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    Crossroads: A New Workshop {21 Secrets!}

    21 Secrets Spring 2015 Registration {Early Bird Discount}

    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!

    The last workshop I taught at 21 Secrets was Watercolor Playground, so click here or click here see some of the student work from that workshop!

    Some comments from the Watercolor Playground workshop discussion group:

    "What I love about your videos so far, is that because I have a smidgen of knowledge I love how your exercises are teaching us basic steps of controlling the paint without making it boring.  We end up with something that is cool to look at and can be used.  I don't know if teaching comes easy for you but I would say that you definitely have a knack for sharing in a creative and interesting way!  I have learned a ton just watching your videos and can't wait until I dip my brush into water and some beautiful paint.  Now maybe I will get those expensive paints I bought out and take them for a spin."

    "I can't tell you how much I enjoyed doing these pages. My only other attempt at doing watercolor was based on learning from a book, and it was so abysmal I put it away and never got back to it. Thank you so much for these brilliant ideas/exercises, Tammy! I am hooked on watercolors."

    "Thank you for making watercolor fun! I was getting too stressed trying to get things to come out like the original picture in other watercolor books. I wish I started with this class first before trying to learn from books."


    3/4 of a Doodle a Day...

    Doodling with Sakura gelly rolls and glaze pens in a blank, lined journal {those swirls around the edges are printed on each page}. 

    AEDM: 30 Days of Art. I'm documenting my participation every few days. This is the 6th year I've participated in Art Every Day Month, an annual November challenge facilitated by Leah of Creative Every Day. 


    Art Journal: Wheel of Fortune

    The very best fun. The simple act of cutting and pasting images, words and colors into a journal. 

    This is a super duper wide Clairefontaine Carnet de Voyage journal that is filled with drawing paper. 

    Here's how I work, in the dining room. Baskets and boxes of papers, adhesive, paint {not used on this page}, a mug of coffee, tons of collected papers and magazine clippings to choose from. Scientific paper categorization process? Small stuff in the small basket. Bigger stuff in the bigger basket. Then it all gets cleaned up, at least in theory.

    Here's what's on these pages: Typed words, magazine clippings, doodles, Pink Floyd lyrics, index card art, gelatin prints, round labels, eraser stamp imprints, a photograph of a bicycle, greeting card, a photograph of an art journal page, japanese papers, painted papers and a super cool Wheel of Fortune tarot card received from Lauren. Plus Neocolors!

    AEDM: 30 Days of Art. I'm going to document my participation in this challenge every few days. Art Every Day Month is an annual November challenge facilitated by Leah of Creative Every Day. 


    Inktober Review

    I've been meaning to summarize my work and discoveries after the Inktober Challenge and it was Anika's wrap-up of pattern work for the challenge that visually "prompted" me to pull together my ink work from the month of October. To analyze the results, I worked on about 27 different pages during the month. Worked with a variety of markers, pens, inks, dip pens, nibs, the rapidograph and also high flow acrylics. I forgot to include two pages where I filmed tutorials... another mandala and a slow journaling page. There were a bunch of pages going simultaneously {as per usual} and some pages took 2-3 days to finish. There's stitching on a few of the slow journaling pages too. 

    All in all, I'm really happy with the way the month played out, even with two family birthdays, recuperation from dental surgery plus a Halloween get-together at our house. The coolest thing is that I didn't plan ahead and just went with whatever I was in the mood for each day. I wound up working on a lot of themes and techniques and just exploring without any particular goal. 

    Do you have any process for reviewing your work for a challenge? For looking back and evaluating what you've learned? What was the most recent challenge that you completed?


    Color-Themed Collage {Blue}

    "Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious;
    the best prose is that which
    is most full of poetry."
    Virginia Woolf 

    Have you created a color-themed collage? It could be stitched or glued or stapled, but the idea is to pick collage stuff based on color alone.

