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    Issue #11 of the Daisy Yellow Zine
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    Art Journal: Falling Rev 1.1

    “A good heavy book holds you down.
    It's an anchor that keeps you from getting up
    and having another gin and tonic.”
    ~Roy Blount, Jr.


    18x24" strathmore watercolor paper, golden heavy bodied acrylics

    Squares of paint, a bit of collage, fun stuff like photographs of my mandalas, math formula notes found in a used book from the 1950s, maps, fabric. More from this journal at Tea Party + Watermelon.


    Three Little Accordian Books

    "My spelling is Wobbly.
    It's good spelling but it Wobbles,
    and the letters get in the wrong places."
    ~A. A. Milne

    Three folded books of groovy mandalas. Each section is roughly the size of an ATC. Drawn in Sakura glaze pens, which don't have the sharpest of nibs but compensate with a dreamy flow and a definitive texture. Check out Accordian Book: Quotes.


    Constructive Photography

    “I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.”
    ~ Stanley Kubrick

    Our school is expanding into the barn, so I wandered around a bit when things were quiet. The mid-morning light through high windows allowed some interesting shots. Not perfect lighting, to be sure. I found the angles of wood, old bricks and the remaining few odds and ends from the barn interesting.

    It's one of the few times I've gone somewhere specifically to photograph, rather than taking photos while exploring or doing something else. I might take a tripod next time?

    Two years ago we visited Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in Western Pennsylvania. The girls still talk about the house, for it is unforgettable. Enjoy this digital movie of Fallingwater by artist Cristóbal Vila. Just a few minutes in length, simply amazing.


    Art Journal: Boxes

    "My own nature hovers between neurotic and paranoid.
    I've developed the habit of mentally listing things
    that make me optimistic about the future.
    I do it every day."
    ~Martha Beck

    18x24" watercolor paper, golden heavy bodied acrylics.


    I love when I can stop without feeling the need to mess with the entire page...


    Step #887: Photograph Your Process

    "The principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done—men who are creative, inventive, and discovers. The second goal of education is to form minds which can be critical, can verify, and not accept everything they are offered.
    ~ Jean Piaget

    I'm thinking about how we can use our cameras as tools, documenting our work. The work space, grungy, messy, stuff everywhere, brushes, paints, unfinished art journal pages, half finished doodles, wet backgrounds, brush strokes, knots, scattered threads, sketches, spills, india ink stained fingers, bobbins, moleskines in cafes with coffee stains. I find that kind of thing interesting. It's real. It's our own comfy world.

    Messy paints, sticky brushes and unpolished ideas.

    Here's more in the step-by-step art journaling series.


    Ideas | Laundry

    "The scientist does not study nature because it is useful;
    he studies it because he delights in it,
    and he delights in it because it is beautiful."
    ~Henri Poincare

    shiny laundromat, amsterdam

    An idea surfaces. Vague, something about drawing swirlies that look like flowering ivy. As I scramble eggs, do dishes, wait in line at the post office, I ponder the possibilities. Pen nibs and inks. Directions and angles. Leaves and lines. Intersections and curves. A logical starting point.

    There are little pockets of time to build upon your creative ideas. You just have to look.


    Got 20 Minutes?
    Jump In!
    Constraints and Creative Work


    Life is a Rainbow

    "The most effective way to do it, is to do it."
    Amelia Earhart

    For lovers of color and rainbows and Alice in Wonderland, take a deep breath and visit Un the de fous pour Alice, a selection of art journal pages created by Francoise Melzani dedicated to the tea party chapter in the book Alice in Wonderland. [There's a translator on the right side]. Enjoy her magical artwork at Flickr.

    And speaking of Alice, have you seen the ultra-cool The Annotated Alice? One of the books I bought for my 10 yr old last year was The Annotated Wizard of Oz, and I'm getting a kick out of it.


    Art Journal: Tea Party Rev 1.1

    "A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog's ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins."
    ~Charles Lamb

    18x24" strathmore watercolor paper, ephemera, golden heavy bodied acrylics, paint roller

    So big. So fun. First layer was simply lime acrylic paint; the next layer was collage. Somewhere, there will be journaling. Or maybe in the little tea bag pocket I attached!

    A note about brayers. For this project I used disposable mini paint rollers from Home Depot. It's technically not a brayer, but it does roll around. It's fuzzy so it absorbs paint and so if you want to create grunge ffects with a semi-dry brayer, it's not feasible. The handles are cheap plastic, so they would not take force. I will stick with Speedball Soft Rubber Brayers; I have 3 of the 2" brayers, so that I can work in multiple colors at once. When I had just one, I washed quickly w/dish soap, easy peasy, then switched colors.

    At Zen Habits, The #1 Habit of Highly Creative People (via Twitter).

    Find more pages from this biggie journal @ Summer Winds + Watermelon + Swirlie.