Prompt60 #45

"Habit is either the best of servants
or the worst of masters."
Nathaniel Emmons

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2009, art journal page in an altered children's book

"When you work you learn something
about what you are doing and you
develop habits and procedures
out of what you're doing."
Jasper Johns

"The mind unlearns with difficulty
what it has long learned."
Seneca

"When patterns are broken,
new worlds emerge."
Tuli Kupferberg

The prompt? Create an art journal page about something you collect or a habit. Like the tea cups or silk threads you have on display in your art studio. Or the way you simply must have a scone with your coffee each morning before you go out and about. Feel free to use any of the quotes in this post, all from art-quotes

Throw embroidery hoops like frisbees

"There's nothing
an artist needs more - 
even more than 
excellent tools and stamina - 
than a deadline.” 
Adriana Trigiani

5x8" sketch moleskine, assorted papers, washi tape

Pull the unfinished periwinkle scarf out of the duffle bag along with the yarn of uncertain origin. Spin your button collection like dice. Unravel yarn. Unknot embroidery floss. Uncrinkle papers. Flip through ticket stubs, curled black & white photgraphs and maps. Unwind ribbons. Unroll washi tape. Peek inside boxes. Unfold wrinkly fabric. Spill jars of beads. Look behind color-coded scrapbook papers. Re-arrange shelves. Throw embroidery hoops around like frisbees. 

daisy yellow Fun-Packs!

AND THE WINNERS ARE.... .... And the winners of the DY FUN-Pack giveaway were selected at random from the comments on the site and the blog feed comments, a total of 116 entries: Maggie C and April L!!! Congrats! Contact me so that I can mail you your FUN-packs! 

 

To celebrate the fact that it's SPRING, and there are new prompt card designs available, I thought it would be fun to throw together some fun things for your journal. To spark your creativity. There are just 10 fun-packs available in the Etsy shop at this very moment. But two lucky artists will WIN a FUN-PACK. So let's get rolling!

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the giveaway
{editor's note: giveaway is now closed}

Two lucky winners will each get one (1) DY FUN PACK

A 5-Pack of DY Art Journal Prompt Cards {use them as prompts, for a giggle when you meet creative friends for coffee or share with your favorite middle-schoolers as writing prompts},
Five (5) Daisy Yellow Stickers {rectangular splashes of color for your art journal pages}
Four (4) 4x6" hand-cut pieces of Japanese paper.
One (1) Daisy Yellow Art Postcard that you can send through the mail or tip-in to your art journal with washi tape.
Plus! I'll throw in one (1) piece of 3x5" index card artwork too! 

The legal lingo: No purchase is necessary to win and I'll ship internationally. Just add a comment below and let me know your favorite flower or flowering perennial plant! Two winners will be selected at random from the comments received by midnight on April 17, 2015. 

What else is new?

- Draw Your Words, a new hand-lettering workshop, starts April 24 with a ridiculously low name-your-price sort of fee.
Crossroads at 21 Secrets has launched. 

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"Design is the organization of materials and processes in the most productive way, in a harmonious balance of all elements necessary for a certain function."
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

A4 watercolor moleskine journal, Dr. Ph Martin's india ink

And just like that, after 20-ish pages of leaves, I flipped the page and drew this. I get into a certain mood, and then get all my ideas out, and I'm off to something else.  Here's what happened. I have a zillion magazines. So I cut out a small stack of images and words. No order or theme. Then I pulled out a clipping and picked a box and drew it. Or some reasonable facsimile of whatever was on the clipping. My favorite thing here? The little plates of pie! After drawing the stuff, I used a watercolor brush to blend the ink a little bit. Some of it was already dry, and some was still adjustable. 

Have you heard about my new hand-lettering workshop Draw Your Words? And there's a twist... it's free!

Draw Your Words Workshop

Draw Your Words is a fresh hand-lettering workshop with an array of drawing and writing exercises: I will challenge you to try new techniques and think creatively about how you "shape" your words.

Workshop fee: Free! Please consider donating to the tip jar.
Registration: Not required
Workshop Starts: April 24

The workshop materials {videos, ideas, tips} will be rolled out over several weeks. Be sure that you are getting the blog feed in your feed reader or via email, so that you see all of the posts. I'm guesstimating that the workshop will be 5 sections, give or take. You can work at your own pace; the materials will be available for at least a year.

*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.

The supply list:

Permanent markers in a few different nib sizes. Dark colors like black, sanguine or sepia. ConsiderA pack of Faber-Castell PITT artist pens including extra superfine (XS) and superfine (F) nibs. It's also fun to letter with a PITT pen with a brush (B) nib or a big brush nib {I like the Big Brush better than the Brush because it's more BOLD}.

Or... Sakura Pigma 
Microns in 005, 01 and brush nibs.

Or... A drawing nib, a nib-holder and india ink. India ink like Dr. Ph Martin's Bombay Black. Nibs all write and feel a little different; I use lots of different nibs. But you'll need to experiment and see which ones you like. You might think one is too scratchy. Or releases drips. Or whatever. But they are inexpensive, so that's OK. Take a look at the Speedball B5/B6 Drawing Nibs or Hunt School or 512 nibs with a Speedball Sapphire Pen Holder. Something with a small nib rather than a wide nib. I won't be covering anything highly technical regarding dip pens, but I will use them in some of the videos.

