Friday Five – Layering With Watercolors, Board Games, and that CreepySweet video!

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Five! Five things that are rocking my poptarts! Good things. Moving things. Things that restore my faith in humanity, or my faith in myself. Artsy things! Nerdy things! ALL THE LOVELY THINGS!* If you’d like to get Friday Five in your inbox, click here. If you’d like to get all my posts in your inbox, click here.

Thing One

Once a month in Book Of Days, I do a live video class-ish thing in which we cover whatever is coming up for us. Last month, it was lettering. The month before, it was the Sweet Trash Journal. This month, I am keeping it light with a live ‘gathering’ as opposed to a ‘class’ because I just want to hang out with my Wildlings, decorate the cover of one of my journals, and maybe, if time permits, rebind my incredibly fat MiniMoley journal.

There’s a way to get in on these live video classes that doesn’t require you to be in Book Of Days, though, so I thought I’d let you in on it: Register for any of the classes that are available in my teaching network, including the FREE ones, and you will be added to my “Beloveds” e-list. This is the list I use to announce registration for new classes, but I also use it to send invites to the live classes.

I will be sending out an invite for a free class today at about 2:30 p.m. EST! If you miss the window, no worries. Sign up for a class, and you’ll get the archived recording link on Monday, so you can watch at your leisure.

I highly recommend Book Of Days Boot Camp, since it is a full length workshop with more mixed media instruction than you can shake a stick at. It also comes with alumni status, which means discounts on new sessions of Book Of Days.

Thing Two.

Board games over pints. Laughter and friendly competition. Scrabble. SCRABBLE. AMIRITE?

Thing Three

My kid posted this on his Facebook this week and I swooned.

So pretty, right? In case you haven’t met yet, this is my son, Jeremy Stuart. He’s lovely.

Thing Four

I’ve been learning how to incorporate watercolours into my mixed media repertoire lately. I’ve always avoided it because I thought that with my habit of doing a bazillion layers, watercolours would just be too fussy, but I was dead wrong. Adding a quick spray of workable fixative to a dry layer of watercolour works beautifully.

I worked on this through the week:

 

This is watercolour (QoR) over a thick layer of absorbent ground. Once the first layer of colour was dry, I outlined it with black pen. There’s a bit of acrylics ink in the far right of the spread as well. Before moving on with this spread, I sprayed it with Krylon Workable Fixative and it stayed put throughout the rest of my layering process.

Working with block letters. These were sketched out with Stabilo All and then gessoed around. A glaze of Dylusions spray was added to the gesso. I worked quickly, so the ink spray wiped right out of the letters, while sticking to the gesso. Delicious! And who doesn’t love having inky hands?

 

The finished spread. This face was made with acrylics paints mixed with Mermaid Markers by Jane Davenport. Much of the shading was done with Stabilo All Pencil. The text & white highlights were done with a white paint marker. I’m loving the results.

 

This spread was recorded as a bonus for my BOD peeps, and they will be getting it some time in April (during our hiatus).

Thing Five

This is both the sweetest and the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen in MY LIFE.

And that’s it for me for this week’s edition of Friday Five! I’ll see you next week.

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Journal52 – Week #12

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Each card comes with a word, definition, synonyms, art prompt, and ‘oracle prompt’. You can copy/paste this information for your own records, and use it & the card in meditation, or in written or art journaling as you see fit!

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Come Join Me Live on Friday, March 24th at 3 p.m.

I’ll be hosting a live video gathering for everyone in my teaching network. I plan to decorate my sweet trash journal, and if time permits, rebind my #MiniMoleyDaily!

In order to get the invite, you’ll need to be a student in said teaching network! There are several options to choose from including a couple of lovely free offerings. For example, if you want a quick, light lesson, Succulent Stacks is your jam. If you want an in depth workshop in the art of keeping a Book Of Days, check out my free “BOD Boot Camp”. Invites to the live class will go out on Friday about a half hour before we begin. I’ll send out another letter after the show wraps up with the link to the archived video, which will be available for 30 days. Only students in my network get invites to these monthly live classes/gatherings, so please consider joining me. I’d love to see you there!

