Weeks 27, 28 and 29

26 Jul

Here I am sharing weeks 27, 28 and 29 of the 365 days of art challenge. I am doing postcards, which are fairly easy and quite fun to do. Perhaps I didn’t really challenge myself too much by choosing the postcards, but I’m sticking with it and doing them every day and that is what matters.

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Are you doing the challenge? What are you doing and how is it going for you?

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~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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

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Easy Mixed Media Project

23 Jul

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As part of Seth Apter’s Buried Treasure blog project, I am resharing this blog post from last year. Visit Seth’s blog Altered Page to see other buried treasure blog posts.

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We recently created a fun mixed media project for our Arty Party. The Arty Party is a monthly class that is a lot of fun. Every month we do something different and always have a good time being creative. The best part of the Arty Party is that it is a mystery. You don’t get to know what the project is ahead of time. You just show up and then we start playing and creating. Everyone always does an amazing job!

For this project we started with a painted canvas board and set it aside to dry while we worked on the painted papers. (You can also use a cradled canvas.) I used black paint because I like the contrast, but you can use any color you like.

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Then we started painting our papers. Just start layering paint. I like to use the scraping method (using an old gift card…

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Who wants to join my Design Team?

20 Jul

We just finished with a 6-month design team and I’m ready to try it again. My team did a great job and I hope you enjoyed the variety of posts from them. Everyone had their own style and I appreciated what they did.

Now I’m ready to try out a new design team. If you are interested, please let me know. I will be gathering my list of potential artists and deciding who I want to have.

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Here are some general guidelines about what is expected. Once you have let me know you are interested, we will get together and go over more details. You do not have to be local to do this, even though that makes it a lot easier for both of us.

 

1.  6 month commitment

2.  monthly guest blog posts here

3.  monthly samples and tutorials

4.  participation in all store/blog challenges or contests

5.  teach at least once if at all possible (I realize schedules don’t always fit)

6. comment, share, engage on all social media platforms (facebook, twitter, instagram, blog, etc)

 

If you are interested, leave a comment below or send me an email at dlprewitt@hotmail.com. :)

 

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

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

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Coloring is Not just for Kids

8 Jul

Coloring is a fun and relaxing activity. When we are kids, we love to color. As we get older, we start thinking that coloring is only for kids. That is SO WRONG! Coloring books are amazing! Lots of fun pictures already drawn for you and all you have to do is play with the colors.

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Of course, I have always thought coloring was fun and important to our general well-being. But apparently lots of adults have never even considered the idea that they could color just like the kids do! But I’m here to tell you that you can enjoy coloring too.

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There are lots of wonderful coloring books for adults, which tend to be more detailed and intricate, but lots of kids coloring books are pretty good too!!!! There are so many different topics and themes that it is easy to find something for everyone.  This is one of my favorites.

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And these are some of my favorite tools to use. Of course, this isn’t all of them, but a good selection.

All kinds of markers to play with.

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Colored pencils are also fun to use. Like my favorite Inktense pencils.

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Or the Tombow Irotijen pencils.

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Or gel pens. So many colors and always fun to play with.

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My new favorite Derwent Graphix line markers.

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What do you like to use when coloring? Pens, pencils, markers, paint, or good old fashioned crayons?

There is a new trend that is all about adult coloring books. I can’t keep the books in the store – as soon as they come in, then they go out – which is awesome because that means people are starting to realize that coloring is for adults too!  So many options!

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It is a great way to relieve stress and lessen anxiety. It helps you focus. You can play with all the colors and let your imagination run wild. You can try out new color combinations. You can get a little bit of art fun in even when your muse is on vacation. Plus it is just plain fun!!!!

I hope you join the coloring book fun!  You can find some coloring books and coloring tools on the website or in the shop. Stop by sometime and see what you can find!

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I’m thinking of hosting a coloring book party. What do you think? Does that sound like fun to you?

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio

5039 N Academy Blvd

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

Weeks 25 and 26 of the 365 days of art challenge

7 Jul

I think I am getting caught up on these blog posts. :)

Today I am sharing weeks 25 and 26 of the 365 days of art challenge. I am doing a postcard a day and having lots of fun with it. I hope you are enjoying your challenge too.

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Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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

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Book Club Review

6 Jul

We finished reading our book club selection Creative is a Verb by Patti Digh. Have I said how much I enjoy her writing? She is funny, witty, clever, and insightful. What else could you want?

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Our discussion centered on a few points.

  • We create our own obstacles (does that make us creative).
  • Reaching out to people we need to know.
  • Awareness of what is going on.

