Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Washi Tape: What is it good for?



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Washi tape is known as "masking tape" in Japan but they have brought masking tape to a whole new art form. Each roll of tape is made from rice paper and has a low adhesion, meaning you can place the pretty pieces on things and lift them off easily. 


Washi Tape Addicted


I am so addicted to these pretty rolls of tape and make lots of excuses to buy them and use them whenever I can from wrapping gifts, my online art sale and then I even incorporate them into my art work.



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Wondering where to get washi tape? Try here

Washi Tape Ideas


Here is how you can get some of these pretty rolls of tapes for yourself and some even better ideas of what to use them for!


Where to find washi tape



Find them on Amazon, also they carry these in stationary stores, craft stores and even office supply stores. Other places to look for washi tape is on etsy, Stampington.com and also ScarlettLime.com


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Amazon has a wide selection to choose from

5 Ideas How to Use Washi Tape



Heidi Shaulis uses washi tape to decorate the sides of her mounted prints. Follow Heidi on instagram!

1) Use washi tape in your mixed media art


washi tape ideas http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/01/washi-tape-what-is-it-good-for.html
Blenda Tyvoll uses this technique too! You can collect this art at blendastudio.com

2) Use washi tape to make Valentines Day cards!


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These cheery valentines by Jessica Sporn are sealed with washi tapes. Get crafty at jessicasporn.blogspot.com

3) People use washi tape in all sorts of creative ways... like doll clothes!

Make your own adorable doll clothing with Carolyn Dube at acolorfuljourney.com


4) My favorite washi tape usage is for decorating packages for my online art sales on etsy!



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I decorate the packages for my Etsy orders with washi tape. Find out more →


5) And of course, use it in your art journal!


washi tape ideas http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/01/washi-tape-what-is-it-good-for.html
Marjie Kemper "weaves" washi tape into the backgrounds of her art journal. Check out this technique at marjiekemper.com
A beautiful example of using "deconstructed" washi tape to bring your art journaling to the next level by Tori Weyers.(from instagram)
washi tape ideas http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/01/washi-tape-what-is-it-good-for.html
and of course, I love using washi tape in my art journals... Learn my process →


  

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Art Journaling Inspirations → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/01/my-favorite-art-journaling-magazine.htmlHello! I'm Miriam Schulman and I create mixed media art to tell stories. I also teach other people how to craft their stories with art. I give them the techniques they need to get the results they desire which brings more joy to their lives.

My art has been published by Somerset Studio, Art of Man and the New York Times among others and collected by an international audience. When I'm not working on art in my studio, you'll find me in a museum spending time with friends or family. Explore my art at SchulmanArt.com or join the fun at TheInspirationPlace.net
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Friday, January 22, 2016

art journal: Let's set juicy soulful goals


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For the last few years, I have been using my art journal as a goal setting tool and it has helped me realized my craziest, juciest art goals. In my free 4-part video series, I will show you an overview of how I do that. Interested? 


Can you believe it’s 2016! That means you’ve probably created some goals for the new year already or you’re in the process. Or have you already broken them?

If you have… you are not alone.. and it’s not your fault either. You just need a better way that speaks to your “artist soul”

We fall into the same pattern every year, don’t we? We set goals about our health, art, and relationships but struggle to make progress.

It’s not your fault.

The truth is traditional goal-setting doesn’t work.
Your best intentions are all possible—especially if you steer clear of ten common goal-setting mistakes. (find out what they are in my new video series (CLICK HERE)

The even better news? It's F-R-E E! (woo-hoo, right?)

Now, if you have already signed up, video#2 is finally here and it is all about GOAL setting and how I do that in my art journal. (sign up here : http://tinyurl.com/painting-with-words )
If you have already broken your New Year's resolutions...don't worry, 
it is NOT your fault. You just need a better way.

In today's video, I share with you an inspiring way I set my goals.. (and I do it the "artist way" in my art journal!)

Did you know that creating an art journal will make you 42 percent more likely to accomplish your goals? 

Here is what you will discover in video #2:


  • the 10 biggest mistakes people make with goal setting (and how to fix them)
  • how I use my art journal to set (and achieve) my biggest juiciest art goals!
  • beautiful mantras written by YOU
  • Why perfectionism doesn’t work (done is always better than perfect)
  • Three “negative” emotions that are actually positive signs you are on the right path.
  • Clarity (and courage) on the next steps you need to do what matters most 

Who this video is for:


  • You are curious about what I write in my art art journal
  • you are interested in how to make better goals and live your best life
  • you either art journal already or are curious about it

What you need to do...


