I have been a busy gal getting ATC’s done to swap at the ConvenZioNE. I wanted to come up with some that reflect my work so I decided to little mini portraits. Oh my, is it time consuming. But they are coming together and this batch is completely done. I added the event, year and a message to all of the cards so people will remember where they got them later. I am also doing some ‘Caged Heart’ cards because that is what I’m teaching there. I still have a stack of 1/2 done cards that I will be attacking tomorrow, but for today I feel good to have gotten this big bunch finished. Anyone wanting to check out the Art Retreat can click on the button in my right hand column and it will take you right to all the info.

I’ve also been working on my kits for the mini workshop I will be doing. They are coming along, just waiting for some supplies that are in the mail. Hope to see some of you there:-)

Day 32, still going

What can I say, if you do something for 31 days in a row you develop a habit:-) I used Golden’s liquid matte medium with Caran d’ache water soluble crayons in my Moleskine journal. The pages hold up really well to this method.
My Art Journalism 101 class is in it’s 4th week and we have an amazing 105 students! Everyone’s pages are looking wonderful. Class registration is closed, but I will be offering it again in the future. I am working on a Shades of Grey class, that will be featuring Pitt Pens. I’ve had so many asking about it that I decided to take that on for my next workshop. I will keep you posted as to dates and registration etc.

White Gel Pen Demo

Since several people who have signed up for my Journaling Workshop have asked, here is a little demo on White Gel Pens. I went to Michael’s and bought one of every white pen they had. Using a painted background page from my journal, I tried them all and this is what I came up with.

For Fine Lines

Uniball Signo Broad, (Can be purchased from Stampin’ Up also) writes consistently smooth and gives great coverage. It also acts as a resist if painted over. Love it!

For Coloring or Wide Lines

Marvy Opaque Stix feel nice and smooth when writing over paint. The white one gives a slightly see-through look that I love. The colored ones are very opaque. They are also inexpensive. I use these pens a lot and would highly recommend them for journaling.

I hope this helps a bit with the ‘which white pen’ dilemma!

Art Journalism 101 Workshop Is Now Open For Registration!

I am so happy to announce that my Online Art Journalism 101 Workshop is now open for registration. This will be a workshop to motivate you, share some of my favorite techniques, and get you started on the road to keeping a visual art journal. The class will be 5 weeks and starts in January. Class supply list is posted on the Creative Workshop’s site. I hope to see you there as we chase those winter blues away and cozy up by the fire to let our hair down let our muses play!

Exciting News!

Wow! This morning I looked at my hit counter, and it is at 9,900 since I installed it! I’m feeling a little give away when it hits the 10,000 mark, so stay tuned…

I have some of exciting news to share with you. Gail Schmidt, of Shabby Cottage Studios, and Mind Wide Open, is now going to offer online workshops at Creative Workshops! She has asked me to teach one and I am very excited to do so. I will be teaching ‘Visual Journalism 101‘ starting January 12th. I will post more when it gets a bit closer and registration is open for the class, but you can head over to Creative Workshops and check out Sherry Smyth’s class, ‘Home For The Holidays’ and join the network.

January 2009 will also see two articles and my journal pages from my first two journals published in the inaugural issue of Somerset’s ‘Art Journals’. I am so very happy to be able to share how meaningful keeping a visual journal can be, and what a valuable tool it is in creative pursuits.