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Your Artful Life, Art Journaling, Mixed Media & More! Halloween 2020 Tag Swap Guidelines

It’s time to swap! Our past swaps have been such a hit, we’re having another event and you’re the first to see the details. Read on to find out all about it!

Who Loves Halloween? We do!

Spooky, funny, whimsical, or all at the same time! We’re inspired by all the Halloween fun and this swap is your chance to show off your quirky side!

 The 1-2-3 Step Summary:

  • 1. Make your Halloween Tag, single or multiples – no larger than 4 inches by 6 inches, or 10 cm by 15 cm and no thicker than 3 quarters stacked.
  • 2. Prepare 2 envelopes – one to Art Journaling for Beginners, P.O. Box 242, Enka, NC 28728 and a self-addressed envelope.
  • 3. Place your Tags, 2 loose US postage stamps (if in the US), and self-addressed envelope in the envelope for Art Journaling for Beginners and send it on its way!

BIG, GIANT, DON’T MISS CORONA/COVID NOTE:

What about coronavirus precautions?

Great question! I’ve checked into the best practices from the CDS and the USPS and here’s the scoop: the virus isn’t believed to live on paper surfaces for any appreciable time. They add that you should wash your hands after collecting or handling your mail. The pertinent resources are linked. If you are at all concerned, please do not participate.

Boo! Or Not…

What? What’s this?

I’m hosting another real-life papery goodness event here in the studio. This time we’re sharing artsy Halloween tags and everyone gets one!

How is this going to work?

  • Create a tag inspired by your favorite Halloween things – smaller than 4 inches x 6 inches (10 cm x 15 cm)
  • Also create a self-addressed envelope for your return tag
  • Place two loose first class stamps UNSTUCK into the envelope (international see below)
  • Put it all into another envelope and mail it to: Art Journaling for Beginners, PO Box 242, Enka, NC 28728
  • Get a tag back in the mail!

How scary is this going to be?

Not so bad…as long as you keep away from the really hard-core ugly stuff, we’ll be good. If you’re in doubt, it’s probably to far out.

How big can I make it?

No larger than 4 inches by 6 inches, or 10 cm by 15 cm for our metric folks. That makes it doable and makes the mailing far less complicated.

How about sticking stuff to it?

Sure – you can add dimensional elements but your finished tag in the envelope has to be less than 1/4 inch or three (3) US quarters stacked up. US Postal regulations are very finicky about this and thicker envelopes don’t fare well in their system and are often delayed or even destroyed!

What do you mean about leaving the stamps loose?

Just tuck them in the outer envelope but please, please don’t adhere them to your self-addressed envelope. This will make the re-mailing process way easier and less complicated!

Why two stamps?

The stamp situation here in the studio is…complicated. Some envelopes need more, some less, some are fat, some are thin and I can’t really keep track of it all ahead of time. Two stamps per submission gives some flexibility and breathing room when it’s time to send them all back. Think of it as your gift to me 😘

What about international?

I’d love to be able to use your stamps but US Postal regulations require US postage on mail leaving the country so I’ll cover that bit for you.

Do I really have to include a self addressed envelope?

Yes, that’s a big deal! My handwriting is not great even when I’m trying and goes downhill from there…

Can I send more than one tag?

Yes you can! You’ll get one tag for each one you send – Score!

What’s that address again?

Art Journaling for Beginners, P.O. Box 242, Enka, NC 28728

By when? 

I’m collecting tags in the studio until September 30, 2020 so you’ll want to mail them US post by Sep 21 and international by Sep 14.

When are you sending them back?

I’ll mail them the week of October 12, 2020 so they may arrive before Halloween, Oct 31, but postal delays are completely beyond my control (darn it!).

Can we see them as you get them?

Oh Yes! I’ll be sharing photos of all the paper goodies as they come in!

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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 https://amzn.to/3fSU9Zc

Dry media/mark making tools: I’m using a General’s extra soft charcoal pencil (https://amzn.to/30BA4QB ) and Stabilo CarbOthello Chalk pencils (https://amzn.to/2CZrliS . 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 (https://amzn.to/2ZTw9j7 ) and a gray Tombow marker (https://amzn.to/2OOjxDC ). Again, any water activated media will work fine.

Brush for blending: I like the Neptune brand synthetic watercolor brushes (https://amzn.to/2CCJrYk ) 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 (https://amzn.to/3fSxmwB ) – it’s handy to have. And, if you’re feeling saucy, try the “Paint Water” mug in the AJfB shop (https://artjournalingforbeginners.com/index.php/product/paint-water-mug/ ).

White eraser: I use, and love, the Pentel Clic eraser (https://amzn.to/2CVhavS ), 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 (https://amzn.to/30BIEPj ).

