Interview with Felicia Borges – Radiant Art Journals Teacher Interviews

Let me present to you an interview with the wonderful Felicia Borges!

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Tell us in one sentence what it is you do?

As the creator of the ART JOURNAL REBELLION, I inspire fellow artists to embrace a “There are no rules!” approach and to challenge their perceptions and the status quo.

What is your favourite colour palette?

As an artist that is inspired by street art, graffiti, and many forms of art from around the world, my color palette is pretty bright, bold, and eclectic.

What is your (current) favourite art supply?

I am an instant gratification girl and like working with my fingers. Therefore, Uni Posca paint pens are something I reach for on a regular basis. Rarely do I create an art journal page without them being used in some way. But I wouldn’t encourage others to run out and buy a set of Uni Posca paint pens. If you want to try them, just get one or two. If you like them, get one or two more. I also hate watching paint dry so I can’t live without my heat gun. Other than that it’s mixed media for me, baby! (Translation: I can do whatever I want and change my mind frequently.)

One of the biggest mistakes I made as a new art journaler was to rush out and buy sets of everything that I saw others talking about on FB, demonstrating on YouTube, etc. I have found that rarely do I need the whole set (How many shades of yellow do you need? Really?!?!). More often than not, I get bored with an art supply, decide it’s not for me, and move on to something else. Use up what you’ve got! And when you need more or want to try something new, just get a small amount (art supply stores sell singles of most brands). You don’t need the full set!

What does your motto ‘there are no rules’ mean to you and what do you think it can do for people who are also into art journaling?

Back in 2010, when I first started art journaling and began connecting with the online art journal community as a whole, I found myself saying “Hey! Hold on! Wait a minute! There are no rules!” as a response to so many questions and comments that were being made by fellow artists. There are a lot of preconceived notions about art, art journaling, who is an artist, what is art, what is “good” art, what supplies “should” be used and the “best” way to use them, etc. Says who?!?!

My motto, “There are no rules!” is a constant reminder to me (and to others) to question everything, including our own preconceived notions and self-limiting beliefs, and the silly made-up and completely irrelevant “rules” that we impose on ourselves and others. In 2015 I created the “Art Journal Rebellion” (through my Facebook page) and now regularly post (rant?) about these concepts. I also post challenges to the status quo, inspirational food for thought, etc. Most recently I’ve been encouraging folks to make the transition from my Facebook page over to the “Art Journal Rebellion” Facebook group. This is bigger than me and it is my sincere hope that the group will continue to grow and evolve. You can find it here:
www.facebook.com/groups/ArtJournalRebellion

What new exciting thing is coming next in the world of Felicia Borges?

I am excited to be making my online teaching debut in “Radiant II: Art Journals” hosted by the one and only Ms. Effy Wild. Online teaching is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. The technology side of it just hasn’t been something I was super motivated to learn about. But so far (at least with “Radiant II: Art Journals”) the tech side hasn’t been as awful as I thought it would be and I’m now eager to challenge my self-limiting belief and branch out on my own and try it. I’ve created a face-to-face Meetup for the ART JOURNAL REBELLION in Northern California and I am excited to get going on that. Imagine raucous head-to-head art journaling challenges, relay races, speed art journaling, etc. (This ain’t your momma’s art journaling!). My “Kiln Formed Graffiti Glass” is also starting to pop up in local galleries in Northern California. I am just getting started, people!

Where can we find you online?

Please connect with me at any of the following:
www.feliciaborges.com
www.facebook.com/FeliciaBorgesMixedMediaArtist
www.facebook.com/groups/ArtJournalRebellion (home of the Art Journal Rebellion!)
www.pinterest.com/FeliciaBorges
www.youtube.com/FeliciaBorges
www.instagram.com/FeliciaBorges and #ArtJournalRebellion
www.psimakers.com (Northern California face-to-face classes and meetup location)
http://www.meetup.com/Felicia-Borges-Artist-Mixed-Media-Art-Classes-Meetup (stay connected and learn about upcoming Northern California face-to-face and online classes)

Some older online content (no longer really maintained but content may be of interest to art journalers):
www.flickr.com/FeliciaBorges
http://feliciathejournaljunkie.blogspot.com

Here are some examples of Felicia’s striking and evocative style of art

Felicia Borges | feliciaborges.com

Felicia Borges | feliciaborges.com

Felicia Borges | feliciaborges.com

Sweet Child o Mine | Felicia Borges | feliciaborges.com

On 1 October Effy Wild’s new course Radiant: Art Journals launches to the world! It will be a veritable mixed media art journaling buffet of lessons served up by 14 guest teachers plus Effy herself! I’m proud to be among the inspiring line-up of teachers and here on my blog I’ve lined up interviews with all the teachers for you to get to know them a bit better! If you’d like to join us creating wonderful art journal spreads, you can still sign up.

