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Open Studio LIVE! Whimsical Faces!

It’s time for another Open Studio LIVE! This time we’re drawing faces – cute, easy, fun and whimiscal!

Open Studio LIVE! is a fun event where we create together: I open my studio and create right along with you. Because we’re live, you have the chance to ask questions and there’s always the element of surprise if something doesn’t go as expected.

If you can’t make it to the live session it’ll be available for a limited time in replay before it expires. Once it expires, there will be an expanded version, with bonus material and additional camera views, available in the shop.

Come create with me: we’ll be gathering in my studio on Saturday August 1, 2020 at 2 PM EDT on YouTube to draw whimsical faces so mark your calendar, I’d love to see you there!

Let’s Draw Whimsical Faces – Open Studio LIVE!  Materials and Supplies

These are the materials and supplies I use but you can use what you have on hand. Try to choose at least two different media to make them so you can get a feel for the process.

Paper: Any medium to heavy weight paper that will accept some water for blending – I used Arteza 9×12 Watercolor Paper

Dry media/mark making tools: I’m using a General’s extra soft charcoal pencil ( ) and Stabilo CarbOthello Chalk pencils ( . Use any soft, blendable dry media that lays down a lot of material

Water blendable media/mark making tools: I’ve got a General’s Sketch & Wash graphite pencil ( ) and a gray Tombow marker ( ). Again, any water activated media will work fine.

Brush for blending: I like the Neptune brand synthetic watercolor brushes ( ) but as long as your brush holds enough water to blend well, that’s all you need.

Water container: of course anything will do but I have and use this nifty foldable one ( ) – it’s handy to have. And, if you’re feeling saucy, try the “Paint Water” mug in the AJfB shop ( ).

White eraser: I use, and love, the Pentel Clic eraser ( ), just be sure that the one you use erases cleanly. Sash or dusting brush: any clean larger flat paintbrush will work. I use inexpensive bristle chip brushes ( ).

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Material List for Mini Accordion Book Demonstration

Mini Accordion Book

Mini Accordian Collage Book Materials and Supplies

These are the materials and supplies I used but this book format is very flexible and forgiving so use what you have. I’ve listed suitable substitutes in parentheses.

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A Whole Library of Awesome Art Instruction

If you’re not able to come to our live event with Karen Cambell, how about the next best thing? Learning from her books! She’s totally inspiring and fun and makes everything crystal clear in person and her books are just like her. Check out this list of her best loved books including the newest on how to draw hands…I know, hands!!

Creativity is Curious

Creativity likes to find pockets of shiny and new in your daily life. That doesn’t mean epic and overwhelming, it’s more the gentle surprise of a daffodil budding where there wasn’t one yesterday or a little  time looking through a new book or the bit of happiness when you notice how pretty the rows of brightly colored produce look in the grocery. Nurture these little pockets of delight in your day and see what possibilities open for you.

Create Your Life!


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Do You Have an Artistic Style? Yes, You Do – Learn What It Is!

Happy March!

I always like the beginning of a new month – because, possibilities! I’ve been trying out new things in the studio lately and learning lots – from revisiting palette knife painting to exploring the instant book form we’ve talked about before and a few other things. Of course, it’s not all gone perfectly – I’ve made a few ugly bits too!

It’s good for your creativity to stretch and push and even make some ugly art. After all, ugly art comes before good art. Do you take time and space to learn and try new things? It doesn’t have to be  a big commitment, even trying something small for the first time is a creative expansion.

Artistic Style – What is it and do you have one?

Hint: Yes, you do! Are you struggling with trying to find your own style even after watching a jillion You Tube videos? Check out this video from the Art Journaling for Beginners You Tube channel where I talk about that exact thing. We talked about what artistic style is, how to describe it, how it varies with the medium used and even looked at some examples to make things clearer. This video will finally help you find your style.

Make Your Own Art!



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Beginners Video Playlist – Start Expressing Your Creativity

Mixed Media Painting LadyAre you expressing yourself creatively with art journaling yet? I know, it seems overwhelming, what with all the different techniques and supplies to think about. What if you could have someone practically at your elbow while you work?

Especially for Beginners Video Playlist

Here you go! Check out this You Tube playlist on the Art Journaling for Beginners Channel – I’ve chosen it especially for you to get started and keep going. These videos are from the amazingly helpful and fun Karen Campbell to show you exactly what you need to get going. Check them out! (Be sure to subscribe to the AJfB channel while you’re there to keep up with new things coming your way.)

Mixed Media Art Journaling Live Class – Perfect for Beginners!

If you loved Karen’s videos and her bubbly teaching style, now’s your chance to join us in person and learn how to make the gorgeous Lady of Spring project. She’s designed it especially for Art Journaling for Beginners and it’s really and truly a beginner project – I promise!

Karen breaks down every project to the smallest, most doable part and shows you exactly how to do it. You’ll also learn to understand your products and mediums so you can use them with confidence for every project you undertake. It’s going to be a full day of art journaling and fun at The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC. You’ll want to sign up because space is limited. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!