How to Use the All New Instagram Direct

How to use the New Instagram Direct with Roben-Marie Smith

Hello!

There is an "all new" Instagram Direct?  What?  There was an old one?  Yep!  I love Instagram and it is my go-to choice for social media sharing but I never bought into the old IGD.  I did not find it easy to use and often didn't even notice that I had a message. 

Instagram has done a great job redesigning it and just launched the "new" Instagram Direct. It is super intuitive and I love how easy it is to share images, messages, video and photos.  Sounds like texting, you ask?  Yep!  It is a lot like texting!

Let me show you!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie











Self Portraits in Art Journaling

Roben-Marie Smith - Self Portrait

Hey!!

“I got this!”  That is what I kept telling myself each day until I finally had to hit the studio to work on my Self-Portrait art journaling challenge.  I put on my big girl pants and my magic apron and got to work.  I decided to print a photo of myself onto watercolor paper to use as the base for my portrait.  I brushed on a light coat of white acrylic paint, colored the face in a little with a flesh colored wax crayon and outlined the facial features with a black Stabilo Pencil.

I wasn’t sure what to do next so I glued down some book paper, added stenciling and stamps, more paint and lots of scribbles and marks.  As I worked, I began to see something interesting emerge.  My portrait began to look as if it were “drowning” below the layers.  I was reminded of Ophélie by John Millai.  The painting depicts Ophelia singing while floating in a river just before she drowns. The scene is described in Act IV, Scene VII of Hamlet. Lately, I have been feeling overwhelmed by deadlines, commitments and health issues.

 

Perhaps, subconsciously, I feel like I am drowning with the weight of all these things on me. How interesting to see these feelings “emerge” in my work. Unlike Ophélie, I will rise to the surface, take a deep breath and keep moving forward.

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


August Theme
Faces, the Human Form & Characters
August 29
Art Challenge: Self Portrait
Journal Prompt:  Mirror Mirror



Ophélie by John Millai


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Layering it up in Art Journaling

Hello!

I must admit that I had a rough start with this one!  I painted on some acrylic paint to start and then I had an idea of where it would go...well, it did not!  I glued down an assortment of papers to fix the mess and then I finger painted in white acrylic to create the shape of the face.  From there I sketched in the features and added more paint. I used a baby wipe at the end to "reveal" the papers layered underneath. Her face is a bit long and she has wild hair but I think I like her anyway.  Her name is Emily.

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


August Theme
Faces, the Human Form & Characters
August 22
Art Challenge: Layered (Using Multiple Mediums)
Journal Prompt:  Speak to your younger self- what advice would you offer?


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Have You Discovered Book Block?

Hello!

I was so excited when I was contacted by Stefan Johnson with Mustard Design Agency who introduced me to Book Block - The World's First Totally Bespoke Notebook!  I have one on order that is being handmade for me and can't wait to share it with you soon! Why is it so cool?  You design and print your own notebooks in full color 2400x2400 dpi, with your choice of paper, ribbon and elastic!

Here are some details about this super cool product! 

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


 

21 Secrets Fall 2015 - Free Early Bird Gift!

Hey!

21 Secrets Fall 2015 is just about to kick-off and there is an awesome Early Bird Special...FREE access to 10 art journaling video recordings from 21 Secrets Live!  That's right!  This Free Gift is yours when you register between August 19 - September 3 for 21 SECRETS Fall (that comes out September 28th!).  And oh my goodness -- 21 SECRETS Fall is going to be so sweet!! We have some amazing teachers -- such as Orly Avineri, Lesley Riley, and Maya Stein joining us!  Check out the amazing line-up HERE!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


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