April 15, 2014

Easter Greetings!

Happy Easter!

Thank goodness we've all managed to survive a very long and difficult Winter! Seeing pansies and daffodils makes my heart sing with happiness. Blue skies and puffy, white clouds are a blessing. This is Cosmo's first Spring, so I'm seeing and experiencing everything with "new eyes" . . . There's nothing quite like watching a puppy chase his first bug!!! LOL!!! Life is good. We've been blessed many times over.

During the past few months I've been participating in the "Documented Life Project", and my Moleskine planner is getting chubbier and chubbier!!! This weeks prompt was to integrate "food boxes" into our spread and embellish them. I chose to use color copies of a few boxes of tea, chicken soup AND a box of Samoa Girl Scout cookies. To be honest, I really didn't want to open that darn box cookies, plus I wanted to cut down on the bulk in my journal pages.

I found an old scrapbook punch and cut the scalloped circles in half to form my border. Out came my white Sharpie poster paint pen and white acrylic paints. The paint circles were stamped with an old plastic lid. Voila!!! I had a pretty, lacey-looking border for my spread.

I've had several inquiries about the DLP. If you're interested in learning more, click here to go to the "Art to the 5th" website. All of the information is there, as well a few free tutorials. It's never too late to join in the journaling fun.

Sending wishes and blessings for a beautiful Spring celebration!

April 7, 2014

"Secret Journal" Workshop Released!

 Some of the best things in life ARE "free"!!! 

I've been promising to release a few videos, and today's the day!!! This link - https://www.youtube.com/user/PringleHillStudio/featured - will take you to my You Tube Channel: PringleHillStudio, where you'll find my entire "Secret Journal Workshop" that was included as part of last year's "21 Secrets" class. I'm presenting it to you in its entirety for "free" - including links to all of the original class's PDF's, templates and images so you can follow along to make your very own journal.

The workshop is comprised of ten videos. Each can be viewed individually OR feel free to skip around. There's lots of information - especially if you're 'new' to art journaling. I've even included a sneak peak into one of my private  journals, and have created a "Secret Journal Workshop" Community Page on Facebook, where you can share your thoughts, pictures and ask questions. Click here to go there!

Releasing a video workshop of this magnitude is fairly unprecedented, but it's my way of saying "thank you" to all of my loyal fans for your support over the past few years and paying it forward. We can all use a little "happiness", so please feel free to share the link. The more participants - the merrier!!! Enjoy!!!

May your day be bright and filled with beautiful blessings!

March 19, 2014

Art Doll - "Angel of Color"

"Angel of Color"

Since the beginning of the year, most of my art time has been spent working in my "Documented Life Planner". We just finished Week #12, and I'm proud to say that I've managed to stay disciplined for the past few months. That's quite an accomplishment for me, since caretaking for family has limited the time spent in my studio over the past two years.

However, as much as I've enjoyed journaling in my Moleskine planner, when I saw a few art dolls created by friends, my imagination soared to new heights, and I couldn't resist ordering a few 'blanks' from Retro Cafe Art Gallery.

I think these little dolls might become an obsession. This doll gave me an opportunity to spread new creative 'wings'. Old bits of backgrounds, sari ribbon,  jeweled bits and an antique escutcheon were used to create this little angel - a tribute to my love of color.

If you're interested in creating a special doll, check out Retro Cafe Art Gallery's extensive selection of 'blanks'. My angel began with a medium Santos doll. And, if you DO happen to order, please tell Kristin Hubrick that "Terri sent you!"

If you'd like a peek into my DLP journal, click here to see more. The link will take you directly to my FLICKR set so you can see all of the pages.

My Documented Life Journal!

May your day be filled with laughter and color!!!

February 24, 2014

Creating Backgrounds - Tutorials

I am very grateful for my loyal and faithful fans and followers, and since many of you have asked how I create my pages, I took a break from "puppy training" my little darling, Cosmos, to record a fairly comprehensive, two-part tutorial for your viewing pleasure.

You'll have an opportunity to stand behind me while I demonstrate a few of the background techniques that I used to create my spread for Week #8's challenge in my Documented Life Moleskine planner/journal.

Part 1

Part 2

I hope I've answered many of your questions and that you enjoy this tutorial.

May your day be bright and beautiful!

February 6, 2014

Catching Up!


Here I am . . . . dusting blog cobwebs once again! We zipped through January, and I can't believe we've almost finished the first week in February. My "blog posting intentions" for 2014 were good, its just that I've been busy making art. Sadly, I've come to terms with the fact that time spent on the computer is time spent away from my little studio. 

I Love to Recycle!

My January pages for The Documented Life Project are complete, and February is a work in progress. This project is just what I needed to return to the discipline of creating art on a regular basis. The commitment to create one spread a week is not an impossible task. Color, images and glue are antidotes to snow and terrible weather, so I've been spending my winter surrounded with art supplies and have been giving my creativity free reign.

