Week of January 4, 2015. Loads of inspiration from Creative Jump Start with stencils from StencilGirl
Week of January 4, 2015. Loads of inspiration from Creative Jump Start with stencils from StencilGirl
Gratitude is a simple thing. Humble. The act brings us down to the most basic element of humanity. If we can be thankful, everything else seems to take care of itself. If we are grateful, we have shifted the focus from self-centered to global.
I forget to be thanksful, we all do.
I wonder, if we all remembered to be grateful more often, could we find ways to make our worlds and our world better and then have more to be thankful for? Do you think it works that way?
I am so grateful to you. Each time you look at my blog, make a comment, say "hello," I am gratified. Thank you.
Love you all, Diana
And a giveaway!
UPDATE: 9/28 ... Congratulations Kim! You won the giveaway. Email me with your snal mail.
I've been an admirer of Beatrice Coron's work for some years now. It was a bit of a thrill, really, to play with her images. These stencils are so cool. The stencils are available here on Artistcellar's site and here at Artcellar's blog is the list of artists participating in the hop plus a bunch of great ways to use these stencils.
I decided to reference Beatrice's papercutting work and use traditional Mexican papercutting techniques to create a Dia de los Muertos banner. I love these stencils! They are beautifully detailed and lighthearted. Here is the YouTube video. The supplies are listed below. I'm giving away a set of these stencils so leave a comment to throw your name in the hat!
Have fun! I can see taking these alot further. Some white accents? Sequins and more glitter. If you are doing them on fabric, using some quilting or embroidery. Don't forget to leave a comment. International shipping is fine :) Yay! I'll pick a name on Sun, 9/28. Good Luck.
Bloghop this week with Artistcellar's latest stencil series from Beatrice Coron. LOVE! Take a look below; the blog schedule with links as at the bottom. I'll be back on Thursday with a tutorial on what I was inspired to do. All of the bloggers are giving away a free set too. So hop around with us and leave a comment.
I love Lisa's take on The Artist ...
September 20th – Lisa Cousineau, Artistcellar www.artistcellar.com/wp
September 21st – Jill K Berry – jillberrydesign.com/blog
September 22nd – Janet Ghio – www.janetsartplay.blogspot.com
September 23rd – Cheryl Sleboda – http://blog.muppin.com
September 24th – Sarah Trumpp – www.wonderstrumpet.blogspot.com
Or can you?
It's hot and humid here and most extraneous thoughts are just blowing in and out of my head. I had an interesting discussion with a friend the other night though. We wondered (again) why people "can't draw."
Here's one story of why I thought I couldn't draw:
One Halloween, when I was small (4 or 5) my mother asked whether "someone" would make a drawing of a witch on a broomstick. The idea was that she'd have my dad jigsaw it out of wood, put it in the window and backlight it. OOOOO scary ;). I was jumping up and down: "I'll do it, I'll do it."
The job was given to my 14 year old brother. And so it begins. Chipping away at our natural confidence in mark making. I could go on but the real point of the story is that we all have these stories. Lots of them. That's at the base of why we "can't draw."
What's your story? Can you think of one? It's helpful to start writing - pull out your journal and write. See if any memories come up.
Alyssa is a 11th grader who contacted me last year to ask if I'd mentor her on her travel journal project for school. In this journal, Alyssa documented her trip to Africa. I was thrilled to work with this insightful and talented young woman. Today, she shares some of her art and thoughts. Here's Alyssa
Found at the Beach
All the items on this spead were either bought or found while I was at the beach, or remind me of the beach. The colors in the spread represent the sand, and the image on both sides that says "Cherries" is a local fruit stand.
What is Africa?
This spread to me represents the difference between tourist Africa and "real" Africa. As a tourist, all you see is t he the wealth of Africa; Cape Town is a luxurious city quite comparable to San Francisco. When you travel outside the city, you begin to see "real" Africa with the poor villages and the animals.
Faces of Africa
I created these pages using a picture I took in an African village that I produced multiple times and layered. The children jump out at you from the page, and this is exactly how I felt while visiting the village. All the kids run up to you, eager to learn about you.
Alyssa has been inspired by Sabrina Ward Harrison, Dan Eldon amongst others. Her graphic visual style captivated me from the first. Alyssa's thoughtful insights are inspiring. She's sees to the heart of the thing.
It was fun to watch her thoughtful use of technique. I enjoy the graphic quality of her artwork and her composition is always so strong! All of this strengthens her message.
It's always such a revelation to see through young people's eyes. Thanks Alyssa!
Enjoy your 4th of July weekend, friends.
What is that lurking in the bottomest slot of the blue bookcase?
Evidence of a zine addiction.
Capacity by Theo Ellsworth was wonderful. More of a well-illustrated story than a zine. I treasure mine. My other #1 favorite was Pisces Rising by TL Getz.
and a bit further down in the pile
Academic Excellence. Have an excellent weekend, my dear friends. I am busily shooting and editing videos for Watercolor Wildflowers. I've finally cracked the code to my new video app and the new iMovie app. App AAAACK! (Oh Goodie! This posts goes into the Unruly Posts category. I love putting things there. Much betterr than Etc. or Miscellaneous. Unruly is a very good thing to be. Except for hair. Especially in the summer. But other than that, unruly RULES :) That was a run on sentence in my mind. I just threw in some periods out of a sense of respect for you.
