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Hanging out at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park—it's become an annual October tradition. So fun to just hang out and listen to music in the park—and it's free!

Hanging out at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park—it's become an annual October tradition. So fun to just hang out and listen to music in the park—and it's free!

How's your art journaling going?

I'm as immersed as ever in my personal art journal (and in my other journals, too). I'm also busy working on all kinds of other projects that seem to be spilling out from my art journal practice, including ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), and several mixed media pieces. I have to say, my wonderful weekly arting group has been great inspiration and motivation—and I don't think I'll be stopping any time soon. Want to see what I'm working on?

I finished this piece:


It is made of layers and layers of collage pieces that took a while to come together, let me tell you, but finally it did! Here's a close-up:


And then I'm still working on two other projects. One is an assemblage grouping that I should complete very soon. Here it is in progress:


And as for the other project, I've just begun is a rather ambitious fiber arts piece—it is sized at almost 24" square—so it will probably take me all winter to finish. It doesn't look like much now:


But here's a close-up of just a beginning of the embroidery. By the time it's done, I'm envisioning thread everywhere!


Good thing, early dark evenings are coming soon. Extra time to snuggle up at home in the evenings and create, create...

I hope that's where you'll be too!

Meanwhile, What's New Here at Hello Heart Journal

I've added two pieces to the website.

One post can be found in the Notes from the Inner Ground collection, called What happens if you art journal? We cover the under belly of the creative process in this post, and I was really glad to be able to share a few recently created ATCs, too.

I've also added a HUGE tutorial on image transfers to the Tutorial Library!

This project is a result of a bit of long-term curiosity about different methods for making image transfers. Image transfers are such great, transparent elements to use in mixed media. So I did a good deal of research and experimentation until I became quite familiar each of them.

So why keep it to myself? You can find information about transfer processes all over the internet, but I realized it could be super useful to people to 1) Get step by step instructions in one place for seven of the most common different methods, and to2) Get some clarification about what method to use for what kind of image—especially when doing transfers in your art journal.

So here it is! Tutorial: Seven Image Transfer Methods for Toner, Magazine and Inkjet Images. If you're interested in learning how to make image transfers with different methods, you now have one place to go for help. Enjoy!

A little behind the scenes talk

This was my largest tutorial project yet, and I have to say after doing it that I have so much more respect for art journal bloggers who put out tutorials all the time, like Julie Fei-Fan Balzer of Balzer Designs and Jenniebellie of Jenniebellie studios (two of my favorite online art journalers.)  Wow—it literally took me months to put this image transfer tutorial together, and they seem to create both video and blog tutorials every week! 

For me,the step-out photos was definitely the most challenging aspect of the project—and they took the most time—taking the right photos, editing them and then uploading them. But...now that this massive tutorial is completed and uploaded, I'm very glad I could share what I know with you! I'll definitely be adding more tutorials to Hello Heart Journal in the months to come—maybe not seven techniques in one, but yes, I'll be adding more tutorials.

Speaking of the future

I have lots of plans. My current personal journal is nearing completion and I'm working faster just so I can finish it and move on to the next one! I now know the exact "specifications" I want for this kind of journal—covers, binding, size, paper content, what multiple uses I have for said paper—so of course I will need my own custom book .  I'll be making this journal soon and I will definitely share both how I make use this kind of journal .

That's just the beginning of projects to make and share. And not only that, but I think I'm about to take some seriously exciting new steps in my arting life/journey—which I can 't share just yet, but soon...but I will!

Given all that I'm up to, a quick word about this newsletter if I may...

I started out not knowing how often I'd be creating Latest@Hello Heart Journal, but I think I've found a really good creative (and balanced) rhythm: I make things all month (website posts, art journal pages, mixed media pieces) and I'm sharing as I go on Instagram and Pinterest. So it feels right that I write the newsletter just once a month to update you on all that's going on. It feels right in my life and I hope if you're subscribed that this email schedule serves you as well. There's no need to clutter up your inbox with more news then you need.

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So that's it, folks! I feel like I'm in a "create my HeArt out" phase right now and I do hope what I share will inspire you to create your HeArt out, too!

Have a great month!