emily cline art

gettin' my ya-ya's out

How About This for a Great Gift Idea?

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It’s only November. I have a friend who is already finished with her Christmas shopping. FINISHED. (Rude.) I just started.

But I started with an “Ah ha!”

I went to a small local craft fair to “do research,” I told my son, for the craft fairs I’m selling at next week. (Really? I just love craft fairs!)

Ceramic owls with air plants, by Happy Los Angeles

Ceramic owls with air plants, by Happy Los Angeles.

I bribed him with lemonade and a seat in the shade, then I set off in the warm California sunshine. Ceramics, jewelry, and macrame — oh my! Gorgeous, hand-created, sweet items, perfect for my Christmas list. Things people will like, surely, but also things people need: shaving cream, candles, earrings (we all neeeeeeeed pretty things!)

Hand painted henna on stained wood.

Hand painted henna on stained wood, MKConnections.

As my son and I walked out half an hour later, I felt so good! I had connected with a friend from Craftcation. I’d met up with an entrepreneurial woman who just opened Makers Mess, an art studio — and she needs teachers for teens! (Hello, let me introduce myself!) I met an young Indian woman who painted stunning henna on colored wood and jars. Christmas shopping started!

Cotton and Flax mini-notebooks!

Cotton and Flax mini-notebooks!

I got to thinkin’… of course, we’re all buying presents for the holidays. My family is fortunate, so we try to gift through others — by donating to Heifer International, Fabretto, local schools and families in need.

But it dawned on me, almost every family I know has been under a lot of financial pressure these past few years, mine included. I quit modeling and acting a few years ago to be a stay-at-home mom and artist. Neither help pay the rent, but I feel good and know I’m doing what is best for our family right now. But if we all buy local* — from craft fairs, flea markets, Etsy shops, holiday church bazaars — we can financially support our neighbors, build stronger communities.

I know *buying local* is not a novel idea, but the good it does runs deep: the “feel good!” we get by going to an arts and crafts fair, the chance to meet old and new friends, find useful, handmade gifts, support our local makers, and to financially boost our friends and larger community. That’s a great gift idea all around!

*Make sure to check out these other great artist’s shops — Dani Paquin’s Agapantha , Tracey Clem’s Etsy shop, Donna Marie’s PeaceLoveNCrossbones, and Jonathan Castro’s Jonathan Castro Designs. (My photos didn’t do their jewelry and ceramics justice!)

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To kick off my holiday season, I’ll be here this weekend:

Mosaic Craft Fair, Alhambra

Mosaic Craft Fair, Alhambra

Silverlake Flea Market, Silverlake

Silverlake Flea Market, Silverlake

And in December:

Silverlake Flea (again)

Beachwood Canyon

Beachwood Canyon

They’re Second Prints! (not just rub-offs)

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This is a second print — okay, really, it’s just what I rubbed off from this fantastic graffiti-like stencil I got this summer from Stencil Girl. I was in Houston at the scrapbooking convention. Not much for scrapbooking, I signed up instead for a full day of classes with Mary Beth from Stencil Girl, Dina Wakly, Julie Balzer, and Natalie Kalbach. We were not only generously given loads of freebies, but also tons of information and techniques!

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This is another second print from a flower stencil. I put sprays and textures down before I rubbed through the paint. Love the rainy, washed-out effect.

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This piece was finished with another second print from the same Mary Beth stencil (from the first photo). It’s called the “MB Makes Marker Stencil“. See the graffiti-like black marks and lines? That’s not me. That’s just my rubbing-off some of Stencil Girl’s goodness.

52 Card Pick-Up

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I’m finishing up another session of my weekly art journaling class with Ronit Salei. We’re still working on our 52 large playing cards. The deck is coming along nicely, it’s fun to see them pile up.Emily-cline-artThese are from last week. The top two on the right are both napkins. The top middle one was simply attached to the card and painted/inked over and around. The top right was a napkin dipped and droppered in water color ink — like tye-dye.

emilyclineartI love the hint of a veil on my Queen of Hamsa (above).

emily_Cline_artAnd the gritty detail of this one, seen in extreme close up. Love that you can just barely catch a glimpse of the playing card through the scratched off writing.

I Wish.

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emily-cline-art“Every time I think of climbing trees 
I think of always looking toward the sky
 and I never even imagine
 the possibility of falling.”

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“Who knows?”

Staying the same, getting comfortable, being content freaks the hell outta me.

I wish I could relax more. I wish I could stay in the moment. I wish I could be comfortable.

I wish. I wish. I wish.

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Reserve your space now! with Nixie Sparrow for this weekend’s “Branching Out” workshop! You’ll stretch out of your comfort zone and allow yourself to grow!

Apple Hacked!

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My apologies for the earlier post, supposedly from Apple. It was not. I was hacked. I’ve been working with the real Apple all day, trying to fix, update, and secure this won’t happen again. Thank you for your patience!

~Emily

Come Play with Me ~ Branch Out!

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Branch Out with me!

I’m teaching at the adorable creative space, Nixie Sparrow, in Beacon, NY, Saturday, May 9; 12:00 noon. It’s going to be a whopping good time — creative, community, and art stuff!

In this 2-3 hour workshop, we’ll use art materials to explore how we are “Branching Out” in our lives — whether we are budding out in spring fever, nesting with little ones, or pruning off what no longer serves us.

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First, I’ll guide you through simple journal prompts. Then, you’ll create abstract backgrounds,  layering on paint and paper, images, colors, marks, and descriptive words.

No experience necessary! Mistakes are encouraged!

You’ll love creating your pages, learn basic elements of collage, and find easy, take-home techniques!

DATE: SATURDAY, May 9, 2015

TIME: 12:00 PM (approx. 2-3 hours)

LOCATION: Nixie Sparrow, 291 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508; phone: (845) 202-7011

COST: $45 per person

RSVP recommended:

phone: (845) 202-7011

email: nixiesparrow@gmail.com

*Please call in advance to be sure class is not full if walking in
*Must cancel within 48 hours of class in order to receive refund

$5 BEER / $ 6 WINE / $6 MIMOSAS / $3 DRINK MORE GOOD SODAS available

(Must be 21+ to consume alcohol)

INCLUDES:

All materials — beside journal — provided. You will leave this fun afternoon with at least 2 expressive art journal pages (i.e. at least one double page spread), plus several easy-to-remember art journaling techniques you can take home to explore!

ATTENDEES – PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING : Sketchbook, art journal, notebook, or old book to repurpose. Any photographs, photocopies, magazine images, text, or ephemera they want (not necessary, but it can be fun to include personal items).

Turn the Page

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I’m working through yet another level in my life — and my art journaling. I have been stuck, but now I feel release. It came from literally shifting my perspective: turning the direction of my page.

I put down a layer. Turn the page.

Work through a layer. Turn the page.

Paint it on. Rub it off. Turn the page.

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