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:
http://www.alenahennessy.com
https://www.facebook.com/alenalovestopaint
http://instagram.com/alenahennessy
https://twitter.com/alenahennessy/
http://www.pinterest.com/alenahennessy/


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!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Junque Bloom Tutorial


Junque Blooms are the perfect solution for all those tottering piles of paper threatening to bury your creative space in avalanche of creative chaos! Paper seems to mysteriously multiply, so it's always fun to have a way to use up all those extras. 


I shared a quick and easy tutorial for Junque Blooms on the Altered Arts Magazine Blog today. You can visit here for all the instructions. This method is my favorite way to make flowers, because it requires very few materials and it's so quick and easy!


When I'm finished with a project, I love to use all those tiny snippets of paper that are leftover to create collage backgrounds. With just a UHU glue stick, a brayer, and a sturdy background like card stock or watercolor paper, I can flex my creative muscles and recycle at the same time!



Friday, February 7, 2014

{Altered Books 101} Choosing a Book to Alter


I spent a fun day taking pictures of my book collection for a post on the Altered Arts Magazine blog! Getting started with altered books can seem a bit intimidating, but a good place to begin is selecting the book you want to use. In this post I share 4 criteria for choosing books, and some fun options to consider. You can read the full article here. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Altered Birch Magnets Tutorial


Altered Arts Magazine has a brand new blog, and I just posted my first tutorial over there! I hope you'll visit it here, and check out the quick and easy instructions for altered birch magnets. The blog is updated often with inspiring ideas from everyone at Altered Arts, so be sure to stop by often!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

{Altered Arts Magazine} Canvas Art Journal + Favorite Supplies


A fresh new year means a fresh art journal! For my first Altered Arts Magazine Design Team post of 2014, I decided to create a canvas journal using a quick and easy binding and lots of my favorite art supplies.



I started with a piece of 9 x12 canvas from a pad for the cover, and used Liquitex Matte Medium to add a collage of handmade papers, vintage sheet music, old player piano roll paper, book paper, dictionary pages, and some postage from a package I received from France. This process is so fun! Just grab a variety of papers from your stash, start ripping and tearing, and slap it down! Start with more neutral papers then add colorful prints, and finish with the pieces you want to feature.


In between each layer, add gesso, paints, pastels, or whatever mixed-media supplies you enjoy using. Just play, experiment, and have fun with it! Finish off with scribbles and marks from your favorite pencils or pens.


For the inner pages I chose to tear down a sheet of 22 X 30 white Stonehenge paper into 2 sizes that fit inside the cover. I love this paper for making journals because it's economical and will accept a variety of wet and dry media. The deckled edge adds so much texture.


I often just eyeball my sewing stations, but this Simflex Expanding Sewing Gauge is amazing for quickly and accurately marking the holes for binding. Just pull it apart and you have evenly spaced holes in seconds! Of course, a ruler works well too, but this is a fun tool to add to your bookbinding supplies.


My favorite thread for binding is 4-ply Irish waxed linen thread. This is royal blue, but the thread comes in an amazing array of colors, and can be found at Volcano Arts - a great resource for bookbinding and other art supplies.


I used a saddle stitch binding technique to sew the pages and the journal cover together. This stitch is so easy, and allows the pages to lie flat for easy access. The inspiration for the canvas journal covers and the saddle stitch came from a wonderful online workshop I took with Jeanne Oliver - A Journey of Letting Go. I highly recommend this e-course!




I also found a great resource for bookbinding tutorials on Youtube: Sea Lemon. Here's a link to her video tutorial of the saddle stitch. Very clear and easy to follow.


As I mentioned, I used many of may favorite supplies for this project so I thought I would share them with in case you want to try them too. I used Liquitex Matte Medium both as a glue for the collage papers and to seal the finished canvas cover. Gesso is always wonderful for melding the layers together and for mixing with other paints to create a variety of tints. I used 3 colors of Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylics including Iridescent Rich Gold, Cerulean Blue, and Unbleached Titanium. 


The next layer included a couple of Sennelier Half Stick Pastels. These are new to me, so I just experimented with a couple by scribbling around some of the floral papers, and then smudging with my fingers and a baby wipe. This adds a soft and dreamy look to the collage. These can be a bit pricey, but you only need a tiny bit and the half stick set allows you to get more colors for your money.


The caption should actually say a FEW of my favorite pencils, because I have many! But these 3 are definitely top of the list. The Conte Sketching Pencil is wonderful for adding scribbles and scratches, and can be easily smudged with your finger or a bit of water. If you can only get one pencil, I recommend the Stabilo Marking Pencil in black and/or white. These hardworking tools will write on almost any surface including acrylic paint. Just scribble, then smudge with a damp finger or use a paintbrush for easy shading and highlights. I used white and brown on this journal, but I love them so much that I have multiples in every color!


To finish off the journal, I attached a length of vintage trim to the back of the cover with an antique brass safety pin, As you can see from the first photo above, I also added a safety pin to the other end of the trim, so it dangles on the front of the journal. I may add a charm or two later.


I hope you enjoyed seeing the process, supplies, and inspirations behind my canvas art journal! Be sure to visit Altered Arts Magazine on Facebook and Pinterest for more inspiration, ideas, and lots of wonderful projects from the other design team members. Get a free bonus issue to download here, or subscribe to the magazine for only $10 before January 15th! In the meantime, make art...be happy!