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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Blog Hop to Celebrate My Book and An Art Giveaway!

To celebrate my new book, Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop, I'm holding a blog hop! I hope you'll visit these wonderful artists on their blogs. You can see what they have to say about the book, interviews with me, and projects they've made inspired by my book. You'll also see their wonderful work! Jill Berry is also holding a giveaway of my book!


6/10 Pam Carriker 


Now, for the Giveaway! Post a comment here on my new blog,  telling us what you are creating right now. This will enter you to win the Serena Barton original you see below!


What Goes on Beneath                         Acrylic on Canvas

72 comments:

  1. I'm working in a swap journal creating a bleedthrumanade map.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Sandra! I confess I don't know what a bleedthrumanade map is--can you explain more?

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    2. Oh, you fell into my trap! Got lemons, make lemonade. Got marker bleed thru, make bleedthrumanade! It just means that instead of avoiding marker bleed through when I use alcohol markers (or other mediums that bleed through), I color on one side, then draw or used mixed media. Then I turn the page or paper and use the same color base to create a totally different finished piece. If you're interested, here's a link to one of them:http://lifeimitatesdoodles.blogspot.com/2012/07/bleedthrumanade-with-butterflies-and.html

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    3. Sandra, I love this concept and what it produces. Glad I fell into the trap:)

      May I grab a picture to post here?

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    4. Oh yes! Most definitely! I'm writing up a review of your book, by the way which will be posted soon. I received my signed copy and I love the collage pieces.

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    5. Thank you! I almost forgot to say that. And my mother brought me up better than that, lol!

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  2. I just art joirnal ... so I am working on finishing ip my current one.

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    1. I'd love to hear more, Judy--what kind of painting?:-)

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  4. I've been working on doing more collage art pieces, working directly on the canvas. I'm enjoying it a lot.

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  5. I'm screenprinting and I'm hoping to do some Gelli printing soon!

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  6. I've just gotten started on a mini quilt for my husband. He's into bees so I'm doing a paper piecing bee block :)

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  7. Wow, it's fascinating to read how varied people's projects are. Many are new to me. If anyone wants to send pictures of your work I'd love to post them. Send through serenabarton.com.

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  8. I am working on a white box that is covered with Zentangles, and which I am going to fill with tangles hedrons. I just finished an icosahedron, made with water color paper. I had finished a truncated icosahedron out of regular copy paper, but I gave that one away. I needed to make a stronger one anyway,,, Also, prisms, and other oh, so many other shapes.

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    1. So many interesting things you all are doing. I don't know if I've ever met a truncated icosahedron:)

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    2. I hadn't either, so, like I did, you will just have to Google it! But it won't be tangled.

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  9. Hi Serena, congratulations on your book, it looks just wonderful. I am currently working on a travel journal of my recent trip to Italy and London. I love to use mixed media techniques and I'm excited about trying some printing methods too.
    best wishes,
    Grace

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  10. Your book looks fabulous! Lately, I have mostly been making mixed media pieces, adding everything but the kitchen sink.

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  11. I just bought your book, it looks awesome! I spent all day yesterday painting (!) first finishing a mixed media piece using Chris Cozen's new pod stencils, then a little owl using Juliette Crane's tutorial, gessoed two large canvases, and painted a background for another owl creature for my daughter's room. Now it's back to work :-)

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  12. Hi Serena,
    I recently started to blog to share my creative journey as a mixed media artist.
    http://dandelioninkstudio.blogspot.com
    I love the Wabi-Sabi philosophy and am mindful of it when I spend time in my garden...rusty metal, abandoned bird nests, chipped paint, broken flower pots...will send you some photos :)

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  13. Hi Serena,
    I am always looking for new ideas and new techniques to try - I'm always learning something new. As long as it has to do with paper, pen or pencil, I'm in. I mostly make greeting cards, totally loving Zentangle (getting certified at the end of this month so I can teach it) and some mixed media canvases and hand made art journals, and...and.. I can't wait to read your book and learn more about Wabi-Sabi.

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  14. I have been mostly a fiber artist, but an wanting to move in a new direction. Imperfection has always fascinated me. Right now we are working on fixing some of the imperfections in the house for summer that we bought in MN. Now I don't know if my stuff is here or in CO. Such problems. When things get settled down, Wabi-Sabi is for me. gjeneve@gmail.com

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  15. I was part of Liz Kettle's demonstration and just ordered the book. I can't wait for it to arrive! Thanks so much!

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  16. Hi Serena,

    A friend has just loaned me your book and I am so enthralled with all of the beautiful and well instructed techniques. Can hardly wait to get my own. Right now I am working on Christmas gifts for our daughters and daughter-in-law. They will each receive a box of handmade journals, cards and gift tags this year.

