Showing posts with label links to other blogs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label links to other blogs. Show all posts

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Artsy Blog Hop

I was asked to participate in this artsy blog hop by the lovely Zoe Ford.  Her artwork is bright, bold, colorful and fun like the style I enjoy working in.   Here are the three questions + my answers.  At the bottom, I am linking to three more awesome artists who will be answering these questions next week.

1. How does my creative process work?

It depends on what I am making.  Often I will see something online that will spark my interest and I will try that particular technique.  Or, I might see something compositionally that I want to try in my own style.  Many times, I will just choose some images and papers from my stash and play around with them until I find an arrangement for a collage that I like.

2.  How does my work differ from others in my genre?

Hmm... that's hard to say.  My artwork is usually very colorful.  I love color and I love artwork that is crazy full of lots to look at.  I teach elementary art my style often has child-like or playful imagery.

3.  What am I working on now? 

Currently I have no series or big projects going on.  I try to sneak in little bursts of creative moments when I have time.  I pick up my art journal and will use watercolor paints if Desmond is sleeping.  If he is awake, I can put him on my lap and use markers or dry collage.  

I have been working on some things for school and products for my TPT shop such as these posters and this Art Journaling with Kids E-Zine.

I have also been experimenting with different online companies to print greeting cards and postcards.  I have tried (the greeting cards were not very crisp, but the company gave me a full refund.  The postcards they sent were glossy and nice.)  Mixbook was much better.   Still not perfect, but better.

Now, I have three blogs for you to visit.  I met these girls on an artists Facebook group!  

1.  I love the textures and soft color palette in Julia Sears Osterc's artwork:  Lovingrd
2.  Lynnette Cretu's art has beautiful lettering of scriptures. 
3.  Donna L. Martin creates some lovely layered and textured mixed media work.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

New Art Journal Page with LOTS of Materials!

This has been an ongoing process since last school year!  I put some things down originally, did not like how the layout was coming together, so I returned to the page and added more.  Then, I toned down the craziness with some white paint.

Some of the materials I used were:
  • photocopies of old artwork
  • scrapbook paper
  • paper towels with Metallic watercolor paints
  • a scrap with a written phrase on it that I found on the ground in my classroom... isn't that beautiful?
  • decorative tape
  • collage imagery
  • a sticker
  • gelli printed papers
Below is a picture of how the page looks with my art journal spread open.

Here are some close up views:

Some great links for you to check out:
  1.  Check out our Featuring Magazine Campaign BLOG.
  2.  Here is a cool article about setting up tweets by NatashaMay.  I'm not the best at using Twitter, so maybe this is something I should try.
  3.  Great money & future planning advice for high schoolers!
  4.  I just love Brian Kasstle's art.
  5.  These adorable photographic portraits of well-loved stuffed animals.

Linking to Paint Party Friday and Art Journal Every Day
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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Featuring Magazine #4 is Coming Soon!

Wowza, Issue #4 is almost here!  We've been working really hard on this issue and even though we've had many setbacks, Issue #4 is going to be amazing. 

What is Featuring magazine?
A full color, gorgeous print magazine including art journaling, mixed media and other creative artworks.  Interviews with artists, stunning projects and reader artwork awaits in this issue.  

Look at this beautiful cover:

Read the brief summary of the content
Flip through some of the pages in the preview
It will take a while for the actual paper magazine to get back from the printing office, but you may want to pre-order the magazine because when you do that, you have the chance to win a Mixed Media Paper Craft Kit from Gauche Alchemy!!
Yes, you heard it right: FEATURING cooperated with GAUCHE ALCHEMY for A GIVE AWAY.

Mixed Media Paper Craft Kit

We will give away 5 ACME Mixed Media Paper Craft kits to readers who pre-order issue #4 before June 23. The fourth issue of the magazine will be released soon after.
Now that is an extra reason to want to order the magazine, isn’t it? Why not go ahead then. PRE ORDER/BUY your copy now to have your name in the hat for our give away and to make sure the fourth issue of FEATURING will come your way as soon as it is released.

