Friday, January 30, 2009
This was my first time buying from them and I did so because they had the Sharpie Poster Paint pens and the Sakura pens that I love for such a good price. Plus, one day last week I spent over 3 hours going from store to store looking for the Sharpies only to come up empty handed. It is so frustrating when a product that you love and buy regularly disappears for all the stores that use to carry it! Anyway, I had to find a source for my pens and stumbled upon the Rex Art site. They absolutely had the best prices on the items I wanted so I placed an order.
What a bummer it was when I went to use the Glaze pens and they were a mess. All is well though because Rex Art has great customer service and were very accommodating about making things right. Forget the big box chain stores. If you need something and want to be treated well go with a small company. They appreciate your business and know how to treat a person right.
Yesterday I completed 5 journal pages, painted another 10 or so, re-read most of 'What It Is' by Lynda Barry (I highly recommend it!!!), watched a movie with my boy and spent some time laughing over re-runs of Frasier. Not a bad day considering.
The downer of the day is that ALL of the new GellyRoll Glaze pens I bought leak like sieves! I went to use them last night and each and every one of them is drippy, leaking and a total mess. Totally annoying!!!
I tried to get a decent photo of the mixed-media painting I recently finished, but no matter what I did I kept getting a bit of glare. I'll have to get out my trusty Minolta and snap a real photo. But for now, this one will have to do. It's done on a wood panel using acrylic paint, collage, stencils and texturing techniques. The heart image is surrounded by carpet tacks adding another dimension to it.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
All of these are based on Old World Santa's and are painted with multiple layers of paint, wiping off in between layers to create more depth and an aged look.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Mine had been kicking around for decades. Stuffed into the box they came in, beneath all my other boxes of shoes, waiting around for someone to don them again I suppose. One day I made up my mind to get rid of those shoes once and for all. Why was I keeping them??? It's not like bright red satin shoes went with anything I had in my closet. Was I hanging onto them in case a wedding party walked by my house looking for someone who owned such a pair of shoes to help them out? Not likely.
As I went to toss them inspiration struck. I could make something cool from them! I could cover them with gook, add some doo-dads and paint and make them into ART! Yes! The shoes would live on in a new, much improved incarnation.
Out came the molding paste, shells, crab claws, fish jaws (yes, fish jaws), crystals, bits of broken jewelry and paints. A mad frenzy ensued, molding paste clung to every surface including most of my arm and hands. But that's OK! I was creating something cool. And when it was over, I heard a sigh. The Sea Queen had finally found someone to make her some shoes. (She's still waiting for the other one because I haven't been inspired to make it yet.)
I received another batch of early reviewers books in the mail today. I adore being a book reviewer!!!! It's a great way to feed my addiction to books and helps me keep my writing skills in shape. Sometimes I miss being a columnist, but then I remember the pressure of deadlines and realize I'm much happier without dealing with that!
I added another item to my ArtFire store. I wanted to get some more photographed today but it hasn't happened yet. Today was focused on updating my library catalog and rearranging books, again! Tomorrow will have to be photography day.
More snow in the forecast, as if we don't have enough already. My sister, who moved to Florida last October, texts me her beach report almost every day. And now our folks are down there visiting her so I get a beach report from them too! I am so jealous.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Too many times I hear people say they don't have time for art making. Well, yes they do!!! All the time that's wasted complaining that they have no time could of been used to make something. Anything.
So, even though it's been busy, busy here I've still had lots of time to create. I painted a few dozen journal pages, finished a painting on wood I had started and stockpiled a bunch of images for collages. Oh, and finished 5 journal pages too. Not bad for two days that were filled with other "must do" activities.
Oh, and for anyone who's had to deal with shitty, art snobs criticizing their art or making them feel like they weren't good enough, you HAVE to read this: Finding Your Voice Seriously. Go read it NOW!!!! You'll be glad you did. (Thanks Kelly for being wicked pissa!!!!)
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Here I've painted the page using multiple colors of acrylic paint:
Next I did some journaling using Sharpie Poster Paint Markers. I turned the page in a different direction each time I changed colors so the text becomes more of a design element than an expression of words. This is a good way to write when you have a lot to say or if you don't necessarily want everyone being able to read what you've written!
I've added my main (focal) image and a few accent pieces of decorative paper to help draw the eye toward the focal:
And that's it! A completed journal page.
