Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Magenta Madness

Wednesday's Weekly Color Fix 

by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

pantone magenta purple
pantone's magenta purple
Magenta purple is a color from the men's fashion color report. Really, it is a darker version of Radiant Orchid, Pantone's color of the year. The dark purple would be fabulous as a men's dress shirt.

The experts at Pantone recommend mixing this rich jewel tone with dazzling blue. I had no idea how to pull it off until I checked out the men's department on etsy. These designers know how to mix colors! 

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

how to draw a horse..

drawing horses | how to draw a horse
Drawing Horses

Technique Tuesdays: Drawing Horses by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

With the Kentucky Derby less than two weeks away, I thought it would be fun to teach my watercolor students how to draw horses. Moreover, it is the Year of the Horse, so all the more reasons to get inspired by this beautiful animal.

how to draw horses
The illustration for "How to Draw a Horse" 
comes from DeviantArt

Like most "How to Draw" series, the focus is on recognizing basic shapes and then connecting the shapes.



Steps to Draw a Horse in Profile

  1. Start by recognizing that the hindquarters, the chest and the belly are essentially three overlapping circles. 
  2. Next block in the head by drawing yet another circle where the cheek of the horse goes.
  3. Connect the circles to form the throat, and neck. 
  4. Add ears
  5. Recognize that the knees of horses are also round, so make circles for the knees.
  6. Draw triangles for the hooves.
  7. Connect the knees to the hooves.
  8. You can now add details like a tail and mane.
  9. For the eye ( in profile) recognize that the eye is about halfway down the circle you drew to depict that part of the head
  10. Have Fun!

horse art by @schulmanArt
Horse Art print for sale on etsy

More words of Advice:

  • Don't give up.
  • practice makes perfect





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Monday, April 21, 2014

6 Reasons Why I Follow You on Instagram!

(hint: It's not just because you follow me!)

Marketing Mondays by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

I am fairly new to instagram ( profile is @schulmanArt) and I wouldn't call myself an instagram expert, but I am certainly an instagram user and I know why I follow others on instagram. 

So here the six reasons why you are "follow worthy"

  1. You are an artist that I admire (and I want to stalk you so I can copy your marketing techniques) For you to be in this category you are enjoying a level of success in some area where I feel you are more successful than me. I actually do not necessarily admire your art, but I admire your success.
  2. You are an artist that I admire and you inspire me. Now to be in this category you may or may not be more successful than in some way, but your art does speak to me and I actually like it.
  3. You are famous (and I want to stalk you) This category is filled with non-artists. Examples of folks I stalk are Joshua Bell and Zoey Deschanel.
  4. You are a brand like an art institution, art supply store, art magazine, or home decorating magazine and you inspire me. There are a lot of museums I follow but also Anthropologie. (because their pictures are beautiful and they don't make me feel fat)
  5. You follow me and leave funny comments on my posts often enough that I feel guilty enough to check you out and lo and behold you are an artist too and I just so happen to like your art so either I want to stalk you for good ideas or you inspire me. Actually this reason must be wishful thinking.... I leave lots of funny comments on the other artists' and institutions' feed that I stalk with the hopes that they will check me out and discover that I am also "follow worthy."
  6.  I know you-- and you are probably an artist-- and you started following me and well whether or not I want to stalk you specifically and whether or not you inspire me I still want to be supportive of you and your art. (You could say this is very closely related to number 5 except for this one, I actually have met you outside of instagram.)

So there you go... from a layman's point of view. I follow folks either because they inspire me or I want to stalk them. A little creepy, but hey this is the internet and why are you posting that personal picture on instagram if you don't want everyone to see it?

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dress in Your Sunday Best!

Does the color combination of purple and green remind you of Easter eggs? Me too! However, this fashion look curated by renesthilaire on Polyvore.
makes the color combination very edgey and modern.
Borrow one or two ideas from this style board to add a little zing to your Sunday best! 
Blue dress View this item and discover similar day dresses for sale at 1stdibs - Vibrant 1950's sun dress in an allover blue, green and purple tiki print. Tiny cinched waist and full flared circle skirt.

Green bracelet
This extra chunky slip on style bangle is made with real dried light purple flowers and green leaves embedded into resin and shaped into this one of a kind bracelet.

Rosantica bead necklace $665 - Rosantica's Greek and Roman inspired jewellery takes a mythical dimension with a new collection that uses vivid stones in magical colours. This beaded necklace is handcrafted with blue amethysts with a halo of bright green agates. Wear on sun kissed skin to accentuate the radiance of the pearls.

Green earrings
$92 -

Purple jewelry Handmade floral earrings featuring purple, lilac, lavender, green and clear, floral artisan crafted lampwork beads; sterling silver; Amethyst AB Swarovski crystals.

Green ring Chrysanthemum Series Summer Edition. As you have asked for, here are the summer editions ! Lighter and funkier colors mix on the spotlight ! Made from high quality Czech glass beads, the transparent lime green and plum will make it your best acessory to brighten up your outfit !

Green bracelet: This extra chunky slip on style bangle is made with real dried light purple flowers and green leaves embedded into resin and shaped into this one of a kind bracelet.

