Art Doodle Love: Book Review with Author Dawn DeVries Sokol

February 18th, 2014

Art Doodle Love

 

Since working for Stampington, my interest in art journaling has peaked. I’m quite the novice, so when I saw this new book, I couldn’t wait to crack it open and interact with each page. Its unique writing prompts, gorgeous colored and textured pages, and innovative ideas are just a few of the many reasons why this book caught my eye. Whether you are just starting out like me, or you’ve got years of experience underneath your belt, this brilliant art doodle book is something you can’t help but fall in love with.  Today I’d like to welcome the author of the book, Dawn Devries Sokol, to our blog, as we have an intimate discussion about her challenges, achievements and other elements that went into the creation of this fun read.

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1) So Dawn, what were you doing before writing this book and what prompted/inspired you to start writing it?

I had authored three books before “Art Doodle Love” and really wanted to create a doodle book for women my age. I LOVED the book, “Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. That, to me, was all about self-discovery so it helped spark the idea of a book to help women find their creative side through doodling and journaling.

Art Doodle Love inside

2) Have you encountered obstacles when writing this book? What were those obstacles and/or what was the most challenging part of writing this book?

The main challenge was convincing publishers that doodling for women would sell. Once I got an agent, it was much easier!

Wanderlust Art Doodle Love

3) If you had to narrow it down, what would be your favorite chapter in “Art Doodle Love,” and why?

Probably the Wanderlust chapter because it’s about the journeys we take, whether they are in our minds, in reality, or in the everyday.

 

4) Do you have any regrets or feelings of “I wish I would have done _______” after the book was published?

Actually, no! I was so pleased with the outcome, and my publisher and editor were incredible in their support of the book. I wouldn’t change a thing. A great relationship with them has blossomed out of “Art Doodle Love.”

 

5) What did you learn about yourself during the creation and completion of this book?

I learned that I REALLY wanted to do this book for quite some time, so to see this one as a REAL book was even more rewarding than any of the other books I’ve published.

Art Doodle Love - Doodle Page

6) Who would you say has shaped your artistic style and ideas most – or was it completely a process of self discovery?

I’ve taken SO many workshops from so many WONDERFUL artists. I’d like to think that my artistic style is partly borne out of what I’ve learned from them and also my process. Doodling was the thing that got me started in art journaling. I was pretty overwhelmed at the beginning and realized I could concentrate on what I wanted to journal if I just sat down with a pen and doodled on a blank page. I had to start somewhere but all the techniques and the approaches of other artists made it too complicated. Art journaling is what YOU make of it. It’s really about YOU, what you want for yourself and what you want to get out of your journal. By just doodling I was able to get moving and not worry about how to “put it all together”. After doodling for a while, I realized I wanted to work on painted pages, so I painted a bunch of pages and then doodled on them. I added in collage after a while and figured out how to make my process work for me. It’s been constantly evolving and still changes all the time!

Intention Page Art Doodle Love

7) Now that you’ve published “Art Doodle Love,” do you have any desire to start on another book? What else is on the horizon for you?

I’m not stopping with “Art Doodle Love!” I’ve already published my fifth book, “The Doodle Circle: A Fill-In Journal for BFFs to Share”, and am currently working on my sixth book, which is a follow-up to my first book, “1000 Artist Journal Pages.” I just received word from my publisher that I will be publishing two more titles with them and a couple of stationery products, which I’m really excited about! I want to get more into licensing my designs and have been painting quite a bit on canvas and board.

 

Inside BookCLICK HERE to learn more about Dawn’s new book “Art Journal Love” before taking home your very own copy.

 

 

 

Dawn icon'For daily inspiration and motivation, check out Dawn’s blog >>> http://www.dblogala.com/

 

 

 

Dear readers,

What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to your art journal and how do you plan on tackling it?

With Somerset Place Love,

Blog Writer




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  Since working for Stampington, my interest in art journaling has peaked. I’m quite the novice, so when I saw this new book, I couldn’t wait to crack it open and interact with each page. Its unique writing prompts, gorgeous colored and textured pages, and innovative ideas are just a few of the many reasons […]

3 Insanely Easy DIY Projects with Instagram Photos

February 13th, 2014


Instagram Project 1

Project by Vanessa Spencer

#1 Instagram Photo Cards

Our square greeting cards (with matching square envelopes!) are the perfect canvas to display your Instagram pictures. Don’t let them metaphorically “collect dust” by sitting on your phone or computer – print them out and share them with friends and family! You can use these adorable cards for thank you notes, birthday cards or for any special occasion.