Creating obstacles seems to be something that we do quite well. Finding those things that distract us. Thinking we aren’t good enough. Comparing ourselves to others. Thinking we need the next best something or other in order to finish. The list goes on and on. I’m sure you recognize yourself in there somewhere. So once you know you are creating obstacles – then you can stop doing it!

The chapter about sitting down to write had great tips! Of course it applies to any endeavor you are undertaking. Whether you are painting, sewing, making jewelry, composing music, or writing short stories. Just do the work!!!

Here are Patti’s pointers:

  1. Don’t set out to write a book.
  2. Sit the hell down and write.
  3. Write to write.
  4. Long to say something.
  5. Name the direction of your intention.
  6. Ignore everybody.
  7. The writing is everything.
  8. Shut up about ideal conditions.
  9. Don’t believe the hype.
  10. Read more.
  11. Don’t take one more class.
  12. Make do with the pen you have.

See what I mean about creating our own obstacles? Every thing on this list can be an obstacle to actually getting the work done!

Reaching out to people we need to know. Don’t be afraid to call someone and tell them you admire them or respect them. Don’t be afraid to ask for something you need. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to give of yourself too. You have something to offer as well.

Just pay attention and be more aware of all that is going on around you. Notice what is happening in your life. Notice the little things just as much as the big things. What makes you happy? What makes your heart sing? What makes your life complete? Find those things and embrace them!

I absolutely loved the chapter about licking the art – I actually wrote about it in last week’s newsletter. The idea is that you love a piece of art (music, sculpture, painting, etc) so much that you want to get as close as you can get to it – so close that the next logical step in your experience would be to lick the painting. Amazing! What piece of art do you love so much that you might actually want to lick it?

The entire book is full of wonderful stories and great quotes and interesting exercises.

Our next book is Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit – Learn it & Use it For Life.  

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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

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Weeks 22, 23, 24 of the 365 days of art challenge

5 Jul

Catching up with my blog posts. Today I am sharing weeks 22, 23 and 24 of the 365 days of art challenge. I’m doing a postcard a day. Just some little bit of art or color each day. Some weeks there is continuity and some weeks there isn’t. I don’t plan these ahead of time, just do what I can each day.  Sometimes I am working on something else and have scraps or bits left over. Sometimes I find some leftover bits from my studio and use those. I do use lots of words. :)

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You can always see my postcards every day on Instagram or Facebook.  Are you doing the 365 days of art challenge? How is it going? Please share!

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~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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

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Artist Interview with Suzi Dennis

27 Jun

From time to time I get new instructors in the shop, which is always a lot of fun. I like to introduce you to them via an artist interview. You get to know them and like them before you meet them in class.

This week I am talking to Suzi Dennis, who is coming to teach in August. Thanks Suzi for sharing with us and I look forward to your upcoming class (Tape it! Paper it! Collage it!).

 

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Tell us a little bit about your background – where did you grow up? What was your childhood like?

I grew up in south Arkansas, the only child of wonderful parents. We traveled a lot across the U.S. when I was growing up and I believe that is what gives me the travel urges I still have today!
Where do you live now? How long have you lived there? What do you like most about it?
I moved from South Arkansas to St. Louis when I was 43 years old and after about 6 years there I moved to my parents home on the lake in Hot Springs, Ar. I have been here with my husband John since 1995. My parents passed away and as an only child, I inherited this home. I consider myself to be very very blessed to live here. I love living on the lake! And Hot Springs is an area where lots of artists make their home and work and play. Glad to be one of them.
Have you always been interested in art? Or is it something you found later in life?
I have been doing art since about age 10 when my Mom started enrolling me in art classes. My Dad was a self taught engineer and had exceptional drawing skills and my Mom loved the needle arts, so art in some form has been in my blood since birth.
What type of art do you do? What is your favorite medium to work in?
I am mainly a Mixed Media Collage artist at present and have been for about the last 15 or so years. I had to stop painting to work in the real world and raise a family, but started back in 1987 and in 1993 started following the art fair circuit. I was into watercolor for 8 years prior to Mixed Media. It became very predictable for me and I felt a need to move on. That is what I love about Mixed Media Collage…very unpredictable. Makes me use my creative brain cells. I also make handmade journals and  love to weave and have started teaching Weaving 101 in my studio only recently.
How long have you been teaching art? Why did you decide to start teaching? What is your favorite class to teach?
After being on the road for 15 years doing art fairs, age started catching up with me and we decided it was time to “store the tent”. So in 2009 I went back to work in my other profession, nursing, and retired in 2012. At that time an artist friend of mine who has been teaching for awhile said “why don’t you do online workshops?”. I had no idea there was such a thing!! So I jumped in head first and created some online workshops and then decided to start teaching in my studio and it has snowballed from there. I teach mixed media collage, journal making and weaving and I can’t pick a favorite. My favorite thing is meeting all the people I have met and making so many new friends.
Who is your favorite artist? How have they influenced you in your art?
Love Van Gogh and loved him even more after seeing his work in person in Chicago several years back. I love color and texture which he provides both of. I really am attracted to all kinds of art and different artists, but he is at the top of the list. Modern day I am mesmerized with the work of David Galchutt who I also call friend.
Where do you get your inspiration from? 
Everywhere. And most of my work is spiritual. As a Christian I draw much of my inspiration from the Bible. I also have 4 cats and for some reason, cats and birds usually wind up in my pieces! 
Do you have a favorite art quote to share? 
“I dream of painting, then I paint my dream” – Van Gogh (of course)
Where can we find you? 
And of course, she will be here at Blue Twig Studio teaching a fabulous 2-day class Aug 15th & Aug 16th. If you are in the area, I hope you can join the fun. Click this link for more info about the class.  Here is a quick video clip from Suzi herself!
I love Van Gogh too and I draw a lot of inspiration from his use of texture and color and intensity. His life story is also amazing.
~Deb
Let Your Inner Artist out to Play
Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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Whisper Challenge

