Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Woman Obsessed-Vintage Scrapbook Collection

If you have ever been curious about entertaining tips from the 1950's and 60's, look no further. I have no doubt that this collection of Scrapbooks would answer any question that you might have.

Vintage Scrapbook

Old Scrapbook

While I shouldn't assume that these were put together by a woman, I think, given the dates and types of magazines that the clippings came from, it's a safe assumption. Besides, the title of this post would have been something like "A Woman or Possibly a Man Obsessed- Vintage Scrapbook Collection" and that just seemed too long for a post title.

Also there may be a name somewhere in this collection that led me to believe it was a woman.

I found this load of goodness several years ago in an antique store in Indiana. It is a store that I usually try to pop into when I am in Cincinnati visiting relatives. After seeing them on several different visits over a few years I decided that I couldn't bear for them to go "unloved" any longer and they came home with me.

I am glad that they did. Going through them has been more fun that I thought it would be.

Old Scrapbook

There are recipes, crafts and decorating ideas all organized by season and holiday. Every now and then there is a fashion or make-up tip to fit a particular holiday. Priceless.....

Each time I open one of these tomes,  I can't help but to try and knit together the story of their creator. How many magazines did she get? Did she cook or make any of these crafts? Did she entertain? Or was she a shut in who entertained herself by clipping articles for a party she would never have? I prefer to imagine that it's the former rather than the latter.

Vintage Scrapbook

Due to a studio clear out, I have decided to part with the collection. I have photographed many of my favorite pages in order to revisit them from time to time. They are heavy on old recipes so if you or someone you know enjoys that sort of thing like I do then follow the link to my etsy shop.

Oh, and just for stopping by, here's a 15% off coupon code for the shop PAU1126.  It is good through November 30.
Vintage Scrapbook

Vintage Scrapbook

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Story Behind the Art-Annie Troe

Hello and welcome to the third installation of 

If you are new to my blog, The Story Behind the Art will take you on a little journey into the STORY behind a particular piece of art created by one of my talented friends from around the globe. The stories are posted on the first Wednesday of each month.

This month's guest is the talented Annie Troe. 
Annie and I connected through social media and I became an instant fan. Besides loving her work, I admire her giving spirit and sense of humor. She may be the nicest person I've never met. I think you will like her too!

Take it away Annie!

The Story Behind the Art - Annie Troe

Wow! I just added it up and I have been a graphic designer for 27+ years! I love it, but it wasn’t my fist love. Graphic design was, all those years ago, the best fit for my creativity. ART has always been my passion! I know many of you can relate :-) I am blessed to have been licensing my art for 3 years now, looking forward to many more!

Paula Joerling

The “Flakey Friends Snowmen” images above are done entirely with a palette knife and acrylic paint. As well as the images below in this post. I do play around with the images in Photoshop as you can see in the product mock ups.

Paula Joerling

Why the heck do I use only a palette knife?! It is SO darn expressive! A palette knife challenges me to get even more creative. It forces me to solve the problem of how am I going to get my painting to look great with such a limited tool. Palette knife painting brings a unique fresh perspective to my art and to the art licensing business which I am passionate about.

How did it get inspired to paint this way? I have been listening to a radio show “Artists Helping Artists” for some time. They offer all kinds of art and business tips. Leslie Saeta (  is the host with many other wonderful co-host artists. She is a palette knife painter and I am a BIG fan of her work! One day I just gave it a try and it was love at first knife stroke.

Paula Joerling

A bit about me. A year ago I signed with Artistic Designs Group They are fantastic! Having an agency represent me and tackle the marketing/business end of selling my art leaves so much more time for my love of creating art. It doesn’t get any better than that!

If you want to learn more about me and the world of art licensing check out my blog: “Art Licensing from my seat on the bus” There are articles showing how I create art, art/legal posts, agent and artist spotlights. The “Useful Stuff” blog page is loaded with links and information.

More art on my website, I create more than just palette knife art: be sure to follow me on social media and say hello. I will follow you back :-)

Paula Joerling

You can also find me on If you happen to be on this site, check out my “2nd Thursdays” group. We get together and chat about the business of art.

