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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) [...]

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 [...]

Playing with Traci Bautista’s New Stencils! thumbnail

    It's no secret that I love circles and so I was eager to play with  Traci Bautista's new Circle Circle stencil for this blog hop!  There's lots of inspiration happening here so be sure to check them all out (and of course, get in on the giveaways!) http://youtu.be/BllV2RUOHXg Watch Playing with Traci Batista's stencil in my art [...]

There’s a New Color in my Rainbow thumbnail

I can't believe I am going to say this.  I had seen the writing on the wall during my trip to teach in Arizona and also when I hung out with Kirsten Reed in Memphis at Art Is You.  I had an inkling that this change was coming but I was still resisting it, until [...]

PanPastels Make It Easy to Build a Pattern thumbnail

I'm playing with Orly Avineri's Soft Bones stencil from StencilGirl, one of her  5 new stencils.  I'm not the only one playing - this is a blog hop!  With a giveaway too!   PanPastels are a fast and easy way to build a pattern with a stencil because you don't have to wait for a [...]

Using Up Some of My Hoarded Stash thumbnail

Get Messy?  Yes, that is the challenge for the Craft Hoarders and StencilGirl Products blog hop!  In the spirit of Craft Hoarders I used up some of my hoarded items.  But I was quite surprised by what went through my head as I made this art journal page...and there's great giveaway info at the end of [...]

Go Be Magic with a Pink Unicorn in an Art Journal thumbnail

Would I like to play with Totem Poppets they asked.  The name alone sounded fun to me!  When the goodies arrived in my mailbox, I realized how customizable these animals are...which means freedom!  I can make them whatever I want.  Wish these were around when my kids were little, oh the possibilities.  Since my kids are [...]

Scripps National Spelling Bee Inspired My Art Journaling thumbnail

Whatever inspires me ends up my art journal, one way or another.  The Scripps National Spelling Bee, which was last week, is a family tradition here since we are an entire family of proud word nerds.  Perhaps that is why the word on the scrap of dictionary paper called to me. And then that word met [...]

Sealing PanPastels with a Spray Ink? Yes! thumbnail

  This was a total accident, an Oops of the best kind, that led to this discovery!  As I ran around the house, shouting Eureka, my family just looked at me like I was a crazy woman....But I know you will understand the glee I felt when I realized thatbthe Color Bloom spray ink was sealing PanPastels in my [...]

The Easy Way to Get Movement into Your Pages with a Stencil thumbnail

  This is not a major feat of engineering in my art journal...it can't be since there was no measuring involved!  But it sure is fun to flip those birds back and forth in an interactive art journal page!  They're double sided and I am having a blast flipping the birds from side to side... [...]