25 Jun

Our self-expressions group meets here at the shop every month. We are primarily a discussion group (topics vary but generally are related to art or creativity in some way). But we also do a challenge project every year. We have had fun with our projects and it is always exciting to see what everyone creates. We have a wide variety of artistic people in our group, ranging from quilting to fiber art to paper arts to jewelry makers to painters and pretty much everything in between. Which is why the challenges are always so interesting to do.

Our challenges usually start with a basic parameter of size or sub-strata to be used. Then there is either a topic or theme of some kind that we are pursuing. After that it is all up to the artist to decide what they are creating.

This challenge is called a Whisper challenge – or sometimes it is called a Telephone challenge. Remember the game of Telephone when we were kids? One person whispers in the ear of the next person some phrase or comment. Then each person whispers in the next person’s ear and it keeps going around the room until the last person tells out loud what they heard. Invariably it is nowhere near what the original phrase was, and laughter and hilarity follows.

For our group – the Whisper challenge was done this way. We all started with a 12×12 stretched canvas (a very nice size to work on), and each person had one month to work on their piece, so a total of 4 months from start to finish for the challenge.  One person took a photo of something that was to be used as our original whisper. We then divided into 4 groups of 4 people each, with each person given a number 1, 2, 3, or 4 within their group. The #1 person in each group received a copy of the photo to use as their source of inspiration. We could do an exact copy of the photo or pull one small section of the photo out or take the photo and use it as inspiration to create something entirely different. No rules!

The #1 person then gave their finished piece to the #2 person in their group. The #2 person did NOT get to see the original photo, only the finished piece from #1. They were then to take that piece and create their own piece, pulling out whatever inspired them. The #2 person then gave their finished piece to #3, but #3 did NOT get to see the photo or the piece from #1. #3 gave their finished piece to #4, who did NOT see any of the other pieces or the original photo either. You get the picture.

Some of the group took their inspiration from the style or the subject matter, some people took it from the colors, some people took it from some small part, some people took inspiration from the feelings that were inspired.

At the Big Reveal party, we had each group share their art, starting with #1, then #2, then #3, then #4. It was quite interesting to see how each group progressed. After we all shared what we had created, then we showed everyone the original photo that was used. So much fun!

 

Here is the original photo that was used for the challenge.

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Here is group #1 and their interpretation.

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Here is group #2.

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Here is group #3.

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Here is group #4.

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It was interesting to note that the #1 person in each group pulled the grid from the windows and the tree to focus on. Then each person after that just took off with the interpretation. Very cool!

There is lots of variety in these pieces, lots of texture (which is hard to see in the photos), lots of different mediums used, and amazing creativity. These pieces will be hanging in the shop for awhile so stop by to see them in person if you get the chance.

This was a fun challenge and we will definitely do it again at some point. Perhaps you could do a similar challenge with your own art groups.

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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Weeks 19, 20, 21 of the 365 days of Art challenge

22 Jun

I am sharing 3 weeks of postcards today (and I am still behind). I love doing the 365 days of art challenge. It is a way of making myself do something creative every day – even if it is 5 minutes spraying paint on paper. It isn’t important what I do, but that I DO it!

I do admit that sometimes I am tired and don’t really want to do anything, but I make myself do something, even if it is finding some old leftover something or other and cutting it down to postcard size and using that! Other times, I am energized and full of possibilities and love getting to make my postcard and seeing what unfolds.

I do post the daily postcards on Instagram and on Facebook, so you can always follow me that way.

Here are 3 weeks worth of postcards. Enjoy.

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Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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