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    2014 Reading Challenge

    2014 Reading Challenge
    Tammy has read 0 books toward her goal of 36 books.


    Hello ICAD

    "I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.”
    Henry David Thoreau

    Say it, shout it, carve it, stamp it, proclaim it, but the reality is that before you know it, index-card-a-day will be starting! You've got just enough time to sneak off to the office supply store and grab a stack of index cards. If you don't have a stash of art supplies grab a 36-pack of ultra-fine Sharpie markers or colored pencils and you'll be ready to roll on June 1st. 

    Until then.... 

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    Negatively Spaced Out

    Darkened the original marker lines of a mandala in Photoshop to take away the brush marks and make it look like a stencil or fabric. The original photo is shown further down the page.

    Reversed the black in Photoshop to create a white on black design. This is a pretty cool result from an ordinary mandala.

    This third photo is the original mandala in a 5x8" drawing moleskine journal. It's drawn with a Pitt Artist Big Brush, a marker with a huge nib that makes bold lines in india ink. Drawing with a marker like this completely changes my perspective and my thought process. It's good to throw yourself curveballs to keep the ideas flowing and keep your mind sharp. Drawn in the car over the course of two carpool sessions, about 35 minutes total drawing time. The focus here was making the most of the negative space created by the bold marker lines.

    Playing with shapes on the very last page of my 5x8" drawing moleskine journal. This journal has manilla-folder-like paper that is sturdy and great for drawing. Drawn in the car over the course of two carpool sessions, about 20 minutes total drawing time. 

    Reversed the black and white in Photoshop. As I was drawing I was trying to "see" the shape created around the marker. This takes some practice and patience. I think it has a sort of tribal look.

    If you "squint" while looking at the original mandala or the original symbol page... can you see the inverse?


    Two Days at The Arts Festival

    What a color combo! 

    Every spring since we moved to Texas in the early 1990s, we've visited the Arts Festival in Fort Worth. 

    Click to read more ...


    The Play Journal #4

    “There is no stability in this world. Who is to say what meaning there is in anything? Who is to foretell the flight of a word? It is a balloon that sails over tree-tops. To speak of knowledge is futile. All is experiment and adventure. We are forever mixing ourselves with unknown quantities. What is to come? I know not."
    Virginia Woolf

    Playing with frisket.

    This is on the reverse of the page below. I was going to paint within the lines, but thought it might be interesting to paint something that completely ignored the lines. It seems Dr. Seussical!

    This is quite within the stitched lines.

    Playing with masking off areas.

    handmade journal, strathmore watercolor paper, pencil, watercolor and gouache, 11"x7" pages, not yet bound

    I'm a mad scientist and each page feels like an experiment. This is my first experience in building a journal as I work. I like knowing that it will be bound together. Wanting to do something motivates me to figure stuff out, like binding. And even though I have a few books on binding, I still hesitate to actually get it done. I like that I can sew on the pages before or after painting without the limitations of a bound journal. Best of both worlds - that's my thought. More pix from the Play Journal


    Two Watercolor Workshops: Watercolor Playground & Painted Paper Paradise

    Good news! Watercolor Playground and Painted Paper Paradise registration has been extended until September 1, 2014. Resources will be available through January 31, 2015 {extended 5 months}. If you've already registered, your access will be extended automatically!

    Watercolor Playground
    {Intro to Abstract Watercolor Painting Techniques}

    Painted Paper Paradise
    {Abstract Watercolor & Gouache Painting Techniques plus Sewing Paper}

    Registration: Open Now
    Resources Available Through August January 31, 2015
    Registration Closes: April 18 September 15, 2014

    Workshop № 1: Watercolor Playground

    Watercolor Playground focuses on painting techniques, taking you from absolute beginner to watercolor doodler deluxe. This is a fresh & fun introduction to watercolor painting with no previous experience required.

    Full information & registration: Watercolor Playground.