  1. sign up for the free series, be sure to check your inbox, spam, folder or junk folder- and gmail users also need to look in their "promotions" tab...still don't see it? email miriam@TheInspirationPlace.net and my assistant Anna will help you figure out what happened.
  2. Watch the videos on high speed internet-- you may not see it on your phone...
  3. you can even get video#1 - the feedback from the first video has been AMAZING to say the least so I know you will love it too! 
  4. Sign up here : http://tinyurl.com/painting-with-words






Here's what you'll learn in this video series:


  • Explore 9 benefits of art journaling
  • Discover 4 ways to squeeze it into your busy life
  • Learn my easy "mantra making formula"
  • Uncover how to finally achieve your goals ( and become a more creative person in the process)
  • Download complete Painting with Words supply list (hint: most are at your local office supply store!)
  • Unleash your most creative and satisfying year ever!

Who this is for..


  • you have never tried art journaling before but are curious about why and how to get started
  • you want to develop an art journaling practice either to get better at your lettering or art or to find inner peace (you will do both)
  • you already have an art journaling practice but are bored by your lettering default style or are frustrated by your results

Start watching now: http://tinyurl.com/painting-with-words


Sign up by January 28th, 2016

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In Case We Haven't Met Yet...

Art Journaling Inspirations → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/01/my-favorite-art-journaling-magazine.htmlHello! I'm Miriam Schulman and I create mixed media art to tell stories. I also teach other people how to craft their stories with art. I give them the techniques they need to get the results they desire which brings more joy to their lives.

My art has been published by Somerset Studio, Art of Man and the New York Times among others and collected by an international audience. When I'm not working on art in my studio, you'll find me in a museum spending time with friends or family. Explore my art at SchulmanArt.com or join the fun at TheInspirationPlace.net




Your turn: I am going to be announcing my new art journal class,Painting with Words, really really soon and I would love to hear from you what you want to learn about lettering!

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Top 5 reasons why you art journal


art journal ideas, inspiration and pages on http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/01/top-5-reasons-why-you-art-journal.html
In my last post, I asked what you love about art journaling. Here's what you had to say:


art journal ideas, inspiration and pages on http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/01/top-5-reasons-why-you-art-journal.html
Lettering techniques you can learn in Painting with Words

1) No Rules!


Pam: I love art journaling because there are no rules - you make your own, and you can change them any time you choose to! I love playing with my art supplies and my journals are my playground! Best way to destress!!!
I am a Kindergarten teacher and have been teaching my students to journal for years! I'm sure I have started plenty of serious art journalers over the years....... with more to come....

Laura: Art Journaling has NO RULES!!! I love to take an online class and veer off in my own direction, if so inspired!

art journal ideas, inspiration and pages on http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/01/top-5-reasons-why-you-art-journal.html2) Freedom!


Barb: I love the freedom to play in my art journal creating new ideas without a time crunch

Ruth: I love the way it frees me...lightens the inner being...nurtures me and allows unspoken expression

Chris: Art journaling brings out my inner child. I feel free to try new things without feeling so critical of my work. After long days of working it's fun to play with art supplies!

Monika: Art journaling has been a bit liberating for me. I was always afraid to try my hand at art because I didn't think I was good enough, and I was always intimidated by having to write on a page what my thoughts were, even though I really felt the urge to do so. Art journaling allows me the freedom to express myself without feeling the pressure of having to show my art to someone. It allows me to be myself, and I absolutely love it!!
art journal ideas, inspiration and pages on http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/01/top-5-reasons-why-you-art-journal.html
Lettering techniques you can learn in Painting with Words



3) Meditation!

Shyra: I love art journaling as self-expression. It's also very meditative and a wonderful release of creativity! Art Journaling Magazine is one of my favorites!!

art journal ideas, inspiration and pages on http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/01/top-5-reasons-why-you-art-journal.html
Lettering techniques you can learn in Painting with Words

 

4) Experimentation!


Kristen: I love experimenting with all my art supplies. I feel I get better all the time and it's only for me so there is no pressure.

