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    Gelatin Printmaking Extravaganza

    "Who dares to teach
    must never cease to learn."
    John Cotton Dana


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    DY Newsletter № Four

    If you signed up for my infrequent newsletter, you should receive number four via email shortly. I never know what to include in the newsletter, so you are welcome to add your thoughts & feedback in the comments section. If you missed it, you can read it at this link. If you haven't registered for the Newsletter and would like get the next one, there's a little sign-up registry on the right side of the blog where it says "Newsletter Sign-Up." 



    Art Journaling 101

    How do you start an art journal? 

     "Art journaling is about the {creative process} of pulling together color, words and images as you wish on a page. Unlike many other forms of art, it is not about the outcome."
    Tammy Garcia

    I've updated my Art Journaling 101 and Art Journal 102 posts!


    Inktober #06: Doodling with High Flow Acrylics

    “Imagination will often carry us to worlds
    that never were, but without it we go nowhere.”
    Carl Sagan

    3x5" index card, acrylics printed on DIY gelatin plate, stitched, doodled with gelly rolls then doodled with high flow acrylics and dip pen. So pretty much everything but the kitchen sink.

    8x8" clairefontaine watercolor paper, high flow acrylics and J. Herbin ink drawn with a rapidograph. I'm not al that thrilled with any of the work I'm sharing in this post, but I want to show you that it doesn't matter. It only matters that I tried stuff. Some of it worked, some didn't. I learned things.

    This is a 25 year old set of rapidographs! About 6 months ago I left ink in them for a few weeks and tried to clean them. So I got replacement nibs for those. Fact: I do not like drawing with a rapidograph on watercolor paper. An upleasant trek. The rapidograph is lovely on smooth paper or acrylics. Here's a better post about high flow in the rapidograph.

    Drawing on photographs from Fujimax {reviewed here} with dip pen and high flow acrylics. Fun drawing surface, very smooth & glossy & squeaky {said the kids}.

    Black paper, high flow acrylics, dip pen. The pink is fluorescent but that's difficuolt to capture in a photograph. And this paper is so horridly horrible for a dip pen. And then I smudged the paint. Multiple times. But it counts!

    Doodling in my Art Doodle Love journal with high flow acrylics and a dip pen. 

    Quasi-inky creations for the Inktober Challenge. Even if it's not ink, I used acrylics "as" ink. It was pure serendipity to find this challenge, because it has suited my October moodiness quite perfectly. 


    Inktober #05

    Working in J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche and Perle Noir inks as part of the Inktober Challenge. Practicing with a dip pen by writing a portion of a quote from Henry Ward Beecher.

    Here's the full quote, isn't it lovely?

    "Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place in the contents. New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort. Nothing ever happens twice alike. The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each other, to their work, to surrounding objects. The most tranquil house, with the most serene inhabitants, living upon the utmost regularity of system, is yet exemplifying infinite diversities."
    Henry Ward Beecher

    I've been drawing words & mandalas the past few days with J. Herbin inks and a dip pen. The trick is to leave the dip pen and a bunch of bottles of ink on the kitchen counter so that I work on pages whenever I get the chance. Love, love, love the way that the ink and water play together. You never know what will happen and cannot control the outcome.


    Zine Twelve

    It's here ➸ Zine #12

    First 25 digital issues: $5.00 USD
    Next 20:  $5.50 USD
    Final price: $6.00 USD

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    Tangent № 10: Icon Grids

    “The most significant gifts are the ones most easily overlooked. Small, everyday blessings: woods, health, music, laughter, memories, books, family, friends, second chances, warm fireplaces, and all the footprints scattered throughout our days.”
    Sue Monk Kidd

    This episode of the Art Journal Tangents & Tactics Series combines a mental & creative challenge. We will be working with simple materials. Learn how the series works in the introduction

    This idea was originally shared in my very first workshop at Daisy Yellow, a workshop about sparking creativity called El Parquesito Creativo... The Little Creative Park. There's no video for this Tangent.

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    Inktober #04: Rock Edition

    "Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away."
    Marcus Aurelius

    Using a dip pen to write quasi-stream-of-consciousness-lyrics including Hotel California. I do not get bogged down with "what to write" on my journal pages. The important stuff is in my mind, what I think, not necessarily what spills out onto the page. I think what you see on most people's public journal pages is by necessity or unconsciously filtered and edited before it gets to the pen. Rarely the real, deep stuff. J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen ink. This ink is dreamy; a rich, deep magenta. 

    Thoughts about Led Zeppelin and "Stairway to Heaven" "mandala in J. Herbin Rouge Opera ink. This ink is a cheerful deep red that brightens considerably when worked with water.  

    "Planet Claire" mandala in J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen ink. 

    "Zombie" mandalas in J. Herbin Café des Iles ink, a warm chocolate brown that transforms to milk chocolate when worked with water. When I do large pages with small mandalas, I challenge myself to design new mandalas and play with the components and the lines.

    We're almost up-to-date with my Inktober Challenge ink work. This has been a surprisingly fun companion to Zine-writing and chocolate birthday cake baking {two family birthdays this month}. Zine #12 is a-l-m-o-s-t finished.