Monday, August 31, 2015

Life Is A Great Big Canvas. . . .


"Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it."
- Danny Kaye


Hellllllooooooooo! (I'm still here). 

Busily waiting until I can get back to arting & such. The last weeks have been filled with Lifebook filming, house painting (and the decorating that follows - why does everything else in the house look so bad after a fresh coat of paint?!) and getting ready for the little one's last year of elementary. 

It's a busy time - but I do see a light at the end of the tunnel - and gratefully, it includes more room for throwing paint. In the meantime, here's the littlest peak at something colorful. I hope it finds you happy, well and in the throws of creating your own Great Big Canvas . . . .

With Love & Colorful Kisses,
Kristin xo

Monday, July 20, 2015

A Fond Farewell . . .



"You are the rainbow to my cloud."
- Anon


Each year as The Summer of Color ends, a tiny piece of my heart goes with it. I put so much love and care into The SOC, and am continually humbled by your enthusiastic responses to whatever I throw your way. I feel like I've found a family in you, and as the years pass, I'm struck by just how lucky I am to host such a kind, supportive and talented group of artists. I know I've said it before, but honestly, you really do make a Mama proud! 

The Idea 
To create an event based upon limited color palettes was one that came to me about six years ago after having read the book True Colors by Somerset Studio. At the time I was participating in a blog challenge that had about 25 weekly participants. It occurred to me that if I could just get that many people to join my event, we could really have something special. I never imagined that we would have nearly 100 participants in the first week of the first year alone. And since then, we've continued to grow by leaps and bounds. Over the last five years, we've amassed over 1,100 photos in our flickr pool and have played with, learned from and made friends with literally hundreds of artists along the way. YOU have made The Summer of Color the success that is and for that, I will be eternally grateful.

So, if it Seems By Now 
That I'm ending our Summer adventure after five incredible years together, unfortunately, you're right. I know that there will never be an easy time to end it - and honestly my biggest fear is in disappointing you - but I've decided to dedicate the rest of my Summers to spending time with our daughter, who was 4 when I began The SOC and (I can hardly believe it!) will be 10 in a of couple months. I know that I only have a few years left while she still likes me more than her friends, and I want to take advantage of every little minute I can with her. I do hope you understand.

To Thank You:
I want to give you something special to remember our time together. I created this with you in mind, so I thought it only fair that you should have it! Please accept this piece from me with love:

"You are the rainbow to my cloud" 
9 x 12 Mixed Media

(Download and print your FREE copy Here)


And of course, your 2015 participatory Artist's Badge is here for you as well!



As for Me: 
I will continue to post my art & art process here on this blog, on my Facebook Art Page and on YouTube. This Summer introduced me to the world of YouTube and I must say that I love it. With that in mind, new videos will be on the menu from now on. Additionally, I have something else up my sleeve. . . .  

A Newsletter!
I'm happy to report that I've just set up an account that will allow me to share my little corner of the Mixed Media world with you via email. There I will offer art prompts, art challenges now & again and - this is the exciting bit - FREE downloadable items from my personal collection of vintage papers, photos, artwork and / or other ephemera that will be exclusive to my newsletter subscribers. I also plan to continue teaching in person and look forward to sharing where I can be found as the time comes. 

Sign Up Here:  


You can sign up directly through our Facebook Group Here (The link is found at the top of our SOC Facebook page). . . .

Now, Who Won The Last Giveaway of The SOC?
I've got our winner right here! A big congratulations to . . . 


(please note: all winners will be selected at random via a Random Number Generator. 
The photos / proof of each week's winners will be on file and happily sent to anyone who would like to see them.)

Way to go Sue! Please email your address to Kdvanvalkenburgh@msn.com and I'll mail your Oranges n' Blue winnings right off.

Let's Keep In Touch!
Our Facebook group will remain open until the end of the month so that we can share our Facebook pages, blog or websites with each other and remain in contact. After all, some of us have been on this journey together for years, and I don't want you to loose the chance to connect. I will close the Facebook page on August first. 

Lastly:
I want to reiterate how important you are to me. You've made the last five years incredibly special and I want to thank you once again for sharing your art and heart with us all. You will be forever in my thoughts because of it. 

