Have you guys been hearing about Quinn McDonald's new book, Raw Art Journaling?
I wanted to help support this hot new publication so I've put together a film while creating an Imagined Landscape using several of the techniques in the book. Then I transformed the landscape into ATCs to give-away here! To top it off, Quinn has generously offered a signed copy of the book as grand prize!! (Find out about your chance to win below).
Most of you already know that I'm a big Quinn fan. Am I biased? Probably. But you can't take my Quinn love away. She was my creative coach, and the person who introduced me to the concept of "Making Meaning".
Raw Art is about making and discovering your own meaning. This book is for people who need help learning to create from their minds and their imaginations. This book made me think about all the pages in my moleskin that I don't share because they're "not good enough." Raw Art is exactly about that kind of artwork. Meaning is different for all of us. And meaning isn't always the prettiest or "best" artwork. Meaning comes from your own discoveries through experimentation.
Although Quinn was born in the United States, she grew up in a German and French speaking home. So I asked her if she had any special "German-ness" she'd like to share with us and out came the most amazing Sauerkraut story. I couldn't make something this good up if I tried...
In Quinn's own words,
My mom didn't like the idea of store-bought, preserved food. When I was growing up, we had a garden, and my mom baked bread, made all our meals from scratch, canned fruit, etc. One year she decided to make sauerkraut. There was a big stoneware vat on the back porch, with a fitted stoneware lid. I was too young to get the concept of "ferment" but I was scared of the vat because the lid rocked and "burped" as the sauerkraut developed. In my mind the vat was at least 3 feet tall, but I was a toddler, and my mom wouldn't have made 5 gallons of sauerkraut, so it was probably a one-gallon pot, but in my memory it was huge. One day the fermentation got out of hand, and the lid blew off the container. I didn't see it happen, but I was absolutely sure that sauerkraut was an animal and not a vegetable. For years, I was convinced sauerkraut was alive. How weird is that??
Awesomely weird Quinn! Excellent. (I actually rubbed my hands together reading it). This is exactly the kind of journalistic discovery I'm proud to bring to the mixed media community, so KUDOS for sharing something fun and crazy with Studio Mailbox readers!! I'm never going to look at sauerkraut the same way...
The landscape I demonstrate in the film has been cut up into ATCs - for you! Studio Mailbox would like to support Quinn's book release by giving away 9 goody packs (ATCs, cancelled German postage, old book pages, and little treats like mini-butterfly cards and tags)! In addition Quinn is offering a signed copy of Raw Art Journaling!
Winners will be drawn randomly from those who take a moment to comment on what's meaningful to you. Those who want to help make some noise and post the video on their sites or facebook walls get to leave bonus comments, along with those who do that tweeting thing! You know how it works, so feel free to help spread the love. When I put these goody packs together I came across old postcards that might be from Poland, Czechoslovakia or Russia. I'm not a "cat person" but man, those feline expressions are priceless. So come on folks, there's nothing like angry kitties as an incentive!
Frankly, I think this video might be a first step in launching my TV career. (Yes I'm kidding. I'm so freaked to be in front of the camera that I came down with crazy-voice! Be sure to pay close attention at around 3:29 when I start channelling my inner Canadian. Although I really like making the videos in my computer, I'm still not super confident recording myself. Go easy on me!)
Most importantly, congratulations to Quinn on an awesome publication. JA WOHL!
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Goodie Packs complete with mad cats, for 9 lucky winners!
Why 9? Because that's better than "nein" winners! (ok that was lame)
Grand Prize is a signed copy of Raw Art Journaling!!
Drawing takes place Monday, 1st of August (German time!) Be sure to check back to see if you're a lucky winner...