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    DY Newsletter № Four

    If you signed up for my infrequent newsletter, you should receive number four via email shortly. I never know what to include in the newsletter, so you are welcome to add your thoughts & feedback in the comments section. If you missed it, you can read it at this link. If you haven't registered for the Newsletter and would like get the next one, there's a little sign-up registry on the right side of the blog where it says "Newsletter Sign-Up." 



    Art Journaling 101

    How do you start an art journal? 

     "Art journaling is about the {creative process} of pulling together color, words and images as you wish on a page. Unlike many other forms of art, it is not about the outcome."
    Tammy Garcia

    I've updated my Art Journaling 101 and Art Journal 102 posts!


    Inktober #06: Doodling with High Flow Acrylics

    “Imagination will often carry us to worlds
    that never were, but without it we go nowhere.”
    Carl Sagan

    3x5" index card, acrylics printed on DIY gelatin plate, stitched, doodled with gelly rolls then doodled with high flow acrylics and dip pen. So pretty much everything but the kitchen sink.

    8x8" clairefontaine watercolor paper, high flow acrylics and J. Herbin ink drawn with a rapidograph. I'm not al that thrilled with any of the work I'm sharing in this post, but I want to show you that it doesn't matter. It only matters that I tried stuff. Some of it worked, some didn't. I learned things.

    This is a 25 year old set of rapidographs! About 6 months ago I left ink in them for a few weeks and tried to clean them. So I got replacement nibs for those. Fact: I do not like drawing with a rapidograph on watercolor paper. An upleasant trek. The rapidograph is lovely on smooth paper or acrylics. Here's a better post about high flow in the rapidograph.

    Drawing on photographs from Fujimax {reviewed here} with dip pen and high flow acrylics. Fun drawing surface, very smooth & glossy & squeaky {said the kids}.

    Black paper, high flow acrylics, dip pen. The pink is fluorescent but that's difficuolt to capture in a photograph. And this paper is so horridly horrible for a dip pen. And then I smudged the paint. Multiple times. But it counts!

    Doodling in my Art Doodle Love journal with high flow acrylics and a dip pen. 

    Quasi-inky creations for the Inktober Challenge. Even if it's not ink, I used acrylics "as" ink. It was pure serendipity to find this challenge, because it has suited my October moodiness quite perfectly. 


    Inktober #05

    Working in J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche and Perle Noir inks as part of the Inktober Challenge. Practicing with a dip pen by writing a portion of a quote from Henry Ward Beecher.

    Here's the full quote, isn't it lovely?

    "Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place in the contents. New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort. Nothing ever happens twice alike. The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each other, to their work, to surrounding objects. The most tranquil house, with the most serene inhabitants, living upon the utmost regularity of system, is yet exemplifying infinite diversities."
    Henry Ward Beecher

    I've been drawing words & mandalas the past few days with J. Herbin inks and a dip pen. The trick is to leave the dip pen and a bunch of bottles of ink on the kitchen counter so that I work on pages whenever I get the chance. Love, love, love the way that the ink and water play together. You never know what will happen and cannot control the outcome.


    Zine Twelve

    It's here ➸ Zine #12

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    Tangent № 10: Icon Grids

    “The most significant gifts are the ones most easily overlooked. Small, everyday blessings: woods, health, music, laughter, memories, books, family, friends, second chances, warm fireplaces, and all the footprints scattered throughout our days.”
    Sue Monk Kidd

    This episode of the Art Journal Tangents & Tactics Series combines a mental & creative challenge. We will be working with simple materials. Learn how the series works in the introduction

    This idea was originally shared in my very first workshop at Daisy Yellow, a workshop about sparking creativity called El Parquesito Creativo... The Little Creative Park. There's no video for this Tangent.

    It is my hope that you will find this drawing exercise engaging. It forces an intentional constraint on your work in that the grids are tiny! That is by design. The idea is not to create intricate patterns but DIFFERENT patterns. OK? You might need a magnifying glass. You might need to work slowly. You might get frustrated. You’ll likely need to do this exercise over a few days. I draw grids like these at least every few weeks! They really loosen up my drawing and allow me to brainstorm. When you get really into these, you may dream about patterns, figure out patterns while folding laundry, chopping veggies or at carpool. You might be in a hotel lobby and see the COOLEST pattern in the floor tiles. I kid you not. Get into it! This is a self-directed challenge. 

    I will be curious to hear how this exercise impacts your creative ideas in the two weeks ahead. The goal for this Tangent is the WORK of generating ideas to fill in those spaces. The SEARCH for ideas. The way that ideas will start coming into your mind when you take a break from the grid. Each time you return to the grid, you will bring something different, a new perspective or frame of reference. For example, each morning I pass a Halloween pumpkin patch and so the curves of the pumpkins {in a stack or individually} might lead me to a new icon or two for my grid. Just keep building until you are finished. Sometimes I leave white spaces and sometimes not. Sometimes I work in order, sometimes not.

