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As a thanks to everyone for donating I'm loading up all 3 issues of my zine, Evidence here for free. I've got one more sketchbook to scan and get loaded up. I should have it up in a day or two.
The link opens a dropbox folder. Right click the links and click open in a new window. After taht you can print the zine or just read it.
I want to introduce myself. My name is Marfa and I have been art journaling for several years. I usually work with markers, pens, color pencils and watercolors. But I like to change things sometimes. I'm looking forward to looking through the art gallery and enjoying your work.Continue
There are tricks to gluing fabric and other pourous materials and papers. Felt was my evil other for awhile. You need to get your glue into the fibers but not saturate them. One of the best is Elmer’s Glue All. Spread the glue with your fingers onto the page (not the fabric, etc). Get a nice even layer, thinner rather then medium-er. Wait a second. It needs to be tacky not wet. Then put your piece of whatever down but do not slam/bam/pressure cooker. Just press with the palm of your hand to…Continue
Begin rant (hopefully a thoughtful one):The formalized, personality and product driven part of art journaling (and related) can squash creativity. Theme or prompts or any of that are tools. Like a brush or a pair of scissors. If you want to explore that tool, go for it. If you end up going on some tangent, do that instead. Once upon a time scrapbookers did a scrapbook of whatever they had. Then famous people, products, ads, magazines, conventions, and the whole mess happened, and no one could…Continue
A week before the Christmas holiday I got the official word from my college congratulating me on getting my BA—Integrated Art w/Psychology. It had been a particularly hard year. A twelve year relationship came to an end and I doubted whether I would finish at all, but I made it despite the personal loss.Now, I will be concentrating on my Masters in Art Therapy at the School for the Art Institute of Chicago. Relocation from Pennsylvania, new relationship status, new short-term and long-term…Continue
Ever had a journal page that went south/sour/stinky or whatever? I just watched this YouTube here. Any artist who has the courage to keep going is one of my heroes. Obscuring layers don't always hide the awful truth. Working an area over and over leaves unintended texture and other annoying byproducts. This artists made her struggles part of the page.What have you done with one of THOSE pages? Was it molding paste? Wild…Continue
This is my personal opinion on cutting tools. There are other options. I’ve tried quite a few over the years and this is what I settled on. Your needs are certain to vary but this could be a place to start if you are a beginner or frustrated with what you are using.The primary cutting tool is scissors. The one rule is the more you spend the better the cutting experience. Those 99¢ scissors may cut well for a time but then they go bad to worse overnight and can’t be sharpened. I’m a Fiskars fan…Continue
I’m going to cover some collage and mixed media adhesives in this thread. I mostly do collage but I do stick all sorts of things down including plastics and fabric, even twigs and tea bags. Using the right adhesive for the job is key to getting good stick-tion and long term results. I’ll start with my favorite paper adhesives first.-------------------------Tape runners changed how I do found paper collage (my primary medium). Wet glue is so messy and often bleeds through papers -- resulting in…Continue
I love them for their recognizable immediacy. Now that I do mixed media I worship permanent ink pads because my stamped images can be worked over with wet media or stamped on top of anything reasonably smooth.Are you a collector? Or just own a few? Do you carve your own? Or use “found” objects to stamp with? Do you prefer old fashion rubber, cling or clear stamps?If you have stamps that are gathering dust maybe we can inspire you to pick them up and use them. Post your questions and feelings…Continue
There are always new pens and markers coming out on the market, so maybe it's time to revisit this topic. What are you loving now? Please include a link or screen capture -- artists are visual people after all.Continue