Straight as an Arrow

Week 51:  Arrows!!

For this week's challenge, a playful twist!  A simple black tag, cut into an arrow shape, then doodled and attached to a painted background!  Voila!

I can't wait to see all of your arrow pages this week!


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De Plane! De Plane!

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Week 50:  Pack for a Fantasy Vacation . . . money is no object!

This week, I'm headed to Bora Bora (in my mind)!  The top of my bucket list for travel is this exotic French Polynesian island where I will stay in a thatched-roof hut suspended over the water and I will lay on the beach all day and dance under the stars all night.

To create my page, I painted my watercolor paper with watered down acrylic paint.  I love the depth of the color.  I then added a few clouds and a touch of white to the water to make it shimmer.

In the style of Heather Murray, I printed some stock photos in black and white onto Moab Entrada photo paper.  I then cut out the images and adhered them to the painted page with gel medium, smoothing out any bubbles and wrinkles.  The beach was created with some printed tissue paper.

I added white acrylic to the light sections to really make the highlights pop, then used a transparent green fluid acrylic to brush over the green areas - such a striking contrast!


What am I packing for my fantasy trip?  Not much . . .

1.  A bikini - it IS a fantasy trip after all, and in my fantasy I am STILL wearing a bikini {wink}!!!

2.  Some sun block

3.  My Sketchbook

4.  A Pen to Sketch with

5.  Some cute little paper umbrellas for my drinks.

That's all I need . . . See you when I get back!


I can't wait to see where you all go on your vacations!

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Know When to Fold

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Week 49 Challenge:  Trace a Hand

You know me . . . never wanting to take myself too seriously . . . so for this week's challenge, I drew my version of a hand . . .

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An almost Royal Flush . . . with a little "Joker" thrown in!  Hope you have a marvelous week!

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Playing With Natural Elements

I had the pleasure this week to design with new stamps created by Rae Missigman for PaperBag Studios.  From the moment I opened the package, my mind was racing with ideas and ways that I could use this amazing set!


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The stamps are big and bold and originate from hand-carved designs by Rae.  I instantly thought of stamping on canvas!  I had some large zippered pouches in my studio and set to work painting.

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I used a large acrylic block with a handle and Staz-On black ink to transfer the designs.  Next I used Golden Hi-Flow Acrylic Paints to brush some color onto the stamped images.

I loved using the feathers for leaves and the fall colors on the natural canvas.  I decided to go brighter on the next few pouches, alternating using the stamps with both acrylic paint and ink.

I wanted to make some cute little zipper pulls for my pouches, so I grabbed some Shrinky Dinks and stamped the designs right onto the plastic.  Next I used some acrylic paint pens to roughly color in the stamps.  No need to be too careful as the designs shrink down and the colors get more intense!  I punched a hole into each design then used the heat gun to shrink them down.  These cute little plastic designs could be turned into earrings or charms for a necklace or bracelet also!

I also used the stamps to create designs in this canvas portfolio - I love the texture elements - perfect for backgrounds!  I could have spent another week creating with these stamps - they are an essential set for any mixed media artist!  Be sure to visit Rae's Blog, Roben-Marie Smith's Blog and PaperBag Studios website for more inspiration!

Christmas Stories

Announcing a New Workshop in My Studio!

I'm so very pleased to announce my new Studio Space online and a brand new class just in time for the Holidays!  Join me in my studio for "Christmas Stories."  This class consists of over 8  hours of videos where I will teach you to make a treasured journal.

Although this book is designed as a “Christmas Book,” you will be able to use what you learn here to create any type of handmade journal either for a special  occasion or for your own art!

In this unique class you will create a holiday keepsake to pass on to future generations.  Tell your Christmas stories in this beautiful journal created from a vintage book or encyclopedia.  You will learn to sketch and paint holiday figures using a combination of acrylic paint and spray inks.  You will paint these figures in on pages that you have adorned with textured layers.

This enchanting journal is full of little surprises like pockets, envelopes, tags, textiles and even old book paper!  There are over 50 handmade pages and you will learn the basics of bookbinding to hand-stitch them together.  Finish your treasured journal with gilded edges and a decorative cover.

Preserve your holiday stories for years to come in this lovely old book, reminiscent of Christmases past!


You can go HERE to get more information and to sign up.

If you are interested in the workshop, or other free tutorials, you will need to become a registered member of The Studio.  Membership is free.  On the Studio site, just look in the upper right hand corner to sign up.  Once you are registered, you will then be able to pay for and access the Christmas Stories workshop.

I'm so happy to have you join me - we are going to create beautiful art together!

Good For the Soul!

I am beyond thrilled to share with you all that I will be a guest instructor (Sous Chef) for Soul Food 2015 at Community Thrive!

To get ready for the coming year, all of the Sous Chefs have conducted Artist Interviews so you can get to know them better.  You can view the other interviews Here.

TODAY, I will be sharing a few things about myself in my Soul Food Interview! Not only will you get to know a little more about me, but you will also have a chance to win a FREE Soul Food 2015 workshop by leaving a comment below!  I will be choosing a winner at random by Noon on December 1st and notify the winner.  Please be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you!