    Workshop № 2: Painted Paper Paradise

    In Painted Paper Paradise, I'll teach you how to create patterns and visually interesting designs that can be incorporated in your art journal. We will take your painting skills to a fresh level using abstract painting techniques. Plus! Two bonus tutorials teach you how to machine stitch the papers you create. If you have previous experience with watercolor or gouache painting *and/or* have taken my Watercolor Playground Workshop at 21 Secrets, you are ready for Painted Paper Paradise.

    Full information & registration: Painted Paper Paradise.


    The Play Journal #3

    “Scratch any cynic and you will find a disappointed idealist.”
    George Carlin

    "Imagine a world where there were no hypothetical situations.”
    Jasper Fforde

    handmade journal, strathmore watercolor paper, 11"x7" pages, not yet bound

    Like the energizer bunny, the Play journal is still going strong. It sits right on top of the watercolor + gouache filled A4 Moleskine getting injections of watercolor and gouache throughout the day. While I am cooking dinner, while I am waiting for the water to boil for coffee, etc. It grows more "real" and full of color each day. It will be bound at some point; right now every two extra wide pages are stitched together to make sort-of-signatures. Click here for more pix from the Play Journal. It's the journal with the cover made from an acrylic painting on canvas.


    Moleskine Redux

    “That is why it is so important to let certain things go. To release them. To cut loose. People need to understand that no one is playing with marked cards; sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Don't expect to get anything back, don't expect recognition for your efforts, don't expect your genius to be discovered or your love to be understood. Complete the circle. Not out of pride, inability or arrogance, but simply because whatever it is no longer fits in your life. Close the door, change the record, clean the house, get rid of the dust. Stop being who you were and become who you are.”
    Paulo Coelho


    Puppets in B, 2B and 3B lead.

    A Pink Floyd album cover?

    Beach umbrellas. 

    A4 watercolor moleskine, pencil, watercolor, gouache

    Continuing to explore off-kilter, imperfect patterns and designs in the Moleskine Watercolor A4 Journal. I'm doing similar stuff in the handmade journal called the Play Journal, and I'm dividing up the posts for future reference. I wanted to mention that I like to use watercolor Moleskine journals for watercolor, goache and/or ink. But I don't use them for acrylics or collage - for that I use a less expensive alternative. Here's the first post about this journal, with more pages. 


    Travel Journals Rock!

     Playing with journals.

    California 2013

    Ohio + Pennsylvania 2013

    Pennsylvania 2010

    Italy 2012

    Stack-o-Journals. Some for travel, some not.

    As we start counting down the months until summer vacation {er, winter vacation, for others} I wanted to share something that I do before every trip. If I have my act together, which is sometimes, I make a stitched journal a few weeks before a trip. The journal has stitched elements and spaces for documenting the trip. I include at minimum one "side" of a page for each day of the trip, plus a few for good measure. Some trips, the journal is stitched at 2am the night before departure and the sewing machine needle breaks [case in point: California 2013]. But it's really important to me to have a journal. Each night at the hotel, I write a little blip about what happened that day. Where we went, something to remember. Sometimes I doodle or make the date or city name look fun... I don't force it to be pretty or perfect, just legible! 

    This & That

    1. Linking up this travel-themed post with Uncustomary, Mary's happy, creative, idea-rich blog. Mary is doing a round-up on the theme of travel and invites everyone to join the fun.
    2. The registration date for the Watercolor Playground and Painted Paper Paradise workshops has been extended until Friday April 18th. Learn more about the workshops + register now
    3. Kelly Kilmer is offering a new workshop called Ways of Seeing: An Artist's Guide to Composition & Design. Per Kelly, "What if we learn new ways of seeing and approaching our artwork?"
    4. Gretchen Miller is offering a series of workshops called 6 Degrees of Creativity. Per Gretchen, the series "Unites concepts of social networking, connecting, collaboration, art-making, and creativity into an engaged online community of artists exploring transformation and using art for good."
    5. Great post at Roz Wound Up about series and focusing on what continues to appear in our journals, as well as thoughts on positivity. 
    6. Speaking of Roz... it's International Fake Journal Month.
    7. Watch Eden's flower mandala bloom!
    8. Room for Rent, an intriguing series of room illustrations by Mike Ellis {via Design Work Life}.