Friday, May 28, 2010

Fridays With Kelly - Take 3

Sharing our awesome finds!

Well, since last week I have had a special delivery and wow have I enjoyed it, so much so that I must share with you what I received.

I placed an order for two books: The first is called: Journal Spilling by Diana Trout. It is packed full of ideas and techniques that help to inspire and spark your creativity. I spent last weekend mulling over the entire book from cover to cover. A funny little coincidence occurred right before I received the book... my son asked me how people tie-dye t-shirts and guess what one technique she showed? Not tie-dying t-shirts but fold-dying paper... however, this helped me to show Ben how this whole tie-dying thing happens. Boy did this technique wet my appetite for creating beautiful dyed papers! Now I just have to find the time to do it! Click here to find her book. It is definitely a great one for ideas.

The second book: 1000 Artist Journal Pages by Dawn DeVries Sokol
I have heard of this book many times before and I was very intrigued wanting to get my hands on a copy. Finally I sat down and ordered it! From the moment I opened it I was captivated by all the talent, all the many artist's pages that spoke to me in color and words and thoughts and feelings... it was lovely! You know that feeling when you get a brand new art journal, all the pages are white and clean and you just can't wait to begin spilling your art onto the pages... well, this is the feeling I got when I opened this book, but in this case I couldn't wait to dive into other artist's pages and explore their talents like a kid in a candy store! I have shown only a snippet of a few pages I fell in love with... I don't want to spoil it for anyone - YOU MUST HAVE THIS BOOK! I used masking tape to mark the pages that I ABSOLUTELY love, though as I continue to read through I think I may have to put tape on every page! You will love it! I am so inspired to get started... though... once again... I need to find the time to do so! lol.

So this weekend I will continue my drooling expedition as I make my way through these books yet again. Do you have certain books that have inspired you in your art? Please share them with me as I am always looking for new inspiration. In fact, I think I spend more time getting inspired than actually creating! Hmmmmm... that's not good, but let me know regardless! LOL. I am a book fanatic!!!!

I will post some of my art later on... for now... I'm off to the art store to find some pan-pastels! Sounds like fun to me!!!!

Happy Creating everyone!



Janet Ghio said...

Don't you just love gerring new books!! I just bought Exhibition 36 and Mixed Media doll houses. And I love Lynne Perrellas Artist Journals and Sketchbooks.

lilasvb said...

i really like to follow an art journaling, may be because i am not abble to do one, i try but i always finish with lots of things started and not finished. and i jump into others things, others notebooks or "props" but , at the end, i feel like like an art journaling switching support.
yours pages are inspiring me.

LisaC said...

Kelly, I have BOTH of those books and they are both excellent books full of inspiration. For the 1000 journals one, I was going to randomly open to a page and try to make a journal page in a similar style. We'll see...

Today I bought "Collage Journeys" by Jane Davies with my 40% off coupon. It looks pretty good so far. I also like the book "Journal Bliss - creative prompts to unleash your inner eccentric" by Violette. Her style of drawing actually reminds me a bit of your style of drawing faces. And it's just colorful and fun to look through.

Have a happy weekend!

Arlene said...

Thanks for the recommendations, Kelly! I have added both to my Amazon "wish list". They both sound great and very inspiring.

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Kelly! You look like you have a ton of fun reading and artistic experimenting ahead of you. Thanks so much for your sweet visit! Wishing you a lovely weekend! Creative Blessings to you! :)

freebird said...

Oh I know that feeling of getting so inspired but not doing anything! I'm reading through that Journal Spilling myself right now. I have had the 1000 Pages for several years but haven't looked at it yet. I guess I put it on the bottom of my list after all the technique ones. I just got The Journal Junkies Workshop but have only read the intro. I liked that! I should review some books when I am done with them. The thought just never crosses my mind unless someone else brings up what they like or don't like. I'll try to remember on this book as I've heard the good and bad of it.

Creative Mish said...

Those look like fabulous books. I Love Love Love idea books... other people's talents totally awe and inspire me.

nanke's stuff said...

I have 1000 Journal Pages, but I've not heard of Journal Spilling. I may just have to order it! Thanks for the reviews. nancy