Carving Time

Summer is speeding by and right smack dab in the middle of it I get sick. This happens to many of us and puts a damper on the outside activities. With my creativity at a low ebb along with my energy, I picked up my carving tool and some Jack Richeson Easy Carve Lino and used some of the designs I’ve been creating for stencil products. This is one of the ways I like to reuse artwork, by making art tools from it.

Focusing on the positive and negative space and the lack of color to distract, forces you to simplify and make every line count. The art becomes a sort of puzzle that you carefully put together to create impact. Less is more when carving stamps. There are no shades of grey, just black and white. Positive and negative.

Summer is a busy time, but it is still possible to carve time for art out of each day. Try something new like carving stamps, it only takes one tool, you can do it outside, and the stamps can be used for future projects.

Carving Tips

Use a sharp blade

Start with simple designs and work up to more intricate ones

Never cut towards yourself! Carve away from your hand holding the Lino

Use a bench hook/inking plate to carve safely http://www.dickblick.com/products/speedball-bench-hookinking-plate/

Cut a groove with V shaped tip around all of the design out lines and the carve away lino to that groove. This will help prevent cutting into the design lines.

Take your time and enjoy the process. This is something that takes time, it’s not a fast process but you can come back to it and spend a few moments on it throughout the day.

Ink your lino cut with a stamp pad to see areas that still need carving (see last two images)

I show some carving tips on my newly released DVD from Interweave Press, you can see a preview and order it HERE

Art Is…more doable!

Happy 4th! I hope you’re all enjoying the celebration of our nations independence!!

In September I’ll be teaching at Art Is and I just received word that for one day only-tomorrow-they will be offering $50 off the full registration! This is for one day only…

ON MONDAY using the coupon code JULY4

Here is a look at the classes I’ll be teaching there

September Art Is…You, Peteluma, CA

Art Is…on the West Coast

Art Is…Petaluma Inaugural West Coast Retreat

The philosophy of “Art Is…You” is to create a moment in time where artists, whether they be faculty or students, can come together to share in their passion for creativity. To create, self nourish, replenish personal creative resources and to nurture not only individual souls but the souls of those around them. Whether creating something is part of your daily routine or indeed the closest to creating has been using a glue stick – there is something for everybody.

In 2011, Art Is…You will celebrate its 5th anniversary

Behind the Face

We will create a mixed media background using a variety of techniques, developing a perfect 8×10 backdrop to add a mixed media portrait to. I will deconstruct the drawing of a face to make it doable by everyone. Behind the face we will explore ourselves, through journaling. Our ‘thoughts’ will then be covered up by the face we create as we work on a self portrait of sorts that anyone can do. I provide full support for all skill levels in this class, offering a variety of ways to add a face within your comfort zone.

Class Kit-$10-payable to instructor at beginning of class includes:

  • 8×10 hardboard premium artist panel
  • Collage fodder you won’t find anywhere else
  • Charcoal pencil
  • Blending Stump
  • My favorite white gel pen
  • Sequin waste
  • Wooden stick tool

Students Should Bring:

  • Water container
  • Palette
  • 2” chip brush (or other cheap wide brush)
  • Paint Brushes, assorted

All other paints, mediums and materials supplied by the instructor

The Art of Pursuing Portraits

Self Portraits Journal Style using Conte Crayon

Creating a self portrait can be intimidating if you’re not accustomed to drawing faces. The KEY is to remember it doesn’t have to be an exact replica of your face. You are creating the ‘essence’ of you, not a mirror image, and this workshop is intended to help you do just that.

You will learn some simple techniques that teach the tonal values of shading and be able to create a self portrait that reflects the inner you by combining journaling and drawing as we practice sketching and creating pages in a Moleskine journal using Conte Crayon, pencil, and a kneaded eraser. When you get comfortable with the technique we will move on to create a final piece on 140lb hotpress watercolor paper that you’ll be proud to frame.

Class Kit-$15-payable directly to instructor at beginning of class

Includes:

  • Moleskine Paper backed Sketch Journal
  • Matchbox set of Conte Crayons
  • Blending stump
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Creating Faces booklet by Pam
  • 9×12 sheet of hot press watercolor paper
  • Students Should Bring:
  • Favorite sketching pencil(s)
  • Photo copy of a picture of them, sized to fit nicely on a 9×12 substrate

Shades of Grey “Colorized”

A unique variation of my ‘Shades of Grey’ online workshop

Creating art within the Shades of Grey provides a wonderful opportunity to explore shading, tonal values and see your art in a new way. We will explore the varying shades of grey using both Faber Castell Brush Tipped Artist Pens and graphite pencil in varying shades, and spending time creating solely in the grey tones, working on shading, values and various was to create ‘texture’ with pens. Then we will go a step further when and begin to add color in the form of paint and water soluble crayon to create journal style artwork that’s only limited by your imagination!

Class Kit-$12.00-payable to instructor at the beginning of class

Includes:
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth 5.5 x 8 journal
  • 3 pencils, in soft, medium, and hard graphite
  • Blending stump
  • Kneaded eraser
Students Should Bring:

Copies of previous work for inspiration, if desired

One set of Faber Castell Pitt Brush Artist Pens Manga Shades of Grey

Information on this set: Manga, Set of 8 — Faber-Castell Manga markers are recommended by leading Manga artists for their performance and range of colors. Waterproof, smudgeproof, lightfast, archival-quality ink contains a high proportion of pigment. Set of 8 includes five markers in five shades of gray with brush tip, one black brush tip, one black medium brush tip, and one black superfine tip in a durable plastic wallet. A leaflet provides helpful hints and advice on getting started.