Would you like to hear about my personal experiences writing for this issue?  Well, I am going to share them with you anyways!  The best part of writing for the magazine is the chance to become exposed to all different types of artists, some that I wouldn't ordinarily have come across.  Also, it is interesting taking all of the information the artist gives and translating it into an easy-to-understand, thorough and intriguing article. 

My first assignment for this issue was to write about Julie Elman's Fear Project

The Fear Project
Everybody is afraid of something, whether you want to admit it or not. What fears do you have? Could you create an artwork showing your fears? Maybe you would rather have Julie Elman illustrate your anxieties. Julie has illustrated over 100 fears. She calls this series her Fear Project.

Then, I can't remember the order of the other articles I wrote, but over the course of a few months I received three more requests for articles.  Other team members had personal conflicts and illnesses which limited their writing for this issue.  I took them one at a time and never felt overwhelmed with the writing.  It will be fun to see these articles in print!

Blueberry Muffin Studio
“Inexpensive therapy” is how Miranda Robb describes the benefits of art journaling. Using sketches, cutout phrases and magazine images, Miranda works through her emotions and life story. We took a peek into her art journals and got to know her better.

The Kingdoms of TIMothy
TIMothy Bruehl is a painter living in San Diego. His goal for his series 500 Kings in 500 Kingdoms is to create 500 individual canvases that work together as a whole. The canvases feature various cities (kingdoms) and are represented by symbolism and landmarks

Aleksandra Kabakova
Aleksandra Kabakova, an artist from St. Petersburg, Russia, creates sensitive, delicate images with gorgeous detailed black lines and splashes of color. Inspired by common things, she tries to catch the beauty of simplicity.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Link Love

Here are 5 blog articles that caught my eye this week.

1.  Audrey Smith's gorgeous collages

2.  I love photos of animals with artwork..  for example, Leslie McNeil's dog with her artwork!

3.  “I try to leave every room I enter a little bit better than how I found it.”  Leaving the World a Little Better.. article by Becoming Minimalist.

4.  I just discovered Ardith's Art Journal blog through Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.  I love these journal pages!!

5.  Pinterest Stress

Have a great weekend!
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Funky Fabulous Etsy Shop

Thanks to the lovely Denthe and her idea to have an Etsy shop promotion, I have 5 Fabulous Etsy Shops to share with you.  I will post one per week in the month of May.

The 1st is Twisted Knits by Suze  
Her shop has lovely scarves, hair accessories, hats and yarn jewelry!

Right now, she is having a special:  SPECIAL - 25% off all purchases RIGHT NOW - just enter coupon code 25TWISTED at checkout for your discount! PLUS - Any purchase made entitles you to 20% discount off your next purchase within 6 months!

 Here are a few of my favorites from her store:

Love this one!

Thanks Suze and Denthe!

Friday, April 26, 2013

21 Secrets Journal Page and Link Love

My LINK LOVE is at the bottom of this post!

I am taking the 21 Secrets online workshop.  Since it started a few years ago, I've heard lots of people talking about it on their blogs.  Obviously, with a limited amount of free time along with a limited amount of disposable income, I have always been choosy about the classes I can sign up for.  I want to make sure I have the time to devote to the courses I purchase.

If you haven't heard of 21 Secrets, it is an online art journaling playground with 21 instructors giving 21 different video workshops.  If you don't keep an art journal, there are still loads of techniques that can transfer over into other art areas.  It is well worth the price.  I have only watched Cathy Bluteau's workshop so far and it was fantastic!  I love her artwork, and have always wanted to see her process.  The art journal page shown above was one that I made this week using the same process she does.  21 Secrets will be open until the end of the calendar year, so you have plenty of time if you want to sign up. 

