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    Crossroads Workshop at 21 Secrets: Peek #1

    21 Secrets Spring 2015 Registration {a few early bird slots remain}

    I made a little 61 second video to introduce the new workshop. I've been filming a bunch of ideas and sifting through and selecting the goodies. 

    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!

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    Daisy Yellow Watercolor Workshops

    Holiday Workshop Sale Pricing thru December 12, 2014
    Workshops Include a Fully Updated 24-Page Zine about Watercolor!

    Watercolor Playground: Free style doodly watercolor painting techniques for your art journal. Information & examples

    4 techniques lessons
    7 video tutorials
    24-page full color PDF* about the art of watercolor painting
    Private discussion forum at Facebook
    Private Flickr group

    Click to read more ...


    Play Journal Continued

    "I try not to think about anything special while running. As a matter of fact, I usually run with my mind empty. However, when I run empty-minded, something naturally and abruptly crawls in sometime. That might become an idea that can help me with my writing."
    Haruki Murakami

    I believe that it's a good decision to take time for art, even during the holidays. I set up a little art space at the table and then pop in when I can. And why should there be any guilt? Who is to decide what is a good use of time? People take time to get pedicures, make casseroles for office parties, analyze the best wireless router, shop for orange lipstick and find cheat codes for LEGO Star Wars games. And so you should be able to do art. Right?

    Two more pages in gouache and pencil from my Play Journal. How flexible it's been to have a journal that contains signatures and a cover but is not yet bound together... there's no rule that a journal has to be bound and perfect. How much more interesting to be a work-in-process, evolving, until we decide that it's done.

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


    Index Cards Always

    "Part of the joy of looking at art is getting in sync in some ways with the decision-making process that the artist used and the record that's embedded in the work." 
    Chuck Close

    No matter what else is going on, there are always index cards in development. They are in my purse, in the car, on the sewing table. A great spot for trying new ideas or just smearing paint at random. Based on my computer folder of index card artwork photos, I think I've done about 220 cards so far in 2014, including those for the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge. I have tucked a lot of index card art in with art journal prompt card orders, so the count of cards on hand is not as high:)

    A small set of 3x5" index cards. The first four are stitched collages with things like japanese papers, found text, painted papers, paint chips, magazine images, cut up canvas paintings. The next two art watercolor with ink on top. It's been a surprisingly and incredibly creatively productive month! Even amidst all of the holiday stuff!

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


    10+ Things to Draw to Improve Your Line Work

    Drawing is making marks on paper. And when you make marks often, surprising things happen.

    When I started drawing I didn't know that I would or could get better.

    I thought that people were either born with innate drawing talent or they were not. Perhaps they skipped the learning queue. The truth for me has been that my coordination and control have improved over the years. If you are having trouble getting the pen to do what you want it to do, maybe you just need to draw more lines?

    When I started drawing in about 2008, I was an accountant - a financial analyst - with no particular drawing skill set. I started drawing doodly lines simply to pass the time while my kids were doing stuff. I drew in moleskine journals. On airplanes, at swimming lessons, while the kids splashed in the tub, at Starbucks and book stores. These lines were not all that fantabulous. But it was fun, and I just kept going.

    The boxes looked like wonky kites. Parallel lines intersected instead. Circles looked like cracked eggs.

    But looking back, I can see that every time I challenged myself to try something new {what about a mandala without any curved lines? what about ivy leaves that cover each page? what about a mandala where the lines focus on negative space? what about a new alphabet?} I made a step forward. In understanding, in pen control, in art. With trial & error & practice, I now know how hard to press, how to move my arm, my hand, to get a reasonable facsimile of a straight line. I can draw curves. I still can't draw great faces, but I believe that one day I will. 

    It is no longer a mystery. It's just putting the pen to the page and making marks. 

    Click to read more ...


    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