ONWARD TO WEEK #12

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Feel free to copy/paste this information for your own records:

Balance
A state in which different things occur in equal or proper amounts or have an equal or proper amount of importance.

Synonyms

Equity, harmony, equivalence, parity, symmetry.

Prompt
Use symmetry in a journal spread. Focus on the concept of balance between light and dark, sorrow and joy, or other opposites.

Oracle
What do you need to attain balance? Where are you off balance? What is needing to be more balanced?

Have a Great Week!

As always, do whatever you feel inspired to do! Use what you have! Create in anyway you are inspired to create!

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#MiniMoleyMonday – Week #11

#MiniMoleyMonday is a feature here on my blog wherein I plan to share the images and videos I create for #MiniMoleyDaily. Here is an info page and archive of images for #MiniMoleyDaily, in case you want to get all caught up. This page includes the full YouTube playlist of #MiniMoleyDaily spreads! Yay!

Last Week In #MiniMoleyDaily

This was an insane week, and I was very pressed for time, so I did what I always do when I’m behind on things! I printed and glued! The MiniMoley is lovely for life documentation. Think “Project Life” but without all the stuff to buy. I just print out images, slap them in, add sentiments, and voila!

I did have some trouble with my prints, however, so I started using Krylon Workable Fixative to seal the prints before working with them. There is something about the UHU glue stick that seems to react badly with my printer inks, but the light spray of Krylon worked wonders.

The first two spreads this week were painty, and the second in the week’s collection is easily my favourite.

Onward to this week’s edition of #MiniMoleyMonday!

Here is the playlist on YouTube for these spreads

This was my favourite spread this week.

Gallery Of #MiniMoleyDailies


By the way!

I built myself a beautiful tarot journal, and created a tutorial for Pull.Pen.Paint in which I walk you through the process of finding your soul card and painting yourself as said soul card. It was a pleasure to create this class, and you can find more info here. Please note that this lesson goes live this week, but that’s the least of it! This class is so packed full of information on the art of using Tarot as a mirror, as a jumping off point for painting, as a soul friend…

I hope you’ll join me.

 

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Friday Five – Worlds Collide, Veggie Lasagne & Conte Crayons

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Five! Five things that are rocking my poptarts! Good things. Moving things. Things that restore my faith in humanity, or my faith in myself. Artsy things! Nerdy things! ALL THE LOVELY THINGS!* If you’d like to get Friday Five in your inbox, click here. If you’d like to get all my posts in your inbox, click here.

Thing One
This past Wednesday, my best friend (who also happens to be my ex-husband), my boyfriend, and I met at my favourite pub for dinner, and they got along like a house on fire.

Goofballs.

I’d been waiting for this moment since Tig (boyfriend) and I started dating. I had the sense that this thing was going to be a thing, and I knew that he and Crow (bestie/ex) would really like one another. I’m grateful that I was right on all counts.

There was a point during the evening where I might as well have stayed home. *Laughs* They were engaged in a (boring) conversation about nuclear and alternative energy (yawn) that had me rolling my eyes indulgently.

We ate. We imbibed. We laughed. It was absolutely devoid of awkward, and it couldn’t have gone any better.

Thing Two
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a bit of a hippy. I love patchouli, clothing that is as close to pajamas as possible, swishy ankle length skirts, and omg HAREM PANTS.

Finding them has been a bit of a chore over the years, but there is now an entire website dedicated to funky harem (and Thai fisherman + yoga) pants that I recently ordered from. I ordered with a bit of trepidation since I’m used to being disappointed when things arrive and don’t fit.

I’m a bit of an amazon. I stand at 5′ 11″, and I have curves for days. Buying clothes has always been a bit annoying, and has led to the evolution of my personal style – coordinating (ish) tops and bottoms, because I need a 1 or 2 XL on top, but an L on bottom. If I wear dresses, they have to be a 1 or 2 XL, which means they feel tent like, so tank tops, tunics, tights, skirts, palazzo pants, and harem pants it is.

My order arrived yesterday and everything fits! The drop crotch harem pants do double duty as a tube top jump suit, too, which thrilled me to no end.

I ordered from the plus size menu, which you can find here.

