Monday, April 3, 2017

Enjoy My Recent Podcast Interview with DSS!

Hello everyone! If you're arriving here via Instagram or, welcome!
I had the honor of being interviewed by the lovely Patty Palmer for her Art Made Easy Podcast. We talked about art, creativity, my watercolor journey and so much more. I hope our podcast conversation inspires you..

 • If you're on your mobile and want instant playback, click here.

• If you want to listen directly from iTunes (with the option to subscribe), click here.

 • If you want to visit Patty's blog and get additional show notes, art links and other inspirational resources, click here.

A heartfelt thank you to Patty and her team! 

Enjoy some behind-the-scenes look around the studio:

Here's a shot right before our podcast recording (Patty lives in Santa Barbara and I'm in Chicago). My laptop had to be propped on a crate and an empty storage bin so that my head wouldn't be chopped off while we Skyped. My craft table is full of joyful things--art supplies, paintings...........and coffee.

Here's a before-photo when I have multiple deadlines. And an after-photo when things become calm again or when I have guests coming over. I struggle with clutter everyday. As a working artist and a mom, I try to keep things real. I do have OCD tendencies (e.g. insatiable need to tidy things in rainbow order), but I think that's just the nurse in me. I love my messy stages, too. 

Patty asked me how I became a watercolor teacher. While I was pursuing my nursing degree in Massachusetts, I led children, youth and adult watercolor workshops as a volunteer at a local Audubon Society nature conservancy. Today, I tribute much my art instructor experience to my 5 year old son. He teaches me how to make any art-making process fun, creative, and approachable. He's an awesome studio helper and an art supply test-driver. :)

I love the light in my new studio. I feel so grateful and giddy and inspired to paint in here. For years prior to owning our first home, I blissfully painted wherever I could--at our condo's dining table back in MA or inside the closet of a spare bedroom (at the last house we rented). My husband always wanted to build me an art studio. And finally, that dream came true.

As you can see below, the prior owners used it as a sitting room, painted in a dark burgundy. 


I wanted to paint the walls a clean, light gray color. It took multiple coats of primer. Sorry the image above is so dark; photo was taken in the early evening.

We ripped out the white carpet and installed thick maple hardwood floors throughout the main floor. In neutral cappuccino brown, of course. Adding recessed lights and a chandelier, pulled everything together.

Here's my husband assembling my Pottery Barn hutch desk back together again.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Enjoy My Blooper Video!

Gag reels and bloopers are the stuff of life! :) A huge thanks to the awesome team at!

All 4 DVDs are 15% off at the moment!

Amy Jones, video and instructional producer at F+W Media, wrote such a nice article today about my video series (with additional behind-the-scenes look). 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year and Happy Stamping with Watercolor!

Happy New Year, everyone! 

I want to thank ArtistsNetwork & prooducer/writer Amy Jones for featuring me in their blog post today.

Enjoy an excerpt from one of my art videos, Fun with Watercolor: Printing Effects, where I share a unique watercolor "ink" formulation of gum arabic, dish soap, and gouache that can turn any tube of watercolor into a versatile stamping medium. 

(click on image to preview my dvds/video downloads)

Happy 2017! May you have a joyful, happy, healthy, and blessed new year.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Creative Jumpstart Class Starts Today!

I am so excited to announce that I'll be participating as an instructor for Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2017, run by Nathalie Kalbach in its 6th year. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2017. A terrific way to start the new year!

Click HERE to register.

   Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters.

Throughout January, participants get access to 27 downloadable videos from 27 featured artists. I am honored to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See all the 2017 instructors in this promo video:

To enroll in this exciting online class, enroll HERE.

You get 27 videos for just $40 (USD) if you sign up before November 30th, (11:59pm EST), 2016. Afterwards it will be $45 until December 31st, 2016 before it goes to its normal sale price of $50.


Below is the project you'll be making using watercolor and mixed-media. I use materials like light modeling paste, gouache, gold iridescent ink, crayons and college papers.



I look forward to seeing you in class!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Introducing My NEW Watercolor & Mixed-Media Workshop Videos!!!

Well, hello there and Happy Friday! I have some exciting announcements to share.

Four of my NEW Watercolor and Mixed-media DVD/Videos have just been released and they're available now. I cover traditional and non-traditional resist and texture techniques as well as watercolor monoprinting, inks & dyes, gouache and so more!

If you'd like to buy a dvd or download a video, please purchase HERE (North Light Shop)
If you'd like to subscribe to my videos with unlimited access, please enroll HERE (Artists Network TV)

To celebrate the new product launch today on Black Friday, North Light Shop is doing a promotional special. My new DVDs (retail $26.99) are 50% off and new digital downloads (retail $19.99) are 70% off! Even my 2015 Cloth Paper Scissors Art Lessons are half off. Yay!! I don't know how long this will deal will last, so I'd take advantage now. Relax, watch, learn and save :)

It was a complete honor to be asked by F+W Media/NorthLight Publishing to film these 4 art tutorial dvd/videos. They flew me to Cincinnati this past July, where we filmed at their main studio. Amy Jones, who was my amazing editor and educational/set designer, painted along with me. Enjoy the official preview videos below:

PREVIEW 1: Watercolor Resist Effects

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PREVIEW 2: Watercolor and Beyond (all things watermedia)

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PREVIEW 3: Watercolor Texture Effects (birch forest landscape)

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PREVIEW 4: Watercolor Printing Effects (includes monoprinting)

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Enjoy some behind-the-scenes while we were filming.

