I’m an Artist, Not a Cam Girl.

I’ve been trying my hand at Livestreaming my art process lately. So far, I’ve been utilizing Twitch Creative since it’s really the only platform I’m familiar with.

I personally like streaming my work, but have been feeling a bit frustrated by this platform. I feel as though the people who watch and/or interact with me just expect me to giggle and be cute for them. I feel like  many of the people who’ve been interacting with me could care less about what I’m working on or saying.

I believe it’s a demographic issue – the site (Twitch) is very male dominated and was originally exclusively a gaming platform.

Just so you know what I do, I have been live streaming the process of creating my junk Journals to sell on my Etsy shop. I just recently began using the face cam and have it pretty small on one corner of my screen, with my work space taking up the whole screen aside from that. I was hoping that i’d get more interaction from viewers if I had the face cam on. It did work, but I haven’t been getting the interaction that I really wished for. 

Whenever people interact with me, they mainly focus on my looks. I don’t mind compliments, but I feel as though most of the people who interact with me only care about what I look like… They’re not interested in what I’m doing or saying… And then yesterday as I was streaming, one person has the gall to start sending me very vulgar personal messages (which pop up on my screen while I’m live streaming, making me flustered). I ended up blocking him.
When I got into bed, I felt really down. Even before this happened, I had been thinking about how much emphasis is put on looks. It’s incredibly frustrating as a woman to be judged on what is essentially the shell of who I am. A lot of times I feel like less than a person. Yesterday I really felt that way…

That being said, I wanted to see if anyone else might know of a live streaming service that caters more towards artists. 

I will likely continue streaming on Twitch otherwise, and will – hopefully – start having followers or watchers who actually care about what I’m doing and talking about that as opposed to just watching me like I’m a chunk of meat.

I’m contemplating the idea of not using a face cam at all.

 Maybe I just had a bad day yesterday.
I’ll try again today or tomorrow. If you read my blog, I assume that you are more than likely interested in me for me- as a person, or me as an artist and crafter…  I rarely post pictures of myself so I know that you guys and girls care about something that is much more genuine then just the way I look.

So if you do happen to watch people on twitch, I’d be happy if you subscribe or stop by to say hi. πŸ™‚ I’m not sure how to get a link to my page, but my user name on twitch is themermaidcove. It would be nice to renew my excitement in Twitch because I feel like it’s such a cool thing to be able to share what I do and to watch people share what they do and to interact with them while they’re working. There’s something really special about that.

Work in Progress: Cinderella Junk Journal/Wedding Guestbook

I’m putting the finishing touches on this “Junk Journal”. I put the word “Junk Journal” in quotations because it reads more as a wedding scrapbook or guestbook than a traditional junk journal.

This one was inspired by a dress that I saw in a vintage store. It had this beautiful blue-gray ruched fabric over tan satin. It reminded me of Cinderella, and I had this idea in my head of making a Cinderella Themed Junk journal.

The cover is made of blue-gray tulle over gold satin fabric. I used a sewing machine to gather the tulle and stretch it over the gold satin. I covered the gathers with white beaded trim that I recycled from an old wedding dress that I used as a costume (see the finished dress on my blogpost called “Dresses Made of Flowers“. It’s the white one at the bottom).

I used a piece of rose embossed pearly scrapbooking paper for the spine and back and added a silver name frame to the front with a piece of pearly white cardstock behind it.

Below is a picture of the junk journal on my (grungy looking but clean) work mat.

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Because this journal looks so fancy, I believe I’m going to list it as a wedding guestbook as well as a junk journal… It would make a beautiful non-traditional wedding guestbook for wedding attendees to sign and leave little messages for the bride and groom.

Like most of my junk journals, it contains some white mixed media paper and many different colors, textures, and sizes of scrapbook paper and handmade paper.

Anyway, I hope to have more pictures later this week as well as a flip-through of it, and I’ll post on my blog when this little book goes up for sale on my shop! πŸ™‚

If your interested in seeing any of my other work, check my previous blog posts, or if you really like them, check out my etsy shop!

I hope that you all are having an amazing week. As always, let me know if you have any theme ideas for me to use for future journals. I have a ton, but I’m always looking for new ideas. πŸ™‚

My Hiccup in Getting Quality Art Prints

So, real-talk: I feel like I’ve hit my first snag since I’ve started selling on Etsy.

I was really wanting to have art prints made to sell on my site, but after doing some research, I realized that archival quality prints are not as inexpensive as I had thought and I’m not sure that I’m comfortable investing the amount of money that is needed to invest in order to get these made… Also the closest physical art print shop is about 20-30 miles away. (Yay for small towns πŸ˜‘)… I was originally intending on going to Office Depot to get the prints, but I didn’t realize until I called them that they only provide office quality prints… They don’t use archival quality ink and the image will not be exactly like the artwork.