Creating Color Book Journal

Reinventing old work to create new pages in your Art Journal

Reusing your own artwork in your journal pages helps you get the most out of the time you put into creating art. By making copies of previous journal pages and other art you’ve created, you continually have a great stash of collage fodder right at your fingertips! You are able to revisit your art in a totally new way and create pages that are uniquely your own. We will use black and white copies of work and other black and white journal fodder to create a color book style page that we will build on with paint, pens and water soluble crayon, completely reinventing the original work.

Class Kit-$10-payable directly to instructor at beginning of class

Includes:
  • Strathmore 140lb Cold Press Visual Journal
  • Copies of some of my own journal pages
  • Special collection of journal fodder you won’t be able to get anywhere else!
  • All paints, mediums and other workshop materials are provided
Students Should Bring:
  • Paint brushes, assorted
  • Water container
  • Palette of some sort (can be a paper plate)
  • Black and white copies of your own artwork
  • Black marker (permanent)
  • Graphite pencil

 

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2011
Location: California
Register Here

Try Something New

Today has been one of those busy summer days, spent getting packed to go on another adventure! I’ll be leaving Friday to spend 5 Days teaching in sunny CA and I’m looking forward to spending time with my art buddies, Lisa Bebi and Renee Richetts.

During my packing however, I picked up the last issue of Cloth Paper Scissors to add to my stash of airplane reading material. As I flipped through it Serena Barton’s Workshop article again caught my eye-this was something I wanted to try. I had the good fortune to meet Serena at Art & Soul via Lesley Riley and we are going to be roomies for Art Unraveled in August and I love her work!

What I loved about this article is that Serena didn’t use any pencil-no sketching-just paint to paper, building shadows and highlights and eventually adding details with a brush.

I worked off an image on the art info cards I had made up. I liked the idea of turning this statue like face into a real person. I practiced looking at the little image I was modeling my painting after more than at what I was doing on the paper and as I was only doing this on a piece of paper I really wasn’t worried with how it would turn out. It’s just for practice.

So following Serena’s tutorial I spent about a half hour working in little spurts between packing. I tried to work fast and step away to look at if from a distance. I really wasn’t concerned about the outcome, just wanted to play with the process.

I liked the process, it’s different from how I usually work. I learned some things I can incorporate into the way I already paint and most of all I found just a little time to create art today.

 

Lights, Camera, Action, Create!

One of the things I was busy with last month was traveling to Loveland, CO to shoot a DVD for Interweave.

Good thing you can’t see my knees because they were shaking!

The camera crew were so nice and helpful!

I got to hang out with Fiberartista Paula Phillips who was also shooting that day. We helped calm each other down!

and we realized very quickly how well our workshops complimented each other. Two styles, different mediums and so much information!

Here’s the promo video for Paula’s DVD.

We both had a little inspiration from Johnny:-)

This page shows some of the techniques I share in the DVD, and there are a whole host of things I’ve not done in workshops, all new and exciting along with a debut of my very own PCarriker Sketch Ink from Matisse Derivan!

  My DVD is now available for pre-order!

Looking Back

Sometimes before you go forward, it’s good to take a look back. I was looking through my art journals and it’s fun to see how much my work has changed yet still has a certain look to it. This is my very first official art journal page. I remember making the decision to start journaling and wondering if I’d keep it up.

You can see by the ‘theme’ that I started journaling in the summer, summer of ’07.

 

These pages are rough around the edges but art journaling isn’t about being ‘perfect’ or precise. It’s about capturing art quickly, experimenting, random thoughts expressed visually.

There is no one way or right way to journal. It can change, it should change, as you  grow and develop your art skills. If you haven’t made the commitment to journal, summer is a great time to start!

 

 

Art and Soul

I’m getting packed and ready to head off to Art & Soul in Hampton, VA this weekend! This is the kick off for my 2011 teaching and I’m really looking forward to meeting some of you in person! This will be a nice departure from all of the online teaching I’ve been doing.

You can find all of my teaching venues under the ‘Teaching’ tab at the top of the website.

I’ve also been busily writing up proposals for 2012 which include invitations to teach in Italy and Portugal. I’m thrilled at the thought of teaching in such beautiful places. Because my live teaching venues are increasing, I’m not going to be doing as many online workshops, but I am working on something through Creative Workshops that will help bridge that gap a bit. More on that later.

These pages are all from my 10 Minute Journals, created from the instructions in my book, Art at the Speed of Life. I love the size of these journals. So easy to make and always have one on hand.

My podcast with Rice Freeman-Zachery is up on Create Mixed Media if you want to pop over there. There is a lot of awesome information and always something new to check out!

I’ll be checking back in with pictures from Art & Soul in a few days, have a creative week everyone!

Officially Excited!

Well, I’ve shared a bit about working on some things with Derivan Matisse and yesterday I signed on the dotted line to make it official-a product line of new and exciting art supplies! This is something I’m so excited about, things I want for art supplies in my own studio and now I get to help make them available to you as well.

This company produces top-notch artist paints and mediums making it very easy to say yes to working with them. I’ll share more specific details when I can, but I want to thank everyone for the well wishes on Facebook. It is so wonderful to be able to share and celebrate things in that way with each other.

I’ve also been busy getting ready for two upcoming Art Retreats. Here are some samples of what I’m teaching. I’m really looking forward to it and hope to see some of you there!

ART & SOUL Hampton

Renaissance Women

Arcimboldo Style Self Portraits

CREATE Costa Mesa, CA

Painting with PanPastels

Journal in a Day