23 November 2011

19 November 2011

Watercolor Face #1

Watercolor Face #1 by literarytease
Watercolor Face #1, a photo by literarytease on Flickr.

I've been working in a new journal using watercolor paints. I uploaded some pictures to my flickr account. Here's one of my faves.

13 November 2011

Weekly Art Date: Sidebar Buttons

I would be super thrilled if you'd like to display my sidebar buttons for Weekly Art Date on your blog! Let me know if you do so I can come and visit! You should be able to copy and paste the code from right underneath the image. Let me know if you have any trouble, and I'll do my best to help.

Art Journal Class: Weekly Art Date Promo Video

Art Journal Class: Weekly Art Date

Woohoo! I'm just about ready to roll out my newest online art journal class:

Learn more at the Weekly Art Date blog.

You spend so much of your time taking care of everyone around you. Isn't it time that you took some time for yourself? With Weekly Art Date, you'll have a reason to just say no the next time somebody tries to stretch your resources just a little too thin... "I'm sorry, I can't, I have my Weekly Art Date that night." You can't say yes to everybody all the time, but you can say YES! to weekly inspiration, can't you? Maybe you can't squeeze in time every single day to work in your art journal, but most of us could schedule in some time each week to make the magic happen.

Join Crafty Moira in her studio each week for a little dose of TLC for artists. You're busy, don't we know it, so this course has no deadlines, no time limits, and, best of all, no unrealistic expectations of YOU! Do what you want whenever you can round up a few precious moments of me-time. The course and all the content will be available to you after the course ends (in other words, once you're in, you're in forever!) plus all of the content and videos created by me will be available for you to download to your computer to keep for as long as you'd like.

My Weekly Art Date will run in four parts throughout 2012:

Part One runs from January 1st - March 16th ($15)

Part Two runs from April 1 - June 8nd ($15)

Part Three runs from June 24th - August 31th ($15)

Part Four runs from September 16 - November 23th ($15)

Part Five runs from December 2nd - December 16th (Bonus Course: Free for all full-year students!)

Sign up for the full year for $45, a savings of $15 over paying for each part individually. That's like getting one full course for FREE, plus you get free access to Part Five! That's only $3.75, less than $1 a week, for a whole year of art inspiration!

Need more incentive?

All full-year students will be automatically entered to win in each of the 12 monthly Weekly Art Date giveaways. Prizes will include anything from art supplies to bonus downloads to original art by Moira. No need to remember to sign up by a certain date, and if you win, your prize will be automatically mailed out to you! How awesome is that?

(Don't worry: if you can't sign up for the whole year at once, you can still enter the giveaways! All full-year students will receive one automatic entry, but everyone will have a chance to enter. Full-year students can snag an extra entry by commenting.)

Also, all full-year students will receive a download link immediately upon signing up for my 2012 Creativity Prompt Calendar. You'll be able to print up this gorgeous full-color calendar full of 260 prompts (one for every week day) designed to keep you inspired all year. This bonus download will include a text-free version of the calendar that you can use to design your own calendars in years to come.

(All students will receive each month's daily prompt calendar on the first of the month.)

Already signed up for another paid course with me? Check inside the classroom for a special returning student discount!

If you'd like to sign up for Weekly Art Date Part One only, click the first PayPal button below:

If you'd like to sign up for Weekly Art Date for the full year, click the second PayPal button:

Please note that you do not have to have a PayPal account in order to sign up for the class. Also, please note the following terms and conditions:

Due to the digital nature of this product, no refunds will be issued after the start date of this class, unless you have never been granted access to the paid classroom at artjournaling.ning.com. (January 1st for full year access & each start date for the separate parts). That being said,  it's very important to me that you are happy with this class! I encourage you to contact me with any questions, problems, complaints so that I can do my best to resolve any issues for you. While I'm not exactly a technical expert, I'll do my best in that regard. If you need further explanation about a technique or a material, feel free to ask me by leaving a comment in that specific discussion area at the ning site, on this blog, or by email: moira dot richardson, via gmail.

07 November 2011

Art Journal: Traveling Journal

After signing up for Bonita Rose's Traveling Journal, I decided to start my own! The idea is that the journal travels from person to person, each adding their own page to the mix. When it comes home to me, I'll get to see all the lovely art created by my fellow artists. I'm excited about it! I'm about to mail out the journal to the first person on the list, so I want to share the cover of the journal with you:


I made the journal from Fabriano Artistico hot press watercolor paper. I made fringe on the spine like in my Journal Tutorial currently for sale on etsy. The fringe is silk ribbon yarn from Darn Good Yarns.

To make the cover, I coated the whole page with white gesso. When that was dry, I rubbed on color with Distress Ink pads in Tea Dye, Peeled Paint, and Broken China. I used a wet paintbrush to move the color around. When dry, I added more color using a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop and more Distress Ink. I cut the letters out of tissue paper, then covered the whole surface with a layer of gold tulle. This gives it a very cool texture. Next, I added some gold glitter flakes and bits of emerald Byzantia, both from Stewart Gill.

I can't wait to see what everyone adds inside!

Want to sign up? Visit the journal here. On the left column, there's a link that says, "Join This Journal." Just click that, sign up for a free account, and then wait for the journal to arrive.

There are still 6 spots left! It's free to sign up; you just have to mail the journal to the next person on the list when you are finished. All of the pages from inside will be posted online (eventually) so you'll get to see the finished journal in its entirely.

04 November 2011

Giveaway Winners & another chance to win!

Waaaaay back in July, I did a giveaway for the PDF book binding tutorial that I was working on. Well... months and months later, I've finally finished the tutorial and am ready to send it out to the winners! (I know, you forgot all about it, right? Well... me, too, kinda!)

Without further ado, the winners are:

Jingle who said, "This is a fabulous book and I would be thrilled to both create one like and and help you edit your tutorial to bring it to the point you are looking for! What a great idea this is! If it is doable, I would love to create these as holiday gifts!"

Frau S who said, "I would love to try this tutorial. The book is gorgeous and totally different from any journal I've ever made."


Nae who said, "I admit it, I haven't made a journal in over a decade. I haven't because I don't really know/remember how to do it! I have all sorts of raw materials and would love the chance to win your tutorial - I KNOW it'll be very inspiring and I'm a great proofreader/attention to detail! Plus I like to make photos too so I would love to help out!"

I'll send out emails to the winners, as long as they left me their emails, but if you are a winner, please contact me for your free tutorial!

Didn't win but really want to tutorial? Give me a good reason to send you a copy and I'll choose another winner from the comments I receive. (If you are a member of Falling For You, you'll be getting a copy very soon!)
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