Archive for October, 2011

Happy Halloween – New Toys from The ArtistCellar! – Keep an Art Journal

The Crafter's Workshop Stencil-Chickenwire

Halloween Cards - The Crafter's Workshop Stencil-Chickenwire

My friend Lisa has an online store called The ArtistCellar. She carries the cool stuff that you can’t find just anywhere. AND I love to shop with the small personal stores. Lisa just added new stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop this fall and I waited eagerly for them to arrive. Well of course they came while I was away at Art Camp for Women and then I had to unpack and store things we use at camp and then I had to get in some g-kid time and finally – FINALLY – I got a few minutes to play with the new toys. Whew.

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Art Journal Project Weekly Prompt – Week 11

Written by on October 26, 2011 in Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Journal Project with 0 Comments

These weekly prompts  will not be enough to make an entire page (unless they are) but instead are intended to give you a kick-start or a mild nudge when you need one. Onward:

Art Prompt: Use a Song Title or other favorite text for a border.

Song title for border

Song title for border - in trip journal

Writing Prompt: Write out this weeks shopping list – or other lists.

Getting Ready for My Next Adventure – Journalfest – making trades

Written by on October 25, 2011 in Adventure Art, Art Camp for Women with 2 Comments

Art Camp for Women is over for 2011 and we are well into setting up 2012 – but I’m going on vacation.

I’m going to do what I recommend all my coaching clients do and actually I recommend everyone do. I am going where I am not the organizer, the boss, the wife, the mom, the g-mom, the partner, the teacher or the chief bottle-washer-and-dogsbody. I am going to a Journaling Retreat that I have drooled over for 3 years! YIPPEE! Journalfest here I come!

Everyone at Journalfest can bring small trades to trade with others in their dorms etc. Since I have been working so hard on Art Camp, my trades are going to be very small indeed, but they will include chocolate so I hope to be forgiven.

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Art Journal Project Weekly Prompt – Week 10

Written by on October 19, 2011 in Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Journal Project with 0 Comments

These weekly prompts  will not be enough to make an entire page (unless they are) but instead are intended to give you a kick-start or a mild nudge when you need one. Here we go again:

Art Prompt: Find an active figure in a book or magazine and cut it out. Use this figure to represent you through out your journal. Draw around the figure and then fill it in with your writing, draw around the figure and color it in for a silhouette, or paint over the figure with an outward star movement to leave the inner part background.

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Alumni June, 2009 – Jill Fasken

Written by on October 14, 2011 in Art Camp Alumni Awards, Art Camp for Women with 2 Comments

WARNING: There is a nude image in this post.  Please do not read any further if this is an issue for you.  Thank you.

“Doing even a little bit of art each day makes me more productive at everything else.”  Jill

Doll Wreath

Doll Wreath

When I finally was able to interview Jill, I was struck by how all of us are living life as fast as we can and doing everything we can to stuff in as much art in around the edges as possible. Jill is a wife, a mother of two and the office manager/bookkeeper for the family business.  At the time of this interview Jill was putting the last minute touches on her older daughter’s wedding, getting her younger daughter off for her first year of college and had just finished an art quilt for an international quilt show. All in a day’s work for a working mom and artist – right?

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Art Journal Project Weekly Prompt – Week 9

Written by on October 12, 2011 in Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Journal Project with 0 Comments

These weekly prompts  will not be enough to make an entire page (unless they are) but instead are intended to give you a kick-start or a mild nudge when you need one. Here we go again:

Week Nine:

Art Prompt: Use different styles and sizes of text in your journaling.

Writing Prompt: Write something using your favorite cliche.

Different styles and sizes of text.

Different styles and sizes of text become part of the overall look of the page.

Favorite cliche: If you got it - flaunt it!

If you've got it - flaunt it!

Art Journal Project – Journal #1104

Journal #1104

Journal #1104

Earlier this year the Art Camp Journal Project was launched.

Journal #1104 currently resides in Utah.

We recently received photos along with a message from Virginia, a camper from May 2011.

Here is what she wrote:

“Well, I started out to make a few pages following the prompts [weekly prompts on our blog]…but I just couldn’t get in the mood…somehow I just kept fiddling around & I got lost in there (somewhere) for weeks…but- I did use up most of my left-overs from camp. – so now I don’t feel so guilty about all the metal messes I made. Actually – I think I’ll start following the prompts and see where it takes me.”

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Art Journal Project Weekly Prompt – Week 8

Written by on October 5, 2011 in Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Journal Project with 0 Comments

These weekly prompts  will not be enough to make an entire page (unless they are) but instead are intended to give you a kick-start or a mild nudge when you need one. Here we go again:

Week Eight:

Yellowstone Road Trip - Life is a Highway

Road trip Denver to Yellowstone with 2 kids and 2 adults. Stop at every roadside attraction, get brochures, jot notes, buy postcards - have pages painted in advance and poke away at it as you ride along.

Art Prompt:

On a trip or a road trip gather brochures and stickers and maybe some pictures for the focal point for your page.

Writing Prompt: Use the lyrics or the title of a song to direct your written notes.

Hankie Havoc with Melanie Testa – Keep an Art Journal

Written by on October 2, 2011 in Cool Products, Fabric Art, keepanartjournal, Mixed media with 2 Comments

In September Melanie Testa played Hankie Havoc and I decided to play along. Mostly because I use a lot of nose tissue, especially in late summer and early fall. Dharma Trading Company has huge cotton hankies and this seemed like a simple way to fool around with painting fabric. It took until the middle of the month to find, order and receive my dozen hankies (with a silk hankie thrown in for a bonus). And then with the cloth in my hand I realized I don’t know the first thing about dye art. I did know that hankies must be laundered frequently and I did not want any strange colors left behind on my unsuspecting nose.

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