Car art: Winter can’t stop us!

I love painting outdoors, but not when it is cold!

It is beautiful in the winter. With leaves off the trees, the landscape opens up. Here is Colorado we are inspired by the brilliant blue skies in contrast with the evergreens and snow. The short days mean afternoon skies can be dramatic, with piercing sun and streaks of color. Guess it is time to journal in the car!

 

Watercolor pencils and pen-and-ink are ideal in a tight space.

The fewer supplies to juggle, the better, when doing art journaling from the car! Watercolor pencils are great for this purpose. Sketch major shapes, fill in colors, and make notes about time, date, place, and characteristics of the setting. When you get back to your home or studio, use water to blend colors and highlight important features. Sometimes I prefer to sketch in pen, then add watercolor later. 

 

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Journals & Fountain Pens: Online Classes

Journals & Fountain Pens: Online Classes

Stuck at home? Maybe you need some DIY art therapy!

For some of us, this is a time of unusual solitude, without our usual interactions with people at work, community, and social events. For others, it is a time of intense family presence, with partners and children home from jobs and school. Art making can help us deal with stress and disruption while we all try to get through this pandemic crisis. At the same time, face-to-face classes and workshops are suspended. To help you get through and come out stronger, I am offering online classes. Non-artists are welcome!

We’ll explore ways to document and imagine life in this moment:

  • Art, nature, and/or reflective journals with techniques and encouragement to paint, draw, collage, and write (handwritten or typed, printed and pasted into the journal.)
  • Fountain pens that make everyday writing a creative experience.

Register for 2021 Online Classes:

If you want to journal, there are two class options. New sessions will be scheduled soon!

Art and Nature Journals

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Art making can help you deal with stress and disruption while we all get through these challenging times. To help cope, please join us by creating an art journal. Explore ways to document, reflect and imagine life at this moment by journaling! We’ll use our imaginations and observations of our local environments and the natural world.

Three interactive online sessions will include drawing and painting techniques using watercolor pencils, collage and papercrafts. You’ll get new project ideas for your journals, writing and drawing prompts, and detailed handouts you can use to continue learning after the class ends. Sessions will also be recorded for viewing at your convenience. In between sessions, we will exchange ideas and share work via email and shared folders.

Mindful Expression

 

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Journaling offers an opportunity to think and reflect, observe and document. In difficult and fast-changing times, journaling gives us a way to be mindful of the present moment, make sense of what is going on—or take a little escape from it all! In this class we will learn and use both written and artistic journaling styles. During three Zoom meetings you will see examples and learn new techniques. We’ll share ideas and work in progress. Between classes you can use daily prompts as a jumping-off point for your own interpretation, and respond using words and/or pictures. No experience or artistic skills are needed.

Art Journal Supply List

Suggested supplies include:

  • Watercolor pencils 
  • Drawing pencils and gum eraser
  • Water brush
  • Fine-line pen(s) for drawing or writing
  • Glue or paste for collage
  • Journal (choose one that is watercolor or multimedia paper, at least 90 lbs.)
  • Fountain pen or other favorite writing pen

If you are in Boulder, you can purchase a supply kit directly from me, contact me to arrange a pick-up. You can order supplies from this Dick Blick wishlist, or order them from this Amazon list. 

Hands-On Fountain Pens
Class now enrolling for April 9 through Two Hands Paperie. Register here.
Note: Fountain pen and samples of pen-friendly paper are included in the registration fee for this class.

 

 

 

 

All classes feature:

  • Interactive online sessions: I’ll offer instruction, project ideas, and time for questions. While you can work on cards and journals and view meeting recordings at your convenience, the live sessions will give us a chance to get acquainted, chat, exchange ideas, and reduce isolation.
  • Exchange and support: Meet class members and view each other’s work in a friendly, non-critical environment. Multi-session classes include a group email list with shared resources, examples, and prompts.
  • Detailed handouts: How-to guides for use during and after the class.
  • Supplies: If you have art supplies, you can use them creatively! However, please make sure you have the essential supplies. See lists below. If you are local to Boulder, CO you can visit Two Hands Paperie. If you order supplies online, keep in mind delivery times are also slower than usual.

 

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A winter journal: ls Life Ever Still?

A winter journal: ls Life Ever Still?

This winter, with more time indoors, I decided to focus on still life. When I started to think about it, I was intrigued by the term itself: what does still life mean?
Sketchbook artist I used this question as a springboard for a journal I completed as part the Sketchbook Project with the Brooklyn Art Library. The hard copy will live in the museum, and the digital copy will live in their online library.

It is a community arts kind of thing—in the global community—in other words, not juried. Anyone can participate. That means you!

The paper was quite thin, so I inserted pages of watercolor paper. In addition to watercolor, I used colored pencils, pastels and conte crayons, batik on rice paper,  pen and ink, and collage.

 

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