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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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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Friday Five – Plantsicles, Date Night, And Messy Studios

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
I spent last weekend in a little cottage by Lake Huron. It was cold, but we had a fire blazing in the wood stove the entire time. There were card games & onesies, painting with wee ones & wee walks, plantsicles & pancakes, and while I admit I found it overwhelming to be among humans for more than a few hours (I’ve grown very fond of my solitude over the last three years), I managed it well by sneaking off to sit by the lake alone now and then. I saw an eagle fly over. I saw Venus hanging in the sky like a jewel. I got snuggled, and I snuggled back. I had cottage coffee (coffee with Bailey’s Irish Cream), made for me & delivered to me IN BED. Do you have any idea how long its been since someone brought me coffee IN BED?

I’m going back tomorrow.

Thing Two
After the end of my marriage, I designed my life so I would always be busy doing something – mostly work related. I packed my schedule with lists to slay and ducks to line up in a row. I admit I became a bit rigid, and now I find that I need to rework it all so that I can make space for life outside these four walls, for new people, and new experiences, like impromptu trips to the cottage, and maybe even (eep!) sleepovers.

You guys know me. I’m a full-range woman. I’m all about being with what is, whatever it is, so I’m going to be honest with you; I’m faced with the possibility of a life I want, and this is a cause for optimism and joy, but I’m finding myself experiencing grief as well. If you’ve been reading me here for any length of time, you’ve witnessed how hard I worked to create *this* life, this little life that I made in this little third floor walk up, this life that saw me rise in the morning and fling myself headlong into work, this life that included days without leaving the house, without the need for pants, hours and hours of solitude broken only by visits planned well in advance or scheduled so that I was never left wondering ‘what am I going to do this week?’ I trust that, having witnessed this, you get why I might find it a bit bittersweet to let it go.

I created a sense of certainty for myself in response to the unbearable uncertainty I experienced after the end of my marriage. The certainty I created for myself left very little room for surprises, for impromptu *anything*. It was a kind of bondage that set me free from ennui & loneliness. It was comfortable. It was known.

I’m dismantling it now, bit by bit. Shifting things. Easing up. Letting myself be ever more flexible as I make space for something new to emerge. I’m aware of the joy – both present and potential, but I am also aware of the sorrow, the endings that must happen in order to let this new life bloom.

I’m exploring this in my art journal. How to make space. How to soften so the rigid scheduling and list slaying can make way for other things. How to close the doors that need closing, and fling open the ones that need opening.

It’s all good, even when it hurts.

Thing Three

My lesson in Life Book 2017 went live on Monday, and I am happily watching patchwork trees spring up all over the place, creating a gorgeous grove! It’s not too late to join in, and if you find yourself wondering if you’ll ever have time, just do what I do: save the lessons to your hard drive so you can dip in and out at will. Find out more here.

Thing Four

When my studio looks like this, it means I’ve been in the flow for days. It means I’ve been smashing stuff into my Sweet Trash Journal, playing around in my MiniMoleyDaily, teaching in my Book of Days. It means I’ve got ink under my fingernails and gesso in my hair. It means I probably forgot to eat lunch. It means I’m fired up. I can’t tell you how satisfying this kind of chaos is, or how satisfying it is to sort it all out when I’ve spilled myself out all over the page.

Thing Five
Date night. Because, seriously.

And that’s it for me for this week’s edition of Friday Five!

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Friday Five

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!*

Thing One

I have fallen in love with watercolours, and believe me when I tell you that no one is as surprised as I am. It all started when I logged in to The Creative Revolution classroom and did the first week’s exercises. Watercolours and I sideeyed one another a little bit. There was some batting of eyelashes and some eye rolling and plenty of resistance. Watercolours shuffled over and beckoned with both hands. I shrugged and said “Okay! Why not!”

And then we danced.

What I’m loving so much about these meditations on watercolour is how emotional they are for me. I find myself ‘dancing in’ colours that feel like *I* feel. I’m also loving how portable they are – how I can sit on my couch with a few palettes (my Jane Davenport palettes & a homemade palette made with Qor watercolours and gifted to me by my lovely Muppet) and my favourite brushes (four Escoda rounds that I treated myself to last year), and splash around a bit without any stress or mess or much clean up.

