Approach the blank canvas with confidence and excitement!

I bought an easel, I am quite certain, over five years ago, and have used it a handful of times. And those times were when I was taking a class, being guided by an instructor.

When I got brave and decided to paint on my own...easel out and blank canvas ready... I would freeze up and give up!

It always seemed easier to just work in my journals or on paper, but when it comes right down to it, what is the difference?

I have a shelf that runs along the left side of my studio. It sits a few feet below the ceiling and it holds baskets of supplies and several paintings that I started but never finished.

I see those painting every day and they remind me of how much I want to create art on canvas, but how insecure I feel when I try.  

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Then it hit me...I realized I was approaching it all wrong. 

I needed to find a way to go from working on paper, where I feel confident, to canvas, which scares me.  My solution is Paper to Painting: a Simple Approach to the Blank Canvas.  

“I am overwhelmed by the magnitude of this class and where it can take me as an artist. Roben-Marie is so clever. This is not a small workshop because it has the potential to develop into many big things if one should choose to go forward with it.”
-Diane Kirtley

 Paper to Painting: a Simple Approach to the Blank Canvas Workshop with Roben-Marie Smith.  Create art you'll love even if the blank canvas scares you!  @robenmarie #painting #mixedmedia #art www.robenmarie.com/blankcanvas
 Paper to Painting: a Simple Approach to the Blank Canvas Workshop with Roben-Marie Smith.  Create art you'll love even if the blank canvas scares you!  @robenmarie #painting #mixedmedia #art www.robenmarie.com/blankcanvas
 Paper to Painting: a Simple Approach to the Blank Canvas Workshop with Roben-Marie Smith.  Create art you'll love even if the blank canvas scares you!  @robenmarie #painting #mixedmedia #art www.robenmarie.com/blankcanvas

In Paper to Painting, I will guide you through my stress-free approach to creating art you’ll be proud to hang on your wall. 

No room on your walls?  No problem!  My ideas translate to art journaling, mail art and other mixed media projects.



What are some of the workshop benefits?

>>>>> Creative ideas are great, but so many times students are left trying to figure it out on their own. I will take care of you, ensuring you have what you need to learn how to do it and take it and make it your own.

>>>>> I provide instruction that’s thoughtful, step-by-step and will set you up for success. From video quality to attention to the details, I create an experience as if you were sitting with me in an in-person workshop.

>>>>> The takeaway is so much more than making a few pieces of art for your wall. Learn my multi-layering process and explore using beeswax on canvas to leverage your art (my specialty)!  


"I found the class to very liberating working outside an art journal. I really enjoyed the process of working layer after layer and seeing the layers meld together and work into a piece that was unified yet could be deconstructed to make separate pieces of art. I really enjoyed watching Roben-Marie, and listening to her thought process as she moved through each layer. It really helped to take the "fear" away of making a mistake! The class gave me the freedom To take risks, using different supplies and focus on the moment and not be caught up in an end result."
Lorraine George

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Downloadable Worksheets and Collage Sheets

  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 36.0px Georgia}       Paper to Painti ng : a  Si mple  A ppro ac h to the Bla nk  Canvas Workshop with Roben-Marie Smith.  Create art you'll love even if the blank canvas scares you!  @robenmarie #painting #mixedmedia #art www.robenmarie.com/blankcanvas

Paper to Painting will set you up for success even if:

•You don’t know how to create a multi-layer collage.
-I will show you step-by-step!

•You can’t sketch or draw.
-I have a trick for that!

•You don’t feel confident when working on canvas.

•The blank canvas scares you.

•You aren’t interested in working on canvas, but instead want to learn to create amazing layers.

•You don’t have a lot of money to spend on supplies.

•I need lots of time to watch the videos and work at my own pace.
-You have unlimited access to the class with no renewal fees! 

 
 Paper to Painting: a Simple Approach to the Blank Canvas Workshop with Roben-Marie Smith.  Create art you'll love even if the blank canvas scares you!  @robenmarie #painting #mixedmedia #art www.robenmarie.com/blankcanvas
 Paper to Painting: a Simple Approach to the Blank Canvas Workshop with Roben-Marie Smith.  Create art you'll love even if the blank canvas scares you!  @robenmarie #painting #mixedmedia #art www.robenmarie.com/blankcanvas

Start today, and you’ll have the tools you need to approach the blank canvas with confidence and excitement!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

How Trello can organize your life & business

Save time and reduce stress!

Gone are the days when all we really had to remember was our telephone and social security numbers.  We used notebooks and things were relatively simple.  

