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Play Dates: Use Each Spray Ink for What it Does Best thumbnail

You've seen my favorite spray inks, you've seen how I experiment and play to learn about spray inks, and today I'm going to share with you how I quickly build a background in an art journal. http://youtu.be/ez9WjjsiXbg Watch Using Each Spray Ink for What it Does Best on YouTube.   Join the conversation and let [...]

Play Dates:  How I Decide Which Spray Inks I Love thumbnail

Am I an organized, methodical type of person who analyzes or am I the kind that jumps right in and has to play to figure it out?  You might already know the answer if you've seen many of my videos. Play Dates are all about the conversation for me and I'd love to know how [...]

Play Dates: Burying Spray Inks that Bleed thumbnail

Some spray inks bleed and that can be a very useful thing.  I'm burying the Dylusions spray inks and creating a softer, aged feeling as it bleeds through the gesso. In today's Play Date video, I'm taking a spray ink that I adore because of its vibrance and showing how it can be wonderful muted down [...]

4 Simple Steps to Use an Art Book for Inspiration thumbnail

One of the things that I enjoy about reading an art book is that it inspires me to play.  Now, I don't always do exactly what is in the book or do it exactly how the artist did it.  It's a place to jump off, to start, to play. Today, I used Mary Beth Shaw's [...]

On Top of World Playing with Rubber Stamps and Stencils thumbnail

I feel on top of the world when I play...so I captured that feeling with rubber stamps from Viva Las Vegas Stamps and StencilGirl stencils! Today is day 5 of the hop and it is loaded with inspiration!  There are 2 great prizes so be sure to check the end of this post for details [...]

Art Journaling with Obstacles

Obstacles pop up at times.  Some days more than others. Check out my guest post over at Create Mixed Media to find out what obstacles showed up and how I worked around them!

My Art Journal Was My Therapist

My Art Journal Was My Therapist thumbnail

I had something I had to work out so I had a session with my most trusted therapist, my art journal. When I am caught up in the mess of the emotions I don't see things terribly clearly.  Today, I calmed myself down with some paint and stencils.   Then some scribble journaling, in white pencil [...]

Building a House for My Muse

Building a House for My Muse thumbnail

I want my muse to feel welcome here at my studio, so I decided I'd build her a mixed media house of her own for the StencilGirl and Eileen Hull Designs blog hop! I started with the roof.  I grabbed a sheet of paper made during some stenciling play and cut strips of scallops from [...]

Frida Helped Me Get Unstuck

Frida Helped Me Get Unstuck thumbnail

Starting in my art journal can be the hardest part for me.  Why?  Because that is when I tend to over think and trap myself in my head.  When I am in my head, I get stuck. How do I get unstuck when art journaling? Challenges.  There are rules, guidelines, and most importantly for me, a [...]

The Upside Down Art Journal Page thumbnail

What do you do when you get a new stencil? I explore it.  Try it this way and that to get to know the stencil. This art journal page came from some of my new stencil explorations. The last step for an artist creating a stencil is trying out the sample, called a blue (because [...]