12 colors of heavy-body acrylic paint. I love this paint! It's buttery and smooth, yet heavy enough to hold brushtrokes. The colors are more opaque than other paints on the market, and are all hand-picked by me. If you notice, there's no black (Night is actually a very dark navy). Why no black? Well, I hope to include black in a future release (and for now, black gesso fills in). But Night is such an important color to me (I use it WAAAAY more than black), that it went in the line first.
Paint brushes! These are fun because they have a stiff bristle and good spring, both of which work great with heavy body paint. Notice the cool color-coded ends, too!
Gessos and mediums. You know how I can't live with gesso and matte gel!
Palette knife. Versatile and inexpensive. Those of you who have had classes with me know that I rarely apply gesso or gel with a brush (b/c then you have to wash said brush, and cleaning things is not my strength). I always apply with a palette knife that you can wipe clean on your apron.
Six sets of stamps. Cling-mounted red rubbah, baby.
Six stencils and four sets of masks/stencils.
Check back this week, I am going to share some of the samples I have been making with my new Media Line products.
I know I haven't been sharing much. December is kicking my booty, as usual...two of my fellas have Dec birthdays, as does my hubby. Our anniversary was yesterday. Oh, and a little holiday called Christmas. ;) Plus lots of deadlines (finishing one today, actually). So excited for CHA this year and the release of the Dina Wakley Media line by Ranger. Yay!!
What you'll get is all of the classes from Art Journaling Live...a fantastic event created by Cloth Paper Scissors. I joined three other talented and awe-inspiring teachers, Pam Carriker, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, and Traci Bautista.We each taught a 90-minute class, lots of fun!
I've been getting together with some friends and new acquaintances to do some life drawing. I like it but it's frustrating, only because of my own lack of skill. I really need a class with a teacher to give direction and instruction. I am getting better, though. Because when it comes down to it, consistency and devotion are how you get better.
This drawing is just a bunch of drawings super-imposed on each other.
I'm excited to announce that I'll be participating as a JumpStarter in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2014, run by Nathalie Kalbach. CJS is a one-of-a-kind community event designed to inspire your creativity.
Need help getting your creative mojo going in 2014? CJS can help. Throughout January, participants get 23 videos from 21 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists. You will learn new techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other mixed media artists and scrapbookers.
Still sketching...this one is with the Dermatograph china marker. The blue is also a Dermatograph (I bought all the colors I could get my hands on!). The background is acrylic and my Spilled Hearts stencil from The Crafter's Workshop.
I love printmaking of all types, and wanted to branch out and try something new. Recently I taught a local class on collagraph printing. It's more difficult than Gelli printing and gives a different look...and oh my, it is fun!
On this page, I glued the actual printing plate itself (the heart is the plate):
This page has one of the prints I made from the above plate:
I recently treated myself to a set of Conte pencils (and a pad of kraft paper), and now I've been using them on everything. Love, love, love them! They're hard to sharpen, you need to sharpen them with a knife or you blow through the whole pencil b/c the lead is so fragile (like a pastel pencil).
Jenni's lovely December kits arrived on my doorstep, and it is full of Christmas goodness and cheer. I opened the kits and pulled out the stencil...and then my mind went cuckoo and the stencil was all I could think about. I made about 8 backgrounds with it, I love it SO very much. So my pages this month focus on that awesome star stencil. Be sure to check out the galleries for wonderful inspiration!
Whew. Well, I've been teaching so much that a lot of what I have to share right now are samples I made in class. I really need some art time of my own. Hoping to fit that in this week. I did do some life-drawing on Monday, which was fun. It was uncomfortable, not because of the live model, but because of my own lack of skill. I saw improvement in just the few hours I was there, though...proof that practice helps!
Here's a class sample journal page in my Dylusions journal...
Things have been so busy here. I feel like I can't think straight. I've been teaching so much, working on big mega deadlines. I'm almost at a breaking point, honestly. I need to take some time and make art for me, art that has no purpose other than expression. I haven't done that in ages.
The gelli print below started as a "cast off" print--one that I used just to clean off my plate. It ended up kinda cool, though, don't you think? Feather stencil is by Jenni Bowlin Studios.
I'm honored to be one of the gallery artists in Seth Apter's new book:
Seth is a generous, giving artist who delves into the "how" and "why" of artmaking. He is great at asking questions that make you think, and also dissecting the mystery of art into doable tips and activities.
Plus, his own art is hecka cool.
You can check out his blog for all sorts of eye candy and features. See if he's teaching near you (but be warned, his classes almost always sell out quickly).
Thanks, Seth, for having me be part of your new book!
I started these two collage pages months ago. Every now and then I flip to them and add something--some stenciling, some bits and bobs. Then I flip away, leaving them still unfinished. I am kind of enjoying this slow process, just adding to them when the mood strikes.
Sample I made when I was teaching my layering class...the feather is an exclusive stencil from Jenni Bowlin Studios. When you sub to her great kits, you get exclusive goods that are just so fun to play with.
I'm still having fun drawing with the Tim Holtz water brush by Ranger. I filled it with Dylusions black ink. It's just so fun to play with! This is drawn in my Dylusions journal over gesso and a few blotchy "clean up" layers.
I was super pressed for time this month, but I did manage to make a few art journal pages from the wonderful October Jenni Bowlin Studios kits. Be sure to check the site to see the kits and the DT galleries. Lots of wonderful layouts there!
I'm honored and happy to be part of Soul Food 2014.
And, today I'm giving away a spot in the class! I will draw a random
winner from all the comments left today. If you're already registered
for the class, you can gift it to a friend or get a refund on your
tuition. Just leave a comment and I will draw a winner tomorrow.