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    2014 Reading Challenge

    2014 Reading Challenge
    Tammy has read 0 books toward her goal of 36 books.


    Watercolor Playground Workshop

    Watercolor Playground

    Registration: Open Now
    Resources Available Through January 31, 2015
    Registration Closes: September 15, 2014


    {A little intro from the 21 Secrets workshop 2013... and yes, there's music!}

    Watercolor Playground is a fresh & fun introduction to watercolor painting. In the workshop, I'll teach you how to incorporate watercolors and free form doodles in your art journal. We will focus on learning techniques and the process of watercoloring. The beauty of each color, the texture of the paper, the way the paint flows from the brush. A focus on creativity. A playground for color and words.

    This is an online workshop with materials available 24/7, so you can work at your own pace in your own space. 

    4 painting lessons using artist quality pan watercolor paints
    7 techniques videos
    Full color PDF about the art of watercolor painting
    Private discussion forum at Daisy Yellow
    Private discussion forum at Facebook
    Private Flickr group

    For the tutorials, I use Winsor & Newton half pan watercolors. Here's how I "grew" my set of pans. I started with a Cotman travel set... then as I used up the half pans, I replaced them with Winsor & Newton artist quality pans. You can definitely get wonderful color from pans

    Take a peek at the pages we will create...

    Watercolor Playground focuses on techniques, taking you from absolute beginner to playing comfortably with watercolors in your journal! You'll receive constructive feedback, suggestions and advice as you learn. Start from the beginning and create four beautiful pages with flexible and fun watercolor painting techniques that can be applied to your art journal pages and abstract watercolor paintings.

    Find student artwork from this workshop and the 21 Secrets version and more here.

    The lessons focus on specific painting techniques. When you post your work in either of the forums, I offer constructive advice and respond to questions about watercolor and gouache painting techniques. Please know that we will touch on the "art" of paint mixing but not the "science" involved.

    Watercolor is a calm and graceful medium. The constant flow of water to paint to page, the gentle movement of the brush and the energy of the colors. Watercolor will bring happy, bright color to your art journal pages.

    Note! Watercolor Playground was first taught at 21 Secrets 2013. If you worked through all of the techniques taught in Watercolor Playground, this will be a repeat. If you liked Watercolor Playground, you'll LOVE Painted Paper Paradise!

    Do you need further details about the Painted Paper Paradise Workshop?

    Workshop Pricing in USD

    Watercolor Playground $39
    Painted Paper Paradise $49
    Combination Package $76 {save $12}

    Click this link to register for Watercolor Playground: $39

    Click this link to register for Painted Paper Paradise: $49

    Click this link to register for BOTH workshops: $76 {save $12}

    Full Disclaimer:

    Workshop fees are non-refundable. This is an online workshop taught via video tutorials and a discussion forum where you can upload and share your work. The materials will be available through August 31, 2014. Resources are not available indefinitely because an integral part of this workshop is my constructive feedback to you; by limiting the time frame I can fully commit to the support of this workshop.

    {my paint set-up, filming the playground part of the workshop}

    Comments from the Watercolor Playground discussion group in my last workshop:

    "Tammy, you created such a delightful and fun class for us to learn in and I now have a new "love"!!! Thanks so much for sharing your passion with us all!! It has been so refreshing."

    "I've been intimidated by watercolors since I picked up art journaling a couple of years ago (largely thanks to you and your wonderful web site!) but you did a fabulous job of demystifying watercolor techniques!"

    "Wonderful class that I will do over and over in my art journals!"

    "I have gone watercolour mad! Since your workshop I have used it in my journaling, tried my hand at still life painting, used it on a greetings card and customized some gift wrap."

    "Great Class; detailed techniques; really liked it."

    "I loved this class and this exercise. Thank you so much for introducing me to watercolor, I'm a convert. I think my playground is a little too chaotic so next time I'll make bigger boxes. And I'd like to do more of the flowers and other non-abstract type things. So many ideas running through my head. I am just so enthused by this."

    "Oh, Tammy, what fun you have brought us!!! I am a complete novice with watercolors and your techniques are so easy that even I could do them and achieve good results. "

    "Thank you so much for your detailed instruction it was so fun to watch you paint!"

    "Your class was like no other I've taken. Maybe because I was so keen on learning how to paint with watercolors, and you really instructed us! I learned so much."


    The February Experiments

    “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Learn about The Creative Experiments Challenge and join the fun! Each month, it's a FRESH start with a new set of experiments. You can start any time, just jump in! The goal is to make a plan for the artsy experiments you want to do this month. It is not a competition, it is a personal challenge to set a goal for yourself and meet the goal. You do not have to do all of the experiments to participate, nor do you need to do them in order.

