Ready to Grunge up Your Art, Without the Mess?

I’m excited to announce the launch of my brand new Urban Fringe ART POPS™ Collection.

ART POPS™ provide bold, bright pops of color for your favorite projects, whether you’re a scrapbooker, an art-journaler, a project-lifer, or a die hard planner addict.

This new set is inspired by two things I love (and two things you’d never expect to see together) - fanciful fabric fringes, and urban grunge. Together they create fun, funky design elements to use in your mixed-media art.

Urban Fringe Art Pops™ Collection by Roben-Marie Smith. @robenmarie   ART POPS™ provide bold, bright pops of color for your favorite projects, whether you’re a scrapbooker, an art-journaler, a project-lifer, or a die hard planner addict.

The full Urban Fringe ART POPS™ collection includes:

Urban Fringe ART POPS™ Cards:

•Four 3x4 art cards
•Four 4x6 art cards

Urban Fringe ART POPS™ Tabs:

•Set includes: 12 tabs - 2 /14" x 3/4" when folded in half
•Matte finish on 15pt card stock

All cards are printed on 14pt cardstock, and are uncoated. Your ART POPS™ cards have color on one side, and are blank on the reverse. Each card fits perfectly into Project Life pockets.

To shop for ART POPS™ Cards, click HERE and the Tabs HERE.

Urban Fringe ART POPS™ Stickers:

•Large circle stickers
•Small circle stickers
•A choice of two sheets of sticker tape

These stickers come in different sizes, and come ready to peel, stick and create with - the perfect addition to art journal spreads, mail art, and more.

To shop for ART POPS™ Stickers, click HERE.

I look forward to seeing what you create with your new ART POPS™ and the perfect place is inside my new FREE Claim Your Happy Facebook Group.

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


Urban Fringe Art Pops™ Collection

Introducing the Pop-Up Journal Prompt Challenge

Recently I shared a post about the impact of community on your creative practice, and today I want to build on that with an exciting idea.

If you follow me closely you’ll know that I’ve been working on my latest workshop, the Pop-Up Urban Fringe Journal. It’s a juicy, eccentric art journal filled with color, texture and ready-made backgrounds.

As I was editing my videos and taking photos of my finished project, I’ve been feeling really inspired to start working in my journal.

Now, I love creating with others - it’s really inspiring to have creative friends, making art alongside you, especially when you’re all working with the same set of prompts or materials. Some of my favorite journal pages have been jump-started this way.

Would you like to join me for a 10 Day Pop-Up Journal Prompt Challenge?  

It is free, you’ll get to see my journaling up close, and find inspiration for your own. It all takes place inside my Claim Your Happy Facebook community.  

The challenge begins Saturday, April 22.  Can't tune in each day?  No worries! All prompts will remain in the Facebook Group for future reference on your schedule.

Each day, inside the Facebook Group you’ll receive:

  • A fun journal prompt to play with

  • A picture of the journal page that shows my interpretation of that prompt

  • A peek at how I use the supplies in my toolkit to create journal spreads

  • A downloadable PDF of all the supplies I used for each prompt

You’ll also have a safe space to share your own art journal pages, ask for feedback, and connect with a whole host of creative friends.

To get in on the action, simply review the group details, sign up and be directed to the community. I hope to see you there!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie

How to Encourage Art Journal Play

Are you looking for that jolt of inspiration to get your creative gears going?

I love art journals, like, really love them. I have a collection that would make most people blush.

I have beautiful books, filled with beautiful, clean watercolor paper pages. I have fancy moleskines. And then I have all the eccentric, one-of-a-kind journals I’ve made myself.

Can I tell you a secret? Those ones are kind of my favorite.

As lovely as those pristine, purchased art journal can be, sometimes I’m reluctant to get messy in them. It’s that blank page syndrome - sometimes even I don’t know how to get started. Sometimes I worry about messing up that lovely sea of white paper.

And that’s exactly why funky, handbound journals are the best thing ever.

While playing around with my latest Art Pops™ Urban Fringe collection, I came up with a new technique for building a bee-yootiful, bulging-with-artsy-goodness art journal… and I’d like to share it with you.


