Monday, October 20, 2014

Art is ... The Sky's the Limit!


The second class I taught at Art is You is called "The Sky's the Limit."  There were many old friends in the class, including Marjie Kemper.  It is always such an honor when another teacher takes your class.

We started out making lots of prints using Gelli plates, lots and lots of Stencil Girl Stencils, stamps and other mark making techniques.  


Look at the beautiful prints people made!



Then we cut up our papers and collaged them.




The collages were beautiful in and of themselves!




We sketched out our cityscapes, and painted them using glazing techniques to adjust the colors without obscuring all of the beautiful patterns underneath.



 Thank you Marjie Kemper for capturing these "action shots!"


 

Happy students make for a happy teacher!


If you missed this class or my Altered Book Memory keeper, check out the Jessica Sporn Designs Meetup group.  I am teaching these two classes in 2015 in my home studio.  The limit is 6 students per class, and we have a lot of fun.  I live in the town of Montclair, NJ, within walking distance of the NJ Transit train from Penn Station.  My studio is just steps away from lots of great restaurants, a movie theater and more.  I would love to see you!

The winner of this Hamsa tag is Jo Murray!  Jo, send your snail mail address to jessicasporndesigns at gmail dot com and I will get it right out to you!

I have another one to give away so comment below to throw your hat into the ring!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Art Is ... Altered Book Workshop


I am back from a joyous week with beautiful souls at Art is You - a five day fest of support, kindness, love, and creativity.  I will be posting about many of the wonderful things, but for today, here are pics from the Altered Book Memory Keeper, the first of two workshops I taught.

This was a labor intensive class - prepping the books, cutting niches to imbed photographs and objects, as well as matchboxes to create sliding drawers.  My students were intrepid and fearless, and created beautiful works of art.  
I love how Maria used the Medieval Leaves stencil to echo the wings of her dragonfly.

Amy and Kymm created their books in honor of their children.  And Amy, who rushed out to compete in a Toastmaster challenge, treated us to a rehearsal of her speech before she left!  She was terrific and won the challenge.  Congratulations Amy!

So cool how Susan used Terri Stegmiller's Broken Circles stencil to compliment her theme of "Time." 
Eileen had the largest book - a Psychology textbook, and used the Frames stencil to surround the beautiful doll she embedded in her cover niche.  Her color choices are so pretty, and I love how the purple she used with the Medallions stencil created such a lacy feel.


Teri is a mystery writer and created a tribute to Sherlock Holmes with her book.  Echoing Sherlock's London roots, Teri used Seth Apter's urban Past Present Future stencil to get a gritty look befitting that legendary detective.  


Linda created an intensely book about her journey.  I just love the moon she adhered to the cover.  

No two books were alike, and each was intensely personal to its creator.  I didn't get a picture of Deborah alone with her book, but it's in the top row on the right.  She also celebrated her children, and her color scheme perfectly echoed the colors in her cover photo.  What beautiful creations.


Do you live in the NY/NJ area and want to take a class with me?  Check out Jessica Sporn Designs Mixed Media Group.  I offer a class a month in my home studio, and plan to offer an altered book workshop soon!

Giveaway alert!


It's a tradition at Art is You to make trades and giveaways.  I came home with some extras of the ones I made, so I will be giving one away with each Art is You blog post.  I will pick one random commenter, so if you want to be consider, leave your email address in your comment below to be eligible for this Hamsa charm!  And remember to check my blog, because there will be at least two more Art is You posts coming!

By the way, have you checked out my new calendar from Avalon?  


Here's what Raine said about it:
I just got your calendar in the mail today. I had bought it on Amazon. It's GORGEOUS!!!!   Such beautiful artwork and inspirational messages. I also love that you have small calendars for the rest of this year at the front. That is very practical. I can start using it right away!
Thanks for the great feedback Raine!   There's a great deal for the Women Inspired calendar right now on Amazon ... check it out!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thankful at One Little Word


It is so fitting that the "word up" at One Little Word is "THANKFUL."  Wait until you see what the design team created!


