Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PUBLISHED in A World of Artist Journal Pages

Somebody pinch me, please :)
I *finally* got my hands on a signed copy of Dawn Sokol's new book, A World of Artist Journal Pages. And guess what...

I'm published!! Hollllla!

Martice gets PUBLISHED in A World of Artist Journal Pages!
 Martice gets PUBLISHED in A World of Artist Journal Pages!
1000+ Artworks
230 Artists
30 Countries


What an honor for me to be included as an artist who inspires so many throughout the art journaling community! 

This book is packed with a plethora of interviews, thought-provoking art, oh, I've also discovered a few techniques that are new to me...gonna have a PlaYdaTe this weekend, that's for sure!

come closer to my journal pages...enjoy :-)

Journal page #1 Titled: "I Am Flourishing without Fear"
Martice Smith II, journal page, PUBLISHED in A World of Artist Journal Pages
Mixed media: image transfers, acrylic, oil pastels, graphite, scrapbook paper + gesso on telephone book pages


Journal page #2 Titled: "Abstracted Flora"

Martice Smith II, journal page, PUBLISHED in A World of Artist Journal Pages
Mixed media: image transfer, watercolor, pressed leaves + flowers, oil pastels, ribbon + gesso on telephone book pages

Wanna be among the first to peek inside my art journals + get access to dozens of mixed media art tutorials, created to help you develop your own style?

Martice Smith II, journal pages, PUBLISHED in A World of Artist Journal Pages
If so, hop on over to my MUSEletter + join the SOUL tribe (click image, below)

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A BIG OL' THANKS to DAWN SOKOL for curating such a visual feast!
Martice Smith II, PUBLISHED in A World of Artist Journal Pages
A World of Artist Journal Pages, curated by Dawn DeVries Sokol

Martice Smith II, PUBLISHED in A World of Artist Journal Pages

Journal on!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

How to Paint Your Own Illustrated Quote

Hey friends!
If you've been around me long enough, you'll know that I LOVE + thrive on positivity - just like you :)

Inspirational quotes are all over my studio, in my planners, sprinkled throughout my lovely newsletter...anywhere I can think to put one!!

Here's a quote that has hit me hard, recently, making me aware of how much time I spend on positive vs. negative thoughts. (There's also a tutorial for you!)

I challenge YOU to speak life, self-love, joy + abundance over yourself, first thing you do, EVERY morning.

http://bit.ly/IllustratedQuote
TUTORIAL | Paint Your Own Illustrated Quote by Martice Smith II


You comin' to see how I finished this illustrated quote? Yes? Great!

Follow me here, to the Helmar blog, for the step-by-step process on how to Paint Your Own Illustrated Quote


 Thanks + happy creating, xo



Monday, June 1, 2015

Altered Mini Composition Booklets

Today, I'm starting off with a quick tutorial to how to make your own altered, mini booklets.
If you are like me, you feel that the design on those school composition books are just too plain Jane...not your style, at all.

Seriously, what is that faux-leopard-polka-dot-design called anyway?? Anyone?

I'm gonna show you how to jazz those babies up with some beautiful gelli prints + luscious colors. Follow me on the Helmar blog to see the full tutorial!

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TUTORIAL | How to Make Altered, mini-Composition Booklets



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Friday, May 29, 2015

Multi-layered, Exotic GODDESS Portrait | Guest Designer at StencilGirl

Hello there, lovely! I'm super excited to be over on the Stencil Girl blog as their Guest Designer, sharing my process on how to create a multi-layered, exotic goddess portrait.

::confetti toss + cartwheels:: 

Here are some sneak peeks for ya but you'll have to visit the Stencil Girl blog to see the full tutorial, OK?

Click here:
- See more at: http://www.stencilgirltalk.com/2015/05/multi-layer-art-jouranl-page-with.html#sthash.d1TJ4CHy.dpuf
sharing my process on how I created a multi-layered, exotic goddess portrait, combining three, very different stencils. These layers might look complex but I promise, they are simple + ultimately, produce a striking effect. - See more at: http://www.stencilgirltalk.com/2015/05/multi-layer-art-jouranl-page-with.html#sthash.oLt0pVj1.dpuf
Multi-Layer Art Journal Page with StencilGirl Guest Designer Martice Smith II - See more at: http://www.stencilgirltalk.com/2015/05/multi-layer-art-jouranl-page-with.html#sthash.d1TJ4CHy.dpuf
sharing my process on how I created a multi-layered, exotic goddess portrait, combining three, very different stencils. These layers might look complex but I promise, they are simple + ultimately, produce a striking effect. - See more at: http://www.stencilgirltalk.com/2015/05/multi-layer-art-jouranl-page-with.html#sthash.oLt0pVj1.dpuf
sharing my process on how I created a multi-layered, exotic goddess portrait, combining three, very different stencils. These layers might look complex but I promise, they are simple + ultimately, produce a striking effect. - See more at: http://www.stencilgirltalk.com/2015/05/multi-layer-art-jouranl-page-with.html#sthash.oLt0pVj1.dpuf
sharing my process on how I created a multi-layered, exotic goddess portrait, combining three, very different stencils. These layers might look complex but I promise, they are simple + ultimately, produce a striking effect. - See more at: http://www.stencilgirltalk.com/2015/05/multi-layer-art-jouranl-page-with.html#sthash.oLt0pVj1.dpuf
sharing my process on how I created a multi-layered, exotic goddess portrait, combining three, very different stencils. These layers might look complex but I promise, they are simple + ultimately, produce a striking effect. - See more at: http://www.stencilgirltalk.com/2015/05/multi-layer-art-jouranl-page-with.html#sthash.oLt0pVj1.dpuf

