Today I discovered a blog that is new to me: The Art Instruction Blog. Resources on the site include free art lessons on: oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, pastels and more.
Check out the post on: How to Turn Your Artwork Into Museum-Quality Prints.
There's also an interesting tutorial from Sandrine Pelissier on: Watercolor and Mixed Media Painting: Playing in the Grass.
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Munsell color system, 1915, Albert H. Munsell - Pre-Pantone
You'll find a lot of your favorite museums: National Gallery of Art - Musée d'Orsay - The Smithsonian - MoMA and so much more. Check out the The Permanent Collection and Galleries, Exhibitions and Shows Lists too.
You must also view the Virtual Vatican Sistine Chapel. I actually felt as if I was standing in the Chapel once again. Such beauty!
Troll through the online museums for some quick inspiration for your next art work.
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Image from Vintage Printable
I haven't visited the Vintage Printable site in a while but I'm glad I checked it out today.
According to the site, "They provide free, public domain/out-of-copyright images for you to print or download. Most of the images are vintage naturalist or scientific illustration, but there are loads of other images, too." I especially like the Typrography and Botanical images.
Look at the above cool German Alphabet plate. I believe it was created in 1655.
Image from Vintage Printable
This lovely Botanical Mushroom plate was created in 1878. Many of their images would work well with mixed media art, Check them out!
Via Pinterest, I came across this cool site, The Art Center Blog (Sharing Ideas & Tips from Artist to Artist).
Note: There's a wealth of information on The Art Center Blog. Make sure you check out the right-hand side column which lists the categories covered on the blog.
I have been searching for Essential Oils but noticed that they can be very pricey. I discovered the PipingRock site. The company also sells and manufactures their own supplements right in the USA.
Well, their Essential Oils are very reasonably priced. Here's what I paid for:
Every Essential Oil is priced differently. I plan to order some more oils and experiment with making oil blends.
Note: I have no association with this company. I'm just satisfied with their prices on oils and supplements too.
Image from the Student Art Guide, Artist - EVOL
Although the Student Art Guide site is targeted to high school students, you may find some art inspiration in the following three posts written by Amiria Robinson.
Check out the Student Art Guide and get some new ideas for your own art.
Image from Instructables site
I've been thinking of purchasing a light box but the least expensive ones that I found were about $60. Then I found this bargain-priced and easy idea on how to make your own DIY Tracing Light Box for under $20 on Instructables. The idea came from Amisiak.
You probably can get the supplies from Walmart.
Although the following post is targeted toward designers, I believe it applies to artists as well: Consumption: How Inspiration Killed, Then Ate, Creativity. It's written by Art Director Owen Shifflett on Viget. Here are a couple of points that resonated with me:
Check out the complete post for more inspiration.
Image from Do What You Love
Here are the details from their site:
"Do What You Love is sponsoring a 31-day experiment in carving out more time for the things you love."
"Starting August 1, you will receive one email per day for 31 days, each one providing a specific prompt to encourage you to create, connect or just have fun. This series is completely FREE – we want to make the most of our Summer and hope you will join us. Sign up to start Making Time."
I signed up. We all need more time to do what we love.
Being a writer, I love words - the sound of them, their definitions and usage so I was glad to discover the free e-mail list: wordsmith.org/awad.
The (new to me) list was created by India-born Anu Garg. While trying to improve his own command of the English language, Garg has e-mailed a word a day (wordsmith.org/awad), plus its definition, pronunciation and roots, to an increasingly large group of recipients.
His free e-mail list has grown to more than one million people in 200 countries and territories. This year marks the 20th anniversary of wordsmith. Check it out!
In the comments section of Design Sponge, I re-discovered (from Debbie) The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam which has digitalized 150,000 of its works and uploaded them onto a Web site.
You can sign up on the site and save works of art in the Rijksstudio. All the works are free to be used privately for your own creations or for businesses. They also have their own Pinterest-like board on the site where you can pin your choices for future use.
Image from the Art History Archive
I was especially interested in his Lecture Notes on Contemporary & Cubism Art and his Experimental Drawing Lesson: Cubist Portrait Drawing. I have always admired the art that was created during the Cubist Movement. In fact, one of my favorite paintings is Picasso's Portrait of Ambroise Vollard as shown above. Many years ago, I painted my version of this portrait using oil paints.
