Thursday, January 29, 2015

My Studio is Featured on Alisa Burke's Blog!

Hi there! If you're arriving from Alisa's blog, welcome!! 

You're just in time to enjoy a few of my finished watercolor/mixed-media pieces before I bind them into a sketchbook. There's nothing more satisfying than to hold a completed art journal that you've created. Well, coffee may be a stronger contender but it ranks up there!

I know Alisa has previously (and gorgeously) shared on her blog how she binds her sketchbooks. I myself have been using this binding matching for over 2 years now, and I must say, it has been one of the best art supply investments!

 There's true freedom to be able to work on any size watercolor paper and in any order I want. And because I'm working on loose sheets, I can easily go to my sewing machine to add bits of mixed-media pieces... this art tag. It's held inside a transparent pocket that I sewed with a simple straight-stitch. 
[cute feather stamp designed by my friend, Rae]

That's Stephen. His smile says thank you for stopping by! 


A heartfelt THANK YOU to Alisa Burke. Honestly, I don't know where to begin. She is so lovely and she is so sweet. What a huge honor it is to have my studio featured on her blog today!

So, let's do a giveaway to help us celebrate! Please leave a comment over at Alisa's blog from now until midnight of Monday, February 2, 2015. And then be sure to check back here on:

Thursday, February 5th, 2015
12 noon EST 

I will officially announce 5 lucky winners to receive one of my chickadee fine art prints! 
Go, birdies, go!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What a Milestone, Dear Friends!


It's been an incredible week. My next Art Lesson (Vol. 2 - BLUE) is being finalized with the editors & art designers as I type this. And then yesterday, I reached 1000 followers on Instagram! What better way to celebrate this milestone than to acknowledge the two people who influenced my creative journey in a such a profound way:

Pokey Bolton, founder/former editor-in-chief of STUDIOS magazine (as well as founder of Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, host of Quilting Arts TV, chief officer of Quilts, Inc.......and on and on),   truly is my hero. Her creative legacy is huge to me. I still treasure my very first issue of STUDIOS, where Pokey shared not only her beautiful space but how to create a design wall on a dime. 

(photo taken 2009, in my MA art studio)

I revamped Pokey's idea by using black iron garden trellises. I attached s-hooks at various spots in order to hang my paintings, fabric scraps, and works-in-progress. Thank you, Pokey, from the bottom of my heart! This is a total full-circle moment for me, now that I'm a Cloth Paper Scissors Art Lessons instructor. Holy moly. Feeling grateful indeed.

Cate Coulaos Prato, former editor for Cloth Paper Scissors STUDIOS and online editor for Quilting Daily, was the one who discovered me. She was the one who believed in me. And then she featured me in STUDIOS magazine as well as her book Inside the Creative Studio (2011). I think the best e-mail I received from Cate went something like: "Hey Gina, Pokey actually wants a selfie of you with your baby pet rats on your shoulders while you're painting in your studio. Can you send us that?"

Let's just say, little Summer and Autumn were misbehaving and the above was the only shot I could manage with them clinging to my neck LOL! Cate, I love you. Thank you. 

And THANK YOU to all my dear friends and followers.

May we all stay passionate about our dreams.....for believing in them will help us travel far, go deep, and reach high!

p.s. please stay warm everybody!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Yay! Enjoy My 2015 Art Lesson Promo!

I hope you enjoy this video about my 2015 Art Lessons....with all my quirkiness and bad puns!!!

ART LESSONS with Gina Lee Kim (PROMO)

My downloadable tutorials are in partnership with Cloth Paper Scissors/Interweave. From January to April 2015, Interweave will let me know when each art lesson will become available. I will post them here as soon as they're released to the public.

The first lesson is out! You can always click on an art lesson cover, to go directly to the store.

(click image above)

Learn important watercolor skills like glazing and creating a variegated wash. My methodical approach yields clean, beautiful colors, which then becomes the perfect stage for mixed-media, like glass bead gel and foil and marker pens and sewing and on and on.

Each class builds upon one another. The exact title of each Art Lesson may change but as far as the step-by-step instructions go, the following describes the technique I'll be exploring within that color:

January, Volume 1 REDS: "Coffee Break Still-life"
February, Volume 2 BLUES: "Evening Sky Sailboat"
March, Volume 3 GREENS: "Birch Tree Forest"
April, Volume 4 YELLOWS: "Happy Pets/Animals"

If you've paid for the class, please join our Facebook group
(search "Art Lessons with Gina Lee Kim"). I check-in several times a day to support my students. It's a place to connect, ask questions, share our work, and stay motivated. I also post pictures of my studio, talk about art supplies, the creative process, and much more.

I'm so thankful for your support!

By downloading my class(es), you are endorsing an artist who lives by high standards. I only want to deliver the best in quality; art that's taught in a delightful and fun way. Plus, with these prices set by Cloth Paper Scissors, it's truly a phenomenal offering!

