Hello, My Name is Kim and I’m a Frolicaholic

 

 

 

Hello my friends!  I’m really trying to get back into the habit of blogging again.  I read on someone else’s blog, that it seems almost redundant any more because of all the social media sites out there.  But, I’m not a big Twitter or Instagram fan, so I still prefer to read blogs.  So, here I am.

First, some cuteness from my kitties:2014-06-14 01.53 summer WilsonAren’t they adorable when they’re sleeping?  Yah.  Not so much when they are tearing through my house and knocking beautiful glass vases off of tables.  lol

I’m participating in Jane Davenport’s “Frolicaholic” class right now.  The timing is good for me, because my mojo left me recently, and I’ve been in a bit of a funk because of that.  But, Jane to the rescue again!  All I have to do is watch one of Jane’s videos, and I am immediately inspired to get out my art supplies.  So, here is the cover of my journal, and the first couple of pages.cover

1and2  detailp2 p1 P2That’s all for today.  I do have more artsy stuff to share, but I will save some for another day.

 

 

Playing with Jane Davenport’s Face Stencils

 

 

 

 

So, I have been playing with a couple of Jane Davenport’s stencils.  I really like them for a quick art journal page with a face.  Here is an example of one of the pages that I did with the 3/4 facing stencil.  They are also a great alternative for those of you who don’t want to draw faces, or just don’t think they can draw faces (you CAN, btw!).

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So Inspired by Donna Downey

I just spent a weekend at the Art House Studio in Cambridge, Ontario, with the fabulous Donna Downey.  Her husband, Bill, came with her.  I’m sure he will never be the same after spending the weekend with a bunch of crazy Canadian women!  😉

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So, I thought I’d share my projects with you, although they may not be done.  We started the weekend on Friday, with a workshop on Pan Pastels.  Here are my very first Pan Pastel paintings.  🙂

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Saturday, we made these cool mixed media journals.  So much fun!  🙂

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Saturday evening was “Watercolor Whimsey”.  We used Gelatos by Faber-Castell to make this pretty lady.  She is definitely not finished.  But, I like her hair, and the background.  The flowers, and her face need a little work.  I’ll try to remember to post the finished piece.

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Sunday was my favorite class.  We made a series of 3 canvases, using acrylic paints, molding paste, stencils, stamps, and pouring medium.

canvases  I had such a great time, meeting lots of new like-minded people!  The fabulously talented Effy Wild came to the Saturday classes, and we shared a table, and had dinner together.  It was so nice to reconnect with Effy.  She is such a kind, talented woman!  🙂  And, she brought a couple of her recent journals along, so I was able to get up close and personal with her fabulous art.  *LOVE*  I stole these last two photos from her blog.  I hope she doesn’t mind.  😉meanddonname

What I Did With my Gelli Printed Fabric AND a GIVEAWAY!

I’m sure you have been dying to find out what I did with my gelli printed fabric featured in my last Youtube video.  As promised, I am going to show you today, in the form of another video.  I recorded bits and pieces of the entire process of hosting a swap over on Art Geeks.

Oh, and I ended up with an extra book for one of YOU!  My last background technique book giveaway ended up setting a record for the most views of my blog, and the most comments.  I’d like to see if I can set another record.  Small things amuse small minds.  lol  So, if you want the book, “like” my video, and leave a comment on this post.  I will pick a winner one week from today – September 7, 2013.

iStencils Week at Art Geeks – New Video!

It’s iStencils week at Art Geeks!  If you aren’t a member of Art Geeks, yet, click on over and join.  This week, each of the five instructors, including moi, will be posting a video using iStencils!  And, for Art Geeks members only, iStencils is offering a discount off YOUR ENTIRE stencil purchase!  And, iStencils has over 2600 stencils to choose from.

Today is my turn to post a video, so I thought I may as well post it here, as well!  🙂  Enjoy!

Here is the finished page:

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Art Journal Flip – Video

Hello my friends!  I made a video last night with my webcam.  I have had this webcam for a couple of years, but have never been able to figure out how to get audio with it.  I’ve been making my videos with my little point and shoot camera, which works fine, but has limited space, so I got annoyed with having to stop recording, upload to my computer, and continue recording, and all my footage is broken into smaller clips.  So, with the help of an online friend (thank you, Christy!), I got the audio working, and recorded my video.  That part was easy.  So, now the fun part starts – the editing.  I imported all the footage into Windows Live Movie Maker, and begun to play.  I generally enjoy the video editing.  I guess it’s because I get to be creative with animations, and special effects.  So, after several hours of editing (yes, hours!), I’m almost finished, when the program crashes.  The computer screen goes blank, and nothing will work.  Restart the computer.  Safe mode.  Nope.  It’s gone.  I had to start again from scratch.  This time, I remember to SAVE FREQUENTLY!  But, after just a couple of minutes, it crashes again.  And again.  And again.  grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  So, I chat a bit with some of my fellow video makers, and it seems that using a webcam isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  There seems to be some kind of a compatibility issue with WLMM.  So, back to using my little point-n-shoot until I can do some research and figure out what kind of camcorder I should get.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I’m on a PC, with Windows 7, and Windows Live Movie Maker for editing.  ANYONE?  I would really appreciate some help with my research.

So, I did eventually get my video finished – with very few animations and special effects.  It’s an art journal flip of my pages from Christy Sobolewski’s 30 Pages in 90 Days class.  I was able to complete 15 out of the 30 pages (not all of them are in the video, just in case you’re counting lol).  I did a couple of them in other journals until I decided to take a journal apart and work on the loose pages, like Christy does in her class.  She is running one more live class, and registration is open now.  The class will start on June 10.  This will be the last live class.  After that, the class will be offered in a self-study format.  I highly recommend the live class.  Although there are certainly some advantages to the live class (immediate gratification), the community of the live class is a fantastic experience.

So, here’s my vid:

Art Journaling Video – Day 26 of 30 Days with Gulfsprite

This was such a fun page!  The next live class of 30 Pages in 90 Days with Gulfsprite (Christy Sobolewski) starts on June 1st.  I cannot say enough good about this class.  It is so packed with instruction, delivered in such wonderful style.  My video is my interpretation of one of her lessons.

Here’s the finished page:

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