my top ten tools

MY TOP TEN TOOLS FOR CREATING

I am excited to be sharing my top ten tools over at artistsnetwork.com today.


I rarely replace my supplies for new ones, but instead cycle through my favorites, adding to them one paint color, one pencil, one creamy pastel at a time.

In avoiding the temptation of always having what is new on the art store shelves I find myself staying true to my style, creating with the tools and colors that are unique to my work.

I have always been a firm believer that you have to observe and experiment with a wide assortment of supplies before you can really speak to what your favorites might be. 

To read the full article tap the button below. You’ll find more of my favorite go-to tools in my new book, Paint, Play, Explore, which is a must-have for your creative library.

STAY INSPIRED - 5 TECHNIQUES

5 ASTONISHING ART TECHNIQUES

I am honored to be over at Cloth Paper Scissors as the Artist of the Month

“Rae Missigman is our Artist of the Month for September, and we’re so happy to spotlight this artist and her unique art techniques. Rae brings so much vibrancy and excitement to mixed-media art, and her work has inspired countless artists—and me!

As we celebrate Rae this month, we rounded up some of her most eye-opening techniques, ones that you can start incorporating in your own artwork today. You’ll find many of them, and more, in her new book, Paint, Play, Explore, which is a must-have for your creative library. Read on for great art tips from Rae!”

Creative Jumpstart is on Sale


Last chance to get in on this creative workshop full of bite sized lesson that are perfect for all of your autumn inspiration!

Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters. 

You will have access to 31 downloadable videos from 31 featured artists until November 15th, 2018. I'm proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” 


GET A TASTE OF CREATIVE // WATCH THE VIDEO PEEK


STAY INSPIRED - 5 PROMPTS

5 ART PROMPTS FOR STAYING INSPIRED

As artists, we tend to stick to what we know. We gravitate to what feels natural, and we take comfort in the familiar. But what about the practice of trying new things? What about the exploration and the experimentation? What about the growing and stretching that gets us thinking creatively?

It’s easy to become stagnant in our art explorations, but attempting something new is often difficult. We tend to push it aside to work on things that come easy, things that we have mastered, things that make more sense to us. To help me overcome the fear of the hard stuff, I have learned to dedicate time to the straightforward tasks of both practicing what I enjoy and digging in and doing more difficult work…

EASY DIY COLLAGE PAPER

COLORFUL LAYERED & DISTRESSED // EASY DIY COLLAGE PAPER

I love creating my own collage paper and always reach for my stencils when I begin to create a new stack. Often times I will use my Gelli Plate® to layer paint and stencils to make busy colorful papers, but there I am times when I need paper fast! Today I am sharing a super easy trick for creating papers that are just as colorful and busy as those I create using my Gelli Plate® but can be created in just minutes with nothing more than paint and stencils, and a handful of household items. The bonus to this method is the papers have a lovely distressed finish on them making them one of my favorite collage papers ever!

ART MARKS 101

ArtMarks are my creative passion. Colorful repetitions that have become my favorite styling element. On my art table is the class you have requested, ArtMarks101.

In this workshop I will be teaching my comprehensive formula for creating dynamic art pieces designed for beginners and intermediate artists. We will delve deeply into the melodic, fanciful world of repetition, color and composition. Stay tuned for more details. Coming this fall.

POCKET JOURNALS


Discover the charm of working tiny with giant creativity! 

After many requests, Rae & Sandi have created a mini workshop to teach you how to create your own tiny journals. 

Join us for 13 instructional videos building your journals plus 2 BONUS videos demonstrating how to work small. Full of tips and shortcuts with loads of possibilities, you will walk away with three pocket sized art journals ready for the next 30 day challenge or anytime you want to experience the joy of working small. 


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ART JOURNAL SCHOOL

I'm excited to announce that I will be participating as an artist/instructor for Marieke Blokland's 2018 Art Journal Summer School

"Do you have lots of ideas for journaling, but when you start you feel blocked? Art Journal Summer School is the course for you!"

