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    2014 Reading Challenge

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


    The Play Journal Continues

    "Every contrivance of man, every tool, every instrument, every utensil, every article designed for use, of each and every kind, evolved from a very simple beginnings."
    Robert Collier

    This journal is inviting me to "come out and play" so out of curiosity I translated that into italian.

    "Puoi venire fuori a giocare?" Hopefully that is correct; one never knows with translation programs.

    This was going to be a stitched postcard for mail art but I liked it too much to part with and stitched it into the journal. And I thought about all progress in life being comprised of small steps. Everything. Every project, every page, every word, every everything.

    I left some space at the side of the painted lines to write about journaling... how I don't like to document a particular day on an art journal page, because it seems so boring when I re-read it later! I much prefer quotes or general thoughts or phrases or... lyrics.

    Printed some lyrics on a transparent type of paper and sewed to the watercolored page.

    Gouache love.

    Open, the journal is 22x7" This wide shot with the 28mm lens gives you an idea of the full width of the unfolded page. On the left, pencil and gouache; on the right, gouache plus acrylics. Mixing my mediums.

    a bit of random stitching from the reverse side, ink, gouache {tutorial}

    Still unbound. But developing nicely.

    The Play Journal

    That's the name for this super-wide journal, the one with the stitched canvas cover from this post. After toying with "the playground journal" or "the circus journal" I opted for "the play journal." I keep putting away the gouache thinking that enough is enough and then even the same day, out come the paints and brushes and I paint while standing at the kitchen counter. It's an obsession.

    I started with big sheets of Strathmore watercolor paper and cut them down to 22x7" strips. Those strips are the wide open pages, so the closed journal is 11" wide by 7" tall. A lot of page real estate for playing. I like the fact that the journal is not-yet-bound because I feel really free in my playtime. I sewed pairs of pages together at the center so a book structure is slowly emerging from this colorful stack of paper.

    This journal needs fancy schmancy hand stitching to hold it all together. It seems like a big deal, to bind a journal. But not quite yet. I like playing with it in this format for awhile before binding.

    Click here for more pix from the Play Journal.


    365 Somethings #354 - 361

    Just two more posts and I'll officially call the 365 Somethings Project a wrap! It seems silly to still be posting these but I keep forgetting. I finished the project in 3Q13 but wanted to be sure to post all of the cards for you! I think my favorite of this set is the first, PATIENCE. It's just kind of wild with texture and I like the bold patterns. 


    hand painted papers, fabric, gelatin prints, found text, dyed tea bag, prints of my own art

    gridded concentric circles

    watercolor & gouache

    "one thing is certain"

    gridded concentric circles #2

    watercolor & gouache 

    "can never be"

    found text, dyed tea bags

    "universal life"


    "serene sky: let it in"

    found text, fabric, prints of my own art, gelatin prints, doodles, hand-painted papers

    "the best"

    found text, fabric, ephemera, japanese papers, hand painted papers, prints of my own art, doodles, paint chips

    "indian paint brush"

    found text, hand painted papers, doodles, print of my own doodles, gelatin prints, ephemera, fabric.

    All of the collages are stitched 3x5" index cards. Curious? Read all of the posts about my 365 Somethings project. 


    I Don't Draw Things

    {reposted from dec. 2009}

    "Drawing, within the visual arts, seems to hold the position of being closest to pure thought."
    John Elderfield

    "Draw on both sides of the line, not just what you're enclosing. The shape you're making on the outside is as important as the one you're making on the inside.
    Leon Polk Smith

    "Drawing is one of the best ways to meditate, while staying connected to the world around us."
    Elsha Leventis

    Late Colonial Door, Philadelph... Digital ID: 96327. New York Public Library

    You can use old photographs in your drawing practice. I was curious whether a few years of drawing pretend things like mandalas in any way helped my ability to draw real things. So I started with a photograph of a facade and drew my version of this "real thing" with PITT pen in a 5x8" watercolor moleskine journal. It has relatively simple lines and is an interesting photograph. Looking at it, tempted to pitch it, knowing that would be so wrong, I tried to figure out what I liked (as opposed to what I didn't like) in the sketch. I like the quirky windows and doors. And I liked the experience. See Retro| Vintage Drawing Practice.


    "May your heart always be joyful.
    May your song always be sung."
    Bob Dylan

    This is a sketch made during a flight using a reference photo {which I cannot find}. It's a good thing that photos are flat and don't move. In real life, when I look at something the lines and angles and shadows and depth look different each time and that freaks me out. Why did I pick this facade to draw? I liked the lack of angles and curves. I practiced working from the center toward the outside and getting the key lines (like the windows, the building edges, etc) in the right spots relative to the other lines. The lines are wonky and things don't line up as they should; I sort of fumbled along with the textures. It's a quagmire of lines!

    Have you sketched anything REAL lately? What did you LIKE about your work?


    Painting Plans

    “I’m not going to do anything stupid.
    And even if what I plan is risky and insane,
    it’s a well-thought-out level of stupidity.”
    Jennifer Armentrout

    9x12" watercolor paper, gouache

    This is a page on loose watercolor paper that I {journaled}{wrote}{painted}{lettered}{printed} in January. I couldn't fit all of my {creative} plans... but the main ideas are included.

    A list of creative projects can never be complete because with each day we find more that we want to do, we discover new materials, new things to try, new inspirations, new things to mix and combine and explore. Adding and subtracting and multiplying and dividing creative ideas all year round.

    Your creative to-do list should look like a blast! 

    I'm happy to report that I can cross a few items off the list! Made 1/3 zines planned for the year, finished one 24x36" painting and four 8x8" paintings, made map-inspired stitched paper art and launched the two watercolor workshops.


    Watercolor Planets

    Here's a little video to show you a simple technique for creating groovy planets. Watch here or pop over to Vimeo. You'll need a pen or pencil, water, a brush and watercolor or gouache paints. The video is 3 minutes long.

    These little circles would be fun to incorporate on your next art journal page. You could use them for a brainstorming session or tuck words neatly inside. 

    3x5" watercolor moleskine journal, gouache

    I'm teaching two online workshops: Watercolor Playground, an introduction to abstract watercolor painting, and Painted Paper Paradise, a workshop about creating interesting visual patterns in watercolor or gouache... plus several lessons about sewing paper. 

    Check out these renditions of the watercolor planets technique: Live. Grow. Nourish. Create.


    Painted Paper Paradise Workshop

    Painted Paper Paradise 
    {Abstract Watercolor & Gouache Painting Techniques Plus Paper Stitching}

    Registration is Open!
    Resources Available Through August 31, 2014
    Registration Closes: April 1, 2014

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    An Unbound Journal; Colliding Ideas

    "The true novelist is one who understands the work as a continuous poem, is a myth-maker, and the wonder of the art resides in the endless different ways of telling a story.”
    Muriel Spark

    A new journal, not yet bound. Because I need to be in the mood to bind this together. 

    The cover is made from a combination of two canvas paintings.

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    Kimba Deluxe

    Kimba had a boo boo on her shoulder, and then she had to have surgery to repair the wound. 

    We noticed that if we put a t-shirt on Kimba, she was less likely to mess with her wound and later her incisions. Which is funny because it's been unseasonably cold here in north Texas and folks at the vet and other drivers probably thought I thought she was cold. Seriously, this dog is tough and fierce! 105 pounds of Rhodesian Ridgeback. Eats anything but bananas. Even lettuce. And looks pretty cute in a t-shirt.

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