    3x5" gridded index card, red Sakura micron

    3x5" gridded index card, black gellyroll, ultra-fine Sharpie markers. My older daughter drew this full color example for the workshop when she was 11. 


    3x5" index card divider, Golden fluid acrylic paint, white gellyroll

    Supplies: Marker + Paper + Ruler 

    Draw tiny designs with a gel pen, fine nibbed pen or marker. For example, Sharpie ultra-fine markers, Pitt artist pens, Sakura gellyrolls, Sakura microns, UniBall. Work directly in your journal, on artist trading cards or on index cards. 

    This Tangent is a Creative Challenge.

    Just remember that the pattern in each box must be different. Zero repeats within the same index card or page. The good news is that "repeat" is a pretty flexible term here at Daisy Yellow. An arrow facing right and an arrow facing left are two different patterns! Yippee! You can repeat a pattern on two different cards, but not on the same card.

    Let your mind wander... letters, numbers, symbols, geometric patterns, lines, angles, chinese characters, little icons, tiny figures, shapes, anything that will fit in the squares. And while you could theoretically just copy the examples, you will miss the entire point... the idea of digging into the recesses of your mind, searching your surroundings, for ideas.

    How to do an Icon Grid:

    Using a pencil or pen, draw horizontal and vertical lines every 1/4". So that means that if you are using a 3x5” index card {or paper cut to this size} you'll wind up with a grid 20 squares wide by 10 squares tall. Each square will be about 1/4” x 1/4”.  That's 200 blocks on one index card. If this is too small for your beautiful eyes, try squares measuring 1/3". From my own experience, each card will take 1-3 hours of work. As an alternative, you could also draw a grid of icons on a page in your art journal. 

    This detail-intense work might cause hand fatigue. Plan accordingly. I usually space out the work over several days. Don't be surprised if a 200 square index card takes 3-4 hours of work. There is no medal for speed.

    I believe that the more focus you give this work, the more benefit you will gain. 

    Resources for Sparking Ideas:

    Design Work Life + Contour + Dingbat Fonts + The Noun Project


    Link-Love for Tangent № 10: Icon Grids

    Create your own icon grid {or two or three} for Tangent № 10 then pop back and share your work in the link-love below! You can link to a specific blog post {please, not your home page} or a specific photograph at flickr. If you are posting to instagram or twitter, you can use hashtag #dyajt.


    Inktober #04: Rock Edition

    "Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away."
    Marcus Aurelius

    Using a dip pen to write quasi-stream-of-consciousness-lyrics including Hotel California. I do not get bogged down with "what to write" on my journal pages. The important stuff is in my mind, what I think, not necessarily what spills out onto the page. I think what you see on most people's public journal pages is by necessity or unconsciously filtered and edited before it gets to the pen. Rarely the real, deep stuff. J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen ink. This ink is dreamy; a rich, deep magenta. 

    Thoughts about Led Zeppelin and "Stairway to Heaven" "mandala in J. Herbin Rouge Opera ink. This ink is a cheerful deep red that brightens considerably when worked with water.  

    "Planet Claire" mandala in J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen ink. 

    "Zombie" mandalas in J. Herbin Café des Iles ink, a warm chocolate brown that transforms to milk chocolate when worked with water. When I do large pages with small mandalas, I challenge myself to design new mandalas and play with the components and the lines.

    Black & white version of the inked brown page above, playing in Photoshop.

    We're almost up-to-date with my Inktober Challenge ink work. This has been a surprisingly fun companion to Zine-writing and chocolate birthday cake baking {two family birthdays this month}. Zine #12 is a-l-m-o-s-t finished. 


    Inktober #03

    "Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and... stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to 'walk about' into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?"
    Wassily Kandinsky

    Continuing to play with inks this month for the Inktober challenge.

    This is the front with regard to the stitching. I used two colors of thread because I wanted to add to the feelign of confusion. I also did the lettering with different inks and in different directions. 

    This is the bobbin side of the stitching and in some spaces the ink bled through from the front to the back via the actual thread, which is neat-o.

    This is what the page looked like {this is the back} before adding the inked text.

    Super-wide mixed media page cut from a large sheet of Strathmore watercolor paper. Stitching, ink, gouache with a variety of dip pen nibs. Inks: J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir, Lie de Thé, Bleu Pervenche

    A variety of ideas came together all at once. This page really and truly was visualized at the sewing machine where I wanted to SHOUT via stitching, words and paint. So I "drew" the lines for journaling with thread in two colors in uneven fashion. I wanted it to be unclear where to write, where to end each letter, for the paint to add to the confusion and the stitched lines to interact with the ink.