more than I could cover in 2-3 full day workshops. And you always have me on the other end of your computer!
It was too cold too do much of anything this weekend. Snowy and blustery and sub-zero wind chills.
Let's make diffusers! All you need are some inexpensive items:
Jars, Bamboo Skewers, a nipper to cut the skewers about 2x's the height of your container, mineral oil (available from the drugstore), vodka. and essential oils. You can get a scent you love at the health food store.
The oils are pricey but it only takes a few drops and they last forever. Note on bottles: the neck should be smaller but I just used what I had. Mason jars would work fine.
Super easy! Do your research on the oils. I think Eucalyptus is a cleaner and air de-germer. I know Lavender relaxes you so that's good in the bedroom.
Go wild and mix a few. Peppermint-Orange? Rose-Grapefruit? It takes a little while for the scented oil to creep up the sticks so be patient. I think the reeds here might be more efficient (less dense). I had skewers on hand. Let me know if you try the reeds.
My business plan for the coming year has been elusive. Everything has changed so I needed to adjust things. I will be doing some local shows, teaching from my studio and online at Curious. I've been feeling a little confused and overwhelmed so, yeah. One thing remains the same.
Here's Michelle: "Lately, my inspiration seems to be anything in the sky - birds, the moon, rooftops - I just love looking up and creating art that reflects what I see.
I'm definitely a mixed media gal: my work all originates with my camera, and then I leap forward from there. I collage, paint, and combine all my components digitally to create each piece, and I hand-make a line of art and housewares that feature my designs.
I like to tell stories within my art, and my very favorite thing is to hear the memories or feelings that my work inspires. Seeing someone smile or hearing them relive a happy childhood moment because of something I created is so incredibly rewarding."
It's a pleasure to have Michelle here today. Her blend of media and story is fresh and sophisticated. And very personal to anyone who views it! I love looking at her work because I can invent my own story. Thanks for sharing your work with us, Michelle!
Michelle is part of MamaCITA. They have a show opening next Sunday, Feb 8 at Cheltenham Art Center on Feb. 8, Cheltenham, PA (just outside of Philly). Look here for details.
I piled all of the pieces into a basket so that I could put it in a central location and put everything together in snippets of time. I'm not very good on follow through on these things. But that's the challenge.
Here's the video ...
Let's see if they get mailed *by Feb 8 or 9. Can I do it? What are you betting? Are you making cards for Valentine's Day? How do you go about making multiples?
I've been noodling around with Pam Carriker's new line of acrylic paints and inks* and the just-slightly-earthy colors led me right to landscapes.
I decided that Landscape would be a really fun class to teach. It is coming in about 2 weeks with a different format than usual. More later. I'm excited!
In the meantime, here's a little video that will introduce you to some general ideas about landscape painting. Enjoy!
Here's the video
*Disclaimer: Pam Carriker sent me the paints for review. I used them for a while before reviewing them. I like 'em. They are very pourable and sheer, both qualities I like very much. The colors are earthy and there's a solid array. See buying information here. Thanks Pam!
Here's an art journal page using Pam's Whitewashed and Barely Black ink. I LOVE them!