Ep 64 Creative Chat with Art Journaling Expert Caylee Grey

Today’s guest is art journaling expert Caylee Grey from GetMessyart.com. Caylee is a South African artist living in Germany. We really wanted to have Caylee on the podcast as her mission is close to our hearts, to encourage people to have a regular creative practice.

Art Podcast Ep 64 Caylee-Grey Art Journaling Expert

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Caylee has a fascinating story of how she started art journaling as a challenge she set herself. This then turned into her full-time business. She teaches others how to journal and most of all to love the process of creating art.  Her mission is to empower 10 000 people into a regular creative practice.

You can find the free Journaling starter course that Caylee mentions in the podcast at https://getmessyart.com/kick

caylee grey art journal page

Caylee talks about

  • How and why did she first got started with journaling
  • How her first journal pages made her feel
  • That you don’t need to be good at drawing to art journal
  • What she means by a phrase she uses – dancing naked in perfection’s face (and no it’s not rude, shut that dirty mind down now 🙄  )
  • Why it’s important to enjoy the process and not worry about your art sucking especially at first.
  • Tips for getting started with art journaling
  • How her journaling challenge developed into her business
  • Balancing a young child and family life with creative time and business and why it’s sometimes necessary to stick fake eyebrows on your baby🤣.

Caylee Grey baby eyebrows

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Ep 63 Creative Chat with Artist and illustrator Laura Frankstone

Today’s guest is Laura Frankstone www.laurelines.com. Laura is an Artist, Urban Sketcher and Illustrator from North Carolina. Sandra first came across Laura’s work about 12 years ago when she stumbled across her blog. It was Laura that inspired her to start her own blog all that time ago. 

Podcast Ep 63 Artist Illustrator Laura Frankstone

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Wales tea sketch

Laura’s work is lively, energetic and full of life. And her blog reflects that perfectly. One of her passions is travelling which is reflected in her travel sketchbooks. She arranges her travel to coincide with places she wants to draw. Listening to Laura will definitely make you want to run and pick up your sketchbook. In fact, go and grab it now and sketch while you listen.

Wales urban sketch

Laura talks about

  • How she got started with drawing
  • What inspired her to start her blog and how important blogging has been over the years?
  • How she has filled hundreds of sketchbooks over the years and what she thinks the secret is to be such a prolific sketcher?
  • The basic sketching kit that she always carries, even when she travels with only a carry on bag
  • Joining the urban sketchers movement and her passion for travelling and drawing on location
  • How her passion for travel sketching developed and how she creates a series of works inspired by her travels.
  • How she got started doing illustration work.
  • Sketching her garden over the years as she transformed it after being inspired by Les Jardins Agapanthe in Normandy

CSD garden sketches

Find out more about Laura Frankstone

Polar Twighlight painting

Norway Ship Readers

Norway Blue hour landmass

 


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Art Book Review Remedial Sketches by Lewis Rossignol

We wanted to share a new art book we’ve bought called Remedial Sketches by Lewis Rossignol. Here we give you a sneak peek inside.

Lewis’ work has a childlike charm, it’s playful and grungy. We love the way he combines vintage photos semi-legible text and drawings to create images that you can weave your own stories into.

If you want to learn more about Lewis Rossignol you can also listen to the podcast interview we did with him

Art Book Page Lewis Rossignol

Art book page Remedial Sketches

Lewis Rossignol Book Review page

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Ep 62 Tips for Completing a Creative Challenge

In today’s episode, we are going to talk about completing a creative challenge. As many of us who have taken part in creative challenges will know starting a creative challenge is easy. You start out full of excitement and great intentions. However, maintaining momentum to see the challenge through to the end is much harder.

Ep 62 Tips for Completing a Creative Challenge

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Some of the tips for completing a creative challenge that we discuss

  • How you could prepare prior to the creative challenge.
  • Scheduling time for the challenge
  • Making sure a challenge works for you and fits with your goals and time constraints
  • How to pivot if a challenge isn’t working out
  • What to do when you really haven’t got time
  • Dealing with the days you just don’t want to create
  • Ways of holding yourself accountable for completing your challenge. There are several ways of doing this that we cover,
  • How to stuff yourself with a massive cream cake at the end as a reward. Ok, we didn’t discuss that, but we should have done and did mention how a reward might help with motivation.

What are the best ways you have found to motivate yourself to complete a creative challenge?

And of course, we also talk about what arty things we’ve been up to during lockdown and mention the Zoom life drawing (clothed!!! – Sandra posed) sessions we’ve done with the group.

