Art Journals!

After a nice vacation for a couple of weeks, I’ve been (far too slowly) getting back to work. I have plenty of new art painted for graphic sets. That’s the easy part. The hard part – scanning, cleaning, promoting – I still have to do. So no new graphic sets here yet. Next week.

On a more fun note, I decided I needed a bit more time off and I started an art journal for the fun of it. I never make art for myself. It’s always for work or for a trade or for some course I’m taking. I think the last thing I painted just for fun was a couple of years back. Way too long. So I decided this would be the summer of art journaling. I made my own 8″ x 11″ journal and stuck in some nice Bristol board and some cool Stongehenge drawing paper (which I proceeded to paint on), stuck it all together with a pamphlet stitch and boom- one hand made journal with a small number of pages so I can actually complete it. Above is a double spread… pretty girls, my fave thing to paint. And the other two are pages about giddy excitement (new journal!) and fave imaginary creatures.

Happy PPF!

ArtTrader Magazine will be back!

A happy announcement — after a much needed break, we’re bringing back ArtTrader Magazine! The new issue will be available on the ArtTrader website on January 1, 2014. We’ll be back to quarterly issues again next year.  If you’re new to ArtTrader Mag, it’s an online magazine in PDF format that focuses on the mail art world with tutorials, galleries and how to guides on all sorts of art techniques and objects.

Issues are free for downloading and reading. Issues 1 through to 20 are all available here: Happy reading and arting! We won’t be hosting online workshops again but many of the people involved in writing for ArtTrader Mag will be creating their own workshops and we’ll let you know all about them in the zine.

Expect the ArtTrader website to be updated over the next week with news about the upcoming issues. I’ll be back writing as will Sarah Trumpp and Ann Pierson D’Angelo of Wonderstrange. And Andrea Melione (aka EraserQueen Studios) will be back too!

Art Journal Pages

I haven’t kept an art journal for a while now. In fact, the last time I worked on this particular journal was in 2010. I bought an amazing Vincent Rossini book with super thick handmade paper and I love the thing. It’s a great journal and well made. After purchasing, I promptly filled in 5 or so pages and then shoved it on the art bookshelf for the next 3 years while I concentrated on work and other art projects. I pulled it out the other day since I’ve been visiting many blogs with a lot of journal art and they’ve inspired me to finish up this one. It’s a mixed media art journal and I thought I’d share the pages online too. I don’t really use text on my pages since I’m not a writer (clearly) and I don’t need to express myself with words or share my feelings. That’s not for me. But I sure do like to make pretty pictures and most often I sell them, trade them or make them for work and barely have any left for myself. A journal keeps them all in one spot and is something I can actually keep. Yay! Here are some pages, from 2010 and from this weekend too.