Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What the heck is Periscope? [Andrea Gomoll Artist Chat]

artist interview with Andrea Gomoll of @cre8tivecre8tions http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/09/what-heck-is-periscope-andrea-gomoll.html
Don’t you just love the power of technology?

That’s exactly how I felt when I finished my Skype call with Andrea Gomoll although nearly 4,000 miles separates the comfort of my studio from hers just outside of Berlin, Germany.

Andrea discovered that she can use social media in the same way to connect with her fans in North America.

Discover how to harness the power of Periscope, YouTube and Instagram to connect with other artists and art collectors all over the world in this “Artist Chat” with Andrea Gomoll.



To Scope or Not to Scope (and what the heck is Periscope anyway?)


Creators of Periscope knew that although a picture is worth a thousand words, it’s live video that transports you across the world. Periscope allows artists to stream live video to anyone who joins a broadcast and artists are jumping on board to share their art process and connect with collectors and art enthusiasts.

Viewers engage with artists as they “go live” by asking questions or showing the love—via a heart—and they can even choose to be notified when there is a live broadcast on air. If viewers can’t tune-in live, broadcasters can save “Scopes” for them for later. Originally, the app would auto-delete recordings after 24 hours, but now the app saves them indefinitely which is great for those who don't like to be glued to their phones and hate missing out.


Live Engagement via Periscope


Andrea uses Periscope often to engage with her fans, even if it’s 1 am her time in Berlin. She loves the live engagement as viewers ask questions and give feedback. This is what makes creating and watching Scopes fun for her.

Although many Periscope broadcasters have the camera pointed to their faces, Andrea loves to have the camera face her hands to share her artistic process. Artists can benefit from watching Periscope broadcasts such as tutorials, Q&A sessions and idea generation for their next project.


Other Ways to Connect with Artists and Art Collectors on Social Media

Andrea tends to use Periscope in cycles. As she juggles the demands of her business she finds that the live engagement Periscope offers is sometimes best, but in other cases YouTube works better. Even though Periscope and YouTube both use videos—and Andrea has affinity for both—they both are suited for different needs. Just like your high heels and flip-flops meet very different needs.


Although she loves Periscope, her first love and favorite social media site is Instagram which offers a quick and simple view into a person’s life and style.



Free Coloring Page from Andrea

As a gift to you, Andrea created a beautiful coloring page that you can download for FREE. Even though I started to color mine, my 18-year-old daughter took it over and loved finishing it!




About Andrea:

Andrea, a teacher in the Handcrafted Holidays class, does everything from art journals to mixed media and sketching to painting. She loves being creative with paints, inks, pens, markers and more and shares her passion of creativity through social media and online classes. You can find Andrea online at her website, and of course follow her on Periscope and Instagram.

Sneak Peek: Pretty Packages



As part of the Handcrafted Holidays class, Andrea will share some of her favorite mixed media and watercolor techniques to create different gift wrapping for any occasion.




Here are just a few reasons to say “yes” to the Handcrafted Holidays class:


  • Nothing compares to giving handcrafted gifts from the heart to your loved ones.
  • Our online format gives you the guidance you need and step-by-step instructions so you will complete your project without the frustration of going it alone.
  • Plus you'll have the bonus of external accountability to get your holiday projects done in time!
  • Our teacher team has done the heavy lifting of figuring out 10 unique gifts to create, so you won’t need to struggle to come up with ideas. 

Registration now open!!!
 sign up for Handcrafted holidays
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Monday, September 26, 2016

10 smartest reasons to choose art





on my blog last week, I asked you what you would do if you won the stencil or stamp. Your stories were so interesting I just had to share a few here! Your answers shined a spotlight on why art is important and matters.. Thank YOU for inspiring me!

