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    Issue #11 of the Daisy Yellow Zine
    Index Card-a-Day runs through July 31st!
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    Take a Daisy Yellow Watercolor Workshop!

    I'm currently teaching two online workshops!

    Registration: Open {Registration closes September 15, 2014}
    Resources Available: Through January 31, 2015

    Watercolor Playground: Freestyle doodly watercolor painting techniques for your art journal. Information, examples & registration.

    Painted Paper Paradise: Watercolor & gouache painting techniques. Painting, stitching and using hand-painted papers in your art journal. Information, examples & registration.

    Registration processing takes 24-48 hours. It is a manual process and not instant, sorry!!


    extraordinary. not.

    {reposted from May 2013, i just needed to say it again}

    “I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.”
    Frida Kahlo

    The beauty of creating art simply for the sake of creating art is that you gradually learn to focus on the process of making. Not the rules. Not the right-wrong thing. Not whether this matches that. Just the doing. The joy and flow. My mantra. Create simply for the sake of creating. 

    It doesn't have to be extraordinary.


    Experiments: Dip Pen & Nib Testing {Part 7}

    I've been playing with inks a good bit, so I went off to explore the options for dip pen nibs, beyond those for calligraphy. The extent of my knowledge is that there are calligraphy nibs and lettering nibs. The most useful resource I found was at Roz Wound Up, where Roz (by the way, one of the teachers in the first session of Sketchbook Skool) discussed some of her favorite nibs. I started by making a list of those nibs and did further research. Ultimately purchased 4 different Zig nibs: the G-Pen, Maru-Pen, Saji- Pen and School-Pen. There are several in each pack - I'm not sure why - and I got a dual nib holder that has different sized spaces to hold different sized nibs. I also got some Speedball nibs {A3 and B3} to replace the ones that were rusty or royally gunked up. 

    The mandala experiment is in Dr Ph Martin's India Ink in Bombay Black {fabulous ink}.

    By the way, I like the Bombay White but I wish there was a way to know if the ink was fresh! Only one of the 4-5 bottles I've purchased has been opaque. I assume they sit on the shelf gathering dust at the big-box-craft-stores. 

    So, I did a bunch of things to better understand these nibs. I drew a mandala {of course} but thought it would be useful to draw it with multiple nibs to both "feel" and "see" the difference in lines. Each nib has a different feel when drawing, and each line is different. Some of the nibs are flexible, so that the line changes with the amount of pressure. I suggest you get a bunch of different nibs and try them out and see which ones you like best. 

    More ink experiments. experiment #1 + experiment #2 + experiment #3 + experiment #4 + experiment #5 +experiment #6.

    Check out the dreamy Vintage Speedball Textbook.


    The Glue

    “Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,
    They slither wildly as they slip away across the universe
    Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind,
    Possessing and caressing me.
    Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes,
    They call me on and on across the universe,
    Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box
    They tumble blindly as they make their way
    Across the universe
    Sounds of laughter shades of love are
    Ringing through my open ears inciting and inviting me
    Limitless undying love which shines around me like a
    Million suns, and calls me on and on
    Across the universe”
    John Lennon

    This post is not about adhesives, mod podge, double-sided tape, staples, UHU glue sticks or neon scrapbooking glue dots. Not about sticking stuff inside a journal. It's just about the importance of working in our journals. Of having a space where you can create without worrying about the outcome of your work. Without exam scores. Without grades. Without pressure to sell your work. Art journaling is the gluey freedom that holds it all together. And it all sounds quite poetic until I step in the splash of titanium white paint on the kitchen floor and track it over to the laundry room. Still, it is an intersection. Where colors and pictures and textures and threads and words all meet. 


    I did an interview this week with Jamie Ridler for her audio podcast Creative Living with Jamie. {22 minutes}


    Ⓓâ𝓲𝚂𝓨 Ⓨệℓℓȭⓦ Newsletter № two ⑵

    art journal page in an altered book, 2008

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    Index-Card-a-Day Starts June 1st

    The index-card-a-day {ICAD} challenge is a 61 day creative challenge that runs June 1 - July 31, 2014. To learn more, see the new-and-improved FAQ. Everything related to ICAD {my own index card postings, guest posts, optional prompts, etc.} will be posted in the ICAD section of DY. There's a separate RSS feed for that section, so that the front page of the blog is not overwhelmed with index card art. 

    See the Creative Warm-Up Exercises, learn about the 100% Optional Creative Prompts and see the Weekly Schedule. And there will be guest ICAD hostesses sharing their cards in the weeks ahead. So set up a stack of 3x5" or 4x6" index cards on your kitchen counter and grab some colorful markers. Let the fun begin!

    The video.... 

    For those of you looking for motivation to start finish the ICAD challenge, I made a little introductory video. It's less than 3 minutes. You can watch at Vimeo or YouTube.

    Vimeo https://vimeo.com/92257976

    YouTube http://youtu.be/lP__T_fLfBw

    Join the {brand new} Daisy Yellow ICAD group at Facebook.
    Join the Daisy Yellow ICAD group at Flickr.


    Experiments with Neocolor IIs

    One of the most versatile art materials that I use in my art journals, in the index card a day challenge and in my watercolor workshops... Caran D'Ache Neocolor II water-soluble wax crayons. The results are beautiful even on the most basic of paper, the index card. You can try these ideas on watercolor paper and the result is quite lush. I've also tested Lyra water-soluble wax crayons in the same way and they work just as well! 

    Materials: Caran d'Ache Neocolor II wax crayons, index cards, water. The first four are 3x5" lined white index cards. The last three are 3x5" index card dividers {like manilla folder paper}. These cards do not provide the perfect substrate for mark-making and -{that}- is what makes for fun + free experimentation. 

    Left: Painted with water, then drew the rainbow. Right: Drew the rainbow, then painted with water.

    Left: Drew the rainbow, left it alone. Right. Drew the rainbow, rubbed to get a softer look.

    Click to read more ...


    The Play Journal #6: People!

    11"x7" pages... handmade journal, still unbound, strathmore watercolor paper, pencil, gouache

    This Play journal is blooming and growing almost organically. Like a vine. I keep adding signatures {groups of pages} to the "stack" which will ultimately become a bound journal. This has been such a surprise for me! An unbound journal is the best of both worlds. I like working on flat "open" pages yet having the knowledge that the journal will ultimately have a structure is comforting. See more pages from the Play Journal