Design Team Introductions

30 Oct

I’m excited to announce my new Design Team. These wonderful, talented women are going to be working on tutorials and projects and ideas for Blue Twig Studio over the next 6 months. Each of them brings their own creative and passionate energy to the mix and I’m looking forward to seeing what they do. I urge you to visit their blogs (which are listed next to their names below) and support them too.

Here are the Design Team bios, in no particular order. I just want you to get to know them a little bit better and then watch for their tutorials and projects in the upcoming months.

 

 

Deborah Pace –  http://dpavcreations.blogspot.com/

Deborah Pace

Deborah A. Pacé is an award winning Multi/Mixed Media Artist and Workshop Instructor. She is a Certified Zentangle Teacher and Sulky Instructor. Deborah has been published in “ZenDoodles: Tons of Tangles” published by Northlight Books. She started in Fashion at the age of 12 and from there her interests and talents grew. She is not only a quilt artist & designer, but a fiber artist as well. Along with quilting, Deborah makes and sells jewelry and paper art. She is currently working on designing a Tangle Pattern Market Bag for sale in the near future. Her interests are always growing and she is always working and experimenting on new designs and learning new techniques. Deborah is a member of Toastmasters, Quilt Visions, WAC (Wearable Arts Connection), and volunteers at Steven’s Hope for Children.

Lynnita Knoch – http://lynnitaknoch.blogspot.com/

Lynnita Knoch

 Lynnita Knoch, PhD, artist and quilter.

Currently a resident of Chandler, AZ, I enjoy being creative by doodling, painting, quilting and reading. Creativity is my therapy, while reading opens up many exciting worlds. Creativity started young, with both my grandmothers teaching me sewing and needle arts, while my mother encouraged drawing. I received ribbons at high school art fairs.  Clothing design kept me busy into my mid-thirties.  After reading Betty Edward’s Drawing on the Right-Side of the Brain, inspired to draw and paint, I joined an oil and colored pencil group, led by Leonard Baer, a retired illustrator. We exhibited our work at several venues around the Phoenix-metro area, where I was able to sell my artwork and receive commissions.  Motivated by everyday experiences and nature to explore different mediums and various methods, my repertoire has expanded, which currently involves colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed-media, pen and ink, fibers and art quilts.  Initially, thinking to enhance my quilting, I soon found Zentangles to be a fun, relaxing process for drawing exciting works of art.

My main goal is to create works of art that give me pleasure and to continue to sell, publish, and exhibit my work, as well as, teach others. However, having someone else be inspired by my artwork and sharing the joy creativity brings me would be the ultimate! Meanwhile, life continues on a path of creative discovery.

I’ve had four pieces of artwork published in Zen Doodles: Tons of Tangles edited by NorthLight, September 2013, with five more pieces being published in Zen Doodles: Oodles of Doodles edited by NorthLight, December 2014, where I am also a spotlight artist. I also hold a couple of patents and published several articles in engineering journals and presentations at conferences from when I worked in the semiconductor field.

 

I live with my wonderful husband, two ornery Jack Russell terriers, a huge aquarium of South African cichlids, and my husband’s reptiles. We have 3 grown children, two grandsons, two granddaughters, and a granddaughter excited to join us in Feb 2015.

Joy Hellman – https://joyscreativespace.wordpress.com/

Joy Hellman

Joy Hellman is a multimedia artist which means she works or plays with anything and everything creative. Currently she is exploring the beauty of Styrofoam and the alchemy of transforming “green” material into beautiful art which people wear. She is also starting back on creating her pipe cleaner art dolls and getting them ready for the holidays. People love her blessing and Heirloom angels, Fantasy Fairies, and now her Itsy Bitsys .

 Joy also teaches art to children and adults and facilitates women’s creativity mixed media workshops and face book groups as well as online classes, art videos, and affirmation audio. As a creative coach, she also loves working with other inspiring dreamers to create their creative vision. Along with all that Joy Hellman loves to create and is inspired by life around her. She says ‘Creativity is my passion and it is what keeps me young at heart… Creativity is my  joy.’

Kristin Peterson - http://alteredstatesstudio.blogspot.com/

Kristin Peterson

My name is Kristin Peterson. I live in the midwest in a small rural town with my husband and kids. I am a third generation artist who prefers the abstract and mixed media. My usual medium is acrylic paints, however, I have been known to work in watercolor and some pastels. Sewing on anything, including paper, is also a passion. I love vintage books and enjoy working the papers into my art work. I have been on a variety of design teams and have multiple publications with one of my most recent, being featured on the cover of Cloth Paper Scissors as well as having my cards and technique featured in the magazine.