I was debating whether or not to take an in-person painting class this summer, but it gets tricky with childcare.  I stay home with Daria all summer and do take her to daycare once per week for "me time", but the painting classes I really wanted to take did not work out with the times I had available.  So, I decided that I would sign up for 21 Secrets and then work through the video workshops on the days that Daria is at daycare this summer.  (I didn't get compensated to talk about 21 Secrets, but if you sign up through your favorite instructors' blog, they will get "credit" for your purchase.)

Share the Link Love

Daisy Yellow has set out a mission to share the link love.  List your favorite recent blog links and then join in the group at her blog.

1.  First, I'm really enjoying the Coffeeshop Blog.  She shares free downloadable Photoshop actions to transform your photos. Awesome!  I'm surprised it took me so long to discover Photoshop actions.

2.  One of the language arts/social studies teachers at my school has started her own photography blog.  She is very talented!  One of blog posts is about found poetry photography.  
This is also like Marit's found book Haiku poetry!  Marit is also the founder of Featuring magazine.  Our 4th issue is wrapping up shortly and should be finished in the next few weeks.

3.  I subscribe to a lot of blogs about.. what else, but... BLOGGING!  You can get a lot of good ideas from those pro-bloggers.  This article, 5 Keys to Writing Excellent Blog Posts, was useful.  

My next few links will be to elementary art teacher's blogs.  I subscribe to a ton of these and if you have children or ever play with children, these might be interesting to you.

4.  I really like the Lenkerville Art Room blog.  I recently discovered this one and I enjoy her "Friday Photos" posts... just snippets from the art room.  I might start that up on my own art teaching blog.

5.  Aren't these the cutest paper mache pets?  From Artolazzi.

6.  Colorful paper sculptures from MVM Art room.  I will definitely be doing this with my little students to use up our huge box of paper scraps!


Thanks for reading!  Best wishes, Marcia
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

More good than bad in the world.

I shared this on my elementary art teaching blog, but I thought this was a good one. With so many bad things happening in the world, I thought this was a good reminder.

Peter Reynolds, author of the book The Dot, posted this on his Facebook page.
Art by Peter Reynolds

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tell All Tuesday

Guess what?  I'm a featured artist at Jennibellie's blog today for her Tell All Tuesday series.  If you haven't seen Jenniebellie's website yet, it is a great one!  She posts lots of interesting art journaling videos.  Thanks, Jenny!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Color the Quote Challenge at Artists in Blogland/Artsy Mama Interview/The Pulse

A few thing I wanted to share with you that I am excited about!

1.  We are having a really cool new challenge at Artists in Blogland called Color the Quote.  Jessica Sporn has graciously decided to help me with the group and she is running this challenge.

2.  Artfully Carin interviewed me for her arty mama series.  After interviewing 3 artist moms about balancing motherhood and art for Featuring magazine, the tables were turned on me and she asked me several questions.  This series will run on her blog starting on Feb. 2.  Don't miss it!

3.  I answered questions for Seth Apter's series "Tell All" way back in June 2011.  One of my answers will be on his blog this weekend also.  The question was, "“what is the one thing that you know now that you would have liked to have known when you first started to create art?”  I can't wait to find out my answer, since I don't remember how I answered this one!  cringe.  

4.  Check out my newly made-over art teaching blog:  Art is Basic  There are oodles of fun art projects for grades K-6.  I've been working really hard on it and I'm very proud of it.  
5.  Here is something funny.  I've been getting all kinds of new creative spam!!  This one was so over the top I had to share.  The comment was left on a post about 1st graders recycled scrap masks.  I'm glad I was able to help someone who believed their life was over :)  Also, is there any way to prevent spam on a self-hosted wordpress site without paying for a spam service?