DIY Instructions:

  • You can either print directly onto the cards (you will need to resize and adjust the printer settings accordingly) or print out the pictures separately.
  • Crop the images to your liking and attach them to the front of the cards. Vanessa adhered hers with strips of patterned washi tape, but you can also use a thin layer of glue for extra stability.
  • Stamp some simple quotes and words onto each card using the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan stamp and black ink.

 

Materials Used:

Square-Shaped Cards and Envelopes Set — 4 x 4$(3.95)
Square-Shaped Cards and Envelopes Set — 6 x 6 ($4.95)
Tsukineko StazOn Solvent Inkpad Jet Black ($8.99)
American Crafts Roller Date Stamp Dear Lizzy Neapolitan ($5.49)
Washi Tape – Jute Pattern Polka Dot White on Gray ($3.49)
Washi Tape – Cross White on Turquoise Green ($3.49)
Washi Tape – Geometric Triangles White and Pale Yellow ($3.49)
*Please note – before mailing (if using the 6 x 6 cards) you may want to check with your postal carrier if there are additional postage fees due to the larger size.

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Instagram Project 2

Project by Vanessa Spencer

#2 Instagram Wood Photo Blocks Transfer

Capture memories and spotlight them with these stackable wooden photo blocks. Use three different sizes and tie with twine for the perfect sentimental gift.

DIY Instructions:

  • Using small, medium, and large sizes of the ready-to-alter wood blocks from our Handmade by Somerset collection, Vanessa paints each one with a quick coat of white gesso and allows the paint to dry thoroughly.
  • Print out your square instagram photos using a laser printer. If you don’t have access to a laser printer, go to an office supply store and use a photocopy service to copy your pictures. Size your pictures accordingly, so they will fit each block.
  • Give the gesso painted surfaces a very light sanding. A little “tooth” will help the images transfer better. Use a generous amount of gel medium onto the surfaces of the blocks and place the cut out images face down, and burnish lightly with a bone folder. Allow these to dry overnight.
  • Doing one side carefully at a time, dab the surface with water and rub gently with your finger to remove the paper pulp. This can take a little getting used to, and knowing when “enough is enough” because sometimes the photos will dry and be left looking a little fuzzy which means you didn’t remove enough. However you need to be careful not to rub too hard as then you could remove too much and parts of the images will come off. Try some samples first on scrap wood.
  • After Vanessa removes the excess paper pulp, she gently scratches the edges with her fingernail to give them a distressed look.
  • Once the pictures have dried from being wet, paint the blocks with a sealer like Collage Pauge. After the Collage Pauge sealing coat has dried, bundle the blocks up with some red scrapper’s floss for an elegant packaged gift.

 

Materials Used:

Traci Bautista Collage Pauge Medium Matte 16 oz ($10.95)
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium Matte (4 oz) ($6.95)
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso (4 oz) ($6.95)
Karen Foster Scrapper’s Spools Floss Cardinal ($2.50)
Handmade by Somerset Wood Blocks Medium – Set of 3 ($4.95)
Handmade by Somerset Wood Blocks Extra Large – Set of 3 ($14.95)
Handmade by Somerset Wood Blocks Mixed – Set of 3 ($9.99)
Bone Folder ($6.49)

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Instagram Project 3

Project by Vanessa Spencer

#3 Family Photo Crate Display Project

The Market Milk Bottles and metal chalkboard crate makes an interesting faux vintage display for your Instagram photos.

DIY Instructions:

  • Browse through your Instagram images and find your 3 favorite family photos.
  • Print our your pictures in black and white.
  • Crop the images to fit the metal display area and attach them with glue.
  • Fill each bottle 1/4 of the way with water and add a fresh mum (or any other flower of your choice.)
  • You can also embellish the jars if desired by adding some simple strips of washi tape or twine.

 

Materials Used:

 

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With Somerset Place Love,
Blog Writer





Sarah How-To Project Tutorials ,

Project by Vanessa Spencer #1 Instagram Photo Cards Our square greeting cards (with matching square envelopes!) are the perfect canvas to display your Instagram pictures. Don’t let them metaphorically “collect dust” by sitting on your phone or computer – print them out and share them with friends and family! You can use these adorable cards for thank […]

I Adore Wall Hanging Tutorial by Guest Artist Kristen Robinson

February 10th, 2014

Kristen Robinson wall hanging

It’s no secret that I adore Kristen Robinson’s eye-catching jewelry designs, so you can imagine how giddy I felt inviting her to share a new project with all of us. Please join me in welcoming Kristen Robinson to Somerset Place, and follow along as she shares a clever way to use bezels with this creative and functional wall hanging project (that you can use in any season!)

