Monday, October 13, 2014

Travel Art Journal Kit: What to pack when you want to create on the go.

Whether it is a short trip to the Coffee shop with friends, camping in the mountains or a vacation by the beach...I always find time to journal and create on the go. 

The trick to being creative on the road, is having a fun and inspiring Traveling Art Kit.
This is a short video about what I carry in my kit. 
Hopefully it will inspire you to create a kit of our own or 
spruce up your existing travel kit and take it out for a spin!

Here is a list of some of the items I keep in my kit

(I don't see these on the site anymore 
but if they come back here is where you will find them)

+ Adirondack Ink (Oops! it was really TSUKNEKO in Willow.
I can't locate the small bottles but the large ones are at Micheals & Walmart)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Welcome October

Welcome to October!

It's October and there is a heat wave this week 
in California, so it feels more like summer at the moment.
That does not stop me from updating the house for fall.

I like adding little fall touches to my living room, bathroom and kitchen. 

My favorite thing to do,
that makes the house immediately feel like fall,...
is introduce great fragrances.

Nothing says fall like coming home to the
smell of spices like cinnamon, clove and maple.

My favorite candle fragrances are:

Sea Salt and Maple Popcorn
Bath and Body Works

Pumpkin Caramel Latte
Bath and Body Works

I also love to change out the hand soap in
my kitchen and  bathroom.

My favorite...

Crisp Morning Air
 Bath and Body Works

I love the process of preparing my home for fall.

Welcome October!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Society6 : Art Journal Mug

Art Journal Mug
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There is something about mugs that just makes me HAPPY.
I love collecting them when I travel. 
I love remembering where I purchased the mug and the events of that day.
 I love selecting the perfect mug for my hot coco or tea in the morning.

I love my collection of favorite mugs
...the one I purchased in Portland 17 years ago at the
Betsy Johnson store. I loved everything in
that store but I could only afford the mug.

...the mug I purchased from Anthropologie on
sale after watching it for months.
(That mug still makes me do a little dance just before I take a sip)

I love mugs so much I wanted to make my own contribution to mug lovers everywhere.

ladies and gentlemen
I give you...

the Art Journal Mug


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mixed Media Art Journal : Flip Through

Here is a look into one of my mixed media art journals. I started this journal in 2012 and "lived" in it almost exclusively until mid 2013. 

As you can see, my journals are a mix of styles, colors and techniques. I get to experiment and develop a specific technique. In a few places you may see repeated images. If I love an image I often scan it and use it a few times as I learn how I want to develop the image. 

There are pages in this journal that I love and pages that I ( I won't say "hate" but I will say "don't like as much"). Thank goodness for the volume of pages that gives me many opportunities to try and try again.

I do not work in sequence. I work all over my journal ...front, middle and back. I create by backgrounds and then come back to add images and words. I often work on 3-4 pages at a time then narrow in on 1 or 2 with the fine details or text. 

I hope you enjoy watching the results of a year of art journaling.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Ritual of Creative Time

Sometimes when the day is done and everyone has gone to bed, I go to my studio to create. I start by pulling out materials I want to "play" with. This usually includes items I've been saving for a rainy day. I fill a jar with water and pick my favorite brushes.  I find a journal and open to a new page, canvas 
or decide to work on an existing page in my journal. 
Then I find music that inspires me. I love Pandora because I can create stations that fit many different moods. Pandora provides music based on my mood. I often get introduced to new music and that adds to my inspiration.

Tonight I began to play with images and textures from magazines. I started by ripping pages that captured my attention. Then I went back and cut out the portions of the page that inspired me. I then cut the pages in to smaller shapes. 

Tonight I was inspired by stripes and lines.

My next step was to paint, stencil, scrape and drip colorful paint on my canvas. I let the canvas dry completely and then added my magazine strips
on the canvas with heavy gel medium. 

The result begins a story that I will add words or poetry to on my next session in the studio.
Tonight was a happy night of creating.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Words of Wisdom: Khalil Gibran

"Let there be spaces in your togetherness 
and let the winds of the heavens 
dance between you. 

Love one another 
but make not a bond of love: 
let it rather be a moving sea 
between the shores of your souls."

~ Khalil Gibran 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Words of Wisdom; Miles Davis

"I'm always thinking about creating. 
My future starts when I wake up every morning... 
Every day I find something creative to do with my life." 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Words to Inspire: Alvin Ailey

"The creative process is not controlled 
by a switch you can simply turn on or off; 
it's with you all the time."

~ Alvin Ailey