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    2014 Reading Challenge

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


    Moleskine Redux

    “That is why it is so important to let certain things go. To release them. To cut loose. People need to understand that no one is playing with marked cards; sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Don't expect to get anything back, don't expect recognition for your efforts, don't expect your genius to be discovered or your love to be understood. Complete the circle. Not out of pride, inability or arrogance, but simply because whatever it is no longer fits in your life. Close the door, change the record, clean the house, get rid of the dust. Stop being who you were and become who you are.”
    Paulo Coelho


    Puppets in B, 2B and 3B lead.

    A Pink Floyd album cover?

    Beach umbrellas. 

    A4 watercolor moleskine, pencil, watercolor, gouache

    Continuing to explore off-kilter, imperfect patterns and designs in the Moleskine Watercolor A4 Journal. I'm doing similar stuff in the handmade journal called the Play Journal, and I'm dividing up the posts for future reference. I wanted to mention that I like to use watercolor Moleskine journals for watercolor, goache and/or ink. But I don't use them for acrylics or collage - for that I use a less expensive alternative. Here's the first post about this journal, with more pages. 


    Travel Journals Rock!

     Playing with journals.

    California 2013

    Ohio + Pennsylvania 2013

    Pennsylvania 2010

    Italy 2012

    Stack-o-Journals. Some for travel, some not.

    As we start counting down the months until summer vacation {er, winter vacation, for others} I wanted to share something that I do before every trip. If I have my act together, which is sometimes, I make a stitched journal a few weeks before a trip. The journal has stitched elements and spaces for documenting the trip. I include at minimum one "side" of a page for each day of the trip, plus a few for good measure. Some trips, the journal is stitched at 2am the night before departure and the sewing machine needle breaks [case in point: California 2013]. But it's really important to me to have a journal. Each night at the hotel, I write a little blip about what happened that day. Where we went, something to remember. Sometimes I doodle or make the date or city name look fun... I don't force it to be pretty or perfect, just legible! 

    This & That

    1. Linking up this travel-themed post with Uncustomary, Mary's happy, creative, idea-rich blog. Mary is doing a round-up on the theme of travel and invites everyone to join the fun.
    2. The registration date for the Watercolor Playground and Painted Paper Paradise workshops has been extended until Friday April 18th. Learn more about the workshops + register now
    3. Kelly Kilmer is offering a new workshop called Ways of Seeing: An Artist's Guide to Composition & Design. Per Kelly, "What if we learn new ways of seeing and approaching our artwork?"
    4. Gretchen Miller is offering a series of workshops called 6 Degrees of Creativity. Per Gretchen, the series "Unites concepts of social networking, connecting, collaboration, art-making, and creativity into an engaged online community of artists exploring transformation and using art for good."
    5. Great post at Roz Wound Up about series and focusing on what continues to appear in our journals, as well as thoughts on positivity. 
    6. Speaking of Roz... it's International Fake Journal Month.
    7. Watch Eden's flower mandala bloom!
    8. Room for Rent, an intriguing series of room illustrations by Mike Ellis {via Design Work Life}.

    Camera Reset

    So these are the "after" shots. After working out whatever was driving the Nikon to overexpose everything. Full manual mode was working, but the auto modes were wonky. After a few weeks of wondering what was going on I threw in the towel {or maybe that should read, "threw in the lint-free lens dusting cloth"} and reset the default factory settings. Then lots of test shots, playing with settings, researching this and that.... and it's back to working the way I like it. What if we could reset a bad day {or meal, or phone call or cup of coffee} to the default factory settings?


    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.