AJC Highlights of Week 5

Hello my dearies!  I hope you’re excited for some new inspiration!!  I know I’m ready to show you.  Please note, this is only a very, very small sample of what’s in the gallery, so be sure to hope over there and check it all out.

Here are my picks for week 5:

Quiet AJC 2014 by Lunasea237


L’Hiver (Winter) by sugarbushfarm


Itinerary 2 – Soothe by JanN


AJC14_Letter by snowdropz


Explore by profolly


AJC 2014 #4 Bright by Artgirl


Angel Arrows by smgrimm


Thanks for joining me for another week of highlights. Don’t forget to check in next Sunday for more great inspiration. Until then… I’ll see ya on the trail.

AJC Highlights of Week 4

HelloooO!!!!! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that you’re starting your week off with some creative time. Finding time to make art has become a must in my life. It has definitely put my mind in a sweeter place. Absolutely worth every minute of it!

Here are my picks for week 4:

Remain Insane by ciatate


Soothe by MilesandMemories


Soon by aertre


Week4_Bright by erimmer


AJC2014_-_Week_2_-_State_of_Peace by Lesa


Itinerary 4 Bright by Pinewoodtoo


Bright and Sunny Days by jkatymary


Thanks for joining me for another week of highlights. Don’t forget to check in next Sunday for more great inspiration. Until then… I’ll see ya on the trail.

The February 2014 Collection of the Art Journal Caravan is here!

Are you inspired by the art masters like Vincent Van Gogh and Odilon Redon? Do you love grunge? Then you’ll love this February 2014 Collection!

Art Journal Caravan 2014 {The February ’14 Collection} By Tangie

As always, this collection is so huge and so beautiful that you will want to visit the store page to see everything included. Just click on the link above to be taken there.

Author Bill

Symbology 2014 Workshop and Free Sampler of Tangible Plans

Tangie is offering a new session of the Symbology Workshop starting February 15 th!

The Symbology Project {FEB/MAR 2014 WORKSHOP W/ Tangie!} By Tangie

If you haven’t started using Tangible Plans yet, now is the perfect time to try it out. Tangie is giving everyone a free sample!

Tangible Plans™ {FREE SAMPLER} By Tangie

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity! Click on the link above to take you to the page where you may watch a video explaining what Tangible Plans is all about.

Author Bill

Last Chance for Studio Remnants! Goodies to YOUR Mailbox!

Have you been thinking about getting a subscription  of Studio Remnants?
Now is your last chance to get  tons of  great goodies straight to your  mailbox  from Artspiration Studio (who doesn’t LOVE getting mail?)!
The 12 month subscription is sold out as we will only be continuing this program through July 2014 (6 more months!) so really, truly this is your last chance, don’t miss out!


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AJC Highlights of Week 3

I hope you all are having a blast creating in your art journals, I know I am. Tangie has had some really incredible prompts already this year, WAY more than I could ever use. It’s SO much fun!

Here are my picks for week 3:

Fearless by WaterRabbit

AJC Reminders for Self by JustPlayin

Winter’s Rest by T Wolfe

Beginnings by pajamarama

5 things by tamie

It’s quiet now by mcurtt

Bottomsideup by smgrimm

Thanks for joining me for another week of highlights. Don’t forget to check in next Sunday for more great inspiration. Until then… I’ll see ya on the trail.

Five New Tangible Plans {Add Ons} By Studio Tangie

Have you been enjoying creating your daily planners with Tangie’s Tangible Plans? Here are five new add on kits to add to your planner collection.

Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #024 By Tangie

Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #025 By Tangie

Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #026 By Tangie

Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #027 By Tangie

Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #028 By Tangie

If you haven’t used a daily planner before, the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to start. You can find the link to the Tangible Plans Starter Kit below.

Tangible Plans™ {Starter Kit & Workshop} By Tangie

Get organized this year by using Tangie’s Tangible Plans! You may even use these elements in your journal pages, too. Please click on the links above to be taken to Tangie’s store.

Author Bill

AJC Highlights of Week 2

Helloooo!!!  I’m so excited.  The gallery is full of beautiful pages and I want to show them ALL to you, but you can go to the gallery for that so I have to pick just a few to try to lure you in HAHA!!  People are LOVING the 2014 version of the Art Journal Caravan.  There is more inspiration and prompts and goodies than ever before.  Come, join us.  Maybe your page will be here.

Here are my picks for week 2:

1 word for the year – Purpose by zippycat


AJC 2014 Worksheet Poem by SuzyQ98


Serenity by sugarbushfarm


Courage by renegadesiberian


Letter to Myself by glendamulac


AJC Title Page by JustPlayin


Thanks for joining me for another week of highlights.  Don’t forget to check in next Sunday for more great inspiration.  Until then… I’ll see ya on the trail.