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

    You have an entire month to accomplish the experiments that YOU want to accomplish. One of the fine points... if you do art that could theoretically cover two of the experiments, it can only count for one! The experiments will span January, February and March 2014 with fresh experiments at the beginning of each month. Your personal goal might be 3 points, or it might be 10. It's up to you.

    The February Experiments

    Points Available This Month: Twenty-One (21) Set your point goal now!
    {I wish I could make that flash in neon!}
    Find experiments CE #1-7 here.

    CE #8: {2 points} Make a real, physical, non-digital inspiration board.

    This could be a simple cork board with motivating quotes, magazing clippings, mail art received, paint chips, hand-painted papers, shipping tags, fabric, anything that makes you happy or inspired. If possible, hang it up in your home or lean it on a wall. Include your own art!!! Your own analog version of pinterest,  perhaps. Put your doodle from CE #1 on your inspiration board.

    CE #9: {up to 14 points; 2 points per page} Work through 7 colors of the rainbow to create monocromatic art journal pages. 

    {"maximum red" art journal page on loose watercolor paper, featured in Zine #06}

    Create 7 monochromatic pages in your art journal. Work through your version of the rainbow. For example, you might start with a pink+black+white page, then work on orange on the next page. The monochromatic pages can have little bits of other colors. You could work with a different medium on each page, or have a theme. Or take advantage of this chance to experiment with new art materials or those you haven't used in a long time. Go beyond the background! Add things like imagery and words, perhaps some hand-lettering or doodles or quotes. Whatever it takes for the page to feel "finished" to you. 

    Color selections are up to you! Ideas for your array of 7 colors:

    Idea #1: ① Magenta ② Vermillion ③ Orange ④ Lemon ⑤ Forest Green ⑥ Cobalt Blue ⑦ Sepia
    Idea #2: ① Deep Red ② Peach ③ Deep Yellow ④ Lime Green ⑤ Turquoise ⑥ Cerulean Blue ⑦ Violet

    Art materials/techniques to consider:

    - Water-soluble colored pencils
    - Caran D'Ache Neocolor I or II wax crayons
    - Spray paint & hand-cut stencils
    - Watercolor or gouache
    - Heavy body acrylics
    - Wide nibbed magic markers {i.e. PITT pens with BIG brush nibs}
    - Embroidery or machine stitching

    CE #10: {1 point} Explore several pages of three (3) new-to-you art blogs. Or newly (re)discovered creative blogs.

    Am I the only one worrying that many people are forgetting the inherent beauty within individual blogs? There are more links on my link love page if you need a place to start. I have recently (re)discovered the elegant art of Judy Wise. {Hat tip: Dawn} and in the beautifully photographed works of Elizabeth Bunson.

    CE #11: {up to 4 points, 1 point per stamp} Make hand-carved stamps to use in your art journal.

    You can carve stamps from erasers and from linocutting materials. I carved these from rectangular white Pentel erasers from Target. Some are carved with an X-acto knife and others with linocutting tools. Consider simple doodles, repeating patterns that can be stamped in a row, words. Remember to cut words in reverse; I always forget this simple concept and wind up making word stamps backwards and then another version forwards... and yes I use both! Ideas, examples, photos of my hand-made stamps and links to stamp-carving tutorials in Carving Eraser Stamps.


    Photograph your work and post on your blog, in the DY Facebook Group, on Instagram with hashtag #dycreativeexperiments


    Getting Words on Art Journal Pages: Marit Barentsen

    Continuing a series of posts about getting words on our art journal pages! 

    Marit Barentsen {of Marit's Paper World and Featuring Magazine} describes the art of including text in her weekly journal Chronicles.

    In Marit's words...

    ❝When I first started the Chronicles (in 2010) I censured my text/journaling and left out the more personal/ private stuff - I only wrote things that I found were OK to put 'out in the open' on the internet for others to read. After a while, my 'chronicles' began to feel like 'a school diary' or  'appointment book.' To make the pages more 'me' and more interesting to work on (and view) I started making the pages more personal and that meant I also started writing about the more 'private' things. Nowadays, I don't think about leaving out text. During the week, I jot down on a piece of paper the 'highlights' - what happened on a day. When I start working on my daily spread, I read through those notes and 'more or less' decide what should definitely be in or out... when it comes to 'short sentences' of private/personal journaling, I just use it on my journal page and don't think about it too much (see ***) but sometimes there is a big 'private part' that I still want to be on the page... and if that is the case, I decide up front how I will do that. Blur it on the computer later or use a 'hidden' technique... like I did here.❞

    ❝It is only after the spread is finished that I decide which text I want to blur before I publish the pages online. There are several reasons for blurring the text: because the text is about other people who might feel uncomfortable when their name pops up on my pages on the internet. Sometimes, the thoughts or experiences I describe are just 'too private to put up for the whole world to read'. I use photoshop for blurring those sentences/parts.

