Thursday, September 18, 2014

Studio Reveal with The Altered Page

The wonderful Seth Apter has a great blog hop going today called "Studio Reveal."  Lots of artists have linked up with photos of their studios - messy, tidy, you name it!  Here are pics of my MESSY space -- it's how I'm most comfortable working!

What's on my work table today... a small canvas, charms for Art is You, and an art journal page all at the same time!
Expanded view - supplies and an almost finished iced coffee! 
Here's what's behind my chair -- need all my paints, markers, pencils, crayons and gelatos within reach...

Also behind me, often used mediums, stamps, modeling cremes and embossing powders...

My beloved stencils....
Teaching supplies on the shelves and in the big cabinet...
To see other studios, hop on over to The Altered Page.  

For the Hamsa Giveaway post (there's still time...), click here. 

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Home is Where the Hamsa Is


I was so excited to teach my first Meetup class in my new studio.  I wasn't sure how the space would work out, but it was splendid!  The subject of the class was home blessings using the Hamsa Stencil from Stencil Girl.

You can read all about the symbolism of the Hamsa here, and see step out photos for how I created these Hamsa Canvases on the Stencil Girl Talk blog here.  


Here are my fantastic students playing with the Hamsa Stencil and other stencils from Stencil Girl.  Each of their canvases came out so beautifully!










A big thank you to ace photographer Samy Cordero for capturing all the smiles and mark making!
Giveaway:  Do you want to play with the Five Hamsas Stencil?  If so, please leave a comment below with your email address as I am giving one away!  

Congratulations to Rebecca Tilinski who is the winner of the charm giveaway from this post. 

I have classes scheduled through my Meetup Group once a month through December.  And next up, I'll be teaching at the fabulous Art is You Mixed Media Retreat in Stamford, CT, in just a few weeks. I hope to see you soon!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Feed Your Hopes and Starve Your Fears



The word up at One Little Word is "Fear."

We all have fears.  I once was:

Afraid to put my art out there...
Afraid my work wasn't good enough...
Afraid that I needed more formal training to call myself "artist"...
Afraid to make videos of creating art...
Afraid to apply to teach art...
Afraid no one would sign up for my classes...

Fear can paralyze.  There is nothing better than busting fear than taking a chance.

Nothing will shrink your fear more than honoring and feeding your hopes and dreams.  You just have to do it.


The background of this tag was done using my Hearts, Flowers & More stencil from Stencil Girl.  Lord Shiva is from my Shiva stencil.   They started out looking like this:


Here's a video of an art journal page fast forward using the Shiva Stencil.   You can also watch Shiva Art Journal Page on YouTube here.



Create something around the word "Fear" and link it up at One Little Word.  We would all love to see what you create.

Today is the VERY LAST DAY to register for Art is You Retreats.  If you've ever feared going on an art retreat - if you feared you might not know anyone; you don't have a roommate; or have not registered out of fear of the unknown, JUST DO IT.  You will feel embraced and loved and nurtured.  I'm teaching two workshops, and every workshop is just an amazing opportunity for self discovery, making new friends, and having a great time!











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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Charmed, I'm Sure! (And a Giveaway!)


It is the custom at Art is You to bring small pieces of your art to give away or trade.  ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), altered spools and curtain rings, miniature hand made books - these are just some of the creative and beautiful things I've received at Art is You retreats.

This year, Salliane and Ellen, the super hero leaders of AIY, encouraged us to make charms.  At first, I didn't know what I would do, but then I remembered shrink plastic!
Using my Hamsas, Teacups, Namaste and Flowers, Pomegranates and Leaves stencils from Stencil Girl, I stenciled images onto Shrink Plastic.  (I also used up a lot of #6 plastic containers that I had.  We have to bring these to a special place to recycle them, and I was thrilled to find out that they shrink just like the "special" shrink dink plastic!)

See the big Hamsa on the right?  Once you heat it, it shrinks to the size of the ones on the left!  Just like magic!

