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7/25/2014

Happy Paint Party Friday!!

It really feels like a Happy Paint Party Friday to me, guys. Not only was I was off from work yesterday and today, I got to spend part of it both days teaching a two hour workshop at my local arts and crafts store. I had done a two hour demo in the store this past Saturday,which was interesting in that I was making art in public, and trying to get people's attention in hopes they might be interested in signing up for the workshop. I had two people yesterday and three people today. Both classes were a lot of fun. I learned some things in the process, and while I won't tell you everything I learned, I will share this with you. It takes a lot of energy to set up and clean up. Some people are totally new to art journaling while some people already had an idea, they just needed a gentle nudge to forge ahead. Get rid of that inner critic and give oneself permission to play. I'd say these past two days were kind of a crash course on art journaling with introducing stencils and other mark making tools, the use of gesso, introduction to the gelli plate, and simply playing and making messes. I provided them with simple journal already made with a 9x12 envelope and card stock. They worked on filling their pages. Participants did express wanting to return so I will be trying to schedule some further workshop times. Unfortunately, I did not think to bring a camera so show off some of the wonderful art that was made. Maybe next time. I created something new. Because I have been creating art on an index card for the ICAD challenge, I was on a roll working with that size. This was a result of putting three 4x6 pieces of card stock together. I kind of like it and I also like it here. Here Here and here. Seeing one's art on certain items gives new meaning to creating. I think the pillow would look awesome on a white or black couch or love seat. I did order one of my tote bags to check the quality and the color and I was impressed. I am ending this with some icads. I am so glad I participated in this challenge again this year. It is interesting to see some growth, some changes in my art and at the same time I think I am beginning to see my own style coming out. Art on an index card can be food for bigger things. Do I feel guilty for not following any of the prompts this year? No. I do not. It's just been plain fun and fun to see what others have created. I know this was a long one. Sorry. I got a bit long winded. Thanks for hanging in there with me. I hope you are having a good day and hope you have a wonderful messy painty weekend. I am headed over to the party to see what others from all over the world have been up to. Thanks for visiting here..................

7/22/2014

Making Art in Public

I did a 2 hr demo on art journaling at my local AC Moore craft store on Saturday morning. I was stationed at a table right near the doorway in hopes of being noticed. I had made a banner to hang on the end of the table. It was pretty strange. I say that because I had myself spread out on a folding table, with enough minimal supplies to fit in a box, and several of my different art journals laid out so they could come and look, and hardly anyone stopped to look, much less come over and find out what was going on. I kept and eye on customers as they came and went, greeted them and children if there were any, and still, no one was interested. I became aware of myself as I tried to make art in a public setting. I even thought if I turned on the heating tool, which you know sounds like a blow dryer, that it might get people's attention. It did not. I guess what amazed me is that people just came and went. What is it? People just don't want to talk anymore in certain places and situations? If you are in an arts and crafts store, you are in there for something art related. Duh!! Maybe I should have baked brownies and had them at the end of the table. If I saw someone creating art in public I would surely be interested enough to come up and get a closer look. A few minutes before I started to pack up and leave a woman did come up to take a closer look, checking out my journals and asking questions which I gladly answered. I hope she comes back for a workshop. As it turns out I found out I do have two people signed up and two people is better than no people. Maybe those two people will tell two more people. It was an interesting experience so say the least and I know it's not going to happen all at once, so I am prepared to give it some time. Has anyone else experienced this before? The ICAD challenge continues with 9 days to go. Here are a few more peices of art on an index card. Thanks for visiting........................

7/18/2014

Happy Paint Party Friday and Other Stuff

A new piece.......... gesso and watercolor crayons, paint and paint markers. The thin, gridded lines are made with the bottom of an old pair of sandals. I just had to see what it would look like on a pillow at Society6. LOoks pretty cool if you ask me. And we're on the home stretch of the ICAD challenge. Here are a few more which makes me up to date. Wonderful to be off from work today and to spend some of it with my daughter. Tomorrow I am off to AC Moore to do a demo and try and spark some interest in some art journaling workshops. Wishing you a wonderful, creative weekend. Thanks for stopping by. I am going to the party here and here where this month's theme is flowers.

7/17/2014

The True Object of All Human Life is Play.............~G.K.Chesterton

Still playing in the hard bound art journal. It's actually a Pro Art Sketchbook, once bought on sale and never used as a sketch book. I reinforced the pages by gluing every two pages together. Then I gessoed most of the pages as I was finding I was using a lot of paint, water color crayons, and markers. It's already getting heavy, the pages are pulling away from the spine. I feel as if I should name this journal. I can see how far I've come since my Moleskin 'IN THE VAN' journals. I've shown you the right side page before but it has changed somewhat and the left side is new. And you've seen the right page on this next one before, too, but it also, has evolved. The left side is new. I'm off from work tomorrow and looking forward to spending part of the day with my daughter. And then on Saturday I do my first 2 hour demo on art journaling at my local AC Moore store, hoping I can spark some interest in people coming back for 2 workshop sessions the following week. And of course there's still more ICADS to share with you. Stay tuned............ and thanks for stopping by............. jo

7/15/2014

5 Days

Here are 5 days of art on an index card. Yes! I'm caught up! Have you checked out the ICAD challenge Flickr page? There's a lot of cool art there. I have learned to be very resourceful in making these. I always have some index cards laying nearby where ever I am working. I can prep a lot at one time on the gelli plate or simply by throwing some paint and gesso down or using scraps of stuff laying around on the table (or the floor) and then raiding the scrap bin of torn papers etc. Adding some home made stamps and then sometimes taking them in the car before work I can add the doodling or last minute gluing with my glue stick. I have to remember to take my bag of markers and gel pens in to work since it's a about 100 degrees lately. Yes, I do art work in my car before work and it's sometimes very hard to leave the car, but it makes me a bit less cranky having taken the time for me to create at the beginning of the day rather than waiting until the end of a work day, when much of my energy has been used up. So, finding time for art can be done if you really want to do it. Thanks for visiting here.........Jo

7/14/2014

Rock Painting

I don't live in an area that has rocks. Not rocks big enough to use like this. If I want I can turn them over and look at another face. I found a bag of rocks in my local Michael's. I gessoed them first. I think I should shellac them especially if I want to put them outside. Imagine them in your garden, little faces and eyes looking up at you. ☺ ☺ Paper weights? Hmm. I think I'll paint more. It was fun and I get to practice my faces.