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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Art Journal Retreat Blog Hop with a Cool Prize

In my last post I mentioned a super awesome retreat that is coming up November 2-5 in Austin, Texas sponsored by Create Mixed Media Retreats: "Art Journal Retreat"...Now YOU can enter to win a fantastic prize pack from the organizers of the event during our blog hop.  Is that not cool or what???  (Read on to find out how to win!)

This event is going to be a bit different then others you may have been to in that all the students will be working together in a communal way with each of the instructors which include Kari Mcnight Holbrook, Jen Crossely, ME :) , and the new editor of Cloth Paper Scissors,  Jeannine Stein.



Our projects will not only include many ways to create AMAZING journal pages, but you will also doing extra projects and binding your own book. Meals and lodging are included in this package along with special treats!



To introduce you to our instructors, we are doing a blog hop AND giving away some cool prizes.  To win, all you have to do is to enter a comment on the instructors blog based on their question then we will each draw a winning name!











CREATE ART JOURNALING RETREAT IS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY 


to learn new, exciting techniques from some of the best artist-instructors in the country, in a beautiful, relaxed environment. The Retreat at Balcones Springs near Austin, Texas, is the backdrop for two and a half days of classes focused on painting, collage, image transfers, bookbinding, and other techniques that will take your art journaling to a new level.

Instructors Kari McKnight Holbrook and Jodi Ohl will introduce you to new ways of working with a variety of journaling styles and materials that will add dimension, color and depth to your art journals. With Jen Crossley you'll learn how to make a beautiful metal journal necklace, perfect for making notes or sketches anywhere. On the last day you'll take the pages you've been working on and bind them into a gorgeous book, with easy instructions from Cloth Paper Scissors Editorial Director and book artist Jeannine Stein. In addition, you'll be treated to fun activities, presentations, and other surprises, while being inspired by the peaceful surroundings. We hope you'll join us for this amazing opportunity. Sign up now, registration is limited!


Did we mention that other than travel, this is all inclusive????   Food, classes and special events, lodging and many goodies for you are all included.  You will only need to bring minimal supplies and your favorite tools!



This retreat is a perfect way to relax before the busy holiday season in a beautiful location.  Don't delay in signing up as the spaces are limited!


For more information and to sign up for the event, please click HERE!

Hope to see you soon!


Here is my question to win the super fun prize pack:






When you get intimidated by a blank journal page, what's your favorite way to just get started?  Leave a comment on this post telling us your amazing sauce JUMP start and you could win the PRIZE featured above.

PS....BE SURE to include an email so I can get in touch with you for your prize winning if your name is drawn!! :)



**Comments will be taken through Sunday 10/19 at midnight for a chance to win~!

Be sure to also move on to the next blog for another chance to win:




24 comments :

Sue Pompetti suepompetti@verizon.net said...

I like to browse through my ephemera and see if anything sparks an idea. I usually find something that jump starts me :)

Karen Stiehl Osborn said...

I brayer some paint as a background and then journal a few random thoughts in graphite. Even if it gets covered up in the final page, it breaks that "whiteness" of a blank page and gets me started.

Karen@Karenstiehlosborn.com

chelseasparks said...

I start with color first. I made some watered down acrylic paints in a dauber bottle to apply a light non-sticky layer of color to eliminate the "blank" page.

Lisa said...

I put a layer of color down... any color, any method - brayer, smoosh watercolor, spray ink, swish acrylics. Anything to eliminate the white page staring at me. This retreat looks so fun! Someday I will be able to travel more...

Kim Heil said...

I pick my may favorite color, pop on an upbeat song, and play ! Getting out of the seriousness and stress of not knowing what to do :)

kimd32us@yahoo.com

Nicole said...

I paint the whole page a color I like, that seems to help me past the white page.

nnadeau2222@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I flip through past journals and usually the inspiration pops off those past pages I've completed. Sometimes a walk will inspire as well...each day brings a different inspiration. Would love to receive this package of yummy goodies!! Thanks Jodi for your inspiration as well!!

betinajohnsonart@gmail.co

Cindi said...

I like to add some color to the page by putting some Distress Paint down on my craft mat, giving it a squirt of water, then swiping the page through the different colors of paint. Just getting those colors on the paper sets the process in motion and off I go!
Cindi S.