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This week’s creative question

What is the ultimate creative challenge you would like to set yourself? What is stopping you?

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The best answers will be read out on a future podcast.

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How to use Caran D’ache Neocolor ii Water Soluble Wax Pastels

Someone in our Facebook Group asked if we’d make a video about Caran D’ache Neocolor ii Water soluble Wax pastels. So here are our tips and tricks for using Neocolors.

Which paper to use with Neocolor ii

The first thing I want to mention is paper. If you are going to be using a fair bit of water with the pastels I would suggest using mixed media paper. I like Canson Imagine and Daler Rowney Mixed Media paper. But you can also use a toned mixed media paper. I have used a heavyweight coloured paper but only used water very sparingly.

paper for Neocolor 2

The two types of Neocolor Pastels

There are 2 types of Neocolor Wax pastels. Neocolor 2 are water-soluble whereas Neocolor 1 aren’t. This does mean that if you wanted to you could create effects by combining the two. For example if I use non watersoluble white pastel and a soluble green I get a wax resist effect. You can see here some other combinations too.

Neocolor 1 vs 2

How hard to press on the pastels

Someone asked how hard should you press on the pastel and this all depends on what sort of effect you want. If you use them very lightly and add water you get a soft watercolour like effect. If you press harder and make the pigment dense it will look more like gouache when you add water.

Blending Neocolor ii wax pastels

I find the easiest way to blend colours is to choose 2 colours that are not too far from each other like a yellow and an orange or a light green and darker green like have here. If you use them lightly you can get a nice soft watercolour like blend. If you use them heavier and add the lighter green over the darker it will start to give a blended effect. When you had water to the thicker pastel it’s a lot more tricky to mix. It’s best to start with just a little water as you can find that you just end up moving pigment around.

blending neocolor ii

Cleaning your pastels

One thing you need to consider when you are working is that your pastels will get dirty and if you are not careful you will transfer the colour your pastel has picked up onto the page. To avoid this wipe the end of your pastel with a bit of kitchen towel or a rag.

Creating small details with your Neocolors

Getting small details drawn with these pastels can be a bit tricky. One way to do this is to sharpen the crayon. If you want to you can put the shavings in a container and use them like paint. The sharpened crayon can get a reasonably fine line. You can also use the reverse of the crayon for lines. Another thing you can do is wet a brush and dab it on the Neocolor and use it like paint to get a fine line.

Neocolor sharpening

Necolor ii used with mixed media and over backgrounds

Neocolors also work well with mixed media, you can see here how they will work over backgrounds. This one has been created with acrylic inks. They will also work over collaged elements. You can see that lighter colours will allow the text from this torn book pages to show through while the dark colours are more opaque.

Neocolor ove mixed media

Drawing and writing over the top of Neocolor ii

I have heard people say how tricky Neocolors are to write or draw over the top if you have used them thickly. The best thing I have found for this is either to sharpen one of the crayons as I have shown before or use a Stabilo All black pencil. These pencils will draw over pretty much anything and they are watersoluble.

Writing over Neocolor 2 - Stabilo All pencil

Taping down your paper before you start drawing

Before you start a drawing with Neocolors, if you are going to be using a lot of water I would recommend taping down your paper to a board with masking tape. It will stop the paper buckling as much.

Semi Abstract Face Timelapse

abstract face in Neocolor 2

Here is a semi-abstract face I drew for the Sky Portrait Artist of the week paint-along. I start with a pencil drawing and then for these drawings generally start with yellow and then move on to darker colours. That way my yellow doesn’t get so messy with darker colours. However, I do go back in with different colours both light and dark so I don’t work in a strict light to dark manner on these. There are no strict rules so do what works for you.

Once I have the colour how I want it I will smooth the pastels out a little with water. You can still go back over the top of this when it’s dry if you want to.

You can see near the end of the drawing I use the Stabilo All pencil to draw on top of the picture.

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Ep 61 Creative Chat with Artist and illustrator Lewis Rossignol

Today’s guest is Lewis Rossignol, an illustrator and artist based in Portland, Maine USA. He specialises in combining hand-drawn and collaged imagery.​​

Podcast Ep 61 Interview with Lewis Rossignol Artist and Illustrator

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I first discovered Lewis on Instagram when I became interested in Abstract faces. His art was so distinct and unlike anything I had seen before. He created portraits that were the complete opposite of high realism. His drawings were grungy, predominantly black and white and very cool. And his work was part of my inspiration to find my drawing style. Sandra is also a big fan of his work so we were thrilled when he agreed to come on the show.