Obviously, a bad case of the "What Ifs" and too much time hanging with the Would've, Could've, Should've Sisters kept me from doing what I wanted to do.
BUT My creative, EMPOWERED self finally kicked the What If crew and the Would've, Could've, Should've Sisters out and told me to JUST DO IT! So, being the ever obedient person I am, I did it.
A new art selling site, ArtFire, was offering a great deal if you signed up. So I went headlong into the fray and created a space there for me. Yes, me! The site is only in BETA right now, live but with glitches galore. But that's OK. As the site managers get up to speed I'll have time to gather my art, photograph it and get it listed.
I did manage to list 3 paintings today,which is all I asked of myself. A few things today, a few tomorrow and in no time a whole lot of stuff. If you want to check it out, click below. In the meantime I'm going to DREAM BIG and make my art sales a reality.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Is a journal better than a diary? No, they're just different. just as summer is different from winter, night is different than day and the ocean is different than the desert. They each have their unique qualities. Each is just as important as the other yet they are not the same. Different is a wonderful thing.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Estimated price is 2000-3000 GBP. Not sure what that converts to in American, but no matter what it is it's way too much to pay for a piece of crap in a box!!! Check out the auction listing if you don't believe me. You too will shake your head & wonder why you didn't save all that dog crap or baby poop to use in your art since it goes for so much at Sotheby's!
I wasn't able to get on-line yesterday thanks to the weather. We were having a snowstorm and kept having power surges so I decided it was safer to keep the computer turned off.
I ended up spending the day on the back porch collaging & adding text to a bunch of journal pages. The day before I'd painted 15 or 20 pages & spent several hours going through magazines looking for focal images. I have a huge stack of National Geographic back issues that are my main source for the images I use in my work. The paper is high quality & the images unique. Most of the images in these journal pages came from Nat. Geo, the rest are from fashion magazines or decorative paper packs.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
The first, which I've wanted since it first came out, is Collage Unleashed by Traci Bautista I've admired Traci's work for quite a while now so am thrilled to get an insider's view of how she works. I love the way the book is set up. Lots of eye-candy, cool fonts used throughout and enough techniques & project ideas to spark anyone's creativity.
The other is Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts. I've been seeing a lot of Kelly's work in Cloth, Paper, Scissors the past few months and found it full of lighthearted spirit. when I saw she had an inspirational book out I had to have it! It's as good as it looks and definitely worth picking up.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Because it is a paying group, an on-line course in reality, I won't share what the prompts are (it wouldn't be fair) but I don't mind sharing my completed pages!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Update: 1/30/09--If anyone would like to be included in the next art journal round robin I do (US only please) feel free to leave a comment here, with a way to get in touch with you, and I'll let you know when the next one is organized!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Many of the hearts seen in my recent work have to do with the pain in my own heart and the healing it is going through. Every time I make a page while thinking about all the emotional turmoil of the past 6 months (not just Nana passing over, but other things as well) my heart heals a bit. Eventually I know my art will help it heal completely.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
1. Limited to US artists only. Sorry all you folks in other countries, but limiting it to the US saves a whole lot of travel time & postage fees.
2. Number of participants is limited to 12.
3. Each artist supplies her own journal. It can either be hand made, store bought or a book you wish to be worked in. the journal should be sturdy and easy to work in. In other words don't choose a vintage book as your journal because the pages will be brittle and hard to work with.
4. Each artist gets to pick her own theme, but it must be clearly defined in the journal what that theme is & you have to be open to each individual artist interpreting the theme in her own way.
5. A sign in page should be in the journal. It can be in the front, back or on a cover but it has to be there. You'll want to know the names and contact info for each artist so having it is a "must".
5. You'll receive a journal in the mail and have 1 month from the date you receive it to mail it off to the next participant. No exceptions on this one!
6. Delivery confirmation must be used when mailing off a journal. Using DC limits a whole lot of problems!!!! Also, you need to let us know when you receive a journal, when it is sent off & the DC#. Again, no exceptions!
Interested? Then leave a comment here with your e-mail address and I'll get in touch with you!!
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
My pile of 6" x 9" papers were cut last night, put in an envelope this morning and will be mailed off tomorrow. Now I just need to wait (impatiently) for the day I receive a bound journal in return. Can't wait to get it in my hands and make those first entries!