 

 

 

Stay tuned for posts from each of these lovely ladies in the near future. I know I am looking forward to getting to know them better and see their amazing work here at Blue Twig Studio.

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

Day 60 of 100 Days to 100%

28 Oct

Another 10 days have just flew by. See, 100 days isn’t that long and it isn’t that hard to do. I hope you are busy making strides with your own 100 day challenge.

I believe in the benefits of practicing Zentangle®. It is relaxing, de-stressing, calming, meditative, and creative. Seems perfect to me. I completed my 10 tangled pieces as well as a couple extras, as I was doing the names of my kids. So bonus Zentangle time this week.

I do appreciate that you can mix and match the patterns over and over again and never repeat yourself. I also love that you can create variations on the patterns so that they seem new and refreshing. You can work large or small, detailed or simple, colored or black and white. There really is no end to the possibilities.

I am a CZT – certified Zentangle teacher and teach classes in my shop. I can do group classes or private classes. I can also make arrangements to come to you and teach. I encourage everyone to take the Basics class to help you understand the principles behind Zentangle. Then you can just take off with it and go in whatever direction you choose.

My next Intro to Zentangle Basics classes are Nov 19th at 10am or Dec 6th at noon.

#100daysto100percent

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio - 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

Week 43 – 365 days of Art Challenge

28 Oct

Week 43 – WOW! How are you doing with your challenge? Are you still following through? Have you had some setbacks? It is OK if you have. Just keep going forward.

Here is this week’s little bits – inchies and twinchies and tweenchies. People always ask how big (or little) these are. Even though it says right in the name, it seems hard to believe. The inchies are one inch squares (about the size of a quarter). The twinchies seem downright huge after working on an inchie and they are two inch squares. The tweenchies are in between. A one inch by two inch rectangle. The whole years worth fits into a small ziploc baggie. Little bits. :)

Here is my sketch for the week. I was just playing with using markers instead of pencils. Like drawing comic books.  It was kind of fun to do.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

Please share your challenge too. See you next week.

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

Book Club – Thinkertoys

26 Oct

We had our 2nd book club meeting about Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko. We still had some people who hadn’t read the entire book, but had looked through some of the chapters and found some stuff they thought was interesting. To be fair, it is a really long book with lots of information in it. And if you stop and take time to do any of the exercises, it will take you even longer to read.

Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko

Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko

Thinkertoys is a book about changing how you think. It is designed for business, with plenty of real-world examples of the various exercises. But I know you can use many of these ideas in other ways. Perhaps in your relationships or your household, and in your art and creativity.

I loved this book. I enjoyed the various exercises and the case studies and all the optical illusions and mind games too. I found it very informative and entertaining.

I love reading. I read all the time. But I have to remember that reading about something is not the same thing as doing it. I admit I fall prey to the notion that if I read instructions for something, then I must know how to do it. :)

However, reading and studying and researching is NOT the same as doing. So as I read the book, I kept thinking that it made perfect sense, that I could see the logic of the steps, that I could totally see these ideas working for me and my business too. Yet, when I actually started working through some of the exercises, I found them to be a bit more difficult to do than I had expected. The logic that the author explains didn’t quite translate to the same logic for my business. Hmmmm.

What I realized, is that even when we are trying to think differently and challenge our typical mindset, we still tend to think the same way we always have. We see the same connections, the same analogies, the same conclusions. Even if we are able to reach outside of our comfort zone a little bit, it is just that – only a little bit. Our brains work in similar ways and follow similar paths and lead to similar conclusions.

When I did some of the exercises, I had fun doing them and TRYING to think outside of the box, but had limited luck really managing to do that. I came to the conclusion that it is difficult to actually think quite differently. We are so used to following our train of thought in a particular way, that we struggle to truly think differently. I came up with some new ideas, but they weren’t really overly unique and original. I think what may help, is to do the exercises with somebody else. Especially somebody that thinks differently than you do, or is in a different line of work, or has a different education than you do. Then when you work on the exercises together, you should get some new and interesting ideas.

That is my new plan – enlist some help with the exercises so I can create new and innovative ideas for my business and my art. Woo hoo!!!!

 

We discussed what books to read in the upcoming months. We decided to list the next 3 months books, so you have time to find the books, perhaps get them from the library or look for them used somewhere. And have plenty of time to read them. Please join us in person for the discussion group or join us here on the blog and add your own insights and discussion.