    Just pick a color and go through everything, literally everything, in your paper stash in a hunt for that color. You can focus a specific aqua blue or vermillion red or even a color combination collage {two particular colors} where you only use items with those colors. You can be as flexible as you wish, for example, allowing items which contain those colors but might have other colors... or just papers with your desired color. In this collage I used anything remotely considered blue to my eyes. 

    The good news is that the sewing part is relatively quick. Still, this page took about three days because I just worked a little at a time between other life stuff. It takes longer than you might think just to gather up the papers - and then usually I'll not gather up enough stuff so I restart my search. 

    I have a stack of papers cut to a particular size and these will be added to the Play Journal. My journals all have names so that I can refer to them and think about them and it gives them character. The Play Journal is not yet stitched together so I can keep adding to it. That's the way I made the little Joker Journal, although that was finished in a few days and the Play Journal has been in process for months!

    November is Art Every Day Month. I'll do something creative each day this month. I've been doing this challenge since 2009, so this is my 6th year!!!


    Spotted Photo Theme: Street Art

    This month, the theme for Hanna's monthly Spotted Photo Theme Challenge is "street art," which includes graffiti and found posters. And that is one of my favorite topics, perhaps because I don't see it so often.

    Click to read more ...


    The Joker Book

    “Books are the mirrors of the soul.”
    Virginia Woolf

    This is the front cover of the journal. Now you see the Joker that inspired the name. Thank you to Lauren for the retro playing cards and thank you to Sue for the pretty green & gold paper. 

    Click to read more ...


    Tangent № 12: Linger

    “Remember to delight yourself first,
    then others can be truly delighted."

    I was thinking about how someone unfamiliar with art journaling might view this creative outlet. Creative outlet? Art? Craft? Documentation? Mess? Collage? However you want to define art journaling, know that it is really supposed to be loose and unstructured. It doesn't really have an end goal other than the work entailed in putting stuff on your pages. Linger, the title, comes from the words at the top right corner and the lyrics of the Cranberries tune. And also the idea of allowing yourself to linger over the various areas of your page and change them if you want to change them. 

    That said, I filmed the process of making these chaotic pages. Lately I am leaning toward more, more, more and not wanting to stop working on a particular page. I thrive on bright colors and selecting images that are kind of silly together, not telling a story or anything as goal-oriented as that. The weimaraner and the oranges and the japanese model, for example. Growing up, we had weimaraners, by the way.

    1. Try working from a smaller subset of papers. Flip through your scrapbook papers, painted papers, clippings from text, images & magazines & journal fodder and make a SMALL stack of stuff that you COULD use for that particular page. Then create an art journal collage, but just pull stuff from this smaller SUBSET of papers. The stack is your "potential or "in-between" ideas. No need to be 100% sure or commit or promise yourself that the initial stack will be the exact stuff you'll use. Working from a smaller stack may help you focus. I can't always describe "why" I like a particular little item that I place in the smaller stack of papers, or on the page itself. Guesstimate? I make a stack of about 1.5x as many papers as I think I'll need. I go for a variety of colors, words, shapes & images. 
    2. Use an image or photograph to launch your page. You could pull a color or two from the image, work with the mood of a photo or use one of the subjects of the photo as a prompt. For this page, I pulled the graffiti feel and the grungy feel of the photograph into the squiggly marks under the first layer of paint. I write more about this in Zine #12 in an article about the role of photographs in idea generation

    Watch the video in the little box or go watch at Vimeo {9 mn}

    The materials used for these pages. This page spread started with a photograph printed on a Polaroid Pogo Printer. I've had this handy little printer for years and I still find the desaturated prints charming. Next I made squiggly marks {sorry no technical term for that} with Neocolor II wax crayons and painted over those with Golden heavy body acrylic paint. I adhered papers and then made marks and scrapes in the still-wet acrylics with a regular pencil. The words, doodles and circles were drawn with a dip pen and Golden high flow acrylics. I'm really sorry to tell you that the video cut off the last few minutes of those repeating white circles. This is an Exacompta Basics Journal.

    To see all of the videos in the Art Journaling Tangents & Tactics series see the index