Oh my..what a wonderful 4 days in Taos with 6 other adventurous women! We had an amazing time enjoying the beauty of the area and responding to the crystal clear air, the natural beauty and the ancient Pueblo life. I really wanted the weekend to balance art work with exploration of this place. There is so much to see; every little path, alley, cloud, shadows; all beg to be remembered (photographed, sketched, written about). The time flew by and was so satisfying to hear that everyone wished for a few more days in the atmosphere of creative expression and gentle challenges. I just love it there, and I love working with a group of fun, focused folks who are generous with their energy, humor and Taos spirit. Thanks to Ann, Kate, Jill, Devera, Mary and Susie...and Mabel, Millicent and Graham (as in Graham's Grille)! On to New York next month! What a contrast in location...
My 5th video tutorial is now up on Youtube and can be linked here. I tried to show the many ways to use dustless blending chalks in your visual journals. I have been a little frustrated with the Inkadinkadoo brand chalks, and the lovely little travel size chalks called Chalklettes which have become increasingly hard to find. My friend, Felicia, at Guiry's presented a new chalk product made by Pebbles for me to try out and I am sold! At first I thought they only came in an over-sized kit with tools I really didn't need (like a special eraser and many templates that were just too cutesy) but then I found a smaller, travel size kit that I love. The smaller kit will be carried (in the Denver area) by Kozo and Guiry's, othewise it can be found on a few web sites. I found mine on scrapbook.com, the total with shipping came to approx. $13.00. Have some fun!
In this tutorial I am trying to show ways to prep the blank pages so it is easier to get going in a new journal book. I am guessing many folks have loads of beautiful journals, often still blank just because the thought of actually starting those first pages is terrifying. The materials I am using in this video are simple as possible: a glue stick, some text from a discarded book (or newspapers, or paper bags, dictionaries, etc), an old tooth brush, some watercolors, some odd things to use as stamps (old erasers, corks) and stamp ink that is washable (dye ink). That is it! Just start playiing and you will find the pages are much easier to work with if you try the layered approach. I look forward to hearing about your progress.
I can't believe it...I actually created my first video tutorial for a mixed media journal technique using transparent tapes. Thanks to my dear friend, Carol Ann Waugh, we actually got this done on a cold Monday last week. Carol bought the Flip camera and tripod; I just showed up at her really cool studio space and we started to lead each other down the film direction/production highway. It was really fun and not too painful! The editing was not too bad although the uploading to YouTube was the most challenging.
Helpful Hints to go along with the tutorial on the video:
1. try to use images from magazines that are not too old. Ancient Ntl. Geographic magazine pages don't seem to transfer as well as a newer magazine
2. always be aware that if you use an image you are lifting someone else's work..so don't pass it off as your own (especially with a price tag) and do try to change (alter, distress) it as much as possible so it becomes authentic to your style.
3. try to capture the fibers that come off when rubbing the soaked paper- if they go down your plumbing you might have a bit of a problem
4. embrace the distressed look~ this technique is not a perfect transfer and the distressed appearance will help it look less like "cut and paste" and much more interesting
5. If you don't like the gloss finish on the tape you can always sand it a little then paint the entire page with a matt medium, or use a matte transparent tape
6. try this technique with some of the new, fun decorative packing tapes. I like the ones from Tapeswell.com Many of them are transparent behind a decorative image which adds yet another layer to the page.
Have fun! I look forward to shariing another video tutorial in a few weeks. Any suggestions for techniques? Let me know and I will try to do a short video!