Friday, January 23, 2015

No Compromise, illustration and the Courage to Start Art

Hello friends!
I hope you are off to a great start for 2015.
I have been super busy, filming my very first online art class! Yiipppeee! I had a tremendous amount of fun during the entire process...well, maybe not those late nights editing the footage, but hey, I try to look for the positive aspects in anything!

We start the 'My COLOR is Beautiful Art' workshop in 10 days!! (it's not too late to REGISTER...)

'The Courage To Start Art'

This fashion lady is my 1st face of 2015.
She encourages you to keep pushing your creative edge, make bold decisions to claim happiness in your life and to embrace your "uneek" journey.

We’ve all been there! You have a huge desire to create and share your passions, but our greatest hindrance can sometimes be ourselves- not taking action to grab hold of what we want. In my recent article, I share 3 tips on how to empower and heal yourself with positivity & self-love.

Article 'The Courage to Start Art' featuring "No Compromise", mixed media illustration by Martice Smith II
"No Compromise" mixed media illustration by Martice Smith II

One of the phases of my lesson is about mark-making and doodling your personal symbols. This illustration demonstrates a few techniques I share in my lesson, 'Cultivate Your Symbology'.

Cultivate Your Symbology, online lesson by Artist Martice Smith II (for 'My COLOR is Beautiful Art' workshop)

Article 'The Courage to Start Art' featuring "No Compromise", mixed media illustration by Martice Smith II
**Feel free to PIN these images for your inspiration!**

Learn my 3 tips on how I banish the negative, inner critic and change the way I think about myself as an artist.  

Peace and blessings!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Year in Review

2014 - what an incredible year of synchronicity + serendipity! So many blessings (glory to GOD!) and just being in the company of supportive people helps conquer any challenge...

2014 was such a wonderful and spiritual year, full of deep connection with my personal identity, developing my trust and claiming the peace of decision-making...

Not only will you see my artworks but you will also see how much I LOVE being around people and interacting with the community via collaborative events.

Thank you for stopping by and it is my pleasure to share these moments with you.


I have never been on a 'top 10' list before...that all changed, yesterday, when I saw one of my articles as the '#1 most popular article for 2014' on the Creating Mixed MediaArt website. Holla!!

Intricate Paper Stencils, Part 1 • #1 most popular article for 2014

::Celebrated my third year in business::

Artist Martice Smith II celebrates 3 years in business, 2014


::Offered a plethora of mixed media art tutorials for EVERY level of artist::


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::Participated in fun challenges to push my creative edge while encouraging others to do the same::

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::Accepted my first online teaching opportunity and decided to offer my own creative art courses::
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::"Rubbing elbows" with celebrities and mentoring young artists::

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::Made so many connections, both online & offline, at numerous art shows and community events::

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WOOOOW! So hard to believe I've been this busy in 2014!

...So grateful for all my wonderful students, amazingly generous clients, followers/supporters and special artists with whom I have connected on a deep level with my heart. THANK YOU ALL!


last but not least...
Look for me in this book, April 2015
A World of Artist Journal Pages, book curated by Dawn DeVries Sokol
A World of Artist Journal Pages, curated by Dawn DeVries Sokol

I just received the announcement that my work will be published in another book, 'Incite 3: The Best of Mixed Media: The Art of Storytelling'! (ironic because my word for 2014 was 'storytelling'..Crazy cool, right?!)

Incite 3 The Best of Mixed Media: The Art of Storytelling

May you find peace and joy in 2015 and continue to let your beautiful light shine. Walk in AUTHORITY!

Did you do a year in review? Leave a link with your comment so I can visit you, too!
 


To hold you over until Incite 3 is published in Fall 2015 - See more at: http://www.createmixedmedia.com/editors-picks/incite-3-the-art-of-storytelling-winners#sthash.ovpBXexS.dpuf
To hold you over until Incite 3 is published in Fall 2015 - See more at: http://www.createmixedmedia.com/editors-picks/incite-3-the-art-of-storytelling-winners#sthash.ovpBXexS.dpuf

Friday, December 26, 2014

::TUTORIAL:: Brilliant Paper Clips

Hi friends! Isn't it amazing what you can create with the simplest, "plain Jane" office supplies?! I took a bunch of my giant paper clips and turned them into a collection of unique clips with brilliant colors and soft, dainty textures. Last but not least, a colorful ribbon bow was added to finish the look.

See the step-by-step tutorial right here on the RubberMoon Arts blog

Collection of Brilliant Paper Clips; tutorial by Martice Smith II
Collection of decorated paper clips by Martice Smith II

I love using my stash of monoprinted papers for these smaller projects!

example of gelli print; Brilliant Paper Clips tutorial by Martice Smith II

Here are the beautifully designed stamps used in my tutorial:

RubberMoon stamps used in Brilliant Paper Clips; tutorial by Martice Smith II
RubberMoon stamps: (top to bottom) RubberMoon Alphabet, Bamboo, Large Fern, Dogwood Blossoms, Panda

I encourage you to take another look at your office supplies and turn them into something that puts a smile on your face, every time you use them. Happy creating!


*I'm also sharing this project with The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #7 - Tic Tac Toe
~Bow, Glitter, Ribbon~ 


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Holidays to you and yours

I wish you many great memories and joy on this special day. 
You - my close friends- readers and followers, mean so much to me and keep me striving to bring you the best creations I can imagine.

I appreciate the time you take commenting on my posts and visiting my website and blog, giving me encouraging words, and accepting my friendship. 

No matter where you are in the world, please know that my love reaches that far and beyond! Thank you all for supporting me and my art with purchases, encouraging words and messages throughout the year. 

I'm truly grateful and blessed to have YOU in my life. I LOVE expressing my appreciation every chance I get!


Happy Holiday digital illustration by Martice Smith II
mixed media + digital illustration of Isaiah 9:6 by Martice Smith II
• you are welcome to PIN this image •

Sooo thankful for the abundant LOVE and mercy of Christ! I pray that you all have a great holiday season and remember that His sacrifice payed the way for us to live boldly in greatness! Thank you for looking Much love from my heart to yours, Martice Smith II - Illustration

>>>> Merry Christmas! <<<<
May peace, love, health & prosperity be in your favor. 


As my gift, please accept a complimentary copy of my popular e-Book, Intricate Paper Stencils, Part 1.
(Everyone who joins my newsletter gets this! Be sure to grab yours before it's replaced with another cool gift item!) 

• SUBSCRIBERS: look in your inbox for my newsletter: 'Happy Holidays to you and yours'
download e-Book from there.




Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Personalized Gift Tags - On the Gelli Plate

Two weeks away! Christmas holiday will be here before we know it!

To me, a gift isn't complete without the finishing touches. By finishing touches, I mean, the addition of your charm to make it special. How about some personalized gift tags?!

I have a very cool way to make mines using a gelatin plate as my starting place. Find out how to create them, HERE.

Persnalized Gift Tags - On the Gelli Plate


Personalized Gift Tags - On the Gelli Plate • Tutorial by Martice Smith II
Personalized Gift Tags - On the Gelli Plate


 DecoArt has some great stencils! For this project, I used the Tags & Labels stencil.

Tags & Labels stencil (DecoArt)
Tags & Labels stencil (DecoArt)

Personalized Gift Tags - On the Gelli Plate • Tutorial by Martice Smith II
Kraft paper gift tags with doodles, acrylic paints, stamped images, and a dimensional, flower sticker. Tutorial HERE

Have fun creating magical moments!


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