Journal With Me Series

I’m starting a new video series on my YouTube channel called “Journal With Me.”  In these videos, i will record snippets of me playing in my journals.  These could be my journal in my travelers notebook journal, sketchbook, art journal (one of many), planner, etc.  I may even work on a few things that aren’t strictly journals…who knows.

This is my first video in the series and I hope you enjoy!  You can watch it HERE.

Let me know what you think or if there is anything that you would like me to include in upcoming videos in the series.  Thanks for watching and art on!

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Watercolor Resist ATC

Happy New Year!  I hope you enjoyed bringing in the New Year and you are looking forward to 2016.  I know I am.  Lots of exciting things planned for the new year.

To kick off 2016, I filmed a quick video to show a fun and easy watercolor resist technique.  I created an Artist Trading Card (ATC) in the video; however, you could use this technique in your art journal, on a canvas, the sky is the limit.  This would also be a great warmup exercise to get those creative juices flowing.

A few tips that I forgot to mention in the video, make sure that your watercolor surrounds your letters so they are legible, and sometimes it’s easier if you use analogous colors.  Analogous colors are three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, such as red, red-violet and violet.  Using analogous colors helps prevent making mud, or colors that aren’t as interesting.  But have fun experimenting and seeing what colors you like to use together.

Simply click on the link below to watch the video:

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I hope you enjoy the video and I would love to hear about your experience if you give it a try!  Thanks for stopping by the blog and be sure to visit next week when I tell you all about my Product Pick for January 2016.

Top 5 Posts of 2015

Happy New Year’s Eve!  Now is the time when we replay the past year in our minds and then think of what we would like to work on the following year.  This is no different for me with my blog.  I have loved sharing my art life with you this past year and wanted to share with you my top 5 favorite blog posts.  Trust me, it was extremely difficult choosing only 5 posts but here they are in no particular order.  Just click on the post title links below to view the original posts.

Stamp Carving With Julie Fei-Fan Balzer in NYC

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Creative Business: Buckeyes and Bluegrass

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Mixed Media Play Date with Prompt Cards

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Flowering Faces Art Journal Page

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CCAC Events

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I hope 2015 brought you plenty of fun memories and hope 2016 brings you many more!  Thanks for stopping by and see you next year 🙂

Red Bubble Merchandise Now Available

I finally took the time to edit and upload some of my artwork on a website called Red Bubble.  On Red Bubble, artists are able to upload their artwork on to Red Bubble, and consumers are able to purchase the artwork on different merchandise, such as phone cases, bags, pillows, laptop skins and a ton of other things.  Red Bubble prints the artwork on to the merchandise and ships it to the consumer.  The artist gets a portion of the sale.  How awesome is that?  I had been wanting to get involved with this website for some time and once I did, I couldn’t wait to order a few things!  The one that I was most excited about was my phone case titled “Seeker.”

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I also purchased the “Seeker” in a women’s relaxed fit shirt as well as a medium-size tote in the “She loved music because it soothed her soul” print.

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You can find all of my available merchandise on Red Bubble and search under “lonebirdstudio.”  If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email.  There are so many items available for purchase that would make wonderful gifts for the holidays.  Thanks again for all of your support and I hope you are enjoying the holiday season.  Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Mixed Media Canvas Home Party

Last weekend I had the pleasure of teaching a mixed media canvas class hosted by my aunt at her residence.  She had several of her friends attend.  They painted, laughed and appeared to really enjoy themselves as we created the canvases.  And I think they did a fantastic job!

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If you are interested in hosting a private mixed media canvas party, you can contact me at lonebirdstudio@outlook.com

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and I’ll see you next week!

Mixed Media Canvas Class at Creative Corners

I had the pleasure of sharing some of my mixed media techniques on canvas with four stellar students on Saturday.  Oriana, owner of Creative Corners in Bucyrus, was kind enough to share her shop with us.  She even gave us a hand and shared some of her materials.

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We played with paper, acrylic paint, ink, markers, and all sorts of mediums to create our canvases.

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We even had a fella in the class who added his masculine touch.

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We also discovered that baby wipes not only wipe babies bottoms, but they also wipe away our mistakes!

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I loved to see how even under the same instruction, everyone’s own style showed through in their artwork.

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Thanks again to all of my awesome students, Jon, Michelle, Nancy and Maggy.  And thanks again to Oriana of Creative Corners for having me.  If you haven’t been to Creative Corners and you are in the neighborhood, check it out.  They carry most of the supplies used in my class and if it isn’t available in the store, they will order it for you!  Creative Corners is located at 119 West Warren Street in Bucyrus.  You can also reach them by phone at (419) 562-3668.

If playing with paint, ink, paper and other fun media strikes your fancy, check out my “Upcoming Classes” page on my blog.  Hope to see you in the classroom soon 🙂

Mixed Media Canvas Class

Come and create a mixed media canvas with me at the Bucyrus Golf Club, located at 1330 East Mansfield Street in Bucyrus, Ohio, on November 15, 2014 at 1:00P.M. No art experience required. Seriously, it’s that easy! All supplies and materials will be provided for you. You only need to bring a few inspirational quotes or phrases and a positive attitude. You will learn collage techniques as well as how to paint and texturize your canvas. This is a canvas that I created using the same techniques that we will be doing in class:
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The cost of the class is $40, which will need to be paid upon registration of the class to secure your spot. Only 10 spots available. If you are interested, just email me at: lonebirdstudio@outlook.com. If the class is full and others wish to attend, another class date will be scheduled. You can also view this event on Facebook at :
https://www.facebook.com/events/1704542046437079/

Hope to see you there!

Hello!

So excited to become part of the blogger community! My name is Nichole Dyer and I’m a mixed media artist as well as a mother to two beautiful children and a wife to a pretty awesome guy. My studio was named by my great friend, Jon Foster, who knows me too well 😉

I love art and just can’t ever seem to get enough of it (just ask my husband…lol). I crave to learn as much as I can and go to as many art retreats as I can. I enjoy meeting other artists as well. I am currently involved in Life Book 2014 with Tam at Willowing Arts. You can check out their website at willowing.ning.com. I will also be attending the mixed media art retreat, Create, in New Jersey next month. It is hosted by Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.

So stay tuned for future posts about mixed media art, art retreats, art journaling, stamp carving and who knows what else 🙂