Friday, September 28, 2012

Journal Fodder 365

On our facebook group we're planning on working through the Journal Fodder 365 book. We're going to start January 1, 2013. Request membership now, and keep an eye on the group for more information.

If you don't currently have the Journal Fodder Junkies books here they are on amazon.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Challenge: Don't Cover it Up

Don't get worked up if something doesn't work out perfectly. Forget the metaphoric fig leaf, let it all hang out.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Review in Use: Journal Junkies 365 Toner Transfer

The Journal Junkies refer to toner transfers in both their books. I hav enot had good luck with toner transfers. Generally speaking, they have failed miserably for me. I've used almost every product ever suggested to me over the years with a big fail. The Journal Junkies suggested a product I had not used, Goof Off in the metal can. It is not expensive so I decided to go for it.

It works, it works really well.

You'll need the following products for this:
Goof off in the metal can
Well ventilated area
Old Spoon, metal or wood
Bristle Brush, natural hair bristles
Masking tape
Toner based print, either from a photocopy machine or a laser printer

Goof off has some nasty chemicals in it, one of them is Xylene, the other is acetone. Don't do this in a small enclosed room, you won't feel good. I had 2 windows open and a fan going.

If you don't have a laser printer make a bunch of prints and go to your local office supply store or copy shop and make a photocopy. Don't do a lot of copies, fresh prints works best for this method.

Some brands of toner work better than others. Brother toner works really well.

Enough blathering, go watch the video.:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

On the Pages of Put it on Paper

When we were first discussing PioP we really wanted it to be a resource for people new to art journaling as well as the veteran art journaler. One of the first things we decided we had to do was product reviews. Not just any product reviews would do, but the products and books we reviewed had to be good, stuff we really thought was great.

Thisissue I happened to be fortunate enough to get my paws on the brand new line of Stillman and Birn hard bound Beta sketchbooks. The Beta paper is 180lb and perfect for art journaling. Reviewing it, just like using it was a pure joy. Below see some images from Put it on Paper Volume 1 issue 2.

 To see all the images and read the whole review, check out PioP V1#2.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Field Experiment #16

Leslie's Results
 Trucks. I've written about how I feel that today's trucks are just... Big. To me the big is boring> I like trucks with big noses and round headlights and grills that go on for days, and chrome. Lots of chrome. I like chrome. Rounded tire wells. When I think truck I think of all those things.

Some more waiting area sketches. I feel like I'm spending a lot of time in waiting rooms. The truth is I've only ever had to wait a short period of time in my orthodontist's waiting area, 20 minutes max. Usually I get there and they see me immediately. After I sketched the back of the woman's head on the upper right I went over the to cafe and sketched the rest of the page. Sometimes people seems sad, this was one of those days.

Jane's Results
We recently had our grand-pup over. She's a beautiful golden retriever. She love to lay on the tile floor when she 's hot, and moves around to get comfortable. This forces me to practice quick sketching.
I also notice how much I like to draw night. This is my neighbor's house. I just love the contrast of darkness on the outside and light on the inside. I like achieving this using the scribble stroke. I guess I don't have the patience for traditional cross hatch.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

We have a winner of the first 2 issues of Put it on Paper!
Trece W.!

If you are Trece W. Check your email and get back to me!

If you didn't win click the link below to get a copy! 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Challenge: Dig in Those Heels

Sometimes we let ourselves get dragged along for the ride, even if it's what we don't want. Dig in your heels, take a stand.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Field Experiment #15

Leslie Results
 I've been checking out the awesome Illustrated Friday blog and webpage. While I've not actually participated in IF I like the idea of it. The image on the lower left of the above page is my idea for tall. When I was in college there was a guy who was 7 feet tall. He was super nice and once at Bumstock, back in 1996, I think, he lifted me up and put  me on his shoulders so I could see. It was crazy being up that high and on someone's shoulders.
While I waited for my orthodontist appointment I sketched these images. A girl, around 14 or 15 noticed I was sketching and was really cute about my drawings. It was sweet and totally made me feel good. We were both seen in the orthodontist's office at the same time and the whole time she had a smile. That's the kind of positive vibe art should give.

Jane's Results

This week my husband and I finally go on vacation. We go to Maine. I've been thinking about it a lot and even though I was looking at trees in my backyard  when I drew this picture on the left side, I was thinking of Maine. We also recently reviewed our budget–something we started doing from time to time. Instead of jotting down little budget notes on a scrap of paper and then loosing them, I decided to use my field notes.  That way if I ever want to look back, I will find my notes because I will never throw away this summer journey of journaling. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Win The First 2 Issues

Check it out, you can win real paper copies of the first 2 issues of Put it on paper: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Open to US residents only. (sorry, I can't afford shipping overseas.)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Challenge: Look for the Light

Sometimes we spend our time looking for the dark in everything. Get out of the shadows and look for the light.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Field Experiment #14

Leslie's Results
I have to say this week has been crazy busy with my DayJob, the Sketch Up, working on PioP, contacting the next round or writers and artists, but I have worked in my Field Experiment book. I'm now working in a Bandit Apple Carnet Peewee blank notebook. I picked up one with a "manuka honey" colored cover. the price is only about 20 cents higher than a single Field Notes and the paper is much better, and the spine is stitched, but it's not made in the US. This is my ONLY rub with the product.

I've been noodling out ideas in my Field Experiment book. This was my idea for the recent Sketch Up posts. I've got a few more that I think you'll enjoy. I'll post those later.

Jane's Results

Often I jsut start off drawing my favorite shapes, usually rounded shaded objects, when I don't know what I'm going to do. They often turn into rocks but this time they turned into jelly fish. It made me remember that at one time I thought I might like to be a biological illustrator. I used to love to look at the illustrations in old books of plants and creatures. But then I learned you needed a Degree Science as well as art. At 18 years old, this seemed overwhelming to me.

Later I sat down to relax with a glass of wine.I really am captured by the way glass reflects light and shadows. It's a clear, transparent object, yet it has so many levels of color and value

I still have a few pages left in my Field Notes book.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Put it on Paper #2

The new issue is out. I couldn't be more excited. The cover is sweet! It's a nice little robot by Chongolio. Inside the sweet cover we've got articles by Moira of CraftyMoira and Tammy of DaisyYellow. Then we added a review of Journal Fodder 365 and Stillman and Birn's newest journals. Jane and I wrap up our series of Field Experiment posts. All in all we've got a packed article for you.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

Field Experiment #13

Leslie's Results
I wrote about this on my blog a week or so ago, but I've been thinking about trucks lately. A photo popped up on my flickr contact list of what a truck is in my mind- big red, round headlights and a rounded snout. The image was what I think of when I think truck. So I've been sketching them here and there. Looking up pics on the internet and thinking about the word truck. Sometimes I do wish we'd go back to a time when trucks looked like these.
 This image isn't in my Field Experiment book but rather in my art journal, and it's a bus, but still, it has that old timey truck feeling.
I have filled an entire Field Note and I've moved onto a whole new brand of small pocket sized notebook. We'll tell you all about them in a few weeks. You'll also notice we've added some color to the pages as well. We've added a Uniball Signo DX 0.28 in light blue to our arsenal of tools. More on that at a later date.

Jane's Results