With Love & Colorful Kisses,
Kristin xo

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Summer of Color 5: Week Six . . .



"Orange is the happiest color."
- Frank Sinatra 


I Can Hardly Believe It!
But somehow (where has the time gone?!) we've already reached our last week of The Summer of Color. And I must say - like so many of you have already - this year's installment has been one for the books! I love seeing which hues you choose each week, love seeing all the gorgeous, drool-worthy work you've created and, on a personal note, have loved playing right along with you this year. Thank you once again for sharing your time and talents with us all! 

Although It's Our Last Week:
I hope you'll still consider joining us if you haven't done so already. You can read all about the event here, join our Facebook group for more SOC fun and check out our Flickr pool to see all five years of color palettes in one place. As for the rest of social media, you can find us everywhere else using the hashtag #TheSummerofColor5.  

This Week:
We'll be working on our sixth - of six - weekly color palettes. It's bright, bold and possibly the palette that best represents the colors of Summer. Again, we're double dipping here, so if you're up for the challenge, I encourage you to choose different hues for this palette than you may have used in weeks past. So, are you ready for it? Okay then, here goes! Our last palette for SOC 5 is:

1 Orange + 1 Orange + 1 Blue

And remember, what you do with the prompt is all up to you! The only stipulation being that you work with the colors provided above and here below:



How Did I Use Oranges n' Blue?
Well, I um, created a boat of sorts. It's a little different but hey, that's part of the fun, right? So, without further adieu, here's my latest YouTube video on the subject:





What About Our Last Giveaway?
Oh, it's a good one! There's a lot of my favorites in there, including a couple of the Montana paint pens (that blue is a new color in the line!) that you've seen me play with throughout the Summer.

{Two Dylusions Ink Sprays in London Blue and Pure Sunshine, three rolls of adorable washi tape in oranges and blue, two blue floral embellishments, two large Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pens in Phthalo Blue and Orange Glaze, two Montana Acrylic Paint pens in neon orange and light blue, one Poppin leather-bound notebook in a gorgeous teal, two bottles of Liquid Pearls in Pumpkin and Royal Blue, one Dr. Ph. Martin's bottle of Bombay India Ink in Orange, one (it's my last ;) decorative napkin for collage and, last but not least, several iridescent confetti stars}


And Last Week's Winner?
I've got it right here! Last week's giveaway was randomly chosen to go live with . . . .

Linda Gibbons of Just Another Volunteer!

(please note: all winners will be selected at random via a Random Number Generator. 
The photos / proof of each week's winners will be on file and happily sent to anyone who would like to see them.) 

Congratulations Linda! Please email your address to Kdvanvalkenburgh@msn.com and I'll send your pretty, pretty things right off.


Ready To Play?
Please link your Week Six pieces to the widget below. To qualify for the oranges n' blue giveaway, simply copy and paste the direct link (from your blog, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram - or any other feed that can be linked here) to the widget below. You have until this Sunday (10:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time) to do so. Only one link per person, please.



Have Fun!!
Enjoy your last week and we'll see you back here next Monday, July 20th for our Closing Week as we reveal:

* The winner of our oranges n' blue giveaway
* Your 2015 participatory Artist Badge and. . . 
* More information about the SOC. 
* Oh, and to finish our Anniversary Year in style, this time, I have a little something extra for you as well. 


See You Then!
With Love and Respect,
Kristin xo

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Summer of Color 5: Week 5 . . .



"If people want to make war, they should make a color war, 
and paint each others' cities up in the night in pinks and greens."
- Yoko Ono


Now That's Cool!
Even on a holiday week with our most difficult palette of the Summer, we still had an absolute ton of ever-so-shinny & undeniably gorgeous submissions for last week's Reds n' Metallic challenge. I loved seeing what you created and am continually floored by all the talent and passion our group possesses. Thank you for sharing your art and heart with us all!

