Friday, January 20, 2017

Art Journaling Online

I made a Beaded Longstitch Placemat Journal for an online class from Kelly Kilmer called A Prompt a Day. The paper is 120 lb. hot press watercolor paper from Dick BlickClick Link for related blog:

I met Kelly in 2003 in her fabulous Los Angeles bookbinding class in Beverly Hills. Kelly still teaches around the L.A. area.

Kelly has this wonderful class - A Prompt a Day - on her blog site:  She gives 30 days of suggestions for backgrounds, such as collage, colors, images and writing prompts - for example: writing about a current life issue.

I enjoyed a prompt about writing a secret and placing it in a sealed envelope tucked away on the left side of the dancing girl page - above.

Finished with 10 Things I Do Every Day on April 30th. On this page I used a photo of my younger self.

Please tell me about your art journaling; and let me know if you have any questions in the Comments.
©Anne Rita Taylor 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

Help Others - Help Yourself

I met people in the arts when I volunteered at the Art League Houston. Through networking, my sculpture was displayed in The Toni Jones Gallery! See Sculpting in Clay, click link:

I wrote an article about volunteering - published in The Star (yes, that supermarket tabloid & they paid me $300!) In 1987 there were 39% of Americans who volunteered which was 89 million. 

In 2016 25.3% of Americans volunteer, which is 62.8 million volunteers, according to the Corporation for National Community Service. What is up with that!?!

Part of my published article from "The Star" -

Working for nothing can pay off in the long run. Being a volunteer not only makes you feel good about yourself, but it is a great way to get job training - for free!

Volunteering can be glamorous & exciting too! 
All these places use volunteers: 
  • Television and radio stations 
  • Fashion designers 
  • Art galleries 
  • Community Theaters
  • The Ballet & Opera
  • Museums 
  • Politicians

You can volunteer as follows:

Arts: assist in an art gallery; become a museum tour guide, also known as a docent.
Entertainment: front or back stage, or wardrobe with sewing skills at a community theater.
Politics: organizer at a campaign headquarters in your area.
Retail: hospital gift shop or charity thrift shop.
Medical: patient visitor; instructor for the Red Cross.
Miscellaneous: office clerk for public supported radio or TV station.

In the greater Houston area there are many volunteer opportunities. 

Volunteer Houston connects people with their passions. 
Click these links for more information:

And if you would like to contact me, 
please leave me a comment.
©Anne Rita Taylor 2017