Crossroads Workshop at 21 Secrets Launch!

I'm so unbelievably excited to announce that 21 Secrets Spring 2015 has officially launched! What a wild burst of energy, to see CROSSROADS come to fruition!!! This is a workshop I've been working on since September! I'm thrilled to see the fun & inventive ideas that each artist has contributed. It's hard to put into words. 

I hope you've joined the fun! There's a humongous e-book and a zillion videos and links and photographs, all looking delicious and ready for exploration. 

PS. If you register through one of my links, I will receive a portion of your registration fee. This is how instructors get paid for teaching; I appreciate your support.

Want to learn about art journaling? Start with Art Journaling 101.
Looking for art journal prompts? Pop over to Prompt60.

Art journaling video tutorials? Try Art Journal Tangents & Tactics.
How about a Zine? Read the latest issue.

Prompt60 #43

You can do this as a writing prompt or an art prompt, or combine the two in some intriguing fashion. I snapped a photo of this dinosaur sculpture at Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, PA a few years ago. Let's use the contrast - the striking rainbow alphabet letters against the gloomy December backdrop of the city - to spark something fun.

Writing prompt: Describe the planet where this dinosaur originated.

Art prompt: Create a page in your journal with a neutral, dark background with one amazing, incredible, surprising pop of color.

New Workshop: Draw Your Words

"All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination."
Earl Nightingale

Draw Your Words is a fresh hand-lettering workshop with a playful array of drawing and writing exercises to strengthen your skills.  I'll challenge you to try new techniques and think creatively about how you use words in your art journal with videos, examples & tips.

we get started april 24.

Workshop Fee: $0, Zero, Nada, Nothing!
Registration: Not required!
Tip jar* donations appreciated!  

Share your work on instagram or twitter with tag #drawyourwords

The workshop materials {videos, ideas, tips} will be rolled out weekly {like the Art Journal Tangents Series}. So if you are getting the blog feed in your feed reader or via email, you'll see all of the posts. I'm planning one section per week for 5 weeks. You can work at your own pace; the materials will be available for at least a year.

flexible ideas + exercises
creative launching points
for your work

*As a bonus, folks donating {$5 or more} to the DY Tip Jar are invited to join the Draw Your Words discussion group at Facebook. This will be a space for Q&A and a spot to share your hand-lettering experiments for the workshop. I'll contact you to work out the details for accessing the FB group!

PS. This offer is retroactive if you've donated to the Tip Jar since January 1st.

What supplies will be needed?
The supply list is simple; you likely already have everything you need. You'll want to have a handful of markers in various nib sizes, like PITT artist pens, a journal of any type and some index cards. But wait! I'll put together a list of optional materials in the next few days so stay tuned. 

Look forward to videos, examples & tips for playing with words and adding words to your journal pages. The focus will be on process & practice in order to improve your line work.

21 Secrets Spring 2015

And the winner is.... Jessica Loughrey!!!
Congrats and I'll be in touch!!! 

I'm teaching a workshop called Crossroads as part of 21 Secrets Spring 2015. And this week, I'm giving away one spot in the next 21 Secrets experience! 


Enter to win one spot in 21 Secrets, with 21 unique creative workshops, including my new Crossroads workshop! 

Here's how to enter the contest! No purchase is necessary. One winner will be selected at random from valid comments received before this deadline. 

1. Leave a comment on this post before Sunday March 29 at 11pm CST. To be considered, be sure to include your first name and email address.

Crossroads is a mixed media workshop which explores watercolor/gouache, sewing paper and journaling in ink. Learn more about my workshop and see a video peek

The fun starts April 1.

all the groovy ideas together

"Abstract artists tell their stories with shapes, color, edges, movement, and value - just like when one is painting a beautiful scene. The difference is, of course, there is no scene. The scene is within the artist. I often get asked, 'How do you know when you are done?' I am done when the story is told."
Gwen Fox


These pages are some of the wildest I've done in like, forever! A mix of freestyle stitching, india inks & gouache. I painted these pages in January, at the same time I was working diligently on a huge abstract painting that will be a gift for a very close friend. I'll reveal that when I'm finished but it will be a mystery until then. So after working with acrylics on canvas for a few days, I started thinking about creating something similar on paper. Not similar in the way it looks, but more in the freedom. But I wanted to do this with something which would allow the texture of the stitching to remain rather than be covered up. How to translate acrylic to gouache? I wanted it to have a sort of graffiti, urban vibe, really crazy, like spray paint. So interesting how one project informs another, and back again, until it's an infinite loop!

a creative approach to recuperation

a creative approach to recuperation

5x8" watercolor moleskine {digitally altered to add background} 

This is going to be a little different than my typical posts. thank you for indulging my tangential topic today. Then we'll be back to art. 

I'm 3 weeks out from my foot surgery and can look back with more objectivity at the first two weeks.  I've been thinking about how art & creative thinking have helped me get through this challenging period. This would be relevant to many types of surgery where you must rest but can still think clearly and maybe write/draw/type part of each day. 

Days leading up to foot surgery. 

  1. Prepped a rolling cart with journals, pens, a bunch of Sudoku puzzles, the iPad, water, a check-list of medications, fresh clothing, TIVO remote, etc. because I would need to use that as a base of operations. It could be wheeled to a different room if needed. Added a stack of books, including fiction and art books. Set up a phone and iPad charger within reach. I didn't have to stay overnight in the hospital, but if I had, these would also be good things to bring along.
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