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Artellagram Newsletter - 9/12/08 - The newest issue of Artella has arrived!
September 12, 2008

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I have some really exciting news, which is that the newest issue of e-Artella, e-Artella #e-10: Come Home to Art, is here, and has been sent out to Artella subscribers. If you are a subscriber and did not receive an email with the instructions for this issue, please Contact Us so we can help.

At 100 pages full of creative inspiration, it’s our juiciest issue ever and we’re celebrating with a really fun Come Home to Art special, so keep reading for details.

Lots of things have happened in my life since the last Artella issue was published, including moving, a difficult pregnancy, and the birth of my first child. Throughout these transitions, I’ve discovered that there is one thing that never fails to help me keep my balance: creating art! When I create, it instantly brings me back home to myself. Which is why the theme of this e-Artella issue is “Come Home To Art”. I hope you’ll enjoy touring the areas of the creative “home” that lies within this issue. Our goal was to provide a little inspiration for everyone, no matter where your interests lie in the creative realms.

Interestingly, when the first e-Artella issue was published, back in 2003, the concept of an online magazine was quite unusual. Now, online publications are much more common, and I’m delighted. Without printing costs, publishers can present high quality content to readers for a much lower price, making the publications accessible to more people. Reducing paper waste is good for the environment. And if a publication makes use of the potential for interactivity that is available with e-publications, it can result in a truly enriched reading experience that can’t be matched with a paper magazine. I also love paper publications that I can hold in my hands, which is why we’re continuing to alternate between print and electronic issues. We want to do our best to bring out the best of what can be done in each format: continuing to fill print Artella magazines with tangible surprises to delete all your senses, and allowing e-Artella to take advantage of all that can be done in the electronic format, while still being extremely user-friendly.

To that end, this issue is available in both the traditional PDF format and the new interactive animated version, which more closely mimics the experience of reading a physical magazine! Both versions contain active links that allow you to jump to spots in the issue and take you to a myriad of resources on the Web.

I hope you enjoy what we’ve put together for this issue. And, now that my own life transitions are settling down, you can expect to see Artella issues more regularly!

So Come Home to Art…come on in and get comfortable!

If you're in a hurry, here are some "quick links" to the highlights in today’s ARTELLAGRAM. You can simply follow the links that you're interested in to go directly to the relevant information!

The Shoppes of Artella are filled with products created by talented artists in the Artella community, and new products are being added every day. For example, we just posted a new eBook of stellar craft activities by Dan Gremminger, artist extraordinaire and long-time Artella contributor.

I hope you enjoy this interview with Dan in the ARTELLAGRAM’S new “In the Studio” Feature.

Artella: What inspires you?

Dan: I find inspiration everywhere. In the walk by the lake, and in looking at people in the mall. It's in the museum and on the old person's face. It's the spark of the idea.

The important part of inspiration is acting upon it. Find a way to hold onto the spark. It's like a dream, and slowly seeps away as I move from it. So I keep a journal. And a file with clippings. Lots of clippings actually, and they're sort of organized by content.

And I have my paints and colored pencils ready at any moment

Also I have recently begun to draw (or doodle, whatever) while on the phone with certain inspirational friends. I've found a place where I'm not really focusing on the drawing, but just looking at the page while focusing on the conversation. It has yielded some surprising results.

Artella: Tell us about your latest project?

Dan: Marney’s amazing Artella You-U Course led to the creation of a website dedicated to the sharing of fun crafts and creative stories and activities. ZeroG Danno was born. While the website is no more, I’ve just created a 184-page eBook called Danno's Space Craft: The Universe of Crafts and Fun It contains the original 49 crafts with over 40 activity pages and many easy-to-follow templates. Each craft has step-by-step instructions with lots of photos and graphic tips. The book also includes the Transmission stories which help to explain the universe of SpaceBoy Danno and his friends and their mission with Art. I really enjoyed putting it together and look forward to sharing the projects in this format.

Read the rest of Dan’s interview, here!

See Dan's creative books in The Shoppes of Artella, here.

If you want more artist interviews from Artella, take a look at our eBooks Artist Profiles Assembled and Artist Profiles Assembled, Vol 2, and look at the "Ask the Artist" column every single day in The Artella Daily Muse, our daily online creativity newspaper. You can even sign up to preview a subscription to The Artella Daily Muse, to see what it's all about.

ART TIP OF THE WEEK: Speaking of “Coming Home”, the latest Artella Studio Kit, Home Sweet Home, is inspiring all kinds of great projects! Here is a simple project that I could even manage with a newborn baby in tow :-). Vintage Ladies Marble Magnets, created with images from the Home Sweet Home kit and clear flat marbles.

To see complete instructions for this project, click here.

WRITING TIP OF THE WEEK: I can’t think of magnets without thinking of magnetic poetry kits. You can create your own version of “magnetic poetry” by simply cutting up a bunch of random words from a magazine or old book, and putting them in a box or tin. Then, when you want to play with your words, you can just spill them out onto a surface and start writing poems. Here’s an example I did from my own “word pile”:

The text of this little "found poem" is:

Flight from a blue nest
glorious frolic
magical muse
enjoy the purple memories

Give this a try - it's great fun!

For more great writing prompts, check out our Writes and Passages e-course.

