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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

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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 [...]

PanPastels + a Stencil = an Easy Background thumbnail

Have you played with PanPastels yet?  I love them because I never have to wait for them to dry, they are so rich and loaded with vibrant color, and I can just smear them around without any planning. Check out this giveaway!  PanPastels, a storage tray, Mary Beth's favorite sponges with stencils (which StencilGirl now carries) [...]

Am I Planning Today or Playing Today… thumbnail

Did I have a plan when I started this?  Was this carefully thought out?  If you're a regular reader of this blog you probably already know the answer. You can find the answer to that burning question over on my guest post for CreateMixedMedia! Be sure to notice what a piece of incredible artistic skill [...]

My Muse Gave My Inner Critic a Kick in the Pants thumbnail

My inner critic and my muse had a huge fight.  I am happy to say that my muse gave my inner critic a swift kick in the rear end!  And I got to play in my art journal!   The muse started out just inspiring me to use up leftover paints with a new stencil.  My muse is very [...]