I am participating in the Craft Attitude Open Studio this month. I decided to create an art journal/planner to keep track of ongoing projects in a more organized fashion than little slips of paper scattered all over my studio :-) I wanted to try incorporating some of my digital artwork in a Smash Book to create this journal, but I hated the thought of covering up all the pretty vintage paper pages. Craft Attitude to the rescue!
Since Craft Attitude it transparent it allows the pretty papers to show through and enhance my images. And with the small in-between spaces on the Craft Attitude sheet I could even make my own washi tape.
I am loving this new art journal/planner and best of all I am actually USING it. I like seeing my images as I turn through pages. Craft Attitude film is so easy to use it was hard to know when to stop playing with pictures and save some empty space for writing too.
I am heading home today after attending a fantastic workshop with Karen Burns all about painting with Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop. Karen creates such stunning work with her digital paintbrushes. In this workshop she generously shared her methods, tips and techniques and resources for creating beautiful paintings. While I know a bit about Photoshop, Corel Painter is a huge and powerful piece of software and learning the program can be a bit daunting for someone who just want to sit down and paint. Karen gave us a roadmap to get started painting quickly and we all loved the results we were able to acheive in just one weekend.
Besides demonstrating her painting techniques and sharing her secrets :-) Karen spent one-on-one time with each of us. She suggested brushes we might use to achieve the results we were looking for or techniques we might consider to impove the compostion of our paintings. At the end of the weekend we each went home with at least one finished painting - printed on fine art paper or canvas - that we can frame and hang on our wall at home.
I created FOUR paintings that I am thrilled with! I have never before attended a workshop where I have been this productive and so well pleased with my work. Kudos to Karen for being an outstanding teacher who conveys the knowledge of what she does so well and who inspires us to create paintings of our own. Thank you, Karen for a truly awesome weekend!
Where I live in Seattle we don't get much real winter weather. But I have been watching the snow and blustery weather going on in the rest of the country and remembering the winters I used to know growing up in northern Minnesota. And even though it was frequently cold and snowy, we practically lived outside in the winter. There was just so much to do and see.
I have been remembering days spent skating on the rink the firemen created every winter by flooding the parking lot by the town hall. This was where the boys learned to play hockey and the girls practiced their fancy spins and twirls. My favorite thing was to just skate round and round and enjoy the feeling of flying over the ice. Purely magic.
I love this time of the year. A whole new year stretches out before us with all kinds of possibilities.
Today I've been doing some digital art journaling. The Art Journal Caravan is getting ready to embark on it's final journey - kind of bittersweet. I know Tangie will have all kinds of creative ideas for our journals in the weeks to come. First up is picking a word that I want to focus on for the coming year. It is amazing how a single word can be a catalyst for motivating you toward the direction you want your life to take. The word I have chosen this year is bloom. To bloom ... to grow and flourish ... to thrive.
I'm recently back from a Fine Art Creative Black and White Photography and Photoshop workshop in Charlotte, North Carolina with Marie Otero. The workshop was a mix of morning photo walkabouts in the city and afternoon sessions of playing in Photoshop - exploring many techniques to process our photos into dynamic black and white images. Marie was one of my first (and the best!) Photoshop teachers, and it was great to finally have a chance to meet her in person. It was also great fun to connect with old friends and meet somenew ones. The workshop was mind-blowing! So many new things to learn and explore.
One of the new things for me to try was some street photography. I have always been a bit intimidated about taking photos of strangers, but it was SO much easier to do with a group of other people doing the same thing. On our Sunday morning photo walkabout we came upon this stylish guy on his motorcycle.
It was obvious he had other things on his mind, and was not aware that we were snapping away.
All of a sudden he turned his head and caught sight of us. Three cameras with big lens pointed directly at him.
He was a good sport and gave us a big grin before he sped away.
I am so excited to be part of a Sisters With Attitude - a mixed media collaboration by the members of the Tumble Fish Studio Creative Team. This project was the brainchild of the amazing Trudi Sissons of Two Dresses Studio. We all had the chance to play with a new product called Craft Attitude and create mixed media collages using images from Tumble Fish Studio. Craft Attitude allows you to print transparent images right at home on your inkjet printer. If you have been frustrated by image transfer with packing tape or gel medium, you need to give Craft Attitude a try. It is so easy and there is no mess to deal with!
I was amazed at how well the ink from the inkjet printer bonded with the Craft Attitude film. The ink stays put on the film and won't rub off on your fingers or the paper. You can apply your printed transparency to paper using a glue stick or with an iron and create collages with wonderful depth and dimension.
Some of my favorite pieces were created with bits of antique paper that I collaged together and then applied a transparent image over the top. This was a great way to use those special bits of my collection I have been saving for just the right moment.
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It has been wayyyyy too long since we have had a FREE Friday Download to play with. So today meet Amelia. She is another vintage girl from my collection of old photos. Don't you just love her crushed velvet dress, and what a hat! Click here to download Amelia.
Today is Art Friday, and I can't wait to get back to The Mermaid Circus. I really wanted to take this class since it is Teesha Moore's first ever online class. To be able to sit with Teesha and watch while she creates one of her journal pages is a rare treat. And I am loving Jane Davenport's illustration and painting lessons too. She had me enjoying drawing again. Take a look at these cuties :-)
Hope you have a wonderful weekend and have some time for art play!