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  1. I hadn't done any sewing for a long time before I got the machine out to make masks. I was doing that thing where I felt like I couldn't sew anything else until I got this old project I'd stalled out on finished. After the masks were done, I remembered I'd been wanting to make something to replace those disposable cotton rounds (like these). At one point I had gotten as far as digging up fabric for it, a knit shirt that never did fit properly and some flannelette, but then I never actually started. Once the machine was out for something else, I figured I might as well have a go at it. I cut apart the shirt, layered a chunk of it with the flannelette and cut it into strips, then cut the strips into smaller rectangles and zig-zagged the edges. I tried using a microtex needle at first, figuring the flannelette would make the t-shirt material act right, but I was getting a lot of skipped stitches. I switched to a jersey needle and flipped them over so the knit was on top while sewing, and things went much better after that. I made just six to start with a while back in case I hated them, then made a bunch more last weekend. I love these things. They're nicer than cotton rounds and don't leave bits of lint on my face - woo! They're not pretty, the edges are a bit wonky, but they're very usable. I have a little plastic container that I drop the used ones into, and I wash the lot of them when I'm starting to run out.
  2. Thank you, everyone! I didn't think I'd be away for so long - long story short, I've been having what were probably vestibular migraines (migraines plus bonus vertigo and motion sickness) which were kind of interfering with life a lot. I finally found some exercises for the vertigo part of things and for about two weeks now I haven't had a migraine *or* an episode of vertigo. And I can wear my glasses again without feeling like I've been trying to read in the car! 😄 So I think I'm back in a place where I'm able to pick this back up again - yay! I haven't made much art in months due to my brain behaving badly - and then having to convert my desk to working at home. I've had a laptop, dock, two monitors, two monitor stands, and possibly a partridge in a pear tree monopolizing my desk since March, but I'm going to try shoving everything off to one side at some point this weekend and make some prints. I'm really excited about this - I really, really missed making things.
  3. I'm sorry for the disappearing act! I thought I had already come by and left a note, but it looks like I didn't. I've been sick - nothing major, more a series of unfortunate events (multiple colds punctuated by a series of migraines). I'm feeling super run down and low on energy, but I'll be back as soon as I'm able to.
  4. Prompt: This is more of a doing prompt than a thinking/writing one: Try repurposing something you made that you didn't like into your journal. Cut up some collage paper you hated, use bits of fabric or yarn from a project that didn't work out -- see if you can bring something out of the ashes. (I have some really dreadful monoprints of the type that video #2 will be about that might find a home here!) Videos: This "week" will probably once again be more like two weeks long. The whole week concept has kind of gone off the rails a bit 😄 There are probably going to be 3 separate technique videos. The first is about making dendritic prints - this is a fun way to dip into monoprinting and is an easy win. This requires two pieces of glass (mine are from a couple of cheap picture frames), some kind of acrylic paint and a paintbrush. (And paper.) You can also use plexiglas -- I've read that the result might be slightly different but the basic principle should still work. The second will cover monoprinting with a glass or plexiglas plate. You can use anything with a smooth, non-porous surface, really. I've seen it suggested to use a cookie sheet covered with foil for young kids. I'll be using glass and acrylic paint. People do this process with other materials like watercolor paint or block printing ink, but from what I gather both of those methods require wet paper to pull the ink of the plate, so acrylic is a simpler way to go. And the third will cover printing on a gel plate. There are links in the supply list to recipes for creating one out of gelatin. Mine is a storebought one made by Gelli Arts. Gel Press also sells them and were slightly cheaper last time I looked. Here's the first video:
  5. I finally have the third video from week uploaded! Part of why this took so long (and why I ended up with twice as much video as previous weeks) was the combination of stenciling and doodling that I did. Both can be a little time-consuming. Both tend to be kind of meditative for me, though, so I had no idea how much time I'd spent at it until I started looking over the video. Over the next week we'll look at a couple of methods of monoprinting. Printing with a gel plate is another great way to use stencils, and it's really gratifying how much cool imagery you can create in a relatively short amount of time as compared with applying paint directly through a stencil.
  6. Hey all - I'm breaking the second video into two parts because it was long. In this first one I was making collage paper to use for my journal spread:
  7. I've been sort of off the grid a lot this week due to a combination of family issues and something that might have been food poisoning. (I feel much better now.) This has made week three sort of drag out to more like a couple of weeks 😄 I'm finishing up what was supposed to be last week's journal spread today & will be posting it once I get the video finished up.
