I am always on the look out for a Better painting palette, and a plastic ice cube tray is just about Perfect!
I first saw this in use by my mother-in-law Camille Eide.
While babysitting, she developed the idea for a children's story and wrote a whole post about the backstory to her creation.
When she was showing us her ebook, I saw the ice cube tray in her writing studio next to her paint brushes and watercolors.
What a Brilliant idea!
I have always been slightly unsatisfied with flat palettes, and immeadiately repurposed our tray once we got home. I have loved it since day one. With each slot, there is plenty of room to mix up a good sized quantity of paint for several paintings. And, if you are using watercolor or gouache, the paint can easily be reconstituted with a few drops of water!
I guess I have another reason to go to the grocery store!
Many creatives have faced the dreaded BLOCK in the flow of progress with their work. How does one get past this?
While there are many solutions to this common dilema, I feel Shane Eide brings to light some seemingly obvious points that can be easily overlooked while in the grasp midst of uninspiration.
Are you stuck on a creative work because you no longer feel passionate about it? It happens to many creative people. I'm not going to tell you to ‘never give up.' You have to ask yourself a question, if this happens to you. What were your motives for starting it in the first place?
Tuesday~ Favorite Tool or Studio Organization
Wednesday~ Live Painting on Facebook + #ShowYourWork
Friday~ New Work Friday
Saturday~ Live Painting on Instagram
Sunday~ Reflection or Artist to Artist
Monday~ Plans or Ideas
Today at 2pm, I utilized Instagram's Live Streaming feature!
I started with 3 canvases that I prepared with washes of metalic silver, blue and white the night before.
The Live Painting was a lot of fun! Every Saturday, I will be Live on Instagram.
I hope you will join me there!
\nAs you may or may not know, I am a Bibliophile through and through!
\nProof? I have always loved books, and began making my own as a child. Many of my mother's coworkers had their own collection of Katie B.'s original publications. One of my first jobs was in a bookstore and I stayed with that company for nearly 7 years. My first tattoo was of my favorite writer's name... In college, I made a handful of Artist's books and thought that was the general direction I was headed, artistically. I met Shane (my husband) at the bookstore- we were coworkers, both having transfered to the same store within a few weeks of eachother. Oh, and did I mention my hisband is a Writer? Yes! Basically, a lifelong dream come true.
\nI hope that is enough anecdotal evidence to convince you, dear reader, that the project I am about to let you in on has been a Long time in the making...
\nOverdue drum roll please...
\nShane and I are in the beginning stages of a new collaborative project. We are joining forces to create Unique travel books that focus more on the Feelings certain places conjure and the Forgotten patterns that dwell. Shane will be writing and I will be creating the images.
\nWe have had many conversations and two official meetings so far, and both of us are very excited.
\nI look forward to where this will lead.
\nThank youfor stopping by!
\nUntil next time...
In honor of Wednesday, I thought I would share some Behind The Scenes photos.
Hope you enjoy!
Since moving into our 14' travel trailer, my main concern has been Organization.
\nIt has been a full-time job: finding everything a place and tossing things that don't have one, making decisions to let get of useless stuff and figuring out how to Live and Create in such a tiny space!
\nIt was beginning to feel a bit overwhelming... So, I turned to pintrest for some inspiration. Low and behold, I discovered a fun & creative way to Get Organized!
\nA Bullet Journal ( or a "BuJo" for short) is a Do-It-Yourself planner that allows the journaler to be as intricate or minimal as they prefer.
\nIt is completely customizable!
\nYou can have special pages dedicated to your spending habits, moods, water intake, exercise, books to read, etc. The options are endless.
\nBeginning with a blank notebook can be intimidating at first, but, in my experience, filling in the pages has been rewarding! It has promoted productivity and increased accountability.
\nBuJo can also shed light on blindspots- areas of your life that you haven't been paying enough attention to can have special pages dedicated to foster personal growth.
\nTo be honest, I am new at this and still diligently filling in my pages daily.
\nTracking, planning, organizing.
\nI will share some of my layouts in future posts- once I can find my markers! 😉
\nI have started a board on pintrest related to all things BuJo, from page spreads to font tips, list ideas, and more. Please feel free to check it out.
\nAnd, if you Bullet Journal and have page spreads that have helped or inspired you, please feel free to share!
\nI would love to see.
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Thank you for taking the time to visit my website and for stopping by to see what I have to say.
I am currently in the planning and building mode of this new venture, but very excited!
I have a lot of ideas and can't wait to share more of my process and experiments with my audience.
Stay tuned for more, and if you have any suggestions or requests, let me know.
An Artist & Adventurer