 My deepest thanks to Amy Jones, Sam Laudner (camera man 1), and Aaron Arnett (camera man 2), and everyone at F+W Media for making this one of the funnest projects I've ever done!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

I'm a Featured Artist for 2016 DLP - Enjoy An Art Journaling Video

Hello! If you’re joining me from Art to the 5th’s 2016 DLP website or their weekly unPlanner blog, welcome :). 

 It's an honor to be a Documented Life Project Featured Artist! 
My absolute vocation or creative calling has always been watercolor. Currently, I am working on something tremendous—a dream-come-true art project that will allow me to share my watercolor skills in a bigger way. Stay tuned...

This week’s challenge is: “Ask someone else to draw or make marks on your art piece”. I love doing collaborative art with my 4-year-old. And since he’s a space-nut, this art journal page is dedicated to him. 

 Some art materials you'll need are: 
  1. Your unPlanner (or whatever sketchbook system of your choice). Currently, I'm using this travel size watercolor journal. 
  2. Any basic watercolor set with standard colors. I use blue, green, orange, & white gouache.
  3. Concentrated Water Colors in convenient dropper bottles. [Note: although brilliant, these pigments are actually dyes and will fade over time].
  4. Black waterproof india ink. This one dries super duper matte, which is great for journal writing on top of.

Enjoy my tutorial video below. As always, big hugs!

2016 DLP Featured Artist: Galaxy Tag Art Journal from Gina Kim on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

21SECRETS Workshop Launches Soon!!!


21SECRETS Fall 2015 Workshop eBook becomes available Monday, September 28th! Yay!

I hope you'll enjoy another fun little promo video.
Thank you for supporting me, encouraging me, and kind of liking what I do.

To register for this workshop --> CLICK HERE


p.s. there's an awesome giveaway happening over at my Instagram account.
Be sure to get all the details --> HERE and comment before next Wednesday 9/23/15.

As one of the instructors, I have 2 spots to give away in the 21SECRETS Fall 2015 Art Journaling workshop—an eBook valued at $98—so I hope you'll enter via Instagram soon!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

My NEW Art Journaling Workshop with 21 SECRETS - Fall 2015 Registration Starts Today!!!

Exciting announcement!!!

I'm so happy to share that I'll be one of the 21 SECRETS Workshop Instructors for Fall 2015!!! This is tremendous news and a huge honor! I'm so glad I don't have to keep it hidden any longer. :)

Early bird registration starts now---> CLICK HERE

What is 21 SECRETS?

21 SECRETS is a mega art journaling workshop with instant, unlimited access to 21 different teachers. It's like having a team of talented artists right there beside you, eager to share their knowledge. As a super downloadable eBook, there are over 25 hours of videos and 150+ pages full of color photos, templates, and detailed instructions. 21 SECRETS was designed to help students discover new techniques and bold approaches to art making (from beginners to seasoned artists) for anyone who’s looking to energize their creativity at their own pace.

There's a huge incentive for those who enroll early---> CLICK HERE

What specifically will I be teaching?

The title of my watercolor workshop is: "Spirit Taking Form". Below are some workshop photos & a course description:

Making art is a dynamic form of keeping a spiritual practice. One of the most beautiful aspects of watercolor is how welcoming and accessible it is. Who knew that simply swirling pigments with water would cultivate a deeper, inward journey of creativity, imagination, and playfulness. The power of entering this magical state (aka flow) is within every one of us.

In this workshop, I will guide you through what I call the six stages of creating a watercolor painting—Courage, Curiosity, Compassion, Connection, Completion, and Contemplation.

Each step contains a specific watercolor technique, embracing a universal philosophy. So whether you’re painting in your studio or navigating the outside world, it is all a sacred act. If you'd like to create with more intuition, emotion and expressiveness, then this is the class for you. We will be incorporating beautiful mixed-media with watercolors like gouache, collage, foil, marker, stencil, oil pastel.....just to name a few!

How do I register? 

It's easy! And because we appreciate YOU, you get a free gift---> CLICK HERE

Those who register, between Wednesday, August 19th and Friday, September 4th, will receive a FREE thank-you gift of ten 90 minute workshops that were part of the 21 SECRETS Live! last year. Insightful conversations with notable artists like Jane Davenport, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Roben Marie Smith, and Kate Crane...


Enjoy some of my workshop sneak peeks (a lot of them are actual video stills). There will be a studio tour on how I organize my paints & pen, a flip-through of some of my beloved art journals, a demonstration on how to use gouache, and on and on..... Are you ready for this adventure?! I am! Please come & join me.

And if you're on instagram, I post a lot more behind-the-scenes!

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