Thursday, March 16, 2017

Giveaway #1 - Reminder to please subscribe, confirm and comment!

Hello Dear Ones, if you'd like to win the prize in my very first GIVEAWAY, here's the last reminder to please subscribe to my blog, then confirm when you receive an email asking you to do so and, in addition to subscribing, in order to be eligible for this GIVEAWAY, you must comment here or on the first post on this dated 27 Feb 2017. I'll match comments with subscribers and select an email address randomly then notify the lucky winner! The video detailing the prizes is here! The excellent, versatile paper clay and moulds came from my favorite online shop, owned by my friend Martina, "My Rusty Crown." After I notify the lucky winner, they'll have 3 days to respond back to me so I can mail out the prize or I'll select another. If you have questions, please comment below so that I can respond. Thank you for watching, from the bottom of my heart, and for reading my blog :)



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

ATC Cards are a fun way to try a small bit of art!

 Each Artist Trading Card (ATC) is like a small art journal page. They are sized at 2.5x3.5", the same size as a typical playing card. Brushing on some gesso on each side, makes a playing card a great surface to adhere a chosen pattern to in order to create a small work of art, complete with an embellishment and phrase! They can be as simple or as complex as you'd like and are fun to swap with other artists!

I recently became a member of a fun new Facebook Group called: Maremi's Creative Cafe, where Ms. Marta Lapkowski, the originator, gives us a new prompt each week to inspire us to create a small 2.5x3.5" ATC or anything else we want to create and share. I've become familiar with Marta and her helpful videos over the past year. She focuses on easy to understand topics that delve into the realm of mixed media and leave you madly wanting to create mixed media art pieces of all shapes and sizes!

In her newly established group of about 6,000 people, she also urges us to chat, relax and share many different types of art and life experiences. Ladies have posted about their craft rooms, art supplies, fear of failure, and many other subjects. The group and prompts started in January 2017 and we receive (and sometimes participate in selecting) one prompt per week, in alphabetic order. So far, they've been: Art, Bubbles, Coffee, Dragonfly, Eclipse, Folk, Gears, Hummingbird Hearts, Imagination, and Journey. I've completed A, B, C, D, E, and G and am working on F and H now.

The link to this FB group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/939245982873406/. There are also many wonderful paper and design downloadable freebies in the Group's folders, so it's a great place to check out! I hope to see you there soon! Please leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts about this post. I'd also love to have you subscribe to my blog as well as my YouTube Channel so you can begin creating Happy Art right away! I enjoy having Giveaways and creating videos to help you love your art, so I look forward to any comments you may leave and promise to answer them soon!












Monday, February 27, 2017

Video 005-GD. GIVEAWAY #1 & Tutorial Paper Clay & Moulds

I just uploaded a video here showing how to use paper clay with moulds! The paper clay and moulds came from my favorite online shop owned by my friend Martina, "My Rusty Crown." You can browse this wonderful online shop here. Although the video is a tutorial, right now, it is also a GiveAway of a package of paper clay and a mould. These products are wonderful to work with as you can see from the photos! I will select a name from those commenting on the video or this blog post and will notify you by your email or on your YouTube Channel address. After I notify you, you'll have 3 days to respond back to me so I can mail out your gift or I'll select another name. So, please leave a comment below and subscribe and also watch the video and subscribe there for the best chance possible! Thank you for watching and for reading my blog :)




Sunday, February 19, 2017

Video 004. Art Journal Page: "Minimal" (Dinky Robin)

Hello My Dear Ones!

I've uploaded a new video (Video 004. Art Journal Page: "Minimal") which shows me creating a page in my Blue Journal #2 and is at this link: https://youtu.be/l1YpgpcHeRM. I participate in a wonderful online Facebook Group called Daisy Yellow run by the wonderful artist, Tammy Garcia. On her Daisy Yellow Art website, Tammy has many free workshops (Art Journaling 101 is a great place to start), paid workshops and tips that help new and experienced artists stay inspired!

Every summer, during the months of June - July, Tammy opens a new Facebook page and artists from around the world participate in a 61 day experience called the "Index Card A Day (ICAD) Creative Challenge." It's a kid-friendly, wonderful place to experience friendship while having fun creating daily art on index cards using Tammy's prompts or your own subjects. She has several other notable prompts - two that I am working on (in my own slow time, ha ha!): MUSE30 and WONDER31.


Click here for a downloadable list of materials pdf document (you need to have adobe acrobat reader to view and use this. You may obtain it for free from this link: https://get.adobe.com/reader/ . Although I encourage you to try these materials, if your budget does not permit or you have too much stuff already (I wish, I wish), just use what you've got. Most of these lovely supplies are from my dear friend Martina's fabulous, excellently priced online shop My Rusty Crown. Martina is an artist in her own right and knows what products we all want to see. She provides excellent discounts and her personalized customer service is rivaled by none!  I hope you check out her shop soon! Thank you for stopping by :)


Friday, February 17, 2017

Video 003-GH. Giveaway & Haul from "My Rusty Crown"






Hello Dear Friends!

I just uploaded a new video to my YouTube Channel, https://youtu.be/picIXBpRObA!  This video shows my wonderful haul from my friend, Martina's online shop, "My Rusty Crown" (https://myrustycrown.com/) and announces a new video GIVEAWAY Series of some of those fabulous items! The title for these videos will start with the word: “GIVEAWAY." These are addition to my normal, instructional videos.

