theresa mARTin

mixed media art


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Impulse Buy – Pentalic Traveler Black Sketch Book

I found this little Pentalic Traveler Black Sketch Book on a visit to a local art supply store.  It’s only 3″ x 4″ and was sweet to hold. I opened it and saw all the black pages, some drawn on by customers with metallic pens. It was love at first sight and a quick impulse buy.  I’ve had hours of fun using metallic gel pens free drawing designs.  If you’re interested in finding one of your own, here’s a link to their website where you can read about the different books they make: https://www.pentalic.com/traveler-pocket-journal/  They have a where to buy link. If you get one, show me what you do!   

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Noir Magic – Peacock


Lara W. traveled 100 miles to attend the Noir Magic Class. You saw the in process photo in the last post. Today I received a photo of her first finished piece.

Lara added and blended Prismacolor pencils with the gel pens. The piece reminds me of a story book or a fable and certainly reminds me of illuminated manuscripts. Well done Lara! I think it’s beautiful. What do you think?

 

 


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Student work from Illuminated Manuscript Letter Class


My students excel beyond anything I can teach them. I give them some pens and black paper and try to give a way to start out slowly. Then they jump into the deep end on their own with joy and create beautiful work.  It always astounds me.

I need to come up with a different name for the class in the future because it’s never strictly Illuminated Letters.  Any ideas for a new class name welcomed.

Showing here many process shots and having the hope that my students will send me photos when they finish at home.


Beowolf


Thanks to Artistic Artifacts for the wonderful art community.

 


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Book Binge

 

 

Group of handmade books

I’ve been on a bookmaking binge using black Artagain paper and Sakura Gelly roll pens.  At the first Illuminated Book Class I taught a lovely student gave me a blank small handmade book and I filled it up with gel pen drawings. I continued making books of my own, and started cutting and punching through some of the pages. It’s fun to see something evolve like this.  You never know where a technique will take you so it’s good to stick with it and see what happens.

The next Illuminated Letter Class is September 9th at Artistic Artifacts. Come along for the journey where I’ll be sharing all these techniques and more.

Shaped Cover

Shaped Cover

Shaped Cover

Shaped Cover

Shaped pages inside

Shaped pages inside

Gel Pens on black paper

Gel Pens on black paper

Gel Pens on black paper

Gel Pens on black paper


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ATC’s for the Artistic Artifacts JAMS meeting


Judy’s Altered Minds JAMS group meets Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 1pm at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria for Artist Trading Cards, then for the general meeting.


The 2.5″ x 3.5″ trading card collages were made by cutting up some of the gel pen drawings I’ve recently made.


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Illuminated Letter Class – June 10, 2017

The second Illuminated Letter class with theresa mARTin will be held at Artistic Artifacts on Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10am to 2:30.  In addition to working on letters, you will receive everything to make the collage in the photo above. Included too, is a small blank book like the ones in the top of the photo.


Sign up is  —> HERE. All materials you will need are included in the price of the class ($68.00). You will leave class with your own custom hand made design perfect to frame, use in book arts or as a greeting card. Join us!