Thursday, March 31, 2016

Soul Intentions

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Every year I have been making very fixed goals... I define a goal as a very specific, measurable, actionable outcome for the future. But I also set some intentions for the year. The difference between an intention and a goal is that intentions guide the present whereas the goals determine the future.
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Get inspiration for your art journal by setting your intentions for yourself. Intentions are different than goals. Find out why.

More important than setting goals, are setting the intentions of how you want to live your life. 

Intentions set up your heart felt aspirations of how you want to live your life. 

The two may be interconnected. My goals tend to relate to success metrics in my life whereas my intentions affect my feelings and how I treat others.
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In my painting with words online class, I asked my students to also set their intentions. 
Here is a sampling of art from the class.

1. Art by Terri Neal
2. Art by Lorena Carretero
3. Art by Linda Dinsmore
4. Art by Lisa Derby Oden

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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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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

How to stretch watercolor paper

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Buckling paper is a frustrating and common problem when painting with watercolor which is why I always recommend new students start with a watercolor block. However, there are going to be times when you want to paint much larger or in a different non-standard size. In those cases, you do not have to put up with buckling if you stretch the paper. (I am told "buckling" is called "cockling" by my European friends) 

Here's how...


Stretching Watercolor Paper



If you have a relatively small piece of paper, say 9x12", then you can just use cheap clear packing tape to hold the watercolor paper down to a hard surface or board. I like to just tape the dry paper right down to my work table. The packing tape will peel cleanly off of the watercolor paper without ripping. The work table will get gummed up by the tape, so don't do this if it is a table you care about...like your dining room! Instead, you can just tape it down to a piece of Masonite or drawing board.

If you are working with a large sheet of paper, for example a full size sheet of paper, then you will have to use this process for stretching the paper.

Don't get intimidated. Just follow these easy steps and you can download my free checklist to help you out.


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First, you will need to immerse your paper in water. I do this in my bathtub. I am betting you will need to use the tub as well! Use cold water for this as warm water may alter the surface of the paper. This will also remove sizing from the paper which is not a bad thing. Place the soaking paper on a piece of gator board. you can purchase gator board from a framing shop, an art supply store or some hardware stores. You can also get it online, but shipping may be pricey so local options are your best bet.

Next, you need to wait until the paper is damp but no longer has a shine. I will help that along by wiping the paper with a cotton rag. (an old t-shirt) Don't blow dry or use a heat gun to dry the paper because it will not dry evenly and that will defeat the whole purpose

After the paper has "settled" - it is still damp but no visible shine to it.. you will use a heavy staple gun and staple the paper all along the edge. The reason you want to wait a bit is because the paper will expand when it is wet and it shrinks when it dries. If you don't wait then the shrinking force will be too much for your staples and they will either pull out of the board or the paper will rip.

When your paper has dried, the surface will be tight like a drum. You can now paint with as much water as you please and any buckling will correct itself. As you paint, don't forget that the staples will leave holes, but that is okay because that part of your painting will be covered up with your choice of mat and framing!


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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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Monday, March 28, 2016

3 reasons why music is the ultimate escape

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I paint a lot of musicians, musical instruments and include piano music in my art. As a result,  I am always getting asked if I am a musician also. The truth is that although my childhood piano sits in my home and my kids both know how to play multiple instruments, I am not a musician. The music I make is on the canvas. My quick answer is to those asking is that because my kids are both musical, music plays an important part in my family life.  The longer answer is that music is the ultimate escape... and here's why.


3 reasons why music is the ultimate escape



1. Music links us to the past


Music transports us through space and time. No matter where you are, if you hear a song on the radio you can instantly be transported to the time you first heard the song, or when the song was popular in your child. 

For example, the minute I hear Journey's Open Arms a flood of middle school memories comes back to me. I am slow dancing in the school cafeteria, weeping over unrequited love in my bedroom or swaying back and forth at my first rock concert in the Meadowlands.

2. Music connects you to your emotions


If you are not sure how you feel, you can connect with that through music. We instinctively put on music that expresses how we feel reaching for perky songs when happy or dialing the radio in another direction when feeling melancholy.


