I am teaching two new exciting classes in Los Angeles! February 28, 2014Posted by apaperbear in Uncategorized.
Tags: Art Journal Workshops, Brian Kasstle, Classes, Los Angeles art journaling workshops, men's art journaling workshops, men's art journaling workshops in Los Angeles
I am excited to announce I will be teaching two new one day classes in Los Angeles at MAKE ART IN L.A. hosted by Barbara Buckles.
Finding Yourself - Join us for a day of exploration to discover YOUR style in art journaling. Working with copies of childhood and/or family photos and other images you feel a connection to such as a tree, a chair, or other special object(s), we’ll use paint, paper, pens, markers, found objects, and image transfer techniques to enhance your layouts. This workshop is all about developing and exploring your unique voice through style, color, image, and words. For everyone, all skill levels.
Men Only - Gentlemen, join us for a day of journaling through paint and collage. Art journaling is private; it’s just for you. It’s not about outcome; it’s about the process of creating to express yourself. For beginning and seasoned artists alike.
Finding Yourself – Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 10:30-4:30 – $100
For Men Only – Saturday, July 19, 2014 – 10:30-4:30 – $100
MAKE ART IN L.A. is a wonderful new teaching venue in The Loft at Liz’s, located upstairs above Liz’s Antique Hardware, 453 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angles, CA 90036.
If you have any questions regarding classes email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Afternoon Encaustics With Irene February 25, 2014Posted by apaperbear in Uncategorized.
Tags: Brian Kasstle, Encaustics, Mixed media, Visual Arts
Encaustic on board
Encaustic on water color paper 1
Encaustic on water color paper 2
My dear friend Irene invited me to her beautiful home today and we spent a wonderful day experimenting with encaustics. These are my first attempts. It was a total blast. I can’t wait to do more.
Spread 161 – Miss My Tribe February 22, 2014Posted by apaperbear in Uncategorized.
Tags: "art journal", Acrylic paint, Art Journaling, Art Journaling Retreats, Brian Kasstle, Irene Rafael, Jacki Long, John Arbuckle, Journals, layers, men's art journals, Mixed media, Nova color acrylic paint, Orly Avineri, Seth Apter, Sigano white gel pen, Terry Garrett, Visual Arts, visual journal
Miss My Tribe
11 to 21 February 2014
Nova Color acrylic paint, vintage, found & personal images, matt medium, black gesso, Sharpie china marker, graphite pencil, Signao white gel pen. tracing paper images, paint peelings.
It is still amazing to me two weeks later I am still under the effects of my artist tribe. So many strong connections made. I miss my tribe. Yet, it may seem odd but I feel them wherever they are. I feel them with me today. I think I always will.
Spread 159 – 23 Prompts February 19, 2014Posted by apaperbear in Uncategorized.
Tags: "art journal", Acrylic paint, Art, Art Journaling, Brian Kasstle, John Arbuckle, journaling game, Journals, layers, men's art journals, Mixed media, paint, Paper, personal photos in art journals, prompts, Sigano white gel pen, Terry Garrett, vintage paper, visual journal
Spread 159 – 23 Prompts
7 February 2014
Vintage and found papers, wrapping paper, paint chips, tracing paper image, metal tape, ink, white gesso, Nova color acrylic paint, matt medium, fiber paste, personal photo, Sigano white gel pen.
One afternoon during my visit with John & Terry we spend the afternoon together playing an art journaling game. We would take turns giving prompts and executing them in our journal. We went around for 23 prompts. This spread is the result in my journal. We had so much fun together, laughing and sharing, learning. A side note, the image on the right side is of my father standing on his head in the snow.
That was a very special day for us. Looking back it brings tears to my eyes. Three gown men playing like children together.
John’s spread is here.
Terry’s spread is here.
John documented our prompts here they are:
1. Start a background…..could be paint or could be masking tape….whatever desired
2. Writing experience…..in our case write about our friendship experience
3. add 3 pieces of ephemera
4. choose a paint color and apply with credit card
5. pass journal to the right and add a piece of ephemera
6. pass back and add a geometric or pattern piece of ephemera
7. pass to another and add a line dimension
8. pass back and cover 1/3 of spread with a dark or light color and distress
9. add a color and then scribe or use scraffito technique
10. write a word in large letters
11. add metal tape to spread
12. create ink drips
13. use modeling paste…mix with color if you like. ….place on spread in a few locations….close journal and rub….open journal and dry paste. Sand if desired
14. add ephemera
15. add gesso with a brayer or brush…..can also add gesso that is watered to milk consistency
16. add a piece of ephemera to a corner, dry and distress with sandpaper
17. stencil an area with a pattern
18. find a natural item…leaf, etc…paint it and print with it.
19. add circles to your spread….paint or paper
20. find a focus piece of ephemera, add to spread…dry and distress.
21. tie the work together with matte varnish and distress inks
Art Family February 16, 2014Posted by apaperbear in Uncategorized.
