Sunday, July 26, 2015

Analysis paralysis

Boy "analysis paralysis" can really get it the way. I finished this pattern days ago.

But I started wondering should I be posting these to my blog or to Instagram or something I don't know about yet? Is the advise I am reading online already dated? I know I can post to multiple platforms, but they have different form factors and I only have a limited amount of time to dedicate to social media. I need to be precise and accurate if this is going to help my business.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Travel Journal Primer 2, The Book

The best book is the book you will actually write/sketch in.

That being said I have some insights from my years of sketching and writing in all sorts of books.
So the are thousands of journals out in the market that are perfectly suitable for a travel journal.  You can also bind your own book.  Binding your own journal means you have the most amount of flexibly in what the bones of it are, but it takes time.  These days I have to chose my projects very carefully because time is not infinite the way it was before baby. 

There are are so many wonderful and inspiring books on how to hand make your own journal.  A couple of my favorite authors are Shereen LaPlantz and Alisa Golden.Your binding and paper options are limitless. However today I am going to focus on store bought journals, and what I like to consider when purchasing one for a travel journal.

Here is what I like in a travel journal and why:
Paper: although it can be overkill for just writing and add extra thickness and weight, I love watercolor paper.  That means I can use paint and glue without the pages wrinkling.  Several of my journals are in heavy sketching/drawing paper and came out fine but watercolor paper is the bomb! 135lb is a good weight. It also holds up better if I get caught in the rain or drop it in wet grass or such. 

You also may have a choice of lined or gridded paper.  Although I love grid paper, watercolor paper always come blank sadly.
Note: just found some interesting books of Mixed Media paper.  Have not used these yet but going to order now and let you know.

Binding: strong because you don't want pages falling out over the Great wall of China obviously.  I like that spiral bound books can be folded over, but that does not outweigh the annoyance of resting my hand on the metal spiral half the time.  (Although the spirals make great places to hang charms or treasures you collect along the way.)  So I mostly go for a stitched binding that opens flat.
Cover:  although heavier and bulkier than soft covers I like hard covers for the support when the only flat surface to work on is my other hand.

Thickness: how many pages?  That is really going to depend on you and how much you will use your journal.  I would much rather have too many than not enough pages, but who says you can't add more along the way.

Size: Once you start being choosy about all these other form factors, something has got to give unless you want to go back to binding your own.  (I have never actually found the "perfect" journal that fits all my ideals.)  I like square, 5x5 or 7x7 but not many journals are made square.  Just remember the more places you take it the more times you will use it.  So a giant notebook can hinder best intentions, although tiny journals can be limiting their own right.  

My Pick: Moleskine Landscape Watercolor Notebook it meets almost all of my ideals I listed.  

One other note- you can always add some specialty papers to a plain hum-drum notebook. Have you found the perfect journal writing or sketching but know you want to use some

wet media?
Just glue in a couple pieces of watercolor paper in the front or the back or scattered throughout. Viola!
I will talk more in depth about adding paper in a future post. If you want you can use on old book and do an altered journal for your trip. My big hesitation there is the integrity of the binding so keep that in mind. I would prefer to use pages from an old book to add to my travel journal instead.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday, I mean Wednesday again

So we come back to Friday for my Weekly Pattern Wednesday with Lynn Krawczyk.  Her weekly play has kept me going when I really did not feel the blogging or social network thing.  Some days I am all over it and other days not so much.  But as Lynn demonstrates constancy keeps us coming back. Thanks Lynn!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Where do these watercolors come from?

How funny that the work I most consistently produce now is watercolor.

They are not very sophisticated but I like them and they are fun to execute. I can finish them in a short amount of time and I don't think about them that much. I guess this is actually part of my mapping motherhood. I can grab a few moments and produce something I am proud of. I suppose with a toddler tugging at my legs and asking what is this and that and needing milk or spinach or goldfish or dogs. I am not sure why I have to identify myself as a certain kind of artist but, it makes me feel good.  So I am a watercolorist for now.

If you are interested in any of my watercolors or other work please contact me
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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Holiday Fall Behind and Posting vs Promoting

Oooo I had not realized how easy it is to fall behind posting when it comes to a holiday. (Happy 4th of July!) I was not out of town but just the change in schedule made a difference to me.  Not that I have the most rock solid schedule to begin with. I have all these half baked posted ready for pictures and editing, but alas that is not so easy on my phone.  I still turn to my laptop to make my more enriched posts. The chaos caused by one holiday really makes that challenging.

However one thing I have been doing with my time is making my posTTaska email mailing list more robust.  I read in a couple places (one very helpful website is The Abundant Artist) is the importance of controlling how, when, and where your followers see your communications.  An email list is the only way to really maintain that control.  Yes I am researching some other ways to present my art outside of basic social media.  If you have some ideas that have worked for you I would love to hear about them in the comments.

So now my mailing list is growing, and I am starting up a regular newsletter called Mysteriosity that should be fun and engaging to the readers.  I do love feed back and would love to hear what you want to see in Mysteriosity: current and past posTTaska works, things I find inspiring, more photos less words, more words less photos, technique tutorials, video demonstrations, group art challenges ...?  Tell me what you think.  I have made a commitment to replying to all comments that come in. It takes a village to raise a child, but it takes a hive to make a culture.

Let's get this art party started.  The first edition of Mysteriosity will launch this week while I am traveling to Santa Fe, NM.  Talk about an inspiring place.  I know it is cheesy, but they got it right when they named it the Land of Enchantment!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Too excited not to post: What is Mine, What is Yours

I can't believe it! I actually finished a "real" piece of art!  What a huge weight lifted from my shoulders.  Not making art is a terrible burden for me to bear.

(Forgive the poor photo quality, but this will take some time to shoot correctly with details. And I was just too excited.)

"What is Mine, What is Yours" has been wanting get out of my head for so long.  I think I started this over a year ago? I am not the woman nor the same artist I was when I started it. This is a powerful piece, and its message is sharp. However making it is helping me understand the changes I am experiencing and getting acquainted with the woman I have  become.

Look to the trees #posttaska #distressedfx

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