Thursday, June 16, 2016

Iris Folding

I took a class on iris folding at my local library and learned a how to create these pieces.  I used pages from national geographic magazines to create these lovely pieces.  You rip 1 inch strips and fold following a template you can find with a google search.  Pick a simple template to start then move to more complex templates.  They would be great for cards or wall hangings.    

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Inspiration by a master painter

I recently started exploring the work of Jean Michel Basquiat.  Here is one of his paintings.

I opened my art journal and took a stab at trying to create a similar look. It was really fun!!

This is a quote by the artist. It reads "it's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not."

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Journal and Mixed Media Book Review

I requested a variety of journaling and mixed media books from my library to explore.  I'm fortunate because while my local library doesn't have these books, I can order them from libraries around the state.  I want to recommend a few for you to look into.  The first two books I recommend are:

Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage by Dina Wakley.   If you want to understand the principles of composition these are the books for you! Clear explanations and sample step by step projects to figure out things like the rule of 1/3rd, using white space, and repetition.

Here are some art journal pages I created based upon Dina's books.  Enjoy!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Awesome video - Mandalas for Beginners!

I have been having a lot of fun drawing mandalas lately and took the 100 Mandalas challenge.  The challenge is to draw 100 mandalas in 100 days, but I'm on the slower track of just drawing 100 mandalas sometime in the next year or two.  

This is a great video that shows you how to draw and color a mandala in about 10 minutes.  Check it out here.  


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Free Hamsa Coloring Book

I'm honored to have one of my pieces selected to be included in this free downloadable coloring book!  Check it out Free Hamsa Coloring Book!
 Hamsa Coloring Book - Free Download

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Worth a listen

If you have ever feared creating something.
If you have ever felt too vulnerable to start drawing.
If you have ever needed a big hug and a booster shot of encouragement.
Listen to this.

I have read all of Brene Brown's work and her wisdom has helped me live a more joyful and authentic life.  I value courage. I want to hear your story.  If you haven't listened to Brene's TED talks you can find them here and here.  

Thursday, September 10, 2015

ZIA Ball

Another fun tangle and fold project! Tangle strips of cardstock and then fold into a cool ball!  Find the instructions here!