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Make A Zine to Showcase Your Work

Making a zine can be a simple, cost-effective way to print & distribute your artwork without having a find a publisher. I’ve found a few tutorials, examples, and a good start-up guide to help you along. Read more

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Adventures in Art #1

Adventures in Art is an ongoing series where I document all the creative things I’ve been up to. πŸ™‚

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I got some new watercolor papers.

And I’m really excited to try them out. I have always used Arches but I found this brand called Bee Paper (check out that crazy website) at Michaels. It’s exactly the size I need for a series of mini paintings so I figured I’d try it out.

I got the Canson watercolor sketchbook because I’ve been wanting to add watercolor to my sketches, but my current sketchbooks don’t have heavy paper in them. I have two other sketchbooks specifically for watercolor but they only have a few pages left in each one. Also, my skill level has gone up since starting those (yay) so I thought it was time for a fresh start.

Honestly I don’t think the Canson paper will be the greatest quality, but that’s why it’s just for sketching. Maybe I’ll be surprised. πŸ™‚

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I joined CreativeBug.

I heard Jamie Ridler mention CreativeBug in a Behind the Scenes episode. I really loved the all-over doodle spread she made, but I put off joining. Last week I decided I was worth the $5/month investment. πŸ˜‰ Annnd I’m really happy with it so far.

I did take Lisa Congdon’s class, and the results were amazing. I had previously thought that since I “knew how to draw,” a drawing class wouldn’t benefit me much. But I was totally wrong. It was so nice having someone explain their method to me, and to then have a new way to use my own drawing style.

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Next, I started this Daily Drawing Challenge by Pam Garrison. I’ve only done day 1 as of now but it let me get my Halloween on with the lollipop prompt.

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I’ve been drawing more in general.

A new living situation has given me much more creative time. I can work on personal projects and make things to sell, and have time to promote myself too. It is seriously a dream come true. πŸ™‚

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And lastly, a reminder that not everything you make has to be a masterpiece.

The other night I wanted to make something simple and without expectations. So I made some new toys for Omelette. He may not look impressed in these pictures (I cut his food down today because that fluffy belly is getting a bit too fluffy), but he definitely gave these a good batting around the apartment.

Taking the pressure off once in a while is fun, and lets you try new things. I wouldn’t normally crochet with three strands of yarn at once. But, it ended up making a tough, durable ball. Perfect for claws. πŸ™‚

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September Journal Prompt

Journal Prompt: September 12, 2016

Today is Monday, so here is another journal prompt for you to dig into. This month’s prompts all tie together; go check out last week’s if you missed it.

The beginning of the week seems like a good time to start a fresh journal page, right? So let’s get started.

Writing not your thing? Maybe an art journal is for you.

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Art Journal Prompt: September 9th, 2016

Every Friday, I offer a new art journal prompt for you to explore. These weekly art prompts are dual-purpose. They encourage you to show up to your art practice and create. They also serve to help you remember, appreciate, and work through different aspects of your life.feed-store

This week’s art journal prompt is:

Your front door or entrance.

Whether it’s a chippy farmhouse door or brand new and sleek, take a moment with the entrance to your home. You might brush past it everyday without thinking.

Doodle or paint it in your sketchbook, your lines don’t have to be straight. Maybe you’ll take some photos of it. Get a close up of the number, or lock. Include your key if you want.

And don’t forget to take in the big picture. Do you have plants around your entrance? Some nifty lighting? Step back and use all of this for your inspiration.

We’ll have another prompt next Friday, so you can take your time in your art journal and make something beautiful from your entrance.

All done?

Once you’re finished with your journal page, I would love to see it! I’ll feature some of your creations at the end of next week’s art journal prompt. So tag me on Instagram @ceiltastic, or email a photo of your work to celia@celiaagnes.com with the subject Art Prompt 9/9. Your favorite thing might be featured. πŸ™‚

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Journal Prompt for Home | September 5, 2016

Every Monday, I share a journal prompt for you to work with in your written journal. These prompts give you a jump start on the old “What do I write about?” quandary. More importantly, they nudge you towards better understanding yourself & your life.

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This Week’s Journal Prompt

What kind of home do you live in?

Start by thinking about your physical home. That’s an easy one. We all live in different places, each one has it’s pros and cons. First, describe your home physically. Then expand to your neighborhood or town. What does it look like? What’s it made of? Where is it? What kind of people live around you?