Interview with Juna Biagioni – Radiant Art Journals Teacher Interviews

Let me present to you an interview with the wonderful Juna Biagioni!

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Tell us in one sentence what it is you do?

I like to call myself a mixed media artist & explorer: my main focuses are mixed media, art journaling and monoprinting, and I also love to paint and draw faces.

What is your favourite colour palette?

It varies. I often like to use a more muted colour scheme, but for my monoprints I mostly use bright colours.

What is your (current) favourite art supply?

At the moment I love to work with soft pastels. It’s such a direct medium: just pigment contained in a little binder. You don’t have to let anything dry, or mix it up, or use any tools. It’s very opaque, so perfect for layering. And you can create great texture with it as well!

What is the significance of painting/drawing faces for you?

It’s huge! Currently all I do is creating faces. I make them in my art journals and also as separate paintings and drawings. What I love about it, is that you can give the face expression and emotion, which helps to give the artwork a certain meaning and depth. I love it when people start to create stories around the portraits I make!

What new exciting thing is coming next in the world of Juna Biagioni?

I will be teaching online! I am a guest teacher in two fantastic online courses: the Art Journal Summer School, which started on July 1st, and Radiant II, which starts October 1st. I’m so honoured to be part of a great line-up of teachers, in both courses!

And another huge milestone for me is that I am currently developing my own online course on making portraits, called Drawing in the Soul. In this course I will teach how I create my portraits and focus on how I give them expression, emotion and soul. The course is scheduled to start in the fall of this year. People who are interested can find all the information on my website.

Where can we find you online?

Website: www.junabiagioni.com
Blog: www.blog.junabiagioni.com
Shop: www.shop.junabiagioni.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/junabiagioni
Facebook: www.facebook.com/juna.biagioni.art
Instagram: http://instagram.com/junabiagioni
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/junabiagioni
Twitter: http://twitter.com/JunaBiagioniArt

People can sign-up for my newsletter here: www.junabiagioni.com/home-newsletter. This also gives access to a free video tutorial on making portraits, exclusively for newsletter subscribers.

Here are some examples of Juna’s evocative and ethereal style of art

Under my Skin | Juna Biagioni | junabiagioni.com

Art Journal | Juna Biagioni | junabiagioni.com

Art Journal | Juna Biagioni | junabiagioni.com

Art Journal | Juna Biagioni | junabiagioni.com

On 1 October Effy Wild’s new course Radiant: Art Journals launches to the world! It will be a veritable mixed media art journaling buffet of lessons served up by 14 guest teachers plus Effy herself! I’m proud to be among the inspiring line-up of teachers and here on my blog I’ve lined up interviews with all the teachers for you to get to know them a bit better! If you’d like to join us creating wonderful art journal spreads, you can still sign up.

Interview with France Papillon – Radiant Art Journals Teacher Interviews

Let me present to you an interview with the wonderful France Papillon!

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Tell us in one sentence what it is you do?

I have fun, telling my story with textures, colors and shapes. Or in more grown up words: I create mixed media art with a focus on art journaling.

What is your favourite colour palette?

It depends on my mood. Often I reach for blues or purple. But it always includes rust. Always!

What is your (current) favourite art supply?

Autumn Leaf Primary elements from ColourArte. It’s like rust in jar!

Your art has such a grungy/shabby feel to it, but you also do more colourful work. Is there a difference for you whether you work with a more muted palette or a colourful one?

Yes, again, it all depends on my mood. But I think, whether it is grungy or colourful, it’s very often very organic. Especially since a couple of months. The result of the influence of life, I guess…

What new exciting thing is coming next in the world of France Papillon?