  1. Come Home to Art! We’re celebrating the latest issue of e-Artella #e-10: Come Home to Art by launching Artella's Biggest Subscription Giveaway ever! There’s an option for everyone:

    Option #1 - Come Home to Art and Subscribe or Renew your six-issue subscription to Artella and save $10 off the regular subscription price (saving over $30 if you bought the issues separately), AND select YOUR CHOICE of a free "Housewarming" Gift Pack!

    Each one of these four Housewarming Packs has been designed to delight and inspire you, overflowing with Artella eBooks, e-courses, and inspiring goodies that together sell on Artella for a minimum of $50. There are four fantastic housewarming packs to choose from, and we’ve even created this fun quiz to help you choose which one is most appropriate for you.

    Option #2 - If you’re not ready to subscribe, you can order e-Artella #e-10: Come Home to Art for $4.95, and receive a coupon for $5.00 off any downloadable eProduct (that’s right – you literally get your money back). We want to make it really easy for everyone to enjoy this issue, which we believe is our best e-Artella yet! (Note: If you’re already a subscriber, we’ll be sending you this coupon when you receive your issue, so keep checking your inbox.)

    Check out some sample pages, and see of list of features of e-Artella #e-10: Come Home to Art, here. We couldn’t be more excited to share this issue with you…I hope you’ll love it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

  2. New Digital Altered Books Video! Thankks to all those who attended Digital Altered Books™ Revealed - Part II earlier this week! If you missed it, we've uploaded the recording of this Webinar so that you can watch me create a Digital Altered Book™ in action! Digital Altered Books™ are the latest phenomenon to hit the creative world, merging the fascinating process of altering beautiful vintage books with the creative ease of digital imaging technology. You can download the video, here!

    If you haven't visited the inspiring Digital Altered Books Gallery, be sure to take a look at the inspiring creations by artists in the Artella community!

  3. What’s New in the Cafe? If you haven’t been to the Artella Cafe recently, we hope you’ll drop by! Here are just a few ways to play:
    • NEW! Sign up for one of the exciting art swaps posted in Swap Central.
    • Enter one of our many contests to challenge yourself and get great prizes, just for entering! Right now we have five contests open for entering, inculding a fashion design for Paulette (the character from the "Palette Play" section in The Artella Daily Muse, and a blog contest to remember 9/11/01. You can find links to all the current contests in the right-hand sidebar of the home page of Artella Cafe.
    • Vote for your favorite in our contests and pick up some great gifties! Again, you can find links to all the current contests in the right-hand sidebar of the home page of Artella Cafe.
    • Join in one of the many writing challenges in the Word Playground forum!
    • Get ideas from hundreds of artworks in the Art Galleries!
    • Get inspired when you browse the blogs written by the enchanting folks in the Artella community.
    • Get your own full-featured blog and personal art gallery when you become an Artella Member

  4. Attention Artella Studio Members – Just a reminder that your contest entries for the last Studio Kit, “Home Sweet Home” are due this Monday, September 15. Don’t forget to submit your artistic creations with this kit to win your entry prizes and compete in the next Studio Kit Contest.

    If you’re not yet a Studio Member, you can see what’s included in the “Home Sweet Home” kit, here. If you become a Studio Member, you’ll immediately receive the “Home Sweet Home” Studio Kit, and then you’ll also get this month’s kit, “School Days”, which is coming out next week. PLUS you’ll automatically have access to literally thousands of goodies that come with your Membership. Get all the details, here.

  5. Ready to sell your work? You've probably seen the wonderful artists from The Shoppes of Artella showcased all over Artella Land lately. Just as we hoped, these new featured spots are really boosting their sales! All these efforts are all part of Artella's Shoppes Artist Co-Op Program, a one-of-a-kind, true community for artists and craftspeople selling handmade goods, providing opportunity and exposure that isn't matched anywhere else, on- or off-line. The Artist Interview you read at the top of this Artellagram is a good example of the dedicated exposure we give in support of our Artists in the program. Take a look at the highlights of the Artella Shoppes Artist Co-Op Program, here! Even if you are not yet ready to list your products, you are still welcome to join this supportive community of artisans while you prepare to sell your work. Sign up to get your invitation to join the new Shoppes Sellers' forum in the Artella Cafe, attend our online monthly gathering of Shoppes artists, receive valuable coupons for Artella products, and more.

  6. Interested in working for Artella? If you're interested in becoming part of the amazing Artella Team, check out this post in the Artella Cafe for details. We're rolling out some exciting new features in the coming months and would love to bring a few more wonderful, creative souls on board!

This Quotz Crystal™ is a high-resolution jpeg image, suitable for printing. It’s a quote from the new book by SARK called Juicy Pens Thirsty Paper. Print it out and post it somewhere to remind you of the importance of your collection of ideas….ALL of them!

For more inspiration from SARK, be sure to check out my interview with her in the new e-Artella #e-10: Come Home to Art issue! In the interview, SARK speaks about her process for writing the book, shares her future plans for writing, and gets us all revved up to keep writing!

~From the li’l red front door,
Artella Founder, Mango Lover, Hula Dancer

Artella Land ~ the creative isles of words, art, and spirit

Artella PO Box 6211 Kamuela HI 96743

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