and an ATC. This week was mostly spent unpacking, evaluating, resting (after CREATE NJ) and a bit of playing. Of course. I spent last night with 30 very energetic 6-10 year olds making Thaumatropes (200 of 'em in under an hour). Now I REALLY need a rest. Here's the video, enjoy! Supply list is below.
Supplies to make a card: blank card, book paper (or other lightweight decorative paper), scissors, glue stick, stamp pads, stencils, pencil, pen, marker, washi tape.
I've been itching to have a bigger book so when a great deal came up on Stillman & Birn sketchbooks, I treated myself to a large Beta series. I'm into the rough surface these days.
The paper is very thick and beautiful. Generally, though I like a cheaper journal so that cost doesn't inhibit me but this is a very nice treat. I am planning a lesson-a-week art journaling class most likely over the winter. I'm thinking of doing a webcast 1x/week. What do you think?
Have a peek at my new journal and how it takes watercolor:
I want to get back to this because there is more layering I want to do. You can do that with good paper.
I'm off to CREATE NJ today. Have a nice weekend and if you are attending CREATE make sure you stop by and say hi. Drinks at the Tiki bar :)
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!
Making a little bit of art everyday is good for your head and your heart.
I'm having a great time making ATCs while busily prepping kits for my CREATE NJ classes. I decided to treat all of my students to some bases so they can get started during our classes on their own ATCs. Here's a system that allows me to make these tiny canvases anywhere, anytime.
For such little bits, there sure is a big variety of materials. This can be overwhelming! I've been working in stages on them. The first layer is usually a background stencil or stamp to break up the white. After a bunch of bases are done, I'll pull out the collage bits.
I have one cigar box filled with interesting scraps and another filled with ATC and Tag Art bases. All I need is my scissors and glue stick. Words seem to work well on ATCs so keep a dictionary handy too. Sometimes the focal point is collaged or stamped.
Markers are usually next for me just to color in some small areas or add a shadow. I like to use either stamp pads or pastels to do a bit of vignette. That adds a really nice touch. It's amazing what inking the edge of a card can do.
And finally (but sometimes in between ;) it's always washi tape. I've been enjoying 1/4" black drafting tape lately, too. It's such fun when a batch of little bits of art come together. Do you make ATCs or Tag Art? What are your favorite supplies? Here's my Tag Art board over on Pinterest if you want to follow it.
PS: CREATE NJ is next week (holy mackeral)
I'm teaching Beyond the Background on July 11. Blogpost here.
Pattern Crazy is a 3 hour class on Sat. evening July 12. Blogpost here.
I'm so pleased to have Carolyn Dube here with us today. I've been watching her work expand exponentially over the years. Her attitude is easy going and encouraging. Come on down Carolyn!
I would love to tell you that I have a careful and well thought out plan when I create. Because that is what I thought I wanted when I started my creative journey. Turns out that a careful plan was like powering my inner critic with nuclear rocket fuel. An inner critic with that kind of power squashed most of my creativity and definitely sucked the joy out of art for me. But that was then.
So what do I do now? I just make mistakes. I make lots of mistakes. Only, I don't call them mistakes, I call them O.O.P.S., an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.
So, in this video there is Oops after Oops...You can see it develop from the nasty neon green that did not look the way I expected to the blue that was used to cover up another Oops...and every Oops was useful in the end.
In the Elephant journal page above, Oops was a huge help. When I put down the elephant stencil, by Nat Kalbach, it didn't fit on the page as I expected. And the page is better because of it.
This Oops led me to position the elephant so she was walking into the page creating movement that I would have missed out on without the opportunity in the Oops.
This is how I handle the "mistakes" in my art. How do you handle yours?
*** I hope that you'll visit Carolyn at her blog and her YouTube channel is filled with inspiration. She'll be teaching this year in October at Art Is You in CT. I hope to raise a glass to her then in person.
And, yes, I know that this is not the first Friday of the month. And I'm proud that I know that and you should be too. xo Diana
lol. That's a bunch of malarkey. It half cracks me up when I read those articles on how to get 1 bazillion readers to come to your blog. It's the Step Right Up mentality. This post will change your life.
This particular post will not change your life. But maybe you will leave inspired.
Flowers in my Rescue Book Journal.
Some more flowers.
Fun photo on a wet day last week. I shifted the composition into a cruciform.
and finally, we were having a bit of fun on Facebook yesterday. I'd posted Tag Art and then someone else posted and then we started a game "Tag Your It." So if you want to get involved with that, make some Tag Art or small art, head on over to my Facebook page and start posting and commenting.
Happy Monday, everyone. Have I thanked you lately for your support, comments and emails? I appreciate each one of you: even the lurkers