Friday, February 15, 2013

FUN GIVEAWAY! 5½" × 8½" Warm Tan Toned Sketch Wirebound Journal

Product Description: This journal contains multiple sheets of toned sketch paper. deal for experimenting, quick studies, sketching, life drawing, and journaling, Strathmore 400 Series Recycled Toned Sketch paper is made from 100% recycled, 30% post-consumer fiber. This 80 lb (118 gsm), acid-free paper also contains kraft and bark fiber inclusions for visual interest.The sheets in the 5½" × 8½" journal are not micro-perforated but are actual size when removed at the wire binding.

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65 comments:

  1. It's hard to get out of an art block. I Do one of two things. I just sit and doodle till it rushes through me or I go people watch.

    Angela Phillips Yaws

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  2. Look at Pinterest!

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  3. I like to create pictures of animals, so I look at all my friends' FB pictures of their furry friends. A nice cup of tea and a warm studio helps too. ;)

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  4. Scribble. Literally. When I get stuck, I get a sheet of scrap paper and scribble until I start to see something resembling what I'm going for. Heck, even the scribbles give me ideas sometimes :p

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  5. I work through it, change perspective, or subject, or even where I am sitting or standing.

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  6. I purchase something - a new type of pencil, colored pencil I don't have, sketchbook, different type of paper - something I want to 'play' with!
    Smoki

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  7. Never had a block. Usually I don't have time.

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  8. I practice doing one Zentangle/doodle pattern until I feel inspired. If that doesn't work, I look through fashion magazines for interesting patterns and colors to inspire me.

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  9. Look for photos that would inspire me.

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  10. Always visit a museum works every time

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  11. I peruse CPAL's FB page. The amazing artists there always inspire me to pick up my pencils!

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  12. Sometimes a walk and some fresh air helps. Dig out the sketch book and do some doodling. Or look through old photos and hope something sparks the creative juices.

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  13. I keep looking at reference photos and taking more of them, until something just "clicks" and I just have to draw!

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  14. Doodle with a completely different medium than the one I am currently stuck on. And so on when I get stuck on that one....

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  15. I look through my sketchbooks which are full of ideas from when I am having the reverse of an 'art block'.

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  16. when I'm stuck I look at art other people have made to get a creative juices flowing again. :) Usually on Pinterest!
    Beth Hodge

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  17. I take a drive on the backroads in the rural area where I live...inspires me every time!

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  18. My best way to get me out of an Art Block is listening to my favorite broadcast 'Ciemna Strona Mocy' (in English 'Dark Side of the Force'). It always motivates me to draw, paint or even learn :)

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  19. I watch some videos with drawing tutorials. Or I start looking at drawings from other artists. It usually helps me to see what other people are creating. And sometimes I try something brand new. I usually draw portraits or animals, realistic drawings with pencils. When I have an art block I sometimes try to draw comic style or something abstract with watercolor, things like that.

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  20. My youngest son who`s 7 asks me for father and son time , as soon as he asks me that i know exactly what he wants to do lol.

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  21. Sometimes just making shapes with the side of a pencil point, doodling if you will, in a sketchbook starts suggesting ideas. If I see things in it that I can take a little further I do and before you know it the juices are flowing again.

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  22. Look through my files and files of saved pictures if that fails get out into nature for some inspiration

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  23. When i get blocked its usually due to some emotional stressor going on in this thing called life. I hate it when i lose all ability to be creative and artistic. The thing that helps me get out of an art block is to 1) head to the colored pencil website home page, there is are always amazing pieces finished or in the process that remind me what my talent it and give me the boot in the rear needed to pick up my pencils again. 2) I take a trip to the local art supply store and grab a few items that are new and exciting...if those things dont work than i head to the local college and visit the art departments students and instructors. There is nothing that will unblock you faster than seeing new art students putting creativity to paper or canvas.

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  24. When I get artist block I do one or all of three things: get out of the studio, go outside, seek beauty. I get out my day to day places, to go enjoy to beauty of the outdoors, speak with friends, and observe the interplay of color and shape in the world. If that doesn't work, I go through my collection of artwork I love and I am intrigued by and then try to pin point what is it that fascinates me, weather it's the brush stokes, the concept or some small detail. If both of those does work, I just sit down with a sketchbook and start drawing whatever comes to mind. It my end up in a few pages of random drawings that can then be distilled down into a concept for a new project.

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  25. I think of the love and beauty of my family, friends and loved ones, esp my grandkids. I try to pull some sort of light from their beauty, color from their lives, and creativity of their style. Find something in them that all people see, but them go a little deeper in what i know. Then i sketch and doodle abstratly from that.

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  26. When I get blocked I usually go take my dog for a walk - It combines two of my favorite sources of inspiration - nature and my dog!

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  27. I usually go in the kitchen and bake something. By the time I'm finished baking, and tasting, I'm much better.

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  28. Since, I mostly do cards, I look at others I have rec'd. Also, I love to watch videos and that really helps!

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  29. go to a hobby lobby type store and look around.

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  30. I travel near and far both literally and imaginably. The easiest way is to go to B&N and browse through their art books and magazines!

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  31. I pull out my Colored Pencil Publications and become immediately inspired by other colored pencil artists! Or, since I like to sketch animals, I sit on my ranch and watch all the wildlife, and farm animals converse in their multi-language.

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  32. I would love to give this paper a try! Maybe my portrait would look better! I need all the help I can get.

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  33. I simply glance at my pencil & thus goes off the art block!

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  34. I crumple a Piece of paper into a ball,halfway flatten it,then draw an eye,leaf,cup,or anything around me on the wrinkly paper to relieve artist block

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  35. There is no such thing as artist block. I just block that idea out of my mind

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  36. I'll leave the drawing and do something else in a few days, and then I return to the drawing. Mostly I draw something that I really want to draw.

    Jette P. M. Nielsen

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  37. I play with different papers and figures and make collages. That usually helps me more than anything.

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  38. Art block is rare with me, as I have completely dedicated myself into it. To keep art block out of my way, I keep a good balance between my work schedule and take small breaks often.

    Even if it happens, I try to stop that particular art and try to do something different which I have never done or tried before.

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  39. I like to look at really good Art. Other Artist always inspire me so to see something done very well makes me want to try harder.

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  40. I paint mostly dogs, so I like to visit the William Secord Gallery. So many beautiful paintings, old and new.

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  41. When I have an artist block I'll go out for a nature walk! It helps me relax and being around nature (especially flowers) inspires me.

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  42. I look through art books, go to a gallery, sketch, sketch, & sketch. I also visit my local Blick store, I can always find something I NEED!

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  43. I listen to music, and look at art that I really enjoy. Typically looking at beautiful paintings and drawings get me back in the artsy mood.

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  44. I play with my grandchildren. My granddaughter, at 3, is as in love with art supplies as I am. Sometimes pulling them out with her after a dry spell (and, yes, I let her play with the EXPENSIVE supplies, not the cheap ones) reminds me how to play with art. I gave her a 2" x 2" "test book" I had built to try a new bookbinding method. She decided to put her goldfish crackers in the book's pockets and painted some of the pages blue. (She decided one page was a bathtub for the goldfish). Two days later I finished constructing an aquarium book with some pretty Chinese fish charms and scraps of old watercolor projects. I never throw any failed art projects away now. Who knows what my granddaughter will come up with next?!

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  45. I try to listen to music and imagine something in her rhythm. If this is not enough, look at the people on around and thinking who they are and what they can do.

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  46. When I have a art block, I will start making some marks to get something on the paper. I have many magazines (Colored Pencil Mag is one of my faves)and art books so I just open to a page and start getting ideas. There is just so much beauty in this world and all you have to do is look around and start drawing something. Once you get that mark on a blank page, the rest usually justs starts flowing naturally. I am disabled with spinal disease and it really bothers me at times because I used to be so active. I'll start a drawing of my feelings and the process of that will kick off and not only give me ideas for a painting but also helps relieve the frustration I have. It is very therapeutic. I love the blank page. It is a new beginning each day to explore this wonderful place. Be it people, still lifes or landscapes. Just put down that first mark and you will see how it just takes off from there.

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  47. Whenever an art block occurs to me, i just put the pencil away and do whatever puts my mind at ease, like taking a long walk while listening to my favourite songs, going to my favourite places, even going on a spontaneous trip or just stay in bed with a hot beverage and a good book. This way, it takes my mind off my anxiety towards my art block, and just visualise what i read/listen to, instantly, without even thinking that i HAVE to. It just comes naturally!

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  48. A nice road trip with photo ops always breaks a block for me. All of colors and textures in the world out there are the ultimate of inspirations!

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  49. Sometimes I just work through it, making myself work on a piece even if I'm not in the "mood". Other times I will look at other artist's works in progress and that always helps. It also helps to look through issues of colored pencil magazines such as Colored Pencil magazine. You always include such amazing work how can one NOT be inspired?

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  50. I just start drawing a random face from Facebook.

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  51. It is actually a long time now since I have had an Art Block.
    I think it´s because I do an Art Journal page if I feel empty in my Art Heart :)
    When I do an Art journal page I do not have to think of anything, just what I feel in that moment.
    And just scribble, spray colors and putting together a collage.
    And the page is not going to be an artwork.
    And it always help to buy artsupplies (I am an equipment geek/freak)!
    Loooove art supplies :)

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  52. I'm pretty new at drawing, so I haven't really run into this problem yet, but I think my kids will give me plenty of inspiration, especially for portraits, which is what I really want to do.
    - Alysha Beery

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  53. I go through my favorites at deviantArt ... that never fails to provide inspiration!

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  54. A nice long walk in a park, but not city. Better enjoy the nature all day long with my close friend. After that have a good meal in a caffe or small restaurant with a glass of wine. =)
    On the next day wake up early morning with a good morning plan for drawing or painting. Just start to create until you are not fully awake. This is the best time for creativity to flow.
    After that king of morning everything goes back to be all about art ;)
    That's it! And it all works as new.

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  55. I look at other artists' artwork for hours. Absorbing the beauty and talent, filling my eyes. It always inspires me, and makes me want to create.

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  56. There are a lot of things you can do . . . enjoy someone else's artwork, go somewhere relaxing to you, yardwork, housework, read, play with older work and recreate it with a different medium or style . . . Usually, I do something that is unrelated enough that my mind starts to work again and I get something else accomplished at the same time. Its normal for everyone to get in a slump once in awhile, so just realize its okay.

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  57. I start to add inspirations to my Pinterest board, or go to it to see other people's artwork to help me get back on track. I also sometimes pickup an old task I used to do back in college by creating 100 one-minute drawings in a sketchbook. It's really helpful!

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  58. I switch to a different project, scribble and doodle for a while, or do something random just for fun.....if it's a really bad block, I like to go read and page through art books then!

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  59. I put on some music, dance for a bit and then do some blind contour drawing. It always does the trick. Anything that helps me to get to the "right side" of my brain!

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  60. I just do something. start colouring, drawing, crafting. Start something and then the motivation comes after that.

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  61. i have a imspiration book. everytime i find something i love i cut it out and put it in this big scrap book. i get a cup of tea and my big insiration book and get in my fav chair. in just a bit i have a hundred ideas running through my head.

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  62. I do several things, like Internet browsing, seeing old masters, seeing new painters, looking for techniques that I never did and then, I make several sketches looking for my image, my new challenge.

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  63. i grab my camera and i go for a walk outside in nature...i live in the mountains on a river, and there is fresh inspiration all around me wherever i look :) of course, thumbing thru my favorite art books and magazines helps too.

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  64. I go to the gym, for walk, watch a movie, anything but art and the next day I am back to 'normal'. We all need a good break sometimes to stay at our best!

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