Here are the Details:

Soul Food will run at Community Thrive, from Feb1 - April 30 2015

Here's what you can expect:

  • 3 Main Artists, or "Head Chefs": Mystele Kirkeeng, Heather Santos and Jeanette House
  • 17 Guest Artists or "Sous-Chefs"
  • 2 mixed media video lessons per week for 3 months
  • Each artist’s favorite comfort food cooking recipe
  • Classroom access through Dec 31, 2015
  • Access to a private Soul Food community group on Facebook
  • 10% discount available to Soul Food 2014 alumni
  • 10% discount on Slimline Soul Food 2014 [featuring the head Chefs’ 17 lessons]
  • 10% discount on a new class that they will be announcing on April 1, 2015!

Registration will open on January 1, 2015, and you will need to be a member at Community Thrive in order to purchase and participate in Soul Food. 

Community Thrive is free to join and you can register hereWhen your registration is approved, you’ll find the Soul Food purchase link here [from January 1, 2015].

Follow this link to meet the Soul Food class of 2015 Faculty!

The Secret is Out!

21 Secrets, that is!

For months, I have been dying to share the news and it is finally time!  I am honored and delighted to have been asked to be a guest instructor for 21 Secrets (Spring 2015)!  So glad the cat is finally out of the bag!

And what a lineup they have for Spring 2015!   Yep, that's me up there with all of those amazing artists!  I can still hardly believe it!

If you aren't familiar with 21 Secrets, it is a community full of art encouragement and sharing. Their mission is to "make art journaling accessible and engaging to creative hearts everywhere!"  Connie Hozvicka, along with Hali Karla of Dirty Footprints Studio does this by inviting 21 artists to share their love of art journaling, their creative process, and their willingness to teach others.  You will have 21 lessons by 21 unique artists; and right now you can sign up HERE at these special introductory prices:

 

Here is your chance to learn 21 different workshops from 21 different artists!


Don't delay, sign up today to ensure you get the best possible price for this incredible gathering of artists!  Click on the logo below to go directly to the purchase page!

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I cannot tell you enough how happy I am to be a part of this amazing group and I'm hoping to see you there!

Map It Out

Week 47:  Incorporate a Map Onto Your Page

Flipping through maps all week and trying to find inspiration, I decided to just create my own map . . . "Heart Island!"  Come visit me soon!

Can't wait to see  your maps this coming week!

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Holiday Art Workshops!

Come join me for three Festive Holiday Art Workshops at Whim So Doodle in St. Petersburg, Florida!


November 15:  "Christmas Stories" Heirloom Altered Book.  Click HERE for details


December 13:  "Vintage Santa Canvas" and "Holiday Tabletop".  Click HERE for details



Don't get on Santa's "Naughty" list . . . come to Whim So Doodle and start celebrating!  Call Whim So Doodle at (727)827-4911 for all the details and to sign up!


We've Got You "Covered"

Art to the 5th has just released our new class, "Cover Story"

If you are a member of The Documented Life Project, you probably know by now that we at Art to the 5th have chosen the Dylusions Large Creative Journal by Dyan Reaveley for 2015!  We are excited to take The Documented Life Project to a new level, starting with a larger art journal.

If you are new to the project, or are just interested in Art Journaling with about 8-10,000 of your closest friends, come join us at the Art to the 5th Academy!  The project is free!

To get you started, we have created a fee-based class to show you four unique ways to paint and embellish your cover and to get ready to start the New Year.  Here's a little preview:

For more details and to purchase your Cover Story Class - visit us HERE!  And don't worry, we've got you "covered!" at Art to the 5th!

Today is where your book begins, the rest is still unwritten.
— Natasha Bedingfield

Fabric Flowers

Week 46:  Add Fabric to Your Page

For this challenge, I looked around my studio and found a spare piece of fabric and a scrap piece of paper with a little girl - I believe someone sent me this picture in an envelope full of mail art.  I cut a pile of random flowers out of the fabric, put a base coat of paint on my page, then arranged the flowers around my little girl to frame her face.

I used gel medium to adhere the photo and flowers onto the page.  I typed up a little word on my computer and printed it out to add to my page.  Short, sweet, simple!  I'm quite happy with how it turned out!  Looking forward to seeing all of your challenge pages this week!  Happy Documenting!

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"Christmas Stories" Class at Whim So Doodle

Come Join me for a very special Christmas Class at Whim So Doodle.  All the details are HERE on their website or you can call the store at (727)827-4911


In this unique class you will create a holiday keepsake to pass on to future generations. Tell your Christmas stories in this beautiful journal created from a vintage encyclopedia. You will learn to sketch and paint holiday figures using a combination of acrylics and spray inks. You will paint these figures in your books on pages that you have adorned with textured layers. This enchanting journal is full of little surprises like pockets, envelopes, tags, textiles and even old book paper. There are over 50 handmade pages in this project and you will be learning the basics of bookbinding to hand-stitch them together. Finish your treasured journal with gilded edges and decorative cover. There are so many surprises and techniques that it takes an entire 8-hours to teach. Preserve your holiday stories for years to come in this lovely old book, reminiscent of Christmases past.