It’s *ease*, and I don’t know about you, but I could use a little more of that in my life right now.

Flora Bowley is definitely one of my top artistic influences, and I always love her classes. I repeat rounds of Bloom True pretty much every year, and even though I’m not a canvas artist, I do find what I learn while playing on canvas makes its way into my art journaling practice. This new class is already inspiring me in much the same way. I’m playing with new techniques, new mediums. I’m feeling free. I’ve liberated myself from feeling completely intimidated by watercolours. I’m SO SQUEE about this!

My sense of squee was increased tenfold this week when Flora used one of my paintings in her newsletter banner and on her blog. You can see it here and here.

See? SQUEE!

Thing Two

My lovely student, Judi of Jujuart by Judi is offering a download of this painting to anyone who tips me. Here’s what she has to say:

“To anyone who feels inspired and encouraged by Effy Wild be it via BOD; Radiant: Journal 52 or #MiniMoleyDaily I am offering a free download of an Effy inspired spread done by me; this spread has had lots of positive feedback including a beautiful request from a Sweet Trash Journal participant to use it in their STJ (Nancy Dale I love you) and also inspired by the true generosity of Effy’s muppet known as Sarah Trumpp who is spreading love on a daily basis. I am not in the position to do what these awesome women to do contribute; but this I can do.

Attached you will find a scan which you are free to download and use for your own personal use; in return I am asking that if possible you tip our Effy (realising that cannot be policed in any way) in an attempt to offset the costs of the recent second hack on Journal 52 and also contribute to the costs to keep the site going; this is where you go to tip Effy: http://tinyurl.com/tipeffy

This is my personal work and I hope you will respect that and not share further; and if you use it please attribute me as the artist (Because thanks to Effy and others I AM AN ARTIST!) Enjoy with all my best wishes.”

Thank you, Judi! You are such a love!

Thing Three

This collection on Ello. I am growing my own awareness of artists who are also people of colour by seeking them out wherever I can find them. Collections like this help enormously. Well done, Ello!

 

Thing Four

Baby Lips. Last year while at a festival, my friend, Shannon handed me a tube because I was suffering from a horrible case of chapped lips, and I became immediately addicted. The medicated version is my favourite, but they also have tinted versions, and since I’m that girl who is usually too tired to care about things like lip gloss, this is a nice option. Frivolous, you say? You obviously don’t live in an three story walk up with RADIANT HEAT that sucks every drop of moisture out of your ever lovin’ body.

From what I can tell from a quick Google search, they are available in Canada and the U.S. wherever stuff like this is sold (department stores, drug stores, etc.)

Thing Five

My friend, Cathy Sylvester is making these astonishingly beautiful journals. She was kind enough to drop in last year with one for me to play with, and promised to update me when she got her ducks in a row in terms of being able to offer these for sale. I admit I had a bit of a sticker shock when I looked at them on Etsy, but when I think about all the love and work that goes into the creation of something like this, I admit I melt a little bit!

And that’s it for me for this week’s edition of Friday Five!

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Friday Five

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!*

Let’s proceed!

I’m finding it difficult to choose from all the gorgeousness that’s happened this week, but I’m going to do my level best.

Thing One
I’m dating someone. He’s pretty special. I like him a lot, and he likes me back. This is a delicious, delicious thing. I’m keeping him to myself for a while because there are littles involved, and also because I it’s just that sweet. A secret, delicious sweet lovely thing that’s all for me, for now. I’ll share him with you when I’m ready, ok?

He makes me smile like this, all soft and goopy. Also, that wrap slung over my shoulder? It was his prezzie to me on our second date. Special guest appearance by one of my very favourite mugs, made by Allegonde of Artesian Goddess.

I’m doing things like setting my coffee table up for romantic dinners for two. I love setting the scene like this, and I’m grateful to have a reason to do it.

Thing Two
This group is ROCKING MY LIFE. They just happened to be featured on As It Happens on CBC Radio while Crow and I we were on our way out to Caledonia for Indian Tacos at The Oasis Talk about perfect timing, eh? My life is so often like that this divine kind of timing no longer surprises me!

