Art Journaling Monday!

Welcome back to Art Journaling Monday! 🙂 Another quietish art journaling week, as holiday stuff took its toll. Hopefully everyone’s having a good holiday season so far?


“Can’t a girl get her beauty sleep without having to worry about her picture being taken?!” -Mayhem

(The furry bit along the bottom of the photo is Chaos.)

Art Journaling Monday!

Welcome back to Art Journaling Monday! 🙂 Kind of a quiet art journaling week, actually. Two family birthday gatherings, my work holiday happy hour, my book making class, homework for my book making class, and wrapping presents all took their toll on my art journaling.

Happy holidays if you’re celebrating one this week! 🙂


“…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…” -Chaos

I love when you can see the stealth tabby stripes on his face. 🙂

Linkity thinks the gift guide thing is a little out of hand

No linkity next week! Hopefully there’s enough here to sustain you. 🙂

Bookity

‘Tis the Season of Gift Guides

Think, Learn, Make, Do

Cookity

Gluten Free

Artsy Crafty

Cool

Cool or Wha…?

Wha…?

LOL

Teh Cute

Reading Update
Printmaking+Mixed Media: Simple Techniques and Projects for Paper and Fabric by Dorit Elisha. Good overview of all sorts of different types of printmaking, from monoprinting to screen printing and more. Definitely found some things I’m going to try out in my art journaling. This is one I’ll be picking up used for reference.
Stencil Girl: Mixed-Media Techniques for Making and Using Stencils by Mary Beth Shaw. I did get some ideas for using stencils in my art journaling, but I wasn’t particularly interested in the sections on woodburning, metalwork, cake decorating, or encaustic.
Dreaming from the Journal Place: Transforming the Sketchbook to Art by Melanie Testa. This one didn’t really work for me. It covers a lot of ground – from drawing and painting to carving rubber stamps to extremely detailed instructions for dyeing fabric. And it felt like the journal bit was more of an afterthought than anything else.
Sidney Crosby: A Hockey Story (Revised and Updated) by Paul Arseneault and Paul Hollingsworth. So-so young adult hockey biography covering the years 2002 through the end of the 2007 season (the season before the Pittsburgh Penguins lost in the Stanley Cup Final to Detroit). This was of the very “rah rah” sorts of YA books – it didn’t touch on the vitriol Crosby faced from parents and players alike, nor did it mention any of the injuries incurred along the way.


“I wish the birds would come back.” -Mayhem

Art Journaling Monday!



Congrats to diannakay, who won Nice and Snow (With a Kick #1.1) by Clare London!

Congrats to Calila, who won A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou by JL Merrow! A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou was released by JMS Books on December 14.



Welcome back to Art Journaling Monday! (And the ArtiCulture winter class schedule is up, if you’re in the Twin Cities!)


“I don’t approve of art journaling because it means Mom is sitting at the table, not making a lap for me to nap on.” -Mayhem

Linkity from rainy Minneapolis



Congrats to diannakay, who won Nice and Snow (With a Kick #1.1) by Clare London!

Congrats to Calila, who won A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou by JL Merrow! A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou will be released by JMS Books on December 14.



Contest(s)

Bookity

‘Tis the Season of Gift Guides

Think, Do, Make, Learn

Cookity

Gluten Free

Artsy Crafty

Cool

Cool or Wha…?

Wha…?

LOL

Teh Cute

Reading Update
Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash Your Inner Eccentric by Violette. Ok art journaling how-to book. A bit light on content and a bit too new agey for me.
101 Mixed Media Techniques: Master the Fundamental Concepts of Mixed Media Art by Walter Foster Creative Team. Good overview of a wide variety of mixed media art techniques. Unfortunately, the techniques are all presented quite briefly and you’d probably need to find more detailed instructions elsewhere.


“No one understands how I suffer.” -Chaos

Art Journaling Monday



Congrats to Liz, who won Boys in Brief by Clare London!



Welcome back to Art Journaling Monday! (And the ArtiCulture winter class schedule is up!)


“I lurve the big kitty!!!” -Mayhem (still making happy paws on Chaos)

Linkity tries to catch up



Congrats to Liz, who won Boys in Brief by Clare London!



Contest(s)

Bookity

Think, Do, Make, Learn

‘Tis the Season for All the Gift Guides

Cookity

Gluten Free

Artsy Crafty

Cool

Cool or Wha…?

Wha…?