I hope you can come join me at the fabulous Whim So Doodle - Can't wait!

The Documented Life Project 2015 - The Journal

DRUM ROLL PLEASE . . .

Finally . . . a year in the making . . . we are ready to announce our plans for The Documented Life Project for 2015!  Read all about it HERE and find out how you can be a part of this massive, FREE community of creative people.  The Project officially starts on January 1st, but you can start getting ready right now . . . so go visit the Art to the 5th Academy Blog to find out how!

YOU are ready for this!


Today is where your book begins . . . the rest is still unwritten.
— Natasha Bedingfield

Great Taste, Low Calorie

Week 45:  Add a Tab

This challenge was a no-brainer for me . . . tee-hee!  A quick, simple sketch and colored pencils!  I just know you all are going to be inventive with your "Tabs" too!  Have a great week!

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Fun Weekend at Everything Scrapbook & Stamps

I'm so behind on my blogging but I just had to take a few minutes to tell you about my wonderful experience last weekend at "Everything Scrapbook & Stamps" in Lake Worth, Florida.

Michelle McCosh is the proprietor of ESS and wears many hats:  artist in residence, teacher, manager, mentor and den mother; just to name a few.  From the moment I walked in, I could tell that she loved not only her store, but also has so much adoration for her customers.  They are like family. 

Michelle McCosh - Owner

Michelle McCosh - Owner

The store is full of lovely displays and eye candy.  You can't help but be inspired when you walk into the door and feast on all of the artsy goodness!

Here's a peek at some of the workshop photos - I wish you could hear the laughter and banter going back and forth throughout the day!

To further enhance my experience, so many of the ladies in my classes were also members of The Documented Life Project!  We didn't get a group DLP picture (what was I thinking?) but I did manage to get some of our books piled up together.  I was thrilled to spend the weekend with such a lively, animated group of women.  I came as a stranger and felt like I left as a friend!

I hope if you are ever in the area, you will stop by Everything Scrapbook & Stamps - we are so fortunate to still have a few places like this in Florida!  And let's support all of our independent retailers everywhere. . . it's so much more gratifying to have the personal experience of shopping at stores like this than it is to simply click a button on our computer to buy something!

Falling Leaves

Week 44:  Incorporate leaves onto your page in a creative way

This challenge had me baffled for about a week as I looked around my Florida neighborhood at all of the Palm Trees and GREEN leaves.  Don't get me wrong, it is beautiful and well what's not to love about Florida?  But sometimes I just want to feel the seasons change and go jump in a pile of leaves!

I looked around my studio and still no inspiration.  Then it occurred to me to create my own autumn leaves!  I whipped out my handy Speedball Linoleum Carving Set and some Linoleum and carved myself a little stamp.  This was a simple design and only took about 15 minutes to carve.

I created some background paper using some paint and stencils on a piece of graph paper from a Gold Fibre Computation Notebook then stamped my images using a Jet Black StazOn ink pad.

I love the result!  It's not quite the falling Autumn leaves I had in mind, but I love those happy little accidents - Serendipity!  And look at my book - there aren't many pages or challenges left . . . thank goodness we have The Documented Life Project 2015 coming up!  You can find out all about it on November 1st at Arttothe5th.com.  Looking forward to seeing your leaves this week!

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Sketchy

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Week 43:  Sketch what you see right now

There is a jar full of paintbrushes on pretty much every surface of my studio so that was the first thing I rested my eyes on for this challenge.  Instead of sketching on watercolor paper, I decided to use a piece of old book paper - I love the yellowing and some old book paper is a perfect substrate for watercolor.

I was excited to find this page with the butterflies and the word "Illustrations."  Couldn't be more perfect . . . I love those serendipitous moments!

I lightly sketched my jar and paintbrushes with a pencil.  Ordinarily I will sketch in pen, but I wanted to make sure I had proportions correct since I didn't want to mess up this text page!  Once I was satisfied, I put all the detail in with a black Pitt pen (XS tip).  I loosely filled in the brushes and jar with watercolors.  You can see I took some artistic liberties with the colors to make it more interesting.

Don't be afraid to dig in on this challenge - sketching can be daunting for some people, but as you can see, the lines on my sketch are very simple, a little wonky, and definitely not realistic.  You may surprise yourself with what you can do!  I can't wait to see!

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Starry Starry Night

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Week 42:  Stars

I love this cling stamp called "Star Script" by Dina Wakley - this week was a perfect opportunity to use it!

I cut some under paper to size and stamped two stars onto black paper using Brilliance Platinum Planet pigment ink by Tsukineko. I love the shimmery look on the stars!  I cut them out and adhered them to the paper.

I recently finished reading "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green at the suggestion of my twelve-year old niece.  It was lovely and sweet and sad and I'm a sucker for the whole "star-crossed lovers" thing!  One quote from the book stuck with me so I stamped it on my page.

Looking forward to seeing all of your starry pages this week!

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