Need a creative interlude?

Need a creative interlude?

Life is hectic, art-making is rejuvenating!

I find that art-making  gives me the chance to observe the world around me and reflect. I’m designing workshops and classes that give artists, non-artists, or would-be artists a chance to be creative. Learn more from these short media pieces:

Art Cards and Journals:
 

Fountain Pens:

Register now for workshops in Boulder, at Two Hands Paperie:

Contact me to host a class or workshop. 

Single-session workshops can run from one to four hours. Multi-session classes allow for more skills-building and in-depth projects. Workshops or classes can stand alone, or fit with other professional development or community activities, conferences or retreats. Let’s talk! jsalmons[at]vision2lead.com. 

 

 

Workshop at Two Hands Paperie

Workshop at Two Hands Paperie

You don’t have to be an artist
to enjoy creative time!

Take a break from the busy-ness and learn new ways to integrate creativity into your everyday life. I’m offering a class at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, Colorado to give you a start! These intimate, relaxed workshops offer how-to steps, time to practice, and take-home guides.  Not in Boulder? See flexible class options and invite me to offer a workshop in your shop, museum, organization, or community!

Hands-On Fountain Pens 

Friday, November 15th
3:00-5:00 pm
Register now.

I am a blogger and have written 7 books, so I have lots of experience with digital writing. When I want to think more deeply about what I am writing, create a message that won’t get stuck in an inbox, or when I want to sketch and doodle, my choice is a fountain pen. I love being able to choose inks and nibs, and avoid adding disposable pens to the landfill. Don’t be intimidated– modern pens are easy to use! Come learn to write with a fountain pen. You will also learn how fountain pens work, and how to maintain them so you can treasure a pen for years to come. 

 

A Watercolor Month Art Journal

A Watercolor Month Art Journal

World Watercolor Month: Prompts and Community

This summer I worked on three art journaling projects. World Watercolor Month inspired one of them. World Watercolor Month is the brainchild of Charlie O’Shields and hosted annually on www.doodlewash.com

A list of prompts is published, and artists from novice to expert post and comment on each other’s paintings. This year I managed to complete 23 of 31 prompts. I had fun interpreting the prompts visually, sometimes literally, and other times making a play on words. For me, the goal isn’t artistic excellence, but simply to make more time for creativity in my everyday life. I collected the pages into an art journal chapbook, so take a look:

 

Join me for a creative workshop!

Try working with prompts, or developing your own, and use different kinds of journaling techniques! See these current workshop offerings, or contact me to discuss hosting one in your organization, retreat, museum, or shop.

 

Journaling World Watercolor Month

Journaling World Watercolor Month

Yay! It’s World Watercolor Month!

Every July the energetic Charlie O’Shields invites expert and amateur watercolor artists to paint in response to daily prompts. The goal of World Watercolor Month is to create 31 paintings in 31 days.

When people post their work on social media, or directly into the Doodlewash site community (my preference) they appear in a collective newsfeed. You can see how others responded, and make comments. The result is an interactive global community art fair!

Enjoy the digital edition of my World Watercolor Month art journal! I am participating for the second time. This year I am creating a World Watercolor Month art journal. In addition, I am working on a summer travel art journal, but more on that in another post!

Day 1

The prompt was Primary Colors. Of course red, yellow, and blue are primary colors, but  since the natural world often inspires my painting, I select and blend my watercolors to reflect the Colorado landscape.

Day 2

The prompt was Sunny Sky. After an unusually gray spring and early summer, illuminated leaves are most appreciated.

Day 3

Painting on the patio is our idea of Family Fun! This one includes torn painted rice paper collage with watercolor and brush pen.

Day 4

Painting on the patio is our idea of Family Fun! This one includes torn painted rice paper collage with watercolor and brush pen.

Day 5

Loose and free, the Day 5 prompt, sounds like a Colorado theme! Our streams and rivers are the result of snow pack cutting loose– they freely rush over rocks to make a dramatic and beautiful flow. I tried to represent a fast and free river in this two Day 5 contribution.

Day 6

For the Day 6 prompt Window View, I am sharing a little painting based on my recent experience of taking a train from Boston to Philadelphia. We had a window seat in the cafe car, and watched towns, woods, farms, and water go by.

Day 7

The prompt for Day 7 was Shiny Things. At this time of the year its the sunshine-y places that inspire me. This watercolor sketch is from a shiny day at Grand Lake, Colorado.

It is free to participate, but any funds generated through donations or sales of very cool merchandise go to the Dreaming Zebra Foundation to provide art opportunities and supplies to kids.

Interested in journaling? Registration opens soon for workshops in Boulder, Colorado. See summer offerings!