I'm Tammy. 

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    2014 Reading Challenge

    2014 Reading Challenge
    Tammy has read 0 books toward her goal of 36 books.


    Hanna's 2014 Spring Mail Art Swap #1

    “Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.”
    Lemony Snicket

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    Work from the Painted Paper Paradise Workshop

    I've extended the registration date for the Watercolor Playground and Painted Paper Paradise workshops until Friday April 18th. Learn more about the workshops + register now! Pretend the "now" is flashing in neon. Flash. Flash. Flash.

    Here are some of the beautiful pages created in the Painted Paper Paradise workshop. We use watercolor or gouache to paint a variety of shapes and patterns and use those designs in our journals or cut them up and create art journal collages. Plus bonus paper-sewing tutorials!


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    The Disorderly Moleskine

    “Half my life is an act of revision.”
    John Irving

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    Thinking about perfect work


    It's useful to step back and take a macro view of our creative endeavors. What is the point, the goal? With your lines, your brush strokes, your photographs, your words. Sometimes there is value in working to perfectly replicate or represent something. To draw an accurate foot, characterize a basketball player, symbolize a dream, develop a 5-7-5 haiku about distopian fiction, solve a math problem accurately to the 7th decimal. And other times there is value in working to approximate something, to be purposely imperfect, to get close to something but not reach it, to estimate. To get to some point of good enough. I think you can find me at the imperfect end of the spectrum. The question for you... where do you work? Is it a gray area?


    The March Link-Love Mission

    acrylic art, digitally altered

    The idea behind the Link-Love Mission is simple. Save the world, one blog at a time. Show some love for your favorite blogs by linking to them! It's free, it's simple, and we hope it makes a difference. The Mission runs the last Friday of the month... a joint venture between Daisy Yellow + CraftyPod.

    Diane and I invite you to join by posting 5 links on your blog using the following them... in the week ahead.

    Five informative blog posts that you pinned/bookmarked for future reference. Actually six. 

    1. I used to run a woman's brainstorming group where we would get together one evening each month for coffee and brainstorm solutions to each-other's problems. So I find value in articles like Problem-solving techniques from Lite Mind and 12 Brainstorming Icebreakers from CRINID.
    2. At Dropcloth, intriguing "samplers." I don't know which medium(s) I would use, but it's bookmarked for future reference.
    3. A list of grammar resources from Writing Forward, just in case.
    4. Just discovered a fun 1000 Things to Draw prompt {via Pikaland}
    5. Photoshop geeks like me dig Mel's Brushes for tips + tricks.

    The schedule for April {Last Friday of the Month}:

    April 25: Five tutorials that you would like to try.

    Grab a LINK LOVE badge and read the intro to the MISSION. 

    Here's a spot where you can add the URL to your link-love-mission blog post. Pop back any time in the next week to add your link. Remember to link to a specific post, not to your home page.


    Work from the Watercolor Playground Workshop

    I'm so happy to share some of the work from the folks taking my Watercolor Playground workshop. 

    This is my introduction-to-watercolor workshop, taking you from dabbling in abstract watercolor painting to using watercolors comfortably in your journal. I wanted to give you a peek at the gorgeous artwork posted in the discussion groups. This work is shared with permission from the artists.


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    Here's the Thing...

    The goal is not to have a perfect journal sitting on the counter gathering dust. To let your acrylic paints dry up in the containers. To have a neatly aligned set of markers. To have a picture perfect art studio with twinkly lights. I urge you to find 15 minutes each day to invest/gallavant/wander in your journal. You don't need antique sapphire ink + translucent origami stencils + vintage letterpress alphanumeric rivets. Or an instruction manual. The value in art journaling is actually opening up your journal* and getting down to work.

    Here's the thing.

    Once you make the potentially life altering decision to do some art... then go ahead and do some art.

    * journal, paper, index card, whatever

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you for your kind words the past few days... knowing that you are "still" reading has been an incredible lift for me. It had gotten really quiet around here and I started to question the "point" of all of this.


    9 taxis and a moleskine

    If this works* it will be my first blog post from other than my trusty macbook. I'm typing this on my mobile phone using the squarespace app. I wanted to share some sketches I did a few days ago while waiting at the airport for my dad's flight to land. There was a delay so we had about 45 minutes to hang out. The kids were reading so I looked for something to draw. Before this page was a page of mandalas and another of flowers so I thought I might draw a collection of something. Taxis pulled up, picked up tourists and whizzed away. So I had just a minute or two to draw each one. So that's the story of the nine taxis in the 5x8" drawing moleskine journal.

    Blogging is a weird thing. You can so very easily second guess yourself when comments are few. Thank you to everyone who left warm comments yesterday, to those who emailed to let me know that they were "still" reading, still listening. Your words were warmly received.

    *OK the mobile post sort of worked! I inadvertantly posted to the ICAD section, then moved it to the main section of the blog.