Bite-sized video lessons throughout the summer from your host Marieke Blokland and 12 inspiring guest teachers will get you trying new techniques and overflowing with creative ideas. Soon your journals will be filled with colourful pages of your own art and you’ll look back on your most creative summer ever!

The lesson pack can be downloaded as soon as the course starts, so if you are going to the most remote place on earth (or your WiFi doesn’t reach to the end of the garden), you will have everything you need with you.

This is the 4th summer of AJSS and every year a beautiful community blossoms around the course. People from all over the world connect over their shared love of art journaling. Perhaps you will do the course along with your best friend or as a way of spending quality creative time with your kids."


AWESOME GUEST TEACHERS FOR THE 2018 AJSS

"Bloknote Academy is thrilled to announce this year’s lineup of awesome guest teachers at Art Journal Summer School 2018, along with your BloknoteAcademy teacher Marieke Blokland (Netherlands)."

EARLY BIRD PRICING

Art Journal Summer School will start July 1st and
will be priced €105,- this year (= Approx. $125,- / £92,-)

But if you enroll AJSS before May 31st 2018,
you will get the special early bird price of €75,-  (Approx. $90,- / £66,-)

Do not hesitate and save €30,- today!  (= Approx. $35,- / £26,-)


VIBRANT BLOOMS


In this colorful and easy to create project based workshop, learn to handcraft an inked and stitched floral petaled mini tote. 

Ink, stitch, print and mark your way through this fun assemblage and learn to create using my saturated colors and signature Art Marks.  This pretty multi-use mini tote will be one that you create again and again. A perfect pouch for all of your favorite art and craft tools, a unique gift bag or an inspiring wall or door hanging-it is soon to become your go to pattern.

Discover how to add bold color to your fabric in one simple step, learn how I incorporate my four favorite messy art mark stitches to create an added element of texture to all things sewn, uncover how I create colorful fringe while keeping my table clean,  and experiment with my five minute technique for dying multi-colored ribbon– a must have studio staple.  

This handmade project highlights my most popular techniques packing a not to be missed punch. As a bonus, learn how to create not one, but two different looks when stitching your project together. 

Whether you love a messy thread laden or a clean edged finished look, this mini project workshop is packed with techniques and ideas for getting your color on this year!


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A GUIDING WORD


Staring at the blank canvas can be difficult for even the most accomplished artist. Your mind fills with a list of other things you could be doing leaving no room for confidence, creativity, and all the things you’ve ever learned. We all know that feeling…

Rae Missigman will take you on a color inspiration journey with her trio of time proven techniques to confidently add your favorite colors onto the canvas. Discover how reoccurring colors play throughout your life showing up in your jewelry, clothing and decor. Master Rae’s foolproof tips to quickly layer saturated pigments and color stacked texture creating a rich background that’s beautiful on its own.

Use Rae‘s signature repetitive Art Marks and wildly imaginative mono printing techniques to add your unique personality to the canvas while allowing a single word to guide the process. Bring your word to life by adding it to the canvas to document your journey through Color, Canvas and a Guiding Word.

In 16 videos and two hours of step by step instruction, you will uncover a course of action that enables you to face the blank canvas with confidence. Create alongside Rae as she shares the timesaving techniques she has perfected to go from Start to Inspired.


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CREATIVE JUMPSTART 2018


I'm excited to announce that I'll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2018, run for the 7th time by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear beginning January 2018. 

Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters. 

Throughout January participants get access to 31 downloadable videos from 31 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” 


GET A TASTE OF CREATIVE // WATCH THE VIDEO PEEK

You will get 31 Downloadable videos - over 6 hours of unique content -  for just $40 (USD) if you sign up by November 29 11:59 pm EST, 2017. Afterwards it will be 45USD until December 31st, 2017 before it jumps to its normal sale price of 50USD.