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    Link Love - Tangent #1, Starburst

    “What draws people to be friends
    is that they see the same truth.
    They share it.”
    C.S. Lewis

    If you have you tried Tangent № 01: Starburst {link to the tutorial}, share your work in the link-love below! You can link to a specific blog post {please, not your home page} or a specific photograph at flickr. If you are posting to instagram or twitter, you can use hashtag #dyajt.

    Link-Love for Tangent № 01: Starburst.



    What is Your Next Step?

    Taking the time and energy to add art to your day is an accomplishment! So whether you are continuing a lifelong art habit, sticking with your intention to make a fresh habit or rejuvinating a fading creative habit, go YOU.

    1. Collect a bunch of twigs, leaves & flowers from your garden and form a mandala or bring them inside to sketch. 
    2. Make a coffee date with a friend. Tell the friend about your art kick. Bring a little piece of art as a gift.
    3. Get a new art book {Ideas in Art Journaling 101}. 
    4. Reward yourself! Buy a bottle of india ink, a calligraphy nib, a moleskine journal or three new rolls of washi tape. 
    5. Photograph your art journal {not just the flat pages inside, but the edges the cover, the binding}. Photograph your stack of index card art! 
    6. Find a home for your newest batch of artwork. Hang it from an art wire across the room, pin it to a cork board, digitize and using as a desktop background, make a calendar. 
    7. Give away some of your art to friends. 
    8. If you are on a creative roll, keep going! Use the inertia. The momentum. 
    9. Make a journal page which includes a list of the experiments you'd like to try. 
    10. Would you like your next journal to be themed? 
    11. What small work would you like to try on a larger piece of paper or canvas? Or wood?
    12. What have you learned about fear? Perfectionism? How has your approach to the blank page changed? How has your art journaling style changed? 
    13. How could you incorporate index cards or small pieces of art like inchies/twinchies into your larger artwork? 
    14. Take a look and NOTICE what you have accomplished. 


    Twisted & Colorized Mandala

    5x8" moleskine journal, ink, gouache

    Color turned this twisted mandala into something bright and cheerful! I drew this mandala while at carpool back in May and wasn't thrilled with it. So a few weeks ago I decided to see if I could improve the mandala with color. This journal {5x8" moleskine sketch journal with manila folder-like paper} is great for drawing but not so great for paint, so I scrubbed the brush into the paper to get the color to "take" the gouache. And with color the mandala blossomed... now I love it! I so often leave my work in black & white, and I need to remember that color adds a bit of magic and suprise.


    Learning is not equal to failure

    your art experiment turns out
    other than you had hoped
    dreamed planned expected
    it is not failure
    it is part of the learning curve
    step back
    ask yourself relevant questions
    about your process
    about your materials
    and try again

    "Everybody has a home team: It’s the people you call when you get a flat tire or when something terrible happens. It’s the people who, near or far, know everything that’s wrong with you and love you anyways. These are the ones who tell you their secrets, who get themselves a glass of water without asking when they’re at your house. These are the people who cry when you cry. These are your people, your middle-of-the-night, no-matter-what people." 
    Shauna Niequist


    Spotted Photo Theme: Animals

    "Though not a natural world by any means, more like a collection of living dioramas, a zoo exists in its own time zone, somewhere between the seasonal sense of animals and our madly ticking watch time."
    Diane Ackerman

    Safari Park. San Diego 2014

    When we visited San Diego this summer, we went to the Safari Park for the first time. We went on a jeep safari adventure where we got to see the animals in the african safari area up close and personal. The giraffes literally put their heads inside the jeep!

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    Tangent № 01: Starburst

    “It's this simple:
    If I never try anything,
    I never learn anything.
    If I never take a risk,
    I stay where I am.”
    Hugh Prather


    We open our fresh, shiny new Art Journal Tangents & Tactics Series with a sunburst for your art journal. To learn about how the series works, see the introduction!

    You'll find a video showing my method for drawing the starburst, filling in the sections with gouache {watercolor will also work perfectly for this format} + doodles + patterns. 

    The sunburst format allows spaces to fill with colors, patterns and words. Elements we all adore in our art journals. I like the flexibility and the ability to use words as actual words or written in a scribbly manner. This allows us to get something off of our mind or analyze a decision yet let it look mostly like texture. Legible, but not easy to read. 

    I drew the final details a week later when I was in a doodly mood.

