Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I am lovin' these 4 colors!

Playing with a few sizzlin' summer colors today!

I know you LOVE it when I share my desk cam sneak peeks. (Thank you to everyone who requested to see more!!)

You also know how much I love color, so, today I want to share with you, 4 swoon-worthy colors that are making me super happy right now:
  • Yellow Ochre - Americana Acrylic (DecoArt)
  • Hansa Yellow Medium - Fluid Acrylic (DecoArt)
  • Quinacridone Magenta - Fluid Acrylic (DecoArt)
  • White Pearl - Pearlescent ink (Daler-Rowney)
MarticeSmithART-paints-color palette
Desk cam! Martice's current color palette: Yellow Ochre, Hansa Yellow Medium, Quin. Magenta and White Pearl (ink)


This week, I've been working on one-of-a-kind, handmade art journals . Every single page is custom-designed with painty goodness, textures, creative hand lettering + personal symbology.

My idea behind these beauties is to have them work as collaborative journals. Simply put: I start them, you finish them. There's so much more to come! Stay tuned :)

What are your favorite colors to use while art journaling?



Sunday, July 26, 2015

Digital Quote Collage

Hey BeauTiful SouLS!

Have you ever wanted to merge your ‪‎mixed media‬ creations with ‪‎digital art‬ techniques but feel so intimated by technology? Don't know where to start?

Well, you've got perfect timing...
By popular request, I have put together a FREE tutorial called



Digital Quote Collage | Tutorial by Martice Smith II | http://bit.ly/DigitalQuoteCollage

I take the mystery out of creating art in the digital realm, using easy-to-understand terms, so that you can transform your art like never before.

Digital Quote Collage | Tutorial by Martice Smith II | http://bit.ly/DigitalQuoteCollage
Digital Quote Collage | Tutorial by Martice Smith II


Now is the time to step up your digital art creating game and develop the art you envision!

Oh just think of the possibilities that are waiting for YOU!! 
Leap here for the tutorial >> http://bit.ly/DigitalQuoteCollage <<

**side note: Although this quote isn't word-for-word, the essence remains the same. Thanks for looking!


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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Monoprinted Scrap Collage

use up those scraps of leftover, monoprinted papers!
This is a really cool technique to show off the best parts and to play with different patterns and textures in your artwork. 

I have a plethora of scraps, created from my Gelli Arts® - Gel Printing Plate. If you're anything like me, you never want to throw away those precious paper scraps. There's always a future project you could use them for, right? Right?? ::wink::
- See more at: http://helmarusa.typepad.com/#sthash.P3NZ7gfd.dpuf
use up those scraps of leftover, monoprinted papers!
This is a really cool technique to show off the best parts and to play with different patterns and textures in your artwork. 

I have a plethora of scraps, created from my Gelli Arts® - Gel Printing Plate. If you're anything like me, you never want to throw away those precious paper scraps. There's always a future project you could use them for, right? Right?? ::wink::
- See more at: http://helmarusa.typepad.com/#sthash.P3NZ7gfd.dpufThis is a really cool technique to show off the best parts and to play with different patterns and textures in your artwork. 

I have a plethora of scraps, created from my Gelli Arts® - Gel Printing Plate. If you're anything like me, you never want to throw away those precious paper scraps. There's always a future project you could use them for, right? Right?? ::wink:: 
Happy Saturday, my friends!

I just can't get rid of these pretty papers! But seriously: can you blame me?!
>> this girl's on the verge of needing an intervention << Hey, I bet you've felt like this, too.
 
If you're anything like me, you never want to throw away those precious paper scraps. Why? Because there's always a future project you could use them for.  Right? Right?? ::wink::

Therefore, I bring to you...

Monoprinted Scrap Collage

Monoprinted Scrap Collage | Tutorial by Martice Smith II (http://bit.ly/PaperScrapCollage)
Monoprinted Scrap Collage | Tutorial by Martice Smith II

Half of my desk is overflowing in BUNDLES of scraps, created from my Gelli Arts® - Gel Printing Plate, stencils, stamps - you name it, I've got it! LOL!
...so many colors, patterns, textures...
I'm tempted to just roll around in these piles! 

Monoprinted Scrap Collage | Tutorial by Martice Smith II (http://bit.ly/PaperScrapCollage)
Monoprinted Scrap Collage | auditioning Gelli printed scraps; adhering them with glue
 


As always, you're welcome to share! Invite your best friends to play with us.
Send them this link: http://bit.ly/PaperScrapCollage

use up those scraps of leftover, monoprinted papers!
This is a really cool technique to show off the best parts and to play with different patterns and textures in your artwork. 

I have a plethora of scraps, created from my Gelli Arts® - Gel Printing Plate. If you're anything like me, you never want to throw away those precious paper scraps. There's always a future project you could use them for, right? Right?? ::wink::
- See more at: http://helmarusa.typepad.com/#sthash.P3NZ7gfd.dpuf

http://bit.ly/MSARTnewsletter

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)

http://bit.ly/MSARTnewsletter


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



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