I'm taking Dawn Devries Sokol's "Doodle 12/31" journalling class this month. I haven't gotten a whole lot of time invested in my Doodle 12.31 book yet, but I still wanted to share a few spreads.
This time I've altered a Little Golden Book, preparing my backgrounds by covering each page with layers of acrylic paint that obscure the print. The layers of paint are thrown down with abandon, forming random shapes/values that I'll journal overtop during the month. Each page is a combination of materials including paint, markers, collage elements, glitter and various other fun things.
In January, I'm taking a class with Traci Bautista (of"Collage Unleashed" and the newly published "Doodles Unleashed" fame, among other things) and after that, I will study with Carla Sonheim (the miraculously talented and inspiring author of "Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists"). These are all on-line classes, and I work on my journals around other studio projects.
I've found that the freedom to create whatever leads to some unfettered pages inside my journals. It's also great inspiration to mix materials and imagery in ways foreign to my Dog-a-Day paintings. Which keeps my mind fresh and my hand light when I step to the easel each day.
Wanna learn more about journalling? I offer two types of classes, one geared towards students aged 5-15 and another one for adults.
We're on hiatus right now, but winter sessions start up in mid-late January. Email me to get more information.
Psst - tuition makes for a great gift, and at $15/class or $60 for 5, it's easy on the wallet, too!!
Thank you so much for supporting my artwork and providing my livelihood,
Because I painted today for someone who subscribes to the daily emails and follows me on Facebook, I have to keep the newest Dog a Day portrait a secret. I don't want to spoil anyone's Christmas.....
I love keeping secrets!!