I will create several videos in upcoming weeks and will giveaway one unopened item to a lucky subscriber until all items in the photo have been given away. Each video will show one method of using the item in my Happy Art and I will announce the giveaway at that time.

To be eligible:
(1) Subscribe to my YouTube Channel.
(2) Subscribe to my Blog - this is a 2 step process: sign up first, then, confirm in the incoming email.
(3) Comment on the Giveaway Video.

I will select a name at random and notify the winner by email a few weeks after the video is aired to give everyone a chance to watch, subscribe and comment on the video. Good luck to everyone and thank you for watching!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

My New Giveaway YouTube Video Series & Websites With Free Graphics


Happy 2017 Dear Ones!

I hope everyone had a marvelous end of year and is doing well! I've been very busy celebrating the Holidays with my wonderful family and friends (those nearby and those on Facebook, ha ha!), then my 31st Wedding Anniversary (I'm married the most fantastic, sweet man!), then Valentine's Day (with that same sweet man!), as well as art, travel, preparing new videos, and life in general - but then, I'm happiest when I am busy! Even so, I am more dedicated to helping you learn to love and be happy with your art than ever, so will be making more videos and blogging in the upcoming months to help achieve that goal!

If you enjoy my Blog and would like to see new posts as I write them, please subscribe by entering your email in the box to the right labeled "Follow By Email." When you receive an email asking if you want to confirm this, please click on the button. I'd also love to have you subscribe to my "Happy Art" YouTube Channel, by clicking on the link below. In addition to free instructional videos, I am starting a new video series featuring a giveaway that a lucky subscriber to both my YouTube Channel and my Blog who comments on the video will win! I will give away one item during each video from my dear friend, Martina's, online shop "My Rusty Crown." They carry wonderful mixed media art supplies at excellent, discounted prices and has one thing that is rare these days in an online shop - excellent, personalized, customer service! Martina goes out of her way to assist each customer in locating the perfect item!

My YouTube Channel is here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCluMZdFIgDl9pxum0JfBDsw
"My Rusty Crown" may be viewed at this link: https://myrustycrown.com/

Now, more on how to obtain free graphics online...below are some wonderful websites I've found that advertise free graphics, although, even though they advertise "free," you must always look for and heed legal disclaimers and other notes on each website to be sure you are using their graphics properly. For example, some want recognition, others allow personal use only - not commercial use, some will allow limited commercial use, etc. Simply searching for "free printable graphics" can provide excellent results. They may ask you to subscribe by adding your email address. This can also be productive, as they may notify you when they obtain new graphics and may send other freebies. Below are a few of my favorites. If you know have other favorites that you'd like me to share, please note these in the comments section below this blog and I'll publish these in another post. Happy hunting!
  1. Vintage graphics from "The Graphics Fairy": http://thegraphicsfairy.com/.
  2. "Free Vintage Digital Stamps": http://freevintagedigistamps.blogspot.com/
  3. "MeinLilaPark Printables and More": http://meinlilapark.blogspot.ch/
  4. Quotes/Phrases: https://www.scrapbook.com/quotes.php
  5. Planners and lists from "Me and My Big Ideas": http://www.meandmybigideas.com/
  6. Free Coloring Pages for Adults: http://www.coloring-pages-adults.com/
  7. Paper Dolls at "Paper Thin Personas": http://paperthinpersonas.com/
  8. "101 Printables": http://www.everythingetsy.com/2011/07/101-pretty-printables-free/

Monday, November 7, 2016

"Year of the Doodle" Art Journal

Hello Dear Ones!

I began a daily journey in January in a wonderful new book/journal/planner/tracker called "Year of the Doodle" by Author Dawn DeVries Sokol. The paper is wonderfully thick and takes all types of media quite well. A sort of collaged/mixed media background has already been subtly added by the talented author and the days are numbered. It works for any year since there are no days of the week associated with the numbers. It was less than $12 on Amazon at this link:

There's a great book review at this link that provides lots of details about the book:
https://isniffbooks.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/review-for-year-of-the-doodle/

This is a wonderful way to practice creating and/or tracking your time. The link on Amazon shows an amazing peek at the book but I've added a few photos here for reference. One of the photos gives an example of how the pages look (rather like they have been collaged using various papers) when you buy the book and the others are my art on top of it. I typically start out by drawing with a Sakura Micron Black Pen (or pencil if I'm concerned that I might mess up with pen). I then use watercolor pencils which allow you to color with pencils (rather haphazardly is my method) and then use an aquabrush to add water evenly to the colored areas. The addition of water transforms the colored pencils into watercolor! I like to add more lines and texture with my black Sakura Micron Pen and possibly a white Sharpie Pen to finish it off.

The prompts consist of verbiage geared to trigger your imagination (such as: "doodle like the artist Marc Chagall" or "doodle a roller coaster").  There's a Facebook page created by the author where I post my work.

The idea is that the background provides an unintimidating place to add one's art. The prompts provide sparks of inspiration! 

This is an excellent book for anyone who enjoys a little drawing or likes an interesting background for their planner or tracker. It provides excellent art therapy and exercises eye to hand coordination. I highly recommend the book to all who are interested as it will provide many hours of fun!