I'm excited. Really excited. To be showing your work. My friends, followers, students, my inspiration.
Most of you folks who follow me do so from work. Some of you are full time moms. Many of you have emailed me about responsibilities outside of work - either kids or aging parents. Or health problems. You Inspire Me.
Your courage and passion thrill me.
My last two 1st Fridays have been from my followers and I really want to continue this. Those of you choosing to make art first and, though you might want to have a blog, don't have time.
Let's talk about this. I'm thinking about the best way to get your art up on my blog. If you have suggestions, let me know. So comment. Let me know your thoughts. I'm opening up my blog to you. This space is for you.
These photos are from my MeetUp group. If you are in the Philadelphia area, join me here.
Drum roll please. It a pleasure to introduce you to Artist Stacy Rollins.
Stacy recent sent me a couple of simply astonishing mail art envelopes brimming with "stuff" to journal with. I'll let you enjoy while you read a little bit about Stacy.
My name is Stacy Rollins. From Waterville, Maine.
I'm a single mom and work, typing, at home My hands are always stained with ink and sticky from gel medium. My work breaks are consumed with crafting every day. I wouldn’t consider myself an artist, more like a creative crafter.
Visual journaling and mail art are my passions. It melts my heart to watch a puddle of purple and a puddle of yellow meet (dare you to say that 3 times fast). I gravitate towards odd images. I like to use found text to label a page or a fragmented sentence that holds a personal meaning for me and otherwise a mystery for anyone else looking at it.
I enjoy block form art with patterns and colors that have no business being next to each other but once they are glued down they create magic. My stuff is asymmetric and sloppy. I guess if I wanted to look at a greeting card image, I’d go buy a card. I also enjoy found poetry with strips of random text over a bright background.
My favorite medias are Inktense blocks (I use them as wet media), collage, gesso, spray inks, fluid acrylic and watercolor. Since I couldn’t draw to save my life, my stencils are VERY broken-in.
Nothing spectacular or outstanding to be said about me.
Just a fellow lover of art. So grateful it found me. Because of art I am fortunate enough to say I truly cannot remember the last time I was bored. Boredom seems to be a demon in a lot of peoples’ lives. Not me! Thank goodness what I need fits right in my purse.
Ahem. Nothing spectacular or outstanding? I am completely blown away by Stacy's artwork, the colors, patterns and her unique use of imagery. I'm thrilled to share her artwork with you today.
The coloring book craze is leading many of us to sharpen up our colored pencils. I had a few of them from years ago and took a little trip last week to fill in the gaps (ahem).
I'm back with a video today with some tips and tricks to getting the most from your colored pencils. I'm still a Prismacolor fan. I've heard that the Irojiten - while wonderful - are not as soft. That may appeal to some of you. If anyone has tried the Spectrum Noir, I'd love to hear about them.
I enjoy using colored pencils on black or dark paper and will be pulling out a large sheet of Stonehenge to make a One Sheet, One Journal black journal sometime soon. The PDF guide to cutting your 1S1J is at that link. Both videos are linked below today's video.
My first coloring pages felt a little stilted but I feel my regular loose style emerging and I'm enjoying coloring even more now. Here's the video.
As usual, I really appreciate it if you use my links either within a post or on the sidebar. It won't cost you any more but it really helps to offset the costs of creating videos and maintaining my blog. BUT : Use What You Have :)
We had some kinda fun at our Friday Night Wine and Art MeetUp playing with Colorbursts and various texture pastes.
Some die cuts got gessoed into the mix. And then this video happened: Kate Kennedy from Blitsy. Making wee cards and envelopes. Oh Help Me Stop! Lol. One thing definitely led to another and some old art got cut up.
Coloring books are all the rage at the moment. A trend rolling down hill spurring on illustrators and publishers across the country and the world to make high quality products for color-happy customers.
You'll see in the video that I've tried out colored pencils, markers, colored pens and alcohol markers. I like the colored pencils best for all-round coloring especially on detailed images.
Try whatever you have on hand. I look forward to using gel pens and making patterns with colored pens too. No reason why you can't paint and use collage on these pages. You may want to remove them from the book first.
My friend, Susan, used colored pencils, pens and gel pens for the images (above and following). She found postcard sized illustrations at a big box craft store. These books are everywhere: art and craft stores, books stores and online. You can find links to print out images too.
Google "images for coloring for adults" and you'll find plenty to keep you busy. I hope you take up this craze and pass it on to friends and family. Coloring is fun and it's so happy-making to get folks making art in any way at all. Enjoy the video.
Hey gang, I'm officially on vacation. Got myself some new colored pencils at my fav art supply store yesterday (Allegheny Art in Jenkintown, Pa) and have been lounging, coloring and reading, taking walks and getting up real slow in the morning.
A couple weeks ago, I joined a writing class with the Kristina Moriconi, most excellent writer, poet and teacher. It's a class on creative non-fiction and I haven't felt challenged like this in decades. Here is a piece I'm polishing up; an exercise in which we look in the mirror and examine our very own face. I hope you enjoy it.
Me at Allegheny Art. Check out my left (your right) eyebrow)
Reaching out with the green facecloth, she wipes steam from the mirror with a squeak and smiles at herself. Probably she sucks up the second chin wanting to put her best face forward. “Lotion and eyebrows today. Maybe the eyelash curler.” Somewhere mid-50’s her eyebrows disappeared.
Eyebrow pencil in hand, she leans in close and greets those large deep brown eyes and looks into her soul, seeing - mostly - humor and content. With quick strokes, she fills in the brows. Affectionately noticing the cowlick (or did those wild hairs develop over the years) in the left brow. That’s the one she raises so often in skepticism. There has been a lot of action over the years around those eyes. There is a deep crease between the balding brows. She has a tendency to look into your eye’s with a focused squint. She considers it necessary to sort out your mood or attempt mind-reading. Knocking at your door: “Who’s in there?”
She looks at her reflection now. The “Diana” who only appears on flat and shiny surfaces. The young peachy faced girl is there beneath a tattooed journey. Palimpsest: read between the lines. Her life has been written in wrinkles.
* Thanks for indulging me while I take this little vacation. I'll be moving slowly for for another week but will stop in and share. Love you guys!
This day and journal page and I suppose the past three or so weeks have been a Study in Imperfection. I don't mind making mistakes in my artwork, especially my journal. It's actually preferred to have unexpected things happen. I should have a Master's Degree in Imperfect. (PS: there is a video down below).
Best to roll with the punches and let things happen. Organically grown art journal pages: ya' gotta love the spontaneous magic that pulls them together.
This page is essential me. Screwing up, covered in gesso (on my phone and ink pad, and obviously my hands and page). The technical difficulties are another thing altogether. I'm throwing in the towel for a few days and pulling my life back in balance.
Here is a list of the supplies I used. I'll be popping in and out informally.
This is the 2nd stop on my blog hop with myself today! You can scross down for Part 1, Make a Traveler's Notebook. That post also appears on Julie Fei Fan Balzer's blog today, here.
So let's do this thing: grunge up that pretty pristine journal with a good old fashioned puddle jump. Supplies are listed below. Just get stuff out, put on some music or an old movie and hop to it. I wound up speeding up the video because it was running long.