1. Art adds to memories...


"I was looking through my boxes of old stuff...boxes we have lugged for decades... and discovered a moving announcement I made 23 years ago before my husband and I moved to England. I had stenciled a border, then used stamps of the USA and Europe to explain where we were going and the distance of the journey. And my stencil and stamps were also in the box! What a fun walk down memory lane and now I have re-discovered my supplies which can be used in new works." ~Natasha


2. Art connects the generations


"About 10 years ago, my daughter-in-law introduced me to scrapbooking. It was my lifeline during the final years of my parents lives and enabled my oldest sister and I to connect in a very special way

My sister and children and I have "plans" for a future that will not only allow, but encourage an environment of creativity and passing on the various crafts we practice to the next generation.
So for now, I am in dream and plan mode, while learning all I can about mixed media and trying to figure out if / how I can turn this interest into the focus of the rest of my life. This is a challenge because I've never learned to "draw" so at this point am experimenting with collage and other mixed media techniques. Just discovering which products I like is a daunting task. But, I'm truly enjoying the exploring.
Again, thank you for all you do. I'm learning a lot, and enjoying seeing your art work." ~ Theresa


art by Miraim Schulman for sale on etsy

3. Art brings joy


"My parents always discouraged me making art because they told me to study something that I could "make a living with." So, unfortunately, I got a very late start and then hit a wall for years. I stopped drawing and painting for nearly 15 years...now I'm back at it thanks to you, your encouragement, and the lessons I've taken from you. I had never even experimented with watercolor before I took your classes, and now I'm off and running hoping that I will never stop making art again. It brings me so much joy!!"~ Deb


4. Art teaches courage

coloring page by Miriam Schulman
"I thank you for posting the video of "Yes and...." The stencil....I would love it or use with students who come into the studio and are fearful of expressing themselves. Stencils are a great lift off point for them. Love your emails!~Tina

5. Art helps us escape everyday life


"I have been spending most of my evenings watching art videos, they are inspiring and a whole lot more positive than the news, so many amazing artists just like yourself...Cheers to you and love your art work.... so inspiring and fresh!" ~ Linda

6. Art comforts


"Every year my 14 year old daughter, her volleyball friends, and I get together to make holiday cards for the elderly in nursing homes in the Houston metroplex. Volunteer Houston, who coordinates the project, collects and distributes them on Christmas Day. Our goal is always to make the prettiest and most uplifting cards we possibly can because sadly for many of these ladies and gentlemen, our cards are the only thing they will receive during the holidays.

Check out Volunteer Houston. Anyone reading this, check in your area about doing this, if you can't find a group doing this you can start your own. It's a lot of fun and makes you think of those who will be thrilled to be receiving a card, and it's from you!"~ Laura P.

art journal page by Miriam Schulman

7. Art is ageless


"At 70 years of age, I figured my time was running out so I got myself a pencil, actually 3 pencils, and some drawing pads and set to work teaching me to draw. These last 3 years have turned out to be the happiest years I've ever spent."~ Betty


8. Art helps us let go of perfectionism


"I have a long held desire to create an art - travel - inspirational travel quotes journal in a recycled atlas predominantly done in pen and ink where I can explore lettering and pattern. I have lots of quotes collected on Pinterest, my latest favourite quote for this project is 'You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the ocean in a drop' (Rumi) - There has to be a big blue watery ocean map in that atlas

I need to clear out a corner of the studio space so I can set out and see the pile of stuff for this project every day.......you now know I am letting perfectionism intimidate me into prolonged procrastination" ~Kim

9. Art dreams inspires action


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"Just wanted to let you know that I spent yesterday afternoon up in my craft room. I was inspired by your work and your ebook.

You made me see something that was right in front of my face. Not knowing where to start, I often just don’t even get up into my craft room. After reading and watching some of the videos on your blog, I realized that I should be up in my craft room making backgrounds, if nothing else. I know that if I did this it would spark some inspiration. I love going thru my stash of papers to see what jumps out at me.

Yesterday, I decided to do some water color backgrounds, and while those pages were drying in one journal, I went back to another of my journals to an unfinished page and worked on it. SUCCESS. I was pleased with what I accomplished.

Thank you for the inspiration!!!!! I also enjoyed your interview with Jessica Sporn."~Mary


10. Art wants to be made {and needs us to create it}


"I use stencils in my backgrounds to "see" what the painting "wants to be". I start off with only an idea that I will end up with a floral painting, or landscape or a portrait and paint intuitively and the stencils are a big part of my work.

