Here it is! The how to video everyone’s been asking for! I hope to film every weekend now that I have a dedicated space. Let me know what you think!
Please forgive the less than polished nature of the video!
Keeping a Couch Box, for me, is important. My heart yearns to make art, thinks of all the wonderful fun to be had with supplies, and knows it finds happiness when I can look at something I made and smile. But the reality of daily life - a busy day job and uncertainty with health issues - keeps me from making all the art I’d like to. Being able to easily grab some supplies while in my recliner or bed helps so, so much!
I also use these supplies when I have the energy to sit on the floor, with the addition of some basic acrylic paints and gesso. I can put them away in the bin and keep things organized - being able to clean up easily is key when you don’t have much energy. Always remember to budget that in when you set out to have some fun!
Here are the supplies that I use the most. I’ve linked to products on Amazon so you have an idea of what each thing is and costs, but you should explore as well and supply as you can budget. I luckily have a day job and no children, so I can afford a little more. Use what you have and challenge yourself to trying new things with what you have on hand.
I’ll be posting twice weekly for the next month or two so keep your eyes out for more art and videos, as well as live broadcasts on Instagram.
Supplies in the video:
I made this journal at the beginning of 2016 out of a pad of Canson watercolor paper I grabbed on sale at Michaels. I've worked in several sketchbooks since then, but this is my main art journal - the safe space where I can just let go and spread around paint. Play with materials. Experiment with new ideas and ways to use supplies I love. I don't work like this in any other book (I usually split up sketchbooks based on materials I want to use) and feel I can throw anything I want onto these pages and will end up with something I like.
I've taken so many process pics over the past few months, I don't even know where to begin! So, can you leave me a comment about what you'd like to see? Process pics? Thoughts behind choices? More essays? I get so intimidated when I haven't spoken with you guys for so long....like there's just SO MUCH I have to share. So....give a girl some suggestions, eh?
Last week, I set out to work in my art journal for 10 minutes every day. For the first 4 days, I was able to live-stream my journal time over on Facebook live, which has been an amazing experience.
I decided to stream via my personal page (note that you can still see the streams if you're subscribed to me; we don't need to be "friends") when I learned Instagram doesn't save live video, and couldn't figure out how to do it via my art page. This little decision worked to my advantage, because I found that, in addition to all my artsy friends, my non-artsy friends, coworkers, and family popped in to see what I was doing and say hi! While I talk about and share my art with everyone in my life, it was awesome to see them take an interest in what I was doing.
In addition, artsy friends were able to give me suggestions and ask questions while I was working - I like to say this is our spread, because so many were on-hand to help make it!
I've decided to keep going and see how long I can keep up this momentum. I'll also be editing together all the streams to make one nice, long YouTube video that I'll post at the beginning of the next week. Let's see how long I can keep going with this! Cause it's tons of fun!
Don't forget - I'm still posting daily vids on Instagram each weekday morning!
I recently invested in a new light for my camera so I can shoot more videos at night (and have everything be lit right!) without having to turn half my space into a studio. I know this one has some color things to be corrected, etc, but thought I'd have a little fun and share it in case anyone else wants to see what I've been working on. I think I know what I need to change in order to improve, so should have regular videos up very soon!