@robenmarie Pop-Up Fringe Journal Workshop  https://robenmariestudio.com/p/popup-fringe-journal  Includes free digital downloads from the Urban Fringe Art Pops™ Collection!

My new Pop-Up Fringe Journal workshop walks you through creating your own funky, chunky journal, filled with playful pullouts, fun fringe, and juicy backgrounds to inspire your creativity.

Some of the benefits of this class:

>>> We’ll create these books out of the supplies you already have in your stash (or maybe even your recycling bin). Yes, you heard me right. No traipsing to the crafts store with an over-the-top, overpriced supplies list.

>>> I’ll take you back to basics, and show you exactly how to put together each element. Whether you’re a novice bookbinder, or a journal-making addict, you’ll leave with a lovely, one-of-a-kind art journal. What’s more, you’ll leave with the know-how, so you can make journal, after journal, after journal (and lifetime access, which helps!)

>>> As a bonus, not only will you receive access to the 11 instructional videos (all filmed in HD), but you’ll get access to the full digital version of my latest Urban Fringe Art Pops™ collection.

Trust me, Pop-Up Fringe Journal will inspire you to create your own line of fun, fringed art journals, even if:

You’ve never made your own journals before.

  • You don’t see yourself as a “real artist”.

  • You don’t have a huge budget, or a huge stash of supplies.

  • You’re pressed for time, but desperate to do something creative.

Sign up today, and get creating!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Altered Cahiers Moleskine Journals Tutorial Part Two

Altered Cahiers Moleskine Journals Tutorial Part Two with Roben-Marie Smith.  Featuring the Urban Fringe Art Pops Collection and free downloads. @robenmarie #mixedmedia #moleskine #journal #diy


Want to use the same elements I used in the tutorial?

These are a sampling of my new Urban Fringe Art Pops™ Collection.

Altered Cahiers Moleskine Journals Tutorial Part Two with Roben-Marie Smith.  Featuring the Urban Fringe Art Pops Collection and free downloads. @robenmarie #mixedmedia #moleskine #journal #diy
Enter your information below to download your copy of the free collage sheets and be added to my exclusive subscriber list!

Related Post - Altered Cahiers Moleskine Journals Tutorials Part One >>>

I would love to see any of the projects you create with the new Urban Fringe Art Pops™ so do share!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


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The Role of Community in Your Creativity

Ready to Claim Your Happy?

There is no arguing with the fact that a regular creative practice brings so much joy into your life. It’s fun, it’s freeing, and it’s an unparalleled way to express your thoughts and feelings.

For me, another key part of creating mixed media art is the community that I can surround myself with. Over the years I’ve collaborated with some truly amazing artists, and those experiences have been a real blessing.

CLAIM YOUR HAPPY is a JOY-filled mixed media art community where like-minded artists share, inspire and encourage each other toward a more joy-filled creative life. @robenmarie

Through creating my series of online workshops I’ve also managed to connect with hundreds and hundreds of students, from all walks of life. I consider myself really lucky to have been given that opportunity.

Recently, I’ve really been focusing on building those connections. I want to be able to engage directly with the creative souls that surround me. I want a space where we can share ideas, show what we’re working on, and make friends with other mixed media fanatics.

After a little bit of thought, and a lot of investigation, I decided to build my own Facebook Group community. There are other creative communities out there, of course there are, but I wanted to create a space for creative souls, without all the veiled selling, link dropping, and general negativity.

CLAIM YOUR HAPPY is a JOY-filled mixed media art community where like-minded artists share, inspire and encourage each other toward a more joy-filled creative life.

This group is a safe space for all artists, whether you’re just dipping your toe into the world of mixed media, or if you’ve been fully immersed in this world for years. No matter where you are on the creative journey, I want CLAIM YOUR HAPPY to by an inspiring, engaging, uplifting place to hang out.

 
 
 

A GUIDE TO MY FAVORITE
ART SUPPLIES

YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD WITH CLAIM YOUR HAPPY FACEBOOK COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP!

Download PDF from inside the Files Section in the group.

 

I really want to encourage every member of my community to get involved, so each day I’ll be hosting different creative discussions. You can also expect some really exciting live streams and exclusive content from me.

To join CLAIM YOUR HAPPY, and dive straight into the inspiration, please click the button for more details.