You can support Burke's site by entering your artwork in their ongoing international artist competitions - or you can make a direct donation.
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Via the Red Lemon Club, I came across this motivating post on 7 Simple Acts of Daily Self-Discipline that Will Make You a Better Artist written by founder, Alex Mathers.
I especially like his point on Clarity Thinking. Alex says, "One of the healthiest and most refreshing things you can do for the benefit of your creativity, productivity and personal well-being is consistent thought reduction. This does not mean actively stopping your thinking, rather, bringing awareness back to exactly what you are doing in the present, whenever you notice it straying off."
Check out the rest of Alex's post - and then poke around his site for more inspiration.
I was looking for a resource on how to achieve watercolor effects with acrylic paint. Via Fashionarium, I found this post, How Does Fashion Illustrator Jennifer Lilya Make Acrylics Look Like Watercolors.
Jennifer details her technique and provides a photo of the supplies that she uses. Check it out.
Well, today I received a delightful package of cards and stamps from Sarah. I love the clean line of these cards. They look too pretty to use. The card collection, from Nicely Noted, includes:
Perry Nelson is the founder of Nicely Noted which is a stationery subscription service that delivers a curated collection of letterpress cards and stamps to your mailbox every month. Take a few moments to read why Perry founded Nicely Noted and view her beautiful card collection too.
If you're interested in more details about the Letter Writing Campaign, check out The Paper Chronicles.
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Snow Postcard - Image from The Paper Chronicles
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."
Check out The Paper Chronicles to view the other submissions.
Do you remember the original 100 Art Therapy Exercises List that was circulating on the Web? It was originally posted online by the Nursing School blog.
Since many of the links had become out of date, Shelley, host of Expressive Arts Workshops, updated the List to feature the most vibrant and inspiring art therapy directives on the Internet today,
If you're interested in learning more about acrylic painting, you may want to check out the Will Kemp Art School site (Professional Secrets for Aspiring Artists). Kemp offers an extensive list of posts and free video tutorials on acrylic painting.
Topics covered include: Getting Started, Colour Theory, Acrylic Painting Techniques and more! Kemp also offers information on oil painting and drawing. Check the site out!
Image from Painting My World blog - Poppy Dance - ©Karen Margulis
Today I discovered the blog of Karen Margulis called Painting My World. Her art work is absolutely beautiful - and she generously shares both painting and technique tips.
I like Karen's post on Storing Finished Pastel Paintings (Part 1). She calls her system the Monthly Clothesline Wall. Check out Karen's blog for the details. And take some time to view her tutorials too.
I think I may create a Monthly Clothesline Wall too.
Image from Unstuck site
Via Pinterest, I came across this cool site called Unstuck.
Here's a description of the site in their own words: "Unstuck is an in-the-moment digital coach that's ready every time we're feeling stuck. The app helps us see and solve situations with fresh perspective through provocative questions, targeted tips, and action-oriented tools. It's an approach that works for all kinds of issues, large and small, so we can live better every day."
Pictured above is one of their fun infographs, Tip Sheet for Your Creative Stuck Moments. You can download and print the Sheet at their site.
You may also like their post, How to Spark Creativity when You're Feeling Blocked. Four working artists were interviewed to compile this informative post.
Now pour yourself a cup of coffe and take time to explore the site - Lots of good ideas here.
Image from Glitterville site
In the latest issue of Oprah magazine, these adorable Polka Dot Melamine Plates (Set of 4) are featured in The O List section. The plates are offered by the Glitterville company. The plates appeal to my love for shabby chic-style items. Good News - The plates are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe. To me, the plates add such happiness to a meal. I hope they come out with coffee cups.
The first shipment has sold out. That's The Power of 0! However, sixty sets were to go on sale today at noon. So I went to the site and received an error message - Method Not Implemented. My browser was misbehaving.
I sent a message to the company about my dilemma. And Brian Crabtree, VIP Glittervillian called me and let me place my order. What excellent Customer Service! If you missed your chance to place an order, I believe new stock will be arriving mid-April. Check Glitterville out - You will love the site.
While trolling around the Internet, I discovered the idsketching site. Although the site is targeted toward industrial designers, I found some useful information that may be of interest to mixed-media artists. Here are two informative articles to check out:
Although the articles are a few years old, they still provide relevant information for artists. Check out these posts and more on the idsketching site.
