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Stamping on Gelli Prints with Some Strong Women thumbnail

What do I do with my Gelli Prints? I play with them.  How?  So many many ways.  Today, I'm stamping on them. Using Gelli prints with stamps gives it the painterly, loose look I like without having to plan.  If I tried to color the stamps intentionally, I'd over think it and all the looseness [...]

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 [...]

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) [...]

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 [...]