Don’t get me wrong, I love technology and I am convinced I was born 20 years too early.

With the increasing need to remember so many usernames, passwords, links and more it is a challenge to keep it all organized and I consider myself to be very organized but I was struggling to find a viable solution that worked for me.

I tried using Evernote and the basic Notes app on my iPhone to keep track of things I needed to recall when either traveling or away from my computer.

No Bueno!

I even tried keeping a document inside my Dropbox so I could call it up when I needed “that” link or my login information.  I know there are apps that store your usernames and passwords, but my need was on a broader scale.

  How Trello can organize your life and business   ...   save time and stress. Article and video tutorial by Roben-Marie Smith. Free Template Trello Board. #trello #organization @robenmarie

Consider These Scenarios

Scenario #1 - I am visiting my sister in Tennessee and we are planning our tailgate meal and it would be so perfect if we made my special artichoke dip.  UGH!  I don’t have it “on” me and I don’t know it by heart.

Scenario #2 - I have bookmarked a zillion articles and I want to find the one about the best times to post on social media.  It takes way too long because even though it is saved in a bookmarked folder called Social Media, I have to search through all the urls and it takes forever to find it.

Scenario #3 - I want to access that workshop I signed up for months ago, but have to sift through my emails to find the link and login information.  And where did I put that supplies list I downloaded?

I think you get the idea!

I know there are lots of solutions out there, but Trello* is the solution that resonates with me and the one I have managed to stick with longer than a couple of weeks.

There are tons of uses for Trello and it is an amazing project management tool that you can use with other members. I am not going into that part of it, but instead I will focus on how it can benefit you, just like it benefits me.

I even created a Template for you that I titled:  Organize ME!  I will show you how to use it and once you copy it you can use it as a starting point to help you get organized.

If you want to jump ahead to the video walk-through now, feel free.  Next I want to highlight the amazing features of this FREE app!!

Visually Appealing and Intuitive
Think of Trello as an interactive bulletin board with digital sticky notes. You mind mappers, list makers and sticky note fanatics will love this! Drag and drop features make organizing a snap!

Access Information Quickly and From Anywhere
Trello is web based but there is also an app for mobile devices (iPhone and Android/Windows). 

A Digital Shoe Box For Your Stuff
With Trello you can upload images, files and videos from your computer, Dropbox or Google Drive.  What? What? Yes! I love this feature because I can quickly locate and download or export items when I need them.

It's FREE!

Yes, this amazing software if free!  With the free plan you can upload files sizes up to 10mb.  If you need more and want custom backgrounds, grab the Trello Gold for $5 a month or $45 per year.

Here are a few more highlights:
Ability to collaborate with others on projects.
Create checklists
Set deadlines and reminders
Calendar power up will allow you to see your deadlines by week or month
Color coding...oh, yeah!!

Want to see it in action?  Let’s get to it!

Note: Yikes! I am learning how to use ScreenFlow and the best compression rates, etc. This video gets clearer around 5 minutes. I promise to do better next time.

>>>Download your free Template Board here

Simply click this LINK to grab your copy of the Organize ME! Template Board.

If you don't already have a Trello* account it will ask you to sign up (it's free). Then you will be able to copy the board into your account.  Click the first card on the far left that reads **START HERE** for directions.

I look forward to hearing if Trello works for you and how you decided to use it.  I hope this has been helpful to you!

Have a blessed day!

 

*I only recommend products I use. Trello link contains an affiliate.

Paper to Painting Workshop Bundle Giveaway

GIVEAWAY!  Enter to Win my Paper to Painting Workshop Bundle worth $335!

OH, PIN THAT!!!

Enter the Giveaway Here!!

I wanted to do this giveaway to compliment the launch of my new workshop Paper to Painting: a Simple Approach to the Blank Canvas where I will guide you through my stress-free approach to creating art you’ll be proud to hang on your wall.  I am celebrating a little early with this awesome giveaway of art supplies and two workshop spots - one for you and one for a friend.  

 

Here is what I am giving away...