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I simply adore creating with jewelry findings in a very non-traditional manner. With a plethora of bezels and chains sitting before me from my Rue Romantique line, my imagination ran wild.

Reigning in my thoughts a bit, I became inspired to create a wall hanging that would not only be perfect for Valentine’s Day but year round. I like that this wall hanging is not only romantic but at the same time celebrates the love of family, friends and home. A perfect addition to the Valentine vignette nestled within our entryway, or any vignette no matter what time of year it might be.

Perhaps one of the best things about a project such as this is the ability to interject very personal styles and techniques. For me I am quite fond of embedding objects into flooded solder. From silver charms to rhinestones I cannot help but marvel at the magic that happens as the solder cocoons each bit and bauble. With a project such as this I find it the perfect opportunity to echo your creativity and style while celebrating all that you love.

~Kristen

Tools and Materials Kristen Robinson

Tools and Materials

 

I Adore Wall Hanging Tutorial

1. Apply a thin layer of flux to the interior of each bezel.

2. With butane torch heat solder and flood into bezel.

3. While solder is still warm place object to be nestled within solder.

4. With torch at least 4 inches away bring solder back up to heated stage until the object sinks into the solder. (This may not be needed depending on the state of the solder when placing object).

5. If stamping into solder, place stamp onto the molten solder and allow to cool prior to pulling stamp from metal.

6. Once the solder is cool, clean per the directions on the flux.

7. Into the metal stamping drill one hole on each side of the stamping as well as in the center. Repeat this on the ends of the stamping.

8. Determine the length that you wish the rosary chain to be for each small bezel. Open last link of chain with round nose pliers and attach to the bale of each bezel. Place adjacent link through the drilled hole on stamping and close. Repeat on remaining side.

9. To create the centerpiece cut a strip of velvet ribbon twice the length you desire and fold in half. Place the bale of the heart bezel onto the ribbon.

10. With needle and thread and or sewing machine stitch the center in a random manner, adding layers of ribbon if desired. Allow a loop to be left at the top of the ribbon.

11. Place one jump on the end of the velvet ribbon. If desired created a wrapped loop link here and attach to the center drilled hole. If choosing to not add a link place jump ring through drilled hole and close.

12. Adorn top of stamping with ribbon and rosary chain. Attaching both to the holes drilled on the end of the stamping.

 

Kristen Robinson wall hanging tutorial

Safety Precautions:

  • Be sure to use non-plastic materials when flooding, as they will melt.
  • An alternate method is to place the item you wish to cocoon in the flooded solder into the molten metal, just be very careful you do not burn yourself with the torch.
  • When soldering do so in a well ventilated area.

Kristen Robinson profileAbout Kristen Robinson:

Kristen is a Director’s Circle Artist for Somerset Studio as well as a Bonnes Vivantes for Somerset Life. In addition, she is the creator of Rue Romantique and is currently penning her third book “Explore Mixed Media Collage: Innovative Layering Techniques.” To learn more about Kristen, visit: kristenrobinson.net

 

Thank you so much for joining us today Kristen! I can’t wait to recreate and incorporate personal touches into my own beautiful wall hanging project.

With Somerset Place Love,

Blog Writer





Sarah How-To Project Tutorials ,,,,,,,

It’s no secret that I adore Kristen Robinson’s eye-catching jewelry designs, so you can imagine how giddy I felt inviting her to share a new project with all of us. Please join me in welcoming Kristen Robinson to Somerset Place, and follow along as she shares a clever way to use bezels with this creative […]

Free Article Download: Junk Mail Journal

February 6th, 2014

Junk Mail Journal

“Have fun with your junk mail journal, and smile at the mailman.” – Mixed-media artist, Nelda Ream

Discover a creative way to upcycle everyday objects into new found treasures, with this free article download by the talented Nelda Ream. You’ll learn how to transform junk mail typically destined for the trash into a pretty art book.

Click here to download the free article, “Junk Mail Journal,” originally featured in GreeenCraft Magazine Autumn 2011.

GRN Cover

Also in this issue: Artists explore the possibilities of old book covers, worn measuring tape, and brown paper grocery store bags. Ann Tatum creates jewelry from old faucet handles, Melanie Prior turns old vintage maps into chic home décor, Roben-Marie Smith makes handbags from used sewing paper patterns, and so much more!