Thank you Paula for the opportunity to connect with your readers!, Annie

Thursday, October 22, 2015

My Husbands Danish Apprentice

One day back in April, my husband, Tom, came into my studio with a befuddled look on his face.
He said that a girl in Copenhagen just contacted him asking if she could be his apprentice. She was by trade, a furniture maker but wanted to learn the art of automata, which my husband excels at.
My response was probably something like, "What the flip?"
Paula Joerling Studio
In the studio with Tom and Laura's final creation. 
Tom and Laura (the apprentice) emailed back and forth with the details. Originally she wanted to have a three month apprenticeship but Tom was sure he could teach her everything he knew in a week. They settled on a one month stay. We decided that she could stay with us with the provision that if it wasn't working out for either party other arrangements would be made. 
While we pretty much have a revolving door of house guests, a whole month with someone we never met seemed outrageous. After all, it's always just been Tom and I.
After having her here for two weeks, we wished it was for three months. 
She was AWESOME and we adored her.  
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Making Danish sandwich's and Tom is delighted.
Upon hearing the news, friends and family had a variety of reactions, the most common being " What? A perfect stranger in your house? What if she's a killer?"
She wasn't, as a matter of fact, she is a vegetarian and a darn good cook as it turned out. 
She made dinner for us on several different occasions. I got into the habit of taking photos of her dinner creations and posting them to Facebook. This led to much confusion and to several people asking why I had a kitchen apprentice and where could they get one. 

She made delicious Danish style sandwiches, vegetables roasted with dark beer, pasta and garlic bread. We, in turn exposed her to southern treats like moon pies, key lime pie, turnip greens and banana pudding. She even tried a raw oyster for the first time. 
It was a match made in heaven and we still marvel at how seamlessly she slipped into our lives.
In Savannah and Laura's first raw oyster.
Although we did a lot of sightseeing and took a side trip to Savannah she did learn quite a bit and managed to complete a fully operational piece. 
At the start of her third week, I had to leave to lead a workshop in Florida. When I returned she was well on her way to her next apprenticeship in with  Kazuaki Harada in Japan.
Leaving for Japan.
We enjoyed every minute of the time she spent with us and are so glad that we decided to open our home and our lives to her. It was a great experience from beginning to end. 
I think it goes without saying that we're saving our pennies for a trip to Copenhagen .......

In Japan.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

ArtBiz Jam 3.0

Despite rain and tropical storms, this years ArtBiz Jam was loads of fun. 
It was great seeing the repeat Jammers as well as welcoming the new ones. We talked about art licensing, social media, networking and everything in between. Laura Pagley from C.R.Gibson was there and spent time with each artist looking at their portfolios. Kelly Alford, creator of the Iota Brand, had us all put together books from pages that we painted and then stitched together. 

And we laughed, a lot.

The weather didn't cooperate this year but that just gave us all more studio time and no one seemed to mind that. The rain did clear up long enough so we could get a group shot on the beach.

Special THANKS to Laura and Kelly for being this years speakers.
A big THANKS to all of you for coming!
xo, Paula, Chad, Phyllis and Lori

This years awesome group!

The rain started on the ride down. Fortunately, Chad had these goofy, yellow, allegedly glare reducing glasses in the car so he could navigate us safely from Atlanta to Florida through the torrential rain. I was just happy that it was him driving and not me. 

Everyone painted large sheets of pattern then cut them into smaller pages that were then stitched into books. Everyone was hooked and said that they intended to make more of these.

For some of the pages, we wrote without lifting the pen. It created a beautiful pattern and was more difficult to get the hang of than you would think. 

Again, a big thank you to all of you who attended-
and as Mary Anne would say..........YOU HAVE BEEN JAMMED!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Story Behind the Art-Robin Davis

Welcome to the second installation of "The Story Behind the Art".

If you are new to my blog, The Story Behind the Art will take you on a little journey into the STORY behind a particular piece of art created by one of my talented friends from around the globe. The stories are posted on the first Wednesday of each month.

This months featured artist is Robin Davis and I am very happy to share her work with you. Robin and I were both licensed artists for The Lang Companies many, many moons ago. I was always in awe of her amazing work and was, therefore, a little intimidated to actually meet her. 
She and Dan DiPaolo were coming to town for the Atlanta Gift Show several years ago and I decided to have an artist meet and greet at my studio, which is just a couple of blocks from the Gift Mart. 
As luck would have it, an ice storm hit, Dan didn't make it in and Robin was coming over early. All I kept thinking was "What if we don't hit it off? and I hope this isn't one of those awkward meetings". Well it wasn't, and she has been sleeping on my sofa when it's gift show time ever since.

So, without further adieu, here is my friend, singing partner and fellow lover of wine night Robin Davis......................

The Story Behind the Art - Robin Davis

My son was born in year 2000. His arrival changed the trajectory of my career in the most amazing and creative way. Most of my life, I loved doodling, sketching and painting, gravitating towards characters. As my son grew, so did my love for drawing silly
yet sweet and kind little Monsters and Robots.

