Saturday, November 15, 2014

I Love These Stamps by Rae Missigman

Something special came in the mail awhile back and I am so excited to reveal it today. The uber talented, Rae Missigman and Roben-Marie Smith, asked me to play with a stamp line (that Rae designed). I love them! 

I so appreciate how the stamps are ready to use.
Just peel off the backing and stick onto any acrylic block.

Here I'm making the initial background. It's how I play as well as intuitively think about the next step.

I have a saying:

I eat color for breakfast.
Texture for lunch.
Stencils for dinner.
And for dessert, gesso with a splattering of gold paint.

I got so carried away that I forgot to take step-by-step pictures. OK that's a lie.
Things got real muddy when I added a dull grey/puke-blue paint mixture. I don't know what I was thinking and everything looked kinda terrible.

So I had to salvage what I could. These circles were the result of an art rescue mission! Lol

Not only is it possible to sew directly onto your art journal, but it's fun! You kinda have to wrestle with the binding and try not to say swear words. Here, I simply connected the dots with an easy straight-stitch and left some of the strings hanging.

God hides in the details.

Thanks for visiting!

If you're interested in purchasing these stamps, head on over to Roben-Marie's shop here.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

CPS 2015 Art Lessons, Here I Come!

You guys!!! I have some exciting news to share and you're hearing it first here: I was asked to be the instructor & author of 4 downloadable art lessons on a little subject called (wait for it) COLOR!!

 These mini-classes will be launched in Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr 2015. It will definitely include what I know about wonderful watercolors, my favorite art supplies, and my approach to mixed media & art journaling techniques. Look for "CPS Art Lessons with Gina Lee Kim". More deets to follow! I have a lot of work ahead of me but you could definitely say my heart is happy.

As I post this blog, 30 pieces of my artwork are literally on its way to Cloth Paper Scissors/Interweave headquarters in MA. The shipment box is 24" long x 18" wide x 4" deep!

THANK YOU ALL for cheering me on....for enduring my humor....for celebrating the crazy, the fun and the my coffee addiction.

Have a great day!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

I'm A Spotlight/Featured Artist Again!

Hello, hello!! How has everybody been? At this time of year, like every year, I ask myself how it is November already. 2014 has flewn by so fast! Creatively, it's been an incredible year. In fact, I've been working hard on some exciting projects....announcements I can't wait to share! 

Like this one!

I will be a Spotlight/Featured Artist for Documented Life Project (DLP) 2015!!!!! 
See the announcement here.

Back in July 2014, I was asked to be a DLP Spotlight/Featured Artist for the first time. If you've never heard of DLP, I blogged about them here. When the very sweet Sandi Keene (one of the administrators) sent me artist questionnaires, I decided to make this special video. Enjoy! [Warning: there are images of gummy bears. This may trigger a Pavlovian response]


Here are some fun weekly DLP challenges I created in my 2014 planner:

Monday, August 4, 2014

40 Minute Flowers

This is a work in progress in watercolor on paper. I would like to define a table line and paint the entire background a warm cobalt teal blue. But for now, this is what 40 minutes brought me. It brought me peace, confidence, and tunnel-vision focus. All possible when your baby takes a long nap :)

Happy Monday.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Joy Around the Studio

Hello! I wanted to share some joyful snippets around the studio :)

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, June 20, 2014

A Tribute to Rumi

I've been on a total Rumi kick lately. How relevant are the words of this 13th century Persian poet/theologian/Sufi mystic. Rumi influences and fuels my art. That and coffee.
 Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I'm Published in Somerset Studio!

I'm so thrilled and honored to be published in Somerset Studio Magazine! A mixed-media artist's dream come true, right? My article is called: "Endless Beauty & the Wonderment of Nature Through Watercolor". I'm fairly certain that is the longest title ever submitted to the publishers at Stampington & Company! 
Enjoy a preview below. It will be in newsstands July/August 2014. You can also view the table of contents and pre-order here.

p.s. I hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day weekend. Stephen found a heart-shaped rock at the beach and gave it to us (heartmelt). I love you are my rock, my best friend, and a wonderful dad.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I'm a Featured Artist on CPS Blog!

I had the honor of being the featured artist and guest blogger on Cloth Paper Scissors Today yesterday. The article was taken from my original Mother's Day post here. Thank you, Cherie. :)

Enjoy another Rumi-inspired art journal page that I finished this week. The pink house was cut and collaged out of some happy-mail I received from a friend. Thank you, Lorraine. :)

"If light is in your heart, you will find your way home." ~ Rumi

Monday, May 26, 2014

Joyful Memorial Day

 “It’s not joy that makes us grateful, it’s gratitude that makes us joyful.” 
~ Brene Brown

I am feeling so grateful these days. Grateful to be alive. Grateful for my family & friends. Grateful for the freedom I have to express myself and to enjoy this day--a national holiday--because of brave souls.

Joy truly is the simplest form of gratitude. I get to see beauty all around. And I don't want to forget how fortunate I am.

Right now, I am art journaling while enjoying the rest of my morning coffee. I could hear my son and husband playing downstairs. I am grateful for the sounds of laughter, of water, of the gentle breeze moving the leaves. I am thankful. So very thankful...

Have a safe and wonderful and joyful Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Dream Big, Move Hearts

"Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men." 
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Monday, May 12, 2014

DIY Arts Supply Caddy

So here's a project that I've been meaning to post for the longest time. A lazy susan art supply caddy! Everything (minus the art supplies) came from IKEA and if you google "ikea lazy susan DIY caddy", it'll pull up numerous variations to this craft storage theme.

My most awesomest husband assembled the caddy for me last year, right when Stephen turned two. Look at how small Stevie looks, eager to help his daddy!

Jim carefully measured and drilled a tiny hole to screw-in the tallest/largest metal pail. This would permanently stay centered on the lazy susan.

The rest of the outer pails (6 total) are removable due to magnetic disks that were glued onto the wood. Jim used E-6000 craft adhesive. The final price to assemble everything was around $20.

Stephen and I had a blast, filling up the caddy with new art supplies. The fact that it spins (easy entertainment for a toddler/preschooler!) yet everything stays organized, makes it a winner. Plus, the metal pails are light enough for little hands to remove and put things back.

As I'm making a pot of coffee, this is the art journaling scene right now. 

Thanks for visiting!