  8. The stencil video is up. This is kind of a long one -- I've been trying to keep the tools/technique videos short, but apparently I had lots to say 😄 One of the manila folder stencils in the title card to the video (the one with the big circles) isn't actually in this video. I made it while I was working on my journal spread today -- it's a piece of manila folder that I punched with a one-inch hole punch. (I also made another one at the same time with a regular-size hole punch. I meant to do it during this video but totally forgot.) The Tyvek pouch I showed in this video was made with instructions from Maya Donenfeld's Upcycled Pouch Creativebug class. (In the video I said it was from her book Reinvention, which I couldn't remember the name of at the time, but the hand-sewn version that I made is from the class. There's a very similar project in the book with instructions for machine sewing.)
  9. Hello! Week 3 Prompt: What patterns do you find repeating themselves in the things you make? In the things that bring you joy? In the things that undermine your creativity? Videos This week's technique video is on stencils, focusing mainly on improvised and hand-cut stencils. Nothing too scary -- I made one from paper (folded and cut with scissors), a couple cut from a manila folder, and one from a piece of Tyvek envelope. PS: Just a heads up in case you want to get supplies -- for week 4 I'll be doing monoprinting. I'll be demoing two methods, one using glass/plexiglas (a piece from a picture frame would work, and if you have two pieces there's a fun trick that makes really cool prints) and one using a gel plate. There are some links in the supply list on how to make a plate out of actual gelatin, which is a cheap way to try it out to see if you enjoy it.) A brayer is optional with the glass method (you can apply paint with a brush) but it's tough to use a gel plate without a brayer. A soft rubber brayer works best for this purpose.
  10. The video is finally done and uploaded! When I started working on my journal spread last weekend, there were people moving into the apartment next door, which was pretty loud. I thought, "No problem! I'll do a voiceover later!" (This was easier said than done, it turns out.) I also had major difficulties getting the video uploaded - it uploaded to Youtube okay but got stuck at 0% processing for what felt like weeks. Anyway! I have the technique video for week 3 shot and just need to edit and post it, so it should be going up tomorrow. I'll be doing my next journal spread tomorrow, but since I'm only just getting last week's video up I'll probably wait until at least mid-week to post it.
  11. Quick non-update: I had an audio issue that I need to fix before the next video goes up, so "Monday or Tuesday" is turning out to be closer to Friday.
  12. @Kuchylm I love this - thank you for posting it! I've actually been re-watching Daria lately and that quote so completely resonated with me. I didn't manage to end up in an actual career as opposed to a for-now job until I was past 40, and I'm so glad of that because I really like my job and there's no way I would have been where I am now if I'd picked something at random when I was too young to have any idea what I wanted out of life.
  13. I thought a place for recommended books, web sites, and so on might be good. If you have any suggestions, please post them! Books Creating Art at the Speed of Life (Pam Carriker) This is the book that got me to try art journaling. Until I broke my wrist (about 6 years ago, I think) I had been getting back into drawing after not doing much of it since I was a teenager. After the broken wrist, I had lost a lot of muscle mass and was having a really hard time drawing. I had been attracted to mixed media art for a while but didn't know where to start, and this book was a really great jumping off point and broke me out of my inertia. Pedagogical Sketchbook (Paul Klee) This one is public domain and can be found all over the web. It's brief, only about 50 or so pages, and is based on Klee's lecture notes for one of his classes at the Bauhaus school. The Art of Expressive Collage (Crystal Neubauer) Great overview of collage materials, techniques, composition, etc. I love her work. Gelli Plate Printing: Mixed-Media Monoprinting Without a Press (Joan Bess) Tons of demos of various gel printing techniques. Doodles Unleashed (Traci Bautista) Terrific resource for mark-making ideas and techniques. Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials (Maya Donenfeld) Ideas for making stuff out of reclaimed materials (including Tyvek - there's a machine-sewn version of the Tyvek pouch I showed in the week 3 video on stencils in this book. The hand-sewn version I made was done following her Creativebug class Web Sites & Videos & Such Carolyn Dube's thoughts on the OOPS Coptic Binding - Jody Alexander (Creativebug class) This class is where I learned how to do Coptic binding, which is my favorite kind of binding. It opens and lies completely flat, which is ideal for working in a journal, and it's a fun technique. There are a lot of Coptic binding tutorials online, but hers is a little bit different and I love the way it looks. Her Anatomy of a Book class is also on Creativebug -- it's a quick one that gives a grounding in the techniques/materials used for bookbinding. Julie Fei-Fan Balzer: Blog / Youtube Julie's blog and Youtube channel are a huge trove of information on pretty much everything to do with mixed media. Upcycled Pouch - Maya Donenfeld (Creativebug class) This is where I got the instructions for the hand-sewn Tyvek zippered pouch I mentioned in the week 3 stencils video. (It's super easy, all running stitch and was a pretty quick project. In the video I said I'd gotten the instructions from her book, but it turns out the version in the book is machine-stitched.)
  14. I'm also going to start adding any links, books, etc. that I mention in the videos to a resources thread in the supply list/resources section. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!
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