Saturday, April 18, 2015

Storage Ideas, anyone?

I love looking for new ways to store + display my art stuff. All of my paints, markers, pens, glitter, stencils, stamps...(I think you get the picture, lol!) have their own homes within my studio.

It's very important for me to be organized because I have so many jobs going on at once. Plus, being organized really cuts back on time from searching + digging through piles of supplies.

My new order of paints just came in from DecoArt! I'm so happy to be stocked up on the new line of Media Fluid Acrylics.

unboxing of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics; MarticeSmithART

Storaging DecoArt Acrylic paints; MarticeSmithART

Today was a great day to organize + use my recent thrift store treasure. It's a very hard plastic container that looks like it could've been a cabinet, but the doors are missing. I LOVE the way it's perfect! Organized today, messy tomorrow!

As you can tell from this photo, I like to color coordinate my paints - warm to cool, please :)
I'm crazy for carousels/turn tables + anything with wheels...hey, I like to re-arrange on a whim without the heavy lifting + it's easy to transport when I give demos or painting outside at various locations.

Also, I like adding a lil' dab of the paint to the lid so that I can easily grab whatever color I want, at a glance. You'd be surprised at how well this complements the intuitive painting process.

Do you have any "homemade" solutions for your storage needs? If so, what's your favorite one for storing paints?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

New Video Series: Art Journal Flip Thru 1

I am super excited to announce my *new* series of videos, giving YOU the inside scoop on my visual journaling process + creative lettering skills.

Sit back, enjoy luscious layers, explosion of color, bold + empowering messages, straight from my heart to yours.

These will be short videos, under 3 minutes - just enough to re-energize your creative palette + have you trying out techniques TODAY!

Art Journal Flip Thru #1 by Martice Smith II

    This isn’t your average "peek inside my art journal" video.
    Let me explain:
      • This is where you are given permission to play + explore new techniques, delivered in high-quality production...
      • This is where you get to ask your most burning questions about mixed-media art journaling (without feeling intimidated) + soak up all the in-depth, expert advice like a sponge...
      • This is the time to be nourished, uplifted in spirit + connect with other creatives...
      • This is the place where you allow your free-style imagination to run wild; to find the courage to make BIG always DECLARE that your creative expression matters!

      This is my platform to demystify the ideas of the "perfect" art page + reveal my process of intuitive art-making by showing you how I work.

      Discover how you can go from lack of personal style to overflowing with new ideas that you can barely keep up with yourself!! You will never hold claim of suffering from "the white page syndrome" when you're learning from me!

      Well, it seems like you get my point now, right? Great!

      I hope you enjoy Art Journal Flip Thru #1!

      (If you cannot view the video, click HERE. Allow video to fully load before playing in HD.)

      Be the first to know when I release more Art Journal Flip Thru videos!

      Oh, look! There's MORE! 

      I will also share a few of my techniques via tutorials so that you can recreate these pages in your own way.
      (If you are a regular reader of my blog, many of them will be familiar to you but there is always something new in the making, over here in my studio.)

      Art Journal Flip Thru #1 
      ::Feature Techniques::

      Hand-carving large flower stamp by Martice Smith II;

      Package Tape Tutorial by Martice Smith II;

      Handmade #FoamStamps & #Printing Plates Tutorial

      **Other products include:
      DecoArt's Media Fluid Acrylics
      Americana multi-surface acrylics
      black gesso 
      liquid glass
      Alphabet Stencil (Andy Skinner; DecoArt)

      Crackle Paint 
      Gelli Arts® - Gel Printing Plate 
      Deconstructed Floral Bouquet (from StencilGirl)

      What techniques you are dying to learn? Don't hold back - let me know your TOP 3 journaling techniques you are having trouble with or wish to learn more about.

      sending you love, with paint covered hands!

      Thursday, April 9, 2015

      Living with Art

      Living with Art is about showing + seeing art in real life settings.  

      Every Thursday, artist Seth Apter posts a series of images shared by creatives, showing all of us just how art is displayed in their spaces.

      Each participant is opening the door + inviting us all into their surroundings...
      Living with Art  | photo series curated by Seth Apter

      'Living with Art' is now in its 8th week, over on Seth's blog. You will find weeks 1 - 7 there, as well.

      Have fun browsing the spaces, full of beautiful, thought-provoking artworks!

      a corner in my studio...

      Wednesday, April 8, 2015

      Grungy Springtime Display Sign

      My first project is now live on the Helmar Adhesives blog!

      Why not celebrate Spring by making this charming display sign, decked out with psychedelic butterflies + silky smooth textures?

       Grungy Springtime Display Sign
      Grungy Springtime Sign   |  TUTORIAL
      Spring is here!

      Meet me over on the Helmar Blog to see the full tutorial + leave some comment love ;)

      Thank you!!


      Tuesday, April 7, 2015

      Sunday Mornings 2 with Mindy Lacefield

      OK, I just had to get that outta the way before I spill the GREAT news.

      I'm honored and so blessed to be chosen by Mindy Lacefield as one of her guest artists for her exciting, online class called Sunday Mornings 2!  (Such a cool way to spread the goodness of Christ!)

      I took her first Sunday Mornings course last year and I had the most enlightening experience. It's waaaay too good to pass up + the online community is super supportive + nourishing.
      All skill-levels are welcome to join us!

      Artwork by Mindy Lacefield  Sunday Mornings 2: Journaling

      **early bird now through April 20th: $19
      **regular registration begins April 21st: $35

      Be sure to check out Mindy's blog, HERE to register + see the other guest artists + learn more about the class!!

      As I prepare to film my lesson, my mind is always so curious...
      What would YOU like to learn?
      Let me know in the comments, below!
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