Monday, June 26, 2017

a peek inside my collage art journal

As many of you know, my latest class Cut and Create begins today and while I finished creating this class a while ago, I can't stop cutting and collaging! For the last few weeks I have been working in an art journal that I have dedicated to abstract collage. This process has been such a fun way to create with zero pressure and expectations!

Here is a little peek into my collage art journal-

Thursday, June 22, 2017

NEW CLASS- cut and create

Friends! I've got another online class getting ready to launch on Monday! I'm kinda excited about this one because it was so much fun to make! Here is a little peek-

begins June 26
I don't know about you but when it comes to the creative process I have ALL KINDS of creative experiments, demo pages, color swatches, half filled pages, mistakes and test surfaces. In this class we will be using up all those "toss away" pages and giving them new life! We explore shapes and abstraction through cutting and ripping up all that paper. Then we will transform those bits and pieces of color into unique collaged surfaces.
more information or register HERE

All of my classes have unlimited access- once the class goes live you can create and access the class at any time and work at your own pace. There is no deadline or pressure to create.

This class like all of my classes, does NOT have a required supply list. Instead I will be sharing the supplies that I like to use and then give you a variety of options and inspiration to use supplies that work best for your process and budget.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

marbled statement ring

My long time readers will know that I love colorful and funky statement rings! And I love using simple supplies to to make my own.

I am still loving Easy Marble (not sponsored) because you can use it on so many different surfaces. Recently I had the idea to marble some small wood slices to create light weight statement rings.

Easy Marble is a lightfast, quick drying paint that you can use on all kinds of surfaces. I've used a variety supplies to create a marbled effect- spray paint and nail polish and acrylic paint but Easy Marble is the best product I've tried. 

Simply drop colors into a pan of water and swirl the color around. I wanted the design on my rings to look like an agate slice so I swirled the colors in a circle over and over again.

Dip the wood slice into the color and pull it out!
I used E6000 jewelry adhesive to adhere the wood slices to ring backs.
The result are colorful and funky statement rings!

Looking for more DIY ring projects?

Monday, June 19, 2017

lets have a giveaway!

Hey friends summer is here and today I am celebrating with my good friend Megan Wells for a fun giveaway! 

Megan is giving away a bundle of her lettering classes and I am giving away a bundle of my summer classes. Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter to win!

Lettering Bundle includes all 3 lettering classes from Makewells! 

Summer Bundle includes all 4 classes from Alisa!

To enter to win-
Leave a comment
Let us know your summer plans!
We will each randomly pick a winner and announce at the bottom of this post later this week!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

june sample sale!

I've got another sample sale this month!

When you teach and demo art for a living, you end up with a lot of samples! I spend so much time filming videos, practicing techniques, exploring ideas and warming up and the result is a ridiculous amount of art. So I've decided that I am going to try every month to unload my samples! I've got another batch of floral paintings in the shop today. While they are original paintings, they are still experiments, samples for classes and my warm up painting so they are priced to sell!

You can head on over to the shop to see everything HERE

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

blackberry mojito mocktail

Summer is right around the corner and nothing says summer like an ice cold drink! I don't drink alcohol but I still love a tasty beverage. One of my favorites is a virgin mojito with blackberries.

A handful of mint (10-15 mint leaves)
1 teaspoon of honey
Juice of 2-3 limes
Sparking water
Coconut water
Ice (blackberry ice cubes- optional)

Begin by adding the mint leaves and honey to a cocktail shaker or mason jar.
Using a muddler, muddle the mint leaves and honey.
Add the lime juice, sparkling water, a dash of coconut water and a few blackberries.
Shake well.
Pour the mixture into two tall glasses and fill the glasses with ice. I used blackberry ice cubes for some extra flavor.
Garnish with lime, mint leaves and blackberries.
I added blackberry sugar (cane sugar with a few drops of blackberry puree) to the rim of the glasses.

Monday, June 12, 2017

developing your style

We live in a world full of accessibility, oversharing and so much information at our finger tips! Through social media, we are able to look into each other's lives, we face advertising, trends, and all kinds of messages about the people we should be and life we should live. It can be so challenging to be authentic, to stay true to yourself, what you believe and what defines you. As artists and creatives, THE STRUGGLE IS REAL because we are always seeking to develop our own unique style and voice. I don't have all the answers but today I've got three of the best tips I can give for developing your own creative style!

I say this a lot when I give creative advice and I will say it over and over again! Social media and the internet can be a dangerous place for creatives. It can make the whole inspiration gathering process way too easy which means you will be tempted to copy what other people are doing. It can also create self doubt and get you caught in the comparison trap- where everyone else appears to be happier, more successful and better than you. The only way to keep your work authentic is to get off the computer and go looking for things in real life that inspire you! It is though this process that YOU, your unique life and the things that define you will begin to show through in your art and creativity.

PUT IT INTO ACTION: Instead of heading to Pinterest, Instagram or your favorite blogs for creative inspiration, challenge yourself to offset computer time with 1-2 hours a week out in the real world seeking inspiration! Go somewhere new, somewhere inspiring or somewhere in your routine that gets your creativity flowing! 

In my experience, you don't just wake up one day and suddenly have a unique creative style! These things happen when you make time to do the work and YES even making art requires work. I've found that one of the best ways to grow and begin to find your style, is to spend a lot of time experimenting and exploring all kinds of techniques and materials. I've taken just about every type of art class under the sun- sculpture, assemblage art, oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolor painting, lithography, mono-printing, pottery, sewing, figure drawing, calligraphy, color theory and the list goes on! While I loved exploring all of these different things, I found many of them didn't feel right to me. And then there were other things (hello painting) that I absolutely fell in love with. Without this spirit of exploration, I never would have discovered the process, materials and techniques that spoke to my heart and eventually became a part of my unique voice.

Challenge yourself to explore or experiment with something new! This could be as small as a new paint brush, new color combo or a new technique. It could also be something big like a taking a class, learning a new technique or doing something that is totally out of your comfort zone. Whatever you choose to explore, try to stay aware of the things that get you excited, that feel natural or just make you happy.

When it comes down to it, there is only one way to figure out your own creative style and that is lots of practice. I know most people don't want to mix discipline with the creative life but I am here to tell you that treating your art process like something serious is going to result in finding your voice. As much as I'd love for this stuff to happen over night, I'm gonna be honest and tell you that it takes years, maybe even a lifetime of trial and error, of practicing, learning from that practice and refining your process to arrive at your own style. While we all have our own timeline (after 40 years of making art, I'm still a work in progress), the best thing you can do is embrace practice. The more time you make art, the better that art will be and the closer you will get to your own unique style.

Take a look at your schedule and try making time for practice. And by practice I don't mean "paint a masterpiece" instead challenge yourself to create consistently even if it's only for a short period of time. This discipline will inspire new ideas, create confidence and help define your style.


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