Artful Adventures

Inspired by Paducah, Kentucky

A couple weeks ago I taught some workshops in Paducah Kentucky, which was so much fun – but on top of it I also loved how inspirational this town is.

Well …first of all- the tiny airport made me smile …

when the one and only and tiny baggage belt started ringing an alarm indicating the baggage comes out I snorted and laughed out loud ….

I loved Kristin’s gorgeous planters with succulent outside the studio

tiny typewriter platers, what is not to love about it?

Wooden Sculpture – amazing!

Also all around the store were differently painted hydrants – it was fun to look out for them.

Aren’t those cool?

At the same time I was there there happened to be a Art and Music Festival and of course, there were tons of BBQ stands- this one proudly displayed all the trophies they won. And yes…I ate BBQ – lots of BBQ LOL

I loved those goggly eyes in a bush

But my favorite part of Paducah def. were all the beautiful and unique old houses. So gorgeous – look at the brickbuilding on top – that one was abandoned and had a secret garden in the back

 

Look at this one – so so so beautiful

This building looked like a little castle

and I love the porch and the windows on this one.

And I totally lost my heart on this cute litte Dutch Colonial …look at the cute heart shutter boards – swoon!

Cannot wait to sketch  more houses :) Hope you enjoyed the little stroll through Paducah !

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  • Kristin Williams

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    Loved seeing Paducah through your eyes! Come back, soon! xoxoxo K

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  • Kathy

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    Love the photos capturing the charm of Paducah.

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Happy Book Anniversary and Artful Adventures SALE

I’m celebrating! Just one year ago today I released my first book, Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I still get excited thinking about everyone who has picked up a copy and incorporated some of the ideas inside it into their own artwork. It makes me so happy when students bring their books to my workshops for a signature and I get butterflies when I spy it at a book store for purchase. So much went into putting it together and getting to work with so many talented people was an amazing journey. So today I am throwing a Happy Anniversary Party and a 10% off sale in my Online Store in honor of all that!

In honor of 1 Year of Artful Adventures, I am having a little event in my Online Shop, and you can save 10% on all physical product purchases. Just enter the coupon code ARTFUL10 when you check out and you will get 10% off the book, stencils, stamps, stamp sets, artwork (even my newly listed original paintings and drypoint prints), mugs, destash items, and a few other things. In fact, a couple of my paintings that are featured in the book are now available in the shop and are part of the sale: Sky over Berlin and LaBoca. Hurry though, this sale end at 11:59pm EST on Sunday, June 10th, 2018.

If you don’t have a copy of Artful Adventures in Mixed Media yet, you should definitely check out this book review by my friend Gina Lee Kim. She is a super talented watercolor artist who has taught in Creative JumpStart several times and was kind enough to put together this video. I love that it shows how she used a lesson in the book to inspire her own artwork. Check it out:

If you have a copy of Artful Adventures, Thank You and be sure to add one of my free signed book plates to your shopping cart while you enjoy the sale. I would love to personalize one for you – let me know in the Notes section of your order :)

Happy shopping! Happy creating! And I hope your Artful Adventures continue to inspire you :)

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  • Karen Bearse

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    Congrats on the book anniversary! It is a wonderful treasure of art & collaboration!

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Art-On-The-Go Kit

I am so excited, because I am going to Japan and I thought I would bring a little Art-On-The-Go Kit and I hope I will be doing a lot of sketching, and that I will also write a bit about my adventures. We will see how much I used it when I am back ;) But I thought I would share with you what I packed.

The bag was a gift from a friend many years ago and I use it a lot- some of you might have seen it in as part of my bags I bring supplies with me to workshops. The bag is waterproof and is made from one of those old maps the used to used in school – anyone remember those being carried in with a stand by the teacher? Here is what it is packed with

  1. 1. small 4×6.5 inch Sketchbook – it is the right format for me to do sketches and at some days just take it by itself with a pencil to fit in a small handbag but still big enough to also do some travel journaling in it.
  2. 2. a Travel watercolor box -this one is actually filled with colors I love to use but I just love the format of this old box I bought a long time ago in Germany. They are a wild variety of different company’s colors.
  3. 3. a Fude pen – I love to sketch with it but I also love writing with it. I am actually hoping to buy a lot more of those in Japan :)
  4. 4. a Micron fine pen for sketching
  5. 5. a technical pencil that also has a small eraster
  6. 6. my Bamboo Sketching Pen – I don’t usually bring it but I am so into it right now and somehow I feel there might be a lot of inspiration on sketching with it in Japan
  7. 7. a bigger Travel Watercolor Brush and
  8. 8. a small Watercolor Brush . I used to only bring a brush with a water tank but I love those little brushes and also bring a small 1oz cup with a lid which I can easily use with water or the ink if I need to.
  9. 9. a Stamp Pad – there is so much that can be turned into stamps, but I also heard that a lot of temples and train stations in Japan have their own stamps called Eki and that it is a good idea to have an ink pad with you as those at the location might be dried out. I hope to fill some beautiful stamp images to go along with my sketches and journaling.
  10. 10. a small container with ink. I like that this one is super small and it will go well with my Bamboo Sketching Pen.
  11. 11. not pictured a small piece of a rag and a glue stick

Here is a little glimpse at my colors in my watercolor set and the travel brushes being screwed together. Now cross your fingers I am a good girl and use all items while traveling ;) I will share of course share with you


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  • stephanie

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    Lucky you! Have a great time. Can’t wait to see your posts.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Have fun in Japan.
    I’ve never seen travel brushes…super compact.
    I love FUDE pens and order them in bulk on Amazon.

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I hope you are letting go this weekend and having some fun with your art making :)  For more inspiration, pick up a copy of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media for yourself or someone on your holiday list who could use some creative encouragement!

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Happy Saturday my friends, I hope you are being brave with your artwork this weekend :)  For more inspiration, check out my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media.

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New Downloadable PDF Art Lesson: Texture Adventures #10

My latest Texture Adventures Art Lesson is now available in the NorthLightShop! This one is called Tactile Art Inspired By Street Art and for $3.99 it’s a great value – you get a full step out and a 10min video.

In this lesson I show how to create texture with spray paint for backgrounds and layered work. Inspiration is everywhere – I’m inspired by the spray paint street art that I see in my neighborhood, and I want to share with you how you can use spray paint in your art journals and mixed media projects. It’s a fun and versatile medium that isn’t just for graffiti artists :)

You can purchase the lesson here.


If you are in my area on Sunday, November 19th, I invite you to stop by the Art Mart at 313 Gallery in Downtown, Jersey City.

I will be participating in this pop-up event along with 8 other really awesome local artists. We’ll be selling unique artist-made goods, priced under $100, so it will be a nice opportunity to begin your holiday shopping. I’ll have cards, prints, mugs, and wine charms with my artwork on them :)

I hope you’ll drop by and say Hello!

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Hello my friends, I hope you are out and about this weekend connecting with each other and gathering all sorts of inspiring stories :) For more ideas on finding inspiration, pick up a copy of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media.

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