This became completely addicting!



It's been very meditative to tie these little charms up with ribbon to my business cards, and attach buttons and other ephemera that I've been saving.


I have lots of these tucked into the altered book storage box that I made last week just for Art is You!


GIVEAWAY:  I made a bunch of extra charms -- if you are NOT going to Art is You because of distance or some other reason, and would like the chance to win one of these charms, leave your email address in your comment below and I will pick some random winners by the end of the day on Sunday, 9/14!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Art is the Key that Unlocks All Doors


Art is You - an Art Retreat near and dear to my heart - is just a month away, and the sign-up deadline is only days away - September 15 to be exact.   I'm so looking forward to seeing old friends, putting faces and voices to blog friends, and making new friends.

One of the cool things about Art is You (and there are many) is that people bring all sorts of things to giveaway and trade - charms, artist trading cards, bits of ephemera.  So I decided to make a special container and journal for my trades, using the altered book technique I'll be teaching in "Altered Book Memory Keeper."

I used an old book I purchased in a consignment store in the Czech Republic.  I love the spirit of friendship on the front cover - which is one of the best things about Art is You.

I created a deep niche inside the book for storing ATCs and charms, and used the book pages I cut out to decoupage the interior.


Using my Garden Flowers and Leaves stencil from Stencil Girl Products, I decorated the front and back covers.

I glazed the inside and added branches and fruit motifs from the Medallions and Apples & Pomegranates stencils.


The phrase "Art is the key that unlocks all doors" came to me as I thought about all the doors that Art is You Retreats have unlocked for me.  Personal, professional - my experiences at 3 Art-is-You Retreats have been transforming (you can read about my prior Art is You experiences here.).

I used the Doors & Windows stencil to illustrate this sentiment, and glazed the cover with techniques I will be teaching in "The Sky's the Limit" class.

On the inside of the book, I added one of the beautiful name badges that Ellen Legare made for all the participants at one of the retreats.  I inserted one of the images from the book inside the niche.  I can't wait to fill up the niche with lots of Art-is-You goodies and journaling of my experience!


Will you be coming to Art is You?  Which classes are you taking?  In addition to teaching, I look forward to taking workshops with Andrea DeMeng, Diana Trout, Marjie Kemper, Kecia Deveney and Linda Willis.  If only I had a time turner and could take more classes during the time available.... Ah well!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Never Lost with Love

The word up at One Little Word is "Lost."

I haven't been able to participate in OLW the last two months because I've been packing up my studio and house and preparing to move at the end of this month.  Truth be told, this whole experience has me feeling a little LOST.   Like my rudbeckia flowers, I get out of sorts when I'm transplanted.  I'm hardy and will eventually take root and blossom, but for now I'm in a constant state of shock!

When I'm completely overwhelmed, my husband is my refuge.  I can curl up in his arms, and he makes me feel like all will be well in the end.

As long as I have his love, I am never lost.

What does the word "lost" mean for you?  Do you have a favorite quote that uses this word?  Hope you'll link up at One Little Word and share anything you create inspired by "lost."



This art journal page started out with side by side pages of sprayed Dylusions ink in my 8 x 8 journal.


On a separate paper, I drew and painted a face.  Creating it on a separate piece of paper allowed me to tilt and position it to exactly how I wanted it.
I angled it to my liking and adhered it to the page.  Inspired by Frida Kahlo's chimerical self portraits (human face, animal body),


I used the Three Owls and a Branch stencil to create the body/dress for my girl, and the base of the Ganesh Stencil to create her wings.  I added texture and interest around her with parts of the Namaste stencil.


As a finishing touch, I added white to the insides of some of the letters in the sentiment I wrote, which just made it pop the right amount.
Freddie and I sit on the porch of our new home right after the closing!  
I hope to see you over at One Little Word!   Linking also to Art Journal Journey, where Frida Kahlo is the prompt this month, and Mix it Monthly, where parrot colors and crazy dresses are this month's inspiration.

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