Archive | November 2011

What can you learn?

In addition to the lessons I described here, what else can you learn in Weekly Art Date?

We’ll learn ways of incorporating more fabric into our lives: either by sewing / gluing fabric directly to our pages or by making a fabric cover for our journals. I’ve been meaning to make a custom pouch to hold my journal when I’m on the go, too, so don’t be surprised to see more about that later on. Also: how cool would it be to have a journal made out of fabric? Let’s do it!

We’ll create the ultimate travel kit for our art journaling needs by figuring out our daily art essentials. It’s so much fun to work on art journals in public spaces, like bookstores, coffee shops, and libraries, but it’s not fun when you leave a required tool or supply at home. Bummer! I’ll show you a video of the travel journal I took to Europe in 2005. It’s more writing that images, but I still consider it my first art journal because by the end of it, I was adding lots of great images and ephemera from my travels. I’ve only ever shared it with a handful of people!

We’ll make backgrounds for future pages. This is something I haven’t really touched upon in my classes, since I know this has been covered many times in many ways by many people. I can’t promise that my background techniques are all that innovative or unique, but I can include a whole bunch of different techniques in one video so that you can explore the methods and decide for yourself which ones are keepers.

We’ll take our art making out of the journal! I have a few bonus lessons planned that involve using art journal techniques outside of the journal, like Artist Trading Cards (which are great for when you feel blocked or overwhelmed), collage  jewelry, and working on canvas.  Plus: I’ve been making art quilts using images from my art journals printed onto fabric, so I’ll be talking about that at least one week.

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Promo Video

I used some clips from videos made in my last online class, Falling For You, to make this video. Fun, right?

Learning is Awesome!

With weekly videos and lessons, you’ll have a lot of inspiration during Weekly Art Date! I am constantly exploring new ideas and techniques in my journals, and I’d love to share these with you. Every week will be different, and you’ll never know what wonderful surprises to expect, because, well, I don’t always know what’s going to show up on the page before I’m finished! In fact: I hardly ever pre-plan out a page before I start! I will usually choose a selection of materials (like a paint color, Portfolio watersoluble pastels, and pens) or I’ll choose an image to glue on my page and go from there.

Still, maybe you’d like some “general specifics” before you decide whether this class is right for you? (That’s an Office reference… love that show!)

Here are some lessons I’m planning:

Beyond the Frankenperson

You’ve seen the Frankenperson on a lot of art journal pages, I bet. These are characters pieced together from bits and pieces of magazine images.  We’re going to take the idea a step further! We’ll learn ways to alter our Frankenpeople. Plus, we’ll learn multiple ways to put our own spin on magazine images..

Here’s a sample:

Superhero Frankenperson

Beyond the Frankenperson

Plenty of Portraits

Drawing faces was my biggest stumbling block for a long time. I knew what I wanted to be able to do, but I just couldn’t quite pull it off. I explored a lot of different materials and methods in order to find one that works for me. Now I’ll share some tips and tricks for getting faces to work for you. We’ll start in black and white:

And start experimenting with color:

 

Your Weekly Art Date – Freebies!

Sample month for 2012 Creativity Prompt Calendar

So what do you get when you sign up for Weekly Art Date?

As soon as you sign up, you will receive an invitation to the private Weekly Art Date classroom on artjournaling.ning.com. (If you don’t already have a free membership at the site, you will need to sign up for that first then request access to the class.)

Each week you will get:

One art adventure post which could include:

  • Step-by-step photos and instructions for a particular technique
  • Writing prompts
  • Visual inspiration
  • Digital collage sheets
  • Digital stamps
  • Art challenges
  • Bonus video tutorials

One video inspiration post which could include:

  • Original video tutorials by me (at least one per month!)
  • Video tutorials by another artist plus images of my version
  • Music videos as inspiration plus images of my page
  • Movie clips as inspiration plus images of my page
About my video tutorials: these usually feature me working on a single page or 2-page journal spread from start to finish. These videos will average between 5 – 15 minutes. The video will include details about the materials and methods used in the form of short captions. A list of the supplies (and possible substitutions) used in the video will be included so that you can follow along, if you’d like. Techniques will vary from month to month and will cover a wide range of materials. These sometimes take the form of an exploration of different materials and techniques that you can experiment with in your own journal.
Here’s an example:

You can download the video here.

A Daily Prompt Calendar for every month you are signed up for Weekly Art Date. Each month features a gorgeous full-color layout that I designed which one word or short phrases for every weekday. These prompts sometimes suggest a writing exercise, a color scheme, or an art technique to explore that day.

Here’s a sample:

Sample month for 2012 Creativity Prompt Calendar

The full 2011 calendar features 260 prompts to inspire you all year long.

You can download the December 2011 creativity prompt calendar here.

Ready to sign up yet?

My Weekly Art Date will run in four parts throughout 2012:

Part One runs from January 1st – March 16th ($15)

Part Two runs from April 1 – June 8nd ($15)

Part Three runs from June 24th – August 31th ($15)

Part Four runs from September 16 – November 23th ($15)

Part Five runs from December 2nd – December 16th (Bonus Course: Free for all full-year students!)

