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The holidays have arrived faster than I realized...and I am running late getting my nephew's advent calendar together.  The fact that I have zero holiday wrapping paper isn't a problem because I am going to make my own.  But I needed to get this mailed out yesterday...so I need to get lots of wrapping paper [...]

Video by Carolyn Dube showing her play in her art journal from the start including how she found inspiration for the different layers and steps from napkin collaging, stenciling, found poetry, and more!

It's Tuesday and that means a new Let's Play link party for all of us to share what we've been creating!  What play have I been up to?  I've been making a plan and then not following it.  The plan came about while I was checking out the all the fun stuff shared in last week's [...]

What Happens When I Fail?

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Is creating always easy for me?  Does it always go well?  Do I always feel happy about what I create?  Is it always easy to say Oops?  Heavens NO!  Here is what happened in my art journal on a particularly challenging day.  Nothing serious or anything, just one of those days when everyday stress collided [...]

I made a messy paper with stencils then used them with a die cut to make a butterfly art journal page!

I love creating big pieces of color and play.  It's my happy time when I am  just letting the pattern and color build up.  But what do I do with all those papers?  One thing I do is die cut them. Here's the paper I made with paints and spray inks and my Connected Eyes [...]

Let’s Play, a Weekly Link Party

Let’s Play, a link party where you can be inspired and be inspiring!

"Can I go over to Christi's house?"  "Can Maria come over?" As a kid, I was always asking to go to a friends house or to have a friend or two come over. Now I am an adult and I still want to play!  So I am interrupting my grown up day for a little play! [...]

I was playing with paint and stencils on cardboard and a story appeared

The way a piece of art play starts does not always give me an hint as to where it will go.  As was the case with this piece of cardboard and paint...who knew this would end up being Marie Antoinette on a gameshow? I was playing around with my Arched Aqueduct stencil with absolutely no idea [...]

She took Brené Brown’s words about creativity to heart…and the book jacket!

  I am going to gush a bit here.  I am a huge fan of Brené Brown and her message about shame and vulnerability.  I loved her And I Thought it Was Just Me...and The Gifts of Imperfection changed how I saw the world...and Daring Greatly spoke to my soul.  So I wondered what on [...]

Video from Carolyn sharing how she uses the fineliner to write on wet paint and rough surfaces!

I am absolutely addicted to the fineline applicator. Why? Because it lets me write on just about anything in any color I want.  The way the tip is designed, it doesn't clog which is critical for me because I am not willing to clean.  Not one of these has clogged on me yet.  Beth Figiel [...]

Raising Your Hand Takes Courage

A hand carved stamp and a powerful word to create a heartfelt card

It takes courage to raise your hand and ask a question.  No matter if you are asking a teacher, a public speaker, or yourself, it takes courage to ask.  What question was I asking today?  Can I make something without color?  Could I go black and white and love it as much as I love creating [...]

Creating from Your Soul Interview

She started this art journal page with a big random mess and the shares it layer by layer!

I had a great time talking with Heidi Easley for her free online event, Creating From Your Soul.  If you've just listened to the interview (and you can watch it here), here's a link to the free workshop I mentioned.  She asked each artist to share a tip or trick so I showed my way [...]