Mingle

Do you love to entertain your family and friends? Create one of a kind birthday parties? Or maybe you have a special occasion coming up and want something really exciting to wow your guests! Well let me tell you, you need to go and pick up a copy of Stampington’s latest publication, Mingle.

I knew that this would be another great magazine from Stampington, aren’t they all? But when I opened this it took my breath away. The photography is superb and it’s full of amazing events and small gatherings with a layout that invites you into each one.  It’s inspiring to look at and gives you close up shots and so you can see all the little things that make an event special. With the holidays coming up you will definitely want to browse the pages for ideas for setting beautiful tables, to appetizers and dressing up simple drinks.

I’m going to keep my issue out on my coffee table (one of the things I love about Stampington’s publications is how heavy and nice the pages are, almost a book feel) and I’m going to give away the extra copy to one of you!!! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to be entered. How about telling everyone what your favorite Stampington publication is? I will use that faithful old random number generator and see who the lucky winner is this Wednesday, October 5th.

Day 15-Book Blog Tour

Today we are off to my friend Julie Bergmann’s blog! Julie and I also met a few years ago at the ZNE ConvenZioNE

Pictured here Donna Cook, Brandie Butcher-Isley, me, Lisa Kettell, and Julie Bergmann

We hit it off right away and I ended up going back to CA to visit, the both of us heading up to Stampington & Co where we had fun competing each other in one of Jenny Doh’s funny videos!

I love this picture, it’s Jenny Doh telling Julie her work is on the cover of Art Doll!

And speaking of Jenny, she has asked me back as an alumni curator on Crescendoh. My Art Saves story is deeply personal, about something that was and is still going on in my family. I invite you to read it in the hopes that by sharing we all find comfort.

Julie is one of those people you meet that you just know you would have been friends with even back in school. Take a few minutes and go check out her website full of lovely creations!

Blog Tour Schedule

1-Mar
Jenny Doh http://jennydoh.typepad.com/

2-Mar
Suzi Blu http://www.suziblu.typepad.com/

3-Mar
Seth Apter http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/

4-Mar
Suzan Buckner http://www.thriftycollageartist.blogspot.com/

5-Mar
Sue Pelletier http://www.suepelletierlaughpaint.com/

6-Mar
All Norah’s Art http://allnorahsart.blogspot.com/

7-Mar
Lisa Kettell http://faerieenchantment.blogspot.com/

8-Mar
Nancy Lefko http://nancylefko.blogspot.com/

9-Mar
Chrysti Hydeck http://alwayschrysti.com/always-chrysti

10-Mar
Lisa Bebi http://lisabebi.blogspot.com/

11-Mar
Jodi Ohl http://www.sweetrepeats.blogspot.com/

12-Mar
Laurie Blau-Marshall http://loudlife-laurieblaumarshall.blogspot.com

13-Mar
Dawn Edmonson http://the-feathered-nest.blogspot.com

14-Mar
Paulette Insall http://www.pauletteinsall.com/

15-Mar

Julie Bergman http://juliebergmann.typepad.com/pinkparismatch/

16-Mar

Gail Schmidt http://www.shabbycottagestudio.blogspot.com/

Day 9-Book Blog Tour

The next stop on the Tour is Chrysti Hydeck!

I’ve known Chrysti since my early days of mixed media when we were both members of ZNE, an online mixed media group. I knew ‘of’ her before I ‘knew’ her and was in awe of not only her talent, but her whole outlook on her artistic life. She amazes me continually with her strength and the way she turns what could be negative into positive.

When she wrote her essay for my book, I read it and then immediately showed it to my husband (who is an aspiring writer, having written a novel and with two more in the works-know any good agents???) He read it and was thoroughly impressed! Since that time the tweets fly between them, and me when I remember to sign in, (I’m the worlds worst tweeter) and we are all looking forward to a time when the four (Chrysti and her significant other, Nate and I) can hang out and talk creative stuff!

Chrysti knew about my book before it was a book. And graciously agreed to be part of it. She cheered me on, offered advice, and listened when I needed an ear. There’s a word for that….FRIEND!

Back in 2008 Chrysti interviewed me on her website INTERVIEW and one of the questions was

“What’s one artistic skill you’d like to cultivate in the coming year?

“I have been concentrating on sketching in my journal.  I love collage, but want to develop my drawing skills further.”

I’m always happy when I can look back and I’ve publicly stated a goal and then actually acted on it. That’s the thing with putting it out there-you’re accountable!!

On another note:

Here’s a pic of my first Book Signing yesterday at Barnes & Noble!

 

Blog Tour Schedule

1-Mar
Jenny Doh http://jennydoh.typepad.com/

2-Mar
Suzi Blu http://www.suziblu.typepad.com/

3-Mar
Seth Apter http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/

4-Mar
Suzan Buckner http://www.thriftycollageartist.blogspot.com/

5-Mar
Sue Pelletier http://www.suepelletierlaughpaint.com/

6-Mar
All Norah’s Art http://allnorahsart.blogspot.com/

7-Mar
Lisa Kettell http://faerieenchantment.blogspot.com/

8-Mar
Nancy Lefko http://nancylefko.blogspot.com/

9-Mar
Chrysti Hydeck http://alwayschrysti.com/always-chrysti

10-Mar
Lisa Bebi http://lisabebi.blogspot.com/

11-Mar
Jodi Ohl http://www.sweetrepeats.blogspot.com/

12-Mar
Laurie Blau-Marshall http://loudlife-laurieblaumarshall.blogspot.com

13-Mar
Dawn Edmonson http://the-feathered-nest.blogspot.com

14-Mar
Paulette Insall http://www.pauletteinsall.com/

15-Mar

Julie Bergman http://juliebergmann.typepad.com/pinkparismatch/

16-Mar

Gail Schmidt http://www.shabbycottagestudio.blogspot.com/

 

It’s the Tops!

