Milliande Artist Date November 2008 Week 2, Free Online Art Classes for Women

Milliande Artist Date
November 2008
Week 2

Take Your SELF " Out to Art"

What is an Artist Date ?

~ I have been hearing a lot about people chasing their muse, feeling in a creative block , uneasy to start projects that seem out of reach and generally just looking for inspiration

~ I first noticed "Artist Dates" mentioned in Julia Camerons Book of the same name ... but a lot of people find it hard to motivate themselves to actually "DO IT " rather than just read about it, think it great and then let it wash down the stream of thoughts that enter the mind and exit just as fast

~ Taking time out for Art is often seen as a secondary priority and often ends up even further down the list of "Have to's

~ Another time there is soo much inspiration, so many possible arty avenues , so many started and never finished projects that it seems like navigating this maze turns into a struggle rather than fun

~ Making a commitment to nurture yourself can be a very liberating starting point on your personal journey to honor your creative self

~ Now Letha and I have been talking - and she mentioned that sometimes it takes a little push for people to get creative, an incentive , a challenge that helps break out of the daily rhythm of "Have to's" and embrace "ME TIME "
~ Taking the "Artist Date" idea a little further,
I would like to offer "Milliande Artist Dates " for Milliande Creativity Club Members

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Milliande Artist Date November 2008 Week 2

November 2008

Milliande Artist Date November 2008 Week 2

• Printmaking - Playing with Rubber Bands and The Brayer

~ Printmaking is going to be the theme for Week 2 of the Milliande Artist Date

~ Get your self ready to stretch some elastic bands ( rubber bands)

Art Supplies used :

~ Speedball Pop-In Brayer Kit includes soft brayer
~ Hard Polypropylene Brayer I like the XL size for mixed media canvas and art journal baclkground printmaking
~ Rubber Bands
~ paper , leaves , scissors etc
~ Waterproof Memories Inkpad black

Milliande  Mini Free Art Classes online Printmaking and the Brayer
If you would like some inspiration for your Artist Date,
hop on over to the "Milliande Mini's Printmaking 1 " where you can download the " Printmaking 1 - Rubberbands and the Brayer E-course book to provide some inspiration

~ There are also 2 videos which you can watch so you can see how I play

Milliande Artist Dates


~ 13 min Date :
ideas --inspiration

~ take a rubber brayer
~ string some elastic bands across the brayer in a random pattern
~ create some background papers in your art journal or make some collage papers for a mixed media canvas

~ if you do not have a brayer might have an old rolling pin ( as used for cooking) that can be adapted, or an old toilet paper roll ( stuff the roll with tissue to prevent from buckling)

~ 1 hour date :
ideas --inspiration

~ create an art journal page or mixed media canvas using the the elastic band technique as a background
~ use the stencil technique to create a "window" in which to journal , maybe create several mini windows to tell a little story

~ Several Hours Artist Date:

ideas --inspiration

~ make some printmaking blocks using rubberbands
~ use your own printmaking blocks to create backgrounds in your art journal page or on a canvas
~ or use the printmaking blocks as a feature on your canvas
~ try adding different things to your printmaking blocks for different textures
*** wrapping bubble warp on the cardboard first, then wrapping rubber bands around it
*** wrapping clingfilm around the rubberbands, weaving in and out of them
*** wrapping pipecleaners around rubber bands than around cardboard printing block
~ try printing with the brayer on fabric with textile paints


PROOF of "Milliande Artist Date Attendance ":

" I have played with Rubberbands "
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Artist Dates and Artist Inspiration for Creative Idea

Milliande Artist Date November 2008

The Act of Creating
Acting on the Inspiration to Create
Artist Dates

Making Love with Your Muse

The Act of Honoring your SELF
"Out to Art"

Milliande Artist Date November 2008 Week 2

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November 2008

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Life Is Like a Rubber Band
by Marilyn Mackenzie

Life is like a rubber band. Sometimes we’re stretched to the limit and we break. Sometimes we fly hither and yon, with no direction in mind, landing somewhere we never planned to be.

Sometimes we’re blue; sometimes we’re tan and our lives are as bland as our color. Other times, we’re living a red or yellow life – a more exciting life, indeed.

When we discover our purpose, though, we discover real zeal for life. Rubber bands are like that too, whether they were meant to be the organizers, holding things together, or the ones to brush back the hair from the face of that cute red-haired girl with freckles.

Yes sir, life is like a rubber band. As long as we don’t stretch ourselves too hard or too fast, we’ll last a good long time and be content with our lives.

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