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    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 Daisy Yellow group at Facebook to post your art on paper. Art journal pages, doodles, sketches, watercolor work, index cards, artist trading cards...


    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


    The Zine The Zine The Zine {Finally}

    I wish that I could speed up my Zine development process, but the reality is that it needs to simmer. The editing and wordsmithing and adjusting and arranging and refining and writing and designing cannot be rushed. Before I hit PUBLISH {OK there's really not ONE button, it's actually a bunch of finishing-up-stuff that I do} I change my mind a million times. The Zine is very, very different from the blog. Not in the message, but in the method. And the depth of the articles. I want the Zines to make you THINK. To make you CHANGE the way you approach something in your creative life. I want it to make a DIFFERENCE. I lavish attention on every word, the selection and placement of every image, the spaces between paragraphs. Each issue flows through so many versions over 2-3 months! Articles are thrown out by the editorial board {that's me} because they are not good enough for the Zine. Yup.

    And I am so proud of each fresh issue. 

    18 pages: ♥ Find a Boring Spot ♥ Stapled Collage {by paper fanatic Lauren Bergold} ♥ Index Card Love ♥ The Unfinished Journal ♥ Illustrated Flash Fiction ♥ Nurture Creative Habits with a Field Journal ♥ Nine (9) Kick-Start Art Journal Prompts ♥

    Get Issue #11 Daisy Yellow Zine

    Jam packed with ideas + inspiration. No Ads. Great content. Totally digital. Super colorful. 

    At Etsy you can purchase the Zine in sets {Zines 3-4, Zines 5-8, Zines 9-11} via instant DIGITAL DOWNLOAD. After payment is sorted out via Etsy, the digital Zines in full color PDF format are immediately available for download. THE ZINE FILES ARE IN STANDARD PDF FORMAT.

    Zines are non-refundable. Content including format, ideas, photography, artwork & imagery ©2011-2014 Tammy Garcia. Do not forward, distribute or photocopy any portion except for your personal use. 


    Gouache on Black Paper

    3x5" black paper, gouache, india ink

    This is really a test!

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    NOTE! About half of the folks that registered for the email feeds will have to sign up AGAIN. These feeds are delivered by FeedBurner. If you WANT to get Daisy Yellow or Daisy Yellow ICAD blog posts via email, go tohttp://daisyyellowart.com/feeds. The email sign-up is at the bottom of the page. If you are "already" registered for the emails, the system will tell you that. FeedBurner will send you a VALIDATION email and if you do not verify your email account, you will NOT get the feeds. There were > 50 accounts that were not verified and those folks were not getting the emails.


    Leaf Prints

    Leaf imprints, soft gel, acrylic glaze testing. Substrate: Old book paper.

    Testing acrylic glaze and soft gel using leaves from our japanese maple tree. To do the test, I used a very old book paper from a book about postage stamps so that it would absorb stuff {or not} without any sort of protective coating.

    This is the soft gel test. Top leaf, put leaf on paper and then painted gel over the leaf to use the leaf as a mask. Bottom leaf, painted the leaf with soft gel and then used a brayer to press the leaf into the paper to transfer the gel to the paper in the shape of a leaf. 

    This is the glaze test. Left leaf, put leaf on paper and then painted gel over the leaf to use the leaf as a mask. Right leaf, painted the leaf with glaze and used a brayer to press the leaf into the paper to transfer the glaze to the paper in the shape of a leaf. 

    After letting the fluids dry for about 1/2 hour I painted a coat of gouache to see what worked best of the four experiments. I expected the glaze to work better than it did - I've used glaze before on old book pages and it usually looks great. The winner was using the maple leaf as a mask and painting around the leaf with soft gel. The edges look especially interesting where the gouache gathered.

    Leaf imprints. Substrate: 3x5" index cards.

    Painted background with india ink & heavy body acrylics. Painted maple leaf with heavy body acrylics. Made several leaf imprints on top of each other with brayer.

    Painted background with heavy body acrylics, dripped alcohol inks. Painted leaf with acrylics, made leaf imprint using brayer.

    Painted background with india ink and alcohol inks. Painted maple leaf with heavy body acrylics. Made several leaf imprints on top of each other with brayer.

    Pressed leaf against paper to use it as a mask. Painted around leaf with soft gel {like in the leaf-on-old-book experiment} and then removed leaf. Painted with gouache. Gouache soaks in where gel was not applied.

    News: Zine #11 is available now!

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