2 Spots in my new Paper to Painting Workshop (when it launches): one for you and one for a friend! ($114)
1 each flat artist panels: 6×6, 8×8, 10×10 ($12.75)
1 each artist panels – 3/8” profile: 5×5, 6×6, 8×8 ($20.98)
1 each cradled panels – 1 1/2” profile: 5×5, 6×6, 10×10 ($39.64)
1 each Golden High Flows: Teal & Quin Nick Azo Gold ($17.18)
1 each Mixed Media Artist Paper Book #2 and #3 ($31.98)
1 each DecoArts Acrylic: Green Gold, Teal & Dark Gray ($13.34)
1 each Golden Fluid: Titanium White & Raw Umber ($12.98)
1 each Simply Simon Round Brushes: #2, #4 and #6 ($12.60)
1 Simply Simon Oval Wash Brush 1/2” ($4.85)
1 Golden Gel Medium 8oz. ($17.79)
1 Liquitex Matte Medium 4oz. ($10.39)
3 Faber-Castel Grip Pencils ($7.25)
1 Stabilo Marks ALL Pencil ($2.99)
1 General Drawing Pencil ($9.46)
2 UHU Glue Sticks ($6)

 

Here’s how to enter and WIN:


Go here and enter the giveaway (it takes 2 seconds) >>>

When you enter the contest - you will be given a "unique URL” that is unique to you that you can share to get MORE chances of winning!! Awesome, right?!!

Your Unique URL is on the thank you page after you enter, and you’ll want to keep that handy and share as much as possible before the Giveaway ends, giving you more chances to win.  For each friend you refer that signs up -- you score 5 extra entries!  Yeah!


That means sharing on twitter, Facebook, your blog, emails - go crazy!

And if you lose or forget your unique URL, just go back to the giveaway page and you can find it there and you can watch as your entry number grows!

The contest ends on Thursday, October 27 at 1PMEST - so you have eight days to share and get as many entries as you can, increasing your chances to win this inspiring giveaway!

Go here and enter the giveaway now!


As an extra bonus, entrants will be added to my advanced notification list for Paper to Painting! Registration will open early to my list where you can take advantage of limited time special pricing & bonuses when Paper to Painting goes live!


Good luck and thanks for entering and sharing!

 

Want a little peek at the workshop?  Sure you do!  Here you go...

Q&A with Roben-Marie Smith

The journey from public relations executive to mixed media artist

I have been asked many times about how I got started in mixed media and whether or not I have an art degree.  Join me for my first Q&A where I answer those questions and shed some light on my journey from a computer programming major turned PR executive to how I started Paperbag Studios and more!

How to Create a Pocket Art Card Tri-Fold Book

Plan, Document & Art-it-Up!

Have you heard about The Documented Life Project™?  The project started in 2014 and featured weekly artsy inspired prompts brought to you by the ladies of Art to the 5th™.  The response was overwhelming and in 2015 DLP The Journal was launched, introducing thousands to a year's worth of art journaling ideas and inspiration.  Enter 2016, where the shift moved back to the planner only this time with a whole new twist. 

The focus is on art, list making, goal setting, community, friendships and documenting our lives.
— Art to the 5th

This time of year I begin thinking about getting more organized and thinking about the planner I want to use in the new year. I always start off the year golden and then drop off a bit as the months move forward toward summer.   Sound familiar?  Well, the unPlanner™ is so much more than a planner and It is not too late to JOIN and with all this year's inspiration there is plenty to keep you busy and motivated today and well into the new year!

Don't miss the amazing planner art peeks by your project hosts and planner gurus Sandi KeeneRae Missigman and Lorraine Bell.


 How to create a pocket art card tri-fold book with Roben-Marie Smith, featuring a video tutorial  with step-by-step directions.  Part of the Documented Life  Project 2016  The  unPlanner  hosted by Art to the 5th. @robenmarie

My Take on the Pocket Art Card

The PAC prompt is stitching, which is super easy and fun because I LOVE to stitch on just about everything.  I am often asked if I use a special needle when stitching on paper and the answer is, "No, I just use an all purpose needle."

My single card turned into three cards as I fashioned them into a little tri-fold book to document my anniversary day. I went a bit overboard with all the layering, but I had fun with it and hope you will as well.  I've also included something special for you: a FREE set of downloadable collage sheets much like the ones I used in the video.  Sign-up to get your set. (See below the video.)

 


Grab Your Free Collage Sheets Download!


  How to create a pocket art card tri-fold book with Roben-Marie Smith, featuring a video tutorial  with step-by-step directions.  Part of the Documented Life  Project 2016  The unPlanner  hosted by Art to the 5th. @robenmarie
 

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!  

So what should you do next?

Head on over to The Art to the 5th™ Academy™! It is free to join and it offers a great place to connect with other planner enthusiasts!

Sign up for the unPlanner™ - and start today!

Grab your FREE Collage Sheets and add yourself to my exclusive subscriber list!

Connect with me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie


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