    On this particular spread (week 46) I knew that I wanted to write about something that I did not want to make public, and since I received a lovely postcard that week that I wanted to preserve ánd had a postcard from the 'feel good market' that we visited on Sunday, I decided to stitch a pocket on top of the text to keep the cards... that way they would also cover my writing. I measured the cards and used a soft pencil to mark the place where I could journal. I then wrote down the text and after that, stitched the plastic pocket over it and put the cards in....

    I then collaged more images ánd journaling spots onto the page - on which I wrote the 'usual' and more public stuff (the 'what did I do's' from that week...) only a few lines needed to be blurred as it was about another individual. So here I glued on the journaling papers/spots first and then wrote the text...❞

    To catch up on the series, check out Getting Words on Art Journal Pages {Part#1}.


    365 Somethings #330 - 339

    “A deadline gets a writer's work done done better and faster than any inspiration, if only because inspirations don't always come, but the deadline is always there.”
    A.A. Patawaran

    A fresh set to share. I'm winding up documentation of my 365 project for 2013.

    Fabric is the "twist" for this set of index card artwork. Fabric stitched together and then to the card, and fabric stitched directly to the card. Different results, all yummy. One of my favorite sets of the year.


    stitched mini-art quilt


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    Get a Daisy Yellow Badge

    "When we focus on the song of our soul and heart, then others will be touched similarly. Sometimes people wonder or worry whether people will like or approve of their creative expression. It's none of your business. It's your business to stay present and focused for the work of your deepest dreams. It might look crooked or strange, or be very odd-but if it delights you, then it is yours, and will find it's way into other hearts.”


    {click for tons of badges}

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    A Little Bit About Sewing Paper & Fabric

    It all started "way back" in 2010 with a desire to add machine stitching to may art journal pages. The delightful stitching and texture of thread! But I had wrestled a decade earlier with a wonky machine that knotted up constantly and was scared. Petrified. So I did some research with the goal of finding a good quality machine with a few automated features, basic stitches. A machine the the kids and I could all use. There is a glorious amount of information on the web about sewing, sewing machines, needles, thread, etc. You'll find great tips at Craftster, including So You Want to Learn How to Sew on a Machine.

    After much research, I purchased a cute Janome 7330 Magnolia and have used it consistently for 4 years. This is seriously the best machine in the universe {for me}. It has changed everything!

    We didn't really know what we were doing so the kids and I started slowly, sewing on watercolor paper without any thread in the machine. I wish that more sewing instructions were written with the non-sewist {or brand new sewist} as the audience. We didn't know what we were doing so we took it slowly and experimented.


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    Looking Back: 2013

    So it's January 20-something. Still, I've been wanting to make a list of creative stuff from 2013 because I want to have this on the blog as another line in the sand. As documentation that progress happens in small steps over the course of a year. There were several months late in the year where I was absolutely, ridiculously exhausted. But still, a little bit a day makes a difference. Annual lists serve as an index, a reminder, and a way to indulge my need to make lists. 

    Completed my first 365 Somethings Project, making 367 stitched index card collages. How fantabulous it was to focus on a meta goal comprised of tiny little goals. To see it blossom and flow on tangents galore. In fact, I became so obsessed with the project that I finished in October! Three-hundred-sixty-five of one thing is a lot of things. 

    Volunteered to manage a massive collaborative art project at my daughters' school. For two solid months, I was immersed in designing the 36x36" mandala, collecting patterns from kids of all ages, cutting the patterns into 200+ components and stitching them together. The project was then auctioned to raise money for the school. Intense. Stressful. Valuable.

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    Here's the thing
    Some days
    I want to paint with watercolor & gouache
    I want to sew an apron
    I want to read everyone's blog posts
    I want to read every book in my stack
    I want to catch up on Grey's Anatomy
    I want to make a fresh gelatin plate
    I want to make stitched journals
    I want to edit videos
    I want to finish the 24x36" painting I started last week
    And the two 8x10" paintings too
    And finish the 14 blog posts that are unfinished
    I want to do everything all at once
    And some days
    It all seems like a contest
    And I don't know the rules of the game

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