Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Snail Mail {Book Review}

Do you feel a little zing of excitement every time you open your mailbox? I do, even though I know I'll probably only find bills or circulars. How gratifying though to open that little door and discover a handwritten note! The book Snail Mail by author Michelle Mackintosh shares the idea of "Rediscovering the art and craft of handmade correspondence." So we can all experience the delight of a thoughtful letter or card more often.

I was instantly charmed when I received a copy of this book for review and opened it to discover 6 chapters brimming over with detailed ideas for communicating with friends and loved ones in a more meaningful way.

I particularly loved this quote and the accompanying forest of pretty papers found in chapter 1: Write Here, Right Now!

Chapter 4: Brown Paper Packages, shares several ideas for sending care packages filled with thoughtfully chosen items and indulgent treats to bring a smile to the recipient.

I loved this fun collection of letters in chapter 6: Getting the Most from Your Post! When I was in grade school, I had a penpal from Canada, and I still remember how thrilling it was to receive a letter from her! I plan to spend several happy hours poring over this lovely book, and I'm already inspired to create some projects from its pages!

Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh (Hardie Grant) Photography: Chris Middleton 
Please note that I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher, but all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Alena Hennessy

Painting by Alena Hennessy

"Moody with a pop of happy." These words popped into my head when I first discovered the beautiful work of artist Alena Hennessy. I instantly connected with the lush, colorful worlds she creates in her paintings. Layers and layers of pigment, papers, and drawings create a mysterious depth that draws you in and delights you with a new discovery each time you look.

Painting by Alena Hennessy

Painting by Alena Hennessy

This past June I took a road trip to the Strawberry Patch Summer Market in Nashville, TN and was thrilled to feast my eyes on a collection of her paintings, prints, and handmade jewelry. Meeting Alena in person was a joy, and it was wonderful to discover that the creative force behind the artwork was just as warm and charming as her paintings! Two of my favorite paintings came home with me, and I'm so happy that I can enjoy them every day as I work in my home studio.

The Painting Workshop by Alena Hennessy

Alena shares her work and inspiration through her books including Cultivating Your Creative Life and The Painting Workbook. I'm planning to work my way through the 52 prompts in The Painting Workbook, and I am excited to begin this challenge to myself. Notice the Posca paint pens in the photo? I learned about these through one of Alena's workshops, and I am smitten with them!

Co-Lab Workshop with Alena Hennessy & Susan Tuttle

Alena also teaches online workshops packed with inspiration and innovative techniques. I enjoyed her contributions to Life Book 2014, and I'm currently enrolled in Co-Lab, a collaborative workshop with the talented Susan Tuttle.

A Year of Painting Workshop with Alena Hennessy

A new session of Alena's workshop, A Year of Painting, begins on January 21, 2015, and I can't wait for it to begin! She is generously hosting a giveaway of 5 spots in the course right now, and the winner will be announced on December 25th. I'm throwing my hat in the ring, and I hope you will too. I have a feeling it will be a magical experience!

To learn more about Alena you can visit these links:

Friday, December 19, 2014

Art Journal Adventures Workshop

Art Journal Adventures by Kimberly Jones

I am so excited to announce a brand new workshop for 2015 - Art Journal Adventures! In this fun class, you'll learn how to make your own journal with a quick and easy binding method and a speedy painting technique that creates beautiful backgrounds in a flash.

The journal will have painterly pages ready to be embellished with more techniques and artful supplies...

and plenty of blank pages just waiting for your creative touch! This versatile book can be used to explore art techniques, as a scrapbook, a writing journal, or a place to gather your favorite quotes. Once you learn how the basics of making it, you can recreate the book in any size, color palette, or theme. 

The workshop will be held at Scattered Art in Newburgh, IN on January 9th at 6 pm, or you can attend a daytime session on January 15th at 10 am. The class is $25 and includes all materials. Please call (812) 490-0074 to register. Class space is limited to 8 for each session, so be sure to call soon.  I look forward to seeing there!

Friday, September 26, 2014

{Red Lead} Mixed-Media Lampshade & Art Journal

Red Lead Storefront via Kimberly Jones serendipityvintagestudio.blogspot.com

Red Lead is a treasure trove of mixed-media magic! This petite storefront located in the charming, historic community of Webster Groves is just a few miles from downtown St. Louis, MO, and well worth the trip!

Red Lead Art Supply Stash by Kimberly Jones serendipityvintagestudio.blogspot.com

I first discovered Red Lead several years ago on a weekend excursion with my family to St. Louis. I immediately fell in love with its modern vintage style and amazing art and craft supplies. I brought home quite a stash of collage materials, papers, charms, rubber-stamps, ribbons, and more!

Red Lead Art Supplies by Kimberly Jones serendipityvintagestudio.blogspot.com

As you can imagine, I was over the moon when the sweet sisters who own the store, Chris and Sharon, invited me to be a guest artist for Red Lead! The talented duo designs their own line of rubber stamps, stencils, collage sheets, embellishments, inks, and ink pads. I was thrilled to receive a package brimming over with these artsy goodies!

Red Lead Artisan Inks and Art Journal Backgrounds by Kimberly Jones serendipityvintagestudio.blogspot.com

I already had a stash of Red Lead's Artisan Inks, so I used several of my favorite colors, along with their Broken Circles stencils and some kraft tissue paper, to create backgrounds for my art journal. Just a few drops of ink in a mister bottle filled with created vibrant sprays that were so fun to use. I also dropped some ink straight from the bottle along the top edge of the pages and allowed it to drip down and create patterns and pools of color.

Red Lead Art Journal Pages by Kimberly Jones serendipityvintagestudio.blogspot.com

Red Lead Art Journal Page 1 by Kimberly Jones serendipityvintagestudio.blogspot.com

Red Lead Art Journal Page 2 by Kimberly Jones serendipityvintagestudio.blogspot.com

Lovely rubber stamps from Red Lead along with my favorite white paint pen, a black journaling pen, vintage sheet music, and a bit of red crepe paper added the finishing touches to my art journal pages. I love the sentiments expressed by the Red Lead line of rubber stamps. They perfectly reflect Chris and Sharon's philosophy that everyone is an artist!

Red Lead Mixed Media Lampshade by Kimberly Jones serendipityvintagestudio.blogspot.com

The art journal pages I created proved to be the perfect warm-up for making a mixed-media lampshade! I used Artisan Inks along with a Tapestry Stamp, and the Vintage Dot Stamp to alter large sheets of kraft tissue paper. I used matte gel medium to layer the tissue paper over a pink lampshade from the thrift store, and added a a paper doily, some vintage trim, an image from a Red Lead collage sheet, some rhinestones for a bit of sparkle, and text from an old book.

Red Lead Store Front September 2014 by Kimberly Jones serendipityvintagestudio.blogspot.com

I was so honored to be invited to create projects using wonderful supplies from Red Lead! I popped into the store for a visit last Saturday, and had a wonderful time chatting with Chris and Sharon and doing a fun make-and-take! Of course, I had to so some shopping too and came home with another stash of rubber stamps and some fun pens and markers that I can't wait to try. I hope you get a chance to shop at this wonderful store, but in the meantime you can visit their website and blog for products and inspiration!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Creative Chaos + Studio Table

Creative Chaos by Kimberly Jones via serendipityvintagestudio.blogspot.com

Creative chaos is the way I like to describe the messy piles that accumulate when I sit down to make some art! So I was very excited when Seth Apter of The Altered Page issued a call for the Studio Table in all its messy glory! If you want to get a glimpse of the uncensored work tables of 100+ artists be sure to pop over to this link. Thanks Seth for envisioning this fun gathering!