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Diana Trout
Glenside, PA
I like art: Make*Write*Teach
Interests: Painting, color, drawing, paper, surface design, writing, colors (lots of them), lines, pens, cloth, stitching, oh yeah, and colors.
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I sure did misspell January :) Didn’t even notice till it was on YT. Sequins Rule. The more the better.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Journal With Me: JANUARY at Diana Trout's blog
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Art Journaling is one of the things I've not done enough of lately. If you are new to art journaling, this may all be a bit bewildering so I made another video for you. It's linked below. This little journal is so much fun. So many of you have commented... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Diana Trout's blog
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I love this planner revolution! I've tried out a few over the last few years, including the Recollections from Michaels. I've used Day Timers in the past. All great systems. But I've wanted a Midori for awhile now. They have a rustic elegance that speaks to me. I tried out... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Diana Trout's blog
Wouldn't it be so fun.
Open Studio this Saturday 11a-3p. The "art buffet" is fully stocked. RSVP (use "email me" link in sidebar). *Donation Only* Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Diana Trout's blog
Hi Sharon, Not “duh” questions at all. Very good questions. I seen people use skins on mixed media canvases. I did a few journal pages with the ones that I’ve made with the honey gel medium and they aren’t sticking to the other pages and need to be glued down. They stick more to each other than anything else. You aren’t under any rock :) I’ve just been around working full time in this business for awhile. I’m glad that you are exploring with me :)
That happens a lot to me too, Sharon. It’s always “work first” and sometimes I think it should be the other way around. Because I HAVE to get the work done. And by work I mean video/photo editing and marketing. Computer stuff. But if you are not well, all bets are off. Take care. And maybe a shorter list is in order? LOL
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2018 on Daily (Sort of) Journal at Diana Trout's blog
Oh yes! Definitely fill them up. I think blank books seem lonely :) That Dina is a hoot. I’m just starting with one of her big journals too. It’s interesting. I always think of gesso as the great equalizer or tissue.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2018 on Daily (Sort of) Journal at Diana Trout's blog
Thanks Nancy! I’m glad :) It’s a good way to use up smeary Gelato palettes for sure
That’s great! I sort of like the “working in bunches” thing myself and I’m hearing from a lot of people that they have small books.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2018 on Daily (Sort of) Journal at Diana Trout's blog
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In my Design Team box from Faber-Castell, there was a Honey Medium kit. It's a pretty cool kit and I should probably unbox it for you. The Honey Gel is a decoupage medium. One of its benefits is the finish is not nearly as sticky as a typical glue once... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Diana Trout's blog
I watch an InLiquid video on YouTube tonight and she’s got some larger swatch pockets. I don’t think as large as the Baseball card type. I want to find out what she’s using. I’ll let you know. It would be nicer to have larger samples!. But yes!! I think it will be very helpful (and cool looking ;) Thanks Jenny, for the feedback.
Yup! That was the class! It was an excellent one and she was great. Oh what a struggle I had with the curved needles. That binding is so loose! I tried curved needles a couple of times after that but never got used to them. Fun class though. :) I loved those ArtFests. Did you go to many? I wound up teaching a couple times there. Great place, great people.
Toggle Commented Jan 11, 2018 on Daily (Sort of) Journal at Diana Trout's blog
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A few months ago, I went through a bunch of books I've made over the years that sit blank on my shelves. Beautiful little books! Unused, unloved. So I decided that this year, I will begin to fill them. The first I chose to work in is about 3" square.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Diana Trout's blog
Sharon, You are so sweet (and funny). Still coughing alot over here but am slowly getting back on my feet. I hope you have a healthier 2018. Sending good vibes
Wow, Bea! That’s a lot of books. I’d love to see some of them. Do you have a blog or FB, IG?
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Happy Friday! It's so freezing cold here in Philly. I know some of you are even colder. Sending warm hugs This week was busy with some projects for Faber-Castell. I'm still feeling week and coughing. I got the deadlines out the door though. I spent some time swatching out my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at Diana Trout's blog
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Some of my favorite things are books. I regard some as old friends and visit often. In this year of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, I'm going through my bookshelves with an eye to weeding. These three books emerged as my favorite for very good reason. Check out the video below... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Diana Trout's blog
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Have you got your word(s) for 2018? I love reading them so leave 'em in the comments. For the past several years I've been trying to get to that place in my life where I'm creating more art and business-ing less. I hope to be there this year. More painting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Diana Trout's blog
Merry Christmas, Sharon. Sorry for the delay in responding. I’m still battling a series of viruses (at least that’s what I think it is). Christmas is a very emotional time of year for me as well. Mostly I love to be around family and friends but there is always a tinge of sadness for those not with us any longer. I don’t mind the sadness. It’s human - as you say - and proof of love and happiness. I’m sorry for your losses. Love to you and prayers.
Thanks so much for this, Donna. I will definitely try to get my hands on that book! I worked for some years in the Children’s Dept of my library and so love the read picture books. Thanks for your gentle words. I’m sorry for the delay, I’m still battling what has become one virus attached to another and can’t seem to recover. I hope you are well and that your snow stayed. I love snow (when I have someone to shovel :)
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Merry Solstice to all of you! I have my final Faber-Castell project for you today. It's posted on their blog here. I take so much inspiration from the stark tones of winter. There are (beech?) trees that have silver trunks and golden leaves all winter make me want to sing.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at Diana Trout's blog
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I have two new Gelato Techniques and holiday craft projects for you folks today. Both posts are up at the Faber-Castell website My Sumi Smoosh technique using Gelatos got an Italian makeover. You'll want to make a stack of pretty papers using this simple technique. Use your papers for bookbinding,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Diana Trout's blog
Thanks Maggie. I do agree. Our immune systems are greatly affected by stress. I’ve begun taking echinacea and elderberry syrup in a effort to boost. I feel so badly for all of the good honest people of the US
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2017 on Another Day at Diana Trout's blog
Thanks Sharon. LOL: My dad was the same way : Jack of all trades, as we called him.