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    Wednesday
    Dec172014

    Bubble Words

    "Complexity excites the mind, and order rewards it. In the garden, one finds both, including vanishingly small orders too complex to spot, and orders so vast the mind struggles to embrace them."
    Diane Ackerman

    Another page in my Play Journal. This is gouache on Schut watercolor paper doodled with J. Herbin Encre de Chine black ink. I received a bottle of this ink and a pad of paper from Clairefontaine for testing. 

    The coolest thing about this ink is the super shiny surface. Below, a photograph taken in the sun from a side angle so that you could see the shimmery shine. It's simultaneously fluid and opaque which is a wickedly wonderful combination in an ink.

    I filmed a video to show you how I doodled this page. There was no advance plan other than filling in all of the sections I had created with paint. Isn't that the root of doodling, to just MOVE that pen, to draw or write or whatever, without thinking about it first? Watch it here or pop over to Vimeo to watch {2 min}

    So here's my review! This is a very liquid ink that flows nicely through the dip pen nib. The J. Herbin website description includes, "This ink’s principal component is the lacquer found in the Punjab region of India. J. Herbin began production of China ink in 1829." "Shellac type lacquer dries to a nice shine." "Great permanency of color." There is no specific lightfastness information. The day after drawing these doodles, I went over a bunch of the lines with a wet brush and there was no bleed at all. Any bleed that you see in the photograph is because bits of the gouache weren't completely dry when I inked the page... or due to my clumsiness with the dip pen!

    Wednesday
    Dec172014

    An environment for encouragement.

    This. I didn't even know how to put it into words. I want Daisy Yellow to be an environment for curiosity. The Daisy Yellow group at Facebook is an extension of the blog, a space where folks feel comfortable sharing their art and feel encouraged. It is the way that I try to bridge the distance between the stuff I share and the stuff you share. The positive feedback in the group encourages people to keep doing art, to grow, to experiment, to learn new things. So if one of your goals for 2015 is to do more art {and yes, that's one of my goals}, the Facebook group might help you do just that!

    Tuesday
    Dec162014

    The Play Journal #7

    "There is only you and your camera.
    The limitations in your photography
    are in yourself, for what we see
    is what we are."
    Ernst Haas

    I did the above two pages earlier this year, but I don't think I've shared them. It's actually very hard to keep track of what I've posted and not posted! The pages were stitched, then I used frisket {a type of masking fluid} to draw the doodles and words and then painted the pages.

    Just posted a video showing how I added inky doodles to a base of gouache using a dip pen and india ink. 

    Playing with the core ideas of concentric circles and rainbows.

    I'm back to this journal like mad and really dig the landscape format. I mean square is cool and all that, but really super duper landscape is intriguing and gives you so many options for composing your work, whatever that might be. 

    The nature of art-making for me involves a lot of switching between journals, between mediums, between projects. I started the pages of this handmade journal a year ago, worked on it a good bit and then set it aside. It's the best of both worlds - working loose with flexibility and knowing that it will all fit together in the future. The journal dimensions are 11x7" closed. It's not yet bound so I don't have any fancy photographs of stitchery to share, but that's on the agenda for 2015.

    Sunday
    Dec142014

    Tangent № 13: Neocolor Rainbow Mandala

    "Nature is more like a seesaw than a crystal,
    a never-ending conga line of bold moves
    and corrections."
    Diane Ackerman

    Another colorful tutorial in the Art Journal Tangents & Tactics Series. The series includes tutorials that are like sessions of an art journaling workshop, with ideas to try, new mediums to consider, sparks for your art journal. Here's the Index to all of the Tangents

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    Tuesday
    Dec092014

    102 Faces

    “I never forget a face,
    but in your case
    I'll be glad
    to make an exception."
    Groucho Marx

    5x8" watercolor moleskine, pitt pen, black gellyroll

    The best way to learn how to do something is to do it! I often do pages like this - divide up a journal page into tiny boxes and then draw face after face. You can draw them upside down too, it's actually the exact same process. Keep drawing faces until you remember the way it feels to draw them. You can even draw with your eyes closed!

    I made a list of 10 Things to Draw to Improve Your Line Work.

    {republished from 2012}

    Tuesday
    Dec092014

    Favorite Pens for Writing, Sketching, Doodling & Drawing

    {fully revised December 2014}

    pitt artist pens, brush nib set

    Pitt Artist Pens Faber-Castell PITT artist pens have "pigmented India Ink that is permanent, waterproof, light-fast, orderless, acid-free and archival (pH neutral)" and they come in a bunch of nib sizes, from big brush (largest) to extra super fine (smallest). I like the extra superfine (XS) tip PITT pens in black, sanguine or sepia. These pens are good for writing on paper, lettering, line work, doodling, mandalas and sketching. An inexpensive luxury. If you draw with them, you can watercolor immediately without the ink bleeding! I keep them in my backpack, purse, on the table. The brush nibbed PITT pens are good for "coloring in" your doodles. 

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    Thursday
    Dec042014

    Abstraction

    "The best music, you can seek some shelter in it momentarily, but it's essentially there to provide you something to face the world with." 
    Bruce Springsteen

    Dr. Ph Martin's Bombay Black ink, dip pen, gouache.

    I received a pad of Schut Noblesse Cold Pressed Watercolor Pad {10 pages, 300 g/140 lb, 9.5x11.75"} from Clairefontaine for review. I rarely review products at DY but I was really curious about this paper. The pad is bound on all sides, so after you paint you insert a knife in the small opening on one side and carefully slide it around to unleash the paper from the pad. 

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    Monday
    Dec012014

    Crossroads Workshop at 21 Secrets: Peek #1

    Click here to go to the 21 Secrets Spring 2015 Registration.


    I made a little 61 second video to introduce the new workshop. I've been filming a bunch of ideas and sifting through and selecting the goodies. 

    I'm thrilled to announce that I will be teaching a new mixed media workshop called Crossroads, part of 21 Secrets Spring 2015.

    In Crossroads, we will explore the intersection of thread, paper, paint & ink in our art journals. We'll be sewing & painting paper with watercolor and/or gouache. This is my third teaching gig at 21 Secrets!

    21 Secrets Daisy Yellow

    Here's how it works! On April 1, 2015, you'll gain access to twenty-one workshops. Each workshop is taught via video tutorials and detailed PDF documents. There's a private Facebook group for 21 Secrets and access to the group is available upon registration {another reason to register early}.

    Click to learn more and register for 21 Secrets Spring 2015 at the special "pre-sale" discount of 40%. Please note that instructors receive payment for teaching via registration links.

    If you register via a link at Daisy Yellow, I'll get a portion of the registration fee. Thank you in advance for your support!

    The workshops are for artists at any level and the learning environment is warm, friendly and down to earth. There are folks who have been art journaling for many years and people experimenting with their very first art journal pages. Here's a peek at some of the art created by the teachers for the Spring 2015 21 Secrets!

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