SO COMFY.

Thing Three
I made this veggie lasagne this week.

It begins with a homemade marinara sauce (tomatoes, shallots, garlic, salt & pepper, and fresh basil). Spinach noodles, eggplant, and Bechamel sauce (butter, flour, milk, mozzarella, Parmesan, salt & pepper) finish it off. It was absolutely delicious. I ate half the pan in one day. You can find the recipe here.

Thing Four
There’s something about conte crayons and fat chunks of charcoal that bring out my dark side. I don’t know why, but every time I sit down with these tools, the faces that pop out are fierce.

She’s not taking any shit.

It’s become common to call what we do in art journaling ‘meeting ourselves on the page’. There is always this dance I do between making things I like – pretty, aesthetically satisfying things that please me, and making things that truly express the inner landscape. I’m always pretty happy when I’m done whatever it is that I’m doing, but I have to admit that when something like this comes forth, I am especially thrilled. I like the sense of surprise – the “whoa! who are you?” that comes up. I like knowing that if I sit with her, she will tell me about herself.

There is also such ease in working this way. There’s nothing needed but some paper, a chunk of charcoal, a blending stump, and a white conte crayon.

Thing Five

I made myself a tarot journal out of a composition notebook and this painting that I created for “Pull. Pen. Paint”

I don’t do a lot of 3/4 profile portraits because they don’t come naturally to me, but I found it relatively easy to sketch this one out. She began in pencil, and then got a healthy dose of Stabilo All. The rest is acrylics paint and Sakura Glaze pen.

She’s meant to represent my inner seeker – a part of myself that I am especially happy to know. Like The Hermit in that tarot, she seeks the truth, and stands in the light of it. She boldly goes into shadowy places and shines her own light into dark corners.

Creating this was super fun (even if those spirals in her garment were a bit tedious).This lesson is going live in a couple of days, so please consider joining me?

And that’s it for me for this week’s edition of Friday Five! I’ll see you next week.

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Journal52 – Week #11

Journal52 is member supported. Please tip generously! Thank you!

Every week in 2017, you will receive a new prompt card from Effy Wild. Designed to jump start your next art journal spread, these cards are printable for your future use as well, so you can expect to collect 52 cards by the end of the year!

Each card comes with a word, definition, synonyms, art prompt, and ‘oracle prompt’. You can copy/paste this information for your own records, and use it & the card in meditation, or in written or art journaling as you see fit!

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On A Quick Personal Note

Kiala Givehand is hosting a collaborative e-course with Tarot as the central focus. This class, called “Pull. Pen. Paint” is deeply immersive, and the Facebook Group feels like a delicious mystery school full of love and support.

The class is packed with ways to work with oracle cards & tarot, as well as ways to integrate this work into your daily life through writing & art.

My lesson will be going live shortly, and I’ll be talking (and painting) about soul cards and how to work with them in our art journals. For more information on this gentle, lovely class, please click here.

ONWARD TO WEEK #11

Feel free to save this image, and print it for your own personal use as an art journal prompt card OR as an oracle/meditation card. Print at your desired size using your printer settings on your computer. ATC size is 2.5 x 3.5 inches, and these cards were designed to be printed at this size.

Feel free to copy/paste this information for your own records:

Gentle
Kindly. Amiable. Not severe, rough or violent. Mild.

Synonyms
Clement, peaceful, pacific, soothing, tender, humane, lenient, merciful.

Prompt
Create a spread that explores how gentle you are with yourself. If you find gentleness difficult, explore why that might be. Try and use gentle techniques – soft touches, soft colours.

Oracle
Where is gentleness required in your life? Who requires it of you? How can you treat yourself more gently?

Have a Great Week!

As always, do whatever you feel inspired to do! Use what you have! Create in anyway you are inspired to create!

Looking for a DAILY Challenge? Check out #MINIMOLEYDAILY here.

Find the #MINIMOLEYDAILY YouTube PLAYLIST HERE.

Find me in:
Life Book 2017 | Let’s Face It 2017 | One Bad Ass Art Journal | Pull. Pen. Paint

Find my classes here. | Find my tip jar here.