I so wish I could spill the beans, because there are a couple of huge things coming. But I’m forced to keep the secret! Only a couple of weeks now before I can tell :)))

Where can we find you online?

Website: www.france-papillon.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/francepapillon
Facebook: www.facebook.com/StudioFrancePapillon

Here are some examples of France’s amazing shabby and rustic style of art

France Papillon | france-papillon.com

France Papillon | france-papillon.com

France Papillon | france-papillon.com

On 1 October Effy Wild’s new course Radiant: Art Journals launches to the world! It will be a veritable mixed media art journaling buffet of lessons served up by 14 guest teachers plus Effy herself! I’m proud to be among the inspiring line-up of teachers and here on my blog I’ve lined up interviews with all the teachers for you to get to know them a bit better! If you’d like to join us creating wonderful art journal spreads, you can still sign up.

Interview with Tangie Baxter – Radiant Art Journals Teacher Interviews

Let me present to you an interview with the wonderful Tangie Baxter!

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Tell us in one sentence what it is you do?

I am an art facilitator, passionate about art journaling, on a mission to help people discover their birthright, a life full of creativity.

FAVORITE COLOR PALETTE | Tangie Baxter | tangiebaxter.comWhat is your favourite colour palette?

I love vintage color palettes, especially turquoise and red together. (on the right is an image of one of my favorite palettes you can use!)

What is your (current) favourite art supply?

I have always loved (and probably always will) Neocolor II’s from Caran d’Nache. I also love Peerless watercolors.

You are prolific with all your ideas & projects! Please give us an insight into where you get your inspiration from?

I really truly am inspired by everything around me! I know it sounds so cliche’, but it couldn’t be truer. My mind never shuts down…ever. I see art, opportunity and creativity everywhere. I am constantly thinking how I can make things, redo things, teach things and wondering what I can do to encourage people to BELIEVE that they were BORN creative. We are creative beings, and to deny that about oneself makes for a very unhappy soul. Too many people associate “natural talent to draw” as being an artist, that simply isn’t true. A true artist finds a way to express themselves, the finished piece is secondary to the process. I’m very passionate about this and it is constantly on my mind.

What new exciting thing is coming next in the world of Tangie Baxter?

My newest class starts June 24th and is “live” all through July. For the first time ever I’m teaching an online class about my “Junque Journals” I started making these about 10 years ago. I put some videos on YouTube about 5 years ago and it was crazy how fast it spread, everyone was making Junque Journals! It was such a fun thing to watch. Now all these years later, I’m remaking all the tutorials in HD in my Studio. I’ve come a long way since then.

Where can we find you online?

Website: tangiebaxter.com
Shop: shoptangiebaxter.com
Disney Workshops: ArtJournalingtheMagic.com
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/0-Aav
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StudioTangie

Here are some examples of Tangie’s wonderfully diverse style of art including her Junque Journal

Tangie Baxter | tangiebaxter.com

Tangie Baxter | tangiebaxter.com

Tangie Baxter | tangiebaxter.com

Tangie Baxter | tangiebaxter.com

On 1 October Effy Wild’s new course Radiant: Art Journals launches to the world! It will be a veritable mixed media art journaling buffet of lessons served up by 14 guest teachers plus Effy herself! I’m proud to be among the inspiring line-up of teachers and here on my blog I’ve lined up interviews with all the teachers for you to get to know them a bit better! If you’d like to join us creating wonderful art journal spreads, you can still sign up.

Interview with Nolwenn Petitbois – Radiant Art Journals Teacher Interviews

Let me present to you an interview with the wonderful Nolwenn Petitbois!

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Tell us in one sentence what it is you do?

Can it be a long sentence *wink* ? I unfold true and not-always-so-true stories via textured mixed media paintings that usually see characters emerge but not necessarily.

What is your favourite colour palette?

I approach color palette like my food: my favorites come and go but I have a few that always stick around one way or another. And something you might not know about me is that I am a very obsessive artist, once I have found something that works for me, I will use and abuse it over and over again. Right now, I am obsessed with Dick Blick’s Payne’s Gray. Hard to believe but it is like no other Payne’s Gray I have used until now, darker and deeper to the point of almost black. I love it with bright colors like fluorescent pink and with paler one like Titan Buff. But I might tell you something different tomorrow. At the moment, I am also obsessed with the sky and the earth, so raw umber with teal and a bit of white makes me feel like I am in Heaven.