I Say It Every Week:
But if you're reading this for the first time, please know that you're more than welcome to join the party! It's a lotta fun around here and I promise you'll be glad that you did. Pop over here to read all about the SOC, over here to join our Facebook group and over here to peruse our our Flickr pool. Our hashtag for all social media is #TheSummerofColor5

This Week: 
We'll be working on our fifth - of six - weekly color palettes. It's pretty, preppy, and I hope you'll agree, really, really fun. I loved working with this combination and can't wait to see how you tackle it! So you ready?! Okay then, our color palette for Week Five of The SOC 5 is . . . .

1 Green + 1 Green + 1 Pink

Now, you may notice that we're double-dipping for the first time. Since there are only so many basic colors to choose from, both this week and next will contain hues from previous palettes. Of course you can continue to work with anything you wish, but if you'd really like to challenge yourself, I encourage you to try different versions of the colors you used before. As an example, although I used pale pink and neon pink in my piece from Week Two, this week, I decided to use a medium pink to go with my greens. Again, it's all up to you and as always, you can create anything you'd like, as long as your work is based upon this week's colors:




If I'm Being Honest;
This has been my favorite palette to work with thus far. The video is a bit buggy, but that'll make more sense as you watch. If you'd like, you can check it out here and of course, below:





And This Week's Giveaway?
Isn't she pretty?! Your giveaway for the greens n' pink challenge is . . . 

{One Dylusions ink spray in Fresh Lime, one Delta brand Crackle Medium, three - it's true! - Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Crushed Olive and Mowed Lawn, two green washi tape rolls, four Caran D'Ache Neocolor 11 water soluble wax crayons in greens and pink, three pink straws for assemblage or collage, one Poppin leather-bound notebook, two Daler Rowney FW ink / liquid acrylics, one bottle of Liquid Pearls in Avocado, a couple pieces of Blick decorative paper (with bugs, you'll really want some ;) and a sprinkling of iridescent confetti stars}


And Last Week's Winnner?
The random number generator did it's job, and this time selected none other than . . . 

Susan Carol from Faith Words Faith Expressions!

(please note: all winners will be selected at random via a Random Number Generator. 
The photos / proof of each week's winners will be on file and happily sent to anyone who would like to see them.) 

Congratulations Susan! Please email your address to Kdvanvalkenburgh@msn.com and I'll send your package right off. 


Here We Go Again: 
Please link your Week Five pieces to the widget below. To qualify for the greens n' pink giveaway, simply copy and paste the direct link (from your blog, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram - or any other feed that can be linked here) to the widget below. You have until this Sunday (10:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time) to do so. Only one link per person, please.




Thank You!
I hope you enjoy playing with this combination, and we'll see you back here next Monday, July 13th for Week Six's Palette, Giveaway, PDF, Video and this week's Randomly Drawn Winner. 


With Colorful Kisses,
Kristin xo

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Summer of Color 5: Week Four. . .


"Bright reds - scarlet, pillar-box red, crimson or cherry - are very cheerful and youthful. 
There is certainly a red for everyone."
- Christian Dior


A Challenge It Was!
Although Last Week's purples n' yellow was indeed a conundrum for many of us (I'm right there with you ;), I'm proud to say that we had a rockin' week regardless. Your pretty, pretty purples came in droves, proving that we can handle whatever palette that's thrown our way! Which, I must admit right now - is a good thing - because if you thought last week's challenge was tough, you ain't seen nothin' yet. . . .

But Before We Go On:
I want to reiterate that each week stands on it's own, so if you're itching to play and have not yet taken the plunge, consider this your official invitation. I promise, you'll be glad that you did! Wanna know more about it? Pop over here for all the event details, over here to join our Facebook group and over here to take a gander at our Flickr pool. Our hashtag for all social media is #TheSummerofColor5

This Week: 
We'll be working on our fourth - of six - weekly color palettes. It's bright, bold, and along with it's counter part, possibly the biggest challenge of our event. Wanna know what it is? Are you positivity sure? Okay then, our color palette for Week Four of The SOC 5 is . . . .

1 Red + 1 Red + 1 Metallic

Metallic you say?! That's right! This week, along with two reds of your choice, you'll also be working with any metallic that you prefer. Metallics can be a challenge to both work with and photograph, but you know what? I believe that it will also be the most fun palette to watch come in. And remember, you can create anything that your little heart desires, as long as your work is based upon the colors above and in the PDF below:




My Video For Reds n' Metallic:
Can be found right here, as well as on my YouTube channel. I have to say, as much as I worried about this one, I ended up learning a lot from the process. I hope you have as much fun watching it as I did creating it! 