Laura A.:  Art Journaling is freeing. It's a way to explore options and techniques and ideas.

art journal ideas, inspiration and pages on http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/01/top-5-reasons-why-you-art-journal.html5) Relieve Stress

Bernice: I'm a lifelong artist and crafter! Art journaling is necessary to keep me sane! I work in my art journals on a daily basis! Even if it's as little as ten minutes! It is always time well spent! It is my creative outlet, stress reliever, a place where I can reflect on my life, my thoughts and feelings! It is a place where I can explore using new mediums and techniques. My art journal reflects not only my growth as an artist but my growth as a person as well!


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Art Journaling Inspirations → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/01/my-favorite-art-journaling-magazine.htmlHello! I'm Miriam Schulman and I create mixed media art to tell stories. I also teach other people how to craft their stories with art. I give them the techniques they need to get the results they desire which brings more joy to their lives.

My art has been published by Somerset Studio, Art of Man and the New York Times among others and collected by an international audience. When I'm not working on art in my studio, you'll find me in a museum spending time with friends or family. Explore my art at SchulmanArt.com or join the fun at TheInspirationPlace.net

Your turn: I am going to be announcing my new art journal class, Painting with Words, really really soon and I would love to hear from you what you want to learn about lettering!

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

My Favorite Art Journaling Magazine (here's your chance to win it)


Art Journaling Magazine Giveaway | Enter to win here → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/01/my-favorite-art-journaling-magazine.html
I make no secret how much I love Art Journaling magazine. The beautiful pages are eye candy for my soul and I love devouring each one. I know I should read the articles but I rarely do. In fact, more often than not, I will rip up the magazine and use the pages as my first collage layer.
So that poses a dilemma for me when I get my art published in the magazine. Do I keep it pristine and preserve it? Or do I rip out the pages that I am not on and use those for my collage? 

(truth... The first two issues I was published in I kept pristine until I couldn't stand it any longer and then I ripped out all the other pages to use in my art... This time, I think I will just buy extra copies of the magazine so I can keep one special and use the other one. 

This time, the publication was extra special because my daughter, Talia, also got her art journal published. (So that means we have two copies of the magazine in our home, which doubles my temptation to rip up at least one of them... but no... I will hoard it ...don't worry)

Art Journaling Inspirations → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/01/my-favorite-art-journaling-magazine.html
This month's Art Journaling magazine with my art journal featured on the inside.
Art Journaling Inspirations → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/01/my-favorite-art-journaling-magazine.html
featured article, "Meditation with Markers," in the January 2016 edition of Art Journaling. I will be teaching a class, Painting with Words,  to show you exactly how to create these lettering techniques plus much much more. Stay tuned... can't wait to share this artsy goodness with you!
Art Journaling Inspirations → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/01/my-favorite-art-journaling-magazine.html
My daughter, Talia, also has her art journal featured in her article, "The Journey of My Art Journal."

Art journaling became a family affair so when I submitted my art journal to Stampington, I encouraged Talia to do the same. I thought the publishers would be interested in hearing both sides of the same story and that a teenage girl was a unique perspective they may not have featured yet. (I was right) 

How to get the magazine (for free)

You can grab your copy of this magazine to read both stories plus there is gorgeous artwork by other artists.

This giveaway is now over.




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Art Journaling Inspirations → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/01/my-favorite-art-journaling-magazine.htmlHello! I'm Miriam Schulman and I create mixed media art to tell stories. I also teach other people how to craft their stories with art. I give them the techniques they need to get the results they desire which brings more joy to their lives.

My art has been published by Somerset Studio, Art of Man and the New York Times among others and collected by an international audience. When I'm not working on art in my studio, you'll find me in a museum spending time with friends or family. Explore my art at SchulmanArt.com or join the fun at TheInspirationPlace.net

 What do you love about art journaling?

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Friday, January 1, 2016

The Art of Goal Setting

It has become an annual tradition of mine to write out my goals and post them publicly on the blog. I benefit as much if not more than anyone by placing my goals in writing and making myself accountable. I hope to inspire you in the process
This year I looked at my goals and groaned... "oh no.. no one is going to want to read all that. Who is going to want to read it? Maybe I need to make a video and just tell you my goals." 

So I am going to put on my make up and charge ahead. Let's pretend you are here with me in my studio and you just asked me what my plans are.. I don't normally talk in full monologues...so you can add to the conversation too. Just leave a comment under wherever you see this post or email me! I read all emails that make it into my inbox and try to answer as many as I can as well.





"Show Notes"For those who rather read than listen, or want to follow the links, here ya go!

