Yesterday, I finished this Purple Botanical Collage. For the background, I used a page from a Spelling Book, copyright 1895. I enjoy working with this book because the pages are fragile with age and the handwriting is so lovely. I wonder about the students who carried this text book to school.
I did the Journal page in my small Moleskine® notebook. Right now, I like working in this smaller format.
I created the above collage a few years back. I did a little scissor work and replaced the girl with another image.
After I scanned the revised art, I realized that I had turned the background art upside down. Oh well, I'm satisfied with the revision but I may add some more embellishments to the top of the art work later. In fact, I like the upside down wings better.
Joan mentions a newsletter that is new to me called Gift Beat. According to Joan, the newsletter "tracks trends in the gift industry that is aimed at the retailer but also has very useful information for artists."
In the article, she also offers additional tips to help artists learn about the type of art that sells at retail. Make sure that you read her complete post - and then check out the links too. Another great article from Joan!
Last weekend, our Tidewater Artist Group (TAG) participated in a Tie Dye & Pizza Party at member, Dawn Gallop's home. But we didn't consume a typical pizza. Dawn's husband, Bruce, hand built a Pizza Oven. And he fired it up for the party.
Our members first hand rolled the pizzza dough which Dawn earlier made from scratch. Next, we customized our pizza toppings. And then Bruce baked the MANY pizzas in the oven. It was absolutely the best pizza that I ever tasted.
Later, we tie-dyed every thing - from t-shirts - to onsies - to sun dresses - while our significant others engaged in serious conversation. The female artists were the rowdy bunch. I dyed my t-shirt a Robin's Egg Blue and folded it to create a striped pattern. I love the soft color.
I just finished this collage of Blue Mixed-Media Hearts. My substrate is an 8" x 10" stretched canvas. I incorporated many vintage papers into the heart shapes I handmade the blue & white scalloped border.
The word PLAY just seemed appropriate for this collage.
About three months ago, I participated in Leslie's 30 Marketing Ideas in 30 Days. And I really enjoyed the challenge. I wasn't able to do all 30 days due to time constraints but I learned a lot in the process. Leslie offers a free guide (PDF) detailing the Marketing Ideas Challenge.
Here's a description of the Board from the site: "Pins and projects, from some of your favorite Vintage Style DIY Bloggers, to help you beautifully decorate your Vintage Style Home. Whether your style is Farmhouse, Romantic Country, French Chic, Cottage, New Country Style or Eclectic, you'll find beautiful projects, tips, inspiration and DIY's to help you feather your vintage nest!"
I love this Tin Boxes Project from the Dreams Factory blog. Check it out!
I was doing some reorganizing and I came across my Creative Whack Pack which was developed by Roger von Oech. I have the original deck of cards. However, you can also purchase the Creative Whack Pack App for your iPad or iPhone.
I shuffled through the deck and came across this card: Do Something To It.
Image from Creative Whack Pack
I have been working on some new ideas for mixed-media art projects so this card's message was perfect for me. I've always enjoyed Roger's books and related products - and used them when I worked in Marketing.
Visit his site and click on the link beside his photo and get your Creative Whack for the day.
I was trolling around issuu today and discovered this delightful book, One Drawing a Day- a six week course - Exploring Drawing with Illustration & Mixed Media written by Veronica Lawler.
Here's a description of the book:
"Through 46 daily exercises.... you will keep your artistic skills sharp and your imaginations fertile by doing One Drawing A Day....Each exercise includes suggestions for various mediums or mixed-media solutions, advice on how to approach and execute the drawing, as well as professional tips. The book also includes exercises designed to spark new ideas and increase creativity."
Here are two of her artist branding tips that I especially liked:
consistency: Connection of colors, images, logo, writing
voice among all of your platforms (Web site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Deviantart, Bluecanvas, etc.)
A great story attracts fans and press
alike. Make sure to have a few different versions of your story. Ask your
friends, family and enemies what is interesting about you. Have a few versions
that are no more than a few words. (e.g., Cowboy artist lost in space with
Check out the rest of the article for more great information.
Via the Empty
Easelsite, I learned of a series of articles discussing The ABC’s of Art Marketing - an Alphabet Guide to Marketing Your
Art, from A to Z. This thought provoking series is written by Aletta de Wal.
today's 8/13 article, Aletta is "focusing on the 5
'I's' of art marketing by explaining the importance of
impressing viewers and fans - interesting yourself in their lives - inspiring
desire for your art - interpreting responses - and initiating follow-up
Yesterday, I was doing the prep work on three
mixed-media art projects. This involved a lot of tedious paper cutting. When I
finished cutting, I created this Art Journal page in my moleskine to wind down
I began thinking of all the benefits that I get from
Art Journaling. Besides making pages to wind down, I’ll also create pages to jumpstart
an art making session. Other times I will journal to calm down after a
stressful situation. For me, journaling can also spark ideas for new art projects and
document a vacation or special event.
"One guiding principle that has served me well and provided me with my fair share of good luck is the belief that everything counts. Now what does that mean exactly? It means that every interaction, every email and every contact — EVERYTHING counts. It’s often very tempting to “cut corners” or take the path of least resistance, but it’ll come back to bite you when you least expect it."
You can find additional Art Business Tips and Fine Art Tips on Lori's site. Take some time to check it out. There is a good deal of valuble information for artists.
Quote: “If you take any activity, any art, any discipline, any skill, take it andpush it as far as it will go, push it beyond where it has ever been before,push it to the wildest edge of edges, then you force it into the realm ofmagic.” ~Tom Robbins
I began my Art Journal page with the goal of incorporating this Tom Robbins quote since it really resonated with me. After much pasting and painting, things weren't coming together.
After I dulled down much of the white on the page, the images became more cohesive. How do you begin your Art Journaling? With a quote......or images?
Add some more art to your Summer and check out
theUse Your WordsFree Workshop offered by Carolyn Dube. This is a mixed-media art workshop.
Carolyn is the host of A Colorful Journey blog. She promises that: "Both those new to mixed media and veterans alike will enjoy my tips and tricks for how I use my supplies such as oil pastels, watercolor crayons, Stabilo pencils, spray inks, and gesso with the letters and words."