The very first class I taught at the CREATE Mixed Media retreat in New Jersey was Painted & Printed Papers. We had a ton of fun making a huge painty mess. Grab a cup of coffee and check out all of the pretty patterns and colors!
And here is a photo of all of the silly, talented, wonderful women from class:
I'll share more pics from the two other classes I taught very soon!
I taught five classes at the CREATE Mixed Media Retreat in New Jersey. Today I'm sharing some photos from two of those classes: Stamp Carving 101 and Lovely Lettering.
I love stamp carving. And it's one of those things that looks difficult but is actually quite easy. I think you'll see from the photos what spectacularly creative students I had the joy of teaching.
Do you recognize that design? It's the Balzer Designs "Echoes" stencil as a hand carved stamp!
And here's a photo of the whole class:
Awesome work all around! If you're interested in learning how to carve your own stamps, consider my online class Stamp Carving 101.
Next up, Lovely Lettering and a host of lovely ladies!
And here is a class photo:
This was the final class I taught at CREATE and it was a wonderful way to wrap up my adventure. If you're interested in learning more about lettering, consider my online class "Getting Started with Lettering."
If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here. All of the previous posts can be found archived here. There is a flickr group for sharing right here. Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day! No need to finish anything or even like it. If you've done some art journaling this week and you've blogged about it, or put it on flickr, please leave a link in the linky list at the end of this post. Thanks!
I wanted to share some more daily pages from my art journal. I love working in my art journal every day. I love just getting my feelings out with a bit of daily writing. I love taking a few moments to draw or paint or glue. I'm pretty sure that my art journal keeps me (mostly) sane.
I glue a lot of decorated tags into my journal. That way they live on as little works of art instead of gathering dust in my studio drawers.
And I just can't stay away from faces!
They're everywhere in my journal and come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles!
This is one of my favorite quotes. It's so true.
I cut it out and then used washi tape to put it in my journal as a peek-a-boo window.
Every now and then I like to include a black page in my journal. Black pages are always fun to play with.
And nothing goes to waste! The pink and yellow pieces were masks I used for Gelli Printing. When they dried, I stuck them in my journal!
I love the way a face looks in the crack of the journal. It so easily unites the two halves of the spread.
My Mom thinks this looks a bit like my brother...I'm not so convinced.
The final spread in my journal is simply a bit of collage.
When I got to this page I simply couldn't bear to cover up all the pretty patterned paper and paint. So, I decided to leave it! Sometimes (not often) less is more.
They speak to me of bleakness. A life spent with suitcases and the ever present specter of death. Gaunt faces and big eyes that stare back at you. Haunting portraits of a terrible existence.
And yet, at the same time that Fritta was creating these drawings, he created colorful cartoon-like imagery for his young son. He told stories through art that seemed to normalize their existence in the ghetto -- getting on the train was a "fun ride" to somewhere new. It very much reminded me of the film "Life is Beautiful." Fritta used art to give his son as normal a childhood as possible. His son survived the Holocaust. Fritta did not.
This post-it was left on the wall of one of the exhibitions.