Have been enjoying the "Artist Chats" and your newsletters.

Feels like we are friends

I create every day and so happy to connect this way with others and with you"~ Claire




The Free “Artist Chats” Video Interview Series

You won't want to miss any of the Artist Chats I recorded with the Handcrafted Holidays teaching team. The conversations we had and the information we discussed during these interviews to prepare for the class ended up being so incredible, I decided to create a FREE video series so that everyone could benefit from their unique stories and insights. This series of interviews is called “artist chats” and will be posted on the blog throughout September and October so be sure to add that to your “must see TV” list. (sign up here)

Plus make sure you didn't miss my Interview with Jessica Sporn : The Power of Yes

About Me (Miriam Schulman)


Miriam Schulman, founder of The Inspiration Place
In case we haven’t met yet, I’m a watercolor and mixed media artist. My art has been featured in numerous publications such as Somerset Studio, and Im the founder of The Inspiration Place  where I give my students stepping stones to create beautiful art as well as the emotional support they need to stay inspired.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Taking Flight

jane lafazio interview about painting, quilting and art
How do you define an artist?

Someone who shows up to create art is an artist.

I’ve always believed in this very simple definition.
If you write poetry, then you’re a poet.
If you sing songs, then you’re a singer.

If you love to create artthen I encourage you to see yourself as an artist, too.

Just ask Jane LaFazio, one of the co-teachers in my Handcrafted Holidays class, how it feels to take the big leap to become an artist. She’s been a full-time artist since 1998 when she took that leap of faith.

Taking Flight


After “putting out to the universe” that she would love to travel, Jane LaFazio travels and leads art workshops around the world. Since her flight attendant days she has always loved to travel and wanted to teach art in places that she could take her husband. She regularly teaches international art retreats where she gets to embrace her love of travel, teach art and take her husband along for the adventure.

Jane knows first-hand how travel sparks creativity and how new places and experiences provide fresh inspiration for the next painting. Since she sketches primarily in watercolor, it’s pretty easy to stash these art supplies in her travel bag so they will be available to reflect on the day’s adventures.





Art Inspired by Travel

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No matter where you plan to travel this year, be sure to show up and create art on or about your travel adventure. Not only is it a terrific way for you to practice your craft, you will have a beautiful memento to remind you of your trip.


Jane’s love of travel and her passion for folk art from other countries inspired her project for the Handcrafted Holidays class.

If you sign up for the Handcrafted Class you will learn how to make a traditional poinsettia mola in felt, a reverse appliqué process developed in Panama 150 years ago. The fantastic thing about creating this mola in felt, is that it is very forgiving. If you don’t cut it right the first time, you can just cut it again and improvise as necessary.

A Gift for you
Click Here for your FREE Illustrated guide


Click Here for your FREE Illustrated guide
As a bonus to you for reading this today, download Jane’s 10 Places to Paint to inspire your next travel adventure. And, don’t forget to register for the Handcrafted Holidays class so you can learn from Jane and 9 other artists, techniques and plans for your own handmade gifts from the heart.


About Jane LaFazio

Jane LaFazio, one of the co-teachers in the Handcrafted Holidays class, knows all about making the commitment to follow her passion for art. She’s so thankful she took the leap of faith to become a full-time artist in 1998, because today she’s truly living the life she was meant to live!

Jane has cultivated a wide range of skills as a painter, mixed media and quilt artist, art teacher and blogger. She designs stencils for StencilGirlProducts, and her artwork has been featured in Cloth Paper Scissors and Quilting Arts magazines numerous times, in many books, as well as in Danny Gregory’s An Illustrated Life. Her fun-loving, creative and supportive teaching style is enjoyed by students in her online classes and those who join her on international art retreats.

Although Jane lives in San Diego, she loves to travel and lead art workshops around the world. Most recently, she cruised and painted along the Danube River; toured, sketched and painted in Greece; and a bit closer to home led a workshop in Taos, New Mexico.


