Inspiration Ripple

Inspiration Ripple

This was one of the prompts for Flora Bowley’s bloom true boot camp.  I love this prompt because there are a few things I’ve been wanting to share. The idea is to create a ripple of inspiration by sharing what you love and what is inspiring you.

1. The Desire Map by Danielle Laporte and The Best of Rebel Society Vol. I by RebelSociety.com. Both books are incredibly inspiring.

2.  Art by Olaf Hajek and Ana Juan

3. Wood Sculptures by Elizabeth Frank (local to Tucson, AZ)

4.  Manifestation Perfume by The Sage Goddess. (Claritus, Fortuna and Sacra are pretty amazing too.)

5.  Sun Song by Laura Veirs

6.  Quartz points and gemstones.  I am especially drawn to clear quartz, aquamarine, carnelian and chrysacolla.

art price app7. The Art Price App. (Ive been wanting to share this one for a while and am hoping it will be helpful with all of my upcoming holiday market shows).  A really great app to help you with pricing your art.  Of course it can’t be 100% accurate because of all the variances in art, style and market, but it is really fun to play with and can give you a ball park idea. What I love most about this app is that you can mess with the confidence level (go the the cogwheel to change the settings for this).  If you are just starting/new to painting and want to move your art for less $, (or sell your painting for more than calculated) you can change the app to account for that and give you a price you are more comfortable with. Also, you can save your estimates with photos of your art for a quick reference. I love that! The only thing I don’t like is that you have to figure out what style best suits your art- something that is not really a fault of the app, just my own feeling of my art being a mixture of styles or not fitting into the style options given.  You can play with a version of the app HERE.

sun and moon instagram

8. The sun and the moon, always.

 Other things I need to add to my list:

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* Wise Craft by Blair Stocker. Truly a feast for the eyes and a happy treat for your crafty heart. It brings me back to the good old days when I did a lot more crafting. There is so many beautiful ideas to inspire you and there is something for everyone and every season. I’ve been taking this to the school with me while waiting for the kids to get out for the last two weeks so that I can slowly savor each page.

* Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain  by Daniel Siegal.  I LOVE this book and I love Daniel Siegal for sharing his wisdom.  I may have to write more about this book later, but I wish all parents and teachers of teenage children would read this book.

* Yoga Today.  <3

* Art supplies:  Baltic Birch panels, sta-wet handy palette, fine line paint pen (see previous post), super heavy gesso, and Blick Studio Portrait colored pencils.

* Random stuff: finding color inspiration, enjoying nature, leaving rock messages around my neighborhood.

 What are you loving and inspired by right now?

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fine line paint pen (demo)

art journal cover by Regina Lord

I found this cool little paint pen tool (through Dana- thank you very much!!) and have been having so much fun with it.

It looks like this:

loew cornell paint pen

Cool, eh?

art journal page by Regina Lord

I made a little demo of me using this awesome pen.

Writing and drawing with a Fine Line Painting Pen from Regina Lord on Vimeo.

Once I was done with my video, I played a bit more with my pen using the white ink and adding a flowery vine all around.

art journal page by Regina Lord

Tips:

*use thin fluid acrylic paints or acrylic ink when using on an acrylic background.
*regular paint can be thinned with water or a thinning medium.
*works well on plain paper with regular ink or acrylic paints and inks
*use a wet towel (wipe or stay-wet palette) to help flow/unclog during painting process.
*clean immediately after use. Don’t allow paint to dry within the nub.
*clean with water in a cup or running faucet. Deep clean with alcohol wipe and cleaning needle tool.

Anyone else played with this tool? Please share your tips, experience. Would love to hear.

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A Wee Bit Warped Zine Giveaway (closed)

A wee bit warped Zine

The best mail for us creatives, looks a lot like this awesome zine. Colorful, bright, inspiring and so so happy. Who wouldn’t want all that to arrive in their mailbox?