    The page is painted with gouache in the A4 watercolor moleskine journal. I like the flow of drawing and painting at the same time rather than painting and then later drawing or writing. Yup! I missed a letter in ANOT[H]ER, who cares? This page is not going to the Smithsonian. It's not the last time I'll forget a letter, an entire word, misquote, write the wrong lyrics... it's all about the DOING not the end result. The end result is a happy bonus.

    As with all of the "Tangents" in the series, you are welcome to create your own version using the tutorial. The idea is not to duplicate my work, but to search your mind for words, patterns and doodles and fill your own STARBURST. 


    • Black permanent marker or black india ink
    • Watercolor paper
    • Watercolor or gouache paint {my page is in gouache}
    • Watercolor brush, size 6 or 8 pointed round or round
    • Water jar with water, paper towel to catch drips

    You can watch the video below, or click to pop over to Vimeo to watch.
    Video: 8 minutes. There is music playing while you watch, so feel free to mute the volume. The instructions are found below.

    So here's what to do! 

    1. Draw the outline of the starburst with a permanent black marker. In this video, I use a black gellyroll.
      • First, draw a free-form circle in the center of a rectangular piece of watercolor paper. Just keep drawing round and round until it looks somewhat circular. Art journaling is NOT about perfection.
      • Draw free-form lines radiating from the outer edge of the circle. We are not trying to draw perfectly straight lines. Just lines.
    2. Doodle like crazy!
      • Draw a different pattern in each "section" of the starburst. Look around the room you are in and you'll find some sort of patterns. Consider chevrons, stripes, waves, etc. In some sections, use designs that are curvy. In others, use designs that are angular or geometric. Variety is the spice of life, right?
      • In some of the sections, write words in block letters. Leave some sections blank. For words, you can use a quote or phrase that inspires you! BrainyQuote is a great resource for quotes.
      • You can add more words, write in tiny or big cursive letters or divide some of the sections into smaller sections in an impromptu fashion. 
    3. Prep your paints.
      • If you are using pan watercolors, spritz your pans with water using a little spray bottle to prep them. Or put a drop of water in each of your pans. 
      • If you are using tubed watercolor or gouache paints, you'll need to squeeze a bit of your paints into the sections of a plastic palette. I let mine dry overnight and then spritz with water the next day {or a month later}. More about organizing tubed paints in this post.
    4. Dip your brush in the jar of water and then into one of the paint pans and grab some color. 
    5. Paint the sections one by one. Each time you switch colors, be sure to dip your brush in the jar of water and swoosh it around to remove the paint. 
    6. Add details with the brush {stripes... dots... swirls...} 
    7. Add details and additional words with a black permanent marker. 


    Try this technique with watercolor, gouache, fluid acrylics, colored pencils or Faber-Castell brush nib PITT artist pens.

    If you would like to learn more about painting with watercolor or gouache, I'm presently teaching two online workshops... Watercolor Playground and Painted Paper Paradise. More info in the Workshops section of the blog.


    Prompt Cards {Collecting Words}

    For the past several months I've been immersed in designing a new batch of creative prompt cards.

    Pack #105. Cards in this pack? Outline, Diary, Seaside Cottage, Fox, Chevron. The word in the top left corner of the grid is the card name.

    My infatuation with quotes began as a little girl... collecting Reader's Digest Quotable Quotes. And now I collect words. I spend a lot of time thinking about words, collecting words, speaking words into my phone's voice recorder while I drive, scribbling interesting words on index cards, in the margins of books, in my journals, on receipts.

    The design work is interweaved + intertwined with{in} my everyday life.

    There are two major aspects to designing these little gems.

    ① Create or alter my artwork to design the background for each card.
    ② Develop words and phrases that work in harmony, make sense, and are likely to spark ideas.

    Get your prompt cards from the Daisy Yellow Art shop at Etsy!

    To celebrate the release of the new designs, I'm offering 10% off shop orders of $50 or more. Use ©oupon ©ode "WONDERFULWORLD" at check-out. The special offer runs through midnight CST August 3, 2014.

    Art journal prompt cards are availble in sixteen different 5-packs. Simply select the sets you want to purchase, and I send them to you. There are 100+ designs available. Order through the Daisy Yellow Etsy Shop.


    tiny canvas, big heart


    3x5" index card, acrylics, chop stamp from trip to san francisco {from icad 2013}


    a group of people

    created art

    on a small canvas

    a simple index card

    every day 

    for 61 days

    it wasn't about 


    or about the little cards

    it was about

    the experience 

    the ideas

    the inspiration

    congrats to all

    who worked 

    the challenge

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