Step One: Review Your 2015 Goals


This is like New Year's resolutions in reverse. It is so important to review the goals you made last year to see what worked and what didn't. That is why writing your goals down is so important. Do you remember what your goals were for last year? No? Write this year's goals down now - nothing fancy. Grab a napkin and just do it.

Here is a list of the goals I made for 2015 and how I did with each of them.


  1. My Word. I chose "purpose" for my word for 2015 and the word served me well. One thought I do have for 2016 is that a year is too long for one word and I may switch my strategy to choosing a new word each season instead of for the whole year. By September, and probably earlier, I was definitely ready for a new word.
  2. Mastermind. I never quite found the "mastermind" group I was seeking. However, I felt I met the purpose behind this goal. I made lots of real life connections with artists by making lunch dates, traveling across the country to meet my online artist friends and getting on the phone regularly to discuss our dreams, plans and passions.
  3. Read. I read (or listened) to 26 books on marketing and personal self-development. This is a habit I will continue in 2016. You can read about my reading list HERE.
  4. List Building. My email lists did peek above 5000 this year, but I am learning that the list has to be quality as well so my 2016 goals will be a stronger list of fans (see below for 2016 goals)
  5. Content Creation I created three free video series this year which included a series on painting and drawing cats, figures and also mixed media. I also wrote 92 blog posts- much less than prior years, but I also wrote many more newsletters and emails to connect in a more personal way with you.
  6. Budget. I was a little sloppy with this goal, and will be a little firmer with it next year. It is so tempting to build stats that drive my ego but don't necessarily benefit my bottom line or the experience for you, my audience.
  7. Profit from my passion. I had one of my best years ever in my art business but I still fell short of my income goal. However, I understand some of the mistakes I made last year and can self-correct them.

Write it down, Make it Happen

When you write your goals down, they become "plans" rather than just goals or resolutions. Making plans is a giant step toward making your dreams real. It is like creating a blue print for the year.

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Let's Do it Together!


I want to invite you to share in this process with me which is why my first online class for 2016 will be "Painting with Words." It is a lettering class that also goes into how I write my goals and use my art journal to inspire me.

As always, I will be offering a free video series just prior to the class. In the free four part video series, I will be sharing some exercises from the course and the last video will describe how to go with me to the next level. The class is in development, but you can grab 10 art journal prompts to help get you started while you wait.

 

My Plans (for you!) for 2016

  1. 4 new online art classes (described in goals 2-5)
  2. Painting with Words (coming in January 2016) A lettering class with inspiration galore.

  3. Animal Spirits Watercolor Class. (Spring 2016) Lot of my watercolor students have been writing to me asking me for more watercolor classes and I spent a long time thinking about this. Should it be flowers? Landscapes? Animals? My heart told me to create a class called "Animal Spirits." More details to follow. If you don't have it already, please grab my list of favorite watercolor supplies
  4. Creative Marketing for Art-trepreneurs (Fall 2016) Ahhh, This class has been on my mind for a while. I have taken lots of marketing classes (because I love marketing my art) and each time I think that I need to stop taking these classes and start teaching them. I have a lot to share about my own strategies and a unique perspective that I want you to learn. I want you to have all the same successes (and more) that I have selling art. It is such a thrill to be able to connect with collectors. So keep your eye out for that. In the meanwhile, check out these blog posts I have written on art marketing strategies.
  5. Handmade Holidays (Late Fall 2016) I am dreaming of a class where I teach you how to

    make holiday ornaments as well as some crafts for my non-Christmas holiday crafters. The ornaments are not for sale now, but you can see them on my blog here. My plan is to invite my artist friends to teach this course with me for lots of crafting goodness and inspiration.
  6. Outdoor Art Fairs (3-5)
  7. Travel high up on my 2016 travel bucket list is a trip to Portland to see my artist friends, a jaunt to Los Angeles to visit my brother and one "out of the country" trip with my husband to make beautiful memories.
  8. 12 Guest Blog Posts
  9. Create a mission statement for my art
  10. Surround myself with artist friends I love my artist friends. Thank you for making my life richer!
  11. Declutter  Can one ever be free of clutter? Doesn't mean you can't keep trying... (did you read Declutter Your Life?)
  12. Learn - read, listen, explore. I loved all the reading I did this year, much of it on audio which I listened to while I painted, went on walks or drove around town. you can discover a book recommendation from one of these blog posts. My reading wish list continues to grow!
  13. 1000 Raving Fans. Last year I made a goal of 5000 email subscribers ( I begun the year with 1600) I hit that goal sometime in the fall but for 2016 I decided to make a quality goal instead of a quantity goal.