Tags: "art journal", Acrylic paint, Art Journaling, Art Journaling Retreats, Brian Kasstle, Hand-made Journal, John Arbuckle, Journals, layers, men's art journals, Mixed media, Orly Avineri, Orly Avnieri's Art Journal class, Seth Apter, Terry Garrett, Visual Arts, visual journal
Seth, Orly & I
Seth & I at in my back yard.
My two handmade journals created in “If Walls Could Talk”.
Our journal stack in my home.
Our journal stack in Orly’s home
I had a wonderful vacation a week ago spending 6 days with Terry Garrett from Minnesota and John Arbuckle from Washington. We spend a lot of time creating art, sharing wonderful food and laughing, and sharing stories.
I also had the wonderful good fortune to spend time with Seth Apter from New York. I was able to host Orly Avineri’s and Seth’s wonderful class, “If Walls Could Talk” at my home for two days, making and creating handmade journals. I was able to take the class again with Terry and John over the weekend at Orly’s home.
Previously I had only known Seth from our communications online. We have always supported and encouraged each other’s art for several years. I was thrilled when Seth asked me to submit art for his newest book, “The Pulse of Mixed Media:Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed.” Spending time with Seth was very easy and comfortable, like talking with a long time friend. It was such fun taking being in Seth and Orly’s class. Seth and Orly are passionate, caring, artists and instructors.
It has taken me some time to come down from the high of such a shared experience. What I came away with was the deep sense of family. Chosen, creative, artistic family. It was a deeply moving, emotional experience. It will be interesting to see how it changes each of us and our art.
Seth’s post regarding the classes here.
DeAnne Williamson’s post regarding the class here
Terry Garrett’s post about our time together here
John Arbuckles post about our time together here
Spread 158 – Brotherhood February 12, 2014Posted by apaperbear in Uncategorized.
Tags: "art journal", Acrylic paint, Art, Art Journaling, Art Journaling Retreats, Black Gesso, Brian Kasstle, Gel pen, Gesso, John Arbuckle, Journals, layers, men's art journals, Mixed media, Seth Apter, Terry Garrett, vintage paper, Visual Arts, visual journal
Spread 158 – Brotherhood
8 February to 10 February 2014
Vintage, found & personal papers, matt medium, Nova color acrylic paint, playing card, tracing paper image, tape, sharpie chalk pencil, pencil, Sigano white gel pen, Sigano red pen, sharpie marker, black gesso.
This past week I had the vacation of a lifetime sharing time with the most wonderful brotherhood of men in my own home. Treasured time of so much love shared. Laughter, tears, creating, sharing, challenging.
Spread 157 – Ranch Romances February 2, 2014Posted by apaperbear in Uncategorized.
Tags: "art journal", Acrylic paint, Art, art journal covers, Art Journaling, Brian Kasstle, Gesso, handmade papers, journal covers, Journals, layers, men's art journals, Mixed media, paint, Visual Arts, visual journal
Spread 157 – Ranch Romances
01 February 2014
Vintage magazine cover, tape, hockey game ticket, found ephemera, handmade paper, decals, matt medium, white gesso, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, matt varnish, tape, pencil.
This is the cover of one of my latest journals. The wonderful Ranch Romances is a vintage magazine cover from my wonderful friend Elise. The rest of the cover is found bits from my life. Friends bring me things they think I will like for my journals. The metal number 1 on the cover is from a friend who brought me a wine bottle with the “1″ as a label. It may change a bit over time as I add found items or paint over bits of this or that. Journal covers are important to me. They make my journal feel like it’s mine. I like that I can look at one of my covers and remember a specific period of time in my life, like a snapshot. You can see some other journal covers here:
Spread 156 – House – Home January 25, 2014Posted by apaperbear in Uncategorized.
Tags: "art journal", Acrylic paint, Art Journaling, Brian Kasstle, Gel pen, Gesso, handmade papers, Journals, layers, men's art journals, Mixed media, Nova color acrylic paint, paint, Paper, process, Visual Arts, visual journal
Spread 156 –
House – Home
December 2013 – 24 January 2014
Vintage and personal images, tracing paper image, handmade papers, matte medium, Nova Color acrylic paint, black and white gesso, sharpie poster paint pens, Sigano white gel pen, black Micron pen, Sharpie china marker, Peerless water colors.
For me my pages take time, a little here addition here and there. Trying things, additions, subtraction, some eradication. I have learned to give into my process. I have learned to honor my process and how I work best. Once I did that it freed me. Sometimes the pages come quickly. Sometimes not so much. Sweet freedom.
Orly Avineri and I will be teaching together up in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains in Lake Arrowhead, California in April 2014 for an art journaling slumber party. Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Much of the details are still being worked out. Orly is preparing for her first trip to Australia right now. More information will follow. I am excited and wanted to let you know.
2013 in review December 31, 2013Posted by apaperbear in Uncategorized.
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for my blog. Enjoy! Have a safe and Happy New Year! Create!!!
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.