I like what Cristallo says about making sure your goals work for you:
"Even with specific goals and deadlines it’s easy to get lost in the busy-ness of day-to day-work. To avoid potential goal disaster, create a list every single week where you write up a set of small doable tasks that will move you closer towards achieving your big goals."
"Make each task specific and easy to achieve within the week. It could be as simple as drafting an email to send to someone or as big as completing an entire artwork."
I just finished this 2-page Art Journal page in my Moleskine.
I found the phrase, Creativity Can Fit Into Any Space, in a home decor catalog. I like the phrase because it is true - You can fit creativity into any space of time, eg, fifteen minutes or an hour. You can also create anywhere - whether it's in a beautiful studio - a small counter space in your kitchen - or on a drawing board propped up your lap.
I created this Art Journal Page during my regular, nightly sketching sessions.
I usually add quotes that resonate with me to my Journal pages. However, I decided to include an affirmation instead.
Dr. Carmen Harra (author, clinical psychologist & relationship expert) says that "Affirmations do indeed strengthen us by helping us believe in the potential of an action we desire to manifest. When we verbally affirm our dreams and ambitions, we are instantly empowered with a deep sense of reassurance that our wishful words will become reality."
I like to save small cardboard boxes. To me, these tiny containers hold so much potential. The boxes (above) held individual pastels which I had ordered from Dick Blick.
I decided to make a tiny shrine with the box on the right. After I made a roof, I covered the box with masking tape, paint and vintage papers. I may add an image of a Madonna or a Paper Whimsy girl in the window. I'll post the completed shrine tomorrow.
Track Your Progress “Do not bin any sketches, drawings, paintings that you do not like, keep everything, because it will help you to see how you can improve, and show you how far you have come” Rebecca Louise Saunders
Don't Limit Yourself ”Like everyone says keep creating, get yourself out there, but what I really think matters is don't be afraid to try new things. I know several artists with amazing talent who limit themselves to one style, one medium, and that is as far as they go. Do not limit yourself! Try new things, make a mess, have fun!” Brandy Manuel
Believe in Yourself ”I think that you should believe in yourself and your art most importantly. Don't take what others say to heart if it's what you love and coming from you. In the end your happiness with yourself and your piece is going to make you rise to the top.” Maryssa Anne
Create What You Love ”Paint what you want to paint because life is too short to worry about what other people will like, and if you paint what you love, your passion and personality will show through and people will be attracted to it.”
Today, I finished this 2-page spread in my Art Journal (moleskine). I covered the background pages with a mixture of gesso and acrylic paint.
When I used Kimberly watercolor pencils and traditional watercolor paints to fill in the drawing, the pre-painted background seemed to resist absorbing the color. Even watercolor crayons acted like a resist. However, when I used Prismacolor watercolor pencils, the colors came out rich.
This past year, Valspar has been offering free paint samples at Lowe's via coupon inserts in Women's magazines. I recently purchased a magazine that had another one of these coupons.
As you can see, I have a small collection of these paint jars. I tend to choose the lighter colors. My local Lowe's usually has only a few samples to choose from.
What do I use the paint for? I tint my gesso with the Valspar and then paint my Art Journal pages to prep them for future art work. I'm also thinking of using the Valspar to paint the backgrounds of wooden signs that I plan on creating.
Check out your recent magazines and look for the Valspar coupon. There is a time limit on the coupons.
Precious Jungle has an opulent character, combining the elegant and expensive with the cool and regal colours of the jungle. Choice fabrics such as velvet, silk and brocade are opulently embroidered or decoratively adorned.
Fantasy Forest is a playfully romantic style that puts traditional fairy-tale motifs and Christmas reds and greens in a young and modern context, where natural materials such as pine cones or acorns are painted silver and lend an abstract, ethereal effect.
Glowing Desert reflects the power and beauty of contrast. The combination of natural, warm shades, such as ochre and sand, with purple and an intense coral provides strong accents.
Gracious Coast is light, feminine and delicate. Modern pastel shades are contrasted with black, anthracite and ecru. The reduced, sculptural shapes create a 50s feel - structures are fluid and clean, and surfaces are finely worked.
Our Tidewater Artists Group (TAG) held their monthly Art Journaling Session yesterday.
Julie did a demo with embossed cards and Faber Castell Gel Sticks. She had embossed the cards before the meeting using her Silhouette Cutter System. The Gel Sticks cost much less (and you get more product) than the Faber Castell Gelatos.