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Tyler The Creator IGOR Album Artwork

Lewis talks about

  • How and why he went to art college later in life as a mature student
  • His Tourette’s syndrome and how art helps with the condition and how art/creativity could help with your mental health
  • Artists that have inspired him and influenced his work
  • Why he likes to “mess up” the page before he starts drawing
  • His favourite mediums to work with
  • Where he gets his inspiration for the faces he draws
  • How he built his following on Instagram
  • Crowdfunding his books

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Some of the Artists Lewis mentions

Find out more about Lewis Rossignol

Lewis Rossignol Art

 


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Ep 60 Creating Themes for your Sketch Books

Today’s episode is all about creating themes for your sketchbooks.

But why would you want a theme for your sketchbook?

It can really help with indecision, having a theme can prevent that feeling of not knowing what you are going to draw. But if you are worried you will get bored with just one theme, you could have several sketchbooks on the go, each on different theme. For example you could have one for doodles, landscapes, portraits, cartoons, challenges etc. Then just pick up the one that you feel like doing the most.

Art Podcast Ep 60 Create themes for your Sketchbook

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A few of the sketchbook theme ideas we discuss

  • You could have a sketchbook just full of collage.
  • Creating an experimentation sketchbook
  • Have a sketchbook where you use unusual tools or materials
  • An idea to create a food or recipe journal
  • You could have an art journal, where you journal your day
  • What about creating an “I wish journal”!
  • A character sketchbook theme
  • You could also have a more intuitive themed sketchbook where you start drawing and see what happens.
  • Creating sketchbook full of random cut or torn paper, squiggles and ink blots to use as starting points for a sketch
  • A sketchbook based on memories, old cards, photos or little notes you have written or collected from the past.
  • A daily exercise sketchbook theme. So each time you go on your daily walk or run you take photos and then use those as a reference to create a sketch later

Plus we had lots more ideas and suggestions, along with us chatting about what we’ve been getting up to during the lockdown period.

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This week’s creative question

What positive things so far, have come from the isolation period for you?

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The best answers will be read out on a future podcast.

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Ep 59 Artist Ian Fennelly on Art and Mental Health

​​Today’s guest is artist Ian Fennelly. Ian is an amazing urban sketcher, artist and teacher, who loves painting on location.

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Most of Ian’s work involves painting buildings which he paints in a lively vibrant way. When we previously interviewed Ian we were speaking to him after the show and he mentioned his interest in art and mental health. With everything that is going on at the moment with the Corona Virus lockdown, we thought this was the perfect time to get him back to share his knowledge.

The Five Strands of Mental Health

In this podcast, Ian talks about the five strands to mental health and how they relate to art:

  1. Being active
  2. Connecting
  3. Giving back
  4. Taking notice
  5. Learning

At the moment, as we record the podcast most of the country is in lockdown for the Corona Virus Pandemic so it’s difficult to go outside and urban sketch. However, Ian also has alternative suggestions to how you can still use art to help your mental health. He has adapted from painting buildings and streets all over the world to concentrate on painting interiors of his house and garden.

Ian Fennelly Interior painting hallway

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Ian’s Online Urban Sketching Courses

If you have always wanted to try one of Ian’s live workshops, which book up really quickly you are in luck. He has adapted his way of teaching to deliver pre-recorded online urban sketching workshops. You can find out more about his courses at:

https://www.urbansketchcourse.com/

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Ian Fennelly Interior painting lounge

© Ian Fennelly

Find out more about Ian

Visit his website – https://www.instagram.com/ianfennelly/

On his Instagram Page – https://www.instagram.com/ianfennelly/

Ian Fennelly Interior painting dining room

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Virtual Art Gallery Tour with a Friend – Lockdown Idea for Isolation

While we are currently in lockdown, due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, why not try a virtual art gallery tour with a friend.

In this video, Sandra and I demonstrate how to use Skype and Share your Screen with a friend in another location. This means that you can tour the gallery at the same time and chat about the paintings.

Sandra Skype virtual gallery visit

We used the website Google Arts and Culture which features many different virtual galleries that you can look around.

Van Gogh virtual art gallery

Enjoy

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Creating Your Own Cartoon Character

In this video Sandra talks about how you can create your own cartoon character. She has recently created her own character called Felicity Fizz and shares how she draws her with a dip pen and watercolour.

Initial Drawing

After a pencil sketch, Sandra inks in the cartoon with a dip pen. Then moves on to a finer nib to add some detail.

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Adding colour to the Cartoon

Sandra adds watercolour to the cartoon to colour it up, leaving plenty of white for a clean look.

finished cartoon

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