One of the things I'm most thankful for is having good friends.  The times we've spent together are precious to me, and the memories of those times are memories I cherish.  I chose a photograph from my 21st birthday for this art journal page, and embellished it with flowers from The Layered Peonies stencil and leaves from Ganesha Deity stencil from Stencil Girl.

I hope you'll let the word "Thankful" inspire you to create something and link it up with us at One Little Word.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Published!

Last year, artist Dawn DeVries Sokol posted a call for art on her blog.  She invited art journalers to send in some pages for her to consider for a new book she was working on.  I submitted a few of mine, and was beyond thrilled when Dawn selected some of them! I can now share that "A World of Artist Journal Pages" is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Thank you Dawn for this exciting opportunity! If you don't know her, Dawn is the author of several popular art journaling books as well as online classes.   Visit her Amazon page, and you can check out her other books while you wait for this one!





I also submitted designs in response to Create Mixed Media's call for art journal pages for a new book, Art Journal Kickstarter.    I'm happy to say that two of my designs were selected for this book as well!  You can see the great company I'm in here.   


The book is available for pre-order on Amazon.com, so reserve your copy of Art Journal Kickstarter today! 

While you're waiting for it, check out all these great free tutorials about art journaling.


















Finally, my "Woman Inspired" calendar, published by Avalon, is still available on Amazon.  If you are so moved, I'd love it if you would leave a review of the calendar.   


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Friday, October 10, 2014

Doodle Flower Power


If I have leftover paint on my palette, I scribble it into my art journal.  Sometimes I wash it into a background... other times I doodle with it.

Over time, I embellish those doodles with more leftover paint.




Building up layers over time with leftover paint is a great way to prevent waste and is a "no pressure" way to make art journal pages.  And invariably, the result makes me happy!  What do you do with your leftovers - whether they are scraps of paper or paint?

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Linking to Mix-it-Monthly where the challenge topic is Still Life!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Become Your Own Superhero

Art is You Mixed Media Retreat starts tomorrow.  It's hard to believe that it's here at last!  Sal and Ellen asked the instructors to make art to donate to the Generosity Project Silent Auction.  This year's beneficiary is Give Kids the World, and the theme is that everyone is a superhero.  I love that Art-Is-You gives back -- one of the many reasons I am so proud to be teaching for them.

As I sat down to create my piece, I saw this quote on Facebook from Elizabeth Gilbert:

As Gilbert said, this is by far the most efficient way to be rescued!

This quote moved me to create a Ganesha, the remover of obstacles.  We each already have the power to be our own rescuers - sometimes we just need help removing the obstacles in our paths so that our superhero powers can shine through.


I started by gathering all the scraps of paper and tags from various gelli printing sessions, try-outs of my stencils from Stencil Girl Products (recognize the Doors & Windows, Cascading Feathers, Circles & Squares, and Flowers Positive and Negative?), and other art adventures.  


I cut out a mask from a template, using the woven gelli prints I talked about in this gelli play-date post.


I cut out strips and squares from many of the other prints, and collaged them on a 9 x 12 canvas -- cool colors on the left, and warms on the right.  Then I glazed them to pull them all together.

I cut the mask in half for the eyes, and used the other scraps and pieces to collage my Ganesh face.  I used my Ganesh stencil as a reference, but let the piece take on a life of its own.  Glitter glue and Scribbles 3D fabric paint gave the piece added dimension, and Tim Holtz's chitchat stickers allowed me to create the sentiment I wanted.  "Believe in Your Magic."


I can't wait to see all the Super-Hero creations at the Silent Auction.  I've already seen a preview of one of them.  Check out Marjie Kemper's amazing mask here.  And if you are in the Connecticut area, stop by the Art Trunk at the Sheraton Stamford on Saturday, October 11th.  The Silent Auction will be one of the highlights, and many of the instructors and other artists are exhibiting - Marjie included!  

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