Imagine my surprise when I clicked on amazon to get a link to my book and saw that it was #1 in two categories!!! I’m so grateful for all of the support and to my wonderful editor and contributors for helping make my book come out so strong in it’s release!

Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596682612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596682610
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Also this past weekend I was able to attend CHA for one day! It was my first time and I was thrilled to meet several artists whose work I greatly admire.
    Alisa Burke, myself, and Traci Bautista!

    And I was able to meet up with some book contributor/friends
    Lisa Bergmann, Suzi Blu, Jenn Mason (CPS editor), myself, and Lisa Kettell!

    I met up with artists at the Mixed Media Meet and Great
    Myself, Traci Bunkers, Jenn Mason, Stefanie Girard, and Lisa Kettell
    Stefanie and I got to check out each others new books!
    Stampington’s Christen Olivarez and Amanda Crabtree were on the floor as well!
    I met Claudine Hellmuth! Her book, Collage Discovery Workshop was the first mixed media book I ever bought!
    The very kind and amazingly talented  Tim Holtz took a moment to look through my book-what a thrill!
    Kathy Cano-Murillo and I show off our books, the Crafty Chica was having a book signing. She’s every bit as sweet and funny as you’d imagine she is
    So, there’s my first experience at CHA. So fun to be able to share it with you all via facebook, from the moment I realized I was in CA and could go, to the scramble to try and get a press pass to get in, totally fun and totally worth it!

Paris Hi-Lights

Get three of us for three days and 3 unforgettable french lunches- 3, 3 for 3 for $450!  a bargain!!!  And  we will walk you around town and show you cool stuff on our days off.  You don’t need to speak french we have 2 American translators on site. (Renee and Lisa’s husband)  and 2 gourmet cooks ( Renee and Lisa’s husband).

Studio where we will be working

Here is a corner of our studio apartment in mid sacred heart district, paris!
many of us are bringing our high school aged children since it will be during their winter break.  bring yours – they will LOVE you forever for it. we will show them how to get around by themselves in paris in a group.
for inquiries please email rrichetts@cox.net
Last time Lisa and Renee had their workshop in Paris, beginners in their class were able to display their art in an exhibit.  and also many of them got their art published for the very first time in Somerset Studio magazine!
Lisa Bebi will teach her incredible Paint Over method, and you will be able to take home your fabulous creations, inspired by Paris!
Renee Richetts is  our metal artist plus whimsy .  She will teach us to use tin cans and other found ad fun objects we collect inPparis and incorporate them into a metal book that is actually hinged.  Many of her students from the last Paris workshop got their work exhibited as book art!

I will be teaching Conte Crayon Journaling and Conte Crayon Painting. Here is a picture of the kit you will receive. All supplies are included on this journey so no need to worry about packing your own, just leave some extra space to take your goodies home with you!

Includes

7 1/2 x 10 Moleskine Sketchbook

Matchbox set of Conte Crayons

My favorite Woodless Graphite Pencil

Blending Stump

Eraser

Journal Fodder in the form of pilot route maps

Business Card size Pursuing Portraits Face Map

2-5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Paris Clown Postcards (one to send and one to keep)

1- 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Portrait Postcard

1- 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Portrait Postcard

Session One

~Intro to Conte Crayon

~history

~Learn Blend/Erase method

Session Two

~Learn Face Facts

~Make your own ‘Face Map’

Session Three

~Create portraits using ‘Sketch Blending’ method

Session Four

~Prepare substrate for canvas portrait

~Continue Pursuing Portraits using Photo Sketches

Session Five

~Conte Crayon Transfer to substrate

~Use gathered Parisian ephemera to create background

Session Six

~Mixed Media Portrait Painting with Conte Crayon, mediums, and acrylics

Get Creative

I finally got my contributors copy of Somerset Workshop! As I looked through the 30 some pages of my article I was instantly taken back to that insanely crazy time last year when I’d just met my book deadline and then launched into a frenzy-filled few weeks working on this project, even asking for an extended deadline (something I never do).  What I learned was the more you’re creating the more creative you get.

I would have thought after doing all of the projects for the book, coming up with an additional 5 for Somerset Workshop would be really hard. What I found was the more I was immersed in creative work the more creatively alive I felt.

Creativity grows the more you use it. We all hit those dry spells once in awhile, but the best thing I’ve found to get me through them is by ‘doing’. Get out your paints, and make something. Maybe you won’t like it. Make another. Keep going until you get those creative juices flowing and then stay creative by making art in some form everyday.

Artful Building Blocks

Somerset Apprentice Autumn 2010 'Taking on Texture'

The latest issue of Somerset Apprentice arrived in my mailbox! I love being part of this publication because it focuses on providing simple instructions for creating many of the mixed-media and paper work seen in Somerset Studio. I feel a kinship to this magazine having contributed to each issue since it’s release.

Sharing techniques is not just something ‘nice’ to do, it’s really our job as artists. Art is a movement, it doesn’t just sit still but moves in new directions, constantly redefining itself , constantly moving. I heard somewhere that there are no new techniques, just the same things being used in new ways. That’s an interesting way to look at things. It helps us to see that ‘we’ are just vessels that the techniques flow through and what comes out from our hand has its own unique look to it because we each bring our own muse to the table.

It’s important to learn to love your own Art for what it is and not get caught up in comparing it to other people’s work. Learn techniques from whatever sources you have access to and make art, embracing what you create. Then turn around and share with those who follow you and together we all will move art along its journey through our time. Years from now people will look back on what we’re creating and decide what to label our time with Art, so let’s keep moving and sharing and taking our Art to the next level!