Here is one of my recent Art Journal pages. I still may add another quote in the middle of the page. The quiet & serene quote, in the upper-left hand corner, actually refers to the walls in my home which are all painted an ivory white. Having white walls in my home provides me with a very calming and soothing environment.
However, when people visit my home, they are taken aback by the lack of color on my walls. I have to admit that the walls in my last home were also painted white.
How do you create a soothing environment in your own home?
On a daily basis, use creative rituals to open the
door to artistic inspiration. Before you begin working on your serious art
projects, try setting the stage with one of these rituals.
Create a quick collage. I like to make a
fast collage before I work on my bigger art pieces. I usually use a small
format such as an index card, artist trading card or a section of my
daily planner. One of my Quick Collages is shown above.
Light a candle to indicate that this is
your sacred time to make art.
In the book, Artist’s Block Cured, co-author
Linda Krall suggests that artists do a Brain
Dump. Krall says that artists’ brains are typically filled with many
negative thoughts such as self-doubt, judgment and fear – as well as creative
and imaginative ideas. She suggests taking a blank sheet of paper - and to start
dumping out whatever words come to mind as fast as you can. Get it all out and
then start making Art.
Put your wood manikin to work instead of using it as a decoration. These accurately
proportioned figures easily adjust to assume most human positions. So let your
manikins strike a pose and begin drawing. Over the next few days, do a series of manikin sketches.
Take a long, relaxing walk. You may want
to carry a small notebook and pen in your pocket to jot down those innovative insights that
will certainly pop up as your mind calms down during the walk.
Clear your work table. If you’re like
me, your work table is probably cluttered with bottles of paint, pens,
embellishments, etc. Because of this clutter, many times I painted on a board
of wood propped on my lap. Now, I take the time to clear my table, giving
myself a clean area to create. Try it – and watch your creativity soar to new
Set the stage with music that
invigorates your heart and soul to jumpstart your art making sessions. What type
of music? Classic, Rock……..I personally
love the Blues.
Start your art sessions with a cup of
tea, coffee or cocoa.
Do a fast sketch of an object in your Studio, e.g.,
tubes of paint, paint brushes, Taboret, book shelves,
chair or a nearby window.
Set the stage the night before by laying out the art supplies that you will use for your next creative session.
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The published page is from my Design Art Journal and features my Cinnamon Pink Girls. An image of the page is pictured below.
The magazine will be available on newsstands October 1st. The issue is jam-packed with inspiration, helpful journaling tips - and colorful art. You must check it out - and start playing in your own Art Journal now!
Update: It looks like my ISP problems may have finally been resolved. So far, I haven't lost connection with the Internet today. YAY!
Well, my ISP problems are continuing. I connect with the Internet for about ten minutes and then I'm knocked off. An ISP technician will be making his fourth visit tomorrow. Hopefully, I can complete this short post before I get knocked off the Web again.
For the past few days, I've been losing my Internet connection (about 50 times a day) so I wasn't able to post. Yesterday, the cable guy finally came and said that there was a problem with the outside wires which he fixed BUT that I should call the ISP if I continue to experience problems. It is the BUT that concerns me. I'll see how the day goes.
Clearfield suggests the following productive ways to use Pinterest - Blog Posts & Articles, Brainstorming, Bookmarking, Group Collaboration, Sharing Your Posts & Products, Promoting the Work of Others, Research for Your Own Products, Networking and Searching for Inspiration.
She also provides links to other informative articles on Pinterest. How do you use Pinterest as a tool in your daily artistic life?
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At last Tuesday's TAG Art Jouraling Session , we experimented with Lesley Riley's Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) - and Lazertran Transfer Paper. Stephanee Howell gave us a demo on TAP. And Julie Armstrong did the Lazertran demo.
Here's my TAP image. Original photo is courtesy of Stephanee Howell. Stephanee has done extensive experiments with TAP on different substrates. And she says that the best images will be achieved when transfering onto fabric. TAP works with inkjet printers.
This is my Lazertran image. Original photo is courtesy of Eric Mein. Lazertran decals can be applied to wood, paper, stones, glass, metal, candles, walls, clay and more. You can purchase Lazertran sheets that are specifically for inkjet printers.
Stephanee generously provided us with images that were printed on silk fabric. Lazertran Silk Transfer Sheets were used to produce this image. It is designed for use with laser printers or photocopiers that use toners. I chose her Trees image.
We had a wonderful session that included: image transfer experimentation, shared mixed-media art techniques and Art Journal pages.
Via the Piddix newsletter, I found out about the free, online magazine MOYO which is dedicated to surface pattern design. This magazine is brought to you from the Do What You Love site.
MOYO is packed with Interviews, Design Briefs, Colour Challenges, Art Reviews, Student Showcases, Design Tips, Inspiration, Trends and More. The publishers say that it is the world’s first online magazine dedicated to surface pattern design.
This free resource will be published quarterly, and you can download the inaugural issue here. If you ever wanted to learn more about surface pattern design, this is magazine to read. Check it out!
Here's some additional information about the e-course from Timothy: "This e-course will help you learn how to get the most traffic to your Etsy Shop this Holiday season."
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You will also receive a 5-day Pinterest Bonus E-course. Check it out and sign up today. I did!
Via Innovation Tools, I found these Eye Wire Creativity Cardsin a PDF format. Cut out these cards and paste them on index cards. Then use them when you need a creative jolt.
Choose a card - Do the exercise - and Apply the new creative solution to your next mixed-media art project. Include a few extra, blank index cards so that you can record your own ideas for Creativity Cards
Although Innovation Tools is targeted toward business executives, there are many informative articles on the site that may help you jumpstart new ideas for your art projects.
book,How To Be More Creative, David
D. Edwards believes that a “Creative attitude allows you to establish a
mental environment in which your creativity can flourish.” Conditions which foster, and inhibit, creativity include:
Suspension of Judgment
of Psychological Safety
of Evaluation and Criticism
Each day, try to eliminate the creativity inhibitors in your life. Instead, encourage a creative attitude by working on the the creativity builders on the left side of the
If you read my blog regularly, you know that I'm always working on my drawing skills. I came across this great Squidoo lens on How to Make Drawing a Part Of Your Life (Daily Creativity by Keeping a Sketchbook). The lens was created by Studentz (Fern).
There's lots to look at on this lens. Make sure that you scroll down to the end of the page to see it all.
Then make sure that you follow Fern's advice: "Keep your sketchbook - and pencils/pens - nearby with the blank page ready for your next drawing. If you spend a lot of time at the computer, keep the sketchbook within reach."
Fern also has a blog called Crafter-Holic. Check it out. And then don't forget to Draw Today!