Artist, Sandrine Pelissier, offers readers an informative tutorial on How to Apply a Wax Finish to a Watercolor Painting on Paper Mounted on Board.
Before applying the wax, Sandrine suggests covering your painting with a Krylon workable fixative. I have never put a wax finish on my paintings but I think I'm going to give it a try. Check out the complete tutorial as well as other helpful tips on Sandrine's blog.
If you regularly read my blog, you know that I have an ongoing habit of sketching each night so I was especially intereted in this article. Here are a couple of my favorite tips from Vikki:
Take a few minutes to read the complete post. Then pull out your sketchbook and Start Sketching. In fact, why not buy a new sketchbook for 2014 to celebrate the new year.
I'm a note taker. I regularly write down new ideas for art projects, magazine articles and blog posts. I also record quotations that capture my fancy.
However, I'm not very organized about recording my ideas. I usually use what ever is close at hand - blue line pads, Post It notes, backs of envelopes, sketchpads, notebooks and more. Problems arise when I try to track down a good idea and flesh it out. I then need to go through piles of papers and clutter.
Enter the Bullet Journal as described on their site - "For the list-makers, the note-takers, the Post-It note pilots, the track-keepers, and the dabbling doodlers. Bullet journal is for those who feel there are few platforms as powerful as the blank paper page. It’s an analog system for the digital age that will help you organize the present, record the past, and plan for the future."
Ryder Carroll, Art Director and Interaction Designer is the developer of this great system. Check out the Bullet Journal site for more details. There's also a video describing the system on the site.
I'm wondering if a Bullet Journal might also be used for capturing art drawings. Regardless, I'm going to start a Bullet Journal. How about you?
As the author Melanie Pinola says, "Everyone knows how to Google, but not everyone Googles efficiently." Lots of good information in the article. Check it out!
Take a few minutes to check out Carolyn Edlund's interview about Exercises in Creativity with bestselling author and artist Nick Bantock. He talks about Art, the Creative Process, and Writing his 27th book.
Edlund is founder of Artsy Shark. On her site, you'll find a wealth of articles on The Business of Art.
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"A practical kit to help you make 2014 the year you do what you love. This FREE 24-page PDF will help you extract the good from 2013 - look ahead and shape your 2014 - into the year you want it to be. It includes a powerful technique to help you make dreams into reality, and make your ideas happen."
Check it out!
Image from Carol Nelson Web site
For the anniversary of their launch date, Empty Easel is featuring a "selection of best of' articles that continue to be great resources for artists at every stage in their career"
Here's one article that may interest you - How to Add Incredibly Thick Texture to your Acrylic Paintings written by Carol Nelson. For the details, check out Carol's step-by-step process.
Why not take some time to read the other best of articles on the Empty Easel site.
Image from Skinny Artist blog
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
Image from Artist Daily site
Are you looking to improve your artistic skills with some quick art lessons? Then, check out the top quality Artist Daily site.
This link offers Free eBooks & videos from Artist Daily.
Currently, I'm interested in this e-book, Watercolor Lessons on Depth and Luminosity: 10 Watercolor Painting Techniques. The e-book features painter Ali Cavanaugh. The artist uses multiple layers and tiny strokes to build up color, sometimes using a dozen different hues and as many as 50 layers of paint. Check it out!
Image from Dreams Factory Blog
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 thought you might like this quote written by Rebekah Joy Plett - Why We Should Invest in Artists.
Image from Darn Good Yarn site
I came across this wonderful site Darn Good Yarn. - It's Not Your Grandma's Yarn.
You can purchase beautiful Sari Silk Ribbon Yarn and much much more. The site is a mixed-media artist dream. The added benefit is that you are helping the women of Nepal and India become self-supporting. Nicole Mikkelsen-Snow is the founder of the organization. Check it out!
Image from Darn Good Yarn site
Image from JERRY'S ARTARAMA site
I was on JERRY'S ARTARAMA site and stumbled across this great resource - ART TIPS: Quick Tips to Help You with Your Projects. The tips cover all mediums.
You can even win a prize. Here's the details from JERRY'S site:
"To qualify for the Art Tips $250 Gift Card, we must use your Art Tip and post it online. Every month 8 Art tips will be randomly selected to qualify for the free $250 gift card. These 8 tips will be entered into a Community Vote. The Art Tip with the most votes at the end of the voting deadline will be awarded a $250 gift card."