And The Next Giveaway?
Yes, of course! The goodies for our Reds n' Metallic challenge are . . . 

{One Dylusions Ink Spray in Postbox Red, three Lumiere Metallic Acrylics in Metallic Rust, Pewter and Sunset Gold, one Caran D'ache Neopastel, one Caran D'ache Neocolor 1 wax crayon, one Poppin leather-bound notebook in a gorgeous red, two metallic Craft Markers in silver and gold, two large Blick Liquid Watercolors in red and gold, three - yes, three - Tim Holtz Distress Paints in Tarnished Brass, Brushed pewter and Antiqued Bronze, two red rose embellishments, several decorative napkins for collage and a sprinkling of iridescent confetti stars}


And Who Won Last Week?
Last week's winner of the purples n' yellow giveaway goes out to . . . 


(please note: all winners will be selected at random via a Random Number Generator. 
The photos / proof of each week's winners will be on file and happily sent to anyone who would like to see them.) 

Congratulations Karen! Please email your address to Kdvanvalkenburgh@msn.com and I'll send your pretty, pretty purples right off.


And For Our Next Trick!
Please link your Week Four pieces to the widget below. To qualify for the reds n' metallic giveaway, simply copy and paste the direct link (from your blog, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram - or any other feed that can be linked here) to the widget below. You have until this Sunday (10:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time) to do so. Only one link per person, please.



Ready? Set? Art!
I can not wait to see what you do with this one! Experiment, have fun and we'll see you back here next Monday, July 6th, for Week Five's rather preppy palette (hint, hint), Giveaway, PDF, Video and Randomly Drawn Winner. 

With Love & Colorful Kisses,
Kristin xo

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Summer of Color 5: Week Three. . .


"All the other colors are just colors, but purple seems to have a soul - when you look at it, 
it's looking back at you."
- Uniek Swain

And Colorful It Was!
Pinks & orange, Pinks & orange! It was a virtual circus around here full of bold pops of color and whimsical takes on the rather ruckus palette that was on show last week. Isn't it fun to see the variety that's out there, all based upon the same basic color group? I Lovity-love-love what you did with it, and can't wait to see how you attack the next challenge!

But I Digress:
If you're reading this for the first time, please know that you're welcome to join us at any time. Each week stands on it's own, so if you're itching in jump in, do it! If you want to read all about it, pop over here for the event details, over here to join our Facebook group and over here if you want to peruse our Flickr pool. On social media, our hashtag is #TheSummerofColor5.

This Week:
We'll be working on our third - of six - weekly color palettes. It's elegant, rather royal and most likely a challenge (um, at least it was for me). But hey, that's what we're here for, right? So are you ready for it?! Yes? Okay, without further adieu, our palette for Week Three of the SOC5 is. . . .


1 Purple + 1 Purple + 1 Yellow


And remember: you can create anything at all that you'd like, as long as you're using your favorites from the colors above. Oh, and below: 



So I Did Another Video:
Wanna see what happened when I played with Week Three's purples n' yellow? You do? Okay, here we go. . . . 





Oh! And Wanna See The Next Giveaway?
Dugh. Of course you do. Here it is:

{Two leather-bound Poppin mini notebooks, a few pages of vintage children's illustrations, a gorgeous stencil by Balzer Designs, three Caran D'Ache Caran D' Ache Neocolor 1 and 11 (water-soluble and wax pastel) crayons, two Gel Xtreme pastel rollers in purple and yellow, one package of iCraft Deco Foil, two bottles of Liquid Pearls in Hydrangea and Daffodil, two Acryla Gouache paints in Lilac and Red Violet, three sets of washi tape and several iridescent confetti stars}


And Last Week's Winner?
Yes, of course! The winner of last week's pretty, pretty package goes out to none other than. . . .

Michelle Mathey from Pigment of My Imagination!