Nov – The Private Lives of the Impressionists by Sue Roe
Dec – Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L’Amour
Jan- Frida: A biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera

Please join the Book Club! It’s fun and interesting and you never know what you might learn and what might inspire you. Our next meeting is Nov 28th at 1pm.

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

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Day 50 – 100 days to 100%

21 Oct

As you know, my computer and camera have been having issues getting along. They still aren’t playing well together, but at least I can get to my photos now. So the Day 50 post is a couple days late, but better late than never, right?

I have been doing the daily Zentangle®, although a couple of days I did use tangles that were already started or already finished. But they are all tangles I have done, just maybe not completely on that particular day. As you can see from the photos, some are big, some are small, some are colored, some are more complex, and others are quite basic.

Zentangle allows you to adjust what you are creating depending on your time and your materials. I really like that. And since there are NO mistakes in Zentangle, everything you do is just exactly what you were supposed to do. :)

I hope you enjoy seeing these and I hope you are busy with your own 100 days to 100% challenge.

#100daysto100percent

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

Week 41 and 42 – 365 days of Art

21 Oct

My computer and camera are still not playing nicely together, but I think I can access my photos now. So I will catch up on a couple weeks of the 365 days of art challenge. Weeks 41 and 42 are now done!

Lots of inchies and twinchies and tweenchies. I always have fun with these. Trying new ideas, using up bits and pieces of leftover projects, combining stuff. So here are 2 weeks worth of little bits.

I didn’t do so well with sketching though. Only managed to play around with one sketch. And it isn’t really a sketch. More just random doodling using some chalk pencils I have.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

I’d love to hear about your own 365 days of art challenge.

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

Week 41 – 365 days of art

14 Oct

Well I am supposed to do my Week 41 post, but I am having trouble getting the photos from my camera to my computer. Something isn’t working right, so I will have to figure it out.  No doubt having to do with my recent computer problems.

I will post when I have some photos to share. I know there is a fix that I’m not seeing right now. So I will step back and just breathe.

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd  – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

Day 40 – 100 days to 100%

8 Oct

We are at Day 40 of our Round 2 of 100 days to 100% challenge. My how the time does fly. :)

We often try to make changes in bunches. We get the urge to ‘fix’ something or ‘be better’ at something and that leads to one other thing that we ‘should’ do and that leads to something else, and on and on and on. We think we need to do it all at once, which creates overwhelm.  I’m saying that we don’t have to do it that way.

There is always going to be something you want to change or something new to try. Life is a process, and we have to remember that. Even in this instant gratification world we live in now, some things take time to do. And much as we would like to believe it, everything doesn’t get done at once. So give yourself a break now and then. (and yes I know I need to practice what I preach)

Choose your challenges. Choose your journey. And make the most of what you choose to do. As each little bit starts to fall into place, the rest will soon follow. Each new challenge gets easier to do because you have laid the groundwork (just like making art!).

 

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

 

This round of 100 days to 100% I have been focusing on doing a Zentangle® bit of art every day. I love doing it and am happy I chose something that was important to me, but also easy for me to do. If I only have 10 minutes I can do something small and simple. If I have a couple of hours I can do something more complicated and detailed. Perfect.  It reminds me of why I love being an artist and being in the creative business. Doing something artistic every single day is good for my well-being (and I am sure it is good for yours too).

 

Enjoy your own challenge.

#100daysto100percent

~deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

Week 40 – 365 days of art

7 Oct

Week 40 is done. We are into the last quarter of the year, so we are nearly finished with the challenge. Wow.

Here are this week’s inchies and twinches and tweenchies. Looks like I liked the tweenchie size best this week. :)

And here is another landscape sketch.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

Have a great week! And keep up the good work on your own challenge.

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

On The Road ATCs

6 Oct

I have the On The Road ATCs here and they are a lot of fun. Lots of cool ideas, and a number of the ATCs have related quotes on the back too. I love when people decorate the front and the back of the ATCs. As always, I love every one of them and I appreciate everyone who sent some in this month.

We only had 18 entries this month. :(  But they are awesome. Somebody will be a lucky winner. Here they are, in no particular order.

And the winner this month is………ta ta ta da………Lynnita Knoch. Congrats and I will get your ATCs to you right away. Thanks so much for playing and I hope you will participate again next month. The October theme is WILD WILD WEST! Yee-haw!

~deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

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