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  17. Right now I'm working on a series of Quirkee Birds and having a blast! So excited to see this post by Joan and jumped right over here to check your new blog and books out! LOVE working with fiber so this should be lots of fun!

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  18. I'm here from Joann Sharpe's blog. I just took a class from her at Create and loved it! I would love to get a hold of this book, and apply this philosophy to my personal pages... afterall, I now have a gorgeous journal that I created in Joann's class that I want to fill :oD

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  19. The wabi-sabi approach is new to me, but the more I learn about it the more excited I am. It seems so free and stressless!

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  20. I'm currently working on recycling or rather upcycling cardboard boxes and making them into paper mache storage containers for my art supplies.

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  21. The piece that will be finished this week is a round robin contribution necklace charm for a necklace themed "you are my moon and stars".

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  22. I've really enjoyed reading about so many interesting projects! Don't forget to check back on this blog June 8 when I'll announce the winner of the original art giveaway!

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  23. I don't know what to work on as an art project! The blank white page or canvas scares me some.

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    1. Van Gogh felt the same way:) He said the solution was to "just dash something down" so that he wasn't faced with the sneering blank canvas. I find this works pretty well!

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  24. I am working on a free form peyote stitch piece. When I read the definition of wabi sabi, I realized my work sure does fit that description. Would love to win the art piece.

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  25. I am all packed and ready to head to Taos, NM for a Lavendar Sage retreat with Jane LaFazio and Pamela Underwood that starts Junen 10th. We'll be having tons of fun creating mixed media pieces. I can't wait. AND after our very cold and snowy spring, the warmth of NM will be incredibly welcomed!

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  26. Serena - loved your class at Art and Soul and would love to get my hands on your book. Congrats on the publish and launch and much success!

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  27. i'm working on my 21Secrets workshops today focusing on layers of all kind of goodness on my watercolor paper - panpastels, stencils, stamps, paints, glitter. so freeing

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  28. You do fabulous things Serena Barton! Love you and your style! As for me, I am actually cleaning the studio after a year of projects and class proposals. This decision made when I have to keep buying the glue that I cannot find ....but know I have 6 tubes of already somewhere.....tsk tsk. Also sorting out jewelry stash for the Hope For Oklahoma auction, round #2 set for starting on FB Monday. As for projects, looking to use ordinary things in ordinary ways this summer....starting with my milk container :) I am not a painter (except for walls!) so am not sure how to best use paint on those. Would an initial coat of gesso work or is there something solvent based that would bond?

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    1. Thank you, Lynne. I don't know what would adhere to the milk container--you mean a plastic one? Anyone else have ideas?

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  29. Hi, I am working on an art journal that documents memories from my childhood. The give away art is beautiful!

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  30. I am actually working on several Gourd Art pieces, getting ready for a show. I love to make any kind of art though, especially mixed media.

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  31. I am working on a piece using the colors pink & brown (it's hard because I really am not a pink person). Thank you for sharing your art & talent! I would LOVE to win a copy of your book :)

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  32. I am making art work with tea bags and leaves.

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  33. I adore "wabi sabi" style and I have to order this new book...
    it´s already in my AMAZON wish list !
    I do this and that .. making something creative each day is my mantra. You can find all my stuff here

    Would be amazing to have this original! WOW!!!!!!
    up to visit all the other artists!
    xxx from
    Austria

    Susi

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  34. Just received your new Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop book. I find it intriqing. Love all of the haiku. I am working on printmaking...monoprints, collagraphs, and relief prints. I'm having mucho fun creating my plates and experimenting. Sorry people. I really intend to win the giveaway painting. I hope.

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  35. I love even just the name - wabi-sabi! What fun!
    I'm currently completing my index-card-a-day's, focusing on what I pick up during the day since I'm away from home - ticket stubs, menus, flowers, whatever.

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  36. I've been Zentangling since January and now find myself curious about art journaling and wanting to learn more about mixed media. Your books looks like a good way to start. Thank you!

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  37. Right now Im doing my surreal assignment for Anna Divinsky's elearning course. https://class.coursera.org/art-001/lecture/index
    I hope to someday do them without resorting to digital art. Much thanks.

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  38. I'm working on a giraffe themed printmaking piece.

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  39. Great image. The colours knock me out. Your book is on my wishlist.

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  40. Congratulations on your new book!

    I am making handmade papers with a blender from post-consumer fibers. I am using these papers for my upcoming book arts/ printmaking series: Monsters.

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  41. my post will be up tomorrow, bright and early (it's scheduled to post before i awake). i'm so excited to be a part of this wonderful blog hop! thank you so much for the invitation!

    thank you also for the opportunity to enter to win. what a generous soul you are! (i'm having a tiny giveaway too, in celebration of your book and our friendship.) right now, i'm working on an abstract portrait of my son. he's one of my hugest inspirations, as you know.

    congratulations on your book -- i am head over heels in love with it!