Rebecca said...

Sometimes I think of a quote or saying or something someone said to me and either letter that onto a blank page or write it on a scrap of paper and start pulling out colors, ephemera, bits and bobs and anything that makes me think of that quote or sayng. The inspiration usually takes over then.

Denise Spillane said...

I usually just start something on the page like words or thoughts. Or just grab a stencil and stary with that. Sunmoongal@me.com

Nancy Baumiller said...

I like to slap down some paint...because it will change and evolve as I art journal. Or sometimes in a pinch, I will tear and glue down a page from a magazine and then alter it!

Sigrun Linda Karlsdottir said...

Hi! :D
Thank you for this blog hop!
I love your Art Jodi <3 it is so vibrant and bright! :) Just love the colors you use and how you put them together, so inspiring.

Me newest favorite way of making art is to start with putting some thoughts on the paper, just very loosely and then I paint over it, sometimes I go through old Artwork in my Art Journal for instance :)

Greetings from Iceland!
xoxoxo, Sigrun Linda
sigrun@stjornumerki.is

Sigrun Linda Karlsdottir said...

Hi! :D
Thank you for this blog hop!
I love your Art Jodi <3 it is so vibrant and bright! :) Just love the colors you use and how you put them together, so inspiring.

Me newest favorite way of making art is to start with putting some thoughts on the paper, just very loosely and then I paint over it, sometimes I go through old Artwork in my Art Journal for instance :)

Greetings from Iceland!
xoxoxo, Sigrun Linda
sigrun@stjornumerki.is

Sigrun Linda Karlsdottir said...

Hi! :D
Thank you for this blog hop!
I love your Art Jodi <3 it is so vibrant and bright! :) Just love the colors you use and how you put them together, so inspiring.

Me newest favorite way of making art is to start with putting some thoughts on the paper, just very loosely and then I paint over it, sometimes I go through old Artwork in my Art Journal for instance :)

Greetings from Iceland!
xoxoxo, Sigrun Linda
sigrun@stjornumerki.is

Sigrun Linda Karlsdottir said...

Hi! :D
Thank you for this blog hop!
I love your Art Jodi <3 it is so vibrant and bright! :) Just love the colors you use and how you put them together, so inspiring.

Me newest favorite way of making art is to start with putting some thoughts on the paper, just very loosely and then I paint over it, sometimes I go through old Artwork in my Art Journal for instance :)

Greetings from Iceland!
xoxoxo, Sigrun Linda
sigrun@stjornumerki.is

Jozette Angelique said...

Hi Jodi,
My favorite way to get started on a page that I have no clue what the heck is about to happen is to just start ripping up paper and cringling them up. It gets my energy moving and then I usually just use them for texture and see where it goes.

Great Q!!
jozetterodriguez@gmail.com

Debbie said...

Two things work for me. I like to just start laying a foundation of color a few pages and before I know it I am layering and creating. The other thing that works is leafing through my sketchbook for ideas.

Micki said...

A blank, white page/canvas can be daunting, to be sure, but I see limitless opportunities, so I might look at some stored images or issues of magazines and the first palette that jumps out at me is the base for my new piece. I gather paints, inks, and some tissue paper and start laying down a base. Where that piece goes next depends on so many factors!

Liz Lumsden said...

I relax, listening to music. I would love to on the retreat seeing I live in the Austin area but it is just too expensive for me at this time, boohoo!

Pat Lawson said...

I usually just do a watercolor wash in my favorite color at the time!

Sandi Lou said...

I have a stash of tissue, washi papers and napkins that always seem to inspire me to get started on that new page.

Lisa said...

Journal prompts, questions that make you go hmmm, or bucket lists.
Lisajake128@gmail.com

Martice Smith II said...

I like to jump right in on that blank page! I've found many ways to conquer that initial step. My favorite method so far is drawing random scribbles with a water-soluble pencil OR if I'm working on a digital piece, I almost always start with an abstract, textured photo for a background.
Thanks Jodi! Great first time visiting your blog :)

msmith2illustration(at)gmail(dot)com

Jodi Ohl said...

Congratulations, Jozette! You are the winner, you should have been contacted by Jeannine for your prize pack! Sorry for the delay, I was away all last week with limited email/wifi access. Thank you all for participating!