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We are a fortunate group. Ning, the company we use to host Art Journaling has raised it’s prices but we are paid for the next year. This is the second major price hike, where the group went from free to a reasonable price, to expensive (and why we run a yearly fundraiser) to now absolutely outrageous. The price went from $239/year to $588/year, more than doubling for next year. My frustration with this price hike has much to do with the fact that Ning has made little to no improvements in the years since the last price hike, so we are getting double the cost with zero improvements.
While we have a year to decide the fate of Art Journaling, I feel that the best choice is to move the site to a new host and using a new software. I’m leaning toward Wordpress social media site but I’m open to other ideas, so long as it is less expensive than $588/year. Please head to the site and join the group “Movement and Change” to discuss the option and feelings around this potential change. http://artjournaling.ning.com/group/movement-and-change
As a preemptive measure I've started a Facebook group for us to continue our discussion:https://www.facebook.com/groups/1278050492213631/
I kid you not! The biggest paper source off all time is drying up (sniff really sniff truthfully sniff). As a collage artist I was collecting scrapbook paper from the very beginning! I’ve hoarded paper with swimming pool water, astro turf, velveteen paper, foil brocade, tree bark, fish tank gravel… omg. I have six different grass papers! I’ve got this deep brooding vampire goth red background that I love. Don’t wait! Raid your local craft store (mine went from four aisles down to half an…Continue
Art is this very general term about creative action. Art journals are this very general book-like surface where you make art. I get giggles about junk journals. Some are these obsessively designed, perfect, thematic confections using forgotten supplies. Some are tear it up and slap in down from the recycle bin..Really, who can say what isn’t and isn’t art without rigid rules that dictate everything from supplies to techniques to subject matter and more. Just look at the Impressionists, they had…Continue
I have a very OLD Xyron sticker machine - Xyron 500 to be exact. I hadn't used it in ages until the last year or so, and had a spare cartridge hanging around. Now it is used up, and I am not sure if the newer cartridges would fit the old machine. Just wondering if anyone would know. Thanks!Continue
Hi Guys.Can anyone recommend a decent white pen for writing/drawing within my journal?I am so fed up with trying to use a paint pen (of different varieties) that will write more than a couple of letters without 'drying up' or worse running into a huge blob that I then have to spend ages trying to undo the mess/damage it causes?All recommendations will be gratefully received!!!Just for the record I have had better luck with a chalk pen but it's neither permanent or very thin, ie suitable for…Continue
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Hi... My name is Elizabeth, but my friends call me Lizzie. I don't know if I would call myself an artist but I've been practicing art all my life. Somewhere along the way I lost my inspiration and quit for a while. And about six months ago, after my separation, I saw my my daughter's watercolor pencils on the table and began to doodle and I haven't stopped since! Now its like I'm hungry for anything creative. I have especially fallen in love with art journaling and am eager to learn everything…Continue
Hi I'm Sonja and I am addicted to art. I love all materials, all media (as long as it's non-toxic!). I have several art journals in the works and I can't wait to share some of the pages with all of you. My style is very layered, although I am still learning how to add dimension to my pages (can't wait to hear your suggestions!). I love cool colors like blues, aquas, turquiose, purple, jade. I love surreal imagery and am starting to use unusual photographs from magazines in my art journals. I…Continue
Hello, My name is Sherri. I am so grateful to be in the company of others who seek to express themselves in this way. As an artist I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself to make great art. In the past I have actually sabotaged myself because I felt like I couldn't begin a project unless its was philosophically deep or meaningful, and above all it had to be perfect. It wasn't until I stumbled across a book called "Brave Intuitive Painting'" by Flora Bowley that I realized Art…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