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When Connor was into Dinosaurs, that’s what I drew, but I have to say, when he got into Robots, I was in CREATIVE HEAVEN! I think seeing me in the studio all day, also made him want to draw and paint. We sure did a lot of that together, and I have boxes of his art to prove it. I just couldn’t part with any of it. I know Mom’s out there are nodding & giggling with me on that one, LOL!

One of my favorite doodles from Connor still hangs in my studio, it’s a little robot he drew at age 3. If you look at my sketches and paintings of Robots, you can see Connor’s influence on me. Life really does show us the way…my artwork is a reflection of the wonderful world that surrounds me.

paula joerling
Paula Joerling

Anyone that knows me, would probably say "I’m just a big kid with a big heart”. I think having my son, made me feel like it was ok to be “silly” and boy can I be silly, especially around kids! So I’ve always tried to put that sweet silliness quality into my characters as I create them.

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Over the years as my son grew, so has my career and art. At times, during my Licensing career I was working on assignments very different from my Children’s Art. I branched into Home Decor & Gift design but my heart continues to bring me back to my characters and ROBOTS. These days, I can’t stop creating them. I’m just having so much fun playing with paper and rusty metal bits and bobs, whatever I can find. Even my friends and family bring me rusty things they discover in their garages or on their travels. Who would have thought someone would get so excited to see a bucket of rusty tin and metal, but I DO, I REALLY DO! I see, eyes and noses, arms and legs when I look at the parts. I start creating the Robot in my head! 

Once I create a Robot, I photograph them. Using my computer I can then add backgrounds and text. The words I choose are always about encouragement for my son.  Words of promise, hope, support and reassurance that everything is going to be ok. That being UNIQUE and ONE of a KIND like every one of my robots is INCREDIBLE! Most importantly that “The Sky’s the limit” there’s an entire UNIVERSE out there to EXPLORE and my hopes and dreams for him, is that he explores IT ALL!

paula joerling

Children really do make my heart BIG! But maybe my Robots aren’t just for kids, maybe they are for THE KID IN ALL OF US!

paula joerling

Hugs Robin

Want to know more about Robin? Just follow the links.

Website-Robin Davis Studio

Follow her on Instagram

Check out her Blog

She has a Facebook page
Robin Tweets

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Chad and Paula On Tour....again.

Well Chad and I hit the road again Monday; destination Destin, Florida for Art Biz Jam 2015.

We have been polishing our act all year in anticipation for our third ABJ. We are really looking forward to seeing the repeat Jammers and to meeting the new ones.  

In case you aren't familiar with Art Biz Jam it's a workshop put together by Chad Barrett, Lori Siebert, Phyllis Dobbs and myself. We talk about everything from licensing and marketing to social media and how to keep your creative spark alive. And we laugh......a lot. 

Every year we invite new guest speakers and this year we have Laura Pagley and Kelly Alford from CR Gibson.

Art Biz Jam

I will tell you all about it in my blog post on October 14 because right now I have to prepare for the ABJ cocktail party welcoming all of our guests. Chad is in the kitchen yelling at me to uncork some wine!

Oh and don't forget to check in on Wednesday October 7th for 
"The Story Behind the Art" with my guest Robin Davis.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Savannah or Bust

The month of September has been pretty great. My husband and I have been hosts to a lovely young woman from Copenhagen, who has been here working as my husband's apprentice. (More about that in a future post.) 

Me and Laura, the apprentice

We have had a great time taking her around Atlanta and making her eat things like grits, key lime pie, banana pudding and hushpuppies.  It's been a lot of fun for us to experience the city we have called home for 23 years through the eyes of a newcomer. 
We wanted to show her a little more of the south and and since it was Tom's birthday weekend we decided to head to Savannah for a few days.

We took a Trolly Tour to get an overview of the city and explored the historic downtown area. Leopold's Ice Cream, Paris Market and River Street were all checked off of our "to do" list.

Lucky for us, we have friends on Wilmington Island who invited us out for a boat ride. We boated out to a little island,  went for a swim and had the treat of seeing a dolphin. Later that night we went out for a birthday dinner and Laura, the intern, tried her first raw oyster. She said it was good but didn't understand what all the fuss was about. I agree with the later, the good part, not so much.

As far as I am concerned, no trip to Savannah is complete without a trip to the beautiful and mysterious Bonaventure Cemetery, I am a bit of a cemetery nut though. I love the carvings, ironwork and symbolism. The Spanish  moss in the trees is just the icing on the cake for me.

If you have never been to Savannah, I encourage you to go. It is the perfect combination of a city moving forward while deeply rooted in the history of the past. I consider it one of the most beautiful cities in the country, if not the world.