Go further if:

  • you find yourself feeling resentful about your home (it’s age, condition, price, etc.)
  • you’re jealous of the home someone else has (like a neighbor or relative)

Are these problems threatening your life or your financial stability? If not, are these productive thoughts,or distractions from more important matters?

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Next, think about the emotional state of your home. How do you feel when you’re at home? Happy? Drained? Try to stay objective. Just describe how you feel, without blaming yourself or others.

If you generally feel happy at home, try adding a gratitude page. List all the things, hobbies and people that bring you joy and support you.

If you don’t feel happy at home, think about why. Is there a pattern? Maybe it’s only on certain days? Is it all the time? Not just at home, but work, school, etc.? Throw down all the possible reasons.

Write in your journal until you feel some sort of resolution with any problems you came across. You don’t need to have it all figured out right now, you just want to feel a little weight lifted.

Helpful questions to ask:

  • Will this thing matter tomorrow? Next week? In a year?
  • Is this thing putting me at physical risk?
  • Does this thing impact my emotional state?
    • If it does, can I look at it a different way? Can I tell myself a different (but true) story about this?
  • Do my reactions to this thing negatively impact others around me?
    • What can I do about that so we both feel better? Don’t sacrifice your happiness or bottle things up.

I hope this prompted (ha! oh, me) you to look a little deeper at your home life, and if everything isn’t gumdrops and ice cream to start working through it.

This theme of “home” will continue for each journal prompt in the month of September. New journal prompts will be posted every Monday, and art journal prompts on Fridays.

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Free Coloring Page: House

Free Coloring Page Printable: Cute House

Want a free coloring page? Better question: who doesn’t want a free coloring page?

This is my first attempt at a coloring book page. I’m honestly really happy with it. For some reason I’m just not a fan of all the teeny-tiny spaces in adult coloring books. They hurt my hand. I guess I must color intensely haha. That’s true because sometimes I forget to breathe while coloring. πŸ˜€

Keeping with September’s theme of Home, this is a cute house coloring page. He is happy to be here and ready for you to move in.

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Free Coloring Page Printable: Cute House

Click the picture above to view the full-size coloring page. Just right-click save the image. It is:

  • Huge: 2400 px X 3000 px
  • 8″ x 10″ at 300 DPI
  • Going to print beautifully for you πŸ™‚

Click here for a .PDF file of the same image, if you prefer. You can resize it to fit any paper you have handy. I think this would be awesome on card stock. Watercolor paper would be especially nifty if your printer can handle it.

Or pin this page for later. Everyone has a coloring page board, right? Right?

Free Coloring Page

Coloring not your thing?

But like, that’s a pretty cute house still. So I put him on t-shirts and stickers and even duvet covers. Go check out my RedBubble shop to see.

Are you going to color this?

I would love to see it! Tag me on Instagram @ceiltastic. Or, share it my Facebook page.

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Art Journal Prompt: September 2nd, 2016

art journal prompt toolsEvery Friday, I offer a new art journal prompt for you to explore. These weekly art prompts are dual-purpose. They encourage you to show up to your art practice and create. They also serve to help you remember, appreciate, and work through different aspects of your life.

This week’s art journal prompt is:

Your favorite item in your home.

Yes, your favorite material thing (gasp). Is it the mug you drink tea from every morning? Your favorite dress, suit, or your backpack? Maybe it’s your sofa. Whatever it is, create an homage to it in your art journal this week.

Sketch it, paint it, take a photo of it (your journal doesn’t have to be physical, remember).

Find it online or in a magazine and collage with it. Maybe create an en masse page of just that thing.

You might take the whole week to complete your work, or you might take one day. Either is fine. The purpose of this particular prompt is to remind you of something awesome you have right next to you, every day.

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All done?

Once you’re finished with your journal page, I would love to see it! I’ll feature some of your creations at the end of next week’s art journal prompt. So tag me on Instagram @ceiltastic, or email a photo of your work to celia@celiaagnes.com with the subject Art Prompt 9/2. Your favorite thing might be featured. πŸ™‚

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Digital Art Journal

Digital Art Journal: How to Make One, Tips, & Resources

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I talked about what an art journal is and why you should have one. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed, you lack physical supplies, or you like the idea of ctrl-z-ing imperfections, then a digital art journal might be your solution.