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Art Journaling for Beginners Valentine Swap Event

Will you be my Valentine? We’re inspired by the Valentines some of us remember, either fondly or not so much, from our childhood. This swap is all about the idea of love and friendship for everyone!

The 1-2-3 Step Summary:

  1. Make your Valentine, single or multiples – no larger than 4 inches by 4 inches, or 10 cm by 10 cm and no thicker than 3 quarters stacked.
  2. Prepare 2 envelopes – one to Art Journaling for Beginners, P.O. Box 242, Enka, NC 28728 and a self-addressed envelope.
  3. Place your Valentines, 2 loose US postage stamps (if in the US), and self-addressed envelope in the envelope for Art Journaling for Beginners and send it on its way!

 

Won’t You Be My Valentine? FAQ

What? What’s this?

I’m hosting another real-life papery goodness event here in the studio. This time we’re sharing artsy valentines and everyone gets one!

 

How is this going to work?

Create a valentine inspired by the old-fashioned idea of friendship and love – smaller than 4 inches (10 cm) square.

Also create a self-addressed envelope for your return valentine

Place two loose first class stamps UNSTUCK into the envelope (international see below)

Put it all into another envelope and mail it to: Art Journaling for Beginners, PO Box 242, Enka, NC 28728

Get a valentine back in the mail!

 

What are these valentines? I’ve never heard of such a thing!

For some of us we have memories, happy or not so much, of exchanging inexpensive, cheerful paper valentines in grade school. When it was done well, everyone got one from everyone else and all was well.

 

How about an example?

Sure! Take a look at the photo up top.

 

Does it have to be a Valentine?

Well, kind of…our theme is love and friendship for all so as long as you keep in that lane, it’ll be great

 

How big can I make it?

No larger than 4 inches by 4 inches, or 10 cm by 10 cm for our metric folks. That’s in keeping with the originals and makes the mailing far less complicated. As long as it’s 4 inches square or less, you’re good!

 

Does it have to be square?

Not at all! It just has to be less than 4 inches (10 cm) in either dimension, the actual shape is completely up to you.

 

How about sticking stuff to it?

Sure – you can add dimensional elements but your finished Valentine in the envelope has to be less than three (3) quarters stacked up. US Postal regulations are very finicky about this and thicker envelopes don’t fare well in their system and are often delayed.

 

What do you mean about leaving the stamps loose?

Just tuck them in the outer envelope but please, please don’t adhere them to your self-addressed envelope. This will make the re-mailing process way easier and less complicated!

 

Why two stamps?

The stamp situation here in the studio is…complicated. Some envelopes need more, some less, some are fat, some are thin and I can’t really keep track of it all ahead of time. Two stamps per Valentine gives some flexibility and breathing room when it’s time to send them all back. Think of it as your Valentine to me 😘

 

What about international?

I’d love to be able to use your stamps but US Postal regulations require US postage on mail leaving the country so I’ll cover that bit for you.

 

Do I really have to include a self addressed envelope?

Yes, that’s a big deal! My handwriting is not great even when I’m trying and goes downhill from there…

 

Can I send more than one Valentine?

Yes you can! You’ll get one valentine for each one you send – Sweet!

 

What’s that address again?

Art Journaling for Beginners, P.O. Box 242, Enka, NC 28728

 

By when?

I’m collecting Valentines in the studio until February 7, 2020 so you’ll want to mail them US post by Feb 1 and international by Jan 24. You have time to make something adorable as long as you start soon.

 

When are you sending them back?

I’ll mail them the week of February 10, 2020 so they may arrive before February 14 but postal delays are completely beyond my control (darn it!) .

 

Can we see them as you get them?

Oh Yes! I’ll be sharing photos of all the paper goodies as they come in!

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Art Journal Prompt Series – 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas Text

 

Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Art Journal Prompt Event!

We’ve been getting something fun ready for you – a special art journal prompt series created just for us by my very wise friend Carolyn of @Whollypiecemeal. Better still, there’s a giveaway at the end!

Starting Christmas day, you’ll find a post pinned to the top in the group with the prompt for the day and the Christmas “Or.”  Create a journal page, tag, or journal card using the “Or” or the prompt as a starting point. Then post your creation in the Facebook Group, with your answer to the “Or” along with the hashtag #12Days to enter the giveaway.

Each time you post with the hashtag, that’s one entry so you’ll want to do all of them.  Hint: That hashtag is how we’re going to find all the entries so be sure to use it!

When the 12 days have ended in January, we’ll collect the entries and draw a winner for a book that I have in my personal library: “Surface Treatment Workshop – Explore 45 Mixed-Media Techniques” by Dalrene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson. It’s a treasure trove of mixed media goodness. Bonus: I’ll add a special sample of artist ephemera from my worktable for you to create with!

Surface Treatment Workshop for art journal prompt