Achoo!

It’s that time of year I guess, battling a nasty head cold.  Ugh!  I did feel a tad better yesterday though and was able to finish a couple of journal pages.  I love being able to make art even when I don’t feel good.  I have a little tote bag that I threw a few simple tools in and went downstairs to sit in my comfy chair with my feet up, jammies on.

Inside the bag were, water soluble crayons and colored pencils in my favorite colors, a graphite pencil, blending stump, XS Pitt Pen, Signo White Gel Pen, and a water filled brush.  

And my Moleskine journal.

Having only a few tools is stress relieving and relaxing.  No decisions about colors, pens, or paints, just freedom to create. 

I started with sketches and built on that adding color with the crayons,
doodles, and journaling.  I found an interesting trick with the White Gel Pen:  you can write with it and then use the water soluble crayon over the top and it acts as a bit of a resist allowing the pen to show through.  Just make sure it’s dry first!
I hope you are feeling well, use that hand sanitizer for more than transfers!!  And find time for art today, even if it’s just a few minutes.  It really is the best medicine:-)

Only Three More Days Until Shades of Grey!

What is the key to using the fabulous Pitt Brush Tipped Pens? What are their secrets? Peer through the keyhole to take a glimpse of some of the page samples from my Shades of Grey Journal Workshop.
This workshop will cover several techniques I have discovered while concentrating on Shades of Grey, including ‘painting’ with Caran d’ache water soluble crayons. Combine these techniques in a timeless Moleskine Journal and you have a winning combination.

To find out more about this workshop or to register, visit Creative Workshops.

Spring is Here, It is!

It really is! I saw little lavender blooms on my creeping phlox, my clemantis has new shoots, and it’s my oldest sons birthday tomorrow. These things all tell me that spring is here.
My excitement runs high today as I bake a yummy chocolate cake in honor of his special day, because my boy is coming home to celebrate and bringing my new daughter in law! So mom has been cleaning, cooking, and wrapping presents. Last year he signed up to join the army on his birthday, and I really did not dare to hope that he would be home to celebrate it this year, so this is a true blessing. Enjoy the sun, while I enjoy my son:-)
This page was done in my moleskine with my new BIG Pitt Brush Pens. They are fabulous!!! And absolutely do not bleed through, amazing.

All Good Things Must Come To An End

Well, I’ve just posted the last week’s lesson for my workshop. What a fun journey and what completely amazing students! I have so enjoyed seeing their pages progress and what was once scary to some is now fun and exciting. You can see their pages here for yourself. I am already working on my next workshop where I will share the fun of Pitt Pens and water soluble crayon in lovely Moleskine journals. You can find out more about this workshop here. Gill has provided a link to her journal site offering class supplies with a discount for workshop attendies. http://www.journalcraft.co.uk/shades-of-grey—workshop-supplies-39-c.asp
Thank you for making this workshop so enjoyable!

Shades of Grey Workshop

You asked for it and now it’s here! I have just posted my next workshop at Creative Workshops. I have combined two of the most asked about techniques into one workshop. Numerous people have commented on the Pitt Pen pages and inquired about the Caran d’ache crayons with fluid matte medium, so I have combined these techniques into a journal workshop. Come and explore the possiblities with me starting March 23rd. Registration is now open.

A 3 week journey into the timeless art of Moleskine Journaling. We will use ‘Shades of Grey’ Pitt Pens, Caran d’ache watersoluble crayon, and black & white images to create pages worthy of a Moleskine’s handcrafted covers. This class will consist of 3 video demonstrations, and a collage sheet download.

Week 1~ It’s the Pitts!
Week 2~ Not always black or white
Week 3~ Grey’s or Gray’s Anatomy?

Supply List

  • Pitt Brush Tipped Pen Set, Shades of Grey (This set contains one each of six shades of gray, including Cold Gray III, Cold Gray IV, Cold Gray V, Warm Gray III, Warm Gray IV, and Warm Gray V)
  • In addition you will need Black Pitt Artist Pens in the following sizes, XS,F, &M
  • Moleskine Sketchbook, blank 100 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/4
  • 8B woodless graphite pencil
  • Black eraser (one that will erase charcoal/graphite)
  • Caran d’ache Neocolor II water soluble crayons: Silver Grey, Steel Grey, Grey, Dark Grey, Greyish Black (the colors in italics are optional)
  • Fluid Matte Medium, Golden’s
  • Small paintbrush (a 1/4″ angular brush works well, but any small flat brush will work)
  • UHU gluestick
  • White gel pen

Workshop fee $38.00

Day 29, STRESS

It was just one of ‘those’ days. I got up, day 3 of no school due to snow, and between drying snow clothes, cooking, dishes, laundry, eye doctor appointment, and life, I just did not get done what I wanted to. I just put my little guy to bed, he is pooped from snowboarding, and hubby is making me a cup of tea, and I am going to go and lock myself into my studio for a couple of hours. These pages were done in my moleskine with pitt pens. They are nothing like what I envisioned this morning. But that is the beauty of letting the page dictate where it will go. I feel so much better and clear headed getting it all out. Now I can go and be productive. I hope your day was productive:-)

Nancy Lefko, who is featured in the post below, has gifted me with this blog award. I am to list 5 things I am into right now, so here goes…
1.) Art journals-go figure:-)
2.) Sharing a love for art through workshops and writing
3.) Spring cleaning (I know, I’m early)
4.) Playing with mediums, experimenting
5.) My family, even though they drove me a little nuts earlier today:-)

January Journaling Day 7~Shades of Grey

This was inspired by a picture I saw of one of those lovely stone angels. I don’t usually draw the eyes closed, but this depicts those moments when I just close my eyes for a minute and gather the strength that I need to do the task at hand. My eyes may be closed, but my minds eye is WIDE open. I have started to work on the cover which, of course will be painted in shades of grey.