3. Music comforts


Music has the power to lift us out of current emotions and put us on a good feeling frequency and positive vibration. Is it any wonder that I love to paint to music and paint the figures who make music come to life?


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In this violin painting, I combined mixed media collage with images of Hillary Hahn playing with an orchestra. Look carefully to find the ghost like images of three other musicians. This art is more about the cacophony of music played in an orchestra than it is about the single notes of one musician.
This art comes with a 14x18" black floater frame. The black frame shows off the art so you can see the sides of the canvas and adds to the drama. This way, the art comes to you framed and ready to hang on your wall.
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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, March 25, 2016

who else wants to paint a duck?

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It seems every spring, I start painting animals and flowers... Not that I don't paint animals other times of the year, but the intensity of my painting creatures definitely picks up around March.

Early in the month, I started working on this duck painting. When I first start off with my mixed media creations, I often have no concept of what the subject will be.

I start with my feelings.


Feelings Dictate Colors


What I mean, is that I start with layers of the background and let my feelings dictate the colors. While I was working on this piece, the only early decisions I had made were to use printed napkins with Faberge eggs. Since the end of this March is also Easter... at first I thought I would do a bunny on top. Until I considered that that ducks lay eggs, not rabbits.

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Here is the finished painting of The Imperial Duck. I titled it the imperial duck since Faberge is a trademarked name to describe these ornate eggs created for the Imperial family.


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Want to own this painting? You can collect it directly from my website and it includes a black floater frame. Plus, you get free US shipping.
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Imperial Duck Video Tutorial


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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Word Doodles

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For the past few years, I have been choosing a word for the year. This words serves as a beacon for how I want the year to go. In order to keep my intentions visible, I create art journal pages around my word. For this page, I experimented with all the ways I could write my words for the year "light."

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You can do this exercise as well. See how many different "fonts" you can come up with in your art journal.. I like to do it first in pen and then "color in" my words. This gives me something to do with my hands and I find the process very meditative and satisfying.


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I chose the word light this year because it has so many different meanings. I want to be light this year in the sense of not heavy, less serious, more playful. I like the way light means you have insight.
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In my online class, Painting with Words, we worked on ideas and techniques for doodling and embellishing our lettering. Look at the wonderful pages shown here.

1. Art by Maureen VanDeusen
2. Art by Cassandra Irwin
3. Art by Bronny Koch
4. Art by Linda DeRosa

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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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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Positive Thinking Power

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My grandfather had a saying which he loved to repeat while enjoying his morning bacon and coffee and that is "Every age has its compensations." It was an expression that I heard and dismissed as I longed for each milestone as I grew up... old enough to drive, old enough to drink (legally), etc... and then started dreading new ones....turning 30...turning 40... but now that I am 47 I don't really think about milestone birthdays anymore... I don't think about how in a few years I will be 50. I am learning to stay in the present moment.



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For this art journal page, I started with the affirmation, "I am the perfect age."
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On top of that I layered the number 47. 

For this spread, I chose to use tone on tone colors. 
The next time I do this technique, 
I think I will try contrasting colors.

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Then, I added the affirmation, "Each joy has its own special joys + experiences."

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Here is the final version of the affirmation. 

Layering one affirmation over another is a technique I use a lot. Have you ever tried it?
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1. Art by Sandy Newkirk: notice the way the washi tape radiates outward like rays of a sun
2. Art by Mary Jo Ferrara Piwetz: The affirmation pops against the layered background.
3. Art by Cindy Kuo: Love the way there is one saying layered over another which gives the page visual interest and depth
4. Art by Debby Burow: A beautiful joyous page full of whimsy

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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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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Make room for a new you

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Even more so than January, springtime signals to me a time of new beginnings. The dreadful dreariness of winter lifts and the promise of flowers, warm weather and sandals awaits me. It's no wonder that as we come out of hibernation, we want to clear out our nests.

Declutter Art Journal Prompt


In this blog post, I share with you my "declutter" list as well as the declutter lists of some of the students in my Painting with Words online class.
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For this art journal page, I covered my entire page with patterned washi tape. Using paint pens, I titled the page "Declutter" in a three dimensional Times Roman font. Then I added rose flower embellishments to each letter. 
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Problem Areas


The rest of this I did on the couch while watching junky reality shows. I want to share with you a few more details of my junk... the confessional is good for me and will hold me accountable. Maybe some of you will recognize yourself in my "problem areas."


