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

Sarah Trumpp | wonderstrumpet.com

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.

Interview with Marieke Blokland from Bloknote.nl – 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 Marieke Blokland!

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Tell us in one sentence what it is you do?

I want to make people happy and feeling good about their art with my online art classes at BloknoteAcademy.com

What is your favourite colour palette?

Oh I have so many! I do love using limited colors. I often use two – three bright colors with some neutrals like black, grey or brown. I love mint green and pink, royal blue with red, greys with neons, etc.

What is your (current) favourite art supply?

Caran d’ache neocolor 2 in combination with white acrylic paint. With the acrylic paint I can dilute the crayons, which gives awesome pastel colors.

Tell us a bit more about the androgynous dolls with big mouths & eyes that are so representative of your style. Where do they come from and what do they signify to you?

Great question, Iris. I often get the remark that I draw weird dolls, but never the question why.

I find it hard to answer straight forward. First of all I want to underline that I find it very important that you all know, that I respect every human being, every culture, every belief and every religion. But I too find it important that others respect me and my beliefs. I am a humanist and atheist. I was raised like this by my parents. This belief is very important to me: the belief that there is no God. I philosophize a lot about moral values and how to be a good human being. However, it is sometimes very lonely to not have a God or a religious community to turn to. I sometimes really miss this. As an 11-year-old I saw the friend of my mother turning to a Maria statue in a church while on vacation in France. I was so impressed by this, that I started to ask her many questions. What did it mean to her to talk to a statue? What did that statue represent to her? Did she actually believe that the statue could hear her? As an 11 year old I found that so hard to understand. In my teens I have had several occasions, like for example at the funeral of my grandfather, that someone told me that they would pray for me, else I would not go to heaven. This was disrespectful to say to an atheist. It really hurt.

The older I got, the more difficult I found it that I did not have a God or a Saint to turn to. I remember giving birth to my daughter almost 7 years ago I even cried to ‘Mother earth’ for feeling so **** lonely – I so much needed a spirit or saint to turn to, but the belief was just not there. I think it was around 2005 that I started drawing my typical dolls.

They are inspired by Mexican Folk art dolls, Catholic Maria icons, African fertility statues – all with a coating of European children’s book illustration. To me they are my personal icons, representing what I believe. I make them look androgynous, because I do not want them to represent a “Mother” or a “Father”. To me they represent my “Nothing”. I can turn to my dolls in times of happiness and in times of pain. They are my personal saints to turn to in times that others would turn to God.

I find it hard to talk about this, as there are a lot of spiritual and religious art journalers out there with whom I feel a strong connection and who I really respect. But I am often afraid to be judged on my own beliefs so I often avoid talking about this. Opening up about this feels like a sort of ‘coming out’. And that is pretty hard, believe me!

What new exciting thing is coming next in the world of Marieke Blokland?

On July 1st my Art Journal Summer School is starting with 10 awesome guest teachers. I am working on my 4th Dutch book which is called Doodles & Letters. And I have top secret exciting plans for a new e-course with guest teachers starting in January 2016.

Where can we find you online?

The question should be where to not find me, hehe!
Website: http://www.bloknote.nl
School: http://www.bloknoteacademy.com
Summer school: http://www.artjournalsummerschool.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bloknotenl
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/bloknotedotnl
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/mariekeblokland
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mariekeblokland
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mariekeblokland
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/mariekeblokland

Here are some examples of Marieke’s awesome, quirky and personal style of art

Marieke Blokland | bloknote.nl

Marieke Blokland | bloknote.nl

Marieke Blokland | bloknote.nl

Marieke Blokland | bloknote.nl

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