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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.
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
I've shopped for artists grade papers for years and was always annoyed that I had to buy huge sheets when I really only wanted an 8.5x11". This site not only sells small sheets, they also sell single sheets. It's a very nice site with a good layout and excellent photography. Their collection isn't deep but it is wide including Japan, India, Italy, and more.If you are unfamiliar with the awesome international paper traditions you will be blown away. If a $1 is too much for a sheet of any paper…Continue
Just saw a YouTube demo. Brayer acrylic medium (matt or gloss) in a thin layer onto your Gelli plate. Place you Pan Pastel papers down and rub just like you do with paint. Peel it up and you are sealed forever with zero pastel transfer or smear. You can do the same thing in an art journal if you're careful -- just pickup the plate and smash it onto your journal page, it won't be as perfect but touch ups are easy. For most people this means wax or deli paper between the pages since that much…Continue
We're live in the Workshop area. Signup and join us!I was kind of thinking about offering a free informal collage group in the workshops area. I've been doing collage for a long time, taken a few classes, read about and looked at a lot of artwork. I don't like recipe classes or the recipe style books. But I can cover things like different kinds of paper, building a stash, adhesives, etc. Collage is great because it is so accessible without high cost and gives almost immediate results. Since…Continue
There is very much a place for handwritten words in art journals. Handwriting can actually be very codified art if its calligraphy! But handwriting is not always an option or even desired. Neat, precise writing is fine if you have the time and skill. The rest of us use the computer and make a print out. Fortunately there are lots of other options as well. The scrapbooking world got into stickers in a serious way. Zillions of fonts, colors, patterns, and sizes. You can get puffy black glossy,…Continue