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    Friday
    Sep122014

    On Not Getting Side-Tracked

    “Accepting oneself does not preclude
    an attempt to become better.”
    Flannery O'Connor

    art time can

    ~-+<{[[just fly by]]}>+-~

    without a second glance

    organic parrot food to research

    grapefruits to juice

    dish towels to fold

    elaborate plots to steal shitaki mushrooms

    mesmerizing games of Extreme Night Vision Inter-Planetary Scrabble

    what would you trade to get art time?

    ... more ramblings of this nature At the intersection of synergy and compound interest

    Monday
    Sep082014

    Fun Color Challenge: Week #2

    "Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul."
    Wassily Kandinsky

    The Fun Color challenge is open-ended. You might want to read the introduction to the challenge before you get started. There will be a total of 20 prompts {four sets in total}. The colors are not the typical red, blue, yellow but colors that might also send you off in some interesting direction. You can use the actual color or incorporate something about the color "name" or what it represents.

    The time you take to figure out "how" to accomplish this challenge, the mental acrobatics, what-if analyses, conceptualizing.... this is all GOOD for your creative mind. It stimulates creative thinking!!! Don't fear that phase of your work. Don't fear the preparation or thinking-it-through phase. It is incredibly important! You don't have to dig in immediately. You can let ideas simmer on your creative back burner while you do other things, so that when you get out your art materials {or sit down for 12 minutes after a crazy busy day} you know what direction you will go. And it might turn out exactly as planned - but I bet it will not

    Create individual ATCs {artist trading cards} or use a section of an accordion book. There are many options. You could use ATC sized cards or playing cards to create art for each prompt and then {glue, staple, stitch, clip, tie} your card creations onto an accordion book.

    Whether you want to do one ATC {or section} each week or five... go YOU for bringing creativity into your week. 

    Instructions:

    1. Pick a color from the left column.
    2. Pick a prompt from the right column.
    3. Interpret the color + prompt using an ATC {dimensions 2.5" x 3.5"} or one section of an accordion book.
    4.  Pick a different color from the left column and a different prompt from the right column and do another ATC/section.
    5.  Repeat!

    Learn how to make an accordion book from a simple file folder: Tangent #3: Accordion Book Video Tutorial.

    Share your work!

    When you create your ATCs {or start filling in your accordion book folds} for Week #2, pop back to this post and share your work in the link-love below! You can link to a specific blog post {please, not your home page} or a specific photograph at flickr. If you are posting to instagram or twitter, you can use hashtag #dyfuncolor.

    Prompts for Week #3 will be posted on Monday September 15th. 

    Sunday
    Sep072014

    Tangent № 06: Quirky Girls

    “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius
    and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
    Marilyn Monroe

    We continue our fresh, new Art Journal Tangents & Tactics Series with a pretty girl to grace the pages of your art journal. To learn about how the series works, see the introduction! Thank you to the 57 readers who helped support DY through contributions. I am so enjoying the flexibility of this series, the ability to add to it with a tutorial in any medium rather than being constrained by the original course description!

    This tutorial was originally part of the 2012 Museum of Simple Things Workshop here at Daisy Yellow. I have modified the concept to fit this space. I've been playing with Golden High Flow Acrylics {previously called Airbrush Colors} for about 2.5 years and I have found so many interesting ways to utilize them on my art journal pages. So here's one of the ideas for you!

    You'll need the following materials:

    • A few index cards for sketch practice
    • Black gelly roll, gel pen or marker {one that doesn't bleed} for sketch practice
    • Pages from an old hardback book with uncoated {non-glossy} paper *or* heavy cardstock 
    • You can also work on any sort of abstract background that you have already created with acrylic paints. Just be sure that it is nice and dry before adding your Quirky Girl.
    • Golden High Flow Acrylic Paint {also called Golden Airbrush Colors}, 2-3 colors including one dark color
    • Paper towels
    • Optional Ideas! If you do not have High Flow acrylics on hand {and many folks will not}, you can experiment with painting a face using fluid acrylics and a thin brush. Or you can paint a face using india ink and a small brush or a dip pen. Follow the same "movements" as in the video.

    Watch the video here, or click over to Vimeo to watch {8 mn}

    The first minute or two is music, and then I talk while I show you how to paint the girls. 

