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    Gouache Grid & House

    "Photography is an immediate reaction,
    drawing is a meditation."
    Henri Cartier-Bresson

    Drew a freehand grid in pencil, then painted with gouache. Very relaxing and meditative.

    Watercolor paper stitched, painted with gouache. After stitching it's like paint-by-number because there are little sections to fill in.

    This is my 6th year of AEDM, Art Every Day Month, an annual November challenge facilitated by Leah of Creative Every Day. 


    Art Journal: Aquarius

    "I like to edit my sentences as I write them. I rearrange a sentence many times before moving on to the next one. For me, that editing process feels like a form of play, like a puzzle that needs solving, and it's one of the most satisfying parts of writing."
    Karen Thompson Walker

    This is a wide Clairefontaine Carnet de Voyage journal with drawing paper.

    Here's what's on these pages: Neocolors, Tokyo metro ticket, magazine clippings, typed text, doodles, lyrics, gelatin prints, round labels, a photograph of a gardening tools, map, japanese papers, painted papers and papers from Sue, index card art, perfume sample, wrapping paper, high flow acrylics. In other words, a bit of everything:)

    Big announcement!!! I'm teaching a new workshop at 21 Secrets!

    I'm participating in AEDM, Art Every Day Month, an annual November challenge facilitated by Leah of Creative Every Day. 

    Thank you to Seth of The Altered Page for including a link to one of my art journal tutorials in this week's link round-up!


    The Sanity-Salvation of Artification

    Snap! That's the sound of the imaginary photographs you can take as your art evolves. To help you notice how it all comes together... the colors, textures, shapes, lines & words add a plot twist. A bunch of art supplies intermingle and are transformed into something else altogether.

    What if art turns out to be the difference in your week? 

    Continuing thoughts from...

    1. At the intersection of synergy and compound interest
    2. On Not Getting Sidetracked

    Crossroads: A New Workshop {21 Secrets!}

    21 Secrets Spring 2015 Registration {Early Bird Discount}

    I'm thrilled to announce that I will be teaching a new mixed media workshop called Crossroads, part of 21 Secrets Spring 2015.

    In Crossroads, we will explore the intersection of thread, paper, paint & ink in our art journals. We'll be sewing & painting paper with watercolor and/or gouache. This is my third teaching gig at 21 Secrets!

    Here's how it works! On April 1, 2015, you'll gain access to twenty-one workshops. Each workshop is taught via video tutorials and detailed PDF documents. There's a private Facebook group for 21 Secrets and access to the group is available upon registration {another reason to register early}.

    Click to learn more and register for 21 Secrets Spring 2015 at the special "pre-sale" discount of 40%. Please note that instructors receive payment for teaching via registration links.

    If you register via a link at Daisy Yellow, I'll get a portion of the registration fee. 

    The workshops are for artists at any level and the learning environment is warm, friendly and down to earth. There are folks who have been art journaling for many years and people experimenting with their very first art journal pages. Here's a peek at some of the art created by the teachers for the Spring 2015 21 Secrets!

    The last workshop I taught at 21 Secrets was Watercolor Playground, so click here or click here see some of the student work from that workshop!

    Some comments from the Watercolor Playground workshop discussion group:

    "What I love about your videos so far, is that because I have a smidgen of knowledge I love how your exercises are teaching us basic steps of controlling the paint without making it boring.  We end up with something that is cool to look at and can be used.  I don't know if teaching comes easy for you but I would say that you definitely have a knack for sharing in a creative and interesting way!  I have learned a ton just watching your videos and can't wait until I dip my brush into water and some beautiful paint.  Now maybe I will get those expensive paints I bought out and take them for a spin."

    "I can't tell you how much I enjoyed doing these pages. My only other attempt at doing watercolor was based on learning from a book, and it was so abysmal I put it away and never got back to it. Thank you so much for these brilliant ideas/exercises, Tammy! I am hooked on watercolors."

    "Thank you for making watercolor fun! I was getting too stressed trying to get things to come out like the original picture in other watercolor books. I wish I started with this class first before trying to learn from books."


    3/4 of a Doodle a Day...

    Doodling with Sakura gelly rolls and glaze pens in a blank, lined journal {those swirls around the edges are printed on each page}. 

    AEDM: 30 Days of Art. I'm documenting my participation every few days. This is the 6th year I've participated in Art Every Day Month, an annual November challenge facilitated by Leah of Creative Every Day. 


    Art Journal: Wheel of Fortune

    The very best fun. The simple act of cutting and pasting images, words and colors into a journal. 

    This is a super duper wide Clairefontaine Carnet de Voyage journal that is filled with drawing paper. 

    Here's how I work, in the dining room. Baskets and boxes of papers, adhesive, paint {not used on this page}, a mug of coffee, tons of collected papers and magazine clippings to choose from. Scientific paper categorization process? Small stuff in the small basket. Bigger stuff in the bigger basket. Then it all gets cleaned up, at least in theory.

    Here's what's on these pages: Typed words, magazine clippings, doodles, Pink Floyd lyrics, index card art, gelatin prints, round labels, eraser stamp imprints, a photograph of a bicycle, greeting card, a photograph of an art journal page, japanese papers, painted papers and a super cool Wheel of Fortune tarot card received from Lauren. Plus Neocolors!

    AEDM: 30 Days of Art. I'm going to document my participation in this challenge every few days. Art Every Day Month is an annual November challenge facilitated by Leah of Creative Every Day. 


    Inktober Review

    I've been meaning to summarize my work and discoveries after the Inktober Challenge and it was Anika's wrap-up of pattern work for the challenge that visually "prompted" me to pull together my ink work from the month of October. To analyze the results, I worked on about 27 different pages during the month. Worked with a variety of markers, pens, inks, dip pens, nibs, the rapidograph and also high flow acrylics. I forgot to include two pages where I filmed tutorials... another mandala and a slow journaling page. There were a bunch of pages going simultaneously {as per usual} and some pages took 2-3 days to finish. There's stitching on a few of the slow journaling pages too. 

    All in all, I'm really happy with the way the month played out, even with two family birthdays, recuperation from dental surgery plus a Halloween get-together at our house. The coolest thing is that I didn't plan ahead and just went with whatever I was in the mood for each day. I wound up working on a lot of themes and techniques and just exploring without any particular goal. 

    Do you have any process for reviewing your work for a challenge? For looking back and evaluating what you've learned? What was the most recent challenge that you completed?


    Color-Themed Collage {Blue}

    "Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious;
    the best prose is that which
    is most full of poetry."
    Virginia Woolf 

    Have you created a color-themed collage? It could be stitched or glued or stapled, but the idea is to pick collage stuff based on color alone.

    Just pick a color and go through everything, literally everything, in your paper stash in a hunt for that color. You can focus a specific aqua blue or vermillion red or even a color combination collage {two particular colors} where you only use items with those colors. You can be as flexible as you wish, for example, allowing items which contain those colors but might have other colors... or just papers with your desired color. In this collage I used anything remotely considered blue to my eyes. 

    The good news is that the sewing part is relatively quick. Still, this page took about three days because I just worked a little at a time between other life stuff. It takes longer than you might think just to gather up the papers - and then usually I'll not gather up enough stuff so I restart my search. 

    I have a stack of papers cut to a particular size and these will be added to the Play Journal. My journals all have names so that I can refer to them and think about them and it gives them character. The Play Journal is not yet stitched together so I can keep adding to it. That's the way I made the little Joker Journal, although that was finished in a few days and the Play Journal has been in process for months!

    November is Art Every Day Month. I'll do something creative each day this month. I've been doing this challenge since 2009, so this is my 6th year!!!