A sneak peek at Jane's project for Handcrafted Holidays...

Jane will be teaching us how to make a Mola in the Mexican tradition. This makes a beautiful ornament plus she has ideas on how to turn this project into a book cover and more.




Here are just a few reasons to say “yes” to the Handcrafted Holidays class:


  • Nothing compares to giving handcrafted gifts from the heart to your loved ones.
  • Our online format gives you the guidance you need and step-by-step instructions so you will complete your project without the frustration of going it alone.
  • Plus you’ll have the bonus of external accountability to get your holiday projects done in time!
  • Our teacher team has done the heavy lifting of figuring out 10 unique gifts to create, so you won’t need to struggle to come up with ideas. 

Registration now open!!!
 sign up for Handcrafted holidays
Read More »

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Advent Calendars: Not Just for the Holidays

carolyn dube of a colorful journey http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/09/advent-calendars-not-just-for-holidays.html


My dear friend Carolyn Dube, a self-taught art adventurer and mixed media artist, is on a journey filled with fun! She is one of the teachers in the Handcrafted Holidays class and has finally reigned in the critical voice that squelched her joy and held her art back for many years. Today, she avoids rules whenever possible and lets the little kid inside her free to create art without judgment. She teaches workshops and art classes online, has more than 300 YouTube videos, has written articles for Somerset Studio and Cloth Paper Scissors magazines as well as designs stencils for StencilGirl Products.

When we chatted, she shared her story with me and her unique—and joyful—approach to art.





Advent Calendar for all Occasions


Growing up, Carolyn’s family was “Advent Calendar crazy,” and it’s a tradition she has continued with her own family.

Traditional Advent calendars are used to count down the days until Christmas by opening up little number doors to reveal a prize. Advent begins on the Sunday nearest the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30) and continues for four weeks; however most Advent calendars typically begin on December 1 and continue for 24 days to mark the days before Christmas. The word Advent is derived from the Latin word for “coming” and has been celebrated since the 4th century.

Throughout the years, many Advent calendar traditions were adopted from simple paper calendars with pictures to every kind imaginable from the largest to the most expensive and LEGOS to the Hubble Space Telescope’s version.

Carolyn loves to create her own Advent calendars throughout the year, so she doesn’t have the last-minute December rush to complete presents, especially since she gifts them before December 1. It’s the perfect gift to give someone who can buy anything for themselves, because it’s a gift from the heart.



“I like the heart that goes into gifts more than the dollar amount,” said Carolyn. (tweet this)

Handmade Advent calendars can be themed for kids and adults. Carolyn even uses the concept of an Advent calendar to celebrate any occasion including birthdays and other holidays or events such as leaving for college gifts. In addition, they are the perfect way to use up any gelli print O.O.P.S. you may have sitting around.


I’m thrilled that Carolyn will be showing us how to create our very own Advent Calendars as part of our Handcrafted Holidays class.

Free Print from Carolyn



About Me (Miriam Schulman)


Miriam Schulman, founder of The Inspiration Place
In case we haven’t met yet, I’m a watercolor and mixed media artist. My art has been featured in numerous publications such as Somerset Studio, and Im the founder of The Inspiration Place  where I give my students stepping stones to create beautiful art as well as the emotional support they need to stay inspired.



About Carolyn Dube


Carolyn Dube of A Colorful Journey
If Carolyn could go back to her 20-year-old self, she’d give herself a head slap and say, “Quit worrying and do something! Play, screw it up. Make a mistake. It’s just paint and paper.”

Once Carolyn allowed herself the freedom to play, her art was transformed. Creating became joyful and the stress faded away. Although the urge to be a perfectionist still bubbles to the surface from time to time, it doesn’t have the same power as it did when she was younger.

Carolyn has made it her passion to share this way of creating with others through classes and workshops. You can find Carolyn online at AColorfulJourney.com/.