    Instructions:

    1. Divide your index card into a grid of about 20-30 tiny sections. Draw at least 20 quick faces. Drawing quick faces is preparation for *painting* faces in your art journal. Note the movements that you make that add up to a face. Make enough that this feels repetitive. 
    2. Start with your paper for art journaling. Paint a fairly light background with acrylic paints using any technique you wish. Just use acrylic paint, not gesso. You can also leave your background unpainted. Let it dry at minimum 30 minutes. Be sure that it is dry to the touch.
    3. Paint a girl! 
    4. Make a list or write something "around" the girl after the page is dry.

     

    Girls drawn on a 5x8" moleskine journal page.

    Another page from an altered book art journal. This page started with a simple thin red acrylic background then added a quirky girl and when the page was nice and dry I wrote a list of girl-titled songs with a white Uniball UM-153 gel pen.

    Support free stuff!

    Maybe that sounds kooky, but developing all of this *free* stuff isn't really free for me in terms of time & energy. So if you are finding value in this series, if it sparks YOUR creative mind, contributions to the TIP JAR are appreciated. The tip jar is at the top right side of the blog. Reader support will drive future video tutorials for this series. 

    When you create your own Quirky Girl(s) for Tangent № 06, pop back to this post and share your work in the link-love below! You can link to a specific blog post {please, not your home page} or a specific photograph at flickr. If you are posting to instagram or twitter, you can use hashtag #dyajt.

    Link-Love for Tangent № 06: Quirky Girls.

    Sunday
    Sep072014

    Spotted Photo Theme: Color

    This month, the theme for Hanna's monthly Spotted Photo Theme Challenge is color. Hanna picked pink, of course! So I picked blue... and gave myself a challenge to search through my photo stash for not any random blue... interesting blues! 

    Click to read more ...

    Tuesday
    Sep022014

    Wish Jar Kick-Start

    “It is always what I have already said: always the wish that you may find patience enough in yourself to endure, and simplicity enough to believe; that you may acquire more and more confidence in that which is difficult, and in your solitude among others. And for the rest, let life happen to you. Believe me: life is right, in any case.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke

     

    I have been using my Daisy Yellow Creative Prompt Cards as kick-starts to my own creative process. I like the fact that I wind up in places I had never imagined. Sometimes the prompts take me on a curvy path, sometimes it's more of a hop from prompt to prompt... and other times I can visualize what I will do as soon as I select the prompt. In any case, it's a fun way to conquer the blank page!!!

    I picked a prompt card from Pack #107, the card with the word YARN in the top left corner. You might already have this rainbow card with bubble doodles in your collection {see below}. 

     

    Here's what I did with a Daisy Yellow creative prompt card! I used Dr. Ph Martin's black india ink, a dip pen, Neocolor IIs and a signature from the still-unbound Play Journal

    Watch the video in the little box or if you can't see it, watch it at Vimeo. 6 minutes.

    Prompt cards work like a charm {even if you don't follow the instructions on the back}! 

    Here's the play-by-play.

    The first phrase [wish jar] lead to memories of a wish jar display at The Pittsburgh Children's Museum. Next, I selected [butterfly] and [invent-a-font] and drew labels on each of the jars with words and/or butterflies. Next, I picked [hidden in a suitcase] and squinted at the sketch wondering how I might incorporate or interpret that! And prompts can and should be interpreted with a lot of flexibility, not always literally. I noted the rectangular labels.... could have a handle... like a suitcase. My last prompt was [ribbon or raffia] thus the swirls and ribbons!!!

    What will you create with your prompt cards? I'm having a sale on art journal prompt cards through September 14, while supplies last. Note that Packs #109, 110, 111 are sold out.
    - 100-pack: An assortment of every prompt card offered to date {two available, save $12}
    - Pack #105: {5 available of this 5-pack, save $1}
    - Pack #112: {12 available of this 5-pack, save $1}

    Sunday
    Aug312014

    Color Fun Challenge: Week #1


    The DY Fun Color Challenge is officially underway! Read the introduction to the challenge. This is the first set of prompts. As you can see, we are going to use wild & crazy colors this month! 

