Thursday, January 22, 2015

One week until classes begin!

Silhouette Stories begins soon! I am looking forward to teaching this class at Two Hands Paperie, a favorite local shop. In this class we will be working with the foundations of Visual Journaling, combining text with imagery, utilizing vibrant painted backgrounds and collage techniques that will become the base for our hand crafted silhouette imagery. I will demonstrate lettering techniques as well as how to add finishing details to your pages.This is a wonderful shop and we will have a great time creating here together, surrounded by inspiration! For more details about Silhouette Stories (Jan 31, 10:30–4:30) and to sign up, head on over to the Two Hands Paperie site. 

At first glance silhouettes evoke history, family and memory. We are reminded of simpler times when images were crafted by hand. Often we struggle with focal imagery in our work. We crave drawn or painted images on our journal pages but don’t know where to begin. Luckily for us, silhouettes represent the simplest way to view a figure, often as an easily recognizable outline, a black form on a white background. In this class we have the luxury to deviate from the traditional silhouette. Building on top of layered backgrounds we can create rich self-portraits, capture our loved ones, and represent our own personal icons and symbols. Taking something beautifully simple, rooted in history and tradition we will make it new again. Modern heirlooms are made personal by using family photographs that can be either realistic or stylized and whimsical.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Time for classes!

Happy New Year! I am thrilled to announce that I am teaching at Two Hands Paperie this year in January and February! So give yourself or someone you love the gift of creativity and begin your own visual journal. Classes will be intimate in size and will be held at my favorite shop in Boulder, CO. Silhouette Stories (Jan 31, 10:30–4:30) will be a more image based class, where we will create energetic backgrounds and use silhouettes to create focal imagery and with which to tell our own stories. 

Love of Lettering (Feb 21, 10:30–4:30) will focus on text as image and the many playful and expressive ways to explore lettering. This will not be calligraphy class, but rather a way to explore your own hand and the marks it can create as well as with drawing type in different styles! I am beyond excited to share my passion of visual journaling with you and to create together. I look forward to seeing you in class soon!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Gift Guide 2014!

If you are still looking for a last minute gift for your crafty loved ones, look no further! I have compiled a list of some of my favorite goodies, designed to inspire and encourage creativity for the new year. Already done shopping? Don't fret, these items are great gifts to give yourself as a way to use holiday cash or ETSY or Amazon gift cards! Enjoy!

First off is this extraordinary new book by Juliana Coles. She is a phenomenal artist as well as an  exceptional teacher, and this book encompasses both her visual journaling as well as prompts to start you on your own journey. This book truly is page after page of inspiration and should be a part of every artist's library. Her book, Ghost Pirate can be ordered on Amazon as well. Juliana also offers how to journaling booklets on her ETSY site as well as offering a variety of online classes.

I am a huge fan of Gina Armfield's No Excuses Journaling technique. Gina has a series of online workshops as well as an inspiring book on the subject of transforming a desk calendar into a place full of daily art experiments, photos and quotes. Some of my work as well as details about my own NME process is in this book. I can not sing the praises of this process enough! I have been at it for 4 years now and while I ebb and flow with it, I am always astounded and grateful for all that I have done by the end of the year. This is a fantastic project to start right now!

Jennifer Joanou is another visual journaling talent not to be missed. Her journals are are both delicate and soulful, earthy and feminine, filled with exquisite lettering, maps and symbols. Jennifer has recently collected her bounty of artwork and turned them into prints for sale, postcard sets and a plethora of sticker styles. I am a sticker junkie, so I can't get enough of them! They are a great for adding into your No Excuses journal for quotes and visual inspiration. Check out Jennifer's blog and be on the lookout for more offerings from her!

Friday, December 5, 2014

More Birthday fun!

Here is a little bit of what made my birthday so special this year! Lots of love and handmade goodness! The jewelry in the photos was all handmade by my mom, what beautiful gifts! Chad and I had a little fun painting pottery and then headed to Dushanbe teahouse for high tea! It was such a treat to be waited on with tea and champagne and a tower of savories and sweets! If you are local and have never tried it, I highly recommend it.

I recently came across this article, and when I read it my whole body responded with a resounding "yes"! My little world has begun feeling overwhelmed the last few years with too much stuff, unfinished projects and a desire for more ease. I often paint the words, "do more with less", but it's a hard mantra to follow. Reading this gives me a new framework for my life. "What would you do if your life was a blank slate? If it were an empty container with limited space, what would you put in it?" Something to ponder.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Today, on my birthday, I thought I'd share this very special piece that I recently created. I have been looking at a lot of work by Alphonse Mucha and this journal page is born out of a combination of that and a visualization exercise that I recently did for the Nu Icon program. It was quite a process of unearthing this vision of myself which is a bit atypical for me. After bringing this image to light, I adore the organic, feminine, and Victorian representation of myself and my creativity.

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Small Tribute to a Big Life

My small tribute to Robin Williams and all that he gave to the world. This is another instance where words fail me and creating pictures will have to do.

I am currently working on a series of watercolor sketches of the various TV shows in my life. So it was fitting to work on an illustration of The Crazy ones (at right) and Mork and Mindy this week. I am looking forward to sharing more of these as they progress.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Another Great Book!

Another great book from map creatrix Jill Berry! This is her second mapmaking book, and I say buy them both! They are loaded with great ideas for building your cartographic collection. I have a piece of mail art included on page 119. I am including that heart map here so that you can get a closer look!