Sign up for the full year for $45, a savings of $15 over paying for each part individually. That’s like getting one full course for FREE, plus you get free access to Part Five! That’s only $3.75, less than $1 a week, for a whole year of art inspiration!

Need more incentive?

All full-year students will be automatically entered to win in each of the 12 monthly Weekly Art Date giveaways. Prizes will include anything from art supplies to bonus downloads to original art by Moira. No need to remember to sign up by a certain date, and if you win, your prize will be automatically mailed out to you! How awesome is that?

(Don’t worry: if you can’t sign up for the whole year at once, you can still enter the giveaways! All full-year students will receive one automatic entry, but everyone will have a chance to enter. Full-year students can snag an extra entry by commenting.)

Also, all full-year students will receive a download link immediately upon signing up for my 2012 Creativity Prompt Calendar. You’ll be able to print up this gorgeous full-color calendar full of 260 prompts (one for every week day) designed to keep you inspired all year. This bonus download will include a text-free version of the calendar that you can use to design your own calendars in years to come.

(All students will receive each month’s daily prompt calendar on the first of the month.)

Already signed up for another paid course with me? Check inside the classroom for a special returning student discount!

If you’d like to sign up for Weekly Art Date Part One only, click the first PayPal button below:

If you’d like to sign up for Weekly Art Date for the full year, click the second PayPal button:

Please note that you do not have to have a PayPal account in order to sign up for the class. Also, please note the following terms and conditions:

Due to the digital nature of this product, no refunds will be issued after the start date of this class, unless you have never been granted access to the paid classroom at artjournaling.ning.com. (January 1st for full year access & each start date for the separate parts). That being said,  it’s very important to me that you are happy with this class! I encourage you to contact me with any questions, problems, complaints so that I can do my best to resolve any issues for you. While I’m not exactly a technical expert, I’ll do my best in that regard. If you need further explanation about a technique or a material, feel free to ask me by leaving a comment in that specific discussion area at the ning site, on this blog, or by email: moira dot richardson, via gmail.

Schedule some YOU time!

You spend so much of your time taking care of everyone around you. Isn’t it time that you took some time for yourself? With Weekly Art Date, you’ll have a reason to just say no the next time somebody tries to stretch your resources just a little too thin… “I’m sorry, I can’t, I have my Weekly Art Date that night.” You can’t say yes to everybody all the time, but you can say YES! to weekly inspiration, can’t you? Maybe you can’t squeeze in time every single day to work in your art journal, but most of us could schedule in some time each week to make the magic happen.

Join Crafty Moira in her studio each week for a little dose of TLC for artists. You’re busy, don’t we know it, so this course has no deadlines, no time limits, and, best of all, no unrealistic expectations of YOU! Do what you want whenever you can round up a few precious moments of me-time. The course and all the content will be available to you after the course ends (in other words, once you’re in, you’re in forever!) plus all of the content and videos created by me will be available for you to download to your computer to keep for as long as you’d like.

My Weekly Art Date will run in four parts throughout 2012:

Part One runs from January 1st – March 16th ($15)

Part Two runs from April 1 – June 8nd ($15)

Part Three runs from June 24th – August 31th ($15)

Part Four runs from September 16 – November 23th ($15)

Part Five runs from December 2nd – December 16th (Bonus Course: Free for all full-year students!)

Sign up for the full year for $45, a savings of $15 over paying for each part individually. That’s like getting one full course for FREE, plus you get free access to Part Five! That’s only $3.75, less than $1 a week, for a whole year of art inspiration!

Need more incentive?

All full-year students will be automatically entered to win in each of the 12 monthly Weekly Art Date giveaways. Prizes will include anything from art supplies to bonus downloads to original art by Moira. No need to remember to sign up by a certain date, and if you win, your prize will be automatically mailed out to you! How awesome is that?

(Don’t worry: if you can’t sign up for the whole year at once, you can still enter the giveaways! All full-year students will receive one automatic entry, but everyone will have a chance to enter. Full-year students can snag an extra entry by commenting.)

Also, all full-year students will receive a download link immediately upon signing up for my 2012 Creativity Prompt Calendar. You’ll be able to print up this gorgeous full-color calendar full of 260 prompts (one for every week day) designed to keep you inspired all year. This bonus download will include a text-free version of the calendar that you can use to design your own calendars in years to come.

(All students will receive each month’s daily prompt calendar on the first of the month.)

Already signed up for another paid course with me? Check inside the classroom for a special returning student discount!

If you’d like to sign up for Weekly Art Date Part One only, click the first PayPal button below:

If you’d like to sign up for Weekly Art Date for the full year, click the second PayPal button:

Please note that you do not have to have a PayPal account in order to sign up for the class. Also, please note the following terms and conditions:

Due to the digital nature of this product, no refunds will be issued after the start date of this class, unless you have never been granted access to the paid classroom at artjournaling.ning.com. (January 1st for full year access & each start date for the separate parts). That being said,  it’s very important to me that you are happy with this class! I encourage you to contact me with any questions, problems, complaints so that I can do my best to resolve any issues for you. While I’m not exactly a technical expert, I’ll do my best in that regard. If you need further explanation about a technique or a material, feel free to ask me by leaving a comment in that specific discussion area at the ning site, on this blog, or by email: moira dot richardson, via gmail.