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  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. @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.
  7. 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.)
  8. 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!
  9. Hey all! This week's prompt: Order vs Chaos For week 2, I was thinking about the continuum of order vs chaos in life and where along the line I feel most comfortable. How do you prefer things: Orderly, neat, planned-out? Or unplanned and more chaotic? Do you ever feel conflicted between the two? Videos This week's technique/tools video goes over using improvised materials for stamping and making simple foam stamps. I have this one finished and will post it below. In my journal spread video, I used the couple of stamps I made as well as some bubble wrap and styrofoam to do some stamping on pieces of deli paper, then collaged them into my journal. The journal spread video should go up on either Monday or Tuesday.
  10. Just a quick note - I'm going to move the weekly topic into the discussion forum area. Initially I thought it would be better to have separate sections for each week, but I think it'll get unwieldy and would be simpler to have the threads all in one area.
  11. So many posts in a row! The video finally processed. A couple of oops moments in the video - I initially was removing the audio from the sped-up segments but forgot to later (thankfully the audio isn't super loud in those segments) and one brief segment is upside-down. Another thing I mentioned in the video that I would post is a tutorial from the Gelli Arts blog on making this cool rays-of-sun effect with fan-folded paper on a gel plate.
  12. In the (still-uploading!) video, at one point I was talking about working in layers and being afraid of continuing working when what you're doing seems unfinished but you're afraid of messing it up if you keep on. For me there's usually a point where I think "oh, if I cover that up I'll be really sorry" or "wow, I wish I hadn't done that", and sure, sometimes I don't love the final result, but more often than not it comes out all right in the end. I mentioned one piece I worked on a year or two ago where I had a big freak-out halfway through and said I'd dig up the photos and post them. I wish I had taken a photo of the truly awful in-between stage where I was sure I'd ruined everything. The first photo is shortly before the point where I almost stopped working on it (after finishing the stems/branches that weren't painted in in the photo) because I was okay with it and was worried about losing the background and the coloration in the leaves. I kept on and had some trouble where the background turned all blah and sad and smeary-looking and I wasn't happy about what was happening in the leaves, but after tampering with it a little more it got to a place where I was happy I hadn't stopped earlier, and I loved the end result. Relevant link: Carolyn Dube's thoughts on the OOPS
  13. Any photos of your work? (Feel free to blur out any writing if you feel weird about sharing that part!) Thoughts/ideas/feedback? I wanted to start a post as a point of discussion and sharing, but absolutely feel free to start threads/post wherever. I'm kind of feeling my way through this since I've never led a group thing like this before. To start things off - this is what I made in the video that's in the middle of uploading/processing to Youtube. I did a little bit of writing on the top layer (about terror of and fascination with beginnings) instead of burying the writing underneath everything else, which I don't do often but felt inspired.
  14. I spent Sunday and Monday having an Asthma Adventure 😛 but saw the doctor yesterday and am much better now, and I finished learning how to cut bits of video together and speed up the boring parts and a bunch of other things. I also learned where not to place the microphone - unfortunately I'm a bit muffled, and you can hear the highway outside more than I would've liked. (There's also a bird chirping happily for a minute or two somewhere along the way, which was a happy surprise that I didn't notice at the time.) Anyway! The video is uploading to Youtube now and will take a while to generate the HD version after it's uploaded, so I'll pop back in later tonight or tomorrow before work if possible and post it here. I made my journal spread for the week and went into it basically thinking "okay, I want a spiral" and just kind of wandered around from there. Stuff I messed around with in the video: Water-soluble pencil & pastel Applying a thin layer of paint over another layer Stamping with plastic canvas for texture Rubber stamping (which I later hid because I wasn't thrilled with how things were turning out after this and an unfortunate color choice in the next step) Sponging layers of paint Collaging with torn bits of tissue paper (which hid the part I didn't like) Recovering from unfortunate decisions It is definitely not the best thing I've ever done, but I'm reasonably happy. I ended up doing some writing around the nautilus-shell-esque thing in the middle of the page.
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