A wee bit warped Zine

Shelly Massey (a wee bit warped) is a dear friend of mine, and I may be a bit biased, but I am so smitten over her illustrations and hand lettering. It all makes my heart smile and I am sure it will make yours smile too.

A wee bit warped Zine

Inside you can find quotes, thoughts, places to doodle, journal, makes lists and so much more.  This issue above is the Believe Issue, and there are many more issues to come. I hope you will hop on over to check out what’s next up on the roster.

Shelly has very generously offered a zine to one lucky Creative Kismet reader. Please leave a comment and I will pick a winner on Monday.

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the winner is: ROC(she has been notified)

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Thank you everyone for joining in!

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making yummies

whole wheat bagels

Bagels for my boys. We can’t seem to find any good whole wheat bagels in town, so it has come to this. Making homemade bagels.  With all the kneading involved, I’m get really buff triceps. :p

raw oatmeal walnut cookies

I’ve also been making these amazing raw cookies. I got the recipe from Raw and Simple cookbook by Judita Wignal, but you can see the video on how to make these here. I didn’t have any raisins, so I added chocolate chips instead, and I added a tbsp of raw cocoa powder. It’s almost like eating cookie dough.  My guys LOVED them.

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Girl with blue flowers – new painting

girl with blue flowers - art by Regina LordGetting back into the groove with a new painting. This ones is on heavy weight watercolor paper.  I love the brightness of it with the bright yellow and blue and a touch of pink.

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Bloom True

art is a way by Regina Lord

I’ve been recovering from a house full of sick kids, a sore back and just not really feeling any major inspiration to do anything but read (not to mention all the school meetings and projects, time lines, ancestry, etc). The first month of school is always so hectic, but I think we are settling back into our little routines and rhythm and everyone is finally healthy again.

bloom true boot camp

I was happy to see the inspiring little prompts over on Flora Bowley’s blog.  Bloom True Boot Camp is what it’s called, if you haven’t seen it yet. I thought it a nice guiding light for the week to get me through.

bloom true boot camp

I love the reminders to move, play, enjoy the quiet. Just what I needed to re-fuel. By the end of the week, I had picked up my paintbrush and was painting again.  I’ll be sharing some new stuff very soon.

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Journal cover

journal cover  by Regina Lord

After I filled all the paged of this journal, I was about to stick it up on my shelf with all of my other journals, but hesitated. This black cover needs painting! So, I put it back on my table and got to work.

journal cover  by Regina Lord

I love, love, love it!  I wanted the girl to blend and fade into the background and wasn’t quite sure how I was going to make that work, but it did. I hope I can remember exactly what that was!

journal cover  by Regina Lord

The cover has all the things I love most.  Bright colors, texture, inspiring words and a portrait of a girl with big soulful eyes.

art journal by Regina Lord

One thing I regret about this journal is not dating each page I did.  I blogged about almost everything in it, so I could probably figure it out if I really wanted to, but the very first page I did was in September of ’09.  That’s almost 5 years ago!! I didn’t go in order either. I just opened randomly to a page and started painting.

One cool thing is that you can really see how much my style has changed and developed over the last 5 years, it’s just not in order from start to finish. Also, this moleskine was the first one that I ever bought for painting in and it’s been a wonderful journey going through all the pages.

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last journal pages

I finished up the very last pages of my moleskine art journal.

It was funny because when I finished and did a little happy dance. Then I thought, wait!! Have to to do something about that black cover.  So, that is what I worked on today.

Will share it tomorrow. :)

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journal pages revisited

art journal moon page by Regina Lord

the moon

These three pages were started ages ago, and I just lost interest in them. Since I only have one page left in my journal to finish, I thought I’d better finish these too.

art journal page by Regina Lord

bird in flight

art journal page by Regina Lord

the light

Have a happy weekend!

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journal page – profile

art journal page by Regina Lord

art journal page by Regina Lord

Sketch to paint.

Inspired by this photograph that I found on pinterest.

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