I was showing the students some of my favorite journaling go tos, one of which is sewing paper- the first photo shows confetti in an old security envelope that you get with your bills, inspiration from Mary Ann Moss' Remains of the Day class (still love and recommend that course, and NOT because she has become my friend!).
The second photo shows a stamp by my new friend, Christine Adolph used as background, with my own arrow stamps on top, couldn't resist using my own stamps, now could I?!? No, of course not, too fun for me to have to play with!
When teaching, I often show many different techniques on one page, so they can tend to look like a hot mess by the end, with only close up spots pleasing to the eye. It's not like I'm a minimalist regularly, so if I'm saying that, you know it's true, haha.
We talked about different pens and lettering shortcuts too, that's always a request from students.
And some fun with stencils as well:
I love the stencils over at The Crafter's Workshop. They were kind enough to send me some to use as class demos. And hey, they even did a little post on their blog with some of my photos I sent along with my email reporting the student love and enjoyment of their product. I'm going to order some to sell when I next teach, as they don't sell retail and I want my students to have easy access. I especially love the latest designs by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and Dina Wakley. I've been talking with the owner, Jaime Echt about possibly doing my own private label line. (You probably know me well enough to imagine I've got ideas galore when it comes to patterns/designs/backgrounds!) Of course, I'll keep you informed as to the developments there, but hey, if you want more info on that, here's a post she did about making your own stencils.
Here's another stencil Of Julie's used on the same page:
I keep thinking of ideas for an art journaling stencil line and a scrapbook line too, for all the Project Lifers (which I am pretty sure I'm doing next year). Like I said, the ideas, they aren't my problem, it's prioritizing them and focusing on them while keeping up all my other obligations that I'm deficient at, not the dreaming up ideas of ways to play and make art! (again, you likely know this about me by now, I know)
Luckily, I have a friend that does not share similar issues with focusing and finishing, and doesn't hesitate to set the record straight with me (aka boss me around), and she has informed me that I must complete my online journaling e-course next. As soon as my kids go to school, I need to get the blinders on and commit to finishing that. I know she's right, and so I will.
More sample pages from teaching above and below:
Have you been art journaling? You can put a link in the comments if you'd like to share. And if you are waiting for my online class, thank you for your patience, it's going to be worth the wait, I promise!!!
For those who want to take a live class with me, last art journaling class for the year is in October, a joint class with the fabulous Jennifer Mercede (!!!) at Syd and Carol's in Solvang. More details on that this week! Registration is already open and hopping, so I wanted to make sure I get you, my art journaling friends, the info before the announcement post.