Friday, October 31, 2014

In My Bones

It thrills me to be able to announce that Orly Avineri has just released her third book In My Bones.

Orly is an artist who expresses herself primarily in the form of visual journaling. Her work is authentic, honest, and raw. Just as she is. Looking at her journal pages is like looking directly into the heart and soul of Orly. And through this book, we all have the privilege of being able to be a part of her  journey that is at once so intimate and personal and yet somehow universal.

Having seen her journals in person, I can attest to the power of her pages to move the viewer. Every page she makes tells a vivid and compelling story that creates a desire to interpret, to understand, and to know more. One gets the sense that every small detail has meaning and that no mark is random. This is clearly art that Orly feels in her bones.

From the book: Orly...opens her visual journal once again to express her belief in the boundlessness that comes from admitting incompleteness and and ambivalence - in the sheer relief that comes from one's willingness to exit the body in order to pour an intimate world onto pages of a visual journal and share it generously. All for the purpose of experiencing gentle journeys back to self and creating a true sense of belonging and connection.

You can see Orly's work, learn more about this book, and purchase it by heading to her blog One Artist Journal. Details about all three of her books, including One Artist Journal and 14 Artist Journals, are available here. And you can connect with Orly directly on her Facebook page.

Congratulations Orly. Thank you for opening the door and inviting us all inside. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Artists Give Back

There is a column in every issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine called Artists Give Back. it is written by Elena Lai Etcheverry, who herself knows a lot about giving back. Elena is the Founder and Executive Director of Charity Wings, an art & craft center in San Marcos, California that is dedicated to the charitable and healing aspects of art.

In the new, November/December issue of CPS, Elena has chosen to write about The Pulse Charity Auction that I spearheaded in response to Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Nearly 50 art-related items were donated by artists and more than $2,300 was raised and donated to the victims of Sandy. You can read more about the event in this blog post and on the pages (well, page 24 to be exact) of CPS.

The art community in NYC was hit quite hard and, nearly two years later to the day, are still struggling with the aftermath. Hmmmm. Perhaps it is time for The Pulse Charity Auction V2...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It's an enQoRe Giveaway

I love Golden Paints and their Fluid Acrylics are one of my go-to supplies -- as evidenced by this picture below.

And now I have heard that Golden has released a new product called QoR Modern Watercolors. I have not tried these yet but soon will. And judging by the description, these paints sound like they just might become permanent residents in my studio.


Sally Lynn MacDonald is on the cutting edge of this release and has already prepared an online workshop called enQoRe. Class starts in January 2015 and is based around this new product line.

Sally Lynn has generously offered a free "seat" in this online workshop to one lucky reader of The Altered Page. To be eligible for this giveaway, simply leave a comment to this post. Comments will close end of day, Friday October 31st. The random number table will choose the winner and please make sure you leave your email so you can be contacted with registration information if you should win. Good luck to all!

Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Stephanie, who has already been contacted by email, on winning a seat in Sally Lynn's upcoming workshop.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Week Links: 21

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
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And here is Week 21...

A different view of "found" objects as prized souvenirs from Stephanie Rosenbloom in the NY Times.

A stunning set of assemblages from Donna Watson.

Loving these clever examples of street art by Borondo found on I Need A Guide.

Mark Montano has an easy to follow tutorial for making your own paper.

This art journal from Jose Naranja leaves me speechless in the best way possible.

First in a series from Ronda Palazzari: the basics of a paint brush.

Grace Bonney shares 10 things she has learned about life from blogging.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Sound of Authenticity

There is a noise in the distance. It started out as a faint hum but is getting louder and louder. People are taking off the earplugs and setting the noise free. And my hunch is that people are going to continue to turn up the volume. What am I referring to? The sound of authenticity.

I have been a blogger for 7+ years. Much has changed on the scene since then. Facebook took over the world. Twitter shortened our voices to 140 characters. Tumblr and Instagram came along and turned our words into images. Pinterest happened and now we are all boarded up. Don't get me wrong...I love and use many of these platforms. But they are very different from traditional blogs.

People frequently note that the world presented on these sites is skewed to perfect and beautified. Perhaps too much so. As if the sun is always shining, the house is always clean, and life is always good. Instead of spreading the joy, this message can actually spread envy and distress. Now truthfully, I also often see entries on these platforms that suggest life is far from perfect. But the sense that "the grass is always greener" can seem pervasive.

As often happens in life, I think the pendulum is swinging. There is a frustration with this sense of "implied awesomeness" and a movement toward authenticity. And I believe this move is being spearheaded by the blogging community. Just one recent example is the Studio Table, where 120+ chose to share pictures of what their studio spaces really look like -- in all their messy glory.

Initially with the flood of microblogging platforms, there seemed to be a shift away from what I term "long-form" blogging. The ease of the newer sites made them very attractive. Many bloggers noted a decline in viewers and, most prominently, comments. When clicking on an upturned thumb is so easy...who has time to actually comment in words? And fill in those annoying Captcha Codes? At the same time, the crew that began blogging in the "early years" were burning out. It takes a lot of time and effort to consistently maintain a blog. A lot!

However, I have noticed a shift in the last year or so. Many new people are discovering blogging and again infusing energy into the blog community. And, happily, many older bloggers have shaken off the dust and have started to blog again. Their newest posts often start with an apology and apparent shock that so much time has past since their last entry.

Most importantly, there seems to be more authenticity than ever before in the content (see perfect example here). And for me, authenticity is very attractive and compelling. Real words from real people about real life. As a blogger, I strive to present an authentic voice in the hopes of continuing to build a community of people who connect to what I am saying and find true value in my blog. As a blog reader, I seek out the blogs where the voice and personality of the blogger comes through loud and clear -- in an authentic and genuine way.

The beauty of blogs is that they can be anything the blogger wants them to be. Every viewer can choose to read through or click past. And when I find authenticity -- I want in!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Class is in Session

Next month I head to Westlake, Ohio to teach at Small Studio. The shop is run by Ginny Carter Smallenburg and I am excited to finally meet her in person after having known her for many years online.

There are less than a handful of seats still available and if you are considering joining us there, now would be a good time to register.

There are two spots left for Text Tiles, an evening workshop being held on Friday, November 7 from 6-9pm.

52 Card Pickup, on Saturday, November 8 from 10am-5pm is filled.

One seat remains in For Your Eyes Only, being held on Sunday, November 9 from 10am-5pm.


Due to unforseen circumstances, I had to postpone my workshops last weekend at Artistic Artifacts in  Alexandria, VA. I am happy to announce that the classes have been rescheduled and registration has been reopened.

For Your Eyes Only will now be held on Saturday, January 24.

52 Card Pickup is scheduled for Sunday, January 25.

I look forward to two weekends filled with creativity and fun!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Going Urban

I am forever fascinated by the fact that when different artists use the same materials to create with, you will never see the same result twice. One hundred artists equals one hundred distinct artworks. 

I often notice this when making the rounds through the Internet and coming across artwork that has been created using the stencils I have designed. I love when other artists come up with ideas that I would never have thought of. A perfect example is Pam Carriker's journal spread. She used stencils from my new StencilGirl Products release, The Urban Collection

Loving the color palette, which Pam chose from her own, newly released line of paints

I am amazed by the depth and dimension she achieved in this section.

Pam used her own line of Liquid Pencil to make both the outlines of the stencils, the writing, and these drips. I do love drips!

These stencils were designed to be interactive, with the insides fitting perfectly within the outlines. I love the fact that Pam chose to overlap many of the different designs instead.