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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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Out and About – Michelle Rydell

  

Hello from the Creative Squad!  This month the Creative Squad will be playing along with my Stroll Challenge and today Michelle Rydell is sharing a really cool canvas panel using my Stroll Through the Hood #2 stamp set, and working with the prompt words Sky and Loud and the theme Out and About – Sometimes it’s hard to see all the cool and inspiring stuff that’s right under our noses. This month we hope you will join us in our 30 day Stroll Challenge and get Out and About where you live, and find some local inspiration.


I took a bit of a different direction with my prompt word – Loud. You see, when I lived in the city, there was loudness everywhere and I loved it; but now that I live in the country, the neighborhood is just the opposite. It’s very quiet, and I love that too. So I had to think about it awhile; and then it hit me. What’s loud in a different way, and also connects my old neighborhood in the city to my new one in the country? The gloriously loud colors of the sunset!

This was my photo for the prompt “sky,” and I’m also using it for “loud.”

My idea was to recreate the colors of a city sunset with watercolors. Here is the step-by-step…

I first stamped the Main Station and Warehouse stamps from Nat’s Stroll Through the Hood #2 stamp set numerous times onto dictionary paper, to give it a bit of a grungy look…

I cut out the buildings and arranged them on the background till I had them how I wanted them to be. This gave me an idea of where to start with the watercolors…

I put the buildings to the side, and started on the sky. In order to create soft edges and allow the colors to blend, I wet the paper first… From there I slowly started building the layers of color, always allowing them to bleed together. They were very light at first, but with each layer got more intense…

Stars were added to the sky by flicking some high flow acrylic with a stiff brush…

When the page was completely dry, I pasted down the buildings with a glue stick. The warehouse in the back was colored with a light grey tombow marker, to make it recede a bit…

I outlined each building with a stabilo pencil and added water to grunge it up a bit. I also added a mixture of stabilo pencil and grey acrylic to create a street in front of the buildings…

I finished off the page with a quote and outline done with paint marker; and some journaling on the bottom done with a white gel pen.


Thank you Michelle for a beautiful spread and a gorgeous cityscape :) She used these supplies – some links are affiliate links:



Play along with us this month and join the 30 day Artful Adventures Stroll Challenge! I love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

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  • Diane T

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    Loved the city/country connection and the quote at the bottom. Great job!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    LOVE how you used the stamps and the colors you chose for the page.

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  • Julie Tucker

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    This is gorgeous! LOVING the colors and the buildings!!!!!!!!!!

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Gone Destination – Painting

I wanted share with you my painting “Gone Destination” which I had painted for one of the chapters of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media. The painting shows “Pearl Paint,  an art supply store, I used to visit often in NYC when I was still living in Germany and once in a while visit my family in the States. I loved this place and I loved the building. I was very sad when it closed down.  The paining is part of one of my chapters in my book where I show how and why I created the background – and what it was inspired by. I was pleasantly surprised that this was picked as the cover image for my book by the publisher (you see as an author you do not have a lot of say on that ;) ) . A student of mine, Julie B., really wanted it and so it is now on it’s way to California. I am so happy to know this painting that is so special to me will have a new loving home.

Speaking of Artful Adventures- are you playing along in the Stroll Through the Hood Challenge and Free Classroom? It is so much fun and I love seeing all the different “hoods” of those participating from all over the world, from all kinds of different neighborhoods- rural, urban …It is like an inspiring mini-vacation! Check it out if you haven’t yet and join the fun!

Have a wonderful day!

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