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Paper! You can work in a journal {any sort, lined or unlined}, index cards, watercolor paper or heavy white card stock. Consider: Bee Paper Super Deluxe Sketch Pad, Rhodia web notebook, Moleskine Classic Notebook. Strathmore watercolor or mixed media pad.

For the mixed media art journal pages:

- Golden Fluid Acrylic paint, any color plus white. Here's a link to the Titanium White at Blick. Have no fear, the 1oz size will last a long time, as you only use a few drops at a time.
Golden Fluid Matte Medium as an adhesive for collage {or matte Mod Podge}. Here's where to find fluid matte medium at Blick. This is really useful stuff. It is basically uncolored fluid acrylic paint. So you can use it to "thin" fluid acrylics and keep the same consistency without watering them down.
Golden High Flow Acrylic paint, one dark color like Carbon Black, Sepia, Diox Purple, Ultramarine Blue, etc. Here's a link to Carbon Black at Dick Blick.
Caran D'Ache Neocolor II Wax Crayons or Lyra Aquacolors, one medium to dark color
- Medium-sized cheap round or flat brush for acrylics. Any size 8 or above will work. For acrylics and matte medium. If you have a few old brushes on hand, that's perfect.
- Round brush for acrylics, decent quality, size 4 or less. For lettering. 
- Papers to use under our painted background. Magazine clippings, a map or pages from a book. These will be mostly covered with paint, so nothing precious!

PS. If you purchase through an affiliate link, I get a small % back which helps fund web hosting and software utilized to run Daisy Yellow. Thanks!

Share your work on instagram or twitter with tag #drawyourwords

PS. Hand-lettering would be fun for the index-card-a-day challenge this year. But you already knew that.

Variations on a leafy theme.

My foray back to painting [after a few weeks with my foot elevated after foot surgery] started in simple fashion. I set up my gouache, a jar of water, a brush and an A4 watercolor Moleskine. Leaves - spring flowers - blooms - petals - had been bouncing through my mind along with a logo from something at Target I'd attached to this journal page.

Plus, I made my first flipagram! The pages are rectangular in real life, by the way.

This is a shape/form/pattern I've been doodling with ink, and now in paint. Underneath each page, I put a note about each particular experiment. The funny thing is that I didn't start with the intention of painting a zillion variations. The thing is that I got into this groove and just kept thinking of more things to try, then I thought I might even go bonkers and fill the entire freaking journal with one pattern. But then, after a few days, it was over. I turned the page and did something entirely different. And I'll share that another day!

PAINTED green/yellow/blue LEAVES FIRST, THEN PINK BACKGROUND

PAINTED green/yellow/blue LEAVES FIRST, THEN PINK BACKGROUND

painted green leaves first with gouache  then the pink background

painted green leaves first with gouache  then the pink background

painted outlines with Gouache using a round  brush.

painted outlines with Gouache using a round  brush.

PAINTED the leaves in the photo above, then painted around with the same color.

PAINTED the leaves in the photo above, then painted around with the same color.

painted leaves with Permanent liquid mask, painted with gouache, blotted with paper towels.

painted leaves with Permanent liquid mask, painted with gouache, blotted with paper towels.

followed the same process as the previous page but filled in the leaves insted of just outlines.

followed the same process as the previous page but filled in the leaves insted of just outlines.

painted with a large japanese brush. I like the subtle differences in line and color.

painted with a large japanese brush. I like the subtle differences in line and color.

PAINTED WITH A LARGE JAPANESE BRUSH on wet paper. I LIKE THE SUBTLE DIFFERENCES IN LINE AND COLOR.

PAINTED WITH A LARGE JAPANESE BRUSH on wet paper. I LIKE THE SUBTLE DIFFERENCES IN LINE AND COLOR.

working on the page from the previous photograph, applied ink after gouache was dry.

working on the page from the previous photograph, applied ink after gouache was dry.

Ink. J. Herbin Perle Noir using a dip pen, painted outside.

Ink. J. Herbin Perle Noir using a dip pen, painted outside.

INK. J. HERBIN PERLE NOIR USING A DIP PEN, PAINTED inside.

INK. J. HERBIN PERLE NOIR USING A DIP PEN, PAINTED inside.

 Leaves drawn with J. Herbin Perle Noir and painted with gouache.

 Leaves drawn with J. Herbin Perle Noir and painted with gouache.

Leaves drawn in Pencil and painted with gouache.  i like the looseness and the variation in color.

Leaves drawn in Pencil and painted with gouache.  i like the looseness and the variation in color.

Painted entirely with kuratake water brush and gouache.

Painted entirely with kuratake water brush and gouache.

Done entirely with a Japanese brush. No idea what type but it's lovely and swooshy and holds a lot of water.  

Done entirely with a Japanese brush. No idea what type but it's lovely and swooshy and holds a lot of water.  

 drew leaves with J. Herbin Perle Noir ink on gouache. 

 drew leaves with J. Herbin Perle Noir ink on gouache. 

drew with  J. Herbin Perle Noir ink On gouache.... then more gouache. 

drew with  J. Herbin Perle Noir ink On gouache.... then more gouache. 

Painted entirely with kuratake water brush.

Painted entirely with kuratake water brush.

DREW WITH  J. HERBIN PERLE NOIR INK ON GOUACHE.... THEN MORE GOUACHE. 

DREW WITH  J. HERBIN PERLE NOIR INK ON GOUACHE.... THEN MORE GOUACHE.