What is your (current) favourite art supply?

Oil pastels. I LOOOOVE art supplies though and as a Mixed Media artist used to use that as an excuse to hoard them. I recently got rid of a ton of it, and set some aside for my daughters to play with, because I noticed that I do not need that much, I guess it comes with a new confidence in the way I use the supplies I love. So yes, currently my favorite are my NeoPastels from Caran d’Ache.

Talk to me about texture! What does texture mean to you?

To me, texture is an unexpected way to add a new level to my visual stories. It is about the depth that makes all the difference when used with acrylic paints and other media. I love when I can close my eyes and caress a painting to see how it fits with what is going on when I do open my eyes.

What new exciting thing is coming next in the world of Nolwenn Petitbois?

I have almost finished preparing for my next solo online class, titled Texture Tales. I am beyond excited about it and can’t wait to launch it soon.

I am also very excited to be amongst other talented artists like Iris, gathered around Effy extraordinaire, in Radiant Faces 2.

I just started a new creative thing called The 100day challenge because I needed something creative to stretch my practice, so it will be an Abstraction Exploration, as I call it. Doing this just for me and sharing via Instagram and probably on my blog regularly. Should be fun !

Where can we find you online?

I am a bit everywhere but there are four places you will see me more (and I hope to connect with you !):

My blog: http://inner-voices.net
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/nolwennp
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/InnerVoices.net
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/nolwennbc

Here are some examples of Nolwenn’s wonderfully textured and emotive style of art

Tashi | Nolwenn Petitbois | inner-voices.net

Niamh | Nolwenn Petitbois | inner-voices.net

Untitled | Nolwenn Petitbois | inner-voices.net

On 1 October Effy Wild’s new course Radiant: Art Journals launches to the world! It will be a veritable mixed media art journaling buffet of lessons served up by 14 guest teachers plus Effy herself! I’m proud to be among the inspiring line-up of teachers and here on my blog I’ve lined up interviews with all the teachers for you to get to know them a bit better! If you’d like to join us creating wonderful art journal spreads, you can still sign up.

Interview with Andrea Schroeder – Radiant Art Journals Teacher Interviews

Let me present to you an interview with the wonderful Andrea Schroeder!

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Tell us in one sentence what it is you do?

I help creative people use their creative power to bring their dreams to life (i.e.: to CREATE their lives).

What is your favourite colour palette?

Bright shades of fuchsia, orange and turquoise plus deep dark stormy blue.

What is your (current) favourite art supply?

Oil pastels.

Tell us a bit more about this concept of ‘inner magic’. What does it mean to you and what is your one tip to anyone who’d like to access a bit of their own inner magic?

“Inner Magic” is about being really connected to your inner gifts or soul qualities: purpose, creativity, wisdom, delight.

It’s not magic at all, it’s just what happens when you show up in your life as an awakened and empowered creative being. But, we live in a world that encourages us to look outside instead of inside, so most of us go through our whole lives with our inner gifts mostly un-tapped. Because there is such a dramatic change in what happens in your life when you become connected to your inner gifts, the things that happen in your life really do look and feel “like magic” which is why I use that term.

There is no quick tip for genuinely connecting with your inner magic – you have to be willing to make a big commitment to yourself and your growth before you can even begin the journey. The only tip I can offer is to think about how this power lives inside of you, to stop looking for things outside of you to change and consider what you can do to CREATE change. Consider that your creative gifts are much more expansive than you think they are. Consider that you are more powerful than you know. Consider that your dreams are actually your purpose.

What new exciting thing is coming next in the world of Andrea Schroeder?

Decks of inspiration + journaling cards! For a few years I have been making decks of original art inspiration cards for my clients, but this year I will start selling printed decks of cards.

The first deck is a deck of questions for journaling to help you access more insight + magic in your journaling practice. Many more decks are in process.

Where can we find you online?