The Free “Artist Chats” Video Interview Series

You won't want to miss any of the “Artist Chats” I recorded with the Handcrafted Holidays teaching team. The conversations we had and the information we discussed during these interviews to prepare for the class ended up being so incredible, I decided to create a FREE video series so that everyone could benefit from their unique stories and insights. Many of these artists started their professional art journey after raising children or having other careers (just like you)! This series of interviews is called “artist chats” and will be posted on the blog throughout September and October so be sure to add that to your “must see TV” list. (sign up here)

A sneak peek at Carolyn's project for Handcrafted Holidays...

Carolyn will be teaching us how to make a colorful (of course) Advent Calendar. This makes a a great gift idea for all ages and you can countdown to any holiday.

Cool trivia: In 2016, December 24th is the first night of Hanukkah, Christmas Eve and my birthday!


Here are just a few reasons to say “yes” for the Handcrafted Holidays class:


  • Nothing compares to giving handcrafted gifts from the heart to your loved ones.
  • Our online format gives you the guidance you need and step-by-step instructions so you will complete your project without the frustration of going it alone.
  • Plus you'll have the bonus of external accountability to get your holiday projects done in time!
  • Our teacher team has done the heavy lifting of figuring out 10 unique gifts to create, so you won’t need to struggle to come up with ideas. 

Registration now open!!!
 sign up for Handcrafted holidays

Read More »

Monday, September 19, 2016

Handcrafted not Homemade

holiday craft ideas | holiday gift ideas | http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/09/handcrafted-not-homemade.html

Every year I wait too long to start created my handcrafted gifts and then I run out of time and lose the joy of it. 

Can you relate? 

Well if you are like me and would rather give handmade but never seem to get organized than you are not alone... 

and it is not your fault. 

You just haven't had a system...a fun community to hold you accountable plus a plethora of great ideas to keep you inspired with gift ideas that will make the received say "Wow!"instead of "Oh."

This year is going to be different and I can help with that.. watch this video to learn how.



 sign up for Handcrafted holidays

  • Nothing compares to giving handcrafted gifts from the heart to your loved ones.
  • Our online format gives you the guidance you need, and step-by-step instructions so you will complete your project without the frustration of going it alone
  • Plus you'll have the bonus of external accountability to get your holiday projects done in time!
  • Our teacher team has done the heavy lifting of figuring out 10 unique gifts to create, so you won’t need to struggle to come up with ideas. 

Registration is now open!!!


About Me (Miriam Schulman)


Miriam Schulman, founder of The Inspiration Place
In case we haven’t met yet, I’m a watercolor and mixed media artist. My art has been featured in numerous publications such as Somerset Studio, and Im the founder of The Inspiration Place  where I give my students stepping stones to create beautiful art as well as the emotional support they need to stay inspired.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Artist Chats: The Power of Yes

artist interview with Jessica Sporn http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/09/artist-chats-power-of-yes.html
art by Jessica Sporn

Jessica Sporn, the namesake behind Jessica Sporn Designs and part of the teacher team for the Handcrafted Holidays class, lives the life of her dreams as a professional, self-taught mixed media artist, because she learned the power of “yes.” When we spoke in preparation for the Handcrafted Holidays class, we discussed how her approach to art has roots in her theater background. Watch the video to learn about her philospohy.


“Yes, and. . .”


Back in her acting days, Jessica learned a popular improvisation exercise known as “Yes, and. . ..” The premise is simple. One actor starts off telling a story and asks a question, and then the next actor answers with “Yes, and. . .” to continue the adventure and story. Jessica explains that when she makes art, she approaches it just like she would the “Yes, and. . .” improv exercise.

“Just say yes – jump in – go with the flow – add another layer – let your colors speak to each other – let your shapes dance together – and let your heart sing with the creative vibrations of your materials and the energy all around you.”






Congratulations to Laura Peddicord and Susan Rowley winners of our giveaway!




Actress to artist adventures


Throughout her life, Jessica said, “yes,” and her adventures unfolded in ways she never imagined.

Although she always loved to paint and draw as a child, Jessica pursued performing arts in high school as a student and actress at New York’s High School of Performing Arts (the inspiration behind the movie, television show and Broadway production Fame.)