 

You may also be interested in: Art Journaling │ Home Décor Projects

Is there a creative professional you’re absolutely eager to learn from? Comment below and we’ll do our best to spotlight the most requested artist as our next guest here [On the Blog].

With Somerset Place love,

Blog Writer

Comments? Ideas?

Contact me: blog@stampington.com

It would be great to hear from you!

 





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“Have fun with your junk mail journal, and smile at the mailman.” – Mixed-media artist, Nelda Ream Discover a creative way to upcycle everyday objects into new found treasures, with this free article download by the talented Nelda Ream. You’ll learn how to transform junk mail typically destined for the trash into a pretty art […]

Glimpse Inside: Introducing New February Titles

February 3rd, 2014

We’re thrilled to share this month’s new titles you, each one bursting with inspiring content to accompany you on your creative journey. Follow along with me as I open up the pages and explore inside each issue, here [On the Blog].

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We want to offer our blog subscribers an exclusive promo code to receive $5 off any February title of your choice. Copy and paste the discount code BLOG0214 when prompted at checkout. (Discount code can be used only one time per customer.)

 

 

Altered Couture

Altered Couture Glimpse Inside

This spring, how will you wear it? Our fresh, new issue of Altered Couture features a bold array of spring styles.

*Click here to glimpse inside!

 

Apronology

Apronology-2014-Volume-6 Glimpse Inside

True apronologists pour so much of their passion and affection for this garment into their work, and it shows on the pages of our latest issue!

What’s inside:

  • Unconventional styles like two-piece and convertible aprons
  • Trish Vernazza’s flirty and flouncy signature aprons
  • A gorgeous, mixed-media-inspired apron by Leeann Pearce

*Click here to glimpse inside!

 

Art Doll Quarterly

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Welcome in spring with this inspiring and informative issue.

  • Our Doll Artist Profile features Alana Tibbets, who creates dolls derived from her previous work as a biologist
  • Don’t miss the article on Dolls of The Masquerade Ball from the Houston Quilt Festival
  • Teeny-tiny dolls created from wood turnings by Margaret Crossland
  • Metal sculpture dolls by Lynn Wartski
  • Cute clowns, animals, strong men, an illustrated lady, aerial dancers, trapeze artists, and more.

*Click here to glimpse inside!

 

Artful Blogging

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Who’s inside this new issue?

  • DIY blogger Amber Kemp-Gerstel from Damask Love
  • Scrapbooker Tina Walker
  • Mixed-media artist Michele Lynch
  • Cathy Ward from The Xtra Suitcase
  • Milynn Luong from Love and Whimsy
  • Lisa Clarke from Polka Dot Cottage

*Click here to glimpse inside!

 

GreenCraft Magazine

GreenCraft Magazine
GreenCraft Magazine is back for another installment, and this issue brings with it some of the most inventive and unique projects to date.

*Click here to glimpse inside!

 

Stuffed

Stuffed

Sweet and stitched: This issue of Stuffed has creative softies that you cannot find anywhere else.

*Click here to glimpse inside!

 

Where Women Create

Where Women Create

Have you ever wondered what inspires extraordinary women, how they got started, and where they create? This issue of Where Women Create takes you behind-the-scenes and reveals the personal stories of influential and artistic women like June Stocking of Laughing with Angels, Karla Nathan, and designer Kellie Montana.

*Click here to glimpse inside!

 

Your Chance to Win!

We’re giving away one brand-new February title to one lucky winner! Simply follow these steps to enter for your chance to win:

1) Click on your favorite spread above.

2) Pin or “Like” that particular issue. 

3) If you pinned to Pinterest, share the link in the comments section below. If you “liked” on Facebook, tag us so we can see. 

4) If you don’t have Facebook or Pinterest, please comment below which issue you find most appealing and why.

Good luck! With Somerset Place love,

Blog Writer

*Winner is selected at random and will be contacted via email. *$5 off discount applies to purchases of any of the following (February ’14 titles) issues: Altered Couture, Art Doll Quarterly, Artful Blogging, GreenCraft Magazine, Stuffed, Where Women Create, Apronology. Discount code can be used only one time per customer and expires 02/28/14. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 02/28/14 at 11:59pm.

 





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We’re thrilled to share this month’s new titles you, each one bursting with inspiring content to accompany you on your creative journey. Follow along with me as I open up the pages and explore inside each issue, here [On the Blog]. We want to offer our blog subscribers an exclusive promo code to receive $5 off any […]