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Altered Cahiers Moleskine Journals Video Tutorial Part One

When I was young the best part of starting school was buying supplies and my favorites included notebooks and folders.  Oh, how I loved my Trapper Keeper! I loved the smell of new pencils, too.  Is that weird?  Talk about weird, do you remember those wall-mounted crank pencil sharpeners?  They had a unique smell when you sharpened your pencil, right?  Well, I use a shampoo that smells just like that.  LOL!

Decades later I still love shopping for notebooks and journals.  I recently discovered Cahiers Moleskine Journals and fell in love!  These journals are perfect for keeping lists and taking notes, and they can be altered, making them creatively unique. 

These journals have a heavy-duty cardboard cover with visible stitching on the spine. They include 16 detachable sheets at the back and a wide pocket for loose notes.  They are perfect for altering and of the four available colors (Kraft, Black, Red, Pebble Gray and Blue) the Kraft is my favorite.

I have a fun little mixed media tutorial for you and don't forget to grab the FREEBIE!

>>Related: Altered Cahiers Moleskine Journals Part Two

Have a blessed day!

 

Roben-Marie

Altered Cahiers Moleskine Journals Tutorial Part One with Roben-Marie Smith.  Featuring the Urban Fringe Art Pops Collection and free downloads. @robenmarie #mixedmedia #moleskine #journal #diy
MOLESKINE is the legendary notebook that has held the inspirations and ideas of everyone from Van Gogh, Picasso and Hemingway to famed author, Bruce Chatwin. Artists, authors, and geniuses of all variety have long appreciated the simplicity and superior functionality of these notebooks.
— Writers Store
Altered Cahiers Moleskine Journals Tutorial Part One with Roben-Marie Smith.  Featuring the Urban Fringe Art Pops Collection and free downloads. @robenmarie #mixedmedia #moleskine #journal #diy


Want to use the same elements I used in the tutorial?

These are a sampling of my new Urban Fringe Art Pops™ Collection in a digital download.

Altered Cahiers Moleskine Journals Tutorial Part One with Roben-Marie Smith.  Featuring the Urban Fringe Art Pops Collection and free downloads. @robenmarie #mixedmedia #moleskine #journal #diy
Enter your information below to get your copy of the free collage sheets and be added to my exclusive subscriber list!

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How to Transform a File Folder into Mail Art

I love giving and receiving mail art!  There is nothing quite like opening up the mailbox to find a colorful, artsy piece of mail waiting for me.  File folders are one of my favorite substrates. They are inexpensive, versatile and oh, got to love those tabs!

Here is one of my favorites from the past!  Enjoy!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie

PS - Want to explore mail art?  I have a workshop for that:  You've Got Mail...Art!




 

Grab a Free copy of my Little Houses Collage used in this tutorial!


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Sketching Limes Process Video

"On my desk, I always have a lemon or a lime drying. I love the fragrance. Also, a Staedtler eraser, a brush for the eraser and a pencil sharpener." -Maira Kalman
Sketching Limes Process Video with @robenmarie http://stfi.re/djjogzx

Interested in Learning More?

Interested in sketching?  Take a look at this article: Sketchbook Roundup and Guide. I offer up ideas to get you started, including inspiration and a free download of my Take & Sketch Guide.  

I know, you're thinking, "That is all well and good, but I can't draw a stick figure!" Have you tried?  I mean, not to draw a stick figure, but real sketching? LOL! For many years I envied those who could sketch, wishing I had the talent, too.  

My sketching style is not realistic, but instead one my husband calls "comic book abstract." What does that even mean?  I embrace it and love to see what emerges when I sketch...the quirky, odd and abstract!  

Keep in mind that practice is essential.  There are many times when my sketch ends up in a ball at the bottom of my trash can. Be patient and try not to get discouraged.  I say that for you and a reminder to myself.

Paper or Plastic?

You might be wondering why I use paper as my palette instead of a plastic tray, right?  I know it seems a bit weird, but it works for me. I have tried using the plastic lid on my watercolor case, but I kept gravitating to paper. I don't find it wasteful because I am left with a beautiful watercolor paper to use later.  It ends up being random and I love that!

Do you keep a sketchbook? 

How would you describe your style?