I especially liked Michelle's point about Asking, i.e., "Ask yourself what is most alive for you NOW. It’s not about the entirety of your vision and all that you can imagine – just what feels most alive within you Now."
Check out the rest of the post and then make today a Creative and Artful Monday.
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!"
Via the Empty Easel, I discovered two interesting art-related sites. The first is Artisan HQ which 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 Artpromotivate which has the goal of motivating and promoting artists. I found two interesting articles here.
View some art videos and read some motivating articles to get your weekend off to a productive and artful start.
Image from The Cool Hunter - The garden of Saiho Ji in Kyoto, Japan.
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."
Image from the Creative Bloq site
According to the site's developers , "The Matboard is a social bookmarking hub for the creative world which will enable users to explore, share, and inspire creative work via two of the most compelling elements of social media: creative visual content and social media sharing capabilities."
"The Matboard will offer the creative world a digital platform from which they can connect with others based on their shared creative tastes and interests."
The site is organized into categories such as Typography, Logos, Stationery, Magazine Design, Print, Posters, Vintage Design, Infographics - and more. I'm very impressed by the images that I found. You have to check it out.
Image from Lateral Action site
Here's a great way to start the New Year:
"Sign up for The Creative Pathfinder Foundation Course – a FREE 26-part creative career guide, delivered to your inbox (courtesy of Mark McGuinness). It will equip you with essential skills to succeed in the 21st-century creative economy – whether you’re a freelancer, independent artist, entrepreneur or employee."
Mark McGuinness is a poet and a coach for artists and creatives. He has been coaching and training creative professionals since 1996, when he started practicing as a psychotherapist and noticed he had a high proportion of artistic clients suffering from conditions such as writer’s block and stage fright.
DIY Wax Paper Candleholders - Image from 1 Design Per Day
In need of some inspiration and eye candy? Then check out the 2012 Most Popular Posts by 12 Leading Design Sites courtesy of the 1 Design Per Day site (an Inspirational Product Design eMagazine).
The only supplies you need are: wax paper, tea lights (electronic) and a little time spent folding. What an easy and elegant DIY project!
I recently discovered the publication, Bella Crafts Quarterly.™
Here is a description of the magazine from the Bella Crafts Creative Team which are composed of professional craft designers:
"Bella Crafts Quarterly™ is the #1 digital craft publication that is always free for readers to view online or download. You will always enjoy oodles of innovative and inspiring craft projects here."
"However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg! In this innovative publication you will also meet industry professionals and delve into insightful, educational articles pertaining to crafting and craft business."
Bella Crafts Quarterly™ produces 4 full issues per year. Special Editions are also issued in between Quarterly issues. Check out the publication and subscribe today.
You can also post your graphic on Tumblr, Facebook, Stumble Upon, Twitter and Pinterest.
For the graphic above, I used one of my favorite quotes. Then I chose a quote from the Quotes Library on the recite this site to create this graphic.
Take a few minutes and create a bunch of motivational graphics to energize you for the New Year.
Here are two laws that I especially like:
For more productivity ideas, check out the entire post.
The Arts Business Institute (ABI) has recently released their juried, 2nd Annual Great Handmade Holiday Gift Guide. I'm thrilled to report that my Parisian Blue Eiffel Tower Ornament is listed in the Under $50 Category. You can find this ornament in my Etsy Shop.
The Guide offers a dazzling variety of lovely gifts in a range of prices: $100. And Up - $50 to $100 - and Under $50.
The best part is that the gifts are handcrafted and made in the USA. Check out the ABI Handmade Holiday Gift Guide today.
Image from The Graphics Fairy site
Wishing You All a Happy & Relaxing Thanksgiving Day!
On a side note: I discovered a (new to me) search engine site called DuckDuckGo.
Check DuckDuckGo out.
Image from Smart Creative Women site
Here's what Lee says about her site: "My hope is for you to be able to hear how women today are carving out a place for themselves using their very best resource, their creativity and realize that you can do it as well!"
During Corinna's interview, she talks about Etsy, licensing, copyright, and how her business got started. Take a quick coffee break and check out this interesting and inspirational video.
Then come back later and visit Smart Creative Women to listen to other Guest Interviews.