I am still on vacation, but I scheduled this video to post in my absence. It’s a journal page using my new Teal color from Golden Fluid Acrylics – I am in love with this color. How in the world did I never find it before?!?! I need to get it in the big bottle ASAP! I hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas season. This is my favorite time of year, and I am missing it. Seriously, I can’t complain, I’m on vacation after all – but it feels weird to miss this season at home. So sing a carol and sip some cocoa for me.
I am officially on vacation today, hooray! We should be hitting the road soon for our drive to L.A. where we will stay the night, then board our ship the next day. Traveling to Hawaii in December is great, when you get there, but comes with a few challenges. We are used to these, because we usually vacation in the winter, but there can be setbacks. Like the Grapevine (a much used area of the highway here that takes us up the mountains to get out of the valley where we live) could be closed due to snow. This happened to us a couple of years ago, and we just made it through the alternate route (Tehachapi) before it closed as well.
This is why we leave a day early, even though the drive to L.A. will only take four hours with rest-stops included. I believe in being over prepared, like prepared to take the very long coastal route that will be necessary if the highways close. I like knowing we have plenty of extra time to handle any delay that might come about. Stress free road trips – that’s what I like! It’s kind of funny, all of us dressed in our warm clothes, carrying chains in our car just in case, with our suitcases filled with shorts and flip-flops for our fair weather vacation spot.
Even though I’m on vacation, I wanted to get some videos up for you, so I recorded some work over Thanksgiving weekend, and it is scheduled to come out at least once a week while I’m gone. I want you to feel the love even though I am not physically here, heehee.
This is a page I started months ago, and I was feeling frustrated with it because I hated the hair I originally painted, then covered with gesso before repainting it a different color. I ended up ignoring it for other things for a long time because I just didn’t seem to “feel” it. Does this ever happen to you? Do you start a piece, then leave it for months due to frustration over the direction it is going? Sometimes the best thing to do is to table the project, then come back to it with fresh ideas later (sometimes much later). When I finally came back to this page, I ended up really enjoying what came through, and now I love the finished product.
This just goes to show you shouldn’t give up on those projects that are just frustrating the life out of you. Put them aside, work on something else, and come back to it later. You might just be surprised by the results.
This video includes a tour of my studio. It’s a crazy hot mess, but I’m showing you the real thing. I don’t clean very often, and my supplies are not perfectly organized or displayed, but it’s where I create and I’m sharing it. Please make sure to like me on facebook and subscribe to my youtube channel.
This is page I started while I was sick on the couch. At that time I just glued down some ripped pieces of paper with gel medium and covered it with clear gesso. Now I’m coming back to it and finishing it up. I love how the butterflies ended up after I added the black paint. You can see the text and patterned papers through the paint on the wings, and it looks so cool to me, almost like stained glass. I hope you like the video, and if you make any butterflies of your own, please post a pick to my facebook page so I can see it too.
I have been catching up on some projects that I started before it got too hot to spend much time in my studio. This is one of those paintings. Sometimes when I stop something and come back to it weeks or months later, it goes in a totally new direction that I had originally intended. Some things, like this painting, turn out just as I had planned. I’m really happy with the bright cheery colors and the fun I had playing with texture mediums. I hope you like the video. New stuff will be coming soon. Thanks for watching, and if you like my blog, please subscribe to it and like me on facebook. Feel free to leave any requests for future video topics in the comments below.
I’m having a giveaway! Hooray! I’m giving away one of my handmade art journals or a handmade Christmas themed smash book. There are four ways to get entries. First, like and share my Facebook page to get one entry for each. Make sure to comment on the Facebook post what you did so I know how many times to enter you in the drawing. Also, subscribe to my blog here by clicking the button at the top of the page, then confirm the email to be entered automatically one more time. Last, subscribe to my youtube channel for one more entry. The giveaway will be open through Wednesday with a winner announced Thursday or Friday. Watch the attached video if you want to see inside the journal or smash book. Good luck!
An artist cannot fail, it is a success to be one. Quote by Charles Horton Cooley. I love this quote. It just validates that whatever your skill level, you can be an artist. I still have a hard time calling myself an artist or listing it as my profession on forms, but the fact is, I am an artist. I create art, therefore it must be true. This is not an easy thing for a lot of people to accept about themselves. It just doesn’t matter what level you think you are at, if you create art, you are an artist. Even if it’s bad art, or crafts, or quilts, or anything you make with your own two hands. It doesn’t even matter if the original idea wasn’t yours. We all learn from others, and use their ideas as jumping off points for our own work. I love watching other ladies create on youtube just like you do. I have my favorites that I watch all the time, and I use some of their ideas to fuel my own creativity. I expect you to use my ideas to fuel your creativity. We are a community of mixed media artists that continues to grow daily, and I am proud to be a small, tiny part of it because you care enough to watch my videos. You can see all my videos here, or like me on Facebook. Thank you for watching and reading my posts.
This video is in response to all who asked me to narrate instead of playing cheesy background music. It is longer than my usual videos because I talk a lot. I will work on ways to shorten the video times and still narrate. Be patient with me please. I hope you like the video and decide to start calling yourself an artist…today.
I have been so sick the last few days that I have only moved from my bed to couch and back again. I would blame it on the weather changing, but the real blame lies with my children…germy little critters. I haven’t been in my studio much lately. First I was out because it was so dang hot it in there, then I just couldn’t seem to get my creative mojo going again. I tried making a box of art supplies to keep by my couch while I’m sick, and I’ve gotten a couple things started in my journals, but I just need a table I guess. The good thing is that I finally finished editing this video. I’ve been meaning to do it for a while, but knew I needed to do some voiceover to fix some areas and didn’t seem to have any quiet time to do so. Well, being sick on the couch gave me that much needed time. I even have a matching voice because I had allergies really bad when I recorded the video and now I have a cold. I have been asked by a few people in my comments to do both a video of how I made my art journal, and videos where I talk through the process. So, you asked for it people. Since I don’t completely hate my voice, maybe I’ll make some more…