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie


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Easy Sweet Tea Valentine Video Tutorial

Easy Sweet Tea Valentine Video Tutorial with Roben-Marie Smith #diy #valentines #mixedmedia @robenmarie

It was 1977 and I had a crush on a boy named Billy!

Billy had a head full of floppy blonde curls and a smile that melted my 10 year old heart! Like most grade school classes during that time, we exchanged Valentines. With my mom's help, I carefully crafted my Valentine box with white paper, doilies and hand painted hearts.

I was so excited when the day finally arrived and my fellow fifth graders and I happily stuffed Valentines and candies into the decorated boxes. I could hardly sit still waiting for the end of the day so I could tear into my box to see if the boy of my dreams gave me a Valentine as special as the one I gave him.

Sound familiar?  

When was the last time you made Valentines and sent them to your friends?

Let's rekindle that childhood experience of cutting, gluing and coloring our own handmade Valentines.  

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Did Billy give me his "heart" on that day so long ago?  Not exactly, but he did give me silly putty and I thought that was pretty cool!



>>>Want to explore printmaking with the GelliPlate?  My Printmaker Pro Workshop will have you cranking out prints faster than you can redeem a Michaels coupon! 


Easy Sweet Tea Valentine Video Tutorial with Roben-Marie Smith #diy #valentines #mixedmedia @robenmarie

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Work with Me: I’m Hiring!

I am so excited to announce that I am hiring a Virtual Assistant or two!  This is a paid, work-at-home (virtual) position assisting my business operations.  Interested?  Read on!

Work with me: I'm hiring!  @robenmarie Roben-Marie Smith job opening for Virtual Assistant.

The kind of work I am looking to delegate

  • Research, data entry, graphic design, writing and editing, project management, social media management, email marketing/automation and product launches.

Position details

  • The part-time position (starting at 5-10 hours a month and increasing gradually over time) opens in March or sooner.
  • There will be a three month trial period to make sure that we are a good fit.

Your work may entail

  • Social Media Management: create graphics, research content, Facebook Group management, manage social media scheduler (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram)
  • Email Marketing: help manage email sequences and assist in writing and formatting (ConvertKit).
  • Marketing/Promotions: create graphics, schedule and manage webinars, create opt-ins (PDFs), help manage challenges, brainstorm ideas and implementation of projects
  • Blogging: research, create graphics, manage editorial calendar and edit blog posts 
  • Workshops: help me with workshop launches (help manage, test and upload content to Teachable)
  • Commerce: assist with maintaining online stores, manage affiliate links
  • Misc.: A variety of data entry and research projects when needed

Technical proficiency requirements

The ideal candidate will have/be

  • Familiarity with my work and willingness to brainstorm ideas with me
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work independently and make decisions on my behalf, when required
  • An eye for design — you don’t need to be a graphic designer, but you’re able to see the format, design and layout of my site and match it, when needed
  • Creative in nature and good with details
  • Must be comfortable with the tech and willing to learn applications that you do not know
  • Good writing skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and directly
  • Previous experience as a VA, assistant, project manager or the like is a plus
  • Honest, trustworthy with a positive disposition

How to apply

  • Please complete the application below. Only submissions made through the application will be considered. Please do not send emails.
  • I am accepting applications through February 4, 2017. 

If you can't see the application, please click HERE for access.  Thanks!

What happens next? …

  • I’ll contact you after February 15 with more details and a request to interview (via email) if I think we’d be a good match!

Thanks for your interest!

Roben-Marie

10 Ideas to Organize Your Art Space to Maximize Creativity

Is your art space unorganized and uninspiring?

Looking for some fresh ideas for sprucing up your space?

I have just what you're looking for! 

I've created FREE EMAIL Course called 10 Ideas to Organize Your Art Space to Maximize Creativity, featuring ten of my favorite organizational ideas, a before and after peek of my studio, a printable PDF of all the ideas shared in the email course and a full studio walk through video!

How does it work?

Each day for seven days I will show up in your inbox with ideas, tips and more to help inspire you to get organized! Yep! Right in your inbox!

I hope the ideas I share will inspire you and get you excited about looking at your creative space with new eyes! 

Now that my studio is organized and I can actually find what I am looking for, I am happier, more productive and inspired.

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie