What is an Online Tutorial?

With Mixed Media Art’s second online tutorial, or webinar coming up, I have had a few side-long glances and querying looks – what exactly is a webinar? I have been asked.

An online tutorial is also known as a webinar – simply a “seminar” over the internet – hence web-inar. It provides the ability for people all around the world with internet access to come together to share information in a lecture style format. Usually one or two people present a slide show and talk, and the audience or attendees watch and listen.

Go-to-Webinar is the online service that hosts our webinar, allowing us to register, send out links and where we sign in to connect.

What will happen?
To get started, you need to register via one of our special link with your name and email address. You will then receive an email with your individual link to sign into the tutorial at the appointed time. Don’t worry if you loose your first email, a reminder will be sent the day before, and a few hours before, the actual tutorial begins. Your email address will only be used to send these reminders and a few follow up emails.

There is no cost for you to register and attend.

On the day:-
A few minutes before the tutorial is set to begin, open up your email and click on your individual link.

If this is the first Go-to-Webinar you have attended, allow a few extra minutes to allow the program to open and get settled on your computer. (If you are having trouble, trying another web browser can work. For Macs, Safari seems to work better than the latest Firefox)

All attendees will arrive at the tutorial with any computer microphones muted, so you don’t need to worry about  making a noise. Feel free to have a cup of coffee ready and you can take notes or work an a project at the same time! You don’t even need to be dressed!

On your computer you will have two windows – one will have the main presentation and the other is the “control panel”. There is a section for typing in questions. Keep the main window open or your session will end.

At the end:-
When the tutorial is finished, the presenters will end the session and the window will close. You will get a dialogue box to click on “close”

A follow up email will be sent, thanking you for your attendance and with the links to the internet pages mentioned in the presentation.
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Looking forward to “seeing” you there!

 

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Use your crafting time effectively – Art Journal

Trying to fit mixed media art into our everyday activities can be challenging – there will always be other things vying for our attention.. but when we do finally get that scrap of time together – or even find ourselves with a few unexpected hours ahead of us – how do we use that time effectively? This series of articles will look at tips to help you hit the ground running when you have that crafting time.

Part 3 – Sketch Book or Art Journal for ideas

If you are finding that all of your ideas flee when you finally have the time, I suggest a sketch book or ideas book is the way to go. I find inspiration strikes at the strangest times and you need to capture those thoughts – even if it is a colour combination or card layout. A sketch book is good to have handy for a quick sketch (even for those of us that can’t draw) with notes about what colours or textures or materials you are thinking of in that initial flash of inspiration.

Mixed Media Ideas journal

Your sketches don’t need to be brilliant – only you will see them. They just needs to be detailed enough to jog your memory or to create a new thought when you do have the time to create. During your crafting time, you can also add offcuts of paper or the colour pencil or paint you used, creating a fantastic future reference if you need to create a similar piece of work again.

Mixed Media Art journal

Many great artists have used sketch books, including grand masters like da Vinci, who made wonderful sketches of elements of his paintings, like fabric drape or his subjects hands. Over time you will have collected a book full of ideas that may turn into wonderful art or be used to fuel other ideas – who knows where it will lead?

So when you get the time and the table is tidy, reach for your book and get started on your next creation.

Happy Creating!

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Use your crafting time effectively – Art Kit on-the-go

Trying to fit mixed media art into our everyday activities can be challenging – there will always be other things vying for our attention… but when we do finally get that scrap of time together – or even find ourselves with a few unexpected hours ahead of us – how do we use that time effectively? This series of articles will look at tips to help you hit the ground running when you have that crafting time.

Part 2 – Art Kit on-the-go

We aren’t all lucky enough to have a crafting space of our own. Or there may be times when we are away from home and would dearly like to take something creative to do.

A few years ago, Michelle Ward at GPP challenged us during one of the Crusades, to create a portable art kit, so we could be creative on the go. My kit is in an old plastic case that just fits my sketch book, coloured pencils, a few pens and, at a pinch the latest magazine I am reading or a small glue stick and scissors. These are enough supplies to allow me to be creative wherever I go. I can draw, make pretty coloured shapes, try some Zentangles or even do a bit of journalling or collage with things I find and have collected, if on holidays.

Mixed Media art kit

Having this art kit together really does free you up to take your creativity supplied along. You are free to sketch while the kids are playing at the local park or waiting for your partner or hanging around an airport; Paper and pencils (and glue) are always at hand.

Mixed Media art kit

I hope these few tips will help you use your crafting time well, wherever you are!

Happy Creating.
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Use Your Crafting Time Effectively – Keeping your area tidy

Trying to fit mixed media art into our everyday activities can be challenging – there will always be other things vying for our attention.. but when we do finally get that scrap of time together – or even find ourselves with a few unexpected hours ahead of us – how do we use that time effectively? This series of articles will look at tips to help you hit the ground running when you have that crafting time.

Part 1 – Keeping your craft table clean
As simple as it sounds, not having your crafting area clean and ready to go is enough to lose any motivation that may have been there and it will certainly use up any time you have scrounged. If this is a problem for you then it is time for a cleanup.

I always find this a little daunting – there seems to be stuff everywhere and barely any space to put another thing.

Get started by putting things away that have a home. Stamps left out to dry back into their drawers, folders or boxes and back onto the shelf. Paints and dry brushes back into their box. Putting things that have a home is the easiest way to get started.

If it is unfinished projects or extra stamped or painted backgrounds that clutter your workspace, you may need a UFO (un finished objects) box to get the things out of the way that you want to keep but aren’t going to use right now. Small piece of paper can go into their colour boxes [we talked about these here]

Once the bigger items are away, it is time for the hard questions for the item remaining in your craft space – do I need to keep this? Will I use it? There may have to be some sacrifices for our art. And that may have to be a few small pieces of paper or the odd item that we may use “some day” but it is preventing us for getting started TODAY because it is in the way.

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Now we have an areas that is clean enough to get started crafting for today. You never know – you may have even been inspired by some of this bits and pieces you unearthed during your clean up!

I hope these few tips will help you use your crafting time well.

Happy creating.

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