Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Why Online Challenges are Great Creativity Boosters - The 100 Day Challenge - Part 1

Happy Tuesday!



Today I am sharing twenty pieces of what started out being simple, small art.  These are the posts for my first 20 days of the #100dayproject on Instagram.  If you follow my friend Marjie's blogyou know that she is also participating in this creativity party that began on Instagram on April 19th.   She organized her post with these collaged squares of squares, and it seemed like a great way to organize them.  So thank you Marjie!

Each square represents 4 days of posts on Instagram.  


The only requirement to be part of the challenge was to commit to some kind of daily creativity (writing, art, photo, cooking - whatever!).  I came up with the idea of #100daysofquirkycritters, and Marjie decided on #100daysofsmallsquares. You can find both our Instagram feeds here: Jessica's Instagram and Marjie's Instagram.


My critters started out pretty simply, with the funny owl, goose, cow and pig in the first picture, above.  But pretty soon, they got more and more detailed, with bits of color and stories coming with each picture.  



I was having so much fun with them, that I decided to turn some of them into a new greeting card line called "Just Add Color."  


As I'm writing this, my rep is at the Surface and Textile Design Show in New York, showing these to possible clients. What do you think?  Is a line of "color your own" greeting cards a good idea?  I hope so!!

Then... a course I'm taking called MATS (Make Art That Sells) Bootcamp gave us the prompt of Medieval motifs and illuminated lettering.  And my quirky critters began to inhabit a Medieval lettered alphabet.    



Another mixed media friend doing this challenge is Michelle Rydelle, who is creating 100 Journal Pages for this challenge under the hashtag #100journalpagesforshelley2016.  And there are many more.  If you go on Instagram, searching #100dayproject will show you so many imaginative and beautiful entries. 

I hope you'll stay tuned to see how the rest of my alphabet shapes up.  And you can jump into the challenge any time.   If you're participating in the challenge, please leave your handle and hashtag in the comments.  I'd love to see what you're doing!


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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Mucking Around in My Art Journal II & Giveaway


Here's the second installment of "Mucking Around" in my art journal.  No plan, no destination - just playing in my art journal with no particular goal in mind.

This art journal page started as a "mop up" page as I was working on my lessons for 21Secrets (you can still purchase this "forever yours" class by the way - it's pretty amazing -- 21 artists share videos, techniques, tutorials, etc. for $98).  The page sat idle since February, and then I returned to it to use up excess paint on my palette.  It's wonderful what "mucking around" can lead to!

I used the "Becoming" stencil from StencilGirl Products for the words.  

Here's an under-7-minute video of the process - the good, the bad and the ugly!  Enjoy.



You can also watch "Mucking Around in my Art Journal Volume II on YouTube here.

GIVEAWAY ALERT! 


I will giveaway one of the BECOMING stencil to someone who comments below!  Check back to THIS POST next Tuesday to find out who the lucky winner is.  PLEASE MAKE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN YOUR COMMENT.  

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

How to Doodle With Your Stamps and Stencils

Sometimes I want to add marks and shapes in my art journal, but I'm just too tired to think of them.  Maybe the muse isn't grabbing me.  How about using images in the stamps and stencils you already have to add visual interest when you're just not "feeling it."


The key?  Use parts of stencils, and stamp your images on tissue paper.  That's what I did inside the two birds in this art journal page.  


Not sure what I mean?  Here's a video tutorial showing you can use your supplies "Outside the Box."








Do you have stamps and stencils you could use this way?  I'd love to see examples if you use this technique! (use #jessicasporndesigns if you post it somewhere so we can find it)
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If you haven't already - please connect with me here:


Your comments make me so happy and let me know you were here. I read and treasure every comment and will happily answer any questions as soon as I can.


If you are entering a GIVEAWAY, please add your email address in the event I need to contact you.

To avoid SPAM, please write it like this: jessicasporndesigns (at) gmail (dot) com

Thank You!