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Spread 0167 – Pink Poodles and Birdmen April 17, 2014

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Spread 0167 – Pink Poodles and Birdmen 

05 March 2014

Nova color paint, vintage and personal images, white and black gesso, black Micron pen. Sigano white gel pen.

Some days we just need a mental health day or an art day. Today is one of those days for me.

Spread 0166 – Internal Artifacts April 11, 2014

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Spread 0166 – Internal Artifacts

6 April 2013

Vintage and personal papers, maps, paint chips, handmade papers, Nova color acrylic paints, matte medium, black Micron pen.

When I was young my mother looked at one of my art drawings and casually said to me “Brian, your just not as artistic as your brother and sister.” I took this statement in. In my young mind I heard it as the truth, it came from my mother it must be correct. I allowed that statement to halt my artistic expression. I did not even try after that. It was not until years later, in my thirties a college professor and and then again in my forties that Orly took the time and encouragement to help me truly feel I am an artist.

This is why I create and this is why I teach. We are ALL creative. We are ALL artists. Slowly we unlearn these incorrect messages. We are all creative beings.

I am 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 bkasstle@icloud.com.

 

Spread 0165 – Restless March 28, 2014

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Spread 0165 – Restless

28 March 2013

Vintage and personal images, found papers, tracing papers images, wallpapers, Nova Color paints, white gesso, Adirondack Spray Inks, matt medium, Sigano white gel pen, Micron black pen, Sharpie paint pens.

Long about this time of year it happens for me, a restlessness about spring and warm weather, and planting. It is also restlessness to work in my journal in my favorite space, my backyard. Stirrings in my soul. Do you feel it too?

Spread 0164 – My Round Robin Book Spread March 27, 2014

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Spread 0164 – RR- Book Spread

Terry’s handmade book for me 6″ X 8″ – Found and personal images, fiber paste, metal tape, masking tape, black gesso, Nova color paints, Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

March 26, 2014

I am participating in a round robin book exchange with Terry, John, Irene, and Jacki and Michele. Terry graciously offered to make the book for me. He did a beautiful job. He knows me well, I love the cover.The middle black and metal tape portions of the spread are actually two – three inch flaps. There is a middle section that I will post once my journal returns I would like the participants to read it first.

Here is a photo of my cat Hank rubbing on my book as they often do on my journals.IMG_2153

Hank and My RR Book.

I feel very honored to be a part of this group and I am sending my book off tomorrow to the next person in the group. I will receive it back completed in several months and I will post photos when I do.

Spread 0163 – Mending Holes March 24, 2014

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Spread 0163 – Mending Holes

23-24 March 2014 

Vintage and found papers, tracing paper images, matte medium, black and white gesso, Nova color acrylic paint, Distress Inks, matte varnish, Sigano white gel pen, string and cord.

Why do I journal? I journal to mend the holes in my soul and make me whole.

This is just one of four spreads done in Orly Avineri’s wonderful workshop – “Holes” from this past weekend. If you have not taken a workshop with Orly you really owe it to yourself to take the time to do it. You will be so glad you did. Pure Joy.

Spread 162 – Till the Cows Come Home. March 15, 2014

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February 20 – 14 March 2013

Nova Color Acrylic paint, vintage and found papers, Stays-On ink, matt medium, black and white gesso, tracing paper images, Distress ink, Montana acrylic paint markers, Sigano white gel pen, Micron pigma black pen, Rapido sketch pen.

This spread was started as part of a wonderful day with John, Terry, Jacki at Irene’s home. A wonderful day of sharing and laughter. The memories linger long after.

I am teaching two new exciting classes in Los Angeles! February 28, 2014

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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 bkasstle@icloud.com.

Afternoon Encaustics With Irene February 25, 2014

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Encaustics 1

 

Encaustic on board

Encaustics 2

 

Encaustic on water color paper 1

Encaustics 3

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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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

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