To any of my artist counterparts: do you have any advice? Maybe I’m just missing an obvious solution. I just want to make sure that the quality is there in my art prints… If it won’t be, I’ll be holding off on selling art prints on my site.
Anyway, on a lighter Β more upbeat note, the picture below is a small portion of my art studio. I like to collect pretty things. 😊 The book on display is by a very talented illustrator – Katie Daisy. The doll is from anthropologie – by another talented artist named Alice Mary Lynch. The stones are labradorite, rose quartz, amethyst and regular quartz and the deer antler was found by me on a walk through the woods. 😊

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New Artwork – Falling Girl

Hey, everyone! Yesterday I finished a painting. It’s actually based off a picture I drew Β in 2009. I wanted to get prints of it made to put on my shop, but it was so pale, that I didn’t think it would print well… Plus I thought that it would translate really well into a watercolor/ceracolor medium.

This is one of the only drawings from the past that I actually still really like. I love that the fabric kind of mimics the look of waves that will be created when she falls into the water a millisecond later.

Here is the painting. It was done using watercolor, gouache, and ceracolors:

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Anyway, I plan on taking this image to have some prints made for my etsy shop, so if you’re interested, keep an eye on my shop! Here’s a link!

 

 

New journal – Peeking Cat

Hey, everyone! I’m excited to say that I completed another journal and listed it on my shop yesterday!

This is a Coptic stitch mini sized journal with all white unlined mixed media paper. The front and back are hardcover with a felt cat face and tail. I had so much fun playing with the felt and coming up with the design. 😊

If you like cats, I’d appreciate if you check it out. If it’s popular enough, I may end up making more of these with different colors and patterns of cats… I am also considering doing custom submissions for it as well!

My ragdoll kitten, snowball was an adequate prop, although he really didn’t want to cooperate. πŸ˜…

Here’s a picture of him. He’s my cuddly little polar bear!

Yeah, in case you can’t tell, I kind of love cats. 😍

Anyway, thanks for reading this short post. Shop the journal on my Etsy page!

Momento Mori Journal Walkthrough

 

I posted my second journal up on my etsy today. By popular demand, I’ve decided to have blog posts showing the journals that I make.

I got inspiration for this journal when I found a sparrow skull charm at Michaels. It gave me the idea of having a journal with a “Momento Mori” theme, but I wanted it to also be a bit bright, so I made sure to add some florals and bright colors. πŸ™‚

All of the necessary supplies I needed came from Hobby Lobby and Michaels with the exception of the cardboard box and magazines and vintage paper and beads that I recycled.

For the front of this journal I used scrapbooking paper that looks like aged Β wrinkled leather in blue. I sponged on black paint to give it dimension. The aged looking bronzy-brown spine wraps from the back to the front. The corners are accented with bronzed photo corners. The cow skull is glued to the center front of the book and 2 sets of chains hang beside it.

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This book was stitched using a light pink embroidery thread. I hammered in an eyelet, and used a bird skull charm and vintage bead charms for this book. Some of these beads looked like bone, which matched the theme.

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The back of this journal is pretty simple. I used the same fabric as the one used in the front, and the spine continues to the back.

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I always want each journal to be a bit eclectic and mis-matched to make them more quirky. For the inner book cover, I used a light yellow cow skull and floral print scrapbooking paper. The first page of the signature is a really pretty dark gray (almost black) sheet of scrapbooking paper covered with moths. Their bodies are embellished with gold glitter. On the inside front of the book, I layered some hand die-cut and embossed sheets, which I intend to keep blank for the new owner to use.

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Each journal that I made is a bit different from a traditional journal. Most of the pages are white and unlined, but I threw in some scrapbooking paper, envelopes, pockets, etc. to make it a bit more colorful and less traditional. The papers and patterns I chose correspond with the theme of the journal as a whole. For the theme, I threw in some pure black sketchbooking paper sheets to this particular one.

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Here’s another page: This one contains more ephemera which is included with the book.

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Each journal that I made was made with the same template. 6 signatures containing about 3-4 pages folded in half a piece.

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I know that I’ve mentioned it before, but if you want to learn the basics of bookbinding, Check out Sealemon on youtube. She has a bunch of unique, entertaining and inspiring tutorials for people new to bookbinding.

If you’d prefer to buy one already made, I have 2 for sale on my etsy shop now, and hope to start on a new one soon!

If you’d like to buy this journal, it is listed for sale here.

Here is a link to my etsy shop.

I hope you have a relaxing allergy free afternoon. (I have allergies today, so I’m feeling kind of bleh.) Can’t wait to talk to you all again soon. πŸ™‚