My online home is here: http://www.CreativeDreamIncubator.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CreativeMagicAcademy
Instagram: https://instagram.com/creativedreamincubator/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ABCcreativity

Here are some examples of Andreas’s colourful and inspiring style of art

Andrea Schroeder | creativedreamincubator.com

Andrea Schroeder | creativedreamincubator.com

Andrea Schroeder | creativedreamincubator.com

Andrea Schroeder | creativedreamincubator.com

On 1 October Effy Wild’s new course Radiant: Art Journals launches to the world! It will be a veritable mixed media art journaling buffet of lessons served up by 14 guest teachers plus Effy herself! I’m proud to be among the inspiring line-up of teachers and here on my blog I’ve lined up interviews with all the teachers for you to get to know them a bit better! If you’d like to join us creating wonderful art journal spreads, you can still sign up.

Roberson Watercolour Sketch Books – Art Journal Reviews

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It is not a secret that I love art journals and can never have enough. So in this series I am reviewing all the art journals that I have used over the years. Some are firm favourites that I buy again and again, some have their quirks and some are straight up don’t-buys. Keep reading to find out more about:

Roberson Watercolour Sketch Books

This is currently my go-to art journal when I want to work big (A4 or A3). You may have heard of this journal via Tamara Laporte from Willowing.org who also recommends this as one of her favourite art journals.

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Look & Feel

This feels like a serious art journal and is quite heavy. It’s quite no-frills with no indication anywhere on it what brand it is or what it is made of! For a few years I didn’t even know the name of this elusive journal. The colour of the covers and spine indicates what type and weight the paper is. This journal comes in A5 (landscape), A4 & A3 (portrait).

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Binding

It has a robust thick cardboard cover with a linen strip on the spine. The binding is really solid: I am a heavy mixed media user in my journals and it stays together really nicely. When you open it the pages don’t quite lie flat and once you get to the final pages there can be a bit of a ‘drop’ between the left and the right page. There is some bleeding through the binding from one page to the other corresponding page in the same signature if you use very wet media.

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Paper Quality

This journal comes in different paper types and weights. I really like hot pressed (smooth) watercolour paper so I have used the 300gsm (black cover with green spine) and 190gsm (green cover with black spine). The thicker paper is excellent for heavy mixed media use, but it is very rigid. The thinner paper also stands up extremely well to mixed media and lends itself a bit more to leafing through the book. The 190gsm version has more pages than the 300gsm (54 vs 34) so by the time the journal is full the one with more pages will probably ‘fan out’ quite a bit wider.

I have been told that these journals are made from Saunders Waterford paper. This paper is quite smooth (not as smooth as some other HP watercolour paper I’ve used) and extremely robust. It takes all sorts of media very well, there is some curling while working wet but it can be straightened/pressed when dry. It also stands up to more abrasive application of paint: brayering, scrubbing etc. The paper stays put and doesn’t rub off.

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Availability

So far I have only heard of this this journal being sold in the UK and it’s a bit hit & miss with regards to where you will find it locally. Smaller (fine) art shops are more likely to stock it than bigger stores. In London you can buy it at Cornelissen (Bloomsbury) and Shepherds (Victoria), they also sell them online. You can do a Google search for ‘Roberson Watercolour Book‘ to find more options to buy.

Price

In terms of absolute cost this is an extremely expensive art journal. Prices range from approx £22 ($34) for the A5 book to nearly £50 ($78) for the A3. However, they are definitely worth that money due to the good binding and absolutely superb paper quality.

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The Verdict

I love this art journal. It is probably one of my favourites ever. The fact that I have filled one and have bought the same one again should be a testament to that. For me the only places it is not ideal is in terms of format (I’d love an A5 portrait orientation one – unfortunately the A5 only comes in landscape) and price. If you can/want to afford this journal you will not be disappointed.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned.

Interview with Micki Wilde – Radiant Art Journals Teacher Interviews

On 1 October Effy Wild’s new course Radiant: Art Journals launches to the world! It will be a veritable mixed media art journaling buffet of lessons served up by 14 guest teachers plus Effy herself! I’m proud to be among the inspiring line-up of teachers and here on my blog I’ve lined up interviews with all the teachers for you to get to know them a bit better!

So without further ado, let me introduce to you the wonderful Micki Wilde!

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Tell us in one sentence what it is you do?

I am a mixed media artist from Leicestershire UK

What is your favourite colour palette?

