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!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Happy 4th Birthday, Stephen! You're on the Front Cover!

 Four years ago, we got to hold your tiny fingers for the first time.

Since then, just look at all the lives you've touched....even store props!

We love you, Stephen.

We love the light that's you!


In the same week, we found out that Stephen made it on the front cover of a kids craft book! That's his hand touching a mixed-media bowl of lemons (bottom right). :)

In this collaborative collage, Stephen and I used watercolor, oil pastel, painted scraps of paper, transparency sheets, white marker, glue, and lots of giggles!

Get your copy of
500 Kids Art Ideas: Inspiring Projects for Fostering Creativity and Self-Expression

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy July! - Enjoy a Free Art Journaling Tutorial Video

Happy July, you guys! I am thrilled & honored to be published in heART Journal MagazineEnjoy a free watercolor tutorial. It's one of the several videos I share inside heART Journaling Magazine's issue this month.

And to celebrate, the publisher has a given me a FREE ISSUE code to share!

 For your free trial issue, simply download the app on iTunes  or Google Play. Then follow these directions on your device using subscriber code : heART77

• Install the App on your device 
• Launch the Magazine 
• On the Home Page, tap on the Yellow subscribe button 
• Tap on the Current Subscribers button 
• Enter this: heART77 (case sensitive) 

 Or go to your cart for a PDF version, choose Issue11 and use coupon code heART77 in the checkout process at For help with the coupon code, email This code is good until Aug 15th.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Peak into My Final Art Lesson YELLOW

Hello Friends! 

My YELLOW Art Lesson, the final 4 in my color series with Cloth Paper Scissors, is available here.

Yellow is a tricky color--some people love it and some people hate it. But as far as mixing and blending goes, it's essential to a watercolorists' palette. I share how I use yellow as a supporting actor to create a magical yet subtle underglaze.

Below is a sneak peek at this fun art lesson. It's a downloadable pdf file with a video link for my instructional demo. This series is very affordable as well!

We start with a glowing wash of yellow watercolor and crayon resist.

And then we add bits of origami, patterned paper, and free-motion sewing to add texture.

Voila! A beautiful mixed-media piece that celebrates your pet! :)

Jeannine Stein, Editorial Director at Cloth Paper Scissors, asked 20 questions of everything you wanted to know about your Art Lessons instructor. Enjoy this fun interview!


Right now, Cloth Paper Scissors is offering a fantastic deal. All four Art Lessons plus a limited signed "Sailboat Dream" print has been made into a special package bundle.
Click here to purchase!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Special Offer from Cloth Paper Scissors - An Art Print by Me!

You guys!!! Cloth Paper Scissors (via Interweave Store) is now selling one of my prints 

This signed print measures 8.5" x 10.98” and has a semi-gloss finish. It is anchored on an 11” x 14” acid-free mat board. At $20, these prints arrive ready to frame!! They are very limited in stock, so hurry. And sorry, coupons cannot be applied to this item. [Credit: pretty sailboat paper was collaged out of Roben-Marie Smith's ART POPs cards]

Note: I also sell this print on my etsy store. The difference is my etsy print comes un-matted, uses 120 lb. premium paper, and has a Rumi quote written across the sky. This print runs a little thinner at 90 lb. (feels more like a full color poster print) and the sky lacks any writing on it. But it's still pretty and a great value without needing to buy a separate mat.

This sailboat painting changed my life...scanned right out of my art journal. And now a signed print can be yours to inspire your dreams. Thank you Universe! And thank you Cloth Paper Scissors!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

VIDEO: Art Supplies For Journaling

Hello friends. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments regarding my last post (DLP feature). As always, I am blown away by your kindness!

As promised, here's Part 2 as a continuation from last week's video.
It's all about art supplies....and solar systems :). Enjoy!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Welcome DLP Friends!

Welcome Documented Life Project friends & Art-to-the-5th family

It's such an honor for me to be a DLP featured artist!! April is all about color safari: exploring inks & paints and the art challenge this week is watercolor (yay for me :)

Below is my interpretation.

I must confess. My video was going to be twice as long but I purposely kept the challenge simple and decided to post the other half of the video next week. My soul wanted to play and not stress over creating a detailed step-by-step tutorial.

Creating this video was so refreshing. I didn't have to edit things perfectly. It was published as is. Enjoy!

Gina Kim, 2015 DLP Featured Artist from Gina Kim on Vimeo.

Keep reaching for the stars! 


Tune in next Saturday, same time (April 11 at 8 a.m. EST) for Part 2: The Art Supplies along with a tour of Stephen's art journal! 

Here's a sneak peek. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Three Retro Campers & a Tent

I just listed this in my shop. A bit of retro camper cool to kick off spring! 

Instead of 4 campers, there are only 3. The reason is because behind the upper right quadrant where the tent and tree is, there is a vintage map. Underneath that map is a mistake that I covered up with gesso and gel medium. It'll be our little secret :)

Thanks for visiting! 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

My 3rd Art Lesson (GREEN) Is Ready!!

It's finally here! Volume 3 Art Lesson is ready to purchase and download.

(Click on above cover to directly go to the shop) 

Below is a sneak peek of what the downloadable pdf pages looks like. 
My students love the step-by-step video!

I love birches. If people have animal-spirits, then I have a tree-spirit. There is a spiritual quality about birches I cannot express with words, but I can try painting them.

See you in class and thanks for stopping by!