Good grief. I better stop writing now
A slight cold - nothing too terrible but thank you for your get wells. A long walk yesterday, I went out for a quick walk but the sun felt so wonderful that I kept thinking "just one more block." I saw a robin and some crocuses bursting out of their shells.
Things: I'm participating in a panel on Sunday in connection with the Mt Airy Art Garage's Quilt Show (NW Philadelphia) and International Women's Day. The title of the panel is "Ain't I An Artist." See Soujourner Truth's "Ain't I A Woman" here. My discussion will be on the artistry of Boro cloth and will spotlight Jude Hill's modern day interpretation of that cloth.
It would be fun to have you there.
Sunday at 3 pm, at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave, Philadelphia ($10 at the door)
Welcome to Traci Bunkers ' world! Traci is the author of 2 books on Art Journaling Print & Stamp Lab and The Art Journal Workshop. Her work is funky and expressive and loads of fun. She joins us today with a neat tutorial: Printed Heart Ice Cube Tray: Quick Printed Backgrounds, Part 1. Part 2 of this project is printing on fabric and that is linked at the end of her post.
As you may or may not know, I'm a self-proclaimed love child of MacGyver. I can turn just about anything into a printing or stamping tool and I get a kick out of seeing what new things I can find to use.
I get especially perky around the commercial holidays because I can find interesting things at the dollar store or the dollar sections of chain stores that make great printing tools. Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I thought it was a perfect time to print with those heart-shaped ice cube trays. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to use them to get nice, grungy backgrounds in your journal, or on loose sheets of paper that can then be used in your art work. Let's start with a loose sheet of paper.
Step 1: Place something down to protect the table, then place your paper on top of it. Squirt some acrylic paint on your paint palette, and use the sponge brush to apply it to the top of the ice cube tray.
Step 2: Place the ice cube tray onto the paper and push down with your fingers to print all of the flat areas. Be sure to get in between the hearts too.
Step 3: Carefully lift the corner of the tray, checking to see if everything printed. If not, place it back down and work the unprinted areas some more with your fingers.
Step 4: Add more paint, and print the next section. It can be printed the same direction as the first time, or rotate it 180 degrees to print it the opposite direction.
Step 5: Continue printing until the page is covered. After the paint is dry, it can be used as the background for other artwork, collage material, or to make a Valentine's Day Card. Now let's print it in a journal for a quick background. You need the same materials, except this time you need a journal instead of a loose sheet of paper.
Here's a short video tutorial I made of me printing the ice cube tray in my journal. If you can't see this video, click here.
Now, my journal is ready for some action! As I start working in it, if I feel the hearts are too bold for writing or distracting from whatever else I put on the page, I can do a wash of color over it, or even add a thin layer of paint. Hop on over to my blog for Part 2, printing on fabric! If you enjoyed this tutorial, I've got a new online workshop coming up called "Heaps of Layered Hand printed Cards." where I teach you some easy printing techniques while making mixed-media cards. Be sure to sign up for my mailing list or follow my blog so you'll know when it starts!
See previous First Friday Artists
Jeanne Handley McLaughlin talks about Eco Printing on rice paper
Jane Davies ; talks about Gelli Plate printing and glue gun stencils here
Seth Apter works with stencils and resists here
Tammy Garcia with a fun tutorial on painting flowers and stitching paper
Julia Rix talks about her woodcuts here
Florentine painter Artemisia Gentileschi nearly put my eye out when I saw her work for the first time in person in Florence a couple of years ago. Brilliant!
A woman painter in the Baroque period (1593-1656), she must have been one helluva gutsy broad. And her talent and skill couldn't be denied. She was a genius with light, color and her twisted forms and angles are so powerful.
This painting is called Judith Slaying Holfernes and it comes from some branch of the Old Testament.
I don't know the Bible stories but you may and if you'r curious, here's a version. Anyway, it's a bloody violent painting, right?
This is passionate, courageous painting in any century. I wonder if I'd consider it what I call "shock jock" art now. I'm fresh from a conversation about art that is made, maybe, to get a shocked reaction from the audience and then is talked about.
After looking at these today, I wonder how valid that opinion is.
All that aside, Artemsia's light and shadow work is breathtaking isn't it? And check out the foreshortening of the shoulders and arms in this painting and the next. Compositionally, it's really cool too. These folks really knew their craft.
And that's something I really appreciate.
She borrowed the composition of Narcissus by Caravaggio (see below) and turned it on it's side.
She's saying something like artists are like Narcissus in that we draw from ourselves. Was she also speaking to how self-involved artists can be? Only slightly tongue-in-cheek here.
Anyway, there were quite of few re-pins of the Judith painting on Pinterest so I figured you might be interested in a closer look.
Hope you enjoyed this. Let me know if you'd like more Great Moments in Art History Posts. I could make it a regular thing. If there aren't any comments, I'll assume y'all fell asleep. But I love you anyway.