Yesterday, I submitted copies of my latest art work to the United States Copyright Office. First, I prepared my art according to Copyright Office guidelines. Then I signed into the site, filled out an online form, paid $35. (per application) and uploaded my work. You also have the option of sending copies of your art to their offices. The whole registration process is pretty simple - and there are FAQs to guide through each step.
I liked Dan's tip about anchoring. "Always begin drawings along the edges (of the paper) first, before you do anything else. This will 'anchor' your drawing in place and keep you from running out of space later on."
Dan's post covers 12 specific points about drawing. Check out the complete article and then try out his drawing tips and techniques at your next sketching session.
I especially liked what Drew said about artists being compelled to create:
"Even if we are lucky enough to earn enough money from our art to financially support us, being an artist is not just what we do — it’s who we are. It’s that little nagging voice inside that compels us to create. The one that won’t take “No” for an answer. No matter how long we ignore it or try to distract ourselves from it, it will still be there whispering in our ear… You were born an artist, now create!"
Make sure you take some time to explore both Tara Reed's Art Licensing blog and the Skinny Artist site too. Lots of good stuff to inspire you.
Via the Empty Easel, I discovered two interesting art-related sites. The first is Artisan HQwhich provides viewers with an impressive collection of art tutorial videos on a variety of subjects.A key advantages of this site is that it is an absolutely free resource for the user.
Mediums include: acrylics, chalk, charcoal, clay, colored pencils/crayons, digital, ink, mixed-media, watercolour and much more.
The second site is Artpromotivatewhich has the goal of motivating and promoting artists. I found two interesting articles here.
In the Summer 2011 issue of Somerset Studio Gallery magazine, my article on Art Blocks was published. The article featured vintage-style images on blocks. Recently, a local area customer asked me to transform one of my original art pieces into an ACEO (Art Card Editions & Originals) made of wood for her. I'm currently making more ACEOs for a local art shop.
I chose the art piece, with the quote of Every Breath is a 2nd Chance, as my first ACEO on wood, in my Etsy Shop, because so many of my Etsy customers admire this particular art work.
I really do like the look of the wood ACEOs - so small and adaptable for many different situations. Think of them as portable art that you can place on a shelf - gift to a friend - or even take to the office to brighten your day.
The ACEO is standard size, measuring 3 1/2" tall x 2 1/2" wide x 1/2" thick. The wood block is sealed and the art work is also sealed with a protective spray.
Here's a mixed-media art piece that I recently completed. The title is Shabby Chic Flowers. I created a textured background with modeling paste and stencils. Then I covered the canvas with blue acrylic paint and a glazing medium.
I fashioned the flowers from sewing pattern paper and discarded rose petals which were taken from an old silk flower bouquet. I covered wire with hemp cord to make the flower stems. For the ground cover, I painted a strip of textured wall paper dark brown and pasted on seed beads.
The art piece is actually more luminous in person due to the glazing medium.
Ironically, the idea for this art work came from the old silk flower (rose) bouquet that did not seem to fit into my home decor anymore. Where do your ideas come from?
The border on the card above comes from a Starbuck's cup sleeve. After cutting up the corrugated paper sleeve, I added layers of White, Robin's Egg Blue and Metallic Turquoise acrylic paints. Last, I highlighted the frame areas with a metallic gold pen.
I found this phrase in my ephemera folder and knew that I had to use the words in an index card collage. The words remind me of an affirmation. All you need to add is Your Wish. What will you do one day?
Via StumbleUpon, I came across this site that is new to me called The Cool Hunter. If you haven't visited this resource, take some time to check out the beautiful photographs and posts.
Here's some background information from their About Us page:
"Led by founder Bill Tikos, The Cool Hunter celebrates creativity in all of its modern manifestations. Since its inception in 2004 The Cool Hunter has become the world's most-read culture and design site, a leading authority on all things creative and a truly global hub for what's cool, thoughtful, innovative and original. We value global relevance, not trends, channeling our discoveries to our worldwide audience."
Today I was looking for a specific collage, in my files, when I came across this art piece. I made the Kimono from crystalline paper. The technique is explained in the book Creative Collage Techniquesby Nita Leland. You can also see a tutorial on the technique on Karen's Whimsysite.
The Chinese Chop (Seal) actually spells out my first name. My husband purchased it for me when he was in China.
I must have been in an Oriental phase when I made this piece. I haven't made any Oriental art in a long time. Instead, I'm creating a lot of whimsical art. What art phase are you in?
"The Declaration of You will be published by North Light Craft Books this summer, offering readers all the permission they've craved to step passionately into their lives, to discover how they and their gifts are unique and to uncover what they are meant to do!
This post is part of The Declaration of You BlogLovin' Tour, which I'm thrilled to participate in along with 200+ other creative bloggers. Learn more - and join us! - by clicking here." This week's theme is Enthusiasm. Here is my personal take on the subject:
Ways to Add More Enthusiasm to Your Life
According to Gordon Parks, “Enthusiasm is the
electricity of life.” What an inspiring
statement. Can’t you just feel the power in those words? But just how do you
actually ignite your own day-to-day life with enthusiasm? Here are three ways
how I add enthusiasm to my own daily life.
Your Passion – What is that one activity that would make
you joyfully jump out of bed every morning ready to take action? Try to identify
that passion that will make you lose track of time. If you’re not sure, do
some journaling on this topic.
You are seeking that activity that will absorb
your mind so totally that you will feel in flow
during the process. In my own life, creating mixed-media art is my passion. And
to make sure that I honor that passion, I make art on a daily basis. However
you do not need to be an artist to find passion. Seek the passion that turns
you on, whether it’s cake decorating or making music.
Set Goals and Plans – Setting goals gives you
something to strive for - and adds more meaning to your life. It relates to that
jump-out-of-bed happy feeling that I
mentioned earlier. Add more punch to
your goals and plans by running them by the “happiness test.”
Your primary aim
is to add more joy to your life. Likewise, make sure your goals are personal,
thereby important, in your life. It is YOU who you are trying to please and
energize. Tying the goals to your passion will also help you create that
enthusiastic momentum. Set both short-term and long-term goals to keep you
involved in the process.
Your Surroundings – To foster enthusiasm, it helps to
create a nurturing environment. I’m not talking total room makeovers. Instead,
refresh your Inspiration Board. Put up some positive posters. Take out those
pretty and precious items that you have hidden away and display them in your
favorite room to foster an uplifting environment.
Following are a few quotes on enthusiasm. Print these quotes out - hang them on your walls - and fill your world with Enthusiasm!
For my index card, I drew a simple dress shape. I then pasted on strips of dress pattern paper. I embellished the dress with white acrylic paint, a brown colored pencil and a mark-all pencil. Last, I stamped on the Paris postmark stamp.