Woo hoo, it's stencil release day! I have six new stencils for you and a limited-edition Halloween clear stamp set & stencil. I know I'm biased, but I LOVE IT ALL!!! They're easy to use and striking.
Reminder: when a product is released, it means it's announced by Ranger. Stores can start ordering it, and then it's shipped to the stores. So these won't be hitting stores for at least a week or two.
Here are the goods:
Above: Almost Ikat and Flying Birds (Stencil & Masks...yesssss)
Above: Fractured Circles and Spaced Dots
Above: Stacked Squares and Variegated Stars
Above: Scribbly Trick or Treat Clear Stamp Set & Stencil
And, here are the samples! Can you spot the stencil designs? I used: the new stencils and new stamps; my Dina Wakley Media gesso, acrylic paint, and gel medium; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue Wrap (I loooooove this stuff, obsessed) and Chit Chat Stickers (another loooooooove), Ranger Ink tags and stamping cardstock; watercolor paper; Archival Jet Black ink pad and the new Archival Paradise Teal ink pad; black Fudeball pen.
Which one is your favorite? Oh, you know you want them all. :) Happy art-ing!
Okay, this is a bit scary because I look like a MASSIVE dork in these, but they are funny. Here are two blooper reels from the four videos I shot at North Light/F&W earlier this year. My editor Amy Jones (who is my co-artist in the videos) said they had 30 minutes of bloopers to choose from. That is sort of awesome and embarrassing at the same time. Dyan Reaveley always says that I "hide my weird"....well, there's no hiding now. Ha.
The videos are available now! Click HERE and HERE for the product pages at the North Light Shop and Artist Network TV where you can purchase the DVDs or digital downloads.
To celebrate the release of the videos, I am giving away one free copy of each DVD to a lucky winner! Just comment on this post. I will choose a winner by random draw on Tuesday. Feel free to share this blog post with your friends & on social media, too. If you share, mention where you shared in your comment and you will get two chances to win. Note that I am waiting for the fourth DVD to show up on my doorstep (it got a bit delayed at the replicator), so I won't be mailing the prize until it shows up.
I love working with Amy Jones and the whole team at F&W. It truly is a pleasure. I had a chance to film four more DVDs. These are versions of in-person classes that I teach. I hope you enjoy them. Here are the videos with previews:
Greetings and well wishes from a very hot Arizona! I'm so excited about my summer release stamp sets. I love, love them and I hope you do, too. I have a few samples to share today and many more to come!
First up is Boxed Faces. I took the images for this set from the piece I did for Tim's Distress Crayon Designer Challenge (from the last CHA show). I loved the piece I made for the challenge, and I turned those faces into stamps. I am addicted to these. Addicted!
Original piece (Dina Wakley Media Acrylic paints (in the background only), Distress Crayons (on the faces and in the background), White Sharpie, and Stabilo Pencil):
Here's a journal page I did with the stamps:
Next up is Scribbly Wings. When I taught in England, Lyn (an artist in class) said to me, "You know what would be cool for stamps? Wings." I made a mental note and then drew this set. I love, love, love, love, love it. I included a snippet of one of my favorite scriptures, Isaiah 40:31--But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Next is Assorted Borders. The size of these is especially great for cards and tags. You can see the borders in the tag above (the numbers).
Next is Scribbled Text Elements. I love, love scribbled text. These will be great background elements and even great focal points.
Next is Scribbly Girlies. I have scribbly men and women, had to do some girlies! I drew these images from some of my old childhood photos. I love the little heart border, too.
(Can you also spot one of the Scribbled Text Elements on that tag above?)
Last but not least is Sketched Faces. These stamps have the principle of closure (if you need a refresher, I talk about closure in my first book, Art Journal Freedom). Basically I have not delineated every line for you. I've left some lines out so that your brain fills them in, and so that you can take creative license with them. I cannot wait to see what you come up with.
Alrighty....get to stamping and be sure to share your work with me so I can oooh and aaaah over it!
Also...you might want to check back at Ranger's blog at around 4 pm EST. Just saying. ;)
I use the Paint Combs constantly. I love the straight side for gesso-ing quickly. I just used it to gesso this 30"x40" canvas yesterday. It makes short work of a tedious gesso job:
Tip: while your gesso is wet, press the comb into it several times. This gets a slight texture into the gesso and the paint will look sooooo cool on it later.
After the gesso is dry, I added all kinds of color. Basically most of the colors in my Dina Wakley Media line barfed right onto the canvas (hahaha). Then I sprayed the colors with a bit of water to get them to meld and mingle. While the layers were wet, I pressed the comb into the paint several times, letting the colors transfer between each press. Ooooooh I love, I love. Can you see the comb texture in the gesso on the right? Cool stuff.
This is how the canvas looks now. Not sure if I'm done. I'm going to let it sit today and work on it again later.
Well howdy! People always ask me if I teach locally, and my answer is usually not too often because my available weekends are few and far between. So I am SO happy that it's working out to teach my Finding Joy in Abstraction class at The Occasional Artist on June 18th! Call them to sign up and for more info. Basically it's my 3-hour abstract painting class and you'll make a canvas. Good fun!
I had the opportunity to do two commissions. I am sharing this one because I am confident the recipients won't see this post. I'll share the other one when the recipient has it. Doing these really put the bee in my bonnet about getting some paintings done and ready to sell. I have been meaning to do it for aaaaagggggeeees and I think the time has finally come!