Printed Tote in purple and green for sale on etsy

Rhapsody Tote Bag

Go beyond your basic printed tote bag with a work of art! This classic shoulder handbag with leather trim features a fabric sides with musical chartreuse green and purple violet tree art and black leather trim

Collect this one of a kind bag from etsy

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Art Journal Ideas

List What Feels like Home... by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt


Art Journaling by @SchulmanArt
Art Journaling by @SchulmanArt
Looking for a new idea for your art journal? Writing lists are always a great prompt for art journal and self-expression.

Art Journal Prompt

For this list, I thought about what feels like home.  I made this list on a road trip with my daughter to visit colleges, so it was easy to think about what comforts from home I was missing. For me, the list felt right to focus on sensual pleasures of home such as literal feelings and textures.

My Art Journal List

  • Comfortable Pajamas: Home is the place I can wear my comfortable pajamas. I tend to just pull on a pair of my son's flannel pajamas plus a tank top. Yes, I bring these items with me when I travel, but there I can only wear them to sleep in, not to lounge around the
  • My Cat: The first this I do when I enter my house is pet my tuxedo cat who is waiting for me at the top of the basement stairs. So I associate home, with the warm purring kitty who sleeps on my bed.
  • TV: Again, I can watch tv anywhere else, but I don't. TV is something I do at home.
  • Oatmeal: I love oatmeal. but I like it the best the way I make it...elsewhere I can't trust that the oatmeal won't just taste like grains and water. Is there a special food you like, but only at home?
  • Front Porch: My husband and I adore our front porch, although mostly a warm weather pleasure, this becomes an extra room in our house...where we can sit in our pajamas....and eat oatmeal...with our cat. 
  • Cuddling: At this point in my list making, my nosy teenage daughter looked over my shoulder and wanted to know why only the cat was on the list and not her or anyone else in the family. So I added cuddling... because I can enjoy my family anywhere, but cuddling feels like home.
  • Warm Bath: In the two hotels we stayed in neither had a bath... so when I returned home, after I petted my cat, I made myself a nice long bath.... then put on my pajamas. Tonight, cuddling. Tomorrow, oatmeal.
Art Journal Ideas by @SchulmanArt
Art Journal Ideas

Art Journal Techniques

For these two art journal pages, I started my painting black gesso on both pages. Then, using a white pigment ink I put chevron and alphabet stamps to add texture. In addition, I used a medallion stencil and light shades of acrylic paint. I added two butterflies from a National Geographic magazine, and change the colors using acrylic paint. Using white and black gel pens I added bubble letters and then "painted" around the negative space with Faber Castell white or black brush pens as well as colored paint pens.

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What feels like home to you? If you have done some art journaling or written a blog post lately you'd like to share I would love to have you add a link to your blog here! (or just let me know in the comments what feels like home to you)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fashion Forecast: Sunny with a chance of Florals

spring 2014 Fashion Trends | florals, pastels and printed bags by
Spring 2014 Fashion Forecast: floral prints, pastels and printed bags
This fashion look was curated by Polyvore member emzirich and features a floral printed halter dress, printed bags and lots or spring's trendiest colors like a light sapphire and violet. 

The trends

The trends featured in this collection are floral prints in tones inspired by nature. The easy breezy silhouette is complemented by the jeweled sandals and a large brim hat conjuring up long bike rides in the country. Add a unique printed bag for the ultimate artistic fashion statement. 

Printed Fabric tote bag in Springs trendiest bright pastels
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Untold halter wedding dress
This gorgeous maxi dress is made up of a light and floaty chiffon quality, it`s covered in the most delightful floral print in cool hues of greens, purples and blues. Fully lined to provide the best coverage in such a soft palette, a strapless bra is required with such a stunning halter neckline. Tying back into a bow, it adds a delicate bohemian feel that`s perfect for any summer occasion. Take this on holiday for strolls on the beach or wear to a wedding for an elegant look.
$210 -

Tory Burch patent leather shoes
Encrusted with eye-catching rhinestones, these classically shaped patent leather sandals are like jewelry for your feet.

2b wide bracelet :
What a joyous occasion. Add a touch of glam to your outfit by styling these textured bangles.

Wide brim hat

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Pages from my art journal.

art journal | art journaling
Get in the habit of reflecting once a month...

Art Journal Prompt

For this art journal page I wrote all my reflections from the past month. This is a practice I started in January and I am enjoying it immensely. Another practice I have been doing is overlaying a mantra, a quote or a positive affirmation over the reflection. I found this helpful to keep my mind with a positive outlook and it also protects the privacy of my innermost thoughts.

Prayer for Spring

For this overlay I chose Robert Frost's Prayer for Spring. You may want to use it too so I have included the poem for you.

A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost
 Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

art journal | art journaling by SchulmanArt
detail from my Art Journal
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.

Techniques Used:

  • I bought some colorful packing tape from staples and used it to cover the inside covers of my "journal" ( which is also my Planner Pad)
  • The page is covered in gesso and I used acrylic matte medium to glue down art papers from Stampington
  • Additional acrylic pain was added at the edges of the papers to integrate the paper into the page.
  • On the top I wrote in bubble letters "March 2014 Reflections"
  • I used a white gel pen to write my reflections. I didn't worry about whether or not this was "readable" as I wanted to preserve my privacy from nosy teenage children who also live in my house.
  • I took parts of a Robert Frost poem with positive thoughts of Spring and over laid the prose in bubble letters over my text using a black uniball pen
  • I used a white Faber Castell Pitt white brush pen to fill in the "negative spaces" around the letters and then reinforced the black lines once more.
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