I go through phases of having different ‘favourite colour palettes’ right from chalky pale pastels through to my current favourite deep vibrant shades. I don’t know why that is but I just flow with it when it happens.

What is your (current) favourite art supply?

Aside from my paints and caran d’ache watercolour crayons, I love my derwent mini journal, the paper is perfect for mixed media work.

You have such a distinct style, I could recognise your girls anywhere! How did you develop this unique style and what would your one tip be for people looking to develop their own style?

I know it seems like I have ‘a style’ but my art is always going through constant changes.

When I started painting in 2007 I learnt mostly via online classes from Mystele Kirkeeng, Mindy Lacefield and Misty Mawn, 3 completely different types of ‘girl artists’. I went through phases of my girls looking similar to each of those artists work and then when I stepped away from the classes and just played in my art room I began to see the changes that made them mine.
A subtle change of nose or eye position can change a girl’s face completely and I am constantly tweeking and changing how I do those.

I also played around a lot with some ‘Jesse Reno’ styled art. I didn’t take a class with him but I did look at his work and it was approached in a similar intuitive way to Mystele Kirkeengs girls and so my ‘creatures’ were born.

My main advice is to take a few classes from the artists you love then step away and play, don’t look at their art just play, change a few bits and ‘voila’ a style is born.

I know I make it sound simple and it isn’t in reality, it can take years for the style to ‘be born’ but that is how it works for me =)

What new exciting thing is coming next in the world of Micki Wilde?

Well you can always find me painting up a storm and sharing on my facebook page and Etsy shop but as well as that I am working on a new online class which will be out later this year and I am also guest teacher in Effy Wild’s Radiant 2 class which will be out in October.

Where can we find you online?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Secret-Hermit
Online classes: http://secrethermit.typepad.com
Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/thesecrethermit

I also have a newsletter in which I send out all information on my upcoming classes, discounts in my etsy shop etc which can be joined via my facebook page or my typepad site.

Here are some examples of Micki’s wonderfully recognisable & inspiring style of art

Crow Wisdom | Micki Wilde | http://secrethermit.typepad.com

Imaginary Friends | Micki Wilde | http://secrethermit.typepad.com

Land of Bear | Micki Wilde | http://secrethermit.typepad.com

Peaceful Waters | Micki Wilde | http://secrethermit.typepad.com

I hope you will join us for Radiant: Art Journals! You can read all the information and sign up by clicking here.

Interview with Sarah Trumpp – Radiant Art Journals Teacher Interviews

On 1 October Effy Wild’s new course Radiant: Art Journals launches to the world! It will be a veritable mixed media art journaling buffet of lessons served up by 14 guest teachers plus Effy herself! I’m proud to be among the inspiring line-up of teachers and here on my blog I’ve lined up interviews with all the teachers for you to get to know them a bit better!

So without further ado, let me introduce to you the wonderful Sarah Trumpp!

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Tell us in one sentence what it is you do?

I make cute (sometimes creepy always goofy) stuff and have a super short attention spa… SQUIRREL!

What is your favourite colour palette?

Turquoise, orange, yellow, hot pink

What is your (current) favourite art supply?

Stencils are my Kryptonite. I can’t resist them!

What role does humour play in your art, and how does it manifest itself?

My art is all about humor. I am seriously all about the funny, whether it makes someone else laugh or not. I’m all about amusing myself.

What new exciting thing is coming next in the world of Sarah Trumpp?

I am working on opening a brick and mortar studio/shop, which I’m super excited about. I haven’t actually really made actual plans (I have a space picked out and lots of dreams), but putting it in type makes it real. HOLY CRAP.

Where can we find you online?

wonderstrumpet.com
wonderstrumpet.etsy.com
wonderstrange.com

Here are some examples of Sarah’s humorous and personal style of art

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Sarah Trumpp | wonderstrumpet.com

Sarah Trumpp | wonderstrumpet.com

Sarah Trumpp | wonderstrumpet.com

I hope you will join us for Radiant: Art Journals! You can read all the information and sign up by clicking here.

My Art Supply Bag for Art Journal Summer School

Hello lovelies! Art Journal Summer School starts TOMORROW!!! Eeeeeeeeee, I’m getting so excited! Expect many exclamation points in this post!