1. Underwear Drawer
:


I need to declutter my underwear drawer. I firmly believe that all women should do this on a regular basis. No granny panties allowed.. If you are over 40, then maybe it is time to get rid of your maternity underwear. If you do get pregnant again, you can always buy new ones. Ditto for anything with a rip or stain.  As an artist, you know that the first layers may not be seen but you know they are there. Those first layers should make you feel good and happy. The first thing you put on during the day should bring a smile to your face.



2. Under the bathroom sinks:


This is a problem area in both of our bathrooms. I started doing this yesterday in my kids' bathroom and there were over seven tubes of toothpaste, and multiples of things like bug spray, soap, half used sunscreen, bug bite cream. We keep buying more because no one seems to know how much we have. Under my own sink is the worst as there are expensive facial masks that I bought and never used. I should just dump them so I won't feel guilty every time I see them. The other confession I have is that I keep tossing my "hand wash" only shirts under my sink too. I think I should just send these to my mother... she'll know what to do with them.


3. Craft Closet:


I am proud to say that I did clean out my craft closet a week ago and now it is functional once again... Of course, it took 8 hours and the help of a professional organizer to get it that way...



4. Behind Piano:

So in my living room, we have an upright piano. It is angled in a corner to make it seem more like a grand piano. The front of the piano is literally covered with a foot high stack of piano music. That is the visible problem. The worst of it is BEHIND the piano. You can only see it if you peer over the piano to look in the corner. I have no idea what is in that foot high pile... and I just can't toss it because it is intermingled with photographs.




5. Garage:


The problem with my garage is slightly different than you might think. I actually park my car in this one car garage so there is minimal clutter. The problem is that my cat recently decided that she prefers peeing in the garage. It is a constant battle and I have to fix the door from the basement to the garage to cut off her access. There is nothing that annoys me more than making "service appointments" for people who never show up when they say they will and you end up waiting around all day for someone who finally shows up in the minute you are leaving to pick up your kids from someplace. So that is why I procrastinate service appointments the most.



6. Dining Room:

Sometimes I treat the dining room as the "kitchen's closet." Whenever I have something in the kitchen that I don't know what to do with I just stick it on my dining room table....problem.


7. Basement:

The recycling area... yikes... plus there are the hundreds of boxes in various sizes I bought in bulk from uline that I spent a lot of money on and are taking up way too much room. After I bought them, my art sales slowed and now I have shelves full of empty cardboard boxes mocking me.


8. Kitchen Sink:


see bathroom sink.



9. Car:

I did take mine to the car wash and got a good vacuum.. Right now the problem is that "storage" space they give you between the driver and passenger seats.. A sampling of what you will find in that space: one hand warmer, lipstick with no top, tweezers for emergency plucking in parking lots, nail polish, a few raisins stuck to the bottom, water bottle caps and gum wrappers.


10. Gift Closet:


It is getting dangerous to open the closet where I stuff, I mean store, wrapping paper and other stuff having nothing to do with wrapping gifts. I believe my mother's preserved wedding dress is also in that closet.

Art by students in Painting with Words


The idea and the techniques in this page are taught in my Painting with Words online class. I wanted to share the art of a few of my students so you could see how they took this idea and made their own statements with it in their art journals.

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(all art reprinted with permission from the artists)

1. Art by Natasha Papousek: Notice how the roses are scattered about the letters and words...signaling spring.

2. Art by Tamara Hampton Meadows: Love the colored backgrounds... I also like the idea of decluttering jewelry...reminds me that I have a tangled nest of necklaces in my jewelry box.

3. Art by Patti Salvaggio: The Sol LeWitt stylized patterned background is awesome and I love the way she used white transparent boxes to make the letters pop. The three-dimensional letters are also cool as well as the flowers instead of periods.

4. Art by Victoria Freeman: Love the way the girl is holding up a banner and she chose to put her title on the side vertically.


Painting with Words

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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





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