Spent an afternoon warming up for a lettering project
by listening to some favorite songs and doodling the lyrics.
A little update to share some recent art journal pages I painted in some really fun classes.
As usual, I seldom finish anything in class, but I always have a good time.
And, as you can tell, I love color!
The Mindy Lacefield class (above) at Art & Soul was just this past weekend.
Such fun experimenting with her painting style.
The Dina Wakley class (below, fourth photo) was at Queen’s Ink.
Another style, another fun experiment.
During Judy Wise’s journaling class at Kim’s in NC (below), Judy invited me to give an impromptu lettering demo,
so I added these words to my spread. 🙂
It’s been a while since I’ve photographed and shared any of my art journaling pages. Life keeps happening, trips keep popping up, and I think I do more suitcase-packing than anything else. But today, while sweet little Eliää is having a sick day with a tummy upset, our out-and-about-Oxford plans are on hold. So I’ve looked back through my camera roll to find a few photos I’d posted somewhere but not here on my blog. Here’s a little recap of pages, some still in progress, with the spring-like colors I’m craving right now:
Although I ran out of time to post this before Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share a version of a project I’m currently working on. Just arriving in stores now is the new line of “From My Heart” dies by my creative designer friend Eileen Hull with Sizzix.
Eileen and I are super excited to be teaching another class together in April,
using this really cool heart box she designed.
Eileen’s Scoreboard Dies are innovative designs for cutting thicker materials like matboard. For my sweetly simple Valentine version, first I painted
a sheet of 140-pound Fabriano watercolor paper with a soft wash of
Golden’s Light Magenta acrylic paint. Then I used Eileen’s heart-box die to cut two heart shapes for the top and bottom of the box, running the top heart through a texture plate. Using another die from her new line, I also cut several sizes of flowers with heart-shaped petals from the same painted paper.
For a little glitz, I doodled on the flowers and outlined the heart-box top with Ranger’s Liquid Pearls in Platinum. After the Liquid Pearls dried, I stacked my flower layers, cutting into some of the flowers to fluff the petals.
Next I die-cut a second set of two hearts and box sides from heavy Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper and assembled the box. To make the white paper blend better with my painted paper, I dabbed the edges with Tim Holtz’s Distress Stain in Spun Sugar. Then I adhered the textured heart to the top of the box and added the layered flower.
Thinking it would be fun to add a Valentine sentiment to the box, I die-cut a banner from Bristol paper using an old Sizzix banner die (which I couldn’t find online anymore). With a Pitt black ink pen, I doodled the word “heartfelt” and filled it in with a Prismacolor watercolor pencil, also shading the tag ends. Using adhesive only on the tag ends, I shaped the banner into a slight curve.
This heart box will be so easy to tailor to many occasions, including Mother’s Day.
I’ll definitely be making more boxes as Eileen and I prepare to teach our class together.
(Our Sentiment Box class will be held at Angela’s Happy Stamper in Reston
on April 9th (6 pm) and April 13th (1 pm). Come join us. 🙂
In a couple weeks, on Saturday, February 9th, in the afternoon,
I’ll be the lucky girl teaching a doodle lettering class
in the fabulous atmosphere that is French General in L.A.
My generous friend Kaari Meng, warmly supported by her sister, mother, and daughter, concocted this idea with me one lovely evening last summer in France.
To honor French General, I added a few French ribbon swirls to my doodle lettering and outlined a ribbon heart for Valentine’s Day and put them together for the February class which we’ve called “Doodle Amour“.
Photo by Debby Schuh at French General’s Sunday Soirée
The class will focus on how to turn your handwriting into doodle lettering similar to mine, with examples and demos and hands-on practice. My class sample, including more doodled pages sewn together as a small booklet, is on view at the store.
If you’re in the L.A. area, it would be my pleasure
to share with you my new-found love of doodle lettering.
Because learning is beautiful, n’est-ce pas?
And since I’m still learning, too, I expect to learn so much from all those in class with me,
for I believe the best artistic expression is always a two-way street.
Late-night doodling in my bedside notebook 🙂
According to Molly, there are still a few openings in the class, with details listed under Workshops on the French General site.