Today's video is a result of something funny happening over the weekend, while catching up with YouTube videos. I was watching KagedFish's livestream on (OMG) Duct Tape Journals (blogpost). I was astonished that these super simple art journals with such humble materials have been absorbed into the YouTube/art journal culture. I came up with it around 2001 (?) and published it twice. My teenaged art journalers loved them and it was such a thrift idea for those library programs.
The originals have been upgraded by folks over the years. Super cool, right? Kagedfish said she had seen it on DeDe Willingham's channel. And who knows where she saw it. Or maybe it's in that river of ephemeral ideas that floats past. And DeDe pick edit up downriver from me.
All of this inspired me to pull out the boxes of books in my storage and sift through them. It was such fun. I hope you enjoy the video. It reminded me of the pioneers of the bookbinding movement that I followed back in those days. I came on the scene at least 20 years after that started. Here's the video and below are a couple of books from the late and very great Shereen Laplantz.
(Amazon Affilate Links)
Shereen LaPlantz books (affiliate links from Amazon)
Cover to Cover http://amzn.to/2jpSvE8
The Art and Craft of Handmade Books http://amzn.to/2jpQYOA
I haven't seen this book:
Innovative Bookbinding http://amzn.to/2iFg2zK
A couple of new to me books are No Excuses Watercolor and No Excuses Art Journaling, by Gina Rossi Armfield. I requested review copies of these books after students recommended them. They are both enjoy very well done! I love Gina's style and her quirky expressive animal paintings. The materials and techniques are solid and take you from basics through more complex ways to make those paint work for you.
No Excuses Art Journaling is a fusion of Planner Girl and Mixed Media Journal Artist. This could be a great way to work for you especially if you are new to art journaling. There are a lot of prompts and "tasks" in the book that will help to keep you on track. Find color inspiration, writing sparks and different takes on these ideas from other artists such as Jenny Doh and Traci Lyn Huskamp. I have to admit that this book confuses me a little bit. I don't quite "get" it. But you may.
Alisa Golden's Painted Paper has been a staple in my studio for several years now. This is one of the books that I turn to if I'm scratching my head. I can leaf through for instant visuals that will light my fire or read about a technique. For bookbinders, there is the added bonus of Alisa's delicate, elegant bindings. (Note: This book looks to be going out of print. It's available for cheap now.)
Another long time favorite is Heather Jones's Water Paper Paint. This is a book I've turned to many times just to play with ideas. I love her color and pattern sense. Straight forward lots of examples, this is another book that you can leaf through and land anywhere for inspiration.
To sum these four books up, I'd say that they are all joyful books. The authors share generously and the photography is great. Every page is full of these talented artists' beautiful work.
Enjoy! Below is an Amazon Affiliate Native Shopping Ad. I make a percentage from any linked Amazon product on this page at no cost to you! Thanks for shopping with me.
Valentine's Day is a cheery spot in the middle of winter. The skies are clabbered and gray, the landscape is black and white. I love this personally and it's the perfect background for warm and loving notes.
I am preparing for a Valentine's Day card class here in the studio. My studio is on the 3rd floor of my old house just outside of Philadelphia.
I busted out my painted paper stash and did a lot of die cutting, stamping and gel pen doodles. Such fun! I spritzed the stickers and "edited" them. I like very small greetings. I just put a few cards into my Etsy shop here. I left the insides blank.
And looky here! I got my own stamp :) Very Exciting Times.
I tried to find all of my favorite Sakura Gel Pens in one place. Simon Says Stamp had the most variety. Their prices were decent. Their shipping is a bit slow, though. These affiliate links. get a percentage of the sale with no cost to you.
My January 2017 Artsnacks box came in last week Golden Fluid Acrylics are one of my favorite art supplies! You can really get your Spill on with these babies.
This was a great box for me with the Princeton Snap brushes and the new Zig markers.
I did some more playing with the AJ Wreath page from last week: here..
Enjoy the video and the supply list beneath.
The following are affiliate supply links. I get a percentage of the sale at no cost to you. Thanks for helping me support my blog and channel.
Many of us struggle with facing that blank page as we open our art journals. Raise your hand if that sounds familiar.
In today's video, I'm diving in hands first and finger painting with acrylic paints. The paint feel silky as I push it around on the page. Finger painting is immediate. There's no tool between you and the color. This page was coated with gesso and drawn into before I got started and that made the paint slide around even easier.
The warm yellow and red colors are an antidote to a dreary, rainy day; a little sunshine in January. I've been tidying up the studio again so grab a (very) full box of papers and to find papers that "speak" to me. A wreath of roughly cut blobby shapes felt like the right next move. I did hesitate with this and then reminded myself: Go with your gut.
This technique works best with regular crayons but I wasn't planning ahead :)
This page went a lot deeper than I'd expected. Sometimes art is therapy. Sometimes it's just fun.Enjoy today's video.
The following are affiliate links. I get a percentage of sales with no cost to you. I appreciate your using them as the money helps support my blog and YouTube channel.
Happy New Year to you. Are you feeling full of energy about 2017? I am full of ideas. First of all I have a schedule!!! lol. We'll take this slow. But Mixed Media Mondays are definitely starting with this Monday.
Marabu Art Supplies is a German based company that has some very interesting products. Have a look at the video below for more information. Above is a glimpse of the Acryl Mousse through a stencil. It's cool stuff as you'll see.
I used the sprays and the Contour gold and silver fabric paint on this mixed media journal page.
This is some of the acryl mousse pushed through a stencil. I love these soft pastel colors. I'll be incorporating these products over the next few weeks. My initial reaction is very favorable and I'm looking forward to using them more.
I love these sprays! They are acrylic so won't lift. Since they are more lightfast than dyes, these materials are a better choice for pieces that you may be selling. And of course, if you don't want the color to lift, these are a good choice. Anywhoo. Enjoy the video. I found some of the products at Dick Blick (affiliate link, for which I get a percentage of the sale with no cost to you).
Enjoy! And I hope that your holidays were delightful!
DickBlick's got some free shipping today only (12/16/16) for merch over $29 (!). I've put together a little video comparing colored pencils. I love to use gelly rolls or other glittery, shiny pens in coloring books too. Amp it up. LOL. (I don't much care for loud music these days).
Crayola's are very inexpensive, widely availabe and you get a good bang for your buck there.
Koh-i-Noor has a very nice set, vibrant and a darn good price.
I've used Prismacolors for years. They are a little pricey but a solid investment. I have heard reports of the leads breaking within the barrel of the pencils. I have not experienced this but there are suggestions on how to fix the problem (such as wrapping them in a heating pad). I dunno ...
Shiny, glittery pens are fun to use to mix things up, so I've provided links to some of my favs. All of the art supplies are linked to Dick Blick. The books are over at Amazon. I like the Kum (koom) sharpener, btw. Nice one. I have an electric sharpener from Staples too. Perfect.
My favorite book is Flow. It's playful and the spaces are large enough to do your own shading and color mixing. I like that. You may not :). Enjoy the video! My affiliate links are below and I thank you for using them. Remember: it helps me out and costs you nothing. Have a nice weekend.
Use code WOW2016 at DickBlick to get the free shipping. (Today Only).