Archive for January, 2010
I know it doesn’t show, but I am just enamored with these PanPastels! They are so rich, deep, creamy…mmm yummy…that I need to find more ways to play with them. I need to know how to use the tools, blend the colors, apply the colors, keep from ruining or wasting the pastel chalk itself. So I have registered in an online class called Cre8tive Pan Pastel 101. This is a 5 week class that has as the tagline, Non-traditional Techniques and Mixing Media. I’ve finished Lesson 1, which really had me explore how to get the textures and shadings to blend and be used in the best ways. What it really did was break the ice so that I got everything out and played with the goodies. The class is very basic and in my opinion that is my skill level with this medium so it will be perfect for me!
I first read about this type of collaborative journaling in ’04 in Altered Books, Collaborative Journals, and other adventures in Bookmaking by Holly Harrison. I was fascinated by the idea of making an art journal and then sending it around the continent for others to put their art in. It sounded like a lot of fun and a really great way to share art on a deep level. Of course the way it works is that I also make a page in a different book every month and send it off into the ether.
So about a third of the Sketchbook Gang is starting a Round Robin on February first. Of course most of us really started as soon as our Sketchbook Project was out the door, the first week of January. Good thing I started early as I am on the third iteration of the Art Journal itself! I originally planned to use an old Record Album, the kind that 75 rpm records came in, with about 6 record sleeves bound into a book-like cover. I slaved over converting this old book into a journal with enough surfaces to meet the criteria only to find that the dear old thing is just tooooo fragile. There is no way it would survive being shipped around the U.S. and Canada for ten months. So that book will be saved for another day – BUT now I had to make a second journal as fast as I could! And I had to change my theme too!!! ACK! I actually started another cover only to decide I would never get enough pages painted in time to send it off next Monday. SO I went to a partially finished cover that I already had pages prepped for and finished the front embellishment and sewed it all together – whew! Now I only have to make my intro page and my sign in and out pages and I will be ready to ship! A benefit of starting so many books for this one journal is that I will be able to have a test journal standing by to try out some of my ideas rather than doing a test drive in someone else’s journal!
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Pan Pastel pricing and availability shown in sidebar to the right.
This year my favorite New Year’s resolution is to have an Adventure Every Month! Now that is a resolution that I will keep! I have decided to keep an art journal specifically for these adventures. I suspect it will get a little more wear than my ‘at home’ journals or even my ‘in the car’ journals.
I got a little carried away for my January adventure and must say that it might have qualified as a ‘Survival Episode’ if that weren’t so stupidly dramatic. It was a hard adventure, right up there in the endurance levels of natural childbirth, but I did it. So what is it I cannot do?
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