I started scrapbooking in 1995. I discovered stamping around the end of 1996. I wandered into a local stamp store and stood with my mouth agape as I took in the amazing surroundings. That store was Stampotique. The owner, Carol, suggested that I take a beginner's class, which I did. And thus the monster was born....ha.
No matter where my art ends up, I will always love, love, love stamping. There's a satisfaction to inking a stamp and making a print, and in the many possibilities that stamping offers.
Lately I've been loving fluid colors (all painted with my Dina Wakley Media acrylic) and lots of dimensional layers. The stamp below is my Scribbly Fellas set.
I taught at the Stamp Art Shoppe in Roseville, CA, then headed straight to New Jersey for a week of meetings at Ranger. Then went straight to the Collins show (retailer event). Then I was home for a few short days and went to teach at The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, TX. I'm home now until I leave in early May for Scrapbook N Memories near Kansas City.
You can always see where I am going to be on teaching schedule. Here's where I will be in the next few months:
My partner in crime, Mario. What fun it was to be at Ranger with Tim and Mario all week!
Graphic Designer Extraordinaire Brianna, filming my mess making process:
While there we ate our weight in chips, salsa and Carvel!!! Was so fun to have the lovely Dyan and Nadine join us.
Which scissors are mine and which are Mario's?
I guess I was chatty on the way to Collins. Bwa haha!
Sales Chief and Grand Pumbah Steve did my make & take at Collins. I am sure he wears it every day.
Headed home! We had a blast and have some cool things in store for you. So, so appreciate Tim and Mario's friendship and help.
Class at The Crafty Scrapper. I am rubbish at taking pics when I am teaching. I never take enough! I think Carolyn stole my phone to take this one. We used the new Dina Wakley Media Board to make cool wall hangings.
My to do list is a mile long...so off I go to chip away at the mountain. I have more art to share, so check back soon. Happy Monday!
Howdy! Here's another class I taught at Art From the Heart in March. Everyone started with a piece of primed canvas, about 18"x36". Then we painted, layered, stenciled, stamped....and voila! We ended up with a cool, artsy scroll.
The artists' scrolls were so amazing. We lined them up in the hallway and then rolled around on them. Ha, j/k. But we felt like doing that. Don't they look incredible together?
My schedule since early February has been heinous. I was gone so much, and then on top of being gone I got quite ill (still am not better). Plus my son is ill and not getting well...ugh. Gotta hate spring bugs.
Today I'm sharing a painting I made while teaching at Art From the Heart. We did my brand new 6-hour abstract painting class, and I have to tell you, the art that came out of that class was stellar. Absolutely stellar!
Here's the piece I made. It's on a 12"x24" canvas. All the paint is my Dina Wakley Media acrylic. The stencil is my Halves stencil. I used a lot of my new colors here: Fuchsia, Ocean, Elephant, Blushing, Cheddar.
Here's some of the work of the artists that came to class. Amazeballs, don't you think??? I tried to remember who did what, but I forgot a few. Please email me and I will edit your name in if I forgot ya! And I didn't get a pic of everyone's piece, aargh. If I don't have yours, email me a pic of it.
Yay! If you've been waiting for my new CHA release products, they're starting to trickle into stores now. I gets lots of questions about where to buy my products. The best thing to do is request them at your local store.
If you don't have a local store any more, never fear. Most independent stores I know will happily ship to you.
Here's a quick little mini book I did with my new Small Scribbly Birdies stamp set and Funky Journal Shapes stamp set. I sewed two of my warm up tags into a coin envelope. Then I decorated the pages quickly with scraps of painted papers, scribbly birdies and seed pods stamped in black Archival (I stamped the birds on white cardstock and cut them out), and quotes from Tim's Idealogy Small Talk sticker book (love that thing). I cut the green circles from a piece of painted sticky back canvas. Easy peasy!
My class is going to be about my favorite pencil, the Stabilo All. I will show you how I use it and give you some tips for drawing expressively with it.
And, exciting news! 21 Secrets is having a special 3 day EARLY-BIRD Sale! The sale will run from Wednesday, February 17 - Friday, February 19 ONLY, and we will be offering $10 off with coupon code: springsecret Coupon is now expired.
Be sure to enter the coupon code when you check out. See you in class!
One of my favorite things to do with new products is to think of inventive ways to use them. Think beyond the brush or the sprayer! For example, I love Tim's splatter brush, and I do use it for splatter. But I also dip it in paint and draw with it.
On this page, I experimented with my new Lapis Mica spray. Instead of spraying it, I shook it up and poured it out of the bottle right into watery, wet paint layers. I let everything dry and then I drew over it with the Stabilo All pencil. The result is a unique look with that fabulous mica shimmer.
What are your favorite unconventional ways to use your supplies?
My most popular stamp set by far has been Scribbly Birdies. I hope you all enjoy the new Scribbly Small Birdies. Now you have more sizes of the adorable images to use on tags, cards, anything! Notice that I included the two birds from the special holiday set we did last Fall. So easy to use and cute.
Last year we added clear gesso to my line of paints, gessos, and mediums.
Oh, how I love clear gesso! Some points about clear gesso:
Use it interchangeably with white gesso.
Especially use it when you want your substrate to be visible (like over vintage papers, scrapbook paper, burlap, etc.).
Use it as a sealer in between layers.
Use it over anything slippery to make the surface paintable/writable. For example, the picture below is one of Tim's awesome Found Relative cards. The cards are slick and paint beads up on them. But if you put a thin coat of clear gesso on the cards first, you can paint them easily. I painted the card below with some of my new colors, Fuchsia, Ocean, Cheddar.
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