    There is a popular adage that to have a thriving business you only need 1000 Raving Fans, or "true fans." I am not sure where this adage originated but I did find a great blog post about what it means to have "1000 True Fans" by Kevin Kelly.

    I will be measuring whether I hit that goal by using my mailchimp metrics. Mailchimp assigns star ratings to each subscriber based on how active they are on your list. I maintain two email newsletter lists. One email list that I send out to "art collectors" and another that I send out to artists and art students of  The Inspiration Place. As of this writing I have 482 "five star" "SchulmanArt" subscribers and 1822 five star "Inspiration Place" subscribers. Thank you my five star folks! I love you too.

    My goal is to reach 1000 5-star SchulmanArt subscribers. and 3000 5-star Inspiration Place subscribers. Are you getting my emails? Click HERE to check out the free treats I give my new email subscribers!
  14. 6 Figure Art Business. Last year I made an income goal of $100,000 and although I haven't finished crunching all the numbers yet, I did fall short of this goal. I don't think it is crass as an artist to have an income goal. I firmly believe that if you are giving to the world your art that the world wants you to make a living from it. I want to make a business where I can fully support myself so I can continue to create content like this blog, videos and classes that you enjoy.

    One mistake I made last year in my goal setting is that I didn't calculate the value of the products and services I was planning. So this year I mapped out all the art and art classes I plan on creating and made sure that reaching my goal is possible.
  15. Two solo shows. I have two solo shows scheduled for 2016. One will be at the Scarsdale Library in May 2016 and the other is in Harrison, New York in November 2016
  16. 50 new paintings. For my art shows, I want to exhibit new art. I like to work in sprints and series so this is about 4-5 paintings per month.

    https://schulmanart.leadpages.co/free-music-postcard/

    I will continue to release art as "collections" at the end of each month. You can see my most recent musical art collection on my website and grab yourself a free music postcard while you are there!

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In Case We Haven't Met Yet...

Hello! I'm Miriam Schulman and I create mixed media art to tell stories. I also teach other people how to craft their stories with art. I give them the techniques they need to get the results they desire which brings more joy to their lives.

My art has been published by Somerset Studio, Art of Man and the New York Times among others and collected by an international audience. When I'm not working on art in my studio, you'll find me in a museum spending time with friends or family. Explore my art at SchulmanArt.com or join the fun at TheInspirationPlace.net


Now I want to hear from you... what are your goals for 2016? 

If you are an art student, which of the art classes I talked about are you most excited about?

(leave a comment or email me at miriam@schulmanArt.com)
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Thursday, December 31, 2015

3 Most popular art blog posts of 2015

3 most popular art blog posts of 2015 http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/01/3-most-popular-art-blog-posts-of-2015.html
As the new year dawns, I am starting to plan my blogging strategy for 2016. Part of the way I plan future blog posts is I take a look at the blog posts that were the most popular and look towards writing more blog posts on those topics. 

Not surprising, the most popular with my audience were on watercolor techniques, art journal ideas and color trends. Which was your favorite? What would you like to see from me in 2016?

 
http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/07/are-you-making-these-3-mistakes-with.html
Do you know the most common misconceptions
 about watercolor painting with red paint and are
 you guilty or innocent? Find out!
Are You Making These Three Mistakes in Your Watercolor Paintings?

http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/07/black-gesso-proceso.html
Everyone loves a good art demonstration, especially video, 
That's why Bob Ross was so popular. →Watch me create
Black Gesso Proceso

http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/02/whats-new-with-color-trends.html
Do you know how they predict which colors will be popular?
→ Find out
What's New with Color Trends 



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    artist Miriam Schulman in her  art studio www.schulmanart.comHello! I'm Miriam Schulman and I create mixed media art to tell stories. I also teach other people how to craft their stories with art. I give them the techniques they need to get the results they desire which brings more joy to their lives. 



    My art has been published by Somerset StudioArt of Man and the New York Times among others and collected by an international audience. When I'm not working on art in my studio, you'll find me in a museum spending time with friends or family. Explore my art at SchulmanArt.com or join the fun at TheInspirationPlace.net

     

    Now I want to hear from you... what would you like me to write about on this blog in 2016?

    (leave a comment or email me at miriam@schulmanArt.com)
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