Sunday, 7 September 2014

New on-line class available now!

Finally my new on-line class is good to go! Yay! I'm so excited to share this with you :-)

 Here's the blurb....

In Journal Soup 2 we will continue our messy, playful, mixed-media journey in loose-leaf art journaling, or as I like to say, journaling outside of the journal ☺ Come and join me on this colourful art journaling adventure.
As the title suggests there'll be a bit of everything ... painting CHECK! drawing CHECK! mono printing CHECK! how to draw faces CHECK! whimsical houses CHECK! how to make an owl CHECK! step-by-step printable worksheets CHECK! downloadable background and collage sheets CHECK! self-paced learning CHECK! Oooh, I'm so excited to share this with you :-)
You will sent a link to a PRIVATE group on Vimeo where you will find 8 videos of 6 pages covering 6 different techniques, because as the name suggests I like to flit around from one technique to another. Why stick to one when there’s so much to enjoy? 

Videos are suitable for beginners and experienced alike. All pages are filmed step-by-step with extra on-screen instruction. You will need some basic computer skills and a high speed internet connection.
After purchase you will receive an invite via e-mail (PLEASE NOTE THIS WILL BE TO THE E-MAIL LINKED TO YOUR ETSY ACCOUNT) to the private Vimeo group. Vimeo is free to join and register as a member. Click on the link to join the group, and there you will find all of the videos plus a forum for comments, or for asking any questions etc. Please allow up to 48 hours for the invite to arrive (although it will most often be sooner). Although the videos are not downloadable I am aiming to leave them on Vimeo for a minimum of three years (till Sept 2017) although hopefully indefinitely, so there is no pressure for you to rush and complete the class ... just self-pcaed learning.

Journal Soup 2 differs from Journal Soup 1 in that each page is a separate video so it should be a little easier to find your way round. It is also bigger and better, and comes with lots of extras. The videos run for approx. 10 mins to 30 mins, almost 3 hours in total in manageable chunks. You will also be sent a pdf with details of all the pages and materials required, 4 step-by-step instructional handouts (designed by me) to assist in your drawing of houses, faces and people (yes, you CAN draw!) Also included are 2 x digital downloads of backgrounds and 2 x texture photos for you to use in your collage. Everything should arrive automatically from Etsy and then you just need to wait for the link to Vimeo via your e-mail...

I'm having a little give-away on my facebook page so go check it out! 

All the details can also be found here. 

Look forward to seeing some of you in class :-)

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Yay! Published!

Well it's been a very good week indeed for happy mail :-) First of all this little beauty landed on my door mat. It's the much awaited Gelli Plate printing book by Joan Bess herself, and I'm TOTALLY honoured to have a couple of gelli art makes in the gallery. For my UK friends this book is currently available to pre-order on Amazon *here*

And it was accompanied by this gorgeous little tag from Joan ... something to treasure ...

And then, as if that wasn't enough, one of my favourites from Stampington arrived with a little article by moi!

Sometimes these article are written way in advance and I do forget when they are going to be published, so when it arrives it is genuinely a very nice surprise :-) In the UK the magazine is available *here*

Being published is a very great honour and not something that I take lightly, or for granted. It is something that I am extremely proud of and still can't quite actually believe.

And by the way, my son actually took the profile pic that I use when asked for a picture, so every time I am published I tell him that he has been published too!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Well hello there!

Yeah, yeah, I know it's been ages but it's been the summer holidays! But do you know what day it is today? Yup, it's the first day of term :-) And I've got a lot of catching up to do ....

Although I haven't been around much in blogland I have still been busy ... here and there when I had the chance. At the weekend I taught what has become a regular class of mini art journaling, at Art from the Heart (UK). Seems like a lot of us like doing this on a miniature scale. For me the point of mini journaling is not to create masterful works of art, but to capture a moment ... a thought ... a mood ... Just something quick. It's also a great place to use all your small stamped images that tend to get lost on a larger page.

Image by Danielle Torrent for Stampotique
Collage image from Found Relatives by Tim Holtz

Collage image from Found Relatives by Tim Holtz

Crow stamp by Dylusions
Background stamp By Jo Capper-Sandon for Stampotique

Stamp by Daniel Torrente for Stampotique

Magazine image

I may or may not have been in a bad mood when I made this page ;-) :

And just to prove it really happened (LOL) here they are all hard at work making a mess!

So, what else have I been doing? 

Oh yes, I've been busy uploading my latest videos for Journal Soup 2. Coming THIS WEEK! Yikes! But seriously, do you know how long it takes to upload just one video? Hours. HOURS. DAYS. Seriously. But I'm getting there and it's nearly good to go ... watch this space!

But where is my calendar completed for August and my calendar ready for September? Erm, well, that's a work in progress I'm afraid! Sorry that I haven't put the link up yet .... I will do soon, but in the meantime don't forget about the Facebook group here.

Byee for now ....

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Holiday Doodles

I have just returned from a couple of weeks away on a lovely family holiday. We had no phone signal or wifi (imagine that!) so we were forced to communicate with each other and make our own entertainment LOL! 

I used to really stress about which art materials I should take on holiday and I was never ever satisfied. I used to spend ages planning, then packing and unpacking, always stressing about which important items I may have forgotten or suddenly decide that I need while I am away. (Not to mention fitting it all in the car along with the family, my mum, the dog, the bikes, the canoe etc etc) 

Then I realised that I was kind of missing the point. You don't need a whole load of art stuff to satisfy your creative urge, you can get creative with anything, and in some ways the less you have with you the more creative you need to be.  So, now I travel light, and it's soooo much easier. I take my Art Doodle Love book (by Dawn Sokol) with me (ready made backgrounds - bonus!) and a small selection of pens and pencils, and my coloured pencils. (Most of the following pages were done with Polychromos by Faber Castell). It all fits neatly into my handbag so I can smuggle it anywhere.

In the pub, waiting for lunch ....

Most of these pages have been filled in a little at a time, growing bit by bit,  in various weird and wonderful locations as I never leave the house without 'something to do' in my bag as I can't still still for two minutes ...

And here's my latest as a work in progress, inspired by the wooden spoon dolls by daughter used to make when she was younger. I started this page at home but no doubt it will be added to in various locations until I have crammed as much as possible onto the page :-)

And finally, here's my July page finished. Woohoo! I'm on top of this thing!

Byee for now, I'm off to doodle ....

Friday, 1 August 2014

A new month!

Bicycle stamp and large alphabet stamps by Tim Holtz
Small alphabet stamps by Hero Arts

Yes, yes, I know I'm showing you JULY when it's AUGUST. The reason is that although I'm here I'm not really here, I'm taking some time away from the wi-fi (yikes!) to spend some quality time with my lovely family during the summer hols :-)

So, here is July in it's unfinished state but on my return I'll have July completed ready to share and August ready-to-go! Of course July just HAD to be about the Tour de France as it passed through my homeland of Yorkshire, and us Yorkshire people could not have more excited or more proud! It was a truly exciting and awesome occasion.... the whole of our area was covered in yellow bikes and bunting galore, so I just had to represent that in my calendar page. We waited on the roadside for about 4 hours to see the bikes whizz by, and the whole thing passed us in approx 30 seconds, but my kids declared it the best day ever!

So, as usual if you'd like to share here the link is below, but of course you can also share on Facebook and flickr. A huge thanks to all of you who continue to participate in this on-going challenge. There is a huge wealth of inspiration to be found in the various places we all share our art so do go and take a look.