(please note: all winners will be selected at random via a Random Number Generator. 
The photos / proof of each week's winners will be on file and happily sent to anyone who would like to see them.) 

Congratulations Michelle! Please email your address to Kdvanvalkenburgh@msn.com and I will happily send your package right out. 


Now, on with the show! 
Please link your Week Three pieces to the widget below. To qualify for the purples n' yellow giveaway, simply copy and paste the direct link (from your blog, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram - or any other feed that can be linked here) to the widget below. You have until this Sunday (10:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time) to do so. Only one link per person, please.




Now Get Arting!
Have so much fun and we'll see you here again next week, Monday the 29th, for Week Four's tricky Palette (there's a surprise in this one!), Giveaway, PDF, Video and Randomly Drawn Winner. Okay? Okay! 

See you then! 
Colorful Kisses,
Kristin xo

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Summer of Color 5: Week Two. . .


"The setting sun burned the sky pink and orange in the same bright hues 
as surfers' bathing suits."
- Michael Connelly, The Black Echo


That Was Pretty Fabulous!
Well now, it looks like this little party of ours has hit the ground running. I've been a-ma-zed at all the bold, ethereal, glittery & altogether gorgeous blues n' green pieces that came pouring in here and in our Facebook group last week, and am genuinely honored to be the host of such a beautiful group of kind, helpful and not to mention incredibly talented people. You make a mama proud!! 

Now, If You're Just Joining Us. . . 
No worries! Each week stands on it's own, so like any other party, just come when you can. If you want to learn more about the event, pop over here for all the details. Also, I've loved hearing the stories of those who've wanted to play over the years, but had not done so until now. Please, if you're reading this and have ever considered jumping in, make this your time. I promise, promise, promise that you'll be glad you did.

This Week:
We'll be working on our second - of six - weekly color palettes. And, it should be said, it also happens to be one of the most popular combinations we've played with. Ready for it? Okay then, our palette for Week Two of the SOC 5 is . . . .


1 Pink + 1 Pink + 1 Orange


Wheeeeeeeeee! Remember, which particular pinks n' orange you choose is entirely up to you but I for one, can't wait to see what you do with it! Did you like the little PDF? Okay then, here's this week's installment:




What Did I Do With It?
Another textural piece on black canvas. Check out my adventure into pinks n' orange on YouTube and below:




And The Next Giveaway?
Here it is, all dressed up for the party!

{Two Jumbo Bistro Chalk Markers, two Gel Xtreme Pastel Rollers in pink and orange, one package of rosette ribbon in a gorgeous pink, one bright orange burlap flower, three rose embellishments, two Caran D' Ache Neocolor 1 (water-soluble wax pastel) crayons, two Caran D' Ache Neopastel oil pastels, two leather-bound Poppin mini notebooks, two Gouache Acrylics in Pink and Orange Yellow, one (love this!) Golden High Flow acrylic in Fluorescent Pink, two Lumiere metallic acrylics in Pearl Magenta and Halo Pink Gold and lastly, a couple pages of vintage children's word mastery lists, several pink decorative napkins for collage and a sprinkling of iridescent confetti stars.}


Hey. Who Won Last Week's Prize?
Oh yeah, that! Last Week's prize is going international! Please help me in congratulating. . . . 

Ulrike from Ulaku Cards and More!

(please note: all winners will be selected at random via a Random Number Generator. 
The photos / proof of each week's winners will be on file and happily sent to anyone who would like to see them.) 

Congratulations Ulrike! Please email your street address to Kdvanvalkenburgh@msn.com and I'll get your goodies right out!


Now, Let's Get Going!
You may link your 1 Pink + 1 Pink + 1 Orange creations to the widget below. To qualify for the pinks n' orange giveaway, simply copy and paste the direct link (from your blog, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram - or any other feed that can be linked here) to the widget below. You have until this Sunday (10:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time) to do so. Only one link per person, please.




Ready, Steady, Go!
We'll see you back here next Monday, June 22nd for Week Three's pretty, pretty Palette, Giveaway, PDF, Video and Randomly Drawn Winner. Until then, have fun, good luck and get your arting on!


With Colorful Kisses,
Kristin xo