While pursuing her acting career in New York City, she became involved in pro-choice politics. She ultimately left theater to go to law school, following in the socially minded footsteps of her grandfather and father.

During her first pregnancy, she craved to paint and create like some women crave pickles and ice cream. She painted her daughter’s birth announcement, and from that work, someone asked her to paint a mural in their baby nursery. Although as a child, Jessica had taken art classes at Brooklyn Museum, it had never occurred to her that she could make a living with her art. Nevertheless, she said, “yes.”

After her first child was born, Jessica left the full-time practice of law, and became a full-time decorative painter. She also painted birth announcements for her friends. In 1994, she said “yes” to an audition in a community theater production. There she met a fairly successful cartoonist who invited her to go to a licensing conference after seeing her artwork. Although she didn’t know anything about art licensing at that time, she said, “yes.”

At the conference, she launched her illustration career when she said, “yes” to a licensing agent. She first licensed her greeting card designs to Recycled Paper Greetings. Today, her client list includes Hallmark, American Greetings, Toland and many more. She is proud to also design stencils for Stencil Girl Products and stamps for Rubbermoon, as well as Judaica products for Aviv Judaica Inc.

She offers online classes, hosts a successful Meetup Group with monthly classes in her Montclair, NJ, studio, and also can be found teaching local art classes and retreats. The common thread? You guessed it! She said, “yes.”

Put the power of “yes” to work for you


What’s Jessica’s advice for new artists? Just say, “yes, and…” do it! As someone who didn’t go to school to be an artist, she says grab a pad of paper, some markers and start! Keep going  add layers  let one inform the other  play!


Don’t let the adventure end by saying, “no.”



Online classes such as our Handcrafted Holidays class lead you to your own art adventures with 10 different artists to inspire you with unique ideas on how to create your own gifts and holiday decor this fall. Our teacher team will walk you through each project from mixed media to watercolors and many styles in between to help you create the perfect gift from your heart for everyone on your list this holiday season. Since we’re kicking it off in the fall, timeline stress won’t squash the creative process. You will have all your gifts wrapped up with plenty of time to enjoy the holidays with your family and loved ones. 


Sneak Peek at Jessicas Project    



judaica crafts | judauc gifts | how to make a tzedakah box http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/09/artist-chats-power-of-yes.html
During this group taught class, Jessica will teach us how to create a tzedakah box. The tzedakah box is a fundamental part of Jewish households and is filled up with coins to give to the poor or needy.

Since charity has roots in all religious traditions, this is a great project to make no matter your faith. And if that doesn’t appeal to you, just think of it as making an artful “piggy bank.”

So, how about it? 

Are you ready to just say, “yes?” 

Here are just a few reasons to say yes for the Handcrafted Holidays class:


  • Nothing compares to giving handcrafted gifts from the heart to your loved ones.
  • Our online format gives you the guidance you need and step-by-step instructions so you will complete your project without the frustration of going it alone.
  • Plus you'll have the bonus of external accountability to get your holiday projects done in time!
  • Our teacher team has done the heavy lifting of figuring out 10 unique gifts to create, so you won’t need to struggle to come up with ideas. 

Registration now open!!!
 sign up for Handcrafted holidays

About Me (Miriam Schulman)


Miriam Schulman, founder of The Inspiration Place
In case we haven’t met yet, I’m a watercolor and mixed media artist. My art has been featured in numerous publications such as Somerset Studio, and Im the founder of The Inspiration Place  where I give my students stepping stones to create beautiful art as well as the emotional support they need to stay inspired.

The Free “Artist Chats” Video Interview Series

You won't want to miss any of the Artist Chats I recorded with the Handcrafted Holidays teaching team. The conversations we had and the information we discussed during these interviews to prepare for the class ended up being so incredible, I decided to create a FREE video series so that everyone could benefit from their unique stories and insights. Many of these artists started their professional art journey after raising children or having other careers (just like you)! This series of interviews is called “artist chats” and will be posted on the blog throughout September and October so be sure to add that to your “must see TV” list. (sign up here)


Now I want to hear from you...when have you used the power of 
yes?

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