"I have to express my appreciation to you for bailing me out of such a incident. Just after exploring throughout the the web and getting tips which are not pleasant, I believed my life was over. Being alive without the strategies to the problems you have sorted out all through your main article content is a serious case, as well as ones which might have in a negative way damaged my entire career if I had not encountered your blog. Your personal natural talent and kindness in handling all the things was useful. I'm not sure what I would've done if I had not discovered such a point like this. I can also at this time relish my future. Thanks for your time so much for your professional and results-oriented guide. I won't be reluctant to recommend your web sites to any person who wants and needs care about this subject matter."

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy New Year!

Hello all my blogging friends!  I have lots of fun plans for 2012 related to art.  For a Christmas present to myself I bought some new Rheotech paints.  I love them...  I had been trying out random types of paints throughout the past couple of years and usually bought the cheaper ones.  It makes such a difference to have quality paints.  Mixing and blending are smoother, the colors are richer and they layer on top of each other better.  Since the pigments are stronger, the paints will last longer than the cheap ones. 

I signed up for Mindy Lacefield's True Free Spirit year-long class because I've always admired her artwork.  So far, it has been very fun.  She walked through the steps she took to create the picture you see on her class description.  The video aspect of this class is especially helpful to get new inspiration for approaches to mixed media art. 

I made these two paintings.  They are both a kangaroo and baby, but the backgrounds are slightly different.  I was focused on playing with the backgrounds and blending colors.  I like the kangaroo imagery with a mom protecting her baby. It's kind of fitting for my life now.  Next time I will play with the poses and expressions more!

Monday, December 31, 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Shut Your Eyes

I created two artworks for Marit's Top 2000 Blog Party.  The first one is inspired by lyrics from the song Shut Your Eyes by Snow Patrol.

Love Snow Patrol!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


I was excited to see this in my blog reader today!  I so want to sign up for the LifeBook class for next year.  GIVEAWAY FROM WILD SOUL ARTS! FREE SEAT IN LIFE BOOK 2013 and FIVE OTHER PRIZE PACKAGES!

I created these printable drawing prompts for children.  You can see a free sample on my other blog and purchase them for $5.  Art teachers, parents and classroom teachers have purchased them as an easy way to bring drawing to their children.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

Thank you very much to my blogger friend Denni who gave me this Liebster award. 


The Liebster Award takes it's name from the German word
meaning Beloved, Dearest or Favorite.
It is given to bloggers who have a small following - under 200 followers.
As part of the tradition it is passed along to 5 bloggers that have
motivated and inspired.
To accept the award you must:
1. Link back to the person who gave it to you and thank them
2. Post the award to your blog
3. Give the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers
that you appreciate and value.
4. Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know that they have been offered this award.
There are so many great blogs out there.  Here are just a few that I am loving now!
Miriam-- lots of gorgeous Project Life pages.
Cukipok Doodles-- fun doodles!
Belinda-- Drawn from the Fire.. very colorful art
Evolutions-- Jenn Olson.  I just won two gorgeous drawings from her.  Love them!
Inspiration Scrap-- gorgeous scrapbooking!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Snippets

You can share your own Sunday Snippets here!  This week I'm making a list.  Goals.  Do you have goals?  Do you have future plans?

You can make your own list here.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Artist Inspiration

I love these artworks by Gretchen Ebersol!

Mizue Hirano is another fave.

Also these by Janice Lowry.

Meri Cherry has awesome kid's art

Love Maya Huyak's art!

Tilleke Schwarz= awesome.

Today was a not-so good day.  I got rear-ended and my car is smashed.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Answer is Chocolate

Hey, cool!  I'm featured on The Answer is Chocolate!  Check out some of my pictures there.  These two pictures above are from the pumpkin patch we went to last weekend.  We also decorated them with stickers.  She's too young to carve them, but she loves stickers!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Snippets of Pages and Doodles

Here are some snippets of pages from my art journal.  Most of these are incomplete... I am skipping from page to page and working on bits of them when I feel like it.  I really like Debra's post about letting go of the need for pretty art, because TRUE is good.  Give yourself permission to make bad art!

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