How to create a multi-layered #portrait in #artjournal; TUTORIAL using #StencilGirl #stencils


I've taken three, very different stencils to create this portrait:
StencilGirl Stencils: Arani, Goddess of Fire; Deconstructed Floral Bouquet; Rose Window and Border

This portrait looks complex but my tip is to always start out simple...like this:

How to create a multi-layered #portrait in #artjournal; TUTORIAL using #StencilGirl #stencils

Oh look! Modeling paste!
...continuing with another art journal page, featuring modeling paste. I LOVE this stuff!

You gotta see how my page turned out! 

How to create a multi-layered #portrait in #artjournal; TUTORIAL using #StencilGirl #stencils

Please hop on over to see the finished art journal page + leave some comment love for me while you're there! THANKS a bunch :)

Multi-Layer Art Journal Page with StencilGirl Guest Designer Martice Smith II 
Multi-Layer Art Journal Page with StencilGirl Guest Designer Martice Smith II - See more at: http://www.stencilgirltalk.com/2015/05/multi-layer-art-jouranl-page-with.html#sthash.d1TJ4CHy.dpuf

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Creating UNITY with Repetition

Hi! Today I'm talking about how to create unity in your art journal pages by repeating your favorite elements. If you follow The Documented Life Project, you'll know that our May challenge is all about my fave techniques...Touchy Feely (Texture) using modeling paste. Let's pLaY!!


Here's my supply list overview:
Gelli Arts - Gel Printing Plate
Art journal
Modeling paste
  
Yummy colors to play with: 
Media Fluid Acrylics from DecoArt Media:
  • Pyrrole Orange
  • Quinacridone Red
  • Cobalt Teal Hue
  • Banana Cream (this one is by Americana)
+ small dot of Titanium White
+ small dot of Dark Grey Value 3

Stencils to hoard (oops! I mean to 'use'):
Alphabet Spaghetti
Snake skin
Deconstructed Floral Bouquet


Creating UNITY with Repetition

Repetition, one of the Principles of Design, is helpful when you're layering. Repeating elements (shapes, lines, colors, textures, etc.) creates unity within a work of art + helps you keep control as you build up layers.

Here are 3 tips on making this work:

1// Limit yourself to 3 or 4 stencils + colors, repeating them as you go.

2// Play with a variety of sizes.

3// Overlap elements. (Use deli or tracing paper add extra dimension.)

Remember, once you master the rules, you can break them mugs like a #BOSS!


My process: 
First, I decoupaged a yellow + orange gelli scrap onto my journal page.

Then stamped with the Alphabet stencil; outlined certain areas with pencil.

Glued a piece of deli paper tagged with my graffiti writing - making sure to overlap some of the Alphabet stencil + pencil marks.

Add handmade washi tape.

Finally, I applied paint with my fingers into the Deconstructed Floral Bouquet stencil. Wipe away some paint with baby wipe.

MarticeSmithART-Creating UNITY with Repetition
Creating UNITY with Repetition | collage by Martice Smith II


Oh look, there's more!

Here, I spread a very thin layer of modeling paste through my snake skin stencil. I played around with the ratio of modeling paste + water vs. modeling paste + glazing medium.  
My goal was to experiment to produce a translucent effect.

I discovered that I like the mixture of glazing medium the best. (The texture of the modeling paste softens up compared to the mixture of modeling paste + water, which produced teeny tiny air bubbles with no raised areas.)

See how the magenta peeks through the gray? That's because I used glazing medium!
Don'tcha just wanna touch it? Go ahead, I know you do!

MarticeSmithART-Creating UNITY with Repetition; detail

...and of course, more hand-lettering ;-)...

Notice that I incorporated THREE variations of my hand-lettering:

variation #1: I wrote directly on surface of the page with a black ink pen

variation #2: using the handle end of my paintbrush, I wrote into the acrylic paint while it was still wet (gray area)

variation #3: I used a black Sharpie to write chunky letterforms onto a scrap piece of deli paper.

Great way to repeat the same element, in different ways!
 
MarticeSmithART-Creating UNITY with Repetition; lettering details


What elements do you intentionally repeat in your mixed-media collage works? If you're not sure, take another look at a few of your journal pages to find them!


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