New From Studio Tangie – Journal Anthology 11 and Botanical Collage Bits

What’s more fun than having new collage elements to journal with?!

Journal Anthology 11 By Tangie

Art Journal Caravan 2014 {The January ’14 Collection} Botanical Collage Bits By Tangie

Have fun journaling this week with all of the new elements in these beautiful kits!

Author Bill


Color Hopping: Blue and Orange Part 2 of 2

Art Travels with Rain for Tangie Baxter's blogHello all, and Happy Wednesday!

Today I will continue to explore the blue/orange complementary pair of colors by showing you some of my work…I often gravitate towards complements and triads unconsciously, as I love the “snap, crackle, and pop” of these color harmonies. First off, here is one of my week 1 Art Journal Caravan pages that I noticed was in the blue/orange ranges after the fact:

Art Travels with Rain for Tangie Baxter's blogThis is a good example of value shifting within a complementary pair…if ALL of the oranges were at full opacity and saturation, it would look totally different and pretty much spoil the mood I wanted in the page, so most of the elements from Tangie’s January AJC14 collection on this page have the opacity down anywhere from 30-50%.

Here’s the second page from the first week, similar color scheme, but with more saturated color left at full opacity:

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Doesn’t that feel totally different as far as “mood” goes?

Value shifting in a color family in the main factor that determines the overall mood and tone of a piece rather than the hue family.  I have often heard folks comment on yellow being “cheerful”, red as a “power color” , or blue “feeling serene”, yet when examined, it is the strength of the color that provokes certain emotional responses…I have seen pale, high value yellows look moody and sad, and saturated, dark value blues that feel anything but serene.  These days many of my color choices come after I determine what mood or emotion I want to convey in the piece, then I choose hue and value, then accents and complements.

Let’s look at a few more examples:

Below is an image of a rubbing I made…the background is sponge-painted acrylic, then Shiva/Markal oil paint stick rubbed onto the paper over a print block.  The blue is iridescent. Notice how the lightest blue in the lower spiral becomes the focal point simply for being the lightest value?

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Next is a stitch sample, with orange as the dominant of the complementary pair.  The thread was variegated from yellow orange to deep orange, and a blue to blue green.  Notice how vibrant and clear the thread colors are against the left hand side vs. the center orange strip…the orange is so strong that it mutes the thread colors.  Obviously, there is a time and place for bringing the thread colors forward or back in the piece, and this sample was very helpful to me making choices for the finished wall quilt.

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Here is another sample of stitching on printed/painted felt fabric, with a light blue thread.  I wanted the wavy stitch pattern to be forward and the lighter value thread accomplishes this easily.  Notice how the medium value blue thread recedes into the fabric, and takes a minute of studying the sample to see all the other layers of stitching.  I created depth in the piece using the various values of thread rather than layering more fabric or paper, then top stitching.  This is easy to mimic with markers, pencils, or other art tools, using the lightest value to create pattern on top of your page, almost like a layer mask in Photoshop.



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In the next sample, I have heavily satin stitched, and used some free motion zigzag to create the wave points onto the same background printed felt fabric as the sample above.  The orange variegated thread colors are visible in the square stitched border on the inner edges, ranging from pale to dark, shaded orange-brown.  The blue wave points add tremendous levels of texture and depth because they are a medium value, so not the primary focal point. Again, easy to apply these same ideas to hybrid or digital art pages.

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Here are four pages out of my working sketchbook about a piece on rust…color studies with watercolor and inks, some pencil, printing and painting fabric, a few stitch samples, this is generally how I think through a major piece of work before launching.  I write notes to myself, ideas of other things to try, then a lot of times go off into entire other pursuits before returning back to working on an idea.  Some of these never make it out of the sketchbook phase, others might see the light of day in a completely different form, even years later.  I love having a shelf full of working sketchbooks as time passes and I revisit entire emotional experiences through my samples and thoughts.

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A few other finished pieces of work that are in this color scheme:

A previous Tangie Baxter blog post on making trays with torn painted paper and Tangie’s collage sheets…note the totally muted orange family in the fish and sea life vs. the vibrancy of the blue background papers.


Art Travels with Rain for Tangie Baxter's blogThis is a close-up of “Morning in Merzouga” , a densely stitched piece that measures 3 X 2 feet, also featured in a previous blog post with the paintings underneath the stitching.  This is a great example of using a color’s complement as an accent to accentuate contrast.


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And finally, a close-up of “Elemental Dance”,  4 X 3 feet, stenciled and painted fabrics, thread-painted face and hair, fused silk paper, all dyed and painted by hand.  Here is Earth, many values of orange with Water edging in with all of the blues.


Art Travels with Rain for Tangie Baxter's blogWell, that’s it for today!

I’m off to enjoy the lovely low 50′s and sunshine we are currently having in western Colorado…I hope you can find some time to make art today.

take care,


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