The Re-Release of STUDIOSESH: The Book!

Last fall, we debuted Studio Sesh: The Book, in collaboration with Blurb Books, and we're truly humbled to see all the inspiration our little labor of love has brought to so many of you! The book was created to be interactive, educational, cathartic and ultimately--fun! A BIG thanks to Blurb for giving us the platform to spread the joy of painting. We consider it mission accomplished by all the fun #StudioSeshXO posts you've shared on social media. To commemorate all the success, we're excited to re-release the book with a beautiful new cover! Best of all, it's now available in an affordable magazine format! With this new option via Blurb's Bookstore, it's our hope that everyone can experience painting as a creative outlet! 

Thanks again to Blurb for making this all a reality. They made self-publishing such a cinch (really, check it out here), that we had to come back to them for round 2! Curious about some of our favorite reasons for working with them? Here's some highlights:

1. You can order a swatch kit to see samples of all of Blurb's paper options before ordering your book. Our pick for the hardcover book was the thick and high-quality Pro-Line paper, as it's able to withstand paint and water! 

2. User-friendly book-making tools! The thought of actually creating a book can be daunting, but we used utilized BookWright for its ease of use and variety of free, professionally designed photo book templates. BookWright uploads images in seconds and is very responsive and intuitive to use. 

3. You can sell your book online through Blurb's Bookstore, Amazon or Apple's iBooks shop. (Setup only takes minutes!) 

Another big plus for us is Blurb's impeccable packaging! We were thrilled to receive the new magazine format from the Blurb Bookstore crease/bend/tear fee. You can tell Blurb overlooks no detail, which is much appreciated when it comes to bringing a passion project to life. 

So are you ready to get inspired? Shop the book below and be sure to share all the fun on social media using #studioseshxo. Happy painting! 

PURCHASE THE MAGAZINE FORMAT WITH NEW COVER FROM BLURB'S BOOKSTORE BY CLICKING HERE!

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#BBTPAINTINGGETAWAY: INSPIRATION

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// PT. 2: Lake Rabun in the North GA. Mountains //

Thanks to @localtoyotadealers, I started what I hope to be the first of many painting getaways in 2017. Check out my last post to read about what I like to pack on my painting trips. This post is all about gathering inspiration while traveling and how to translate it to your paintings! 

Whether I'm walking around the neighborhood or traveling abroad, I am always on the lookout for  inspiration in it's many forms. It is amazing, once you start refining your eye to seek out palettes, shapes, and compositions, you can't help but spot them everywhere! I like to carry a camera (or iPhone) to capture these moments. 

NATURAL FORMS 

VINTAGE RUGS

PALETTE & COMPOSITION

If you need some extra help refining your eye I suggest flipping through catalogues and skimming Pinterest. Make a board of images that stick out to you and take note if there are any patterns or trends of what you are currently drawn to. With a little practice, you can do this with your own inspiration pictures too!  See my collections from our adventure weekend at Lake Rabun below: Natural Forms, Vintage Rugs, and Palette & Composition. I was especially inspired by all of the GREEN! My most favorite color :)

Once I get back to my studio, I like to pull up my inspiration images and use them as references for my warm ups and sketches. I sort of train my hand and eye with the warm ups via repetition so that when I go to make a new series I have all my collected inspiration in my mind and ready to go. 

Try it out for yourself! 

 

(PS: Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (“Toyota”) provided me with compensation and use of a vehicle for a short period of time. The opinions I have shared about this vehicle are my own.)

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Southeast Toyota. The opinions and text are all mine.

#BBTPAINTINGGETAWAY: Lake Rabun

#BBTPAINTINGGETAWAY:

// PT. 1: Lake Rabun in the North GA. Mountains //

Thanks to @localtoyotadealers, I started what I hope to be the first of many painting getaways in 2017. I am so thankful for my studio but it is amazing what a change of scenery and location can do for your creative juices! 

(PS: Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (“Toyota”) provided me with compensation and use of a vehicle for a short period of time. The opinions I have shared about this vehicle are my own.)

Here's my painting getaway HOW TO:

STEP 1. Gather your materials!

Going on a quick getaway? Here's what I suggest packing to give you just the right amount of materials to get the job done, but not take up too much precious baggage space :

Small Wood Panels (I suggest wood over canvas because they're more durable during travel!)

Paper Block Pad (the easiest thing to paint on when you're traveling, available in multiple sizes!)

Watercolor & Gouache Paints (small and compact!)

Water Soluble colored pencils (offers a range of texture in a tiny punch, easy to travel with too!)

Plastic Palette (light and easy to clean in a jiffy!)

Brushes (personally I like the cheap synthetic brushes best!)

Compact Carrier (not as cute as the wire basket but definitely more realistic!)

STEP 2. Pack up your car :)

I never said I was a light packer... I wanted to go big on this trip, so good thing our Camry had loads of trunk space for all my canvases and materials! 

STEP 3. Pick up your bestie for moral support

In my case, Courtney Clymer of @lifestyledatlanta.

STEP 4. Stow your sketchbook and pencils for the ride/flight in case inspiration strikes!

STEP 5. Set up your work space when you arrive!

I find that if I set up my little studio as soon as I arrive, I'm so much more likely to consistently work on pieces when I'm away. It's so simple, but I believe that by creating the physical space we are inviting creativity in! I had a lovely rustic porch at our cottage at the Lake Rabun Hotel- perfection!

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STEP 6. Get out there and explore! 

Gathering inspiration while traveling is truly my favorite part of a painting getaway. My next post will be all about collecting inspirational moments and what to do with them! 

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Southeast Toyota. The opinions and text are all mine.

STUDIOSESH: The Book with @blurbbooks!

Thanks to @blurbbooks

 My dream of having an interactive Studio Sesh book is now a reality! I give you, Studio Sesh: The Book! We wanted to create a high quality, beautiful, interactive, and educational resource for EVERYONE to experience #studioseshxo and I am so proud of this finished product.

I loved working with Blurb to fully tailor this book to fit every specific need of my checklist.

Try making a book for yourself!

They make the process super user-friendly. My favorite perks of working with Blurb:

1. You can order a swatch kit to see samples of all Blurb's paper options before ordering your book. I love the Pro-Line paper, it withstands paint and water- YAY!

2. Use Blurb's free book-making tools. I personally used Bookify for its ease of use, and their variety of free, downloadable, professionally-designed photo book templates. Unlike other online platforms I've used in the past, Blurb's Bookify uploads images in seconds and is very responsive and intuitive to use.

3. You can sell your book online through Blurb, Amazon, or Apple's iBooks store. Setup only takes minutes (REALLY).

THE BOOK IN THE FLESH!

The package arrived right on time and I was so thrilled to feel the heavy, high-quality book and flip through its pages in person. 

WE ARE SO PLEASED

Overall, we're so pleased with the easy process and beautiful quality of making our book with BLURB BOOKS. You may purchase my book, STUDIO SESH: THE BOOK below or through Blurb.

PURCHASE YOUR OWN COPY HERE!

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