Monday was the Member Livestream and someone asked a question about drawing. The main demo I did was based on a photo of Lady Gaga from a magazine advertisement. This is how it turned out: But, as you may have guessed from the title of this post, I've got a bit of a lecture to deliver. Drawing is a skill, like writing. Some people may be naturally more gifted at it, but with practice, everyone can draw. The key here is practice. When you say, "I can't draw," I hear, "I don't practice drawing." I'm pretty sure that I can't... Read more →

A few weeks ago, I made this lovely little painting: I named it "River Walk." It's available in my shop if you want to grab it for yourself. You can watch a short (one minute) process overview below: One of the reasons that the painting works is because I was very careful about the paint colors I chose to use. My value structure was very clear before I even began the painting process. Why does value matter? Value is like the artwork's undergarments. It does the heavy lifting and shaping. In art terms: A well-defined value structure creates visual organization.... Read more →

Yesterday was the June Member Livestream. We discussed: NFTs and the social media NFT scam. Cutting custom mats with the Logan Mat Cutter. Single Page Binding -- i.e. binding single loose pages of finished artwork into a single book. I actually have complete step-by-step tutorials for several different types of single page bindings in the A Year of Gelatin Printing Online Class. Composed Prints: Portfolio (pictured above in the first image of this post) Drawn & Sketched: Post-Bound Just Paper: Coptic Stitch - This lesson is for signatures, but you can use a coptic stitch for single pages (detail photo... Read more →

Hello friends! February is here and I thought I'd share some of the great things you can find in all four of the memberships I offer. In the membership area of the online classroom, there are currently: 46 livestreams 35 personal vlogs 30 real time videos 28 studio vlogs 24 creativity prompt videos 31 SVG cut files 30 printables access to 16 self-paced online classes! Take a peek at this chart to see which membership levels access which of these perks: This month's real time video is all about painted paper collage! Here's the fast forward version from my YouTube... Read more →

Tomorrow night I will host the November Member Livestream where members can ask questions ahead of time (whether or not they can't attend the livestream) as well as during the event. We all meet on Zoom and discuss making art, selling art, organizing art, art tools, art many things! (The replay is always in the classroom for anyone who misses it.) And since we are just wrapping up November and about to enter December, I thought I'd share all of the fun member goodies with you from both November and December! November's Real Time Video is this giant doodle... Read more →

Yesterday's Member Livestream was another great hour of art instruction, information, and play. Among the topics we covered were... Whether "not thinking" while creating was a good idea. I talked members through the creation of this journal spread as I explained my stance on the matter: We also discussed sealing collage artwork. I demonstrated how I seal my work using this small work-on-paper as an example: We covered the pros and cons of the Pilot Frixion Erasable Pens. Anything you write with them, "erases" either using the attached erasing tip or with the addition of heat, and reappears when placed... Read more →

I recently finished a series of three 5x7 mixed media collages. (You can grab one in my shop, if you're interested.) You can watch this overview video to see them come together: As I mention in the video, I started them for January's Book Club. This is what they looked like at the time of the Book Club recording: And here they are now: A few tips to take with you: Don't be afraid to cover things up. The layers and the texture are still there -- just in a more subtle way. Learn what things make your artwork "feel... Read more →

Believe it or not, it turns out that I make more things than I can share here on the blog! It's crazy, but true. I make A LOT of stuff. And I've got the messy desk to prove it! So here are a few things I've made recently and haven't had time to share with you! I made this mug for my Mom! I used some food-safe markers I had sitting around from a project I did back in 2015. They're food-safe, dishwasher-safe, and microwave-safe. I don't think they're made anymore, but the Pebeo ones have been around for years... Read more →

During this month's Member Livestream, I taught a section on mixing neutral paint colors to coordinate with your palette. I swished the colors all around on a page in my sketchbook (to show how they looked together) and ended up with this mess: Well, I took a few minutes this week to clean up the mess and turn it into a composition. And I looooove how it turned out: Simple patterns will always be on my love list. If you'd like to learn more about composition, check out the upcoming season of Design Boot Camp. Thanks for stopping by! Read more →

I do a lot of teaching. And I love it! But I know it can get confusing as to what your options are. You can always visit the Event Calendar to get an easy visual of what events are on the horizon. This is a screenshot of what the Event Calendar looks like. You can even directly add events to your own calendar from it! How cool is that?! Here's the scoop for October: PRINT•INKTOBER LIVE You don't have to be a stamp carver to love this class. I'm sharing lots of techniques and ideas that work for rubber, foam,... Read more →