To get you a bit more excited and as a little intro, I thought it might be helpful to talk you through the art supplies I’ve got in my toiletry bag. You can watch the video and/or read the supply list with my personal explanations and input below.

Are you joining the course and community of 350 students? Read all the details, download the supply list and register your spot here.

Art Journal

My journal of choice right now is a Seawhite of Brighton A5 journal. It’s SUPER CHEAP. I bought it for £1.25 (that’s less than $2!). The paper is a bit thin but it’s ‘extra wet strength’ which I can confirm is true. It stands up to mixed/wet media remarkably well although it does buckle quite a lot. It’s made in the UK (and also well stocked in The Netherlands) so might be a bit harder to get across the Atlantic.

Brushes

I tend to use student grade brushes and I buy them in packs because they’re much cheaper that way. The ones you see in the video are Pro Arte Polar and Daler Rowney Graduate. I have one large flat one for backgrounds and bigger areas. One angled brush which I love for shading faces. Finally I have two different round ones for details, writing, swirling, and what-have-you.

Pencils

The supply list has a mechanical pencil which I do like using, but it brings out the perfectionist in me because you can do endless sketching and erasing, sketching and erasing. Although I love symmetry and perfection as much as the rest of us, it doesn’t tend to make me happy with my process. So instead I love using a Stabilo All pencil. It’s a lovely dark black and it’s watersoluble so you can activate it with water. It helps me be more intuitive, embrace imperfection and really commit to the lines I’m putting down on paper.

Erasers

I have one square white eraser for large areas and a Tuff Stuff eraser stick for details.

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Glue and Scissors

I have a pair of tiny scissors and a small pot of matte medium to glue things down. I am not into collage very much though so I hardly ever use these.

Black & White Pens

I use acrylic paint pens by Uni Posca for most of the writing on my pages. I also tend to use them for pupils, eyewhites and highlights in the eyes. They work really well over mixed media, but it’s important to wait until previous layers are fully dry, or you might clog/ruin the nib. They also don’t work very well on thickly applied Neocolor II crayons. I also use Uniball Signo gel pens for details, it has a bit more of a pen feel rather than a marker. Finally I recommend Faber Castell Pitt Pen in black. This is India ink in a pen, it is waterproof when dry. The brush tip is lovely for adding writing or details on top of mixed media.

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Washi Tape

Come on, you need this! Washi tape is so fun with all the patterns. Depending on the media underneath it might not always stick very well, in which case you can use glue or brush some matte medium under & over it.

Dylusions Ink Spray

The brightness of the colours are amazing! Beware of three things though: it goes EVERYWHERE when you spray, it will stain your hands for days, it reactivates when you work on top with wet media.

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Stencils

I don’t work with stencils that often, but they can add real interest to your backgrounds or composition. You can experiment with using sprays or paint. If you spray through a stencil, don’t forget to afterwards flip the stencil and press it onto the page to get the negative image.

Acrylic Paints

It’s such a great idea to limit your colour palette. It avoids overwhelm and gives a consistency to the work you create. In my bag I’ve packed a yellow, a bright pink and a turquoise along with black and white. Craft paints, chalk paints or matte acrylics are ideal for working in an art journal. They dry quickly, the pages don’t stick together and they’re usually non-toxic (do check your preferred brand) so suitable for doing art with your kids.

Watersoluble Crayons

I use Caran d’Ache Neocolor II. They are watersoluble wax crayons. Super portable and non messy while giving you nice bright colours! I packed these colours: apricot, raspberry red, turquoise, white, orangeish yellow, pink, jade, light ochre, ice blue & cinnamon.

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Extras

These are not on the supply list but I can’t live without them:

Rag

I use an old muslin cloth (you know, the type you use to mop up baby sick and when your kids pee on things). It doesn’t take up much space and it’s great for wiping excess paint off your brushes. I forgot this the other day when I went to journal in the park and I ended up wiping my brushes on fallen leaves. It wasn’t very effective. So jus’ saying, having a cloth is quite handy.

Water Spray Bottle

I love having slightly more runny paint so I usually spritz my pages with water before applying paint or while I’m shading a face. I also like making drips which a spray bottle is great for!


I do so hope you will join in on the fun! Can’t wait to see the wonderful artwork everyone creates!