Art Journaling, it’s here!

It finally arrived, Somerset’s latest edition of Art Journaling! And it’s just as jammed packed with eye candy, techniques and tips as the inaugural issue. I have only done a quick glance through, waiting for some quiet time to digest each article.

I am very excited to have two articles featured, one on ‘Background Basics’ and the other on my ‘Shades of Gray’ journal.

When I think back to the first issue I remember all of the excitement of being asked to share my journals, and during that time starting my online workshops.
Sharing a personal glimpse into my inner creative being is a little daunting, but the rewards for doing so are numerous. Every time I hear from someone that they are now addicted to journaling it makes my heart smile.

This is something to do for yourself. It is art made from the heart for your heart. Being creative purely for the sake of being creative. People don’t have to like it, it isn’t made to be sold, it simply ‘is’.

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.

My New Baby Moleskine

I went and got a little 3 1/2 x 5 1/2, baby Moleskine journal. It’s so cute! I wanted something small to carry around in my purse that would be mainly for writing and sketching.
I really love having different sizes to work in, and also different papers. I still love the Watercolor Field Notebooks for good old messy, painty journaling, but love the smooth, heavy sketch paper in the Moleskines.
I think it’s important to vary the size of page you work on. It helps to stretch that creative muscle, which is what journaling is all about.
I was so loving the warm sunshine today. I even got to play in the dirt a little bit! My phlox already have some blooms, so I know Spring is truly on it’s way.
This week I am finishing up the videos for the Shades of Grey Workshop. I hope to see many of you joining me on this new adventure! I just ordered the BIG Pitt Artist Brush Pens, in the warm greys, can’t wait till they get here!

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’s 10 & 11, Online Workshop Begins!

I received some wonderful news over the weekend, my DS is going to be based only 6 hours away from home! So he and his lovely new wife will be able to come for visits and we can go to see them. This news brought a flurry of activity to our house. We decided that we needed to convert our upstairs office into a guest bedroom for them, and we gave up the formal dining room making it our home office. I feel like we’ve been moving all weekend-lol! But I did manage to get my two journal pages done, nothing like sticking to a New Years resolution. These are days 10 and 11. This week we will be doing colors, which I am working on how to incorporate that theme into my ‘Shades of Grey’ journal. I have some ideas.

The other really exciting news is that my online workshop, ‘Visual Journalism 101’ is up and running! We have a large class of wonderful art journalers in the making. If you are interested in joining us, it is not too late. Registration is still open and Creative Workshops provides an atmosphere of working at your own pace, so you can join at any time during the workshop. This is a fun way to beat the winter blues.