Sunday, September 21, 2014

Two Birds of a Feather

For my calendar giveaway, please click here!



I know I've told you many times about my friend Judy Shea, who I met two years ago at Art is You because we accidentally roomed together.  Since then, we have roomed together two more times, and Judy has inspired me to create new stencils (See my posts about the Judy's Trees and Teapot and Teacups stencils!). This is one of the wonderful things about going on art retreats - you never know if your next lifelong friend will be there!



I wanted to make Judy something special for her birthday.  I remembered that when she first moved into her new home, she posted a photo on Facebook of a Snowy Owl she had spotted.  So I decided to make her an owl themed gift.  I also know that teal is Judy's favorite color - so I started my canvas with a teal wash.  Then I scraped Wendy Vecchi's Gold Embossing paste through the Three Owls on a Branch Stencil from Stencil Girl Products.

I used Cecilia Swatton's Feathers 6 Stencil to add more foliage around the owls and added the sentiment in my own handwriting.  The gears are from my stash.


Happy Birthday Judy Shea!








Here's a video of me creating an art journal page with the owl stencils.  You can also watch Owl Art Journal Page on YouTube here.  



Have a wonderful week, and let your good friends know that you appreciate them!

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Jessica Sporn Designs Licensing News









Read to the end... there's a giveaway!

I received Aviv Judaica's 2014 catalogue today and was just overjoyed to see some of my new designs on the cover!  The inside pages made me even happier!




Need Hanukkah or bar/batmizvah or Jewish themed wedding gifts?  Aviv Judaica has what you need!     I have been working with this company for over 10 years, and they couldn't be nicer.

And if you are an Amazon Prime member, click here to see most of my Judaica products.







I also am extremely proud of the calendar I designed for Leap Year and published by Avalon. It is called "Woman Inspired," and has woman-positive designs and affirmations for every month of the year.  A percentage of the wholesale price benefits the United Way too.  Get yours today because quantities are limited!

Finally, this week I had the experience of straddeling the Judeo-Christian divide, licensing designs for Easter as well as Bar and Bat Mizvah!


You can see more of my greeting card designs at Legacy Publishing, Leanin' Tree, and The Greeting Card Collection, among others.  Without question, I have the best job in the world!

And NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY - I will giveaway a calendar to one random commenter on this post!  Let me know you have liked my Facebook page and commented on the thread on that page for an extra chance to win!  Leave your email address in your comment so I know you're interested.  I will pick someone by Wednesday, 9/24 so check back here to see if it's you!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Studio Reveal with The Altered Page

The wonderful Seth Apter has a great blog hop going today called "Studio Reveal."  Lots of artists have linked up with photos of their studios - messy, tidy, you name it!  Here are pics of my MESSY space -- it's how I'm most comfortable working!

What's on my work table today... a small canvas, charms for Art is You, and an art journal page all at the same time!
Expanded view - supplies and an almost finished iced coffee! 
Here's what's behind my chair -- need all my paints, markers, pencils, crayons and gelatos within reach...

Also behind me, often used mediums, stamps, modeling cremes and embossing powders...

My beloved stencils....
Teaching supplies on the shelves and in the big cabinet...
To see other studios, hop on over to The Altered Page.  

For the Hamsa Giveaway post (there's still time...), click here. 

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Home is Where the Hamsa Is


I was so excited to teach my first Meetup class in my new studio.  I wasn't sure how the space would work out, but it was splendid!  The subject of the class was home blessings using the Hamsa Stencil from Stencil Girl.

You can read all about the symbolism of the Hamsa here, and see step out photos for how I created these Hamsa Canvases on the Stencil Girl Talk blog here.  


Here are my fantastic students playing with the Hamsa Stencil and other stencils from Stencil Girl.  Each of their canvases came out so beautifully!










A big thank you to ace photographer Samy Cordero for capturing all the smiles and mark making!
Giveaway:  Do you want to play with the Five Hamsas Stencil?  If so, please leave a comment below with your email address as I am giving one away!  

Congratulations to Rebecca Tilinski who is the winner of the charm giveaway from this post. 

I have classes scheduled through my Meetup Group once a month through December.  And next up, I'll be teaching at the fabulous Art is You Mixed Media Retreat in Stamford, CT, in just a few weeks. I hope to see you soon!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Feed Your Hopes and Starve Your Fears



The word up at One Little Word is "Fear."

We all have fears.  I once was:

Afraid to put my art out there...
Afraid my work wasn't good enough...
Afraid that I needed more formal training to call myself "artist"...
Afraid to make videos of creating art...
Afraid to apply to teach art...
Afraid no one would sign up for my classes...

Fear can paralyze.  There is nothing better than busting fear than taking a chance.

Nothing will shrink your fear more than honoring and feeding your hopes and dreams.  You just have to do it.


The background of this tag was done using my Hearts, Flowers & More stencil from Stencil Girl.  Lord Shiva is from my Shiva stencil.   They started out looking like this:


Here's a video of an art journal page fast forward using the Shiva Stencil.   You can also watch Shiva Art Journal Page on YouTube here.



Create something around the word "Fear" and link it up at One Little Word.  We would all love to see what you create.

Today is the VERY LAST DAY to register for Art is You Retreats.  If you've ever feared going on an art retreat - if you feared you might not know anyone; you don't have a roommate; or have not registered out of fear of the unknown, JUST DO IT.  You will feel embraced and loved and nurtured.  I'm teaching two workshops, and every workshop is just an amazing opportunity for self discovery, making new friends, and having a great time!











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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Charmed, I'm Sure! (And a Giveaway!)


It is the custom at Art is You to bring small pieces of your art to give away or trade.  ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), altered spools and curtain rings, miniature hand made books - these are just some of the creative and beautiful things I've received at Art is You retreats.

This year, Salliane and Ellen, the super hero leaders of AIY, encouraged us to make charms.  At first, I didn't know what I would do, but then I remembered shrink plastic!
Using my Hamsas, Teacups, Namaste and Flowers, Pomegranates and Leaves stencils from Stencil Girl, I stenciled images onto Shrink Plastic.  (I also used up a lot of #6 plastic containers that I had.  We have to bring these to a special place to recycle them, and I was thrilled to find out that they shrink just like the "special" shrink dink plastic!)

See the big Hamsa on the right?  Once you heat it, it shrinks to the size of the ones on the left!  Just like magic!

This became completely addicting!



It's been very meditative to tie these little charms up with ribbon to my business cards, and attach buttons and other ephemera that I've been saving.


I have lots of these tucked into the altered book storage box that I made last week just for Art is You!


GIVEAWAY:  I made a bunch of extra charms -- if you are NOT going to Art is You because of distance or some other reason, and would like the chance to win one of these charms, leave your email address in your comment below and I will pick some random winners by the end of the day on Sunday, 9/14!

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