    You can interpret the challenge prompts on individual ATCs {artist trading cards} or on a section of a simple accordion book. A best-of-both-worlds approach would be to use ATC sized cards or playing cards to create art for each prompt and then glue -or- staple -or- stitch -or- paperclip your card creations onto an accordion book. I'll leave that up to each of you. You can also add a pocket to each section of an accordion book and slide each ATC into a separate pocket. Lots of options. There's an extra prompt in case one of them doesn't "speak" to you! 

    You pick how many cards you do each week. To "do" the challenge you will need to do at minimum ONE ATC or accordion book section per week. You have the prompts to complete FIVE.

    To get started:

    1. Pick a color from the left column.
    2. Pick a prompt from the right column.
    3. Make your ATC {dimensions 2.5" x 3.5"} or fill one section of an accordion book.

    Keep going, until you run out of art time or color prompts!

    1. Pick a different color from the left column.
    2. Pick a different prompt from the right column.
    3. Make your ATC or fill one section of an accordion book

    To learn how to make an accordion book, see Tangent #3: Accordion folder video tutorial.

    Share your work!

    When you create your ATCs {or start filling in your accordion book folds} for Week #1, pop back to this post and share your work in the link-love below! You can link to a specific blog post {please, not your home page} or a specific photograph at flickr. If you are posting to instagram or twitter, you can use hashtag #dyfuncolor.

    Prompts for Week #2 will be posted on Monday September 8th. 

    Saturday
    Aug302014

    Tangent № 05: Beach Umbrella

    We continue our Art Journal Tangents & Tactics Series by creating an art journal page with wide, wavy spaces for writing thoughts or stream of consciousness. To learn about how the series works, see the introduction!

    For your art journal, remember to work with colors that you LIKE rather than colors that are somehow cool or chic or you think match appropriately. If that means that every page is yellow, so be it. You can do your journal in any way you wish. It's not an assignment. It won't be graded. And you won't get a bronze medal for your work. You'll get the satisfaction and joy of CREATING something.

    Watch the video here or pop over to Vimeo. {6 minutes} There is music throughout the video, and I don't do any speaking, so turn it down if you wish. 

    Materials

    Cold Press Watercolor Paper, 140 lb
    Neocolor II water-soluble wax crayons {if you don't have these, try another type of water-soluble crayon and let us know what happens!}
    Painter's Tape {I used 3M multi-use painter's tape, the type used to mask walls when you paint a room.}
    Watercolor brush
    Jar of water
    India ink & calligraphy pen with any writing or drawing nib *or* a black gel pen *or* drawing pen, i.e. PITT artist pen.

    Instructions 

    1. Start with a piece of cold press watercolor paper, and then test to ensure that your tape is indeed removable. Place a small piece of painter's tape on the paper and then gently remove. If the paper is undamaged, you are good to go. I tried this with cardboard and it did not work properly, as the tape pulled up part of the cardboard and it was a big mess:( To get started, place the painter's tape in diagonal lines to create a masked area. You can tear the tape so that the masked areas are imperfect and irregular. The spaces with tape will later be your journaling areas.
    2. Follow the technique in the video to color in between the paint strips with Neocolor II wax crayons, adding a slightly darker color at one side of each of the colored sections. 
    3. Using a watercolor brush and a fresh jar of water, "paint" the Neocolors with water, rinsing the brush frequently to keep the color fresh. 
    4. Wait about 10 minutes for the paint to dry a bit {so it won't run/drip when you remove the tape} and gently remove the painter's tape.
    5. Time for journaling! Dip a calligraphy pen in black india ink *or* write your words with a black pen. I wrote a completely random bit of journaling that was on the wild & crazy side! Try writing in stream of consciousness or narrative style. Or try a quote or lyrics. This is also a great page to try slow journaling {an exercise in mindfulness... where you contemplate every letter and every word carefully}.

     

    Find more video tutorials in the Art Journal Tangents & Tactics Series.

    Share your work!

    When you create your page for Tangent № 05, pop back to this post and share your work in the link-love below! You can link to a specific blog post {please, not your home page} or a specific photograph at flickr. If you are posting to instagram or twitter, you can use hashtag #dyajt.

    Saturday
    Aug302014

    Dip Pen Mandalas

    "To do anything truly worth doing, I must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in with gusto and scramble through as well as I can."
    Og Mandino

    Just some paint & ink play in my journal. I started this page by painting mandalas with gouache and added details with a dip pen, a drawing nib and Dr. Ph Martin's black india ink.