LOL

Teh Cute

Reading Update
Print & Stamp Lab: 52 Ideas for Handmade, Upcycled Print Tools by Traci Bunkers. Good book about using things from around the house and (mostly) inexpensive items from the dollar store for art mark making.
Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books from Recycled and Repurposed Materials by Jeannine Stein. Extremely creative projects for making books from unusual things (such as hot water bottles, felted sweaters, window screens, and bath rugs). I’m beginning to suspect (from both my bookmaking class and reading books such as this) that I am not nearly as precise and detail-oriented as most bookmaking requires…
Printmaking Unleashed: More Than 50 Techniques for Expressive Mark Making by Traci Bautista. Ok look at many different ways to make stencils, stamps, and other mark making tools. I found the instructions to be confusing frequently, with too many references to self-branded products.
The Artist Unique: Inspiration and Techniques to Discover Your Creative Signature by Carmen Torbus. Good look at how different mixed-media artists find their inspiration, along with some of their favorite techniques. This quote sums up how most of the artists dealt with inspiration: “One of the most important things I’ve learned about my own creativity is that I don’t need to wait for inspiration to hit before I begin working on my art. If I simply show up and begin creating, the inspiration will come.” -Leah Piken Kolidas
Pretending to Be Normal: Living with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) (Expanded Edition) by Liane Holliday Willey. I really wanted to love this book, but I didn’t. It was kind of interesting to read Willey’s experience growing up as an undiagnosed Aspie, but I never felt invested in her story – it all felt very distant. Reading this felt similar to how reading Temple Grandin feels to me – I always retain (or am kept at?) an academic distance. Cynthia Kim‘s Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life was much more my speed. YMMV.


“…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…” -Chaos & Mayhem

Ebook giveaway: A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou by JL Merrow [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to JL Merrow for donating an ebook copy of her forthcoming rereleased m/m holiday romance, A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou, for a lucky commenter to win! A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou will be released by JMS Books on December 14.

What’s the best gift a young, single man could receive for Christmas? Mohawked punk Liam wouldn’t have picked the hideous collection of homemade knitwear he’s presented with by his well-meaning mum and aunties. He’d much rather have the gorgeous older man he sees every day while busking at King’s Cross station. Liam’s been doing his best to seduce the guy with his saxophone playing – the trouble is, with the holidays coming up, he’s beginning to despair of his message getting through.

But with a little Christmas magic in the air, maybe those garish garments will be just the thing for attracting the attention of a silver fox…

Previously published in the Winter Warmers anthology.

Excerpt (scroll down)

Other Books

About JL

JL Merrow is that rare beast: an English person who refuses to drink tea.  Having grown up by the seaside, she also loathes fish and chips.  She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again.  Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporaries and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. You can find out more about JL at her website, blog, Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon.

Contest Rules

  • To enter, leave a comment stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CST, Friday, December 11.
  • By entering the contest, you’re confirming that you are at least 18 years old.
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  • If you win, please respect the author’s intellectual property and don’t make copies of the ebook for anyone else.
  • This contest is open worldwide!

*Blissed-out Mayhem making happy paws on Chaos*

“Make her STOP.” -Chaos

Ebook giveaway: Nice and Snow (With a Kick #1.1) by Clare London [CONTEST CLOSED]



Congrats to Joder, who won Out of Sync (Bound #5) by Bronwyn Green!



Many thanks to Clare London for donating an ebook copy of her freshly released m/m Christmas romance, Nice and Snow (With a Kick #1.1), for a lucky commenter to win!

Nuri’s expecting a quiet Christmas, driving his cab, doing some studying, enjoying good food and drink – and devoting some serious loving to boyfriend Eduardo. Occasionally he misses his homeland of Turkey, but he’s content to share the London celebrations with Eddy.

But what with Eddy’s distress over his new role at the local comedy club, interference in their love life from Nuri’s irrepressible brothers, a disturbing number of costumed Santas on the street, the dangerous slush on the roads, and then the portly, bearded man dressed in red, in need of an urgent cab ride… It doesn’t look like things will be that quiet after all!

***
Meet Nuri and Eddy for the first time, and begin the whole With A Kick series, in A Twist and Two Balls.

Other Books by Clare

About Clare

Clare London took her pen name from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fueled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant.

She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic, and sexy characters.

Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter three stage and plenty of other projects in mind… she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fueled family home.
All the details and free fiction are available at her website. Visit her today and say hello! You can also visit Clare at her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads.

Contest Rules

  • To enter, leave a comment below stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CST, Friday, December 11.
  • By entering the contest, you’re confirming that you are at least 18 years old.
  • If you haven’t commented before, your comment will not be visible until after I moderate it. Please do not leave a second comment because your first doesn’t show up! The blog gnomes will decide your comments are spam and then only luck and counterintuitive espionage will salvage your entry…
  • If your comment is actually an advertisement or if your CommentLuv link turns it into an advertisement, your comment will be deleted. (Most of you do not need to worry – this refers to some pretty clever comment spam.)
  • Winner will be selected by random number.
  • You must leave a valid email address in the “Email” portion of the comment form.
  • Please make sure that your spam filter allows email from stumblingoverchaos.com!
  • If a winner doesn’t respond to my congratulations email within 48 hours, I will select another winner.
  • If you win, please respect the author’s intellectual property and don’t make copies of the ebook for anyone else.
  • This contest is open worldwide!

*Blissed-out Mayhem making happy paws on Chaos*

*disgruntled* -Chaos