Week #2 - "Selfie"

Rather than use washi-taped tip-ins, I've decided to go a more traditional route with my pages. Since the Moleskine planner pages are very thin, I've chosen to glue color copies of some of my previously colored backgrounds to the right-hand side of each spread as a "base". Since this seems to stablize the page - I can then add even more color, mediums and images. Sometimes I'll start by coating a page with gesso, but quite a few of my spreads haven't seen a drop of of the stuff!

Week #3 - Add an Envelope from your Mail

Several of my fellow DLP members have asked me to divulge how I create my colorful backgrounds. To be honest, the pressure has been mounting for me to do a tutorial.

Week #4 - Secret Message

I'm very flattered and am giving these requests very serious consideration. Currently I'm in the middle of "puppy training" my little Cosmo (who just turned 6 months old!). When things settle down a bit, I'd like to run a video tape while I'm working on a spread so you can peek over my shoulder to see how I create a page from start to finish.

If there's something you'd like to see me demonstrate, or have a question that I can answer during the course of a video tutorial, I welcome your input. You can leave a comment here, on my FaceBook page or send a private email. I'm open to your suggestions!

Before I close, I'd also like to give a "shout out" to all of my former students from "21 Secrets"! Thank you, thank you for all of your lovely comments and support. Hearing that you've adopted some of my techniques and that you're using them in your art has given me great pleasure. I'm thrilled that we're able to "play together" in the Documented Life Project!

Many blessings and wishes for a very bright & beautiful day!

January 21, 2014


"She Loved to Color"
(A Postcard!)

Although I've continued to participate in the Documented Life Project, it was a nice change of pace to create a postcard for a private swap.  I haven't created a new digital image in ages, so it was fun to sit down for an afternoon to "colorize" a black and white photo of a little girl.  First, I digitally enhanced the picture, and then I poured on the mixed media.

Since I like to keep copies of my artwork, I scanned the finished piece to add to my file; however, the most interesting thing happened: The little crocheted flower at the bottom of the postcard was read by two scanners as being "yellow", when it's actually a very bright and vibrant orange!!! 

Week #4's DLP Challenge

Here's a close-up peek at a small section of Week #4's Documented Life prompt to add a secret message, color to your page and leave one word showing. My page began with a color copy of an old page from my gratitude journal. How fitting that the word left "uncovered" is "gratitude"! I've many things to be grateful for! You can see all of my Documented Life pages if you visit my Flickr account. (Click here to go to the "Set" page!)

Several members of the Documented Life group have asked me to think about doing a tutorial. I'm entertaining the idea and welcome your thoughts and comments about what you'd like to see me share.

Wishing you a bright and very colorful day!

January 8, 2014

The Documented Life Project - Welcome 2014!

It's been a-g-e-s since I've written a blog post. Admittedly, I'm a bit rusty in the "Blogging Department".  I've been on a healthcare sabbatical of sorts for the past two years: First, taking care of my husband, and last year my Mom was taken seriously ill. My days have been filled with hospitals, rehab centers, doctors consults, social workers and nurses.
As John Lennon would have said: "life happened".  I've always believed that family must come first; but, my art and the effusive, saturated colors that I love so dearly, were put on a shelf along with my blog, Flickr, Instagram and Facebook activities. And, although I had a great time teaching in last year's "21 Journaling Secrets" class, my classroom participation was extremely limited due to my family's needs and obligations. My art life and world seemed to have stopped cold. When I did have an opportunity to play, my colors and the intuitive artistic sense that I'd once relied on were "gone". The art that had flowed so easily in the past, now seemed forced and unnatural . . . I feared that my "colors" had disappeared never to be seen again.

A good friend told me that my colors were still "inside" and that they were "hibernating". What a lovely thought . . . how I wanted to believe her!!! Enter 2014 and The Documented Life Project. Hmmmm . . . . I thought! Why not give this project a try? All that I needed to do was purchase a 2014 planner to use as a journal, join the Facebook site for the project, and look for one prompt a week. What a great way to get back into my little studio, I thought. Why not play? Why not experiment? Why not try to rediscover and reclaim who I am? Why not do art for the sake of pleasing myself without any expectations?

I took a deep breath, opened my planner, went to the website and read the first prompt: "Take a picture of your front door. What does it mean or symbolize to you?" I chose a picture of my front door, and started to play. Out came the glue, the Prismacolors and the Derwent Inktense pencils.

Out came the watercolors, acrylic paints, markers and Sharpies. Out came the images that I so loved. And before I knew it, I'd finished the prompt, and the first week's spread was finished! Only 51 more prompts to go!

Although my colors hadn't "flowed" quite as easily as they had before . . . . they were still there . . . bright and beautiful. My friend was right . . . . they'd been waiting for the right moment and the right project so they could be released. 

If you think you'd like to participate in "The Documented Life Project", please click here or on the badge located on my right sidebar. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner or a seasoned art journaler. The group is wonderful, fun and very supportive. I hope to see you there!  

May you have a very colorful and creative 2014! Let your colors flow!