While I am working on boring things like gluing down teensy tiny pieces of paper, this is my current go-to soundtrack. Believe me when I tell you that listening to this means I am not just getting boring, tedious bits of work done, but I am also getting my cardio, because I can’t stay still! They have an artist station on Spotify, too, which is super handy! Give them a listen and just try to stay still. I bet you can’t!

Thing Three
My BOD folks know this, but I have a new-to-me tarot deck called The Wild Unknown. It doesn’t just talk to me, mind you. It SINGS to me. Every time I draw a card, I feel like the universe is giving me a great big hug and making me a cup of soothing tea.

The illustrations are beautiful. The guidebook is perfect and includes easy to eye-scan key words. The size is perfect for my hands (unlike other decks I love but can’t shuffle without sending the entire deck flying all over the room! I’m looking at you, Druidcraft Tarot!).

I’ve been using it in my weekly tarot pulls in BOD and everyone agrees that it’s not just gorgeous, but really spiritually active, by which I mean that we are getting some seriously deep & accurate pulls.

Thing Four
My kid has been posting a lot of live video on his Facebook timeline. Dudes. I am so proud of him. Here are two from the last few days. If you love his music as much as I do, you can find more on his bandcamp here, and on his Soundcloud here.

Thing Five
The wait is finally over!

My lesson in “Ever After 2016” is now available as a stand alone workshop!

This class includes unlimited, indefinite access and is comprised of video instruction as well as a step-by-step PDF walkthrough, an in depth interview on the subject of style development, and the Ultimate Notebook Tutorial. All lessons are instant access the moment you register for the course.

You will receive a complete supplies list as well as suggestions for substitutions. Your teacher will be accessible via email, and you are welcome to post your questions, comments, and images in the classroom.

Join me as we explore ‘The Ugly Duckling’ as told by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, and create this beautiful Klimt inspired mixed media swan! It’s only $29, and includes a discount link for Facing Forward II worth $20!

That’s it for me today, my loves. As always, you can find my classes here, Journal52 here, MiniMoleyDaily here, and my tip jar here.

xo
Effy

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Friday Five

This week could easily feature a Friday Fifty, but I love you way too much to make you read about that many things, so I’ll stick to Friday Five. :)

Thing One

Photo by Teri Epp

There are two sites I’m relying on for a ‘daily briefing’ of the news. I started getting them both in my inbox so I would have a general sense of what’s going on before I venture out into the virtual world. This has allowed me to bypass all the clickbait on Facebook altogether. It also means I’m not stumbling into information that leaves me shaking and outraged. I take it in all at once via The Daily WTF (this link is sweary, so NSFW) and The NYT Morning Briefing. (Totally safe for work!) When The Daily WTF lands in my inbox, I yell WTF! And when I’ve finished reading the Morning Briefing, I yell WHAT’S NEXT, like I’m Jed Bartlet in The West Wing.

Yes, I’m weird, but I amuse myself AND my dog, so I’ve learned to live with it.

Thing Two

Yesterday, I made this.

It turned out like this:

Cremini & Ricotta Flatbread

It was incredibly simple, and yet also incredibly satisfying. And pretty. SO pretty! I love me some pretty food.

Thing Three

Banter. All of the banter. The BANTER!
#cryptic #vaguebooking #enoughsaid

Thing Four

Jessica Swift has this thing you can sign up for where for 100 days she will send a beautiful, colourful piece of digital art straight to your inbox. It cheers me to no end, and acts as a wonderful antidote to the news de jour. I have been collecting the art in a folder so I can set it as my screen saver on Apple TV. I love her colour choices, and her patterning. It’s a feast for the eyes.

 

 

Thing Five


My Journal52 peeps have raised just over $400 since yesterday to help me cover the cost of hosting and pampering for my website. You ROCK MY POPTARTS. Thank you. <3

That’s it for me today, my loves. As always, you can find my classes here, Journal52 here, MiniMoleyDaily here, and my tip jar here.

xo
Effy