I liked using a light hand and creating pastel colors with the Gel Sticks.
The artists in our group do not see a difference between the Gel Sticks and the Gelatos. I read online that a company rep says the two products are different. If you can, test both products and then make your choice.
Another member, Linda, brought some painted papers to share with the group. Aren't the pages gorgeous? They have such an organic look to them. Linda and her friend first layed the papers on the floor - and then poured acrylic paint and water all over the sheets.
I finished this two-page Art Journal page in my moleskine today. I used a Circle Design Template, Punchinella and a handmade Liner Stamp.
To create the latter, I used the handle/roller from an old lint brush - and cut thick strips of self-adhesive foam which I attached to the roller. The Liner Stamp makes the coolest designs on paper.
The white and beige card is a L'Oreal advertising insert from Allure magazine. It will make a great circle template. Stencils are everywhere. Start checking out the items in your home, in grocery stores, office supply shops and hardware stores.
The quote, Every Breath is a 2nd Chance, really resonates with me. Recently, I created the above mixed-media art piece incorporating this quote.
A couple of years back, I made this mixed-media art piece which also includes the quote. It's interesting to me that I have included butterflies in both pieces. To me, butterflies represent a new birth from a simple little caterpillar to a soaring butterfly.
There are many practical hints in the post. Here are three tips that I especially liked:
"Go through your shop and see if there are colors, types or styles which are not represented in your listings. Then, either make the item, or if it is actually in your inventory, take a picture and list it! You may just hook up with a new customer who would have not found your shop otherwise."
"If you add certain keywords in your title, to be Google relevant, you need to add the same keywords in the first line of your listing description."
"To be Etsy-relevant, you need to repeat your keywords and key phrases in both your titles and your Etsy tags in order to be easily found on page one of Etsy search."
Take some time to read the complete post. Later, find more selling tips by checking the archives on Handmadeology.
Although I do not sew, I have a stash of fabrics that I use in my mixed-media art work.
When I needed a particular color or design, I had to rummage through my large drawer of fabrics. To provide myself with easy access to the variety of materials, I created these fabric swatches.
First, I glued a small piece of paper on each popsicle stick. Then I pasted on the swatch of fabric. The photograph shows only a few of my fabrics. You can display the fabric sticks in a decorative can - and add more color to your Studio.
If you own a large supply of paints, you might want to create paint swatch sticks - and label the sticks with the names of the paint colors.
This morning I was supposed to begin finishing up a big mixed-media art project. Instead, I created this Art Journal page. I felt very relaxed after completing the page. And now I'm more eager to work on the mixed-media project.
As you probably noticed, I like to include large images in my Art Journal work. I find these images in catalogs and old magazines. I also look for word phrases in these types of periodicals. Surprisingly, I recently found some meaningful phrases in my IKEA catalog.
Here is the quote that is on the lower right hand side of the Journal page - We must learn to wait for an idea to hatch. The
truth is that this is how to raise the best ideas. Let them grow in dark and
mystery. ~ Julie Cameron
We all strive to create art work that is both unique - and that leaves a lasting impression on the viewer. But what do you see when you turn your art piece over? Artsy Shark offers an interesting post on: What’s the Back Story on Your Art?
Carolyn Edlund says that, "The way you finish the back (of your art) speaks to the quality and perceived value of your work, and can considerably enhance it." I agree.
A little while back, I featured a post on Creating Certificates of Authenticity for Your Art. I usually create Certificates for the prints that I sell. I also like to collage the back of my art panels to cover the unfinished look which usually consists of the construction and brand name of the substrate.
You could also add your logo, a quote or a brief story about your art piece. Check out Carolyn's post and then try to think of other ways to enhance the back of your art.
In the post, site founder Drew talks about how "Comedian Jerry Seinfeld created a system where he held himself accountable for sitting down and writing every day. Jerry put a big yearly calendar on his wall where he could see it everyday. Then he would put a big red ‘X‘ across every day that he sat down and worked on his material."
According to Seinfeld, "After a few days, you’ll have a chain [of red X's]” and then if you just keep at it, the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing the chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job is to not break the chain.”
"After you have created a long enough chain, you’ll discover that you’ll do practically anything to keep going and not break the chain." Drew suggests that "The genius to Seinfeld's system is in the visual feedback of the calendar."
I definitely agree with Drew. I have used this tool to keep me on track to do daily exercise. However, I can see how this tool would also work with Making Art Daily. Take a moment and read Drew's complete post. Then go get yourself a big calendar