Jeanne Oliver is offering a fabulous and huge Giveaway as part of her launch of the new online course, Studying under the Masters III. The above photo shows just one of her prizes. I would love to win that package.
Sign up for the giveaway and take a few minutes to read about the course too.
Our Tidewater Artists Group (TAG) met on Valentine's Day for our monthly Art Journaling session. Stephanee Howell and Catherine Mein co-hosted the event at Catherine's beach house in Sanbridge Beach, VA.
Catherine led a lively session on how to make Pattern Books. Using paper templates, tons of embellishments and ephemera, we created unique book pages. We edged each page differently by cutting or gluing on an assortment of decorations.
Here are some of the pages that I did.
Last we created a spiral binding for the books. I still have a lot more work to do. I want to cut and embellish the remaining pages. Last, I will be painting each page.
"This is the fifth Thirty Painting in Thirty Days Challenge I have hosted. In September of 2014 over 1000 artists participated in the challenge. Our next challenge starts the new year on January1, 2015! Our goal is to paint 30 paintings in 30 days......But please remember it's ok to miss a few. Nobody will know but you. In fact nobody will care but you! Life gets in the way sometimes and if that happens, don't sweat it. The only rule is to have fun! That's it!"
Are you in? I signed up for the Challenge - and you can sign up here.
Last night at our TAG Art Journaling Group, Stephanee demonstrated how to make paper bag art journals. She used lunch-size bags. You can create a variety of journals just by folding the bags in different positions.
To make the holes for the brads, we used awls. We put the bags in the center of a large phone book which made it easier to punch the holes. Some of the other member bound their books with waxed linen or twine.
The open parts of the bags make great pockets for secret or surprise art pieces. You can also cut more openings in the bag pages - or create decorative edging with scissors. Embellish the bag pages with washi tape, ink spray, paint, small accent pieces and/or images.
Another member Maureen brought these sewn fabric swatches to share. I really love them. They would make great book covers - or even provide a background for a painted piece. I'm still thinking up ideas for them.
Since I was in Virginia Beach, I had to hit the stores, Both Anthropologie and Hobby Lobby just opened up in the city. Of course, the Anthropologie store was just beautiful as usual. I was also impressed with the art supply section at Hobby Lobby. So many created needs to choose from.
Sarah Schwartz, the founding editor of Stationery Trends, and the force behind The Paper Chronicles, believes letter writing is still very much alive. And to prove it, she had the fantastic idea to start a Letter Writing Campaign.
I'm thrilled to report that one of my Cinnamon Pink Girls (named Snow) is featured in this post. Here's more details about the Letter Writing Campaign in Sarah's own words:
"I am big believer in stationery (obviously), but even more so in using it…So send me a letter, card or postcard on your favorite paper and tell me what makes it so. My address is: P.O. Box 22133, Beachwood, Ohio 44122. I will share it here, and then send you some writing papers along with a note for your efforts."
Here is a brief description of the Club in Teesha's own words:
Tracy and I plan to offer "new sources of inspiration in the form of online workshops, interesting videos, relevant articles and how-to's, downloadable art and art supplies (like collage sheets, patterns, wrapping paper, etc.), tips on new art supplies and books, random quirky stuff and a forum to share ideas and your own art. We will delve into anything and everything that enhances your creative life."
For more details, check out Teesha's blog post. I just joined and I'm so thrilled that I did. Check it out!
For 10 days, Morna will be interviewing some amazing creative professionals about how they were able to craft business success from their creative passions. You’ll learn about branding, how to handle your finances, how to license your art and how to use social media.
The Creative Passion to Profit Speaker Series takes place from September 16-30 (except weekends). You can listen to the interviews from your phone or computer, anywhere you are, whether you are in North America or Australia.
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.
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."
Yesterday, our Tidewater Artists Group (TAG) took part in a Charm Bracelet Workshop taught by Julie Armstrong in Virginia Beach. Julie is a TAG member and an expert in making jewelry.
We made four charms and three bead dangles. Julie was so organized that she made individual kits for each of the charm components. We also learned a good deal about jump rings and wire wrapping.
The oval charm (above) may look like it was made from shrinky dinks. However, Julie told us that she uses plastic boxes (#6 variety) from the supermarket salad bar in place of the shrinky dinks product.
The plastic boxes can be cut into various designs, allowing for shrinkage. Julie put the pieces into a toaster oven to shrink them. We were amazed that our plastic pieces curled up and then flattened in the oven similar to shrinky dinks.
Last night, Ron and I attended the Symphony by the Sea Concert 2012 performed by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The concert was held at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater under the watchful gaze of King Neptune, a 34-foot high statue.
Here is an image of the Orchestra warming up before the Concert. A medley of Disney music was the theme for the evening. As the Orchestra performed, colorful images from Disney movies were displayed on the back screen.
We took a few photos of these images but the photographs came out too dark since the sun had already gone down.
Since I spent the last week purging my Studio of clutter, the Concert proved to be a relaxing respite from cleaning up. I even did some sketching during the Concert.
Yesterday, the Tidewater Artists Group (TAG) held our meeting at the beautiful Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Virginia Beach. Sunday was also the last day of the wonderful Robert Sites Exhibition. His work is very inspiring. I love the effects that he achieved with both imagery and color. You can see more of his art at the Mayer Fine Art Gallery site.
The main theme of the TAG meeting was a variation of Show and Tell where members presented the art work that they created at Art & Soul and gave a synopsis of the individual workshops that they took. It was great to see all the various art pieces and gain more insight about different mixed-media art techniques.
Last Sunday, our Tidewater Artist Group (TAG) held a Mosaic Workshop hosted by Linda Simon. Linda is founder of Linda Simon Consulting (Illuminating the Essence of Entrepreneurs).
We had over twenty members participating in the Workshop. The Creative Energy was very stimulating. And we learned a lot from the talented Linda. This was my first experience with Mosaics and I loved every minute of it - even the messy grout. As you can see above, I completed a Mosaic Mirror.
I can envision another mixed-media art interest overtaking me. I've already purchased tiles and tile knippers.