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    alicia

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  42. I'm working on a collage for a friend who is getting married in July. Her father just passed away a few months ago and so I am trying to incorporate some special memories and thoughts about her and him and where he came from. He was an artist from NJ originally so I am thinking in terms of his roots.

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  43. I'm working on getting back to work again. Wabi-Sabi is what I called my "art business" years ago. I consider myself a wabi-sabi artist. I love the concept of imperfection, incompleteness and impermanence. I have two books on Wabi-Sabi philosophy--one by Leonard Koren and one by andrew Juniper. I look forward to adding your book of WS techniques to my library even if I don't win as I will buy it! Never heard of re-inkers but your paintings look a bit like encaustic paintings. suki

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    1. Hi Suki,

      I have those two wabi-sabi books also. I love your art work and poetry. May I post "Fading Memories" on this blog, with attribution and a link?

      Your poetry is also very moving--to some of my favorite women artists.

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  44. Sounds like a book I use have! Wabi-Sabi. I am working on a faux burnt wood/copper clock. I will post it on my blog when finished. froggydesigns.blogspot.com thanks for the chance to win your book.

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  45. I am a book artist and art journaler so am working on projects related to those 2 kinds of creative expression. I just recently worked with alcohol inks on Yupo for the first time and used my finished piece in one of my art journals. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this beautiful piece of art. It's amazing!

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  46. hi serena! congrats on your book! i asked my dtr to buy it for me yesterday! i am a self taught metalsmith that d/t a mean artist block for about a year, i started doing papercrafts which led to collaging which i am addicted to and still searching for my own style, when i stumbled on to your blog and artwork i felt like i had arrived home! tx so much for sharing and inspiring! right now i am addicted to gesso, stencils and stamping, but i am trying to figure out some different surfaces, and i think you said "you just have to experiment, and there are no mistakes!" so last night i got a little crazy with the gesso! i am trying to get away with everything being too uniform, too perfect, i am such a virgo! tx again for your beautiful art and now your book! aloha, angi in hana

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    1. Yes, Angi, stay "Crazy with the gesso":)
      or whatever medium you are using!

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  47. I'm working on a series of canvases for my dining room gallery wall... of course, this has been going on for too long... maybe I'll get some inspiration from your book, LOL...

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  48. I'm doing what I always do: creating with a variety of both vintage and new, 'found' and 'procured' mixed media art materials, on paper, board, and in shadow box format. I have an interview coming out in issue #4 of "Featuring" Magazine, called "No Brain for Math and Science," and a piece that will be included in the North Light Books publication, Incite: Dreams Realized, which will be published this fall. Anxious to read your new book "Wabi Sabi Art Workshop," as the wabi sabi concept of 'impermanence' is something I attempt to engage in my own art, from time to time.

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  49. Congratulations on your new book, it looks inspiring! Your work is lovely.
    I am working on three canvases separately, which works for me so I don't overwork.
    Two are abstract, and one is a face resembling an old photo I bought at a flea market.
    Thank you for the opportunity.

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  50. Working on 2 mixed media canvasses for my nieces new nursery and I always have several art journals going. I found you thru Seth's blog and so glad I did. Anxious to try try the re-inker and glaze technique.

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  51. I'm stitching a Romanesque Braid journal. Thanks for the opportunity. I love the work I've seen. There's so much depth.

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  52. Make a lot of mail art, but I am fascinated with moving paper dolls right now. I have taken some old photos and cut them apart and then reattached them with bead connectors. My grandparents were dancers and now I can take their photos and really make them dance. It is fun and I have to laugh when I remember my grandfather dancing around the kitchen with my grandmother.

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  53. wow this is so new to me. I am working on a angel journal art page for a friend who lost her kitty. your blog is beautiful wow again!
    susan s

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  54. I wish I had time right now to comment on every comment! I read them all and find them exciting and moving!

    I hope you who comment will check out each other's blogs..the ones I've gotten to so far are amazing.

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  55. I am working on some mixed media canvases and journals. I have just recently purchased some gel mediums, but haven't really worked with them yet. Can't wait to find time to play with them.

    Kym

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  56. I finally got my Gelli Plate and am experimenting with creating 101 prints. I've done 24 so far and have already learnt a lot. It's great fun!

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  57. Acrylic expressionist-style portrait of my son on a panel.

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  58. I am currently working on making a fabric cover (hand dyed & printed fabrics, heavily embellished with embroidery & beading)for the plain box that contains my Mom's cremains ashes. Thanks for the opportunity! Ani in NC

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