What program do I use to make a digital art journal?

Use whatever software you have and are comfortable with. If you have Photoshop, then great. But you can also use any of the free programs & apps the Internet has to offer you.

You can use good old MS Paint if you want. The most important thing is that you actually like using whatever program or app you chose. πŸ™‚

Digital Art Journal with PicMonkey
PicMonkey is a powerful, browser-based app for editing photos. The free version is already amazing, and the Royale upgrade unlocks a full playground of effects, stickers, and filters.

What tools do I need?

You can easily make a digital art journal with just your hands. Use your finger as a stylus on your phone, or click around with your mouse/track pad.

A stylus or stylus pen will give you finer control.

And you can download a multitude of free or paid clip art, textures, and brushes from all over the web.

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This spread uses stickers and backgrounds you can find in my Etsy shop. πŸ™‚

What do I do with my digital journal pages?

Other than keeping your pages in a folder for the occasional slide show, here are some ideas for how to display and enjoy your creations

  • Use them as a background on your PC, phone, tablet, etc. You can create your pages specifically to these dimensions or you can resize and crop them later.
  • Print your pages with a service like Artifact Uprising, a local print shop, or your own printer. You can make photo books, wall art, etc.

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September’s Theme & Fall Posting Schedule

Hello my dear readers. Today I wanted to quickly share with you the theme behind September’s posts. Also, I wanted to let you know what the fall schedule will look like.

Themes

Every month here on the blog has a theme behind it. It drives all the journal prompts and extra goodies that I create for you guys. Themes also help me stay organized, and take the anxiety out of I-have-no-idea-what-to-write-about Syndrome. πŸ™‚

September’s theme is Home. This month’s journal prompts explore our physical spaces. They will challenge our preconceived notions of home, and encourage us to take a closer look at the things we make take for granted.

I also have some home and house themed goodies planned for this month – but those will remain a surprise.

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The Fall Schedule

Here’s a rundown of what you can expect to see on Celia Agnes from September through November.

  • Mondays: Writing journal prompt
    • Something to think about & explore in your journal
  • Tuesdays: Adventures in Art
    • A look at what I’ve been working on this week
  • Wednesdays: New products
    • Official release of new journaling products, classes, etc.
  • Thursdays: Creative development
    • Tutorials for new skills and thoughts on creativity
  • Fridays: Art journal prompt
    • Something to inspire you to work in your art journal
  • Saturday: FreebiesΒ  & Printables
    • Fun stuff like coloring pages, and free sample packs of journaling stuff πŸ™‚
  • Sundays: Newsletter

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Need Art Inspiration? Here are 5 Incredible Illustrators

I’m very good at killing time by looking at other people’s beautiful work. Instead of working on my own. But sometimes you just gotta refill the creative well. Here are 5 of my favorite artists for you to enjoy. I hope they inspire you to try a new style, a new medium, or experiment with color. πŸ™‚

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Fran Meneses (aka Frannerd) is a hero of the illustration world. She’s talented, and she shares her freelance experience, resources, and motivation on her YouTube channel. Also, has a beautiful Etsy shop where you can purchase her prints and stickers. Be like Fran.

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Maruti Bitamin

If you enjoy watercolor, check out Maruti Bitamin. Her illustrations are colorful and ethereal. Also, she works both tightly and loosely with equal success. See some of her tutorials andΒ  resources here.

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Matt Forsythe

You might recognize Matt Forsythe’s work, he’s illustrated for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many others. He was also the lead character designer & lead prop designer on Adventure Time from 2013-2015.

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Brett Manning

Brett Manning (aka BrettisaGirl) creates gorgeous surrealist paintings. Her work is a beautiful trip through pop-culture and feminist themes, all wrapped in her signature dream-state style. Brett is especially prolific, so there’s always new weird and wonderful pieces to enjoy from her.

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Asja Boros

Asja Boros has quickly become one of my favorite artists. Her colorful, loose ink works are a fresh take on intuitive painting. And, she has a YouTube channel where she explains her process in wonderful detail. Her videos are a fascinating peek inside the creative brain.

I have many more artists to share with you guys, so I’m going to make this an on-going series. I hope these first 5 illustrators gave you some art inspiration, and that you try something new.

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