My Guest Post for Artists in Blogland + 25% off coupon code for my Etsy shop

Today I am the host artist for Artist in Blogland's challenge:  Fall, Fearless and Fly.  Visit the website to add your link if you participate in the challenge and for a chance to win some great prizes!


Headline Prompt: Lifelong Fan:  What or who have you consistently valued or looked up to in your life?  What lessons have you learned from people you admire?
Color Prompt:  Your favorite color now or from childhood or both!
Quote Prompt:  "Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator; but among those whom I love, I can:  all of them make me laugh."  W.H.Auden

I created a mixed media art journal page using the headline prompt of people I looked up to.  I have always looked up to my teachers and especially my art teachers.  I had a professor in college who really encouraged me to pursue art as my major, although I had never thought I would be able to make art as a career.  I decided to major in art education and the professors I had were amazing.  The courses were really, really thorough, rigorous and grounded in art education theory as well as practical teaching strategies.  I don't think I would have been prepared at all for teaching without the education I received.  The art education professors I had were very professional and encouraged us to become involved in our own professional development.  They stressed the importance of being involved in art education associations on a state and national level.  With our art ed. classes, we traveled to many art workshops and art educator conferences. 

Several years ago, I bought a vintage art education textbook off of Ebay.  I cut out and photocopied two of the images to play around with while doing this challenge.  The first was a poem that read, "Of children so glad they 're learning to draw, are n't they the happiest ones you ever saw?"  The other was a row of children with the text reading "How many historical figures have we drawn?  Let us draw each other." 

The shell image I chose because one of my professors was a ceramicist who used shells in all of her work.  She would press the shells into the sides of her pots and use them as a textural element.  I think it had something to do with where she grew up.  Anyways, she came to my wedding (6 years ago) and as a wedding gift she gave me one of her lovely pots (with shell imprints on the sides) and it is sitting in our display cabinet in our living room. 

I think I have discovered a new theme to explore in my artwork:  creating art about teaching art to children!

 Prizes! Everyone who joins in will be entered to win fabulous goodies!  We'll randomly draw one name to win it all this week!  From Marcia, we have a packet of paper ephemera (vintage imagery, text, scrapbooking papers and embellishments).  You can check out all her goodies in her Etsy shop here

*** If you check out my shop, I am offering a 25% off discount coupon code (just enter it at checkout):  "HoHoHo"  ... good until the holidays.  I just added a few Cloth Paper Scissors magazines and more packages of postcards.  I have some big dreams to add some prints and more original artwork to the shop, but that is going to have to wait until later! ********

Blue Moon Scrapbooking  has generously provided a $25 gift certificate for this week!  They have a wonderful selection of scrapbooking and mixed media supplies!  

In order to participate in this challenge, you need to head over to Artists in Blogland to add your artwork! 


Teddi said...

marcia, your page looks great, and i smiled while reading your story. :)

Duaa said...

Really fun and colorful page that you made...Fabulous job!

It was nice reading your post.I have never, unfortunately, had a good art teacher, so I envy you!


Kat McNally said...

I love your artwork, Marcia. You are so talented!
How have you been since Blogtoberfest? I just wanted to let you know that I'm hosting another (albeit gentler and more introspective) blog challenge over the month of December called #reverb12.
Would be so rapt if you joined us!

There's a little giveaway too. :-)

Details here:

Take care,

Kat xxx

Šolanje na domu-Waldorf said...

This is a really fantastic journal spread. Love the brightness of the colors. :)

froebelsternchen said...

wonderful .. this a beautiful Journaling entry!

xxx Susi

Unknown said...

Congrats on hosting!

Molly said...

i always admire your bold use of colors!