I've been noodling around with Pam Carriker's new line of acrylic paints and inks* and the just-slightly-earthy colors led me right to landscapes.
I decided that Landscape would be a really fun class to teach. It is coming in about 2 weeks with a different format than usual. More later. I'm excited!
In the meantime, here's a little video that will introduce you to some general ideas about landscape painting. Enjoy!
Here's the video
*Disclaimer: Pam Carriker sent me the paints for review. I used them for a while before reviewing them. I like 'em. They are very pourable and sheer, both qualities I like very much. The colors are earthy and there's a solid array. See buying information here. Thanks Pam!
Here's an art journal page using Pam's Whitewashed and Barely Black ink. I LOVE them!
This flu has me down. I'm feeling better but still sick. I went out to the library yesterday (book emergency). All my library friends say: "Wow, you sound terrible." And the patron behind me was sliding her scarf up to cover her mouth and nose.
Nice. I'm a pariah with cabin fever.
Puffs +Lotion is a strategy. I sticky note the last time I took Mucinex and do math to make sure we have enough to cover me and The Son. The Daughter made it safely back to Chicago after declaring us biological weapons.
How can The Husband be perfectly healthy? I feel a grudge forming.
I hang onto the shreds of a perfectly good sense of humor.
And so it goes that your word for the year might show up in the most unexpected way. My word this year is "Reclamation." I am reclaiming my space. Below is my new stamp set up. At the end of this post, see the video addressing my stencil and stamp storage.
How do you store your stamps? Previously I had mine in drawers and cigar boxes (below 2 shots). Nothing wrong with that system but the bulkiness. I enjoy having my stamps out so that I can see them (above). I don't have too many stamps, so it's kind of easy.
I had been weeding stamps out for some time now. So now, it's just the stamps I use.
I have loads of support in this endeavor. Jennifer McGuire is a cardmaking guru and her organizational skills are phenomenal. See her playlist here. I've gotten many ideas from her as well as a deeper understanding of how to be organized and neat.
Don't let anyone fool you. Organized does not equal Stifled. I feel so much more relaxed in a neat and organized space. The extra spaces created by the weeding away of unnecessary papers and supplies has let in a refreshing breath of fresh air.
I liked this video from Nikki at Home: great tips to keep neat.
Here and here are a couple of storage bins ala Jennifer McGuire. They are very sturdy!
So if you are not a natural neatnik and organized whiz, steal from the best!
G'day, luvlies. I have a new class to premier at Appel Farms in Elmer, NJ
Doodle, stamp, stencil, mark, stitch and scratch your way to your unique set of marks.
Create your own stamps and stencils. Use watercolor, pens, pencils, stitch, doodles, crayon resists, charcoal, pencils, ready made stamps and stencils to begin to build you personal visual vocabulary.
Leave with (at least) one collage and loads of beautiful papers to create artworks or in your journal.
Elmer, NJ is about 2 hours from NYC and 35 minutes from Philly. The grounds are beautiful. You can go here (and scroll down) for the Appel Farms brochure. Register here. Saturday, Feb 28, 9-4. $135 includes lunch
What could be more humble and accessible than a composition book. *Video embedded below.
If you are a journaling newbie and are feeling intimadated, this is the way to go. Even seasoned journalists enjoy the freedom of simple materials sometimes. It can be easier to get to the bottom of things without all of the extra materials in our way.
The "Eye" was done with charcoal on a gessoed manila folder page. Years ago, Samie Harding aka Journal Girl had a fab bookbinding tutorial using old manila folders and I made one (or two) out of gutted composition books. It's a nice surface to work on.
A page from that book made with my teen journalers. I remember that hot summer night.
In the video, I talk about keeping it simple with stamps, stencils, a touch of collage and then writing. My dylusions journal is being pressed into action as my writing journal. Enjoy!
Welcome to the New Work Year (ouch). Over the weekend, I spent some quality time with my planner and journal. Business first. You can see another post and video about my planner here.
Ahem. Does adding a washi tape tassel to your planner qualify as "business?" I also added a page to the beginning of the month for "Dinners" with a column labeled "get ingredients." I'm in charge of planning and shopping around here. Not necessarily cooking and definitely not cleaning up :)!
I received some great Blue Q pencil cases and labelled them. Eleanor is now holding all of my planning bits and bobs. Which is not much: Keep It Simple.
While I was at it, I did a little more labeling by attaching a paper clip to the zip tab and sliding in a piece of washi.