As always, thanks for visiting!

Friday, January 16, 2015

My Art Lesson is Now Available & I'm Part of a Spectacular DPL Artist Line-up!

HUGE NEWS!!! Actually, double feature news!!!

First of all, my Cloth Paper Scissors Art Lesson is now available!
You can click directly on this red art lesson cover to go to the store. 

(click above)

At $3.99 per lesson, we are talking amazing bargain and value. Thank you Interweave/F+W Media and Cloth Paper Scissors!  In a nutshell, this is my Art Lesson line-up for 2015 (and I'll be sure to announce each release here):

January, Volume 1 REDS: "Coffee Break Still-life"
February, Volume 2 BLUES: "Evening Sky Sailboat"
March, Volume 3 GREENS: "Birch Tree Forest"
April, Volume 4 YELLOWS: "Happy Pets/Animals"

There is a Facebook group set up for my students (just search "Art Lessons with Gina Lee Kim")
and if you're on Instagram, I'd be thrilled to see your artistic creations there as well #artlessonswithgina
Above is sneak peek of Art Lesson, Vol 1 (Reds) PDF lesson. If you love color--especially watercolor--and mixed media, I hope you'll get a lot out of my downloadable mini workshops! Did I mention there will be videos to augment each lesson? :)


Now for the HUGE second announcement! I have the honor of being a Documented Life Project Featured Artist for 2015, in which I will be contributing my take on a challenge, sometime this April. You can view the AMAZING news and artist line-up here (and I am oh so very humbled).

Here's an example of a weekly art journaling challenge.

Week 1 art challenge was to use book paper.

I tore and collaged old text books, ledger pages and music sheets...

 And painted a bird...

 with a banner reminding us of our New Year's resolutions...

and a sassy deer with a sassy come-back.

THANK YOU friends for visiting!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I'm Published in Somerset Studio's Art Journaling!

Wow! Make that a double wow this week! Thank you Stampington & Co. for featuring me in your Winter 2015 Art Journaling magazine! I feel so blessed. 

(here's an excerpt) 

Taking Small Steps
by Gina lee Kim 

As a watercolor artist and a mom, people often ask how I find the time to make art. There’s never enough time really, but somehow—even if all I have is 15 minutes a day—I make it work. A part of me would love to paint a marathon session in the studio. But in reality, life takes small steps. That is how this art journal was made. Color, texture, and words came together on each page, not overnight, but in small increments as a daily art practice. »

Art journaling is a creative practice that teaches many things, like letting go of any guilt for taking time for myself. Making art isn’t being selfish; it’s part of good self-care. If I pursue the things that nourish my soul, I know I’m sending a profound message, especially to my son — that it’s never a waste of time to seek beauty, find meaning in my work, or to believe in my dreams. A journal finished in small steps can be a beautiful, life-affirming journey. »


At local newstands now...

 You can preview the table of contents &/or purchase this issue here.


Happy New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2014

I'm Published in PAGES Winter 2015!

I am thrilled to be in Cloth Paper Scissors' PAGES this Winter 2015!

This article features step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate transparent collage onto watercolor backgrounds.   It's such an awesome art journaling magazine. I couldn't be more honored. Thank you Interweave!

On local newsstands now.

You can also purchase this issue directly from Interweave.


I can't stop making tags lately. These were colored with both watercolor paint (tag background) and acrylic paint (gelli printed dry wax paper, torn & glued as collage). I exclusively used Rae Missigman's new "Natural Elements" rubber art stamps throughout. 


Color. It's how my soul breathes.


Thanks for visiting!

Friday, December 26, 2014


I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday.

This Christmas was full of love--moments that just melted our hearts for my husband and I. Our three-year-old was so excited to meet Santa. Stephen knew exactly what to ask for and Santa delivered.


On the creative front, it's been truly wonderful to work with Cloth Paper Scissors/Interweave these past several weeks. An exciting art lesson series will be announced very soon! I hope that my approach to painting in watercolor will be valuable, educational, and fun.

The downloadable lessons also include an instruction video, and the kind folks at Cloth Paper Scissors/Interweave are aiming to make this colorful adventure an affordable one! Stay tuned, friends.


On a very sad note, my mother-in-law passed away last weekend.

The only words I can say is:

I will miss you, Sheila.
It was an honor to know you.
Thank you for letting me paint your dachshunds.
We love you very much.

Title: "Sunlight and Poppies for Sheila"
Mixed media on 8.5" x 11.5 watercolor paper with sewn transparent collage.

I finished this journal page on Christmas Eve. Art has always helped me to "think" with my heart. It is a portal for me to lean into and accept what's called life--from joyful to difficult experiences. Working with my hands, or the simple act of creating, helps me navigate with (not run away from) my feelings. And then I realize, things will be ok. There is beauty and hope to believe in.



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 charcoal grey-blue paint. I don't know what I was thinking and then things started to go south.

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.